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A bit of a roundupย 

Happy Friday lovely readers!

What a week! And I can’t believe it’s already the end of April, which means that a third of the year has already gone by. I thought that this called for a roundup on my year so far. I have been bad and actually have more wips than when I started the year, with only one project that I finished from my previous wips ๐Ÿ™Š oh well!

So currently I have 4 big projects on my hooks, with one other (it’s a secret!) to be added this weekend (but hopefully a finish as well!)

  • The LOTR blanket, which I haven’t touched in a week
  • My Mandala Madness, which I haven’t touched either in some time (but I’m planning on doing some over the weekend)
  • My virus shawl, I’m actually doing well on this, I’m mostly hooking it on the car when it’s not my day to drive (we alternate with my husband)
  • The beautiful shells baby blanket, which I absolutely need to finish by Sunday (no pressure!)

Then on my hoops I have only two projects, but one is actually an ongoing thing over the year

And I also have socks to knit!

Thankfully I also had plenty of finished projects in the last 4 months, here are the photos to prove it!

I wish you all a beautiful weekend, here we have Monday off for Labour day and you know what that means: more crochet time for me! Yay!

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WIP Wednesday – Glynis socksย 

Hello wonderful readers!

I’m super happy today, because I’ve finished my first sock! I probably should have started with an easier pattern for my first pair, but I just fell in love with the details. The pattern is from the book “Sock Innovation” and, like the title says, it is the Glynis design.

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It’s also getting quite cool here after the time torrential rains from last week, so I’m quite pleased with how warm this sock is! Now, to knit the second one!

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Shop review – Yarn glorious yarnย 

Happy Monday crafters!

Last weekend I felt a bit adventurous and decided to finally visit the yarn shop ‘Yarn glorious yarn‘. I had heard about them from a few different persons and I also saw them at a craft show last year but never really made the time to get there. Saturday was different, I finally stoped at the shop and I really wasn’t disappointed! 


The shop looks quite small from the outside but the inside is actually quite spacious. The people working there were super lovely and of course there was yummy yarn everywhere! When I came in, there was a class to learn to knit socks, and it was cool to watch for a little while ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Of course, I had to buy something, so I set my choice of this beautiful light weight merino/cotton blend. 


I chose a gradient of blues and the yarn will become a virus shawl eventually (they had a display one at the shop and now I really want to try that pattern). I was very happy about the price range at that shop, they had some great quality with an affordable price tag. I will definitely go back there for more ๐Ÿ™‚ if you live in the Brisbane area, or you come visit, you should give it a go (the details are on their website, linked at the beginning of the post ๐Ÿ˜‰) 

All the opinion expressed in this post are my own, I was not paid or compensated in any way for this review, just giving my honest opinion on a shop that I really enjoyed. 

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WIPs of 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Today, instead of showing you my most recent work in progress, I have decided to share all the WIPs I hope to finish in 2017.

First up, my crochet projects.

 

 

The first of those I’m aiming to finish is the LOTR blanket, I would like to submit it to the Brookfield show (it’s a local craft and art show taking place next to where I live, I participated last year and I’m excited to participate again).

And then, there are my cross stitch projects, mainly one actually.

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Joyful world calendar from the Snowflower Diaries

I am also finishing the 2016 SALs (those of you who have been following me for a while might have noticed that I’m currently missing December). I should have this one finished by the end of the month.

And finally my knitting projects, I’ve actually been good and only have one knitting project on the go.

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Socks!

How about you guys? What projects are you aiming to finish this year?

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Sock update

Hello readers!

Just a quick one today, I’ve finished the leg of one of my socks! Yay! I have a feeling that making the second one is going to take a while! I will also be putting socks on hold until Christmas as I keep on coming up with new present ideas (yes I know I’m actually a bit late for that but I’m only just getting inspired now!)

Anyway, here is the sock. 


More about those presents on Friday ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My first go at proper socksย 

TGIF! I hope you guys had a great week, mine was positively exhausting!

You may remember that I got some lovely yarn from Amsterdam in July and that my wonderful husband got me a really cool book to knit socks for my birthday. 


So I have finally decided to give it a go and I’ve found it quite fun so far. 

