Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Scarlett's Sunshine & Indianna's Sunrise...

It's such a sunny day today!  Well... perhaps in my knitting basket it is!!  Not so much in the outside world, though.  So in an attempt to wake myself up I'm reaching into that basket and taking out the brightest, loveliest knitting projects I have :D

Something to brighten up the dullest of days - Miss Scarlett's Little Butterflies from one of my favourite designers tiKKi, in gorgeous 'Sunshine' by the ever-talented Tammy of Never Ending Obsessions.  This is one of those knitting patterns that makes you feel so clever as you knit along and little butterflies start appearing and flying about (okay, so maybe the flying part was just a dream....)!  I don't currently have a license to sell this design, this is a gift, but I'm loving it so much I wanted to share it with you.

This is knit top-down, so you can see the neckline and beginning of the round yoke of the cardigan.

Here's a little close of up some of those cute little butterflies... flitter, flutter:

Not to be outdone by the sunshine is a most amazing 'Sunrise' - soft and squishy yarn hand-dyed by Susannah of Parrot Pants Hand Knits being knitted into an IvyAnna for Miss Indianna.  I couldn't quite seem to capture the intensity of the colours on the yarn (that pink should be hot pink!), but this gives you an idea.  I just can't wait to see this one in all its glory once finished :D

This is also knit top-down. Here you see a round yoke, which doubles as shoulder straps, and the start of the back.

I hope you're having a bright and sunny day, wherever you are.

Lori xo

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tonight is Market Night!!

Market Night is finally here!!  Come along tonight to the WAHM Delights Facebook page tonight and get some gorgeous handmade goodies for yourself or your little one. 

We have included two semi-custom sets, each with a hand-knit garment and co-ordinating custom sewn garment - one set for a girl and one that could be boyish, unisex or girly!

See you tonight!  Go to the WAHM Delights Facebook page at the following times and wait for the "Start Shopping" announcement on the main wall.  

State Start Time List:
8.30pm VIC, NSW, TAS
8.00pm SA
7.30pm QLD
7.00 NT
5.30pm WA

If you buy one of our sets, we'll contact you to confirm details of the custom co-ordinating garment and get it on its way to you once that item has been completed.  Thanks for your support!

Lori xo

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Are you a morning person?

So, perhaps the name Little Brown Owl may lead you to believe I'm some kind of nocturnal being.  I'm not.  It really could not be further from the truth!  I've noticed that we're generally categorised as either a night owl or an early bird, and for many years I just wasn't sure where I fitted.  I couldn't (still can't) do late nights; loved (still love) to sleep all night; and didn't care for rising too early (still no).  Mid-morning wasn't too bad, but by early afternoon I truly believed siestas should be the national sport of our country.  As you can well imagine, motherhood had some rude shocks in store for me!!

What's more, I'm a fairly stereotypical Virgo and have a scientific mind, so the desire to fit into a classification, a category, a group when one existed was unrelenting, although never actually necessary.  My recent ...umm, ahem... completely scientific empirical research into all this led to me devising a few personal "rules", including:
  • Do not knit when tired (the results are usually disastrous and always require any work undertaken during such tiredness to be totally ripped back and done over!),  and
  • Go to bed by 10pm. 

I'm not sure if tattooing these rules onto a prominent body part would make me more inclined to follow them, or if I'm merely destined to break them forever and regret it every following day. However, I think I'm content enough to avoid the ink for the time being.

Along the way I have come to the conclusion that I'm just not a night owl, so I am attempting to embrace the idea of being an early bird...although not to the detriment of my precious limited night-time sleep, thank-you very much!  I've always disliked the jolting entrance to wakefulness that comes from using an alarm clock; however, I've decided to suck it up and have mine set for 30 minutes earlier than I naturally rise.  While my owlets still snooze I'll be breathing in the crisp morning air as I walk laps of the driveway and get some outside chores done.  I'll be basking in the serenity (momentarily broken as each truck drives by), watching the sun rise, and re-connecting with my surroundings.  Well, that's the plan, anyway!

You can see above just a glimpse of what I saw this morning, before coming inside and getting bed-warm morning cuddles from my two sleepy-heads.  Now here is a glimpse of what comes next for today - a chocolate cake for other people to eat and a sweet cardigan that needs to have buttons sewn on and be packaged up and posted for someone else to wear.  :D  I'm really looking forward to my morning me-time again tomorrow.

But enough about me and my circadian rhythm quirks, what about you? Are you a morning person?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Starting in the Middle

Welcome on this incredibly windy Autumnal Equinox (at least where this little brown owl resides!) to the start of our blog!  The mid-point of our Australian Autumn, and 2 years since I first lay awake half the night pondering a unique yet appropriate name for my new venture.  

From such pondering and, probably more importantly, two years of constant knitting, Little Brown Owl has grown to what it is now - with so much support from the wonderful people out there in the real world who keep requesting that I knit or sew something for them or the little people in their lives (you know who you are!!)...while my two girls keep asking, "Is that for me, Mum?".

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Lori - SAHM to two amazing little women Miss 6 & Miss 3, wife to a career firefighter (shift work, yay! Hmmm, lol) and joint caretaker to all the crazy animals on our property.  I knit, sew and attempt to resist the call of many other crafts while trying to spend more time creating a somewhat self-sufficient lifestyle in our own backyard.

I really look forward to sharing with you our continuing work, our love of our crafts, some insights into the people creating the stitches, and the forever overwhelming and seemingly endless number of organisations that I know would benefit from our time and craft to help those who need it most.  I have tons of ideas in my head for future blog posts, but if you ever have a special request I might just oblige :D

Until next time, keep crafting!

Lori xo