Rainflower Unicorn knitting pattern

Who doesn’t love a magical Unicorn? Rainflower is a mystical Unicorn with a beautiful long flowing mane and tail. She loves to daydream and brings sunshine and sparkles wherever she goes.

unicorn knitting pattern

I designed the Rainflower Unicorn pattern  at the request of my little girls – they’ve been bugging me for a Unicorn for the longest time! I just love how she turned out. My favourite part comes after the knitting is complete – creating that flowing mane and tail is a lot of fun and allows for lots of creativity. You can use any combination of yarns you like. I think a fluffy mohair would look particularly good.

Rainflower Unicorn yarn

Attaching rainflower mane

knitting a unicorn

For the creamy-beige coloured Unicorn, I used a combination of the main yarn (drops nepal) and some handspun and dyed yarn I’ve had in my stash for years.  Her hair is also longer than the paler Unicorn so my girls can have fun braiding and playing with her mane and tail. For the cream coloured Unicorn, I used a mixture of the main yarn and some mosaic moon, leftover from some longies I knit years ago. You can see how even just changing the length of the hair and type of yarn can give your Unicorn a unique look.

Cutest unicorn knitting pattern

I am seriously in love with this gorgeous Unicorn, as are all four of my girls. I think I’ll be busy making them a whole herd of Unicorns to play with in the coming weeks.

You can purchase the Rainflower Unicorn knitting pattern at all of the usual places: Ravelry, Etsy, Loveknitting & Craftsy.

xox Amanda

 

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socks knit in hedgehog fibres

Yikes. It’s been nearly a month since my last post. And there I was hoping to actually stay caught up and stuff. Oh well. Life gets in the way. Regardless, I’ve been knitting lots and lots and lots (and not only shop orders this time!) and even have a little bit of stash enhancement to show off. Fair warning, this post is pretty photo-heavy.

First of all, some socks I am knitting in absolutely gorgeous Hedgehog Fibres  in the Cabaret colourway. This yarn is so ridiculously soft. I am not even kidding. A total pleasure to knit with. And that colour? So saturated and intense. I really need/want more Hedgehog Fibres yarn now.

sock yarn blanket in progress

My blanket is progressing slowly. I ran out of colours so it hasn’t grown much in the last few weeks unfortunately. I should probably find some sock yarn swaps on Rav I guess. Ideally, I’d like to have it finished for the start of winter next year. That gives me over a year to gather up enough colours and get it done. I know the knitting wouldn’t take me too long, but collecting enough colourways will be the tougher.

regia sock yarn

tosh sock thunderstorm

malabrigo mechita

A little stash enhancement just because. You know sometimes you just want yarn for no reason other than it’s incredibly pretty and squishy and you just….. want it? Yeah.

Top: Regia sock. I’ve never tried this yarn before but I heard about it on the A Homespun House podcast. Sidenote, I may have bought it just because I love the way she pronounces Regia.

Middle: Tosh sock in Thunderstorm. I don’t even remember adding this colour to my cart, but hey, not complaining. So pretty and it definitely evokes the feeling of a thundering sky.

Bottom: Malabrigo‘s new yarn, Mechita. Ohhh this stuff is just as soft and scrumptious as the worsted yarn and in so many beautiful colours too. I can’t wait to get these babies on my needles.

handknit socks pile

And off the needles, two pairs of socks. Both the same pattern (mine), in the same yarn (tosh sock), but in different colourways. It’s finally getting cool enough to warrant woollen socks, although I still prefer knitting them to actually wearing them. Luckily my Mum loves handknit socks, so I know I always have someone I can knit for.

socks handknit in tosh

handknit sock detail

handknit socks

You may remember me talking about these socks several posts back, but I ended up making a very slight and pretty much insignificant change to the second pair. I don’t know which way I prefer (the change is at the toes, if you care to give your opinion).

beau bear

My cheeky Beau Bear. He wanted to play while I was trying to take my photos. Hard to resist his adorable furry face!

Beau Bear Malshi puppy

Seriously. Cannot. Resist.

toy in progress

Super duper sneaky peek of a new design I’ve been working on. Any guesses as to what it is?

