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A parliament of owls

Hello lovely readers!

I have decided I would like to make some handmade gifts for our baby shower coming up in July, to thank our friends and family for coming. I have decided on little amigurumi keyring using a free owl ornament pattern from Josephine Wu. I just love how cute those look and they are quite easy and fast to make. Which is great, considering we are planning on inviting lots of people!

I have completed one so far but I’ve crocheted a few more, which need to be stuffed and have eyes and beaks added. So far I’ve decided to glue the felt on but I might secure the pieces with some extra embroidery if I have time.

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Hubby and I have decided to use a whole heap of colours and I think I’ll hang them on branches on the day for some extra decorations before people take them home 😊

Have you hand made small gifts for people to take home after a party? Did you feel like people appreciated? I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this!

Emma

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FO – Campfire cardigan

Happy Wednesday!

I have to say I have been super slow at knitting my Read Between the Lines shawl so I haven’t got any pictures to share but I have finished my Campfire cardigan yesterday, just in time for tomorrow’s deadline to enter the #grannyCAL18 hosted by Rosina of Zeens and Roger. I’m totally in love with it and as usual when I finish something I’ve been wearing it around the house a lot (read I haven’t taken it off) since yesterday.  You will notice they are quite a few differences with the original pattern, I decided not to make a hood and to keep the sleeves at 3/4 length.

I had lots of fun today doing a little photoshoot in my kitchen. I find photos are always a bit challenging to find the right pose (I ended up taking waaaay more pictures that those 2) but well worth it 🙂

In other news, I’ve been participating in March Meet the Maker over on Instagram, you can have a look at the pictures I posted on the right panel of my blog even if you’re not on IG, I’ve been talking a bit more about my design process and what I normally do of my days if you’re interested 🙂

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WIP Wednesday – Campfire cardigan

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Better late than never, I’ve finally made a start on my project for the granny along hosted by Rosina over at Zeens and Roger. This crochet along has been going since the beginning of Feb but with my stay overstate I just didn’t have time to start earlier. I was also pretty unsure about what project I wanted to make so I’ve left it to last minute (the CAL finished next Thursday on the 15th of March).

So finally today I chose a pattern, I’m making a cardigan for the coming winter. I have a couple of knitted jumpers already but I wanted something that I could just slip on, with sleeves to keep the chill away (unlike the kimono I currently have, which is great but has short sleeves). The pattern I chose is the Campfire Cardigan, which you can find for free on Make&DoCrew. I had never done a hexagon granny before and I’m loving it, the granny stitch is just so fast!

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Just from today, I’ve managed to make one of the sides and I’m well on my way with the second side. Next I will have to lengthen the bottom of the cardigan and the sleeves and I will have a perfectly snuggly new cardigan to wear! I don’t know if you can tell but I’m excited! This will have to be finished before Thursday next week, I should be okay but still, wish me luck!

What have you guys been working on?

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Monday design – Cooper the Copepod

Happy Monday beautiful people!

I am very pleased today to show you my newest design idea, Cooper the Copepod! I got the idea for this little guy from one of my friends when I was back in Brisbane. We were in undergrad together and she suggested I made a copepod (we are all pretty nerdy and really enjoy plankton, weird I know!).

Anyway, this is what I came up with 🙂 You will notice that it is pretty similar to the design I drew last week as well.

I’m very happy with how he turned out, and I think I will ask for pattern testers when I get back from my second trip to Brisbane in April. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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18 for 2018 – February update

Happy Friday and welcome to February!

I can’t believe that January is already over, the first month of the year has just gone by so fast! This is my update for my 18 for 2018, and I’m quite excited with what I’ve accomplished this month!

18 letters sent to friends – 0/18
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

None this month, but this is because I’m actually visiting back next month. I think I might next month though, as I got my best friend into knitting and would like to send her some new knitting needles 🙂 

17 new recipes tried – 5/17
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

I’ve tried a few new recipes this month. The first one was the ginger snap recipe from the fantastic bake-along. I have also tried to make crackers, and they were so amazing I’ve made several batches already! I got the recipe here. I’ve also made a few recipes from one of Jamie Oliver’s cooking book I got for Christmas.

