Thursday, January 30, 2014

Roots & Wings

They say that the two greatest gifts you can give your children are root and wings.  This is something that really resonated with me this week as my youngest child started school - something I'm sure a lot of parents have difficulty adapting to.

 Although she probably didn't realise it, a dear friend of mine inspired me to change my attitude this week: rather than seeing the start of Miss 5's school life as me partly losing my child, I realised that it was the beginning of a whole new world of possibility for her.  I realised that the last five and a half years I've been enabling her to establish solid roots in our family and the ever-expanding world around her - giving her that safe place to land and be herself.  Now it was time to let her spread her wings a little and take her fledgling flight away... just ever so slightly; knowing she'll be excited to see me at the end of the day, and that she knows herself well enough to help take charge of her own learning.

I have a number of friends who were not able to see their children go off to school this week.  These gorgeous little souls grew their wings much too soon, and their parents are no doubt finding it quite difficult as they see other families experiencing such joy on first days of school.  So I send them, and all those I don't know who are missing their babies today, all my love and promise to hug my girls just that little bit tighter when the school bell rings this afternoon.

Thanks so much to Shannon for helping me see that today is not the end of anything, but the start of something very exciting for my littlest girl who has the world at her feet.

Lori xo

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Knot Your Grannys Square - Fundraiser ♥

Knot Your Grannys Square - By The Sea Imaginative Play

When I saw this image pop up on the facebook page of By the Sea Imaginative Play last week, I couldn't stop myself wanting to help... I have a problem like that! lol   So I put my hand up and said I'd be very happy to contribute some squares to a worthy cause.  Even better, I decided to knit them with this lovely 'Little Brown Owl' colourway wool that I'd bought earlier this year from Tangle & Stash - how appropriate.

Although the idea of knitting squares seems incredibly simple. I decided to also use this as an opportunity to learn some new knitting techniques that I'd had no reason to knit until now - rather than just knitting the same square I'd normally knit when swatching for stitch gauge.  So I went searching for some square designs.

I was intrigued by a mitred square blanket that graces our house from a grandmother, so I followed these lovely clear instructions by Dianne at Knitting Galore and created my very first mitred square!! Yes, I was excited!  It doesn't take much.

Then for something different, I followed the instructions over at KOGO (Knit One, Give One) for a Diagonal Blanket Square.  By now I was running out of time and really thinking I should be getting back to my custom orders, so I quickly knitted up a straight garter stitch square - giving me three squares to donate.  Believe me I would have done a million more, but I just couldn't this month.  Here are my finished squares:

Be sure to drop by By the Sea Imaginative Play on facebook and check out Karen's progress with sewing all these donated squares together - she's doing an amazing job!!

Lori xo

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Milo Sky Canvas

You may have seen a Milo vest I recently knit for Milo Mania over at my Little Brown Owl Facebook page - in a gorgeous semi-solid blue wool that was hand-dyed by Jo at Jodulbug Creations.  The colourway is "Morning Skies", and so I envisaged a blank canvas Milo with a duplicate stitch embellishment created afterwards.  I immediately thought of the "Sky" charts from Watermellish - perhaps a puffy white cloud and a bright sun?

So when Jo from Scarlet Eve bought the Milo in the manic market, we discussed what she'd like to have embellished on it, and she decided a puffy white cloud would be pretty cool.  So I set about stitching it - basing it on the Watermellish charts, but altering it slightly to make it a little bigger.  

Then, upon seeing a progress pic of the cloud, a lovely liker on my page suggested it would be awesome with rainbow raindrops!  Thanks, Sarah ;)  lol

So with a bit more stitching, and a bit of consultation with Jo, it was decided that 5 raindrops were required - one for each member of her family - using "Hungry Caterpillar" colourway hand-dyed wool from Never Ending Obsessions.  

Here is the result, and I must say that after not really having a clue how to duplicate stitch a raindrop, I'm really quite happy with it. Thanks Jo for letting me create something special for you and your gorgeous little man. xooxo

Oh, and in case you're wondering - Milo Mania went swimmingly! No, better than swimmingly, it was MANIC!!!  So, yes - it will be back in 2014!! Bigger and better than ever!! 

Lori xo

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Milo Mania at Little Brown Owl!!!! 29th-31st May ♥

Oh my goodness!!  Have I not blogged about Milo Mania yet??!!! How silly of me!  
Okay, so here it is - Milo Mania!!  
Do you know a baby or small child who would be cold this winter without a gorgeous, unique handknit tikki-designed Milo vest?  

Well, hurry up and head over to Little Brown Owl on Facebook so you can nab yourself a very special creation from one of many WAHM knitters and Milo-licensees who have joined in the fun!!

It's all starting tonight - 29th May 2013 at 8.30pm AEST and closes on Friday 31st May at 9.30pm AEST.  There are big Milos, small Milos, dolly Milos, boyish Milos and girly Milos!!  There are also a number of custom spots up for grabs if you can't find just the right size for your little one.