Madeline Tosh unicorn tails

Unicorn tails heart

My last little bit of stash enhancement. Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails! Ahhh. So darn CUTE. These are teeny little skeins and they will be added to my blanket at the first chance I get. Also? They’re called freaking unicorn tails. Resistance is futile.

Zoe and Hoggle

Unrelated to anything at all – my Zoe girl and Hoggle. Because they’re both adorable.

xox Amanda

 

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Piper attitude

Piper being a grump

Oh man. The attitude with this kid right now. We skipped the “terrible twos” but the three’s are much, much worse. I thought we’d managed to escape with Piper somehow (stupid, since the older five all went through terrorsome – trying – tiring – three’s) but the last couple of weeks have shown me that we definitely have not. I’m exhausted and feeling over it and wondering why I still don’t have a handle on this whole parenting thing.

Zoe with pink spray hair

Zoe had “colour” day at school today. She went in all-over pink clothing and shoes, and I sprayed some pink hairspray into her hair for added fun. Can you tell she was super excited? Love that smile.

Beau bear puppy in a hoodie

Beau Bear looking ridiculously cute in his hoodie this afternoon. Look at that expression though! Haha. He has almost as much attitude as Piper.

Teething puppy

He is teething super badly right now and wants to munch on everything and everyone. Those little teeth are sharp, too. We have lots of toys for him, but none of the “teething” ones seem to be doing the trick.

Puppy hugs

Cuddles after school.

puppy in the grass

Beau bear maltese x shihtzu

Just ’cause he’s cute and I can’t resist.

sock yarn blanket progress

close up sock yarn blanket

sock blankets one and two

My sock yarn blanket is progressing nicely. I actually wound up starting the project all over again. The first time around I was using 2.25mm needles and 16 stitches per square, and after completely nine of them decided that the fabric felt a little too firm for a cuddly blanket, and also wanted the squares to be larger. This time I’m knitting with 2.75mm needles and a 40 stitch square. I’m much happier with the way it’s coming along. You can see the first patch sitting on top of the second for size comparison. The only problem I have now is that I’ve almost run out of different yarns for my squares.

Beau Bear and Hoggle

beau bear and hoggle

Hoggle and Beau have become best friends. So funny! They play together all the time. Cat and Dog BFFs?

Evie moodle

And just in case you need a little extra dose of cuteness I thought I’d share a few photos I took for a friend of her puppy Evie. Evie is a Moodle and just a bit daintier than Beau.

Evie in the grass

puppy paw cuteness

Puppy paws. They kill me with cute every single time.

xox Amanda

 

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Zoe and Beau

Zoe and Beau the puppy at the river

lilly

Madison with Koda and Beau

Piper at the river

Piper and Beau at the river

Piper and Beau the puppy

Isaiah and Beau the puppy

Beau the maltese x shihtzu puppy

It may not be Summer anymore, but the warm weather is determined to stick around for awhile yet it seems. Although I’m longing for those crisper, cooler Autumn days, at least the kids are still happy to make the most of the heat.

xox Amanda

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Beau Bear the puppy Maltese x Shitzu

So, we got this adorable new addition to the family yesterday. A puppy! I guess you can pretty much just call our house a zoo now, what with the three cats, the six chickens, the ten million kids, and now the two dogs. This little guy is Beau Bear, and he is a maltese x shih tzu and 100% cute.

Beau Bear the malshi

puppy butt

Look at that teeny little puppy butt. And the paws… ahh so cute.

puppy love

Beau Bear and Lilly

Beau is loving all of the attention from the kids and is already getting along with the cats and our Pomeranian. He’s a little sweety (so far! haha) and plays hard until he crashes hard.

Cute puppy in a hoodie

I bought him a hoodie for Very Important Reasons. Basically, because it’s cute. And I can never resist a pet in a hoodie.

xox Amanda

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madison flower crown

So much has been happening lately that I haven’t had a chance to really take a breath, let alone blog about anything. I debated trying to catch up on everything, and then decided that if I did that I’d never get around to posting anything, so it’s just going to be a miss-mash of stuff I think.

