Thursday, August 27, 2015

show and tell.

this week's show and tell is a pretty recent finish to be honest... i'm almost caught up on the backlog of finished items i had stored up, better get to knitting some more to share ha ha!

now this was a super interesting pattern to knit up!
i first spotted it over on lisa's blog, and it immediately made it's way onto my ravelry queue.

morgan, is another hat that's knit from the top down which is super new for me. every hat i'd knit up until last week's share, has been from the bottom up. it was fun trying something new though!

now obviously, being knit from the top down is about all that this pattern, and last week's have in common. they are completely different beasts!
morgan uses short rows, and strategically placed increases and decreases to change the humble hat, into a super awesome flat cap.
it was kind of magical to knit it, and have it come together before your eyes. and i definitely had to place full faith in the pattern ha ha. there was a wee bit of cursing and a bit of tinking and frogging to get a couple of things right (and to be honest, there's still a few things that are embracing the handmade look...) but it WAS fun and it is 100% made with love.

i knitted this up for a friend, to help her keep her head nice and warm, and as always, my thoughts were with her as i was stitching away.

my original plans for this hat, were to knit it up in rowan felted tweed, as i'm a big fan of the texture and colours available... however, i serendipitously came across a ball of the shilasdair luxury dk through work, that was a little unwanted and unloved.
it turned out to be the perfect colour for this hat, and my friend as it makes her lovely green eyes pop!

i kind of want to knit this up again, sooner rather and later, with a few tweaks...
i think i'd use a provisional cast on for the top so that the finish would be a little neater.
oh, and i'll also know exactly what tension to use in the bind off of the peak (long story short, i ended up kitchener-ing too tight, breaking my wool and had to re-knit the peak 2.5 times before i got it right!).

what have you been making lately? have you knit up a morgan? what's your favourite hat pattern?

Monday, August 24, 2015

meal planning monday.

after a weekend away, the last thing i would like right now is for it to be monday.
alas, here it is anyway. thank goodness for meal plans to make the rest of the week a little more achievable hey?

tonight, i'm declaring date night! and a dumplings we will have! yum!

tomorrow night, i think i'll break out the slow cooker. much to bb's protest, i'm feeling the need to get slow cooking and clear out the freezer AND have easy breezy dinners. so tonight, beer braised ribs.

wednesday night, tex mex beef. i'll grab some tortillas on my way home and some salad-y stuff from the backyard (woo!)

thursday night, i'll be working late, so slow cooker satay chicken should hopefully make bb forget it'll be the third slow cooker meal in a row. it's one of his faves.

friday night, i'm heading out to the movies with some ladies for a charity night. i'm sure i'll find something in town, and bb can fend for himself (slow-cooker leftovers? ha ha!)

saturday should be an excellent at home day, so i think i'll encourage bb to cook up a giant pot of bolognaise. his is always so excellent and there's a distinct lack of it in the freezer at the moment.

sunday, i'll be taking bb back to the airport as he's heading interstate for work again. i might have that carbonara i didn't cook last week as i forgot to buy bacon... if i remember to buy bacon that is!

what are you eating this week? what's your favourite slow cooker meal?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

my week.

oops! this post seems to get written later and later on a sunday, though only because there's always lots of nice stuff happening.

check out the awesome socks that my mum found in downtown warburton yesterday (while i was working *sob*)
apparently, they're made up of recycled cotton, and i love that they kinda match, but kinda don't. so rad!

while bb was away this week, sampson had to stage a knitting intervention. i started on a colourwork beanie and got a wee bit obsessed (just one more row/pattern repeat...)
it wasn't so effective, as i got my patterns all done before i went to sleep. a very late/early night for me!

one of the few pictures i took from the girls weekend, was of my first loaf of bread in ages. resting in front of the just-lit fire.
the short amount of time i spent up there was pretty idyllic. great food, the most excellent company, some sweet and cheerful little ones underfoot and SO much knitting. dreamy really!

last sunday, i got to sneak in a few snuggles with the cutest of bunnies while chatting with a lovely gal pal. i don't know that he enjoyed himself, but i sure did!

ooh, and for those who were wondering, all of my mending jobs from earlier in the week... they're all done! i was a good egg and finished them all up before i pulled out the aforementioned colourwork, lucky too as it was nigh impossible to put down!

what happened in your week? have you ever snuggled with a bunny? are you a colourworker?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

show and tell.

the finished item i'm sharing today is a little different to what i'd normally make. well, actually, it's quite similar as it's a beanie. and i make TONNES of those babies!
but the design and even the construction are quite different to what i'm used to whipping up.

the fairy snow cap is a top down, lace patterned hat which knit up surprisingly quickly considering how much i procrastinated with it...
i think the trick was, that i wanted to knit the sleeves of my cardigan even less ha ha! this entire hat was completed in the time it took me to knit ONE sleeve on my cardigan (ie. this would be the reason that first sleeve took me so long ha ha!)

