Saturday’s posy works hard for a living…

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Another day, another posy.

This is probably the simplest posy I have made all week, it is composed of only one type of flower, but I thought it stood on it’s own so admirably that it would look cluttered if I added anything else to the bunch.

I used wool to attach the posy to a hair comb then attached a pretty mauve bow to the stem using a safety pin.

Who doesn’t love to wear flowers in their hair?

It also looks good modelled up against books.

Friday’s posy is loving and giving…

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Gefunden (Found)

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by A.Z. Foreman

I walked the woodland,
A lonesome man.
To look for nothing-
That was my plan.

I saw a flower
Deep in the plants:
It gleamed like starlight,
Glowed like a glance.

I reached to pluck it
When its dear lilt
Said: Would you snap me
To see me wilt?

So up I dug it
With roots and all
And brought it home to
The garden wall.

Once more I lay it
Half in the shade
To see it blossom
And never fade!

Why not accessorise your bag with a bright posy?

Thursday’s posy has far to go…

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Back to a more traditional posy today.

I walked home from the gym a different way this morning hoping to find some some new types of flowery weeds and stumbled across these beautiful fluffy purple flowers. They took a bit of effort getting as I had to avoid their prickly stems, which made me wonder whether they might be a type of thistle or nettle. The yellow daisies, white flowers, and small purple flowers all came from my backyard.

Since starting to making posies I have realised how little I know about the flowers that grow naturally around me. I can only name flowers that are generally cultivated for bouquets such as lilies and roses. I should do some research into them, if only so I can properly name them in my posts.

Today I was a bit more creative with my posy than yesterday and turned it into a corsage/headband. The only difference between the two projects is the length of the ribbon you attach the posy to. Obviously, if you are making a headband you will need a longer piece of ribbon than if you are making a corsage. I merely secured a safety pin to the back of the posy with a piece of wool, like I did for the brooch on Tuesday, then pinned it to the ribbon. So simple, yet so effective! I prefer it as a headband, but it’s totally up to you what you do with it.

Inspired the by the many beautiful autumn leaves that I keep finding on my walks, I have collected the most vibrant ones I have found into a cabinet of curiosity. It gives me such joy to look over to my little collection of cabinets when writing assignments and be reminded of the beautiful natural world that’s just outside my window.

Wednesday’s posy knows little woe

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Today’s posy has a native Australian theme.

IMG_0380The bottle brush and the stunning autumn leaf I found on the footpath on my walk home. The small clusters of seed pods are from my own back garden.

As you can see I didn’t really come up with an innovative way of using them, but resorted to the good old ‘stick ‘em in a vase’ approach.

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I can’t wait to see what I stumble across tomorrow.

 

A Posy a Day…

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I have gone a little bit posy mad over the last few days. I have made a posy (or two) every day since my post on Sunday. I just can’t help it. I keep on stumbling across cute flowers on my walks to and from home, the bus, and gym. So instead of fighting my current compulsion to make tiny flower arrangements I have decided to set myself a challenge to make a posy a day for the rest of the week. Yesterday I made two more cabinets of curiosities, and today I made a posy brooch. IMG_0349As I was walking up the path to my house, my eye was caught by vibrant specks of colour scattered amongst the green grass. When I went to investigate further I found these tiny flowers. IMG_0354 Making the posy into a brooch was really easy. After arranging the flowers I placed a safety pin against the back of the arrangement, then secured it all together with a piece of wool.

I wore it to uni pinned to my denim jacket; it made a bright addition to my outfit. I only wish these posies lasted forever. They have a short life, but they bring so much joy and colour.

Posies, Cabinets of Curiosities, and More Cowls

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Last week I was so busy I didn’t get time to sit down and do a proper blog post. So today I have decided to take a break from my uni assignments to share my latest craft adventures.

It was such a glorious morning that I decided to join my parents on their Sunday walk. We walked from our suburb, Coorparoo, to Morningside, stopping for coffee at the quirky Southside Tearoom before making our way home. On the way I collected flowers and autumn leaves that I found along the footpath and made a little posy.

Inspired by a project for a bell jar display I had seen in issue 37 of Mollie Makes, I decided to make something similar for my posy.

Et viola! Kitty’s Cabinet of Curiosity was born!

IMG_0327This is a really simple project that uses upcycled scraps from around the house. As you can see from below, it makes a stunning addition to any interior.

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To make your own cabinet of curiosity you will need:

  • A posy made up of flowers and leaves found in your garden (smaller flowers and leaves are generally better for this project)
  • 1 x recycled jam jar
  • 1 x square scrap of material
  • Pins
  • Ribbon (optional)

To make your cabinet of curiosity:

  1. Arrange your flowers into a posy and secure with string, or the stem of one of your flowers.
  2. Trim the ends of your posy so that the stems are all the same length (you want to cut them quite short so that your posy fits comfortably in your jar).
  3. Carefully slide your posy into the jam jar (you may find that you need to make adjustments to your arrangement or trim the stems even shorter for it to fit).
  4. To finish your cabinet of curiosity: cover the lid of your jam jar with the square of material and fasten in place with pins. Screw the lid on top of the jar and finish decorating by tying a bow around the lid using your ribbon.