Tonight Madison headed off to her first “formal”. Not technically a formal really, but a formal night (where you have to dress up etc) for youth group. Maddy was sooo excited. I was not ready for the transformation from little girl to teenager that magically occured when she walked out of her bedroom, ready to go. Where the heck did my little girl go?

madison evening light

gorgeous black and white

Don’t worry. She did wear shoes. But they were high heels and I made her take flip-flops with her and had her kick them off for the photos. Ugh. Time! Why do you have to go by so fast?

trampoline

The little girls spend almost every evening on the trampoline, especially now that it’s starting to get a little cooler and more bearable weather-wise. One more day of Summer left…  bring on Autumn I say. Cannot wait.

sock yarn blanket

handknit sock yarn blanket

And… with cooler weather literally just around the corner, I finally joined the bandwagon and started a sock yarn blanket. This is kind of huge for me since I hate having projects languishing (and let’s face it, a blanket is a big project and will take forever), I hate having more than one project on the go, and I am not patient when it comes to finishing things. The upside? It means I will need to knit more socks to get more sock yarn scraps, and also buy more sock yarn. Total win. I thought I had way more sock yarn scraps than I actually do though, so I’ll be on the hunt for some soon (so hit me up with links if you know of any good mini skeins vendors!).

cheeky monkey

Random photo of my little monkey. Because she asked me to take one.

chooks in the evening light

chicken in the evening light

Figured it was time for a chook update too. I can’t even remember the last time I posted a photograph of them! Yes, they are all still here, however egg production has slowed down big time. We’ve had them for just about two years now. They aren’t laying as many eggs now, but we still get a few. I have read that you should add/replenish your flock every year or so, but I don’t want to end up with a dozen chickens…

zoe and hoggle the cat

My kindergarten kid. Zoe is absolutely flourishing since starting school. She has always been incredibly reserved and shy, but suddenly, boom! she’s this amazing little talkative social butterfly. I love how excited she is when she walks in the door of an afternoon, ready to tell me about her day.

Body combat instructor training

And finally, this happened. I passed my Les Mills body combat module training last weekend. This was one of the hardest, most thrilling, emotional, crazy intense and FUN things I have ever done. A couple of years ago I would have never, ever imagined (or even wanted) to do anything like this. I’m so proud of myself, not even ashamed to say that. I went into the weekend feeling super confident, walked out after the first day totally deflated and down, feeling like I was 100% going to fail (and spent the entire night feeling awful), and walked out on a ridiculous high at the end of the second day with my PASS! I almost fell over when I read that pass on the page. My hands were shaking as I held the paper and double and tripled checked to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me. Nearly a week later now and I’m still trying to catch up on sleep though…

So how about you guys… what’s happening in your world?

xox Amanda

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handknitting socks

Ahhhhh. Finally knitting something that isn’t a bunny. Or a bear. Or something for somebody else. See these? These are socks I started designing way back at the very beginning of November last year and had to put away while I was busy working on the mini patterns and so many custom orders. I’m still working on orders, but I just needed a break and to work on something just to break things up a bit. I don’t even remember finishing that first sock, but when I went to my project bag there it was, aong with all of my notes, crumpled up into a ball and with the second sock cast on with a few rows of ribbing.

kitten and handknit socks

I quickly got back into the rhythm of the pattern and managed to get a fair chunk of the second sock knit last night (while also re-watching Walking Dead episodes with my husband – eek, so excited for new eps!). I’m pretty confident I’ll have them finished before tomorrow.

lacey handknit socks

socks close up

The yarn is Madeline Tosh sock in a gorgeous silvery-greyish-blue colour.

handknit socks little labyrinth

Picking up this sock again has made me really wish for more time for personal knitting. Right now it’s almost impossible. There are orders (which I appreciate), and so much general busyness from day-to-day life of kids being back at school, and there is all of the hours I am putting into getting prepared for my upcoming Les Mills instructor training. To say our days are a bit of a busy blur right now is an understatement! But, spending last night knitting on these socks has reminded me how important it is to carve out a bit of time to knit just for me, for no reason other than I love love love to knit.