16 painted units of miniatures – 0/16
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

I have been working on two units but I haven’t finished any yet. Hopefully in February. 

15 books read – 0/15
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

This month just has been so busy I didn’t get time to read books, lots of papers for my thesis, but unfortunately that doesn’t count! 

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket – 0/14
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

I haven’t added any square this month, but I have a few projects using 4ply yarn, so I will be able to add more soon hopefully!

13 batches of biscuits made and eaten – 2/13
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

I have done two this month, one was the gingersnaps and I made montecaos again, as they are my husband’s absolute favourite!

12 pairs of socks – 1/12
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

I have finished my Candy Corn socks and I have made a start on a pair for hubby, so I’m doing pretty well with this goal.

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11 new stitch markers made – 0/11
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

I haven’t really thought about this goal yet, but I am thinking I’d like to use some scientific drawings or nerdy themes. 

10 new movies seen – 3/10
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

I feel like there weren’t that many good movies coming out in January but I still managed three, Pitch Perfect, The Greatest Showman and the last Maze Runner. My favourite was the Greatest Showman, it really had a great story and I loved the songs ❤ 

9 amigurumi made – 1/9
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

I have finished an awesome whale amigurumi that I talked about on Wednesday. I’m in love with it and can’t wait to give it to my friend!

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8 months cross-stitched on the Snowflower diaries Joyful world calendar – 1/8
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

I’ve actually finished the May instalment of the Joyful world. Very excited to have started on this again, it’s just so cute!

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7 games of 40k played with hubby 1/7
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

We’ve had one game so far, and I’ve smashed hubby mwahaha! I forgot to take a picture of the massacre though but I will next time for sure!

6 new designs published – 2/6
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

I’m stoked with this goal, I can’t believe I managed to publish both Wiley and Sandy‘s patterns this month, yay! 

5 km ran without stopping – in progress
This doesn’t seem like much but currently I can’t run more than a few minutes without having to slow down to a walk, so I’d like to be able to actually run without dying for 5 km!

I’ve been actively training for this, I’ve gone for several 30 min runs, with intervals to increase my cardio and I’m feeling really good about it. I haven’t done much last week though as it’s been consistently above 35°C during the day and well above 25°C at night. Hopefully it cools down in the next few weeks and I can train some more.

4 LOTR squares finished – 1/4
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

I’ve gotten back into this as well, yay! I’ve finished Gimli and I think he is pretty awesome 🙂 

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3 jumpers knitted – 0/3
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

I haven’t cast this on yet but I do have the yarn ready so maybe I’ll cast on in February 🙂 although I have a lot of WIPs as usual!

2 getaway trips – 0/2
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July.

We have planned to go back to Brisbane for a wedding in March, does that count as a getaway? If yes that will be the first one of the year 🙂 

1 thesis submitted – 0/1
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my n°1 goal this year!

I have my thesis review next week, so this is definitely getting closer, wish me luck!

I hope you have all been getting on great with your goals too

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FO- Baby Humpback Whale

Happy Wednesday lovely readers!

It’s alive! My baby humpback is finished, and will be delivered next week to my friend, I hope he loves it as much as I do! One of my friends suggested that I make a huge version of it and sleep with it, that would be totally awesome, maybe a should give it a go! If you fancy making your own, the pattern is free on 1dogwoof‘s website. Have you ever tried making giant amigurumi?

I love it so much! It’s already in the suitcase, all ready for it’s travel back to Brisbane. I hope you are all having a great week!

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WIP Wednesday – baby whale

Happy Wednesday!

I have a confession to make, I am a bit late on my Christmas presents. Yep, you read that right, Christmas presents, at the end of January! As you may remember, I moved in October, so I haven’t actually seen some of my friends since then. I do have a trip to Queensland planned in the next couple of weeks though, and I really wanted to make cool presents for my friends.

