Monday, September 15, 2014

Watercolour Swans and Tutus.



I am on such a quick whistle-stop visit to Australia and am so thrilled that Mum and I have found some time to paint. I only seem to sit down with watercolours when I am with Mum.... she must be a good influence!
My phone is quite tricky to post with so I will pop off while I can.
Lots of love, Kate. Xxx.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello From Australia and a Giveaway!

I am so hoping that this post will work.  It's the first one that I've ever done on my phone so my fingers are firmly crossed! Here is a photo of a new Stanley  I made on Instagram. He has a particularly cheeky little face I think.
Just a few words from me tonight as I'm pretty tuckered out but I wanted to let you know that there is the a review and giveaway going on for Stanley and the Hot Air Balloon at the moment and I would so love for you to be able to enter it.  I adore the fact that there are kids reviewing the book.  Too cute! 
I am having trouble linking to the site on my phone at the moment so you can find it over at stonefruitseason.blogspot.com which is in sidebar.
I had better pop off as it's getting a bit glitchy.
Lots of love,
Kate. Xx

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Faux Taxidermy Knits - A Review!!!!




First of all, let me begin by saying that life is wonderful and life is short and I now have a policy of only reviewing books that I really, really, really love - why waste time talking about something that isn't inspirational. So when I was contacted to review 'Faux Taxidermy Knits' by Louise Walker and join in on her bloghop, I jumped at the chance.
It really is the most inspired, creative and beautiful knitting book that I have seen in ages and has me itching to pick up my knitting needles again.
I wish I could have tried out a pattern before now but with the ball, school play, caravan and sick kids, it's just not been possible. Probably a good thing too because I am still in negotiations with who gets to choose the first project. 
Louise is the most amazing artist - her blog teems with crazy amazingness. Actually, I am more than a bit in awe of her, she not only created all of these patterns but also did the photography for the book too. And it's just gorgeous.
This is my absolute and utter favourite project - this photo isn't as vibrant as the others and this is my fault as I copied and pasted it from my pdf of the book. Think even more beautiful colours than what I'm showing. I just wish that I could have knitted this for Jonno to take around at the ball on Saturday night. It would  have gone so well with his frenchman outfit and his crocheted snail. 
 Archie and Hugo are very keen for me to knit this one up.......
 And Archie is desperate to have a mole doorstop - we were so fascinated by all of the mole holes we saw in England. It took us a little while to work out what they were at first.... crop polka dots?
Awwwwwwwww.
And this is my other favourite project - the badger's head. I think it would go very nicely on the family photograph wall. He is so handsome.
I am so thrilled to be a part of this bloghop - it really is such a special book and it is always such a treat when your kids (especially boys) love it just as much as you do.
You can buy it here, here, here and here. It's also available as an ebook.
One last thing, I feel so fortunate to be creatively able in a time where knitting, crocheting and sewing has been elevated from the concept of being 'a domestic pursuit' to an art form. These books would never have been available a few years ago and it is such a joy to see these amazing projects being printed and celebrated.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxxooxx.
p.s. I am about to fly out and visit my family in Australia so the next couple of posts will be coming to you from my mobile phone. I hope the quality will be ok. Please forgive me if the photos are a bit smaller! 



Monday, September 8, 2014

A Crochet Cricket Set.

 Another fun thing that I missed out on blogging during our trip was this crochet cricket set that I developed for the father's day edition of Simply Crochet mag, Issue 18. This is one of my most favourite projects ever and the first one that Jonno has played with. I wanted to think of something that he would really love and being cricket mad, I thought an indoor set would be perfect.
The thing that I loved most about the project was how the colour palette worked out giving the set a vintage look - I also wanted the cricket bat to have a cricket vest rib to it AND the wicket to stand up on its own.... 
The boys were great at strength testing the bat and wicket.


And in this month's issue there is a lovely review about 'Stanley and the Hot Air Balloon'. So exciting!
And tomorrow I have a truly wonderful book to review that you are going to love so please pop by.
Love Kate. xxooxx.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Costumes for the Ball... and the Fate of the Crochet Caravan.

This costume was really supposed to be a macaroon tower but I ran out of time so it's more of a macaroon safety vest. Still, if you are ever feeling a bit tubby around the middle, it's a wonderful disguise.  If you have read my blog before, you may have picked up that I have been preparing for a school ball fundraiser for quite some time now. It was held last night and went of without a hitch. 
 It had a french theme so Jonno went as a frenchman (with a crochet snail which I am squashing) and I seized on the chance to wear a tutu and as many flowers as I could squeeze on without repeating my meadow costume.
So please excuse me for the selfies - it's just so exciting.... and I don't know about you but I am always so curious to see what bloggers look like. 
Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments of the crochet caravan. I am happy to say that it went for a really great price at the auction AND to a wonderful home so am feeling very lucky.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Vintage, Crochet Caravan!


This is what I have been working on for quite some time now. My own little caravan. I've been a bit reluctant to post about it because of copyright issues but then I thought.... do I really want to be all squirrely - I would so prefer to share with you guys what I am doing. So, this is what you do when you would love to have caravan, but just can't quite justify it - crochet hooks come out and a new pattern is developed. Keep in mind that this really is a work in progress and any patterns will be a very long way from being released in any format.
Meet Rosie.
Remember the kitchen sink - this is who it was made for.
 Both windows have net curtains made from my grandmother's lace.
 Spare tyre for emergencies.
I would love to crawl into this bed for a nap.
Cup of tea anyone?

 The tap is made from an earring.
I used my one of my favourite Liberty fabrics for the decking - it's so retro and caravany.

And shouldn't all caravans have a name like Rosie or Flo?
Unfortunately I'm not keeping this one - she is going to be sold as a fundraiser for the boys' school and is up for auction tonight at the ball. I'll let you know how she goes tomorrow. In the meantime though, I just want to start making the next one!
Lots and lots of love,
Kate.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Crocheted Snails, No Puppy Dog Tails.

Still busily working away for our French themed ball this weekend. I have probably left Jonno's costume a bit too long so crocheted him this snail last night to wear attached to a stripy shirt. He can lick it whenever he feels peckish... did I just write that?
My best ever neighbour and her art student daughter have been working hard at painting posters for the big event. It's so nice having them around that every time they leave, I paint over what they have done so that they have to stay for longer the next time. They're both so talented. I'll show you the finished products soon.

 This book arrived in the mail today. I haven't had the chance to look through properly yet but Archie and Hugo were enthralled.
And Hugo gave me this mini tissue-paper flower brooch this afternoon. It is the sweetest thing to wear and he is so proud of it too. Apparently it is much harder to make a teensy tiny flower than a big, fluffy one. I don't doubt it.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.

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