Lets Link!

Posted On December 17, 2010

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Browsing the new issues of Knitty, Twist Collective and the new holiday patterns on Ravelry, seeing all the wonderful  winter scarfs, hats, mittens and sweaters has got me wishing that it was winter here in Australia. I have always been a winter person, and ever since I’ve become a knitter I’m an even bigger fan of those frosty months. I mean there is no other time that it is reasonably ok to pile of loads of handmade scarfs, hats, sweaters and gloves and walk out of the house feeling proud you knit all that stuff yourself. So to help me through the not-nearly-cold-enough-to-wear-knitwear time of year for me, I am going to share some of my favourite winter sweater patterns and just pretend for a moment that I can wear them outside : )

Here goes:

Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre
The Tea Leaves Cardigan is a really popular sweater, and theres no wonder why. It is simple enough to not stress you out over complicated lace pattern but it keeps you interested with beautiful yoke detail, and ooo it’s knit in Madeline Tosh worsted.

Printed Silk Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio
This is a great sweater for spring/autumn I just love the stitch pattern, it is really unique. I can see myself in this : )

Miette  by Andi Satterlund
This is a gorgeous sweater! I love the lace detail and the cropped style with the 3/4 sleeves. This would be perfect over a dress in summer and spring and over a top with jeans during the cooler months, and to top it off, the pattern is free!
                  
Pebbles Wide Rib Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge
I’m a sucker for hoodies, they are just really versatile and suit my weekend adventures. This looks like a lot of fun to make and will be great for casual wear

Emelie by Elin Berglund
This is a really really pretty sweater, this is definetly something I want to make in the next few months and I’m really excited to see how mine turns out. Just a gorgeous pattern!

Estelle Pullover by Linden Down
The Estelle Pullover was originally a cardigan but I really like the pullover version. I wear a lot of pullovers but have never seen one as pretty as this and with such lovely detailing

Classic Silk Open Cardi by Pam Allen
I really like Pam Allen’s designs and this is one of my favourites. I do like open cardigans but don’t see a lot of knitting patterns for them, this is one that I really really want to knit
Some More Sweaters to drool about…..

(Left to Right: Annabel, Lapis Yoke , Laar, Audrey in Unst, Acer Cardigan and Greenaway)

What are some of your favourite Sweater Patterns?

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Time with Thumper

Posted On December 16, 2010

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Thumper (from a couple of posts ago) is our new baby rabbit. He is growing slowly but still very quiet and extremaly lazy : ) Since he is just too cute to resist the camera, here are a couple of shots from this morning.
Time with Thumper 4

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Thumper, like all good rabbits enjoys his carrot

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Time With Thumper 1

Summer Sewing

Posted On December 15, 2010

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Lately I have been eager to exercise my other crafty abilities and sewing came quickly to mind since I have developed quite a stash of fabric… even when I dont sew.. weird isint it? So I took a break from my knitting and grabbed the good old sewing machine out of the cupboard, threaded it up and plugged it in and to my surprise I actually got something sewn together

{Summer Wallet} by {Lola Nova}
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I used a pair of old jeans and fabric scraps to sew myself a new wallet.
Summer Wallet 3
The fabric is really cute and I enjoyed working with it
Summer Wallet 1
This has been my first sewing project for a while and I think I will definitely krank out the machine again this summer.

The gift of giving

Posted On December 12, 2010

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As the days grow fewer and fewer towards Christmas, and knitters across the world frantically click their sticks together in hopes of finishing their projects, I kind of stopped and thought about giving knitted gifts. For me, giving someone something special, something handmade, almost a piece of myself is something I would love to do all the time and really rewarding for me. Knowing that I will be making someone else happy while doing something that makes me happy can’t get much better. But there are those times when you stop and say…. ‘should I have given that person a knitted item’, that doesn’t happen much to me luckily and now I only knit for people whom I know will appreciate the gift or who have requested me knit them something, this works and makes for no regrets and a whole lot of knitterly love. I think I enjoy giving gifts better than receiving them : ) Unless of course it’s yarn!

Speaking of knitting gifts, I have two pairs of fingerless gloves on the needles, I’m a sucker for fingerless mitts and think i have knit just about more mitts than I have socks. They are just so easy, practicle and seem to be really popular gifts.
Target Gloves
I started these Target Gloves for my dad for christmas, The middle chunk is actually knitted in Berocco Peruvia in the leftovers from knitting his Henley. I thought it might be cute to have matching gloves to go with the sweater. These are knitting up so quickly, I have already on the cuff of the second
Target Gloves WIP

One of my tropical mitts are done and the stripes were so fun to knit.
Tropical Fingerless Gloves

However, I don’t think I used the best method of carrying the yarn up through the work so I ended up with a whole lot of ends to weave in…
Tropical Fingerless Gloves WIP
a bit scary dont you think?

Tropical Yarn

Posted On December 10, 2010

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I have had a lot of time since summer break so I had time to do some dyeing in the last few days. I don’t know what came over me but I think I was swept away by the summer atmosphere and I dyed three lots of yarn in very co-ordinating tropical colours!

Tropical Yarn

These are quite bright and not at all colours I would usually knit with but they are really fun to knit with, each yarn is a semi solid with touches of lighter and darker shades. I’m knitting them up into fingerless mittens since I am still waiting for my Sublime cotton DK for my Double V Cardigan to come in. These will be a christmas present for a friend who is mad about colour, hopefully she will enjoy the tropical colours as much as I do!

Tropical Mitts WIP

Meet Thumper

Posted On December 10, 2010

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Remember a while ago I mentioned my Mystery Blankie?


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Well it was intended for this little fellow
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This is Thumper, a seven week old baby mini lop rabbit and the newest addition to our family.

Thumper 1

He is so cute and such a little goof and I am real excited about getting to know him

Thumper 3

A new home

Posted On December 10, 2010

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Piccino Luna has moved to a new home! WordPress is just so much easier to manage and has better layouts, widgets etc.. Unfortunately all my posts were lost in the changeover and I am having great trouble retrieving them : (  So if you have been going to the web address of my old site, I’m sorry for the confusion! I will leave you with some photos of these delicious dark choc chip cookies I made to add to the holiday spirit.
Choc Chip Cookies 2

Choc Chip Cookies 1

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