The great thing about these little cabinets of curiosities is that you can update them with seasonal flowers and create a museum of curiosities with jars and flowers of different shapes and sizes.

Finally, I promised two weeks ago to share my latest cowl project with you, so here goes…

I am really into scallop or fan patterns at the moment. I love delicacy and intricacy of the motif, it reminds me of the sea, coral, and shells.

These cowls were made following a Chunky Cowl pattern in issue 13 of Simply Crochet. I wanted my cowls to have a more elegant, lacy finish, so instead of using a chunky yarn I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (a 4ply yarn) in Steelcutoats and Turquoisemix. While these cowls look delicate, they’re actually really robust and incredibly warm. They’re the perfect accessory to throw on when you’re having an uninspired fashion day.

I’m currently experimenting with combining a scallop and wave pattern to make a sea-inspired afghan. But more on that next time…

Merci beaucoup ma mon, je t’adore!

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Happy Mother’s day to all you wonderful mothers out there! I hope your families have been treating you well on this special day.

An especially big happy Mother’s day to ma mon! It was mon who first introduced me to crochet and helped me make my first granny square blanket which still takes pride of place in my bedroom.

Thank you mon, for all your love and support. I hope you like the handcrafted prezzies I made especially for you!

xx

Crimson Cowls for Scarlet Ladies

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I am obsessed with cowls at the moment. They are the perfect winter accessory. They are big and warm and, unlike scarves, don’t get tangled up.

I found this very simple, yet effective, cowl pattern on Deer Little Fawn, a super cute website that is definitely worth checking out. The cowl is worked in the round with a treble stitch (that’s UK treble, US double). Beth’s pattern calls for a super chunky wool- Cygnet Seriously Chunky Yarns 300g- and 8mm hook. I, however, couldn’t find an exactly equivalent yarn so I used Cascade Superwash Chunky Yarn (which you can buy from my favourite suppliers here) and a 6mm hook, which worked just as well. If, like me, you use a smaller hook and yarn remember to add a couple more stitches to the foundation chain.

These cowls were so easy to make and took only a couple of hours each. The first one I made, I accidentally twisted the foundation chain when I was working into the second row, but the result was so effective that I decided not to go back and fix my mistake. After I had made the first cowl, my sister liked it so much she asked for one too. Hers I did properly, but about six rows from the end I turned the cowl so I was working right side up to create a variation in the stitches (which you can kind of see in the picture below).

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I am currently working on a third cowl, this time one which has a fan/scollop pattern. Stay tuned for more details!

In the Garden with Luca and Leo

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Summer is slowly fading into autumn here in Brisbane. The sun has lost its blistering bite and air is no longer heavy with humidity. It is finally pleasant to spend time outside and the plants are celebrating their new found freedom from the stifling heat.


As I was in the garden the other morning I noticed that our roses had bloomed. I couldn’t help but stop to appreciate the beautiful morning and the delicious smelling flowers in the company of my two cats, Luca and Leo.

We rescued both Luca and Leo from the RSPCA. Luca is about 7 years old now; Leo is the baby, he was only just 1 in February. They both love it when there are people in the garden. They see it is as their domain and follow you around to make sure you behave yourself.

As you can see from the picture, Luca loves to soak up the sun. The tiles in the back garden are the perfect place for sun baking. Leo is much more playful, you are more likely to find him hiding among the bushes chasing lizards.

And here is a photo of Leo enjoying the Afghan I posted about previously. I couldn’t resist sharing it, he’s just too cute!

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The Crocheting Coquette’s Afghan

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I love to crochet. I admit, most people do not perceive it as a seductive craft, but I put that down to its hapless association with old ladies via the unfortunately named ‘Granny square’. I would argue that crochet can be likened to courtship or a skilfully danced quadrille, it thrills and entices the participant through intricate conceits and movements. The creation teases, revealing itself slowly so that one becomes completely absorbed in pursuing the final product.

This afghan blanket is very simple to make but extraordinarily cosy. I made this blanket to go at the end of my bed as a runner to keep my feet warm. As a result it is very wide but not that long. The great thing about this pattern is it can be adapted to be any size you desire. I borrowed the basic Granny stripe pattern from Atti24, an absolutely marvellous crocheting blog, which I am sure most of you fellow crocheters will have heard of. To the basic pattern I merely added a boarder of double and treble crochet stitches on each of the four sides.

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I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Arran in Stone, Heather and Mauve and a 5mm hook for this pattern. I used about ten balls of Stone and six each of the Heather and Mauve. Debbie Bliss is a truly incredible woman and her wool is the perfect texture and soft to the touch. If you live in Brisbane, I recommend visiting Tangled Yarns, as they supply Debbie Bliss and many other good quality yarns.

I refer you to Attic24′s blog for the full pattern as I don’t want to plagiarise a fellow blogger, particularly one I admire. I will merely add that I made a foundation chain of 210 stitches, which nicely covers the width of a Queen size bed. For the boarder, working into the foundation chain:
Row 1: 1dc in the second chain from the hook and then 1dc in each chain until the end of the row. Chain one and turn the work.
Row 2: 1tc in the second chain from the hook and then 1tc in each stitch. Chain one and turn the work.
Row 3 and 4: repeat row 1.

Enjoy! And please post comments on your own variations of the exotic afghan!

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