Baa-me Kniits

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Till Death Do Us Part....




The Old Man You are ALWAYS Knitting! .... in a grumpy voice meaning you are not hanging on every word I say and giving me your undivided attention....

Her Indoors These are for you .... Sweetly


The Old Man Oh! Sheepishly


Her Indoors I hope you like the colour?


The Old Man Just don't add any of those silly flowers!


Her Indoors SIGH!



True Love! :-)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Creative Space

Thursday....





Some soft buttery yarn and a few dropped stitches....





Butter Lattice Cowl....





and a wee flower for my Brown slouch beanie, My SIL insisted that a little colour was needed so C this is for you :-)

Check out Kirsty's for more creative spaces this week!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Turning Japanese


Watashi no na me wa Jenni des :-)

I hope that says my name is Jenni in Japanese! It is one of the few phrases I picked up working as a tourist guide for Mulgrave River Horse Adventures. We used to collect guests from their hotels in Cairns and take them for a real Aussie style horse riding adventure. 3 hours on a horse for the first time, up and down hills and then across the river before a few quick trots before heading for home. I am amazed that any of our poor guests could walk the next day! We did all have a lot of fun and I met some lovely people from around the world.

Look at what the lovely Lis from Sashiko Started It has sent me for our swap!!!






It is all so yummy!

I can't even bring myself to open the packets.....I am just going to gaze and admire for a bit longer. I have a few ideas for these goodies but I am in no hurry....

Arigato go si masta Liz, I lOVE what you have sent me!

Lis also has a quilting blog, Online Quilting .... do you want to see some truly beautiful work? Then you have to pop over and have a look, Lis's stitching skills are amazing!!

Thankyou for our swap Lis I have really enjoyed it :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Horse Play



This was just too funny not to share! Don't show it to my Husband he worries about me and my pets enough as it is.......I think 'Squirrel' would love to do this!! :-)





I will never be a Quilter....




I discovered this lovely book at the library this week and have been dying to get stuck into having a go....



Some material from my stash and a template....




and we have a delightful 'Sun Rose'. Doesn't that look cute....




another one, some felt and a few stitches....




and we have a lovely little needle case.... (sorry about the blurry photo...it is not your eyes )




add a few beads and its finished. I could make more of these, they are fun!

I have always loved the combinations of colour that Quilters come up with with their amazing quilts but unfortunately age has robbed me of my ability to judge a straight line so "i will never be a Quilter'. I can however enjoy a little colour and pattern creativity with these little flowers.

Kumiko Sudo has a whole collection of them for me to try in her book and my mind is overflowing with ideas for their uses....

Remember my large needles and a bit of a twist?




Gwenstella posted about her lovely cable scarf and thanks to Raglan Guld's fab tutorial about cables I thought I can do that....




Finally a scarf for ME!

Hope you are all having a great weekend! :-)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Creative Space


Today it is large needles and a bit of a twist....

Head over to Kirsty's to see who else is playing this week :-)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Giveaway




And the winner is....

Congratulations Mrs P from 'Quilting In My Pyjamas' If you haven't visited Mrs P at her blog you are missing out on a treat, there is much more than Quilting and Pyjamas! Drop me a line Mrs P and we can arrange delivery of your lovely scrummy shawl :-)




Monday, July 19, 2010

Serenity on Sunday....



Today I pruned my Garden....





Jacaranda, 3yrs old....




Bougainvillea, 4yrs old and originally a cutting from a 50 yr old plant that belonged to a friends Grandmother....



Juniper, 2yrs old....



Azalea, 2 yrs old....




These are the only other plants in MY garden! Jade Plants, hardy and easy to look after! I have another plant in the bathroom that was a gift from a brilliant gardening buddy, she assured me that it is hard to kill :-)

I have a black thumb so my dearest hubby is responsible for all the other lovely native plants and fruit trees that we have. I do have a couple of Jacaranda trees that I am nursing along and trying to keep out of reach of the cows. Remember THIS?





I just thought you might like to see one of the mummy's that comes to feed every afternoon on our nice sweet lawn. We have about 3 mums with bubs like this. She is keeping this little fellow warm for the winter but come spring he will be turfed out of his warm bed. I don't know how she manages to hop along at all carrying that burden!! I haven't seen him out of the pouch yet but judging by his size and the fact that he is eating grass (imagine lying in bed all day and eating!) I don't think it will be too long before he is told to get out and walk on his own two feet!!

Hope you have a great weekend and don't forget this is the last chance to enter my GIVEAWAY just leave a comment on this Post :-)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Creative Space and a Giveaway

Thursday....


Have a look at what I discovered in the linen cupboard....








