Monday, 4 August 2014

The Little Yellow Duck Project

"The Little Yellow Duck Project involves people around the world handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home to brighten their day and to visit this website to register where they found their gift. We hope that the stories and information found here will encourage them to pledge their own random act of kindness by registering to donate blood, bone marrow, organs tissues."

My first ducky "Kiki" ready to be released!

This fun challenge is running between 1 - 31 August. Get the details and patterns here: Join team Carle on Ravelry - there is a fun competition between the provinces to see who gets the most duckies on the map!

Follow my Facebook Page to find out where Kiki was released! 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Cuddle Tight Blanket for Baby Syd

Dream big little one!

"he loves it - it works like a hug"

This luxurious, plush cuddle blanket doubles as a traveling rug for baby to play on.

Hand knitted from brown and natural 100% virgin cotton based on the Lion Brand "Cuddle Tight Baby Blanket" pattern. Embellished with duck egg blue cotton yarn.
Approx. 85cm x 85cm.

Snugly Hooded Cowl

Just as the first snow fell on the mountains surrounding Cape Town did I finish knitting myself a hooded cowl. A stylish drawstring design in soft chunky wool - snugly, cosy and comfy.

I am also planning to knit a lighter cotton version for spring and the general windy but not cold days.

Great pattern design by NeekaKnits.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Essential Project Basket

At some point I realised that I urgently needed a "project basket"- handmade by myself off course. My first attempt was using plarn (plastic yarn) as I have made a pretty tote bag before as a recycling effort  - but half way through I abandoned the mission after breaking a crochet hook and the basket not looking as sturdy as I intended.

I couldn't leave it at that though.. I saw a little basket a lady had made of T-Yarn at a local wool shop and that was the answer! I ordered some (they have an awesome array of colours) and finally my basket took shape. Using a pattern from the Crochet in Colour Blog as guide, I modified to suit my requirements and VOILA!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Chunky Cushions

Inspired by some stunning home comfort creations on Pinterest, I knitted these cushion covers with a "seriously chunky" acrylic yarn. They make my couch look fabulously trendy and ever so inviting..

Rib pattern

Moss stitch
Come sit down and be comfy!

New school knitting and crochet for the home - this is my inspiration!

Saturday, 10 May 2014

In love with leg warmers

"Colour is the place where our brain
 and the Universe meet"  
Paul Klee

Just in time, as cold and rainy weather creeps in on us in Cape Town did I finish knitting my leg warmers!

I had this sensational yarn in my cupboard for quite a while before deciding what to make with it. It is Elle Escapades "Burnt Horizon" - a very a suitable name as you will find most of these wonderful shades in any typical autumn Cape sunset. It inspired me so much while knitting with it that I dyed my hair a very similar ombré!

This was also my first ever project using double point needles and knitting something in the round. Initially the cast on and first round had me starting over a few times but the patience paid off and I got the hang of it. I made up a pattern on the go, a mix between a few rather cryptic instructions on the net.

The first leg warmer I finished off was quite short but looked great even though the yarn had not progressed into the pinks I decided to rip it and make a much longer version. The effort was well worth it! The result is a pair of wonderfully toasty, super pretty leg warmers that are just as comfortable in the 21st century than it was back in the 80's :)

"Leg warmers are coverings for the lower legs, similar to socks but thicker and generally footless. They were originally used as dancewear by ballet and other classic dancers in order to keep the leg muscles warm and to prevent cramping or other muscle injuries. No scientific data has been yet collected to substantiate the claim that leg warmers prevent injury." Wikipedia

Thursday, 27 March 2014

I knitted it! Essential Halter Top

Earlier this week I had the pleasure to ship off something pretty to a very excited lady. She had asked me to make her something similar to the stunning crocheted "Essential Halter Bikini Top" (see small picture further below) from the Australian online swimwear store SheMadeMe 

I decided to attempt a knitted test version in some white cotton yarn I had on stash, making up a pattern as I go... she loved it and ordered one in ivory!! 

Can't wait to see some photos of her wearing it at AfricaBurn in April :)

Sample knitted halter top, looks cute under tops as well!

Final product looks stunning in ivory 4 ply cotton and handmade crafty packaging!
Bottom left is the inspiration - crochet halter top from She Made Me online store.

"Happy girls are the prettiest" says Audrey Hepburn