Friday, August 21, 2015

Here & Now

Loving // The beginnings of Spring and our little peach tree which is just covered in blossoms!

Eating // So much homegrown goodness....the veggie crisper is literally full of curly purple kale

Drinking // Our last glasses of Missy milk....after a disappointing wet season the paddocks are drying up super fast now the warmth is on the way, and Missy is struggling to feed the calf growing inside her along with us. We've had to make the hard decision to dry her up.

Wearing // Less layers but still jumpers and jackets - it's not warming up that fast!

Feeling // Grateful for the garden, the sunshine and the new season that is just around the corner

Making // Knitted squares and socks and other things...I think I'll have to do an end-of-winter knitting blog post

Dreaming // Of Spring lambs and little calves...the first of the cows are due to calve in September.

What's happening in your here and now? 
It's the weekend tomorrow. 
I hope you have a good one


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pattern Love: Little Oddment Hedgehog

Hedgehogs seem to be a creature admired by many and these days they appear in many forms. There are real live ones with their own popular Instagram accounts, you can purchase them as drawings and prints and many other things. 
In the world of knitting, there are heaps hedgehog patterns around, but my absolute favourite would have to the Little Oddment Hedgehog by Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits. This hedgehog hits all the right notes from the irresistible look to the versatility of the pattern. As the name suggests, this is a great pattern for using up bits and bobs from your stash. 

As explained in the pattern, you can make different sized hedgehogs by using different weight yarns, or do as I did and use the same yarn and just knit with different amounts of strands for each hedgehog. 
The colourful ones above I made by using three strands of Organic Cotton DK yarn at once. I love the coloured hedgies for a bright look, but I also enjoy making a little family of three from traditional brown. 

These three were made with Organic Cotton Chocolate DK yarn (available in my shop) for their bodies and for the other yarn I just used oddments of 4ply Bamboo yarn from my stash.
Aren't they adorable? 

The other wonderful thing about these little delights is the speed at which they can be knitted. I've completed a whole family in a weekend and they make excellent gifts for people of all ages. 
Julie's pattern is available to purchase here, and the chocolate and coloured yarns shown above can be found in my shop.


What patterns do you love? Share below in the comments. 
Happy making!
Sarah x

Hedgehogs Raveled Here

PS This is not a sponsored post. This pattern has been shared here entirely of my own accord - how could I resist sharing such adorable little creatures?! x

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Sheep Work

Each night the Dorpers are locked into their little brick shed to keep them safe from wild dogs and dingoes. This daily duty falls on Rilla as little Bambi is still learning sheep work and is still learning in the controlled environment of the yards.

I have this one ewe, Sage, who is a royal pain every night as she is still very nervous around me so doesn't like being forced to be near me but isn't comfortable taking up the rear as that puts her near Rilla. So each and every night she continually breaks away from the flock and charges helter-skelter straight for the shed.

Now that I'm on the mend from my flu/laryngitis, I'm working really hard with Rilla to keep Sage in the flock and have all of the sheep arrive at the shed in a calm manner.
This evening Rilla was brilliant. She was in all the right spots at all the right times and Sage only managed one break away with a few followers of hers, but didn't even make it to the shed before Rilla was on the scene and had her back in the flock. 
The end result was one very proud Border Collie as she had nothing but continuous praise, one happy and unstressed owner and a flock of sheep that didn't risk broken legs as they filed very sedately into the shed in pairs. 
It was a job well done and it couldn't have made me happier.

Have a lovely weekend! x

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