Due to the nature of the fit of the Milo vests, be sure to measure your child before the market opens and go by chest size rather than age when buying the right size.  Babies tend to be okay within the age guide, however as children grow, they tend to be very different shapes and sizes and more likely to be outside the age guide for sizing. For example, my petite 7yo wears a size 3 Milo vest!

See you there!!! Have fun :D
Lori xo

Friday, May 3, 2013

...and a Brown Owl In A Pear Tree!!!

In A Pear Tree, a cardigan. Photo Credit: Cathy Rubin.

Well, thank YOU all so much for your fantastic entries to the Little Brown Owl 3rd Birthday Giveaway this week!!  For those who didn't see the announcement on our Facebook page, the winner was Shanon Engel and her new baby due to arrive this winter!  Congratulations again, Shanon - I'm really looking forward to creating something lovely for your baby to wear. 

'Little Brown Owl' hand-dyed wool from Tangle & Stash.

Shanon has chosen to have the gorgeous hand-dyed 'Little Brown Owl' coloured wool from Tangle & Stash knitted by me into a cardigan for her new baby. Not just any cardigan, the In A Pear Tree, the cardigan designed by the one and only Cathy Rubin from The Barbarian Horde!

It is a specially-designed cardigan to suit those first few months of baby's life when they grow soooo much, and so fast, with cute design features to give it an individual style.

I'm really looking forward to getting started on the project, and I'll be keeping you all updated with the progress.  It will take me longer than it usually would as I'll be fitting it in between other orders ;)  hehe  Stay tuned for some pictures next week to see how it's coming along!!

Lori xo

Friday, April 26, 2013

♥ ♫♪ Hooty Birthday to Little Brown Owl ♪♫ ♥

Who doesn't love a birthday celebration?!! ♥  Today is the 3rd birthday of Little Brown Owl - three years since I decided to listen to my friends and do custom knitting for a whole bunch of lovely people I didn't know!  Wow, what a full-on, crazy, busy, hectic, fun, exciting three years it's been!!

So, what could be better than a Birthday Giveaway, just for you - all the wonderful people who have stayed with me and asked me to knit them all the things!!  Recently I was shopping a new yarn store I found on Facebook, called Tangle & Stash, as you do... and what did I find, but some hand-dyed wool in a colourway I just couldn't refuse - "Little Brown Owl".

So I snaffled it up and tried to figure out how I could use this lovely unisex yarn to create a prize for someone... Now, my time at the moment is pretty limited as I have a whole bunch of woolly orders coming up to winter, some gifts to knit, showcases to knit for, a family who all need jumpers and cardigans for winter and a 4yo who wants "sparkly socks" for her upcoming birthday!

So, here's the plan... rather than me knit something and it be the wrong size, I'm offering up a FREE custom spot as a prize to a randomly chosen entrant using this OOAK "Little Brown Owl" wool from Tangle & Stash!!!  AND - the winner gets to choose what they'd like knitted with it!  Perhaps you'd love a Milo vest, or a Hot Shot vestee, a Mud Puddles, or a Tama.  The options are almost endless - but please check out my available styles - here - and see what you like the look of!!  Sorry, I know there's a lot of choice! lol

So, what do you have to do?  Simple!  Like my Facebook page - Little Brown Owl, follow this blog, and comment below saying which style and approximate size you'd like to win (size will be confirmed with the winner following the draw).  Entries will close 8.30pm AEST Tuesday 30th April 2013.  I will use to choose the winner.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!!

***Important Edit***: I have about 434m of this DK/8ply machine-wash wool available here to use (although I may also be able to find a matching trim colour in my stash), therefore some larger garments won't be possible, nor would workable cloth nappy covers be possible (due to the machine-wash treatment of the wool).  If you're not sure if a pattern will work, please ask - and if I notice anything in the comments that isn't possible I'll let you know so you can make an alternative choice.

I can't wait to see what you choose to have knitted with this - good luck!!! :D

Lori xo

Thursday, April 25, 2013

You spin me right round baby, right round.... o.O


Wow! Two blog posts in a week! Yes, I'm going for a record! Well, not I'm not... and if I was I'd be sure to miss by a mile, but it was a nice idea!!

This is what I got up to yesterday in between eating Anzac biscuits, knitting and school and kindergarten drop-offs and pick-ups:

Winding my way through the wool I really need to knit up in the next week...after I finish the project currently on my needles (which you'll get to see on the weekend)!!  I do have an overabundance of knitting projects happening right now, but I'll keep plugging away and I know I will get there :D

Here's a photo of the dreaded yarn winder I have that makes winding yarn a real chore that usually involves me yelling, growling, stomping and telling the family to leave me alone while I'm in the process of creating yarn balls.  I do need to get a new one, and I got lots of advice on that recently, so I look forward to showing you a new one as soon as I get it!!

Lori xo