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If Chaletgirl can do it… so can I! May 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnplanner @ 5:59 pm

When the master of the blogging community says she is back… a mere padawan like myself can but follow.  And whilst I don’t have any party photos to share I might have a thing or two that I have been working on in… oh… the age since I last blogged.  But all I needed was a good excuse and I’ll make an effort.  I promise.

Thanks Sheridan for the kick up the tracky dacks.

More soon.



A quick FO September 28, 2011

Filed under: finished objects,sewing — yarnplanner @ 8:03 am

I have been trying to improve the quality of my finished objects. I’m quite pleased with this one, a skirt I can wear to work.
It will be better when I give it an iron.



Another FO August 24, 2011

Filed under: finished objects,Gryff,sewing — yarnplanner @ 3:30 pm

This little one is a bit more recent. While at SIT, I bought this Kristen Doran embroidery pattern because it was just so darn cute. Then my boy asked me to make him a robot. I’m fairly sure he wanted it to be made of metal and have flashing lights but this is what he got.

He is so sweet he didn’t show a hint of disappointment. He is even good enough to take it to bed with him every now and again.



The Urban Troubadour August 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnplanner @ 12:30 pm

I really am so behind in my blogging, you can expect to see a flurry of FO’s, which I need to catch up on.  The first is the Urban Troubadour.  I loved this pattern from the first time I saw it and just had to make one.  Working from the chart was much easier than I thought, except for the cream and brown section in the middle. All the other stripes have a pattern to them (which you can chant in your head as you go). But this section is a 28 stitch repeat which, line by line had no discernable pattern.

Urban Troubador
It is knitted with Bendigo Woollen Mills 5 ply classic in a range of colours on 4mm needles and even though I got guage, it is just a bit snug around my shoulders. I would definitely knit this again with a few modifications and make it just a bit bigger. Still, It is perfect for chilly Brisbane mornings and I love it.


A new tack August 21, 2011

Filed under: bits of life,finished objects,Gryff,sewing — yarnplanner @ 9:51 am

My blogging has been absolutely woeful of late and I’m pretty embarrassed about it. But I’ve decided to try something new and blog from my phone.  The idea is to make it a bit more immediate and to use the proximity of the camera to its advantage.

So here goes.

A recent FO. For my boy of course. A simple play mat panel, with pockets for cars (and parachutes and soldiers and planes and helicopters) on the back and ties so it can be all wrapped up and carried about. Like all mothers of four year old boys I am always trying to find ways to keep him busy and happy, particularly when we are out and about.


Easy Gift Giving April 30, 2011

Filed under: finished objects,Gryff,sewing,Uncategorized — yarnplanner @ 8:37 pm

I’ve had an idea for a kid’s present going around in my head and finally had the chance to give it a go.  The two children of the lovely Donna have their birthdays close together and rather than giving more toys, I took the opportunity to try to get my idea together.

A while ago I bought some hamburger shaped bento boxes from an import store that was closing down.  I can’t quite remember how many I bought but there are a few.  They were cheap but lovely quality.

So I decided I needed to make a bag for the bento boxes to sit in which looked a bit like a paper bag from a well known fast food outlet. I made them out of a linen/ cotton blend fabric and just made it up as I went along.

I ended up with this:
Bento box bags

Gryff was the guinea pig but he loves his as much as the two lovely kids did today.  The bento boxes are not ideal for lunches as they don’t fit a sandwich easily but they are great for snacks and the kids like pulling them apart to see what is in the different layers.
Bento boxes
The whole process was fun. It was easy and quick and I think the kids really like them.  Watch out if your child is likely to get a present from me any time soon….


Noro Striped Scarf April 17, 2011

Filed under: finished objects,yarn — yarnplanner @ 6:34 pm

This scarf is a really long time coming. I think I started it in May of last year. It was a really long, boring knit. One that made me question, on more than one occassion what possessed me to start it. One that made me beg (the much more level headed) Donna to ‘intervene’ if I ever suggested I would start another such ill-conceived project ever again. Still, I love all 7 foot of it and now it is done, I’m pretty pleased it is mine.
The pattern (such that it is) is on Ravelry and the yarn is Noro Yuzen. 4.5mm bamboo needles.
Noro SS