a visit to the magic aussie bush.

an Australian afternoon tea









I had a grand adventure on the weekend which involved a trip to Barker’s Creek, home of fellow blogger, Bev and her lovely husband Phil. Bev (aka fozziemum) blogs about life in rural Australia and the adventures of their many and varied critters. This visit, although very social (check out the sumptuous morning tea all hand-made by Bev) had a secret reason attached to it. Bev and Phil had something for me which of course involved yarn but wasn’t yarn. Although they gave me 3 bags of wool too.  Confused? What do you think it was? Well I will keep my special secret to myself for a bit longer and tell next time. Meanwhile enjoy the photographs of a truly remarkable place.

Kitty day spa, place specially for the kitties.                                                                        







This way to Kitty Day Spa where cats and wildlife can live in peace.gentlestitches photo of FOZZIE.M's four cats









Going clockwise we have Dinnermintz , Cleo, Pickles and Marbles.  You can find out more about them here.

a photo of FOZZIE.M's terrier dog Forrest.










Gorgeous Forrest giving Aunt Sharon a huge grin.

a photo of FOZZIE.M's terrier dog Doc.













Doc smiling and showing that although a small dog he has a HUGE personality!FOZZIE.M'S 3 sheep and some yarn bombing









Bev and her 3 sheepies, Jock, Felix and Oscar. The bottom picture shows some yarn bombing they did themselves! For information about them and their care click on Fleecy Friday!Bev and Phills Green's magic property including dam and view through fence


I couldn’t possibly do justice with a few words and pictures of this most extraordinarily beautiful place. The house was county style but with 2015 comforts and mod cons. The outside had blurred boundaries because of the trees and undulations. A fence around the actual house was separated from the big bush block by a fence that offered panoramic views via (I believe) perspex.  There are often Kangaroos about but they stayed hidden from me. I must have made them shy. The last photo is of the dam which looks like a peaceful place to sit especially at sunset. Thanks Bev and I will be showing something very special that came from here next time! What do you think it is?


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See Beautiful Weim, Scarves and Foxes.

gentlestitches amigurumi foxes, see beautiful, hand made scarf and Goose the Weimaraner

This time of year is perfect for a light scarf and I have some tips on how to create one very easily at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile enjoy this little black and white number which is a backdrop for my recent happy mail. It was a thank you from Goose the Weimaraner for helping celebrate his 15th birthday and it included a gift for me. It was a sticker and a tag which said SEE BEAUTIFUL. I will put the tag on my keyring to remind myself of all the beauty around me.  The bag of yarn behind the foxes can only mean one thing!Brothers and sisters for them! I have a market coming up soon and also an opportunity to display and hopefully sell, my patterns at Woolarium the wonderful yarn and accessories shop in High St Northcote. 

two gentlestitches hand made scarves modeled by Winter Owl, Owls.

Another two scarfs from the same pattern and modeled on Owls made from Winter Owls lovely shop which I believe reopens in June this year. Now onto the scarf pattern.

gentlestitches beautiful and easy scarf pattern for knitting or crochet.

You will need. (a)Either a set of knitting needles or a crochet hook (any size) (b) a full ball of yarn of your choosing. (c) a tape measure. (d) a darning, tapestry or wool needle.

If knitting. Using knitting needles and tape measure cast on enough stitches to make  8.5 inches or 22 centimeters.                                                                                                                     Using knitting stitch of your choice (plain for beginners, complicated for advanced),knit until fabric measures 30 inches  or 76 centimetres and cast off.                                               Line up short ends, pin and then using the sewing needle, sew ends together. Sew in any ends and trim. Voila! Your own beautiful circular scarf to brighten up any outfit or peek out from a jacket.

If crocheting. Using  crochet hook and tape measure, chain until work measures 8.5 inches or 22 centimetres.                                                                                                                       Choose any crochet stitch from single crochet to an advanced lace, work until fabric measures 30 inches or 76 centimetres.                                                                                              Line up short ends, pin and then using the sewing needle, sew ends together. Sew in any ends and trim. Voila! Your own beautiful circular scarf to brighten up any outfit or peek out from a jacket.

Send me a photo or a description if you make one. Enjoy!

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a loss and a win!


gentlestitches losing badge from Evil Squirrel competitionI didn’t win the competition (there is always next year) but I did get to take home this badge for my blog.

Full coverage can be found here and congratulations to draliman and merbear.




I did have a win though last week because my  free Weaver the Koala pattern was featured on Moogly!  This means my patterns will get to meet more people and I get another badge for my blog. Yes two in one week! If you don’t know about Moogly have a click and look!



 Click on the button for 10 FREE Koala patterns!


If you would like a free pattern to make your own Koala, click on the photo or go to ravelry.com and search “gentlestitches”













I hope the weather, wherever you are, is calming down a tad!



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gentlestitches entry for the 2nd annual Evil Squirrel completion.

gentlestitches entry in Evil Squirrel competition 2015

Serious gamer’s get VERY excited. Presenting a brand new SNES found at Savers thrift store and still in it’s box! Rainbow Donkey is challenging Croc to a round of Super Mario All Stars while a large group of amigurumi critters wait for their chance to play the winner. In the forefront are the thumb war finger puppets made for me, my son and my friend Vanja at AmigurumiBB  by Jennifer at squirrel picnic in a make it challenge. Rainbow donkey was made by me but pattern designed by Jennifer and can be found here.

This post is my entry for Evil Squirrels 2nd annual competition which is to include a game and at least two species of animal players. My entry for last year can be found by clicking on this link and my prize for not winning is this badge!  (scroll down to end of page)  An interesting point made by my son about the old games is that everything was SUPER! Super all stars, Super Nintendo, Super Mario Bros. So have a Super bit of nostalgia and ……

Wish me Super good luck!


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CROSHADES for Australia day

I just got back from Australia Day Holidays and getting ready for a productive year writing crochet and knitting patterns and making amigurumi critters. I would like to share our fun with you and I will start with the youngsters modelling the one and only CROSHADES  from SQUIRREL PICNIC .  You can crochet your own croshades  using Jennifer’s free pattern! Croshades at Erskine falls for Australia  Day
Preparing for our big Barbecue with family and friends.

preparing for our gentlestitches Australia Day Barbecue










Lily Models her Australia Day top hat and Tricky shows off her new collar.Tricky and Lily dogs show off their Australia Day top hat and collar









Erskine Falls. More fun than an adventure park. No queuing, no tickets needed just BYO rubbish bag.children applying garbage bags as the get ready to tackle Eskine falls

Wheeeee! Don’t slide too far children.

children sliding down the Erskine falls










Just joking. We were a long way from the lethal drop.

Erskine Falls great Ocean Road

Look Mum, no hands!












On the way home we stopped at Torquay  for some kite flying.gentlestitches kite flying at Torquay









Swimming at Geelong. Bollards art by Jan Mitchel the same artist who painted our Barwon heads Bollards.Geelong Bollards

Cousins taking a break from jumping on the giant thong.

Children and giant thong at the beach on Australia Day

The end of a big six week break and back to school and work for everyone except Jack who finds a sun puddle and takes a well earned break from all the action. 

gentlestitches dog Jack in a sun puddle

Time to get serious about 2015! :-D




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