Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A whisper and Crochet: Lacy Beret

Shall I whisper a little treasure trove that I found on the weekend? 

Their webpage: The Blue Box down in Busselton. 
Their facebook: The Blue Box

Head over, have a look and bump up their stats on their on-line pages! Or jot it down and pop past next time you head south or if you live south, drop in next time you go for a jetty walk.

With us heading to Busselton as our favourite family getaway at least twice a year,  I am not sure how I have missed this place over the years. After walking out of the Dymocks bookshop, I spotted the four letter word. 
With it being lunchtime on a Saturday and closing time at 1pm I didn't have long to browse. Walking into the shop they have quilters fabric, baskets of yarn on sale and a nice display of handmade knits. Socks. Tunics. Cardigans. All made out of gorgeous yarns. And then we saw it. The back wall right through the shop. 
Yarn - Alpaca. Merino. Cotton. Acrylics. Take your pick. Plenty of choice for that special project you have sitting to the side, waiting to be made. All so much nicer then what our big chain-craft store carries.
Go and say hello to the lovely ladies there. I know I will visit them again! 

Love to hear if you have found a nice little craft shop, hidden away somewhere.
 I purchased a few special yarns ready for some summer projects. I also walked out with this chunky wool. However, it didn't last long as a ball of wool.
 So pure, that when it was wet for blocking (which really helped the star pattern lay flat), I could have said there was a sheep in our room. Not quite that bad, you had to hold it to your nose. That lanolin smell. 

Worked up into the Lacy Beret from the Issue05 Simply Crochet magazine.

Nice and snug and warm for the cold winter days. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

House update {seven}

We are in the middle of school holidays here, actually well and truly into the second week, and it is raining. It sounds wonderful. Last week we started off to a fine start, the children working with me and doing one spring cleaning job a day. That lasted two days. The car got a birthday and the bathroom drawer was re-sorted, beaded necklaces were untangled and broken hair ties and clips were binned. Then we didn't get a lot accomplished thanks to some bug that floated around and left us with headaches and fevers and other nasties. Birthday party plans were even canceled. Thankfully the birthday wasn't quite forgotten.

On the house: Progress is still happening. Undercoat painting is nearly all done. Robes and linen cupboards have all been painted and are having all their shelves fitted. The kids bathroom has been waterproofed. (ours is currently the tool room - ie you can't work/walk in there. The last few Saturdays have been beautiful weather and has seen us all working outside getting the porch underway.


getting their turn at painting with undercoat. 
waterproofing the bathroom.

Hoping you are also enjoying these school holidays.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Crochet: mandala stool cover

Happy Monday Morning! Something bright to start the week.

Basic Pattern Link: made-in-k-town via attic24 
Pinterest: pinned

I have had a stool cover pinned on Pinterest for a while. A good stash-buster, a variety of stitches and perfect for at the chalkboard. 

May you all have an enjoyable week.