Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Creative Space - This here mess...

In amongst all of the mess that we have to deal with everyday I feel like no matter how bad we feel and how bad we think we hate everything there are some things in amongst it all that still make us smile.


I've been trying hard to do this lately. For a couple of weeks now I've been happy to wallow and be sad and deal with a crummy situation (and sometimes I still do feel happy to do this) but I can't deny that there's at least a couple of things that have helped me feel good.


I've been plodding along with this "Little Ruffle" for about 3 weeks so far (sad I know, I'm a bit of a slow knitter hey?!) but I am slowly getting the bulk of it done. I hope by this weekend to have the ruffle part started and then I'm on the home stretch!


This is one of the things making me smile. It mightn't look like much now, but stay tuned!!

I think sometimes it's important to acknowledge the things that are making us happy - no matter how small or silly they may be.

What's making you smile today??

I'm playing along with "my creative space", come play along over here.

Ellie........ x

Sunday, May 22, 2011

In my garden...

Today in our town a storm was brewing.

garden flower

Thunder was rumbling off in the distance and the sun was barely peaking through the overcast clouds. It was a typically chilly autumn day but there was a special feel to the breeze that enticed me to get out of the warmth of the house and explore outside & the garden.

autumn leaf

Autumn can be such a pretty time in the seasons don't you think??

autumn leaves

Now is the perfect time to be knitting. Its chilly and sometimes dreary outside and all I want to do is stay in and knit. (My granny status is rising!!! hehe Just kidding, knitting is SO not only for grannies!)

At the moment I am busily working on my "Little Ruffle" scarf that I am so excited to be making. What a gorgeous pattern, but very time consuming! It is taking me a loooong time to get the bulk of the scarf done and lots of continual knitting and purling rows (47 inches to be exact. At the moment I've done about 34 inches and counting...)

I am trying so hard to hold myself back from starting a new project until I cast off on the Ruffle because I don't want to lose interest because I really really want to be able to wear my Ruffle before the end of winter!!

Next up on my "to-do" list is this gorg number, made with yummy Malabrigo Worsted of course!

wurm cowl

I can't get enough of Malabrigo yarns at the moment. Luckily for me Jodie at Jellywares has PLENTY of Malabrigo to purchase in her shop so I am stocking up when ever I can before she sells out!

My Ruffle is being whipped up in the beautiful Malabrigo Silky Merino and I am head over heels in love with this yarn. I think I love this yarn even more than I love the Malabrigo worsted. Its silky and shiny and soft! I definitely reccommend if you can get your hands on some - do it!!!

Okay, enough lusting over yarns, I'm off to bed. I can't believe that the weekend is over already, where did it go? Time doesn't seem to stand still for very long anymore!! I think its a sign that I am getting old! LOL

Good night Blogland.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

An Old Fav is a New Craze...

I haven't been knitting for all that long (in fact, I learnt to knit when I was little by an old babysitter but never followed through with it until I was inspired by this friend to pick up the needles again early last year!!)

I'm sure it's been a love for a lot of you out there for a reaaaaally long time.

Lately online I have been noticing that more and more people are following the trend of hand-making gorgeous knits and it is becoming a "trendy" craze again!

(I think it's been trendy all along... but thats just me!! hehe)

Check out the popular Sportsgirl drive to get like-minded crafty peeps to start their love (or re-vive their love) of knitting by creating "Knitting groups" in major cities around Australia!!


Who would have thought that Sportsgirl would jump on the band wagon!



(All pics are from Sportsgirl online)

I noticed when I was in the city a week or so ago that Sportsgirl are also using the "Make-Do & Mend" slogan as part of their new Winter line. It seems that everybody is getting back to the "old" way of doing things - personally I LOVE this! I think more people should embrace handmade goods!!

Check it out at their site here where you can read more about their craft-kick!

Who do you think might jump on the knitting wagon next??


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Knitting for the soul...

Hi Bloggy Friends,

I am so sorry to have kept you hanging without any word of my where abouts lately.

I've been going through a hard time at the moment and am dealing with some tough life stuff so I have been hiding out for a while to get myself back together.


During this time I've been slowly doing some knitting, I think its good for the soul don't you?

I hope to be back to normal soon.

Ellie........ x