Category Archives: Life

The Satisfaction of Kid’s Knits

You know that I’ve only just started thinking of myself as a knitter.  I learned to knit so long ago that I don’t even remember when that was.  It’s just something that I could always do, although not very well, and nor could I cast on or off.  But thanks to YouTube channels like Very Pink and Purl Soho, and not to mention my friends Tammy and Sarah, I’ve gone over to the dark side!

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About a year ago Vanessa Kind shared some We Love Knitting yarn on Instagram (or maybe her podcast) and it was love at first sight.  Then came the challenge: how to get my hands on some!  It became a matter of stalking the Instagram page, enabling notifications and setting alarms for shop updates.  And I’m not the only one who does this – it’s a real game of Fastest Finger First to checkout.  More than once I was quick enough to get some in my basket only to find that it was sold out by the time I tried to pay.

Eventually I scored a few skeins of peaches and cream and sea glass, just in time for my gran and aunt to come visit, saving a fortune on shipping.  Oh Australia why do you have to be so far away?

Aren't these colours amazing! More @weloveknitting yarn, and the loveliest tote to match! #crochet #knitting #merino

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Fast forward six months, I had to get more.  I bought two skeins of mintfetti DK and after trying to crochet a shawl design, I realised that this yarn needs to be knit and – honestly – is wasted on crochet.

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So then became the hunt for the perfect project that wasn’t a shawl and could be knit using only two skeins.  Enter Ravelry and Jane by Georgie Nicholson. The combination of the mintfetti and this design is amazing.  The yarn loves the stockingette stitch and it’ll make the perfect kids cardi.

Jane cardigan by Georgia Nicholson on Ravelry. Yarn: Mintfetti by We Love Knitting

I honestly can’t believe that I never paid attention when everybody told me that knitting for kids is so satisfying.  That it goes quickly and I would be so encouraged by the progress.  Especially in a 8ply DK yarn.  If been using 4ply fingering for so long that I had forgotten how fun a chunkier project is!

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Now this is my first garment knit.  I’m keeping it simple while I grow my confidence.  I’d LOVE to hear your tips for simple and beautiful knitted garments. Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.  I’m just enjoying this so much!

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Wearing Flowers in My Hair

Today I had another post scheduled.  I was going to share the tutorial for the Colour Block Baby Blanket I knitted, but today is not the day for that.  Today instead I’ll be wearing flowers in my hair for Wink.

Today a family is laying their beautiful daughter to rest.  Their daughter who inspired thousands, no – hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.  Their daughter who loved colour and lived music.

Wink was one of the first crochet bloggers that I found when I first started out, and I was even more excited to discover that she lived close by (well, kind of).  I felt connected.  Like we were bound to be besties.  Just because we both crocheted, and lived within 100km of one another (I know, lunacy right?).

I was terribly nervous when I met her for the first time, expecting her to be aloof, too cool for me. Instead I discovered a girl who was warm, who’s smile and presence made a space come alive.  I expected to not know what to say to her as I was so dazzled, but I needn’t have worried.  Being with Wink was easy.  I felt we had known each other forever.  That we really could have become besties.  I think anyone who met Wink would have felt like that.

But then she slipped away.  I was busy up to my armpits in my own life dramas and hadn’t realised she wasn’t really present any more.  Then when she couldn’t make our recent blogger weekend I knew something was seriously wrong.  But still life got in my way.  Everyday I thought: I must reach out.  I must remind her how amazing she is.  But I didn’t.

And suddenly she was gone.

Today a family lays their beautiful daughter to rest.  I’ll be wearing flowers in my hair for Wink.

@marretjeroos, @miss__neriss, @googelsenvoozels and me at #mtbams!

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A fun selfie taken at an event last year.  That pic won Wink a rubbish bin, isn’t that hilarious?  I can still see her bemused face on stage receiving her “award”, wondering how to get it home on the train…

If you want to wear flowers in your hair for Wink today, here is a tutorial she created recently:  http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-crochet-flower–cms-20976

Wink’s family have set up a beautiful memorial site where you can leave messages, post photos, share your love.  There are other social media events ongoing as well, via  #mandalasforwink, #mandalasformarinke and #wearingflowersinmyhairforwink