Friday, 30 November 2018

Hello!

Once again, I seem to have unintentionally dropped off the blogging wagon! And for so long too!

The time has just flown by since my last post.

Nothing much has been happening though - just life. 

I have another grandchild on the way, due 26th April 2019. Little granddaughter is super excited about the arrival of a new brother or sister. Her dolls are getting lots of use as she practices!


This was their baby announcement - cute, huh?!

We have a cute new kitty, Flash. He is a sweetie, even though he likes to sleep on my head at 5am!


We have had some birthdays, been to LOTS of basketball games and tournaments and just lived life.

I have dyed lots of yarn and my Etsy shop is doing well.


I have been immersing myself more and more in vintage 1940s. I dream of having a home furnished from that era and dressing 1940s. Slowly adding more clothing pieces to my wardrobe. For some reason, I adore vintage gloves and there are SO many at op shops, and for only $1 or $2 a pair. I may not have the body to fit true vintage clothing (their waists, so tiny!), but luckily I have small hands!


I hope you have all been well - and haven't forgotten me completely! I apologise for not keeping up with all your blogs, but I will try to do better in the future. 
Sorry!




Sunday, 1 April 2018

Knitted Birthday Gift

It was my little granddaughter's 2nd birthday yesterday and of course, some knitted gifts were in order!

I recently borrowed Mini Knitted Woodland by Sachiyo Ishii from the library. Oh, the cuteness!








I am totally in love with this toadstool cottage - obviously! And will definitely need to knit one for my desk.

I added a pebble to the base of the stalk so it would stand up (which my son kindly painted red to match, even though it wouldn't be seen).

And a gnome to match. My daughter pointed out that the scale doesn't seem to be quite right, if this is meant to be the gnome's home! Oh well, still cute.

I am working on the forest floor still. So many green squares to knit! I'll share that next week hopefully.

I also knitted some cupcakes to go with the teaset she was being given, using the No Calorie Knitted Cupcake pattern, a free pattern on Ravelry.



I really love knitting toys and fun things like these, so it is great to have someone to gift them to.

I have also been working on an Ode To Doris, another free pattern on Ravelry. I have knitted this one a few times as it makes a great newborn baby gift.



I love my DPNs when working in the round, although I have just started using circulars as well. Maybe it is my old-fashioned streak that makes me want to stick with DPNs. Although one of my knitting goals for this year is to give magic loop a try. 
Which do you prefer?

Another of my knitting goals for this year is to make a dent in my sock yarn and sock yarn minis collection. I subscribed to Knitcrate a while ago and have collected my own crates of yarn.


I have my eye on a few patterns for the minis - possibly Free The Minis by Amy Meeks or Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart. Has anyone knitted either of these or have any other suggestions for minis?

I have also been busily dyeing lots of yarn - it is so much fun and so addictive!





I have so many ideas for colours I would like to try. The shop is getting fuller every week!

Linking today with Rainbow Hare's Wool on Sundays - a woolly link up on the first Sunday of each month.
I would love to hear what woolly things you are all up to this week.



Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a happy Easter. I hope you have a special day.



Vintage pictures cause you know I love them!

And apologies for my absence - my technology skills are terrible and I have not been able to log into Blogger. Now I can but I don't know what has changed. I just want technology to work!


Friday, 16 March 2018

Very Amateur Video and the Shop is Ready!

I posted an extremely amateur video for my Etsy shop update on my page today.
Would you like to take a look?!



Here it is! - Well, this will take you to my Facebook page so don't click if you don't want to access Facebook.
I couldn't upload it directly to here as it was too big. And I have absolutely no clue how to edit video. Hence why it is so unprofessional! 
I need to do some research into making and editing video. Any suggestions for safe, free software would be greatly appreciated.

Here are some random yarn photos - I am so enjoying dyeing!
I was sad that some of the special yarn I ordered did not arrive in time, but hopefully it will be here next week, ready for next Friday's shop update.












That is probably enough for now!

The shop update will be going up very soon. 

My Etsy shop - Tiny Toadstool Cottage

I would love it if you would like to visit and give me some feedback. I know my photography leaves a lot to be desired compared to some people, but all the yarns are true to colour and can be seen well, I think.
Let me know what you think - what works and what could be changed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Mystery Knitting Object

Mystery knitting object.

Can you guess what I am knitting here?




Think, birthday present for this little cutie's second birthday.



Yes, daughter and granddaughter are home from their Australia trip and staying with us for a while. So it is pretty hectic here at the moment, with seven people living in the house. And one bathroom! We really need a shower roster for the mornings.