Baby I Love You

Valentine is an excuse for us to be arty farty! My gift from Lee was this beautiful “Baby I Love You” drawing. The message is pretty special as it is a reference to the song by The Ramones and the tune for our first dance at our wedding. My card to Lee is a heart made out of one of my early swatches made on the machine knitting. Oh and I really do love him more than knitting!!!

Happy Valentines Day ❤️

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Sweary Bobble Hat …

Very happy to have spent this weekend learning more about my knitting machine. Spent yesterday at a brilliant one day workshop learning all sorts of new things. Spent today fine-tuning my sweary bobble hat skills! Soooooooo blinkin’ happy how this one turned out … what do you think?

Hats All Folks …

Learning the knitting machine has been so so tough. I knit, I sew, I embroider and I crochet, and I do them all with confidence. However, learning how to use a knitting machine is a whole new league for me. I’ve made it my challenge to master the machine in 2018. With stripping, oiling and much perseverance I have my Silver Reed standard gauge singing beautifully. I am mighty proud of these beanies I machine knit over the weekend. The flower design was using one of the punch cards that came with the machine, but the other two are my first attempts at creating my own designs. Lee is very happy with the secret message written into the blue one. They are not wholly perfect but it was good learning and everyone starts somewhere right?

Woolly Woolly…

This week has been written off with the dreaded Aussie Flu … with nothing to do apart from cough I took to the needles … by machine and hand. I have knitted a pink Flamingo Scarf for myself which just needs some eyes, am half way through a nautical jumper using a 1930’s knitting pattern that I found free on the internet and also have a stripy scarf for Lee hanging off the machine. Sometimes creativity is just messy yeah?

Knitting Zelda …

Step-son is a gamer nerd and, upon his request, in the summer, I started knitting him a Zelda woolly hoodie. Due to the shoulder injury the needles were sadly laid down and I didn’t feel able to pick them up again until just before Xmas. Super chuffed to have finished this yesterday. The Zelda image was patterned for me by Lee of course. Oh and Step-son was so happy he even agreed to have a photo wearing it.

What do you think?

My Mother’s Knitting ….

You may remember some time ago Lee designed a beautiful image of a ball of wool in a heart shape.  I had asked Lee to design an image that would represent the love and creativity of my mum and also my own love and enjoyment of knitting.  I wrote a post about this called For the Love of Knitting back in May when my beautiful, creative, strong, amazing mother had not long been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  She has since lost her courageous fight against this awful heartbreaking disease and so I finally took a trip to Forever Art studio where Lee created this unique and special tattoo on my thigh. I love it with all my woolly heart.  Remembering always my way …

For the love of knitting…

So I love to knit … my beautiful mother taught me and my sisters when we were little. I always remember her knitting us such  beautiful clothes and then of course knitting for our children. It hasn’t been that long since she hung up her needles really! We three sisters have all had our creativity gifted to us by our mother.  Recently I have knit a ‘Trashcan’ jumper for Lee, baby clothes for friends, and dolls clothes for a dear little girl. I love this relaxing, old fashioned expression of art so much.  Inspired by all this I asked Lee to design me a tattoo that would represent the love and creativity of my mum and my own love and enjoyment of knitting.

I simply adore this …