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Reuben’s Whale Shark iPhone Cover

The Whale Shark

Under The Whale Shark

Whale Shark

Some of you might remember that at about this time last year I was working on a knitted cover for my iPhone, in the shape of a whale shark? At first the project came together really quickly and I began writing down the pattern with the intention of publishing it, so that anyone interested could make it too, but unfortunately I got distracted along the way. Between being promoted at work, completing a diploma, buying a house and trying to find time to renovate it, I’ve had quite a busy year, and until now I just haven’t had the time to put it all together.

The good news is, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working really hard to get the pattern finished and it is finally done! I simplified the pattern from being knitted on DPNs to flat rows (for communication and tension purposes) and modified the fins to make them a better shape. I’ve even had a friend test the pattern to double check it works!

You can download the pattern here. It’s absolutely free! And while I made the whale shark as a cover for my iPhone, I think it would do equally well as a soft toy.

I’m so excited to be sharing my very first knitting pattern. I really hope you like it!

Reuben :)

PS What do you think of the blog’s new look? Katie gave HOH a bit of makeover over the weekend and we’re pretty chuffed with it! It felt like time for a fresh start…

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If at first you don’t succeed…

Knitting Dishcloths

It’s that time of year again. That time where I find myself pouring over knitting patterns and wishing my knitting wasn’t so atrocious. That time when I bemoan the fact my dream handknit mustard yellow cardigan with vintage glass buttons still hasn’t come to fruition. That time where I tell myself I really must practice. So I drag out the yarn and the needles and… well, I try. Last year I managed one lumpy scarf. Unfortunately I made it far too wide, so it’s too short and bulky to actually wear, so this year I decided to start with an even smaller goal. Dish cloths. I figure it doesn’t get much easier than dishcloths and I’d really like to replace our supermarket cloths with a handmade, washable alternative, so this seems like the perfect place to start (again). Though I haven’t had much success in the past, I’m determined not to give up on knitting. Surely I can manage dishcloths!

We have quite a lot of Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton left over from the crochet projects Reubs created for Handmade Christmas, so that’s what I’m using. As I haven’t done any knitting at all in about a year and my skills are rusty at best, I’m starting off by knitting a plain garter stitch square, just to get back into the rythm, then I’ll get started on some actual patterns. I like the look of this one and this one and this one!

My mum is visiting my brother in Queensland at the moment so for the next week we’ll be splitting our time between our house and hers, but you can bet wherever I’ll be there’ll be a mishapen little knitted dishcloth on needles nearby…

Have you made anything nice lately? Anyone got a great dishcloth pattern you could share?

Katie x

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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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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.

Reuben

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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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