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Monday, June 29, 2009

Owls, but this time Blue!

With quite a few babies due to arrive amongst family and friends over the next few months, I have improvised a baby cardigan pattern with the owl design on it. I think it worked quite well. Not sure if I will put any buttons on the eyes or not this time.

I wonder when I will get inspired to bead again? Having too much fun with knitting and crochet at present.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


A good friend has two owls which have taken up residence in the trees in her garden since the bush fires. They come during the day and sometimes cuddle up, but other times are in different trees. They leave at dusk to hunt.

When we went to her house for dinner recently, it seemed a good idea to take her one of my owl hats to wear. She says the owls said "Who?".

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I'm on a roll - more etsy sales

June has been the best month for etsy in quite a while. Another tute went off today. It was the bobbly bracelet one, which is one of my favourites.

This is one of the alternative colours that I have made and is the one I wear the most. Love those Miyuki triangles.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Is anyone reading this blog anymore?

I don't think I have had such a long time between comments as I have lately. Maybe there is no one reading my blog anymore. Do you hate knitting..... Is the blog boring.... wish I knew the answer. It gives me quite a buzz to see the comments and I also try to comment on blogs I like, myself.

My current beading projects are all for exhibitions towards the latter part of the year and the criteria in each case does not allow the work to be seen before the exhibition. Therefore, a lot of my bead work won't be appearing until later on. In the meantime, I am knitting when I get a spare few minutes.

I have adapted the owl pattern and used beads knitted into the pattern for the eyes instead of buttons sewn on after. Since the hat is black, the detail is hard to see. I think it works though. Daughter and mother both have one now and they seem to like them.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Regatta Bracelet Inspiration

The dinner set in the kitchen at the holiday house we stayed in recently inspired a bracelet destined as a gift to the owner of the house who kindly allowed us to stay there.
The dinner set has a white background, with straight light blue, dark blue and gold lines, representing water and the reflection of the sun which is in the sky. On the water are a group of yachts, obviously tacking backwards and forwards in a regatta formation. This is the bracelet which I came up with which I think has the same feel as the plates. The clasp is the sun shining brightly.

This morning I received a phone call from the lady I sent the bracelet to and she is quite delighted with it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Living Creatively Blog Roll

A few weeks ago I applied for my blogsite to be listed on the Living Creatively site. Today LC's email about their blog roll and the new LC Blog arrived in my email in box and when I checked it out, it was to discover I'VE BEEN LISTED. The Living Creatively site has lots of great things for everyone who is at all creative and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

Humour - EBW Challenge

The latest EBW Challenge is now on. You can vote for your favourite at the EBW blogsite until 15 June. Once again, there are an amazing group of beady goodies to choose from.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jumper to go with the hat.

This is the jumper I made before the Owl hat. I love this old pattern. It is a Patons one from book No. 946 Children's Hand Knits. Couldn't resist buying the book from a secondhand store whilst I was on holiday. It has four different patterns for children, using either 5 ply, 8ply or 12 ply. While the designs on the jumpers are a bit out dated, the styles are basic. Good value for $1.00.

Oh, and now I have to make the hat again, because it doesn't fit grandson's head properly. Lucky I have an almost full ball of wool over.