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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 Australian Sheep & Wool Show

Today was a gloriously sunny winter day, perfect for getting out and about in, so we spent the afternoon at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. We wandered about and admired all the different types of sheep. We swooned over the spools of cuddly yarn and piles of rainbow roving. We saw a fashion parade. We cuddled a cow, some alpacas, a goat and some chickens (please know that when Reuben was photographing me holding that little hen, she wasn’t nearly as miserable as she looks in the picture!) We ate baked potatoes. We watched a shearing competition and some sheep dog trials. We melted into puddles over the sheer cuteness of little lambs. And we thought about how wonderful and satisfying it would be to learn how to process fleece, dye and spin it, to make our very own yarn from scratch. Oh, one day…

What are getting up to this weekend? Whatever you are doing, I hope it’s lovely and sunny and full of happy things!

Katie x

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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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Little Magical Things

Little magical things, like the sunshine filtering through a crochet blanket on the washing line, make our days so much sweeter and our hearts so much lighter.

We hope your week is absolutely bursting with little magical things. Remember to take a moment to savour each one.

Katie and Reuben x

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