Last week I finished a knitting project that had been languishing in the basket for too long: a lovely soft possum yarn jumper for Keira. I had started it as something for myself - but realised it was going to be too small when I was about halfway through. Then it sat in the knitting basket sulking for a while (actually it was me who was sulking). But Keira loved the look of it so I adapted it to fit her. And it does, perfectly! I used this pattern and some yarn that was a gift/swap from Bonnie. Ravelry notes here.
Next year Kee starts at high school and there is no uniform to be worn, so I'm hoping she'll get lots of wear out of it next winter. She's already worn it a lot since it came off the needles, which is the best reward a knitter can have.
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My mission to use up some of my many small bits of fabric collected over the years continues... I've been making some patchwork blocks (above you can see a very wonky star made with scraps) with the idea of collecting them slowly then making a quilt or blanket of some sort. I still draw a lot of inspiration from quilts like these handmade beauties.
I've also made various pouches and sock knitting cases from recycled and vintage fabrics, and am making my way through pieces of old cotton velveteen saved up over the years. Some of these are in my etsy shop.
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My friends in Melbourne who run The Craft Sessions each spring have just launched a new festival. Soul Craft will be held for the first time in June next year and features workshops, classes, talks and lots more - you can read more about it here. Felicia is giving away a double day pass to the festival and you can enter by leaving a comment here. I think it will be a really special event.
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