Friday, 20 June 2014

Yarn Over. Shopping for crochet.

On Wednesday, 2 friends took me on an outing to Yarn Over. It is a gorgeous little yarn shop in Brisbane. I don’t often go into the city for crafting supplies so I had never been to this shop. I had only heard about it. The moment I stepped through the doors I fell in love!

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I made a beeline straight for the one reason that I was there. Sugar ‘n cream wool!!

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I had seen this wool used for quite some time around the internet & I had been itching to get my hands on some. And now that my hands are on it, I just can’t stop making things with it!

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It is a great cotton to make structured things like baskets. It keeps its shape really well.

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Because it is a cotton, it is also perfect for facecloths, dishcloths, scrubbies, etc.

I have already started making a bag from the blue sugar ‘n cream. I can’t wait to get some more of the variegated balls as it is just such pretty colours.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Winter sun. Gardening and trying to keep warm.

Winter has finally hit in full force. Well, about as much cold force as we get here in south east Queensland. Last night got below 7 degrees Celsius. that, for a born and bread Queenslander, is very cold! The great thing though, is that we have beautiful clear blue skies and lots of sunshine during the day. This photo that I took at 8:15 am this morning explains it all.

It is the perfect weather for gardening. I mean just look at this gorgeous blue moon rose! This is the first of my Mothers Day roses that my family bought for me. Just stunning!

The chooks have completely taken over the back yard so I needed to rethink my herb garden. A few years ago I planted up a wheelbarrow with herbs and it worked a treat! So I have done it again. It is perfect for a completely portable garden.

It is an old wheelbarrow that is unusable for anything else as it has a few little rust holes in the bottom an a busted wheel. But it is perfect for a herb garden! I have several varieties of lettuce, chives, coriander, Italian parsley, thyme, baby spinach & sage. All of the good stuff for winter cooking.

I have added a few new pots of colour into the front patio. I just smile every time I see a pansy because they look like such happy plants. All turned and basking in the morning sun.

The hibiscus are seriously blooming. Such huge flowers. These ones are much bigger than an adult hand and have such a bright, intense colour.

The passionfruit vine is starting to die back but it is still full of fruit. I have taken to eating several passionfruit a day just because my freezer is stock full of them. But I am not complaining. There is new growth already started at the base of the vine so I know we will be in for another great season next time too.

I love watching Molly dog on a winter morning. She starts with her doggy yoga stretches inside and then heads out to watch the teenagers leave for school and all of the other school kids walking past while catching a few of the morning rays of sunshine.

Is it cold where you are?

Or are you in the northern hemisphere and enjoying your summer?

Monday, 16 June 2014

The ripple blanket that I fell in love with.

It’s finished!

Crochet ripple blanket.

The ripple blanket that I started just 1 month ago, is now finished! I completely fell in love with this ripple blanket while I was making it. Well, the whole family has actually!

Crochet ripple blanket.

Once you master the ripple pattern, it becomes so easy to do. Now, in saying that, it did take me a while to “get it”. I know now that I will be making quite a few of these ripple blankets in my lifetime.

Crochet ripple blanket.

I wrote a blog post when I first started making this with all the info on the pattern & you can find it HERE

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I am thinking of taking a little break from any big crochet projects for a while as I have a laundry list of little projects that I want to do first. I am so glad that I have finished this one in time for winter as it is perfect for snuggling under on the nights that are now a little cooler. The finished size is 180cm x 155cm. perfect size!

Crochet ripple blanket.

When I do start my next ripple, I am wanting to make it all the colours of the ocean.

Have you made a ripple blanket or is it on your “must make” list?