Decided to get out for some more sunshine today. We are loving our adventures during the school holidays.
There are so many beautiful blossoms out.
Our beautiful herb garden has really taken off which means we have more herbs than we need right now. After some research I decided to harvest some of the coriander and some of the parsley to make our own infused oil and butter.
I can’t believe that I have been knitting for a year today!
Thanks to Meg for inspiring, enabling, encouraging me to give it a go. Without your kindness, generosity and patience it would not have been possible.
Thanks to Marty for understanding my need to have a hobby, encouraging me every step of the way, putting up with me playing youtube clips over and over again and for not getting openly frustrated with my special kind of crazy.
Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement along the way.
As crazy and ‘old Nanna’ as it sounds I certainly enjoy my hobby. This is what my year of knitting looks like.
This was my first project, a Milo.
My second: Aviatrix
My third: Garden City Scarf
My fourth: Paula’s Scarfette
My Fifth: Cassia (tunic)
My sixth: A Ziggy Beanie for Marty
My seventh: Ziggy Beanie for Jake
And the following are (still) work in progress shots
My Hoodie (Coastal Hoodie) This one has been EPIC but is going to be a beautiful hoodie when it is finally finished. Halfway through the button band and still have the long sleeves to go.
Sadly I don’t get much time to knit so it takes quite a while to get through each project. I look forward to many more.
There has been some process. I have completed the body and the hood of my coastal hoodie and I’m now working on the never ending button band.
This has really been an epic and therapeutic knit for me. It has taken so very long to get this far (with my 2 boys I don’t get much time to knit) and I have learnt so much along the way. I am very proud of the progress I have made. 🙂
I am loving my hoodie. This is a quick snap of the hem ❤ please excuse the photo quality.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to a PartyLite candle party at my friends place. It was such a tempting party to attend full of lovely women and indulgent food. There were so many beautiful candles and accessories. I stayed strong and only ordered 2 melt packs. 🙂 I can’t wait for them to arrive. I was even lucky enough to win the lucky door prize! It is a pity I left early so didn’t get to bring my prize home.
I haven’t been using my candles lately so today when I woke I looked through my stash and chose one that a gorgeous friend of mine gave me. It is currently filling my house with its beautiful scent.
I hope where ever you are today something lovely brightens your day.
This is where you should have ended after following round 1.
To start round 2 make 3 chains.
Make a yarn over and poke your crochet hook through the hole below the chain you just made.
Hook the yarn and pull it back through the hole to start the first double crochet.
Complete 2 double crochets. You should now have 1 set of chains and 2 double crochets.
To move across make a chain then double crochet into the next hole along. You will need to do 3 double crochets on this edge.
Just like in round 1 you will need to make 2 chains to form the corner. Complete 3 double crochets to fill the hole in that corner. You will then need to make one chain to jump the gap so that you can double crochet in the next corner. Keep following this pattern until you get back to the start of the round. Once again end with one chain before you join the round. Like you did in the first round end with a single crochet by locating the third chain stitch and poking your crochet hook through it
Hooking the yarn and pulling it back through to close the round (single crochet).
Continue repeating this basic pattern in each round.
– To start a round make 3 chains upwards then 2 double crochets for the first hole
– one chain to jump every gap
– 3 double crochet increases across every hole (the more rounds you crochet the more holes to fill)
– 2 chains to turn a corner
– one chain and a single crochet to join the round.
Keep doing all these steps until you end up with a granny square in the size of your choosing.
Make sure you always increase by starting with the 3 chains, shown below.
Before his birthday we asked him what type of party he would like and he requested a Spiderman party.
So that is what he got. 🙂
Many thanks to my friend Allison from CupcakeHQ for making the cake topper. Such a talented lady.
Our little Spidermen =D
I’m sure everyone has seen or even had a difficult moment with a toddler where a deadline was looming and said toddler wanted hugs and your full attention.
This morning this is exactly what happened. Little Charlie was keen on getting hugs when I really needed to iron Marty’s shirt so he could go to work. As you can guess one can’t quickly, easily or even safely hold a toddler and iron.
So I dug deep searching for a little creativity and thought up a song to sing him to distract and make it possible.
This is what I came up with and once again the song worked.
“Iron iron iron the clothes,
Watch the crinkles go.
Watch watch watch along,
Watch and you will see.”
So my fun tip for the day (other than to be more organised) is to make things fun by singing songs.
“Sing sing sing a song,
Sing it happily
Sing sing sing along
Sing and you will see”