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It’s been a little while since my last blog and I’ve been quite busy with crafting.  I finished the body of my chuck sweater (designed by Andi Satterlund) and realised that the me size when I started it compared to the me size now is two sizes smaller. It will now be gifted to my daughter. 

In my post-self-reprimanding state I picked up some new yarn and started a new project for myself. I have since pulled that undone and restarted 3 other projects with the same yarn. I have set it aside with Chucky for now. I don’t see the point doing something that is frustrating me. I need to enjoy what I’m doing and, let’s face it, there is no deadline. 

I can declare though, some finished objects: some Birthday socks for my daughter and for my daughter in law. 

I finished a quilt for my daughter (no photographs) that she asked me for months ago. It was a simple quilt made out of a jelly roll in American Civil War colours. 

I also made a couple of dishcloths which are fabulous. They take about an hour to make. I used 8ply cotton.  They are super absorbent and the texture is great for cleaning. I hear you asking “why would anyone knit their own dishcloths??!”  I know what your saying, but sometimes you just need to do stuff because you want to do stuff. That’s my reasoning. 

As of today I currently have three other projects going.  Another pair of socks made from gorgeous merino/nylon/stellina in a glittery pink, a little jumper for my grandson and a granny square blanket. 

Watch this space for more FO’s
Janine 💕

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Socks in Grafton

Madly knitting to finish these for daughter 1. (Cause you need woollen socks in Grafton). Yay I finished them and can add another notch to my FO list. This means that I can feel better with myself about starting another project, being a granny stripe blanket. 

I am a bit disappointed as the colour change in the self striping yarn changed making the pattern different in both socks.  I wonder if anyone else has had this happen? 

Socks for Sara

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Sox x 2

Spent another weekend “on the needles”. After undoing and reknitting and again, three times, I finished the body of my Chuck sweater.  I’m having a really hard time with my memory and forget what stitch I’m up to, let alone what row I’m up to. 

Time for some plain knitting.  

I have started a pair of  birthday socks. Thought I’d try two at a time method.  What a whiner I am, but I found this rather labour intensive and spent most of the time trying to sort the stitches and the working yarn out. I’ve decided to switch back to one at a time and am progressing much faster. 

Two at a time troubles. 

Lovely blue/violet variegated sock yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills

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Week 3 – knitting, knitting, knitting

If you are reading this, Hi!

Spent the weekend knitting.  I have been concentrating on getting my Chuck jumper finished.  I have so many projects on the go and it would be great if I could get just one of them finished and tick them off so I can concentrate on one thing at a time.  Is that how we all feel?  Will this ever happen or am I completely kidding myself? … I think the latter….

The Chuck pattern is so lovely to knit.  I do love the process of knitting but I also love it when you can see it all coming together.  The all in one knitting style allows that.  You knit from the top down, the back is done first and then the front and they joint at the underarms to be worked in one piece down to the waistband.  You then pick up the stitches around the armhole and knit the sleeves down also to the cuff.

The yarn I am using for this is Cynthia Helene 100@ Merino superwash.  It is really lovely to knit with.  The shade is called Harvest Gold and it is a lovely warm mustard colour.

Can’t wait to get it done so I can show off the finished object.

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Week Two

Well I am still getting used to this staying at home palaver. The problem is, I have so many things to do, but no energy to do any of them. I keep telling myself that my mojo will come back any moment now but I seem to be getting just bursts of energy where I will pick something up and then I get sick of that and collapse again.
I cannot and would not say that I am bored. I am just a bit overwhelmed I think.

So today’s plan is to update my blog (tick) and this morning I received an eBay purchase, Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship. by PR Spencer. It’s a handwriting theory and practice book. Another of my newest fads. I love handwriting and for some reason my handwriting changes all of the time. Depending on my mood, I may be all curvy, short and fat, tall and slopey..Weird huh?..

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Little Bag

Just a day to make this cute little bag..

I hope she doesn’t mind me mentioning it, but, I have subscribed to Crate Crochet. There are two options, beginner and advanced. The box contains a pattern and yarn to make the pattern. And lots of little goodies. It’s just like Christmas 🤶🏽

January’s pattern is as little Chevron patterned flower bag. I didn’t do the Chevron, as I am lazy, but I am happy with the way it turned out. 

Morris & Sons Avalon 10ply cotton. 

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Toes Up

This is the yarn that I dyed with food colouring. I found a big ball of baby yarn that I had bought years ago.  I think I made a little layette for Richard but was too small for him when he was born.

I divided the skein into four equal parts and am now knitting up (literally) a pair of stripy socks.

I quite like this method as, try as I might, I just cannot seem to get the Kitchener stitch right to make a neat toe. This way the toe is neat and flat.

Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

Link to free pattern in




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Blaster Cardigan 

I have been knitting my blaster Cardigan. Designed by Andi Satterlund of

The pattern is a very easy knit. Fast and seamless. 

Knitted in Bendigo Woollen Mills’ Luxury in the shadow colourway DK.

There were a few abbreviations that were new to me:

WYIF – with yarn in front

WYIB – with yarn in back

W&T – wrap and turn


Janine 💕

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Bootie Pattern

You will need 4ply yarn x 1 ball

3.25 or 10 knitting needles.

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Cast on 16 sts. Work in garter stitch until work measures   15cm.

Cast off but leave last stitch on needle. Pick up 29sts along edge. (30sts)

Work 5 rows garter stitch Work 6 rows stocking stitch.  Ending on a purl row.


Row 1. Knit 20. Turn. Row 2. Pearl 10. Turn Continue on these 10 sts for another 14 rows. T

Toe Row 1. Knit 10. Pick up 8sts evenly down edge knit wide. Knit 10. Row 2. Purl 28. Pick up 8sts evenly down edge purl wise. Purl 10. (46sts). Rows. 3 and 5 knit.Rows 4 and 6 purl.

Heel Row 1. Knit 3 knit 2 tog. Knit to the last 5sts. Knit 2 tog. Knit 3.Row 2. Purl Row 3. Knit 3 knit 2 tog. Knit to the last 5sts. Knit 2 tog. Knit 3. (42sts) Row 4. Purl Row 5. Knit 3, knit 2 tog, knit 12, knit 2 tog, knit 4, knit 2 tog, knit 12, knit 2 tog, knit 3. (38sts) Row 6. Knit Row 7. Knit 3, knit 2 tog, knit 10, knit 2 tog, knit 10, knit 2 tog, knit 3. (34sts). Row 8. Knit Row 9. Knit 3, knit 2 tog, knit 8, knit 2 tog, knit 4, knit 2 tog, knit 8, knit 2 tog, knit 3. Row 10. Knit

Cast off.

Make up.

Join together sides of sole and then up back until garter stitch section. Continue joining up back seam until ankle height. Pass wool through to the inside then continue joining roll down top. Finish off ends. I added a little stitch to keep the top rolled down.


Janine 💕