Anti-Autumn KAL Pompom Quartely Finished

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Autumn is over the north, but down south spring is upon us, so my Autumn KAL with  Pompom Quartely has a summery flavour !

I finished My ananas comosus singlet from issue 9  a while back and here are my little words and pictures! the colours I used for my ananas are a bit unusual ! Here some pictures !

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Intarsia Ananas

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The back of the Ananas (make sure you bring all the colour yarns to the edge of the Ananas to avoid holes, I made this mistake, that is why I have a the zigzag business on the edge) …)

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I crocheted around the neck line to give a smoother finish

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The finished ananas

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The back

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Voila the Ananas Comosus by Sarah Garry

One of the best part of Autumn is the fresh air, the falling leaves with golden shade and Halloween …. If we mix our spring/summer and want a feel of festive halloween, why not carving a Ananas Jack-O- Lantern :)! Have a look at this clever idea by A subtle revelry!! 

Now my Ananas Comosus has some good potential for an Anti-autumn down under ! Don’t you think!!

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Picture from Subtle Revelry

Skeinyarn + Curioushandmade = Pebble beach shawl

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If you are looking for something quick, easy, and beautiful to knit as a christmas present then the Pebble beach shawl from curioushandmade is FOR YOU ! the shawl was finished in a week or so and I believe that some fast knitter can finish this beauty in less time than that.

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Fibre lover portrait #3

Baby Bitsy in a Donkey Suit

Today, I am happy to introduce S from Tales of twisted fibers, the creator of Ivy, the clever crocheter behind the infamous free Batman pattern (visitors favourite pattern on Amigurumipatterns), the designer behind Foxy O’Neal  and Miss Kitty Catty  featured in the amazing pattern book Animals at work , the bee girl was top ten on the list of  fun features from dream to reality #69 on DIY dreamer web site.

Even though, I have never met S in person, discussing with her through emails, I could tell that she is indeed a passionate fibre crafter, she put a lot of work on putting patterns together. I worked with S on the Ivy pattern and I was very impressed on how thorough the explanations were (step by step pictures on tricky parts).  S has been crocheting for only 2.5 years and her work is outstanding and inspiring. I am happy to share with you her work and world!

Little warning: There is a PA content doll in this blog post !  so only grownups are allowed to click continue reading ! sorry guys!! 

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Amigurumi Ivy for halloween

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When Tales of twisted fibers called for testers for her new pattern, I jumped on the occasion! I was lucky to be chosen for the testing of Ivy.

I have to say that the pattern was Perfect and that there were not many things to fix really. I was so happy to make Ivy that I got carried away and made some mistakes! The colour I chose are not very halloweeny but my Ivy is nicely wicked. She is a protector of children, loves drinking tea with cornichon biscuit (Chon biscuit), and collects rabbits.

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Ivy the pink hair little sorceress

The thing that is new for me in term of amigurumi is that Ivy is movable. The use of mini wire make the entire doll alive. The making of Ivy was not very complicated as the explanations were pretty straight forward. It uses very basic crochet technics. I used 4 colours (white, brown lavanda and pink) Loden from Grignasco and crochet hook 2.5 mm. Ivy is 10.5 inches high and pretty !

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she has a little hat

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She is very precious and you should crochet one for the coming 31st of October !!!!! the pattern for Ivy will be soon available on amigurumi patterns ! Also if you go on the her amazing blog you will find amazing free amigurumi pattern ! I am planning to make batman and super Ted!

A lot of work goes into making dolls and patterns so if using free or bought pattern always give a little thanks to the maker! Ivy pattern is on sale Here

Happy Amigurumi making !!

 

 

 

Fibre lover portrait #2

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Today, I had a conversation with my mother in law who is an outstanding knitter and sewer. Both in laws came to visit from beautiful New Zealand to see their little grand child. C was a stay at home mum for 8 years and when her third baby turned 5 she started part time work. For C, the knitting and sewing was a way to save money and provide nice clothes to her kids. Talking with her,  I realised that handmade brings out so many wonderful memories and smiles too.

When C was 13 she was baby sitting 3 kids and when the parents arrived they were listing the Goons on the radio and she was “payed” by small treasures such as purple handkerchief  (her favourite colour at the time), and years later they gave to C’s first child ( my husband) a hand sewn crocodile that my husband loved so much that C had to repair many many times.

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I never promised you a rose garden

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Yarn of the day ! I never promised you a rose garden Tia merino single ply from Countess Ablaze …again

I think I will let the pictures to talk for themselves

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I never promised you a rose garden

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look at these colours !!! they are alive!!!

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Tia merino is soft and a dream to knit with

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Look at the yellow!!!!!!!!!!!!

and What Am I going to make with it ??? Ah Ah I think it will be outrageously pretty :) the pattern is in PomPom mag summer 2014 now I need to find a sister colour…. Have you guessed what pattern it will be ??? ;)

Morrígan free pattern from Hedgehogfibers

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Yes I made it ! my non-selfish knitting is cast off, blocked and beautiful! Thanks Hedgehogfibers for this amazing free pattern. Morrígan is a charted shawl with 3 charts: setup, repeat and edging. The pattern called for 4 repeats. I used the beautiful silk/merino lace weight yarn Implode by hedgehogfibers (700m/100g), a needle gauge of 3.75. I changed to wooden needle as the metal needle did not work. It is a very slippery business knitting lace with metal needles.

         Warning: if using metal needle when knitting lacy things, it can end up in tears ! so my advise use wooden needles. 
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Fiber lover portrait # 1

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I decided that writing a blog about my own knitting adventures is just not as exciting as writing about other people fiber vision. When I was in the westknits KAL, I realised that even though everyone had the same pattern, Lumpy space, the finished object was different, it had a soul, the soul of the maker. I realised that behind each finished object there is a person with her/his own senses and stories. I decided to talk about people and their feeling and passion about fiber ! Today my first fiber lover portrait is my best friend C who is a mother, researcher, sporty person, and coffee drinker. I learned how to knit with her over many coffees and cakes  in deep discussion about science, philosophy and of course our future knitting projects.

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So dear C, how long have been knitting ? I made my first jersey when I was 11 years old. so I learned a long time ago. Continue reading