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FO Friday – Arwen jumper

Happy Friday everyone!

I have finished it! My first jumper of the year, and I’m so so in love with it! I’ve started the Arwen jumper (designed by Isabell Kraemer) at the end of April and I’m so pleased that I have finished it finally as the weather really is getting cool now. I have to say I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to wear it this year, as I thought my bump wouldn’t fit, but the loose fit of the jumper actually makes it perfectly fine to fit my expanding belly.

I really loved working on it, I think that the lace detail at the top is beautiful and I’m very happy with the softness of the yarn I used (called Fiddlesticks superb 4). It’s a machine washable acrylic too so it should make washing the jumper easy (which is great because the colour really is quite pale).

That was my achievement of the week, I hope you all had a great creative time and that you have a fabulous weekend (I know I’m looking forward to my last spinning class!)

Emma

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Hand spinning take 3!

Happy Friday!

I’m a bit late this week reporting my latest progress in spinning but it’s okay because I don’t have class this week (very sadly 😢). I can see I have made a lot of progress which is very encouraging. I think I’ve actually got the hang of drafting the fibre into the wheel and I can spin a pretty even 2 ply aran weight, which is awesome!

I have made two new skeins, one of alpaca (it was just so soft!!) and one using a wool top. I really liked the alpaca as it wasn’t as greasy as the sheep wool but it was very very dusty and still needed thorough washing. The wool top was a bit harder to spin (as it needed a lot of twist) but it was very clean and only required to be set in hot water post spinning.

I’m really loving that we get to try all those fibres with this class, it’s been so nice to see the differences with thickness and length of the fibre, greasiness, and processing. I’ve also been busy this week using my hand spun wool in my first ever project, a beanie for hubby. I’ve used my black Corriedale wool and got to work. I didn’t use a particular pattern but I’m very happy with the results and it fits hubby well so it’s great!

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I cannot wait for the next lesson next week, when we get to use bats (which are mixed fibres) and even to make our own! I’m very excited about that last class and I really hope I get lots done before I have to give back the wheel. I’m trying to save up to get my own hopefully in September for my birthday but we shall see (I might give in before that 😅).

Have a lovely weekend!

Emma

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HO Wednesday – Knotty gloves

Happy Wednesday!

Just a quick one today. I’m very happy that I have a half finished object today to show you (HO)! I’ve cast off my first knotty glove yesterday, and it fits like a glove (pun intended).

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I’m so happy with this project, I love the yarn and I love the pattern, what more to ask? Have a great end to your week!

Emma

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WIP Wednesday – Arwen jumper

Happy Wednesday everyone!

As promised here is a progress shot of the newest project on my needles, my first jumper of the year! I’m super excited about this jumper, I’ve had my eyes on this design since it came out last year and I’m happy I’ve finally started it 🙂

The name of the pattern is Arwen by Isabell Kraemer and I think it’s just so beautiful. I’ve chosen the yarn for it with my family over at Christmas and it’s super soft so I can’t wait to be able to wear it.

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This is the second time I make a jumper from Isabell Kraemer and I really like her patterns. it’s a top down jumper and as you can see I’ve hit the pattern already. I’ll try to share progress update when I separate into the main body and sleeves, hopefully before the end of the month!

Do you have a new project you’re excited about too?

Emma

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FO – Read Between the Lines

Hello lovely readers!

I just realised that I forgot to share my finished RBTL shawl with you! I finished it smaller than what it was meant to be because I really wanted to cast on my first jumper of the year, but it’s still plenty big for me!

I absolutely love how the colours turned out and how the stripes are coming out when you incline the shawl to the side. The shawl might not be warm enough for winter here though, as the yarn I’ve used is cotton. It’s great for right now though and will probably be good for spring too.

Now I’m very excited to show you the start of my jumper tomorrow! Have a lovely day 😊

Emma

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WIP Wednesday – Knotty gloves

Happy Wednesday readers!

Today I’m finally sharing a wooly WIP after what seems like ages! I’ve been working on a pair of gloves as we’re entering winter down under and I always get really cold hands. I found this pattern for free on Ravelry and it is very well written in my opinion. It was my first time constructing gloves and I think all the details in the patterns are there to make it successful. The only thing I’m a bit worried about at this point is that it’s hard to get no holes between the fingers!

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Here is glove one so far, I know I could probably have finished the pair by now but I really didn’t work much on them as I’ve been mostly stitching while I’ve been in Queensland. Blame it on the heat! I am definitely looking forward to a cooler weather though so I can get back into my knitting and I still need to write up a couple of patterns for amigurumi as well, including Cooper the copepod. The next month is looking up to be busy for sure! Enjoy the rest of your week 😀

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18 for 2018 – February update

Happy Friday readers!

February is up, and it was not a very productive month for me craft wise, but on the bright side I actually got heaps of stuff done for work. So not much progress this month but hopefully I’ll be back on track in March 🙂

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.

Still none this month, but I did receive a very nice card from some of my family in France that I will answer. 

17 new recipes tried – 8/17
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!