the colours, and pattern were picked out by my rad cousin, who i was making it for, but the choice of yarn was all mine!
i opted for debbie bliss cashmerino aran for the body of the hat, as i thought it's super smooth and squishy texture would hold that lace pattern nicely.
the (massive!) pompom is made up of almost an entire ball of debbie bliss blue faced leicester, which was the yarn i bought originally to knit before this pattern was decided on. the colour was so awesome though, i had to keep some and incorporate it anyway ha ha!

the thing i couldn't get over with this pattern (aside from the fact i thought it would be a great project to knit on the train while chatting, FOOL!) was that it only used one ball of yarn for the body of the hat. i'd purchased two, not even looking at the yardage requirements, just assuming that i'd need that at a minimum. what a pleasant surprise!
granted, if i'd used the same colour for the pompom, it would be a different story... but it did help to make the hat a super satisfying knit!

as always, all the details are over on my ravelry page.

what have you been making this week?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

meet the garments.

at the beginning of the month, i posted that i had quite a bit of mending i wanted to get working on.
for a bit of motivation, i thought i'd introduce them, which in turn, gets them out of the mending box and lying around the house. the opposite of out of sight, out of mind right??

garment number one.
a dress i picked up at a second hand market. YEARS ago!

after a few wears out on the town, the invisible zip ate itself! maybe a little bit too much 'me' in the dress didn't help.

i've done the unpicking on this one already. so it'll just be a matter of popping in a new zip... which i've already bought.
why haven't i done this already?

garment number two.
a super cute denim-y skirt (it's quite a light fabric).

it has needed mending since i picked it up from a friend's op-shop pile.
i thought to myself, i could fix that, no problem.

YEARS later, i've ripped out the broken zip (another self-eating invisible zip) AND have another ready to go in... sensing a pattern yet?

garment number three.
another hand-me-down garment...

this one is fully functional as it is, but the problem i have with it is more apparent when i'm actually wearing it...

the waist sits REALLY low on me, and the pockets are halfway down my LEGS!
this one needs a little bit more work than the previous two.
i'll need to unpick the zip at the back, unpick the waist and take out some fabric before re-attaching the skirt to the bodice and then reattaching the zip to the skirt. phew!
shouldn't take too long once i get into it though...

garment number four.
this one is a bonus and wasn't actually in my mending box at all. i wore it to work yesterday and remembered why i hadn't worn it in a while...
it's a dress i've had for quite a while and has had quite a bit of wear. for that reason it's starting to fall apart a little.
the ribbon that ran through the channel is LONG gone and always sat a little high on me for what i like.

i've been wearing it with a belt for ages, and it looks a little silly with the sewn channel for the ribbon AND a belt.
an episode of something on netflix and an unpicking session and this should be pretty much ready to go!

knowing me, it'll be the first lot of mending done ha ha!

now, i'd best get to pulling my sewing machine out of the cupboard. i wonder how much of this list i can get done this afternoon?

do you have some items that have been in your mending pile for an age? how do you feel about invisible zips?

Monday, August 17, 2015

meal planning monday.

this week, i'll be on my own a couple of nights, while bb is interstate for work. i'd say i'll be making lots of single serve dinners of things bb doesn't necessarily like to eat ha ha.
let's see shall we?

tonight, i'll whip up a couple of batches of soup. i had the oven on yesterday to make breakfast, and threw some teeny butternut pumpkins, and some leeks in to roast while it was on. potato and leek AND pumpkin soup will be stocking the freezer!

tomorrow night, carbonara! one of bb's least favourite meals. i'll bump up the health factor with a big salad of backyard rocket, and wholegrain pasta. should still be delish!

wednesday night is ncb night. hopefully i'll be meeting up with some lovely crafty folks for some scrummy food and chatter.

thursday night, i'll grab some sausages out of the freezer and whip up some meatballs. simple.

friday, i'm heading off on a country adventure for an annual girls weekend away. i'm sure there'll be a whole lotta delicious food happening, but seeing as how i'm in charge of breakfasts, i have no clue what it'll be. blissful!

on my return on sunday, i think i'll pick up a chicken on my way home. roast chicken will be a perfect sunday dinner!

what are you eating this week? what's your favourite sunday dinner?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

my week.

phew! what a big week it's been!

there have been kitty hugs and brotherly catch-ups, with bb's brother returning to the country after spending MONTHS overseas. it was rad to catch up with all of his brothers, as well as sisters-in-law AND my cheeky, cutesome nephew.

i also managed a quick trip to shortstop for some donuts... it was so hard to make a decision on what to choose, i was tempted to go for one of everything! i made the choice of just two though, mainly because i was headed out for a yummy birthday lunch with bb. i then shared the donuts with the aforementioned family ha ha.

with some sunshine happening over the weekend, there was some outside time had too!
i discovered a wee little strawberry AND realised that what i thought was a giganto milk thistle, is actually a little thicket of rocket.
on closer inspection, several of what i assumed to be weeds in the back yard, were actually self-sown rocket too! i have a feeling there'll be lots of rocket-ty salads in my imminent future!

i was very spoilt on my lucky day on tuesday with lots of new literature. the to-read pile on my bedside table is nicely plumped, but might see me sneaking out of bed for midnight snacks ha ha!

what have you been up to this week? read any good books lately? what's your favourite donut flavour?