You may remember I mentioned the knitting group having a Tea Cosy exhibition.
My wife and I manned the gallery for the first shift on the first day and we were there for 3 hours, during which we managed to sell a total of 8 tea cosies. We had a steady stream of visitors during those 3 hours and it was a lovely way to spend the morning.
There were around 80 tea cosies on display, of all shapes and sizes and colours — an amazing array of creativity and imagination and skills!!
There was a write-up about the exhibition in the local paper!!
I went with different flowers for my tea cosy in the end, and had a lot of fun making them. I was sewing the last 2 flowers on it AT knitting group the day before the exhibition opened and the lady sitting next to me absolutely insisted she had to have it so I told her to talk to the group leader to sort it out.
My tea cosy was displayed next to another one which was my absolute favourite in the whole exhibition.
I’m writing again, slowly, but writing is writing, right? Got inspired to write about Calleigh, Dylan and Cole.
Today felt like a very very long day, feels like we went from place to place to place all day and I feel exhausted.
I’m crocheting a bassinet blanket for the babies at the NICU of Wellington Hospital. And I found a crocodile stitch flower that is (I think) very pretty, and easy to make.
Also, we have a cat now. His name is Mr Bojangles, the lady at the SPCA named him, we call him mostly Mr Bo. We also have an axolotl but that’s not news.
Excuse the blurriness of the photos, my phone doesn’t like to take close-up photos.
I got some tiger wire this afternoon so tonight I made more stitch-markers.
Might have to make more and sell them…
It’s Monday here, nearly lunchtime. The sky is blue (for the most part), the sun is shining but it was VERY windy last night then it rained buckets. Parts of New Zealand are covered in SNOW this morning, which reminds us once again that winter is definitely on its way and we need to get some firewood pronto.
On Sunday afternoon my wife asked me if I could make her some stitch markers. Apparently no matter how many stitch markers a knitter has, they will always need more. She knows I can do stuff with beads and wire so I got her to choose some beads & got to work.
The photo is a bit blurry because phone cameras don’t like close ups. I actually made a 7th one to use the tiny bit of tiger wire I had left. Soooo going to buy more tiger wire on payday and make more stitch markers!!
Today in a suburb of Auckland named Papakura (nowhere near a beach) a seal is on the loose (and on Twitter!).
It occured to me yesterday it’s been 3 months since Sarah died. Still wanting to share things with her every single day, like this photo I found this morning. She would have loved the Coldplay GoT thing too, I just know it.
Aaaaand yesterday this happened! Feeling a bit starstruck. I mean it’s one thing when a famous person you follow favourites your tweet, but getting a reply? So much better!
And last night I wrote 6 whole A5 pages of a new story I woke up thinking about on Sunday morning so yay me!
Have a lovely end of weekend!
I was playing around with white wool one evening and ended up with a sphere and thought, hey, I know what to make of this… That’s how Iris came to. The name was given to her by Miss10 the next day at school when I showed her.
This is Iris.
Iris keeping an eye on me at the library while my wife was at an appointment
I made another landscape beanie for a friend and she mentioned sunflowers were her favourite flower so I set to find a pattern for one. I did but it went very tricky when I got to the petals and I decided to freestyle instead. Alas, I ended up with this decidedly non-sunflower looking thing, that I later recycled into an octopus.
One failed sunflower…
… became Tim the octopus with 13 tentacles! (and a bow tie)
Attempt No2 at a sunflower was a lot more successful! It is now on the beanie, soon to be sent to my friend.
Sunflower mark 2 was much better…
I decided to finally do something with this very soft very chunky wool I bought with my Christmas money from my stepmum. I did chained 30 then did rows of double crochet. When I ran out of wool, my wife suggested I use the other ball I had, so I did just that. Ended up buying another 2 balls after that, and now it’s finished. I don’t have a photo of the finished product yet, (a shawl, for my wife) because I need to sew the bits for the collar but I love it.
Really soft, really chunky wool and size 10 hook…
Four (completely different from each other) balls of yarn later, I have made a shawl for my wife!
My wife made a bunny and I had to try and make one too. The pattern was easy to follow (link at the end of the post) and I love the result. The ears ended up two different sizes because I used a different yarn.
The rest of Flopsy
Easy Crochet Bunny Pattern from The Green Dragonfly
I was trying to make an appliqué bat for Mr7 who looooooooooves purple but it went a different way and ended up cat-shaped so I gave it a tail and called it a cat.I taught Miss10 how to make the easy 5 petal flower, she did make most of this one, I made the stem/leaf for her. She took it to school yesterday and gave it to her boyfriend. [insert mum eyeroll] When I saw her at school this morning she mentioned that 7 kids in her class had asked her to make them flowers. She even had a list with names and colour specs!
My stepmum sent us money yesterday (all my family lives in France) for Christmas and the birthdays of 2015 for the 6 of us so after lunch my wife and I went to the wool shop and well, came home with those (and a size 10 hook). I have NO idea at this point what I’m going to do with that wool but I just HAD to take it home, especially that top one in the photo below, as it was the last one in the shop. I had to rescue it. This one I’d been eyeing for a while, since I bought the other one from the same brand, the one I used to make that hat I’m not quite happy with…
Also I have started to think about another hat I want to make, a funky one like the dino-beanie I made for Mr7…
Remember the dinosaur I made 2-3 days ago?
And the mountain view beanie?
And the tree I made on Wednesday while watching Geordie Shore?