Thursday, July 29, 2010

creative space

rather late in the day, but nevertheless here I am, joining in...

It has been a busy day here with, I must confess, not much creating going on. I finally sat down a little while ago with a hot chai and some knitting, but alas Toby came to climb up on me with a rather unmistakable aroma. *sigh*

I have, however, managed to get dinner organised early, which is pretty amazing given my slackness if late. Gently bubbling away in the slow cover is sundried tomato and chicken pilaf. Smells delicious and is one incredibly easy and quick slow cooker meals. Let's hope the fussy five year old likes it. I just need to steam some green beans and carrots to serve.

So in my afternoon leisure I'm planning a bit more knitting, small boy permitting. I'm desperately knitting to get my second test knit of cassia done. I'm using WOOLganics kundalini for this one, and it is seriously divine!! It's looking a little like this:

Hopefully the dress will be pretty close to finished this evening, then just the pockets and the most perfect buttons for it are yet to be added.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010


a couple of posts ago, which was really quite some time ago, I had a couple of photos of some prototypes in the works. Both are finished, with one pattern written and off to the testers in a week's time. The other is partially written as a pattern.

today I thought I might share some photos of the one that I'm about to start testing.  I just need to finish knitting the dress version of this, which I'm knitting in WOOLganics kundalini, an awesome purpley colour! yummo.  WOOLganics is the BEST yarn ever!!!

anyhoo, this is the first one knit in Heirloom Bliss.
Lovely soft yarn and gorgeous colour but I do not like it very much at all. To be honest, it is very splitty which doesn't really lend itself to being a great yarn for knitting in the round. Hellish to join with. I would only knit this yarn flat where you join at the start or end of a round.

I love the little button details on this, it really only needs two buttons, but the third gives it a balance I think.  You know, like one of the rules of flower arranging (bizarre I even know that!) odd numbers always work best if there's just a few.

I think this is probably one of my easiest patterns to knit, it looks quite difficult but believe me it is deceptively simple!!  

if you're on Ravelry you can find more pictures and details here .

Pattern should be ready for release sometime in September.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010


it seems so long since I posted I don't know where to start.  hmm, how about I share some kiddie photos, and then think about catching up on some crafting stuff. is that ok?  cool. or even better the kiddies with some crafty goodness, just not mine.

so.. the story goes, we went to visit the pint household for a long long weekend, always an absolute ball. I love how much the kiddies get along, it is so delightful to see the little cousins throw their arms around each other and tell each other they love them.  The cuddles. The kisses. The giggles. And then the little ones.  Cute cute moment, with the two little toddlers snuggled up to each other on the kiddie couch reading books. nawwww.

As well as a beautiful time and some special memories, my kiddies came away with a new pint product.  *eek* How lucky are they!!! If you've been reading Megsie's blog, you'll see she's expanding her range,and while we didn't manage to score an alien (yet) or a babushka (yet) the kiddies did get an awesome brooch each. We love love love brooches here, and brooches for kiddies are extra cool.  I actually think I might nick Toby's to wear.

Lily's has been worn constantly and is also uber cute cute cute!!!

and I love this photo of them checking each others' brooches out!!