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Mini Swoon Cot Quilt

I have been waiting for a chance to make the ‘swoon’ quilt block designed by Camille Roskelley. I went for the mini quilt block which is an 8″ square because it is for a cot quilt and the full sized one at 16″ was too big. It was a bit fiddly but worth persevering with.

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Autumn Knitting

Although the warm days are lingering on, mornings are starting to chill down. Great excuse to get the needles out again and start some knitting for the grandies. First off are two jerseys for a little girl. The plum hoodie is Bernat’s toddler hoodie with some extra cabling down the fronts and scallop crochet cuffs. The light purple jersey is from an old ’70’s pattern that looks completely different when knitted with an all over mock cable pattern.

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Original  'flower pot pattern'

Original ‘flower pot pattern’

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What to do on holiday

Not a lot of craft happened while travelling around the South Island for three weeks. There was a bit of knitting on route (when I was able to take my eyes off the view), and I managed to finish my giraffe cross stitch when we were occasionally stationary and I needed a time filler. Fantastic trip, NZ you really are a ripper!

Rakaia river

Rakaia river

Nugget point

Nugget point

Tairere Gorge

Tairere Gorge

Southland - hay bales :)

Southland – hay bales :)

Waiting at Middlemarch

Waiting at Middlemarch

Giraffe cross stitch. 11x14.5 inch

Giraffe cross stitch. 11 x 14.5 inch

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

African Flower Crochet

This beautiful crochet block in called African flower, I followed the tutorial on ‘African flower: paperweight Granny’. It’s a relatively simple pattern but very effective on mass. Thanks for the clear instructions :)

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Stick Christmas Tree

After finding a tree down across an electric fence (ouch), the nicely lichened branches sawed up nicely for a stick Christmas tree. It took a bit of fiddling with the nylon to get it to hang straight but made it in the end!

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Birdie Decoration

I was looking to make a Christmas tree decoration for this year and found this cute bird tutorial on ‘Attic 24: Birdie decoration’s’ site. Crocheted in 8ply wool, the tutorial was very easy to follow, thank you!

Christmas tree decoration

Christmas tree decoration

What’s been on the needles

I knitted up this cabled number from ‘Thread and Ladle: Otto Day cardigan’ which is quite different. Looks better on than in this photo! The other three are really old 1980’s knitting patterns that look okay knitted up in more modern colours.

Otto Day Cardigan

Otto Day Cardigan

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Sirdar 241

Sirdar 241

Patons 1845 and Shepherd 2136 Booties

Patons 1845 and Shepherd 2136 Booties

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