Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

A Happy Chappie
June 9, 2019

I am living life gently since coming home from hospital on Friday, 31 May.

In between naps as I recover from surgery, I have finished this soft toy which had been waiting for a face for a long time.

The big grin shows how happy I am to be back home with my pets and able to sleep in peace in my own bed.

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Long Term Project Completed At Last!
January 11, 2017

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Like many people who knit or crochet, I have projects I have been working on over a number of years –  picking them up and putting them down again for a while as other, smaller projects take priority.

This week I completed this rug which I started about five years ago. It is a mixture of eucalyptus coloured wool and novelty yarns. The wool I inherited from my mother’s stash. Most of the rug is knitted with the exception of the three crochet motifs and the border.

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‘Hmmm, this is nice and snuggly, Margaret.’

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I am planning to give the rug to a family member who lives in a pet free household.

Green Monster
November 13, 2016

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The Castlemaine branch of the Country Women’s Association receives donations of knitted squares which the members make up into rugs which in turn are donated to an organisation in Bendigo which supports women and children escaping domestic violence.

I decided to make a toy using two of the donated squares and adding limbs and features to create this friendly monster. Whilst they are fiddly to make, I wanted the monster to have hands with fingers. I obtained the pattern via a link on another blog.

I had a lot of fun making this toy and I hope there is a child who will enjoy playing with it.

Collage: These are a Few of My Favourite Things
August 22, 2014

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“When the dog bites,

When the bee stings,

When I’m feeling sad,

I simply remember my favourite things and then I don’t feel so bad.”

As sung by Julie Andrews in ‘Sound of Music’

I made this collage about some of my favourite things about my home:

The strips of toilet paper wrapper – my house is light and bright, full of colour and texture,

The red tea bag wrappers – the pleasure of drinking good quality green tea. I’ve run out. I need to get some more.

The art work made by my nieces – their greeting cards give me a lot of pleasure. Gemma wrote 61 all over the turtle’s shell to mark my 61st birthday.

The pieces of knitting – knitting is calming. Balls of yarn settle on various surfaces in the living area. Most days I am extracting yarn from Katie’s mouth. Katie loves anything soft and chewy. She prefers my yarn to her yarn which lives in her own special yarn bag.

The keys – keys to my heart, keys to happiness, the keys I can never find when I need them.

The beads – the joy of my own creations which adorn my home.

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Katie who just wants to have fun.

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Arlo, The Magnificent, who doesn’t have much time for Katie.

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Belle, The Huntress, who is sitting on the kitchen bench which is forbidden. That reflective collar isn’t there for decoration. Belle is Katie’s favourite playmate.

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Max’s rug
September 7, 2013

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The black crochet intensifies the bright colours of this rug. I knitted and crocheted to make the blocks in each row.

I liked including the novelty yarns in this rug.

My nephew, Max, who likes bright colours appreciated this gift. He used the rug as a play mat as well as something to keep him warm in bed.

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My First Beanies
August 5, 2013

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I completed these knitted beanies today. They are child sized.

They are the first beanies I have made so I was keen to use a pattern suitable for beginners. I used the pattern for ‘Bev’s cozy knit cap’.

I plan to donate the beanies to a community organisation to use in their projects or to raise funds.

I hope the beanies find good homes.

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Gemma’s Rug
July 7, 2013

DSCN1651In my early fifties I discovered how calming knitting can be.

During a stressful time towards the end of my work life, I found the rhythmic movements of knitting soothed the inner woman. I had not knitted since my adolescence when I completed a hated school project. Having taken up the needles again, I have continued with simple projects. I make rugs which take a long time to complete which doesn’t matter as I am in no hurry.

I gave the rug featured here to my niece when she was a toddler. She was ambivalent about the gift as I had used a small amount of orange yarn – a colour she did not like. Apparently the orange outweighed all the pink I had included.

I used both knitting and crochet in the making of this rug.

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