I finished a blanket for Hubby for on the couch (since I made mine last year, he keeps stealing it so I made one for him).

It appears that Jacket is incredibly appreciative of it, at least… 

I don’t think Hubby has really gotten to use it yet lol


Need Ideas!

Hi everyone!

I need some help.

My sister is graduating as a primary school teacher at the end of this year, and I want to make her a “teacher survival package”.

But I’m not sure what else to put in it.

So far, this is what I’ve got (ideas wise – I haven’t bought or made anything yet, I’ll be doing that after my exams are over):

  • Making a bag (and getting it monogrammed with “Mrs *surname*”). I’m thinking this pattern
  • Pencil case to match the bag (also monogrammed)
  • Antibacterial wipes (because kids really are gross)
  • Big thing of hand sanitiser (see previous – and the soap at school always seemed to be empty)
  • A couple of nice pens, with refills (like Parker pens or something)
  • A travel mug (one of those ones that say “Best Teacher Ever” or similar)

I want to add some of those novelty things (like “a rubber band for when your patience is stretched to the limit”) but I’m not sure what I should do for those.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


It has begun…

I’ve started making Christmas presents… Here’s the progress so far:



I didn’t use a pattern for this one, seeing as I was just making a pretty simple beanie – Just knitted until it looked about the right size, then decreased it down to the end.



For my Nan (matches a pair of fingerless gloves I made her earlier in the year)

Pattern is this, it’s supposed to be a beret but it didn’t really turn out like that – so I figured a beanie would work too. It was probably because I used needles about 2 sizes smaller than the pattern specifies, because I’ve only got 2 sizes of double points (2.25mm & 3.25mm). I will be rectifying this problem once I have some spare spending money.


Crochet Headphones


I’ve done this to quite a few pairs of headphones now – my “good” pair, Hubby’s pair, and this cheap crappy set.

I started with my good pair, because the plastic cover on the padding up the top was flaking and getting annoying (and a new pair wasn’t an option – they’re $300 headphones). Then the same was happening to Hubby’s, so I did one for his too. I did the one in the picture yesterday, because the headband kept getting stuck in my hair.

Here’s the pattern I’ve used for all 3, for anyone who wants it! I find this makes a nicely patterned swatch, without any obvious ‘stripes’ to show rows (making it less obvious if it twists a bit with wear). This is a quick project, the one above only took me 1 episode of Doctor Who to finish.

Crochet Headphone ‘Headband’ wrap

You’ll need:

  • scrap wool (you won’t need much)
  • appropriate crochet hook


This pattern is crocheted from side to side (looking at headphones straight on, the row starts at one ear and go across to the other. There will be significantly less rows than there are stitches in a row.

Chain an odd number of stitches, leaving a long tail at the start (the tail will be used to stitch it together at the end). The foundation chain should be long enough to cover the area you want on the headband. If you just want to cover a padded section, allow about 2cm (1inch) either side of the section so that the finished product completely covers the padding, with enough either side to grip the headband well.

1st row – Skip first chain, then single crochet (sc) in the 2nd chain. Double crochet (dc) in the next chain. Alternate sc and dc until you reach the end of the chain (you should be ending on a dc).

2nd row – Chain one, TURN. sc in first stitch, dc in second stitch, alternate sc & dc to end of row.

Repeat 2nd row until the swatch is long enough to barely wrap around the top of the headphones. You’ll want about a 5mm (1/4 inch) gap between the edges when you’re just gently wrapping it around.

If your headphones have a particularly large amount of padding, you should put in a few rows (about 1/4 of the final # of rows – usually 2-4 rows) where the row starts and ends with an even # of sc, with the pattern in the middle. The pattern would look like this:

4 sc, *sc dc alternating to last 3 stitches (last stitch of pattern section will be a dc)*, 4 sc.

Adjust the # of sc at the start and end to roughly make the patterned area the same size as the padding you want to cover. Make sure that there is always an odd number of stitches in the pattern section, and that the # of sc on each end is the same (and an even number). DO NOT count the first sc of the pattern section as part of the 4 edge sc (otherwise the pattern won’t match up properly).

Stitch the two edges together and you’re done! The slight tension created by sewing up the gap will keep the wrap in place on the headband. If it slips, just put a couple of drops of craft glue under the ends and allow to dry. I’ve never needed to use glue, but depending on the kind of wool you use, it may need it.

This is what the stitch pattern looks like up close:


Any questions, feel free to ask below.


Cross stitch wedding gift!


So true to tradition, I have done a cross stitch as a wedding present 🙂

This would be 6 now that I’ve done in the last 3 years – and this is the first one that wasn’t a family member!

Hopefully it’s a lovely day 🙂

(I’m writing this the night before, but I’m scheduling the post so that it goes live after the wedding)


A little bit of MacGuyver-ing

After kitty ONCE AGAIN knocked all my books off my desk, I decided I needed to do something – enter the delivery box shelf! I like how it works so much, I think I’ll paint it/cover it with something pretty and make it a permanent fixture 🙂

No more books falling off the end of my desk, or behind my computer screen! And it’s the perfect size to fit my current collection of textbooks in! (The one on top is from my winter unit, and I’ve got the exam for that next Tuesday, so it’ll be going into my big bookshelf soon. And the penguin classic is my current recreational reading book – which is probably not going to be touched again until the Christmas break :S)


PS – please tell me that other people actually get the reference in the title… And that I’m not the only one who loves those old TV shows…




I finished this a few weeks ago, but kept forgetting to take a photo!

It’s ended up taking me 2 years to finish this, because I started it – then everybody (both sisters-in-law, 2 cousins and a close friend) got pregnant, and I started making baby blankets. 5 baby blankets later, I’ve finally been able to work on this again and get it finished. I haven’t blocked it yet, and I’m still deciding if I can even be bothered – I might just iron the edges so they lay flat. Because blocking something that big is a bit of a pain.

It’s super soft, even though it’s 100% acrylic – I fluked when I got the wool, they discontinued the line not long afterwards and I haven’t come across an acrylic this nice since. And it’s not huge, but it’s the perfect size for little me with my short legs 🙂

The pattern is from Crochet Today “Best Blankets 2013”, so I can’t post the pattern, but it’s the ‘Lancaster Quilt’ pattern (with a few personal edits) if you want to try and find it.