have you heard the one about the granny, hexagons and a ripple?

Yep seems I have 3 crochet blankets on the go at once. Go figure. It started in March last year with a ripple and has progressed in the past month to a giant granny and this week to a hexagon blanket. The granny inspiration came from Pip's a granny a day in the month of may and the hexagons from Sarah's amazing work. The ripple is in a Jo Sharp cotton, the granny in Patons Merino Totem and for the hex's I'm using Noro Taiyo. Hexagon pattern is from Lucy's awesome tutorial, I love her crochet work, have a dig around she has lots of gems in her blog.

Ripple blog

Granny blog

 Noro taiyo hex blog

I am (pioneer) woman hear me roar

Kath sent me a link for whipup, home made pasta. I was all "I'm going to do this". What I forget is during the week after work my brain is tired. Sondra had today off and I casually mentioned she could have a go if she wanted, following The Pioneer Woman's tutorial. We were totally lo-fi until it came to the final rolling and cutting stage. At that point I pulled out the pasta attachment for the Kitchenaid. What a little gem. It rolled the pasta and cut it beautifully. It helped that Son and I pummelled the crap out of the dough beforehand, next time we'll use the dough hook. So we're sorta pioneering but not quite. So Jess, look forward to some pioneering pasta tomorrow night.

Pioneer pasta blog

stashed

I had 4 days off work this week and I spent a bit of this time sorting my stash into this new-to-me cabinet thanks to my employers! Much easier to access than it's previous home, which was an ikea Expedit. Sorted into size and colour. Annotated picture over at flickr. The apple bucket has small pieces that I love or don't have anymore. Leave me links to your stashes so we can check each other's out 🙂 There's also a plethora of flickr groups for showing off your stash. Sunday Stash, Stash Ideas and Show Me Your Stash.

Blog stash 2009

Blog apple bucket

I went to the fair and all I did…

was spend most of my budget at Amitie. I think for the 1.5 hours I was there at least 1 of them was spent at Amitie. Jenny is lovely and she knows how to stock a stall, this time instead of fat quarters she was offering full bolt width x 30cm cuts, a great idea. I think the pictures speak for themselves. Yum.

Blog amitie haul liberty

Blog amitie haul mixed

Blog amitie haul grey yellow

Blog amitie haul red pinks

Blog amitie haul neutrals

ahoy!

Sondra and I went down to see her parents in Dardanup this weekend for a Mother's Day whirlwind visit. Fun, but the just over 2 hour drive home always seems longer than it actually is. I madly crochet my MIL Jill a scarf using this by Woolly Wormhead pattern as a foundation, for the 3rd row I did two trebles into the same space and 2 chains in between, sort of gave it a picot edge. I didn't take a camera so no pictures. It was pretty you'll have to trust me, crochet using Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed, in Spain colourway.

I do have pictures of the quilt made over three nights a couple of weeks ago for a little friend's birthday. The front is patchworked with an appliqued skull and cross bone, he's a pirate lover, it's backed with some white zig zag chenille and tied. I bagged it, so no binding was needed. I think the recipient will get some good nap and snuggling time out of it.

Ahoy

Looking forward to the Craft and Quilt Fair later this week and seeing the Amitie ladies. I'll be heading down Thursday morning for a good gander. I'm also gearing up for Perth Upmarket on 7th June. We're having an offer on the day, every purchase over $30 goes into a draw to win over $65 of craftapalooza goodness. It will be drawn on the day at 3pm.

LOVING this Liberty garter over at the Purl Bee. Sondra and I are planning a committment ceremony late this year and I think this would be perfectly unconventional for me. Ok, I'm off to bed, happy crafting! x

current obsession – english piecing

I posted back in September last year that I wanted to try English piecing. Lately lots of hexagons have been popping up on flickr. I love this tutorial for making the hexagons, however instead of whip stitching them together I'm going to try turning*turning's method of ladder stitching them together. Much easier than trying to catch a few threads and hopefully a seamless result. I have a fantasy in my head of making a hexagon quilt from my scraps, definitely a long term project.

Paper piecing

I'm still working on the handbag, just stalled at the moment, I've been crocheting up a storm on my granny quilt. Instead of a granny-a-day like Pip, I'm just grannying until I can't granny no more or until I'm happy with the dimensions of the blanket. I did attempt to teach the Brown Owls how to crochet, but I'm not the most patient of teachers *cough* ripping out one of your students work is not very teacher like (sorry Justine!), AND I crochet left handed. I knit right handed. Go figure. Aside from that it was lots of fun. Feli posted some pictures over here, you can see my blankie, I'm hiding behind the purple and blue square.

I sewed a little boy a 2nd birthday quilt last week. A very quick, over in 3 nights sort of quilt. Will get my act together and post pictures.

I'll leave you with a link to a local burger joint that's recently opened. It rocks. Awesome environment, great food and super service. Go check out jus burgers. Delish.