Monday, February 19, 2018

My Makes for the Christmas Ornament Swap

This feels like the most overdue blog post of all time, but I thought I'd still share what I made for the Ornament Swap anyway!
First of all, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who participated in the swap. I'm glad it was such a positive experience and that everyone enjoyed it so much.
For now, here are the ornaments I created for my swap partner - a bauble, a gingerbread house and a little Scandi-inspired Santa. I loved making each of them, but the Santa was by far my favourite. He reminds me of those little chocolate-shaped Santas that appear every year.
Knitting the ornaments was so much fun as I got to complete projects in just a couple of hours, and then get started on the next one. It's nice to make something that quickly occasionally, and it was hard to stop at just three!

For the bauble, I used this pattern and WOOLganic DK in Grapefruit Moon & Chilli Pepper

For the Gingerbread house I used this pattern (it was so fun!) and Adagio Mills Alpaca DK in Chai for the house and WOOLganic DK in Grapefruit Moon for the roof

And for the Scandi Santa I used this pattern and WOOLganic 4ply in Chilli Pepper, Adagio Mills Alpaca 4ply in Clouds for the embellishments and a scrap of Grapefruit Moon in 4ply for the face.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Knitted It | The Happiest Hat

This project was one of those ones that started badly and ended happily. It was a Christmas gift knit and started off a completely different colour than it finished. The pattern is the Happiest Hat by Mary Jane Mucklestone, and I originally tried to replicate the colours of her beanie.
It didn't work - big time. Really, it looked horrible.
I got a few rows in and realised this was going to be one of those Awkward Handmade Gifts. The kind where the recipient tries hard to think of something nice to say about it (and the recipient would have because she's a lovely person like that!).

So, I knew I had to start again. I was on a tight deadline and didn't relish the task of pulling out those hours of knitting.
Before I cast on for the second time I was a sensible knitter and did a swatch with my new selection of colours, just to be sure they'd turn out alright. My confidence had been rattled after seeing my previous colour choices unfurling like an Ugly Sweater beneath my fingers.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Here & Now | February 2018

Loving // The beautiful view I'm greeted with every morning, which is often enhanced by thick clouds of mist clinging to the tops of the trees and sides of the mountains. A definite perk of being perched on a hill
Eating // Lots of sourdough (I kept my starter alive during the car trip, a blog post all about it is coming!)
Drinking // Lemongrass & Ginger Tea from The Dandy Tea Co. - a gift from a lovely friend 
Feeling // The best I have since moving in! I finally seem to have gotten rid of the cold/flu that decided to move in with us, and it's making organising the house so much easier :-)
Making // I've just started knitting on my Feather Stitch Sweater again. I thought I'd get heaps of crafting done on the road trip between moving houses, but it turns out I have to feel somewhat settled to be able to settle into my craft. Who knew?!
Thinking // About popping into town for an ice cream from the most delicious little gelato bar (they use local ingredients and as little sugar as possible - the result is the BEST gelato!), seeing as it's a nice warm afternoon
Dreaming // Of wearing my handknits lots throughout winter now we are in a cooler climate

Friday, February 09, 2018

Putting Down Roots

It's been so long since I've sat down here to write a blog post that I really don't know where to begin. I have this dreadful fear of being yet another blog that "takes a break" but never returns, so write a blog post I must!
Moving house didn't go anything like I had imagined it. It's a long boring story though, so I don't think I'll bother you with it. The gist of the story is, that we've only just moved in a couple of weeks ago! We are in New South Wales, the planned destination. I've never actually set foot outside of Queensland before, and I underestimated how being in a place I'd never been before would feel. At times it's been overwhelming - not knowing where anything is, having to look up maps each time before your journey out, and even trying to get used to daylight savings.
On the flip side, it's been delightful to see so many new places. To have the fun of discovering the lovely little things tucked away in this new town. And summer has been bliss. For the trip down the coast, I packed my full summer wardrobe, thinking I would need it all, and only a couple of slightly cooler-weather items, in case of a rainy day when they might be needed. It turns out that once we reached south-east Queensland, the weather was delightful. Whilst the locals complained of the heat, I enjoyed the beautiful weather and came to understand why one might want to make Christmas a more outdoors celebration. It was hot, I grant you that, but not what I am accustomed to for that time of year.
New South Wales, on the other hand, I have yet to find hot at all. I'm sure I'll acclimatise, but at the moment I am loving summer (even when the locals find it hot) and wondering how I'll manage in winter!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Amidst the Moving

I'm surrounded by a chaotic house filled with boxes - some packed and some only half packed. There are things everywhere as the furniture we don't want to move has sold before we've had a chance to pack up the contents. Despite the chaos, we are making headway.
I've been hoping to get on here and write a blog post all week, but it's been a little bit crazy around here. The fact that I've managed to sit down right now, and write these words, seems something to celebrate.
I want to thank you all for your kind wishes about my move - your emails and comments have been lovely to receive, and I have read them all, even if I'm a tad slower at responding to them than I usually like to be.
My shop closes for 6 weeks after tomorrow. Initially, I was struggling to let go of my business for that long, to actually step back and take a break. But now I am looking forward to being able to not have to run it during this very busy week, and then have a break after actually moving. I wouldn't be closing it for so long if we weren't moving at this time of year, but in a few weeks, we're colliding with the festive season so I couldn't see the sense in reopening the shop only to close it back up again. It already has me excited for next year, anyway, and the things I'll be able to plan for it with a clear head whilst taking a break. I can't wait.
Despite the obvious signs that we are moving, I still can't quite get into my head that we actually are. I think because the days are so full of a massive list of tasks, it's all about getting things done rather than being able to think about what's going on.

© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall