Thursday, 6 October 2016



I've recently been seeing a few items that have captured my interest lately.
Fair Isle / Stranded knitting
The colours!!!
The patterns!!!
Oh my!!!

I have tried it before, but at that time I did not understand the skill level involved in such beautiful work.  My projects turned out well and had a fair amount of wear.  Sorry, but no photos to show that skill.

But I thought I would start again - as a beginner and actually try knitting the colours with two hands.  One doing my normal 'throw' method and the other using 'continental' style.
Now normally I cannot do continental, but for some reason I find it relatively relaxing when using two yarns - go figure

So here are some of my latest creations - be kind please, still learning

This one I am not parting with.
It fits and actually suits me when wearing it.
Hats & me don't usually go together.
So this one is a keeper
And those sheep - love

Pandamonium - more challenging for me than Baa-ble.  Forgive the wonky eye

And this one I adapted from the book "Aussie Fair" - Poss

Most of these will be off to one of this months Knit4Charities charities.
It's been a great stash-busting exercise and I think will continue for a while.  
So many lovely patterns and ideas are out there

Have a wonderful week

Friday, 16 September 2016

Vintage Baby Pattern

Hi everyone

Here is the my latest finished baby outfit
I did adapt it, as it was turning out way to big for my needs - NB-3mths
But I love, love, love the way it turned out

Yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills Wool/Cotton 4ply (found in the back room) - wish this was available in their online store :-(
Details can be found here

And this is the original pattern
Much larger, lace is on the yoke too

Btw - the pattern is top-down :-)

Have a wonderful weekend :-)

Friday, 9 September 2016

A Spring feel Boronia

A Spring feel to this little Boronia cardigan
It will be off to the Knit4Charitites for a Pregnant Young Parents Support this month

Pattern available here or check the links to the right

Have a wonderful Spring weekend!!!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Vintage Baby Vest

My latest project is this very cute vintage baby vest
Absolutely love it!!!
I'm having a bit of a re-love affair with the faithful feather-n-fan pattern lately
I think my Nan is having a bit of a nudge here, from way up there :-)

My project notes are here

Pattern is available here

It will a perfect little summer top by itself
Or can be worn over a tee
For Sale here at Made For Little Ones

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Another Boronia :-)

Hi :-)

The 3 month version of Boronia is off the needles :-)
It is worked in yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills backroom.  
A beautifully soft 5ply, in a colour which is a little hard to capture.
But I think the photo is very close

And here is all three versions of Boronia worked in different weights of yarn and size needles - 4ply Baby Blossom, 5ply Purple-Pink and 8ply Tanzanite

Pattern is available in my Ravelry store or on Etsy (links in side bar)

Have a wonderful weekend

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Aussie Maria Pattern - Boronia

Hi everyone
Although it has been a very long time since my last cardigan pattern was released, I have about a zillion half started / half worked out patterns sitting on my computer which just need finishing touches and final reworks

A friend enquired if a new one was on the horizon and I thought ....... just do it ....... get one finished.
So I relooked at all of them and .......

I totally reworked one and changed it (read simplify here) :-)

So here is Boronia on Ravelry or Boronia on Etsy

This is the Newborn, long sleeve version using Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply Luxury

And this is the 6 month, short sleeve version using Bendigo Woollen Mills Stellar in the beautiful colour, Tanzanite (pity its no longer available)
Love, love, love this!!!!

One written pattern, but using different weights of yarn and different size needles to create the sizing.

A photo of the 3 month, 5 ply version to follow

Just in time for this months Knit4Charity's donations - Women's Life Centre (NSW) who are after clothing for newborns to 6 months.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Desert Pea Pattern


Ive just uploaded a new pattern to Ravelry & Etsy
You may notice the link on the sidebar

I hope some of you like it and wish to try it
Its fairly simple, with just one lace row

The name I chose for it was the colour of the yarn of the first sample - 
Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Luxury called Desert Pea.  
Sadly the colour is discontinued.
But I love the second one I made in Ruby :-)
So expect to see lots popping up here ;-)

Link here

Or click on the links in the sidebar

Have a wonderful day

Friday, 1 July 2016

Baby Girl or Boy?

A new grandchild will be born in September.
But what its sex is no-one knows - except Mummy & Daddy
So I'm hedging my bets and knitting for both

A Girl Set - made from Bendigo Luxury 4ply
A beautiful new, free pattern from a Taswegian :-)

A Boy Set

And since I have plenty of time and a "little" of this wool in my stash ;-)
I listed them in my Madeit shop, Made For Little Ones (link in sidebar)

Have a great weekend

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Vintage Knitting

knit pearl knit:

A photo I found on Pinterest
I love the old knitting / sewing/  crafting related photos found there

See how easy it is to use dpns ;-)

Thursday, 23 June 2016

This & that

Hi :-)
Not to sure what to write, but want to ..... so I'll share some of my latest projects.  
Some for sale here (Made For Little Ones) and others for family

A couple of sets for newborns

The Easy Ombre Hat

Fingerless mittens for GD's

And some ear-warmers, which will probably be needed right now :-)

Friday, 8 April 2016

Aussie Swing Tanzanite

Hi everyone

I've just noticed that I forgot to share one of my favourite Aussie Swings

A request from DH's work colleague
She chose the yarn colour and the pattern

Yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills Stellar, Colour Tanzanite
Pattern - Aussie Swing (available on Ravelry & Etsy)

Love the colour and the sheen of this yarn (not quite showing in the photo)
It has a lovely drape
And will be warm and snuggly for the cooler weather

Have a great weekend

Friday, 1 April 2016

The Alaskan Hat

Another test knit for mamasteddybear

The pattern is The Alaskan Hat
Yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply in Bermuda (love this new colour) & Ghost

Have a great day

Monday, 28 March 2016

Shoots-n-Ladders Hat

A test knit for a fellow IG and Ravelry member - mamasteddybear

So cute
Pattern link here

Have a great day

Friday, 25 March 2016

Me, Me, Me

This time the knitting was just for Me!!!!
Did take me a while.  Not because the pattern was difficult.  
But more that quick baby knits kept interfering :-)

Pattern is Emiliana
Yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply (Koala) & House of Wool Fingering

I love, love, love it
Can't wait to wear it as a shawl or scarf now the weather has finally started to cool a little

Have a great day

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

My apologies

To the very lovely ladies that leave comments on my blog - Dorothy & Maria in particular.

I have just spent the last half an hour going round in circles trying to reply to your comments.  Particularly where a question was asked.
I have gotten absolutely nowhere
Sorry :-(

Dorothy - the Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton washes & wears very well. 
I have been using it for about 4 years for my grandchildren - cardigans, blankets etc.
It can even be washed on a gently cycle in the machine.
My grandchildren have not been 'hard' on the garments, so not too sure how it would withstand hard rough & tumble wear

Have a great day

Monday, 21 March 2016

Mummy's Choice

Sharing my latest project for GD1
D3 chose the colour and the pattern

Pattern is Granny's Favourite
Yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton 8ply in Wild Lavender.  Its a hard colour to capture correctly.  Sometimes it appears more bluish as in this photo

Love the pattern

GD1 cried when she saw it.  Not tears of happiness, but sadness :-)
It wasn't pink - hahaha
The cat buttons saved it for her
So another one will be made :-)

Have a great day

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Winter Baby Boots

Hi everyone

Just wanted to share my latest Winter Baby Boots - pattern link here
Made from Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury Wool in mint - mmmmm

They are so sweet on baby feet.

Available now here at Made For Little Ones

Hoping everyone a cool, cool day on the East Coast of Australia
Sadly 41C is not that
My thoughts will be here trying to remain cool

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Birthday Gifts

Hi everyone

Well I finally got a long-awaited chance to get to my sewing machine
I was desperate
Doesn't matter that we spent months planning and researching.  I had to complete these projects today.  Life, family, end of year festivities got in the way.

So here is a gift bag, already filled with gifts, I made for our granddaughters 3rd birthday

Can you guess her favourite colour? ;-)

Please don't look too closely at the stitching.  I was having a few tension issues and rushed to finish it
I used a Spoonful of Sugar's Drawstring Pouch tutorial as a guideline, just adjusted the sizing.
The embroidery pattern is from Bunnycup Embroidery

And here is the big tah-dah!!!!

Hubby did the poles and rope and I did the sewing for it and D3 did the decorating
A wonderful joint effort.
Pattern & tutorial was from here

And she loves it!!!!
GD1 was so thrilled, she spent the night in there :-)

Have a wonderful day

Monday, 1 February 2016

Apple Pie again

I loved the first Apple Pie Bonnet so much I just had to make another one

Details here
Yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply in Frost & Nundle Woollen Mills Chaffey 4ply

I teamed it with Suspension Bridge Bootees - a free pattern by a very creative crafter who I admire - Mary Jane Thompson 

And the set is available is available in my Madeit store - Made For Little Ones

Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Apple Pie Bonnet

Thought I would share this super cute and deceptively simple little bonnet I made

and I made a set of booties to match

Yarn - Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply (Cream)
& Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply (Teal Blue)

Have a great day