I’ve actually had this project saved in my Ravelry queue for a while, and my friend loves marine animals so I thought this would be perfect!

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How cute is it already? The pattern is the Baby Humpback Whale from 1dogwoof. And it’s free! Can’t wait to finish this guy, he will just be the best huggable amigurumi 🐋

Have you decided to start a project you’ve had on your list for a while recently?

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Little Hearts for Grace

Hello everyone!

I hope you’ve had a great weekend, here it’s been scorching hot! Today I’d like to share with you a charity CAL I’ve taken part in, and that you can still join in before the end of January.

This CAL is run by Lindsey from Lottie & Albert and Jen @justlittlejen on Instagram. Seven squares have been designed and are available for free on Lindsey’s website. The goal is to make some of those squares and send them over, so that Jen and Lindsey can make a blanket and raffle it in the UK to raise money for two charities: Bristol’s Children’s Hospital and Little Hearts Matter.

This CAL started because Lindsey and Jen have a common friend whose little girl Grace was born with only half a heart. Both of them have been amazed with how Grace’s family has coped, and they wanted to help in their own way, by raising money for the charities that helped them when Grace needed it the most. Lindsey explains it very well in her podcast on youtube if you would like to know more about it.

I was very touched by Grace’s story, so I decided to make three squares and send them to the UK. The colours should be including purples (Grace’s favourite colour) or pastels.

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There is still some time left if you want to join in too, they are really fast to make (it only took me a couple hours for all three of them). I’m sure that the more squares they receive, the better it will be. If you are in the UK, you can also buy a raffle ticket to support the charities (it won’t be available internationally because of strict UK raffle laws).

I hope you guys have a great week ❤️

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Wiley the Wisp pattern and call for testers

Happy Wednesday beautiful readers!

I hope you have been well, the week here has been busy! I have finally started writing the patterns I entered in the amigurumi design contest and I have actually just finished writing up Wiley the Wisp’s pattern. I have decided to make Wiley a free pattern, which you can find on my Ravelry page following the link below.

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Find the pattern here!

If you decide to make him, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @emmacraftsdesign so that I can see your creations 😊

I am also in the process of writing up Sandy the Sea Dragon’s pattern. I think that Sandy will be a paid for pattern but I will need a couple of testers to make sure the pattern is correct and easy to understand.

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If you would like to be a tester for Sandy, please let me know in the comments and I’ll chose two people that I’ll announce on next Monday.

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WIP Wednesday – (Crochet) knitted socks

Happy Wednesday lovely readers!

I hope you all had a great start to the year, I am sure having a great week with my family still being here. We visited an orchard yesterday and went along the coast today and it was all beautiful!

On New Year’s Eve, I decided to cast on some very special yarn I got from Bogga from Knitting in France. I thought I would try something new so I started my very first crochet sock. Now, this was an epic fail! I didn’t like the fabric that the crochet made, the sock was too small I didn’t like the look of it overall.

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I got all the way to there but then I just couldn’t do it. I had to frog it! So that was my first frog of 2018 on day 2! I really loved the yarn though, so I knew I had to start back straight away. Thankfully I’m a fast knitter, so this is where I’m at since yesterday.

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I actually prefer everything about this sock, especially how the yellow and orange blend (it looks less like candy corn but I think they are more wearable this way so I’m happy). I’m doing a shorty vanilla sock to wear in my sport shoes and I’ve already turned the heel and decreased back to the right number of stitches needed for the foot. I’m not really using any pattern, I just cast on 60 sts, did a 2×2 rib and used a heel flap with eye of partridge motif (which is my absolute favourite). I should have this first sock cast off by the end of the week and possibly a whole pair next week.

I guess at least I tried crochet socks but, unless I find a really good pattern or you guys can recommend one, I don’t think I’ll try it again anytime soon.

Have you already had a fail this new year? Please tell me I’m not alone! In any case, have a great end of the week.

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