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Knitted Shawl

A shawl I knitted last year. It has quickly become my ‘go to’, throwing it on with whatever I happen to be wearing and it just works. The shape and the way the soft wool drapes is beautiful.

I used a pattern by Sylvia McFadden of Softseater knits called ‘Waiting for Rain

Find more info on the pattern and wool  here

 

For me knitting is a creative outlet, time to unwind, and a way of celebrating the changing seasons.

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Knitted romper for my baby boy

Knitting is something I have quickly grown to love. It is my time to sit back and put my feet up at the end of they day, my time to meditate in the repetitive motion of the needles clicking together gradually weaving a new shape out of a string of wool, my time to recharge.

This romper I knitted for Jairus. It really is the perfect little outfit for a very active crawling, climbing, wriggling boy. Throw on a collared shirt and knee high socks and he’s the best dressed kid in town, or put on a t-shirt and he’s all set to go exploring.

The pattern is the Sea Breeze Romper  by Kuroki Knitting

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Rope Basket

Rope Basket | www.MikaelaBeth.com A project I’ve been itching to make for over 12 months (I even bought the rope before christmas last year!). Finally it was time to just do it. Stop putting it aside for more important things. Time to have some fun and try something new. Rope Basket | www.MikaelaBeth.com Rope Basket | www.MikaelaBeth.com

After much pinterest browsing and looking at tutorials I decided to make a basket for Olivia, to hold her special things, whatever they may be at the time (today it was a leaf, a rock and her cucumber!)

There’s something about starting with a big coil of rope and watching it transform into a basket, while being mesmerised by the hum of the sewing machine zig zagging its way around and around.

Of course I didn’t just start with a simple bowl or with handles that are attached like 99% of the rope baskets out there, I decided to do my own thing and have seperate handles… probably not the best idea as it’s very difficult to join the ends! My solution was a little piece of coordinating ribbon which I thought would look pretty when I draped it across, except for after wrapping it around the handles it does remind me a bit of grey tape. Oh well, you have to start somewhere and I’ll just have to trial some other techniques to cover the messy ends.

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Knitted Jumper

Knitted Jumper | www. Mikaelabeth.com

Earlier in the year, on mother’s day, Garth was working away and he visited the Nundle woollen mill on his day off. He knew how much I enjoyed it there and love working with their wool, so instead of flowers or chocolate he bought me a bag of wool which was in the seconds pile due to the uneven dye (which honestly I think gives the jumper more character). My husband knows me well and gave me the perfect gift to create something useful out of.

After much thought and looking at patterns, I decided that the wool was best knitted into a jumper for Olivia, as a warm winter jumper was high on the priority list for her. This pattern I had already bought and put aside, it was just waiting for me to get the right wool to make it.

You can find out more details about the jumper on my ravelry page

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Short term goals

15-12-31_NIKON D7000_16-28-03 15-12-31_NIKON D7000_17-22-2615-12-27_NIKON D7000_16-44-06At the beginning of this year, Garth and I were chatting about various plans and goals for the year ahead, as I’m sure almost everyone else does too. We’ve decided to have a ‘no spend’ 3 months, still allowing us to buy the essentials but really thinking about what is a need and what is just a want (even if it’s a really really want it now), this will allow us to make some steps towards where we want to be financially.

This has meant I’ve been looking at all the things I have in my studio, some pretty, some useful, and some things that I should just get rid of… but also some unfinished projects that have been sitting on the shelf and need to be finished! it’s a win win – I’m completing projects that have been taking up space and I’m also not spending money on any new supplies.

I’m going to share with you a list of what I’m hoping to complete in the next 3 months:

1. Pin and quilt chooky quilt
2. Knit Olivias cardigan
3. Crotchet colourful balls
4. Sew outfit for Olivia
5. Sew dress for me
6. Stitch candle wicking quilt blocks
7. Complete diploma in Interior Design
8. Photograph pre-made jewellery to list for sale
9. Paint landscape with oil paints
10. Have my backlog of photos organised and key worded

This is making my heart beat a little faster as I’m writing this with the realisation that I’m now going to be accountable to you. Thank you for listening and I will share updates along the way.

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Markets

  Thank you to all who the beautiful people who had a chat and purchased a special something.
  
  

I will be at the Bespoke Twilight Markets  on the 28th November and also at the Handmade expo the following day, 29th November. Please come and have a browse at all the gorgeous stalls and what a great opportunity to get those christmas gifts!

Don’t forget – if you can’t make it to the markets you can visit my shop and it is always free postage for all orders in Australia 🙂

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Knitted Pixie Hat

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It keeps her warm and snug, wrapping around her ears and tying at the front so she can’t just pull it off.

Find more details of the pattern and what I used here

 

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Another Baby Kina

My latest project has just came off my knitting needles (I haven’t even got to block it yet!) This favourite cardigan will be perfect as the autumn weather arrives. The last two Baby Kina cardigans I have knitted are now far too short, ¾ sleeves and a midriff is just not acceptable! So a new one in a bigger size will be very welcome addition to Olivia’s wardrobe.

You can find all the details on my ravelry page here.

Knitted Baby Kina Jumper | www.mikaelabeth.com Knitted Baby Kina Jumper | www.mikaelabeth.com Knitted Baby Kina Jumper | www.mikaelabeth.com

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Creating : Hexagon Quilt

English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  I started this hexagon quilt in January 2011 when we had an unplanned extended holiday in Toowoomba with our family due to major floods and not able to drive home. Out of character for myself I didn’t bring enough projects to keep my hands busy for while we were away (I’ve learnt my lesson, always prepared with projects to keep me busy wherever we go). So armed with inspiration from pinterest and my sisters hexagon quilt, I raided my Mum’s fabric stash and started cutting, tacking and sewing together tiny ½” hexagons. English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  These hexagonal shaped pieces of fabric have never been far away, alway got some ready to stitch in my handbag as you just never can tell when you have 5 minutes to fill (although they seem to be getting few and far between now with a busy baby to occupy those moments).English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  So far I have made 40 hexagon flowers with a white border and 43 without, that’s a total of 2,297 individual ½” hexagons hand stitched together. I haven’t decided what size I’m going to make the finished quilt yet, at the moment I’m thinking a queen bed topper would be nice, but until then I’ll just keep making little hexagons. English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com  English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt | www.mikaelabeth.com

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