A Knitting Pattern

Oh Hi! been a while, hasn't it?! Where have I been? Well, I’ve been around, mostly at home or in the reserve or in front of the fire we had installed this year. Ive been making dolls and knitting Gumnut hats, reading stories and collecting eggs- it’s been my most enjoyable winter yet. I’ve popped in today to share with you something I’ve been working on this winter. I’ve been busy writing a knitting pattern for the Gumnut Hat and Im pleased to announce that the pattern is now available for purchase here on Ravelry and here on Etsy.

The Gumnut Hat is perfect for the growing little ones in your life. Because of the ribbed design the hat grows with the child, enabling a comfortable fit over a few winters. Designed to cover little heads and ears it’s sure to keep them warm and cosy during the cooler months.

A quick and enjoyable knit, the Gumnut Hat is knit flat starting with the front band. The flat knitting is then folded in half and joined together using Kitchener stitch. The neckband is picked up along the bottom edge and knit in rib stitch with an i-cord attached to both corners after the neckband has been bound off. The hat can be knit with either one strand of Aran weight yarn or two strands of worsted weight yarn.

If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already seen Ed sporting one in just about every colour! What can I say, I had to do a lot of test knitting for the pattern. Ive used 3 different yarns for the pattern: Quince & Co Osprey, Cascade Lana d'Oro  and Swans Island worsted. All so squishy and dreamy to work with I couldn't just pick one. I really love knitting these little hats and I hope you will too.

I'm hoping to return to this space a bit more frequently very soon. Until then, thanks for stopping by and I hope you're keeping well.

Tiny Dates & A Pretty Magazine

Oh my boy, my big 3 year old. He’s so much more confident at the playground lately… maybe a little too confident! His favourite part of our tiny dates is the playground but mine is the nice big cup of coffee at the cafe over the road when we’ve finished jumping and swinging. The only way I can get him away from the playground actually is by promise of the smartie cookie and smoothie thats waiting for him when we get to the cafe.

I have finished Ed’s doll and am working on some custom ordered boy dolls. I love getting out my felt and fabrics and working out their hair colour and little outfits. I have finished the wee cardigan pattern too so I’ll be able to dress them in some woollies to match their pants. 

I came across this beautiful magazine by chance last week at our local news agent. I don’t usually buy magazines- with the exception of Frankie magazine and a new favourite, Hundreds & Thousands- but this one jumped out at me so I picked it up to flick through. I fell in love with it; the paper, the pictures, the insight into other makers lives and creative processes. I keep picking it up in my spare moments and reading and re-reading. Im particularly fond of the characters made by Emma Cocker. There’s so much inspiration in here for lovers of making and handmade.

I decided to give another makers patterns ago and purchased a softie kit and a cross stitch kit from Alicia Paulson, of the blog Posie Gets Cozy. I can't wait to start them!

Its still been stinking hot around our way so when we've not been at the park in the early mornings we've been heading to the library to enjoy some reading in the air conditioning. Note the super cute Ravelry t-shirt I got for Ed a few weeks ago. Wal may dress him in heavy metal t-shirts but when he's with his mum is all about the online knitting community heehee.

I hope you're keeping well and happy x

A Busy Week & An Etsy Store

This week I’ve been tucked away in my studio finishing up the first few dolls to open the A Maker’s Burrow Etsy store. I’ve spent the last 8 months or so, working on the design & templates and creating prototypes to be tested by Ed and my Niece. The final product are these 4 little lassies that will be for sale in my Etsy store. Last month I set a store opening date of the next full moon, so, the store will open with goods at 8pm on Sunday 24th January.

These one of a kind lass’s are handcrafted from new and reclaimed fabrics with 100% wool stuffing. Each doll’s hair and face are hand embroidered. They stand approximately 18 inches tall and clothing & boots are all removable. The dolls are made for gentle love and play; to be an heirloom for generations to come. Each doll is handmade by me in my home studio, located in Bendigo, Australia and promises to be unique in her own special way. The dolls are not suitable for children under the age of 3 years old.

If you would prefer a boy doll don't despair, I am currently working on a design for a laddie version.

Amongst the doll finishing and store preparation there has been some biscuit making (see my go to recipe here), some under the kitchen table cubby house making and playing in the very much needed rain with our “brellas”

I hope your week has been a good one.

Caitlan x

Drifting Off

Illustration by Phoebe Wahl- Photo found on Pinterest, source unknown

Illustration by Phoebe Wahl- Photo found on Pinterest, source unknown

I’ve been having trouble sleeping for a while but only recently it occurred to me it could be  because as I was hopping into bed at night and checking my emails, having a flick through Pinterest & Instagram (duh). Even though I was tired and I knew that I had to get as much sleep in as I could when I could because with a toddler in the house you never quiet know when that slumber will end, I couldn’t slow my mind… and I couldn’t stop myself from having a peek at social media. Well its not that I couldn’t, I just didn’t want to.I don’t know why its so hard not to look, maybe it really is an addiction. For the most part I try to read or do a little knitting before bed but sometimes I just want to look at pretty things so I set up a dream board on Pinterest. It consists of things I find calming and enjoy thinking about as I drift off. It helps block out the unwanted thoughts, the replaying of the days conversations and my long long list of things to do the next day. I make a cup of tea, snuggle up in bed  and scroll through pictures of cold weather places (I’m happiest when its raining), log cabins and cozy fires. I dream about what it would be like to live in one of these log homes with my family. In this place I’d wake before sun rise, do some crafting done and get some bread in the oven ready for when my family woke. I’d dish it up toasted & topped with eggs that Eddie and I had collected from our chickens. The day would be spent making, baking, gardening and playing together then we’d spend the evening before bed time reading books by the fire with bellies full from a hearty meal made with food from our garden. Sigh…. Ive just gotta keep working at making this world my reality. I feel I am definitely on my way though and I'm closer to this life now than I was a few years ago. My dad is building me a chicken coop so we can get some ladies in the next few weeks and this winter we are getting a wood fire in the lounge room. Theres something about the warmth from a wood fire that Wal and I don't want Eddie to miss out on; I'm not quiet sure how to explain it... perhaps you might just know what I mean.

Photo found on Pinterest, by I love Nature- Illustration by Phoebe Wahl

Photo found on Pinterest, by I love Nature- Illustration by Phoebe Wahl