Nothing like doing things low tech. Some hessian bunting jazzed up with stencils cut out of yoghurt pottle lids.

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T-Rex Knitting Graph

It was hard to find a simple T-Rex knitting graph pattern so the easiest thing to do was draw one on graph paper to go on the back of this Shepherd’s (Book 1002) Raglan Jacket with Hoodie. Instead of putting in a zip, I knitted a button band. I haven’t shown the graph for the front pockets, they were drawn up in the same way but a lot smaller than the T-Rex on the back.

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Even though we are having a very mild autumn, I’ve been trawling the patterns on line to make some fingerless mitts and bedsocks for the family. The children’s mitts are from ‘Adorable kids fingerless mitts by Kiwiyarns Knits,’ and the small sized ladies mitts are from ‘Lazy Rib Fingerless Mitts by Chocolatetrudi.’

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The boy’s bedsocks are 18 cm long and are from the vintage pattern ‘Lady’s and Child’s Bed Socks from Patons Knitting Book No. 248.’

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I’m having a go at drying hydrangeas this year, they look good on day one and the garage smells like a florist shop. Happy with this little green baby hoodie knitted in 4 ply Bella Baby Merino and using a Paton’s ‘Hoodie Jacket’ pattern.

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Old Blanket Oven Cloths

I have a few old woolen blankets that are too tatty to use anymore, most of them sourced from op shops. They make wonderful oven cloths, I’ve had one for five years and it washes up fine in the washing machine. The best size seems to be 65cm long by 38 cm wide (25″x 15″). I cut two pieces of blanket the same size then embellish one piece¬†with either embroidery or for the two below, with wool applique. My applique fabric is often from felted wool skirts that I’ve also found in an op shop. When I’m happy with the look I back it with the second piece of cut fabric to hide the stitching. To finish I bind the edge as you would with a quilt.

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Holiday Knitting

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We stayed for three weeks in the beautiful Whanarua Bay around the East Cape of the North Island. Gorgeous and raw, the landscape is full of rocky beaches, mature native trees and heaps of bird life. There was plenty of time in the evenings to read and knit this Aran Jacket set from Patons’ book 5000.


With a special little one on its way, it was time to have a go at a pop art quilt. I really like the clean silhouettes of children’s book illustrations from the 50’s so that was what I looked for when I gathered up the animal shapes. The fabrics are a mix of batik and prints and give a vintage vibe while still being fresh. I had fun making it, looking forward to the little grandie’s arrival now!

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