Thursday, 27 February 2014

Ho Hum......

Well yes....things have been a little ho hum around here.....I'm officially unemployed.  After the initial couple of days of blankness.....I've woken up out of that phase and moved on to the ..... "good things & positivity" phase.   I'm not going to dwell on the negatives and I'm looking at this time as time to enjoy dover & madden in a full time type of thingy!.....I've never had that luxury before, although I'm still finding it very hard to structure my days......I'm a huge procrastinator!

I will have to get another job at some stage, and hopefully it will be sooner rather than later, but my Uncle said to me...."Vic, I think it's time to get all of those knitting patterns done", so that is my goal for the remainder of the year. 

I've been busy this week.....somehow it's managed to be full of pretty pastels.....don't know why, that's just how the wool ball has fallen and maybe it's a little bit mood based....feeling a little softer and lighter.....oh and hey, I've now managed to lose 10.5kg's or 23 pounds.  It's been a tough struggle, but I have around 6 kilos to go I think, or if I want to get down to the weight I was in my late 20's..another 9.....she says laughing and oh so smuggly.

Finley is being proof read as we speak.  All dependent on how things go, I think maybe releasing for sale this time next week.....just a bit of tweaking on the layout, and I do have to knit one more test hat, just to measure the amount of yarn that is needed, but hey, then we're good to go.

Hope your week hasn't been as drama filled as mine.

Vic x

Friday, 21 February 2014

Do You See What I See?................

Little Finley Pixie Hat to knit your own at home.....Pattern coming soon to my Etsy & Ravelry stores.

Image courtesy of Sarah Brown Photography.  Sarah's gorgeous little man doing his best out take!! But don't you just love it?

I've set up a Ravelry page for Finley to keep you updated on its release here.


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Swinging Into Autumn.....

I think this image speaks for itself.....The carefree days of the young. 

Image courtesy of Katherine Heise.  To see more of the images that Katherine took on this cool and overcast day.....Clover Hat, Woolly dress and Wellingtons......go to Lamb Loves Fox.   Katherine has also set up a new page for her photography and you'll find her inspirational work right here at Lamb and Fox.

Vicki x

Tuesday, 18 February 2014


Some days you just need to not think about work and spend time with lovely friends and just catch up for a coffee or three and some chat time.

Lunch at St Ali, coffee at Chez Dre and Mint Lemonade at Freestyle Espresso....I'd forgotten how much I love South Melbourne.

Coffee and conversation......something I need to do a lot more of.

Vicki x

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Squircle Ends.....

Such a silly name for a blanket, but it's stuck now!!

Anyway it's completed, blocked and put away for possibly a gift with all the other woolly bits and bobs, who knows.  I bordered and blocked the blanket last night.  For the border as per the post on the tutorial, I changed to a 3.5mm hook and just continued going around the blanket with double stitch clusters, the dinky stitch you use on a granny can see my strength does not lie in crochet, not even sure of the stitch names!!  I did 7 rows of this.

I did  think about not putting a little sweet scalloped edging around it, but I thought it needed something to off set the circles.  To do the border it was a simple, single crochet into the gap left between the last row of granny stitches, then 3 chains then a single crochet, then 3 chains....right around the blanket.  At each corner I did a single crochet then 1 chain and then another single crochet into the same corner...this just stops the border from pulling.

The scalloping was just working in the 3 chains and it was a single crochet stitch, then a HDC stitch, then 2 x double crochet stitches, back to a HDC stitch then a single crochet stitch.  You then just move onto the next 3 chains don't do a chain in between or anything just straight into your single crochet stitch, then a HDC, then 2 x double, back to a HDC, a single get the picture.

I've put The Squircle up on Ravelry right here. Again it's got a link to my tute.

Anyway it's Monday and it's movie night, so I'm going to get some lunch have a little rest and get ready.

Enjoy your week.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Squircle....

You know Brangelina, Kimye, Bennifer....and yes there was here is the Squircle......a crochet blanket, circle within a square.

I've done a'll find it here or over on the right hand side of my blog under the "This is how we do it" heading.  In actual fact I went so far as to show you how to join as you it's a mammoth post, and there are lots and lots of images.

Hope it's helpful, and I'll be back tomorrow with the finished article.

I'm off for a large drink....of the G&T variety.

Enjoy Vx

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Clover Again.......

Did you ever see just a toothy grin.....Baby Q in her little mauve Clover hat.....This little image will soon make its way to the front page of my Clover Knit your own at home pattern.  At the moment when you download my pattern from Etsy or Ravelry you get gorgeous little Miss A on your cover....but shortly there will be a second version of Clover and you can choose the image of Baby Q, and hopefully soon also a third image from Joy Wright Photography as well.  I just think it's nice to have a bit of's the spice of life!

This image above is courtesy of Sarah Brown Photography.  Sarah is from Griffith in NSW, Australia and she answered a call out on my FB page....her work is delightful and I instantly fell in love with her photos and also she is a Mum to 4 little ones....superwoman really!  Feel free to stop by her Facebook page and send her some world wide love.

Also don't forget Katherine Heise from Lamb Loves Fox or at her Facebook page....also brilliant photography of her gorgeous children going on here.

Well that's enough of me, I'll be back on Monday with a crochet tutorial.....The Squircle Blanket as I'm calling it.

See you soon.


Monday, 3 February 2014

I Spy With My Little Eye........

Audrey.....The Super Cat!!  Just hanging around....from time to time she appears in my blog, but not a lot....she likes to keep to herself, she's pretty aloof. 

A bit has changed since this post.....2 years ago she wasn't allowed outdoors.....but a month or two ago, she got out.....snuck out the back door when I wasn't looking.....clearly the quickest she had ever moved in a long time, truth be told.   Anyway I didn't know about it, she was outside all night, opened the back door the next morning, and low and behold, there she was sitting on the mat, clearly annoyed and a little cheesed off but still in one piece!

So she goes out now, just sits on the back deck, never venturing more than a few steps down, just checking out the goings on around the place.....and when she's done she saunters back inside.....job done!

Hope you're all well, I'm reveling in a cool change weather's changed enough to warrant a cardigan to be exact....Yipppeeee!!
Vic x

Saturday, 1 February 2014


Hello, again apologies for being absent for so long.  I've been busy....nothing new there!!  Just wanted to say that in answer to some questions about the blanket that was on the post it wasn't from a pattern, it was something I made up.

In answering a further question, is there a tutorial? this exact time no but  happy to do a basic one in the next few days.....I lost my DSLR battery charger and had to order another one, so photos are non existent at the moment....probably explains the lack of posts. So look for that in the next few days

As for the sandals....yes they are Swedish, they are mustard suede and they're from here....clog number 667! And I love them so.

Anyway today and tomorrow are heading back into the 40''s going to be hot hot hot again,  I'm counting the weeks till the end of Summer....I even bought some new seasons knitwear earlier this week for Autumn and Winter.....thought it may just move the time along a little quicker.

Anyway must fly....heading out to work today, at least it will be lovely and air-conditioned.

Stay warm, stay cool wherever you may be.

Vicki x