Crafty 13, Four

Project #4: Joanna’s Blanket

At the beginning of 2013 when I found out my old housemates  were expecting their first child, I was so excited for them. Firstly, because this would be one very welcomed, loved and blessed child. And it was so nice that good things were happening to good people. But also, it gave me a much-needed reason to start my next knitting adventure.

It began at the sales room in Bendigo Woollen Mill when I stumbled across these luscious colours, inspired by the world around me. I didn’t want to stick to the traditional “unisex” colours you see in shops – beige, white, cream, yellow or green. No, this baby deserved something much more unique.

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And then I remembered a beautifully simple blanket pattern I had found on Ravelry a few years ago.
There’s not a lot to this pattern – stockinette stitch, seed stick at the colour change and a border of my choice. Just a LOT of stitches on each row….168 in total!

Started: March 2013

Finished: September 2013 (the baby beat me by four weeks!)

Method: knitting (with a crochet border)

Needles: 4.5mm circular needle (60cm); 3.5mm crochet hook

Wool: 5 different colours in the bargain bin at Bendigo Woollen Mill – all 8-ply; mix of wool and woollen/alpaca.

Pattern: original inspiration for the blanket here or here; border was an adaption from Lucy @Attic24 and her granny blanket border. I ran out of wool to do the whole thing, but I like the result anyway…The eventual dimensions for the baby blanket were 95cm wide by 110cm long – sadly I didn’t get a photo of the finished blanket all laid out.

I love the process by which these things grow, and are born into this world.

Forever I will remember this winter on the goat farm punctuated by numerous times spent curled up on the couch in front of a roaring fire, knitting a plain row, then a purl.

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Or watching a movie, drinking a cup of tea at the dining table, knitting in my lap.

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Or snuggled down in the arm chair, house sitting and lazing with fury company.

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All the time, the rows would grow slowly. Some days I would knit for what felt like hours with just a little bit of progress.  Some nights after work I would only manage a row.
But there was such comfort in the rhythm, the repetition, the pattern.

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It was some stability in my life that had quickly grown and evolved to new dimensions – soft, warm and familiar.
From my new lounge room in Melbourne I spent a cold weekend in front of the TV weaving in the ends and crocheting the border.

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Almost nine months after I found out about the pregnancy, it was done. I had created something from nothing.
Whilst I haven’t had the chance to meet and hold Joanna in person, I feel lucky to give her something that gave me such joy to make.
I hope her parents feel so proud, so blessed to have created their precious little princess.
I hope she grows up to like purple as much as I do.
And most of all, I hope she is always warm and knows just how much she is loved.

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Crafty Thirteen: #3

 

 

Project #3: A One Skein Scarf (or almost…)

Found and rescued from the bargain bin at Bendigo Wool Mill last year.

Not quite the right shade of purple for my baby blanket project. But perfectly soft and fluffy and warm.

Enter autumn cold nights that arrived brutally in April, just weeks after we had the last of a beautiful summer. I couldn’t bear the thought of idle hands on all my train trips to and from Melbourne, or on my multi-leg flights around Australia this past month. And a coffee without a some craft is an opportunity lost.

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Canberra life: coffee and knitting and catchups with friends.

 

Start date: April 2013

Finished: mid May.

Method: knitting

Yarn: 8ply wool from Bendigo Wool Mill – about 180gms.

Needles: 4mm bamboo circular needles

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Melbourne: tea and more progress on the knitting

 

Pattern: again, this was an adaptation from a larger blanket pattern. Made to fit my short attention span and requirements to be portable and easy.

I found this zig zag blanket via ravelry, and fell in ripple love. Again.

Similar to my last project I stuck to two repetitions of the ripple. Repeated.

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Finished, just in time for winter!

And the finished product is lovely and soft and warm. Everything I wanted for this winter – but with the added bonus of enough yarn left over to make a beanie!!

Keep tuned, the next month will be beanie time!

 

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My Crafty Thirteen: #2

Eeek, it’s the end of May and I’m falling desperately behind in my 13 from ’13 – better find some quick and practical projects to get me back up to speed then!!

But this is a cute project I made earlier in the year for my 12 year old nephew. Project brief: something that could easily (and cheaply) be posted overseas, and that it was practical. Well, I forgot that the northern hemisphere is warm at this time of the year – not freezing like Central Victoria – but I hope it’ll see lots of wear come the next winter.

Project 2: “Blake’s Scarf”

Started: February

Finished: Early March 2013

Method: Crochet

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Yep my happy place: crochet, chai tea and chocolate.

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My crafty 13 from ’13.

It’s no secret I like food. Eating it, cooking it, reading about it and growing it.

Well, that and a good coffee. And good wine…among other things!

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nothing like a coffee and good list making!

But one element of my creative world that often doesn’t come up in conversation is my obsession with wool. I learnt to knit as a child (doesn’t everyone??). But as an adult, the hobby grew – I taught myself to crochet a couple of years ago and from there, the options grew further!
After a recent stocktake, I have discovered that my collection holds enough balls of wool, skeins of yarn, needles, hooks and patterns to literally last me years (most of it is sitting packed up in boxes in my brother’s shed, with the rest of my belongings).
And I have another nasty habit of starting things….and then not finishing them. Much like many posts that sit here in”draft”….But I digress!

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yep, a work in progress still!

In keeping with my “less in more” theme of 2013 I have banished myself from wool shops. And have set myself the hefty task of making a dent into the collection before the mice and rats and moths do.

I’m going for thirteen completed projects either knitted, crocheted or sewn in the twelve months of 2013.

I figure at just over one a month it can’t be that hard, right???

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Christmas decoration time….

My only two rules to myself: no buying new stuff to complete them. And they all must be useful, practical kinda things…not just more clutter for my world.

Seeing as it’s already April, I’m going to have to keep working like a busy bee to get there….but I am already onto number 4 project, as you’ll see really really soon. If you follow my photos on Instagram, you might just have a sneaky idea what I’m working on 🙂

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