Three new recipes tried this month, some shiitake noodles (for which I completely forgot to take a picture), chocolate mousse choux and strawberry jam.

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.

Still none, as I didn’t take those up to Brisbane with me. But on the bright side I’m going to the hobby shop tomorrow with hubby to get some painting done! 

15 books read – 1/15
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.

I’ve read “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman. I’ve really loved it, the story is told from the point of view of Eleonor and she is just the most interesting character. I am also currently reading “All the lights we cannot see” by Anthony Doerr and I’m really liking it so far. It’s taking place between France and Germany during WWII and I really enjoy how the book is written with switches between places and times. 

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket – 1/14
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’ve done one new square so far, yay! That brings the total of squares on this to 7 in total, so I definitely need a lot more if I want to finish it, but it’s a slow project that will probably take me years so that’s okay!

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13 batches of biscuits made and eaten – 3/13
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

Adding the choux here brings my total to 3 for the year. I’m sure I’ll make some more this month for hubby as he loves his biscuits! 

12 pairs of socks – 2/12
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

With hubby’s socks finished, I’m keeping to my goal of 1 pair a month! 

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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.

None this month but I have been drawing some plankton which I might use for this.

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10 new movies seen – 4/10
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.

Only one more movie seen this month (I had to wait for hubby to watch movies when I was away) and that was Black Panther. I quite enjoyed it, I thought that the story was simple but well done and the special effects were spectacular! 

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.

No new one made this month but I did start to make a mini me from Kerry Lord’s “Edward’s crochet doll emporium”. I’m loving it! 

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

None this month, I didn’t bring any cross stitch on my trip up to Brisbane.

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.

No game this month either, maybe we will have one this weekend though.

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’ve been working on my shawl design as well as a new amigurumi design, which you may have seen if you’ve been over on Instagram. 

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 didn’t run much in Brisbane as it was so so hot but I’ve been back at it towards the end of the month and I think I’m going good still with this goal. 

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!

No new square this month but I need to start the next one so that I don’t lose momentum.

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 bought yarn for a second jumper, does that count? (trying to find excuses to add to my stash here!) 

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

First trip planned at the end of March, I’m excited for some holidays with hubby, it will be nice.

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

Not submitted yet, but I have now done my thesis review so I am ready to submit as soon as I have finished writing my thesis! Super excited about that, now I ‘just have’ to finish writing 🙂 

That’s it for me, I hope you have been doing better than me this month, and if not I think we all deserve a break 🙂

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FO – hubby socks

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I’m sorry if today’s post looks a bit weird, for some reason my computer refuses to let me write a new post so I have to write on my phone. Hopefully the format isn’t too off.

I have finally finished hubby’s socks and he was pretty pleased with that! With autumn coming up in Australia it was about time too!

I’m just so happy with how the colour matching worked out, I think they are almost perfectly aligned 😊

I think that was a good way to finish the month too, I’m looking forward to sharing my 18 for 2018 on Friday with you.

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WIP Wednesday – Read between the lines

Happy Wednesday everyone, and happy Valentine’s day!

I hope you spent a great day with loved ones and that you had an amazing time. I have been super busy, similarly to last week and also super tired (12h work days will do that to you!) but I still managed to get some knitting done. I think I mentioned recently that I started the Read between the lines shawl (RBTL for short) and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s my first time doing illusion knitting and I’ve been enjoying it so much. The pattern is worked in horizontal stripes but the illusion makes it look as if the stripes are vertical, neat right?

The pattern asks for Scheepjes whirls but I had two Illusion Cakes from Lincraft (one of Australia’s main craft stores) so I just used those. I’m loving the colours so far, I think the final shawl will be quite muted but in a good way and will hopefully go with a lot of my clothes. There is also a crochet version of this pattern available for the non-knitters and I’ve seen some amazing versions on Instagram!

I’d love to know if you are making one of those shawls, I really enjoy seeing all the beautiful colour combinations!

Again I wish you all had a great Valentine’s day ❤

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WIP Wednesday – Hubby socks

Happy Wednesday!

I hope that your first week of Feb has been great, I have just been so busy that I missed my usual Monday post. I’m afraid that I will only be able to blog on Wednesdays for the next couple of weeks, but fear not, I have a few things on the go that I will definitely be sharing when everything is back to normal!

This brings me to today’s post, I have made a start on my second pair of socks of the year, and I have a half finished object (HO) to show you!

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I’m using self striping yarn, and to make them more manly than my socks, I’m not doing any lace pattern. Hubby was definitely relieved about that one! The socks kind of fit on my sock blockers, because I discovered that I have hobbit feet (almost the same size as hubby’s). Or maybe he just has small feet? Either way, those fit him, and he is happy he will have a new pair for winter. I really like the striping effect on those, I think they look great! I have lost the ball band somewhere though so I can’t remember what the yarn is, but I shall find out and I will mention it when I finish the socks.

I have also made a start on the Read Between the Line shawl and I love it! I will try to take some pictures and share that next week 🙂 I wish you all a wonderful end of the week!

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