God Jul!

18 December 2011 · 0 comments in Knitting

GOD JUL

I’m sure you’d almost forgotten that I actually have a few patterns for sale. Anyway, from now until the end of the year, take 25% off all purchases in my Ravelry store with code GODJUL.

Jul

17 December 2011 · 2 comments in Life in General,Photography

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I’m trying my best to get into the holiday spirit, but I find in hard in the middle of summer, even after seven years in Australia. This year is the first year I won’t be seeing my family over Christmas, so I’ve been trying extra hard to get the house decorated. James and I got a Christmas tree (a small, cheap plastic one, but a Christmas tree nonetheless) for the first time and I started knitting a mitten garland to hang over it, only to get bored after two mittens. The house is looking more Scandinavian than ever given all of my Swedish Christmas decorations. My favourite thing, however, has to be the little tomtar (elves) that I’ve scatted among Muji’s New York in a bag, one of our souvenirs from the US trip. And the Christmas baking starts tonight. Maybe that’ll help?

Wish list 2011

26 November 2011 · 1 comment in Life in General

I can’t quite believe it’s less than a month until Christmas. It’s really snuck up on me this year, but thankfully I love gift-shopping and I’ve just about finished all of mine. Of course, that just means I’ve moved on to lusting after things for myself. If I was buying myself presents, here’s what I’d get.

Clockwise from top left: Kikki K Vasastan walletOdette Klaia ringOdette Arrow bracelets, Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarnEmily Eibel + Ilana Kohn marbled scarf, Baggu leather bag, Diana Mini cameraUniform Wares watch, Frankie subscriptionDesign*Sponge at Home, The Horse Ida shoesMCMC Love perfume, CatBird Campfire candleSteven Alan Sydney top

Seattle

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Seattle

Seattle

After San Francisco, we headed to Seattle, which was a nice and relaxing break after our busy days in San Francisco. I liked Seattle a lot, but it wasn’t as flashy as the other cities we saw; it seemed like a great place to live but not as exciting a place to visit. During our time in Seattle, we went out to Bainbridge Island, took the underground tour (very cool!) and saw the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But the best part was probably getting to meet my friends Sarah and Ceylan for the first time. I loved meeting all my online friends, but these two are my closest and oldest friends. I’ve known Ceylan for almost five years and she came all the way from Texas! I also became fast friends with Ashley, Sarah and her husband Jay’s beautiful golden retriever.

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

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San Francisco

We got back from our US trip a few weeks ago, but I have only just had time to go through my photos until now. We visited four cities and had a fantastic time. As a bonus, I got to meet a bunch of friends I’d previously only  talked to online. Thankfully, they’re just as great in person as on the internet. Our first stop was San Francisco. We spent hours walking up and down the hills, visited Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf and all the other touristy places, and ate some great food.

New things

4 September 2011 · 4 comments in Life in General

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Handspun scarf

New sandals

Summer nails

Cookies before

Cookies after

I’m still enjoying my new camera, and some other new things. I just finished a scarf from some of Sarah‘s beautiful handspun. It’s just plain 2-2 rib, but the yarn makes even the simplest stitch pattern beautiful. I just hope I’ll have the chance to wear it gets too warm.  Mostly, though I’ve been starting to get ready for summer. I’ve got a new pair of sandals from the Swedish Hasbeens sale and gave myself a nice summer pedicure. Today, I also made chocolate chip cookies for my last day at work, using this recipe that I’ve been dying to try. I can’t bring myself to make 5-inch cookies, but they taste pretty great anyway.

Things are starting to get pretty busy around here. James and I are off on a two-week trip to the US on Thursday and when we get back, I’m starting a new job. I can’t wait to try the 7D out on some more interesting subjects than my loungeroom and backyard. Not that those cookies don’t make my mouth water.

Weaving part II

28 August 2011 · 2 comments in Weaving

Woven scarf part II

Here are some pictures I’ve been sitting on for a couple of months. After finishing my first woven scarf, it wasn’t long until I got started on a second one. This scarf is very special to me since it was a birthday gift for one of my very close friends and it was made from the yarn spun by another very good friend.

Woven scarf part II

After the very subtle Pashmina scarf, I wanted to try something different and dug out this beautiful handspun yarn in shades of brown that Ceylan had given me for my birthday a few years back. Sarah and I have very similar colour preferences, so it was natural to make the scarf her birthday gift. The warp is Malabrigo sock in Cordovan, left over from the epic crochet blanket.

Woven scarf part II

I wasn’t sure how this scarf would turn out, but it works really well. I love how the colours change organically and how the plain chocolate warp pulls it all together. I also love how the colours work equally well on guys and girls, as shown by my lovely model, James. (Just pretend he’s wearing a proper wool coat, not just a t-shirt.)

Woven scarf part II

I would share some technical details, but this scarf went to live with Sarah in June and I can’t really remember anything else. I just hope Sarah gets some use out of it come autumn in Seattle.

New

21 August 2011 · 2 comments in Life in General

Thanks for all the well wishes on my last post. We’re slowly starting to think about wedding planning. I’m sure I’ll share more at some point. 7D! Last weekend, I finally purchased something I’ve been saving for and lusting after for a long time, a Canon 7D. So far, I haven’t really had the chance to test it out properly, but hopefully this means the number of pictures around here will increase soon. Joanie! 20110821_0762 We’ve had some beautiful weather this weekend, so I took the opportunity to clean up my bike and we made lemonade with the lemons from our backyard. Yum! I’m looking forward to summer and getting to spend some time outside.

Big news!

8 August 2011 · 11 comments in Life in General

Big news!

So, the publication of Neko wasn’t the only big news I’ve been sitting on. A couple of weeks ago, James and I got engaged and we couldn’t be more excited. I’m also head over heels for my gorgeous ring, made by local artist Shimara Carlow. We commissioned it through Pieces of Eight gallery, which was a fantastic experience and I ended up with am perfect ring. I’m ridiculously picky, so James was nice enough to let me help choose. I knew I wanted something simple and timeless, but a little bit different, and I love knowing that it was made just for me.

And just in case you’re wondering, we have no idea when/where/how, but are just enjoying being engaged for now. It still hasn’t quite sunk in, so we’re calling each other “fiance” as often as possible in the hopes that eventually we’ll get used to it.

Neko

6 August 2011 · 4 comments in Knitting

I didn’t mean to disappear for a month and a half, but sometimes that’s what happens. I’m back now, with some exciting news I’ve been dying to share for months. As you may have noticed, I have a pattern in the (gorgeous) new issue of Twist Collective.

It’s called Neko and is a cabled shift dress knit from the beautiful O-Wool Classic. I loved putting together this pattern as it’s a bit different from my other designs and I’m really proud of how it turned out. I was also pleased to see the great styling and how perfectly it fits the adorable model.

I’ll probably be writing more about Neko later on, but for now, I hope you check out the new issue of Twist.

{Photograph by Jane Heller for Twist Collective}