James’ Cabled Hat

Super retro photo filters haha! James needed a new beanie so after a loooong search for a pattern he actually liked we ended up with this:

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The yarn was just some Magnum super soft acrylic which works well for him because his beanies tend to end up shoved under the couch or sandwiched in other things and accidentally thrown in the wash etc.

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The pattern was nice and easy to follow though every time I knit with metal circular needles I remember how much I hate them for being slippery!

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Cabled Cushion Cover

MOAR CABLING! I am so obsessed with cabled knitting!

This was a quick and easy pillow case that I improvised on the way back from a trip to Bendigo.

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Of course, I ran out of yarn so I had to put fabric on as the back.

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Cat Cup Cozies

I know I vlogged making these last year but I’m pretty sure I never put up the photos… So today here are some mini kitty coffee cup cozies. You know I spent way too much time trying to work out whether it was “cosy” or “cozy” and whether it was a US/UK spelling difference or if one was just incorrect >_>

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Also, how good is marshmallow fudge? Seriously, best thing you can possible make in a microwave!

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I actually think my favourite part of these was doing the blush. I don’t know why I’ve never thought to use real blush before but it looks so soft and cute!

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Resizing T-Shirts

Ages ago I grabbed a heap of these little crop tops for $2 a piece at a sale. They didn’t have my size in a lot of them though so I just took the next size up. They are perfect for Summer or for wearing underneath dresses that don’t have sleeves though so I got my overlocker together and finally took them in a bit.

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This was a super easy fix because they are made of stretchy tshirt fabric. All I had to do was find one that did fit and then trace around it.
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Pinning is useful for this kind of thing.

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So helpful.

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Then overlock down the side seam from the sleeve down.
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Rinse and repeat for the bajillion others!

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This also works for long sleeve!

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And depending on the kind of knit sweaters too!

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A Green Leaf Cardigan

Knitting break!

Continuing on in my adventures of cardigan making, I decided to try something a little more on the complicated side.  I chose Spice Trail from the East, a free pattern from Knitty which uses a few different stitch patterns. I did mine with some cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills and switched to a short sleeve version so it was a bit more suited for Summer.
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This was my first time doing a bottom up cardigan in pieces which was seamed together afterwards. I hated seaming it all together so much that I think I will convert all of my patterns to either top down or in the round to avoid ever having to do it again hahaha!

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That said, the pattern was fun and easy to memorize quickly and while I didn’t love the leaves while I was working on them, they turned out to be a very striking pattern when completed.

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It helps to have a good model.

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My favourite part of the pattern was the eyelet cable rib. I want to use this on other projects because it’s stretchy but it lays really flat.
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Omg so many seams:

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I love the V pattern on the back!

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Bee Mittens

After we went to Bendigo to look for yarn and the not-so-pink cliffs last year, Celina and I discussed in great detail the need for mittens. I mean it’s Melbourne and they’re only needed like once a year… but can’t hurt to have nice ones for that once a year?

I decided for mine I wanted to practice some colour work so I drew up a basic flip top and flip thumb mitten shape and added a honey comb pattern with a bee/wheat/crown motif on the front. I loved doing the colour work but I didn’t consider my colours well enough so the bee pattern is too pale. I’m considering embroidering over it… but I guess I’ll think about it when I need mittens again that one time next year haha!

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