The hardest part was to get the round knitting going on my circular needles. I have knitted in the round before but only on double pointed needles, so this was a bit of a challenge at first. 


So far I’ve done the cuff for sock #1 and 2 rounds of the leg pattern (out of 9 repeats), so I still have a fair bit to go ๐Ÿ™‚

My goal is to finish at least one sock before the end of the month, we will see how I go with that! 

Have a great weekend 

X

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A nice hiatus in Hobart

Hello readers! 

Did you miss me? I certainly did miss you! I was at a conference for work this week, and I got to visit the beautiful city of Hobart, in Tasmania. 

The conference was pretty great, and we even started the conversation about gender equity and women in STEM sciences, which is about time. 


Another very exciting point for me was that I got to buy some gorgeous 100% Tasmanian wool. And it’s also hand dyed! 

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After caking


The colour is “Salamanca”, which is the artsy area of Hobart, right next to the leisure harbour. That’s also where I got this wool from ๐Ÿ˜Š

I think I’ll make a shawl/scarf with it, as I lost my scarf on the plane on the way there. 

I wish you all a great weekend 

X

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Stephen and Penelope – Shop review

Happy Friday crafters!

On my recent trip to Europe, I visited Amsterdam, and while getting lost through the maze of streets in Amsterdam centre, we stumbled upon this tiny looking yarn shop. I might have begged (only a little) to get in and browse for a while.

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Once inside, the shop is actually pretty long, and has yarn, so much yarn, yarn everywhere! The staff was super nice, we got chatting in no time and they were able to show me around the shop and explain what all the different yarns were. I was surprised to learn that you can buy yarn made of nettles, which is pretty awesome! They also had a beautiful range of hand-dyed yarn and a huge range of sock yarn.

I wanted only a few skeins (my suitcase was already pretty full at that point) and the lady who was helping me around suggested Schoppel-Wolle sock yarn, as it is pretty resistant and they had a huge array of colours. She even showed me the socks we had cast on her needles, using that yarn. I asked my husband for help with choosing the colours and we came up with orange ombrรฉ and grey: a perfect match! I also bought a project bag with the name of the shop on it as a souvenir.

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While I was at it, I also acquired some circular needles, to knit my socks with. The lady was again so nice, she wanted to make sure I was buying sturdy ones that would last me a long time, and recommended against bamboo needles, even though they were selling them.

Overall, I really loved this shop, although some of the fancier yarn was out of my price range. I totally appreciate that it is worth that much, with all the time spent dying and spinning it, but my wallet is a bit too empty at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚ If you live near Amsterdam or visit, they host craft nights every Thursdays, which could be fun to go to. They also do online shopping on their website but they do have way more in their shop.

More details:

Website:ย http://www.stephenandpenelope.com

Address:ย Stephen & Penelope

Nieuwe Hoogstraat 29
1011HD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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With love,

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I am not affiliated in any way with that shop, this is just my honest opinion on their products and services

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New Cowl!

Hi guys!

I have finished the cowl matching my slippers! ๐Ÿ˜Š   

 It will be nice and cosy for winter. I also got a special package from my nana. She sent me plenty of cross stitch threads and 2 really cute pouches to keep my cross stitch work.   

Nothing’s better than a loving nana!

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Emma

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Wips and doodlesย 

Happy Monday!

I hope you guys had a good weekend! I’ve been a busy bee, we got a lot of things done for our upcoming wedding (got our wedding bands and booked cake tasting for next week and the DJ). 

I’ve also been inspired to draw more lately. Yesterday I tried my new ink pen (I got it for Christmas but didn’t get ink until yesterday).    

 As you can see my bullet journal is going pretty good, I’ll do a review about it at the beginning of February. 
I got some inspiration as well from the Warhammer 40k universe.   

This is my take on a nurgling. Nurglings are lesser demons under the command of the Chaos God of life and death, Nurgle. I’m thinking of turning him into a cross stitch pattern, I think he is rather cute!    

 As for my current wips, I have started an infinity cowl using the same yarn I used for my Drops Design slippers
I have also started the air symbol on my avatar afghan. At the moment it is going pretty slow (it takes me ages to do one row) but I have started watching “The legend of Korra” so I hope that will motivate me.  

That’s it for today folks! 

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Emma 

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