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We Contributed to a Book! (& a Giveaway!)

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Yes, that’s right! A real, live book!! And it’s out now!

Way back in August 2011 the lovely people from Penguin contacted us to ask if we’d be interested in contributing some crafty projects to a new Christmas book. Of course we were super surprised and delighted to be asked, and we jumped at the chance! We were very busy bees at the end of last year, getting everything finished for the deadline in early January, in between working our day jobs and doing all the usual stuff like looking after this little blog. All up we contributed six projects to Handmade Christmas, including some crochet baubles and a crochet snowflake garland by Reuben, as well as some little terrariums, reusable teabags, ornaments and a tabel runner by Katie. We are so pleased with the finished book and we still can’t quite believe our work is in it! It’s a little bit surreal seeing our names on the list of contributors.

Of course it wouldn’t be right not share a little of our joy with you guys, so to celebrate our fancy new roles as “book contributors” we’ve got one copy of Handmade Christmas to giveaway! To enter, simply leave us a comment telling us your favourite thing about Christmas. We’ll select a winner at random next Wednesday the 10th of October.

Wishing you all a sunshiney weekend, full of good things and happy faces!

Katie and Reuben x

Update: The winner of the giveaway is comment number 3. Congratulations Louise!


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Crochet Batman Softies

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent from the blog lately. I’ve been doing a little knitting (trying to finish the pattern for the Whale Shark iPhone cover which has been a long process) but mostly I have just been working a lot and haven’t had anything awesome to talk about… Until now!

Over the last week or two I’ve been crocheting up a storm. It was one of our best friend’s birthdays recently and this weekend he hosted a Batman costume party. For his present I made three little amigurumi softies of his favourite characters from the Dark Knight films.

I used a couple of LucyRavenscar’s amigurumi Star Wars characters for basic body patterns and added the Batman, Joker and Bane details myself. Each one took about a day to make and I’m pretty happy with the results.

I really enjoyed making these little guys and it was so good to get back to crochet again, after knitting for such a long time. Once my twisted claw of a hand returns to normal I might have a go at some other amigurumi projects.

What do you think? And what have you been working on lately? I love hearing about people’s crafty adventures!

Reuben 🙂

P.S. Those are Katie’s hands in the pictures, not mine! She took these photos for me while I was at work.

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The First Homemade Frock

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to make my own dresses, but until now I have always struggled to make that wish a reality. So many times I have gotten as far as cutting out the pieces or part way through sewing them together, and then given up. I really dislike following patterns and on top of trying to use a pattern, in the past I’ve always picked ones that were far too complicated and time consuming, resulting in me getting overwhelmed, confused and frustrated by the whole process…

But today I actually completed a little frock! And it was really, really easy! And I love the end result! The difference was, this time I didn’t try to use a fancy pattern. Instead of fussing about with complicated instructions and lots of pieces, I thought about my favourite simple dresses and followed my instincts to make something similar. I used the shift dress in this book as a guide, then improvised the rest. I added an elastic waistband, a cute bow and patch pockets, and I didn’t worry about putting in a zip, as the elastic waistband makes it loose and stretchy enough to slip on without one. The dress is made out of a vintage sheet, and the pockets and bow are made of scrap fabric from an old dress that I thrifted for 50c. The whole thing cost about $6 to make!

I’m so very pleased with the way my first dress turned out. I think it would be lovely for a spring picnic and it’s got me looking forward to warmer weather. It’s also got me planning a whole collection of little homemade frocks! I’ve already started work on another one made of adorable kitten print fabric. Reuben wasn’t home today to take pictures, but hopefully over the weekend we’ll get a chance to take some shots of me wearing my lovely new dress. And if I get a wiggle on, maybe wearing the kitten dress too!

Have you made anything lovely lately? I’d love to hear all about it!

Katie x

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A Whale Shark iPhone Cosy

Lately I’ve been knitting a cosy to keep my phone safe from bumps and falls (well, landings really). A couple of years back I knitted a cosy for my iPod in the shape of a monster, but my iPhone is a slightly different shape, so I decided to make a new one.

Because I really like knitting things in the shape of animals, I thought I’d have a go at making a whale shark to keep my phone inside its belly. Whale sharks are big, gentle sea creatures that we get in Australian waters. They are classified as vulnerable by the IUCN and they just so happen to be the perfect shape for an iPhone case!

I’m almost finished knitting this little guy. He only needs a tail before I’ll be able to carry him around with my phone snug inside. Better yet, I’ve been taking notes and I’m working on a pattern so that you can knit one for yourself, if you like. I’ll keep you posted!

What do you think? Have you been making anything lately? I’d love to hear about what you’ve been working on.


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Post Cosies and the Snuggliest Tree

Is that not the snuggliest tree you ever did see? And how about those little granny square post cosies!? So terribly cute!

We snapped these pictures while out and about in Bendigo today. The weather was chilly and the sky was grey but we couldn’t help but smile over these little pops of colourful yarn. Really, I challenge you to walk past a tree decorated with pretty crochet and not feel happy! Yarn bombing is wonderful.

I hope your weekend has been full of sweet moments and nice surprises. Wishing you a very colourful, snuggly, happy week ahead!

Katie x

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