These are tiny!!    That is the lid of a 2 litre milk container in the top left hand corner (about the size of the circle you would make by  putting your thumb and forefinger together in  an OK sign )....










They have been kept because they belonged to my Grandmother.  I am not sure where she got them from,  her husband worked in the Foreign Office in London  and traveled a bit so  I think they came from Romania??












Have a look at the exquisite stitching....










Have these ones been woven??


Remember these are small so those stitches can just be seen, can you imagine the skill and patience that created them? ....


I have no idea what I am going to do with them?   Embellish a top or a skirt?  Maybe a bag?   Add into wall hanging?  Just keep them and bring them out every so often to gaze at in awe?....


Now going from one extreme to the other end of the spectrum....








I tested out the pattern with some acrylic yarn and my HUGE crochet hook and then I made up this yummy beanie with some gorgeous chocolate brown home spun wool made by the lovely Ali  in my Fibrecrafters group....








Nice and 'holey' and not too hot for the tropics but just perfect for warding off the chill and also for taming my dreads!!    My husband wanted to know why I had a crab-pot on my head and whether I was actually going to go out in public with it on??   








See how it is perfect for my hair!   AND  yes I did  wear it out in public and I had 3 lovely comments about how nice my 'Beanie' looked!!    One should never take a husbands criticism to heart   ;-)


Don't forget that I am having a GIVEAWAY ,  just leave a comment on my previous post to enter and then go and check out all the other creative folk this week at Kootoyoo   


Have a great weekend    Jen  x




Monday, July 12, 2010

Spoils from the Show

I'm Bragging Now....


Remember these creations that I recently entered in the local Agricultural Show?





Woo Hoo!!     Look at this....





Now because I am so pleased that I won at the show I am celebrating with a GIVEAWAY!


Thats right I thought I should share the love   :-)








Some luscious knitting with some funky wool and we have a beautiful Rainbow  'Sideways Shawl'   The Shawl is a favourite up here in FNQ and I have had numerous requests for this pattern as it is so cosy and it is also versatile.  The main part of the shawl is not wool in this one,  but it is a nice soft novelty yarn which is not scratchy on your skin.  The stripes are wool so you will have to be careful with washing or getting it wet.    Now if you would like to knit one up for yourself here is the link to Pickles  for the pattern.


BUT  if you would like a chance to win this lovely shawl just leave a comment and I will draw a winner next Tuesday (20/7), that way all  my readers overseas will get a chance to enter.




Doesn't that look snuggly!!....


And finally here is a sneak peek at a little something I have been working on with my HUGE crochet hook....






Just playing around with a pattern at the moment but should have a reveal in a few days.  This was our display at the show with all our lovely wool and our spinning wheels.     :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

OND

BEWARE  Obsessive Knitting Disorder....


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's Showtime!!



LOOK who kept us company at the Lake today at my fibrecrafters meeting!!!! He seemed quite happy up in the roof and wasn't bothered by all the attention he was getting....

It has been a hectic week. As usual all my planning has been left to the last minute and I have been rushing to get something together to enter in our local Agricultural Show. My Fibrecrafters group The 'Coffee Drop Crafters' are entering a number of exhibits and we will also be doing a spinning display over the 3 days of the Show.

So without further ado, here are my entries....

Lots of lovely photos so grab a cuppa and get comfy....




Aren't these the cutest little accessories!!




Pre Felted....




Stage 1.



20 mins later.... Felted!




Here he is 'Glastonbury Bunny' , requested by my friend Meg....






Crochet Sock Monkey....





A nifty bit of weaving....




Roving....




Plus some nice beads....





a bit of thinking outside the square as my wheel isn't able to load large objects onto the wool....





Beads and fish ready to ply with my homespun roving....
Here I will have to admit that I had to ply the two yarns together by hand! It was very time consuming and a lot looser than I would have liked but like I said before 'when needs must!'





Voila....'Seascape' a novelty yarn....
I am hoping to make this into a beanie before winter finishes???




Some upcycled scraps of fabric and trim....



a lampshade found at the Op Shop....



Very Retro....





And I couldn't resist showing a photo of my new horse! He was given to my husband (yes we can blame him this time!! ). His name is 'Tadpole' and he has bad feet at the moment. Nothing a bit of TLC and some time won't fix.

Did you notice the wallabys??



And finally this is Clover....

Cute as a button, and as round as one as well!! I am hoping that there is a little Clover growing in that huge belly as I have had Douglas the bull for over a year now....

I am still waiting.... I must be patient! Personally I think Clover needs to go on a diet before I will see any little Clovers running around, but I have been known to be wrong.... :-)