kitty paws on knitting

Sweet furry paws on my knitting. His colouring almost matches, don’t you think?

xox Amanda

 

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mini briar bunnies by little labyrinth

I feel like all I’ve been knitting lately is bunny after bunny after bunny! Not that I’m complaining… I love the thought of so many little Briar Bunnies out there in the world. There is something incredibly satisfying about knowing your creations are out there being loved on by so many different people. Most of the mini Briar’s go to photographers, which is even better since I get to see photographs of them snuggled up to darling newborn babies (love!) and that is truly special.

Mini Briar Bunny pattern by Amanda Keeys / Little LabyrinthMini briar bunny by Amanda Keeys / Little Labyrinth

And speaking of the Briar Bunnies, I finally released the Mini Briar Bunny pattern last week. The pattern for these mini’s is different to the original and I love love love them. I may even love them more than the original size bunnies. You can find more information on the Mini Briar Bunny on the pattern page at Ravelry (or etsy or craftsy).

mini brambles bear pattern by Amanda Keeys / Little Labyrinth

I also released the Mini Brambles Bear pattern. These tiny guys are again extremely popular with photographers but I also love the thought of them being popped into little pockets and treasured by kids. Again, more information on the pattern can be found at the Mini Brambles Bear page on Ravelry (and etsy or craftsy).

knitsonik book and coffee

I purchased this gorgeous book, Knitsonik, a few weeks ago and it arrived in the post yesterday. I first heard about it from Ysolda’s blog (I think? though I have seen it mentioned a few places) and had to snatch up a copy straight away. I’ve only just started to delve into it, but this book is filled with so much beautiful, colourful inspiration. I definitely see a few new colourwork projects in the very near future. I think the last time I did stranded colourwork was waaaay back when I was working on my own book, so that’s a long time now! Even if you’re not a colourwork knitter, this book is just truly beautiful to look at and worth purchasing for the photographs alone.

Hoggle the yarn hog

And in stash enhancement, I bit the bullet and purchased some glorious Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn that I had been lusting after for a long time. The photographs of this yarn do not do it justice (never mind Hoggle who thinks it is his right to try and sleep on any yarn I try to photograph). The colours are so lustrous and deep, I bought the Cabaret colourway, but I have my eyes on soooo many more.

Hedgehog Fibres sock in Cabaret

Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in Cabaret

Seriously. Just look at those gorgeous colours! I can’t wait to get this baby on my needles.

xox Amanda

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Piper's 3rd birthday

THREE! It hardly seems possible that our little miss sunshine turned a big three years old this past week. Piper has been excited about this birthday for probably the three months prior, and woke up on the day-of practically jumping up and down until she got that special birthday crown on her head.

Piper at age three

Piper dancing in the street

Piper in her birthday crown

Unlike the last two years, she finally understands what birthdays are all about. She told everybody we saw that it was her birthday, how old she was, and didn’t hesitate to say “But it’s MY birthday!” when one of her siblings wasn’t doing whatever she wanted them to do. Sassy pants.

girls on piper's birthday

As with every year since the day she was born, we headed down to main street and into the thick of the Country Music Festival to celebrate in the evening. We really did go down on the day she was born, too. So it’s become a special tradition all of the kids look forward to. We wandered up and down the street to listen to buskers (Piper twirled her way up and down), the little girls had their faces painted by a faery, before having dinner out.

face painting

Piper on her third birthday

dancing in bubbles

How fun to dance amongst shimmery bubbles on your birthday.

birthday jewels

Birthday jewels. Piper is obsessed with everything sparkly and “girly”. She will exclusively wear tutus and what she calls her “dancing” dresses if given the choice.  She loves Star Wars (much to Daddy’s delight), and playing shopping games with her sisters. Unbelievably, Piper is starting preschool in a couple of days time (just two days a week), and she cannot wait to be able to play with her friends all day long.

faery garden in a tea cup

Tea-cup faery garden we purchased from the face painter. Isn’t it adorable?

jakob and piper

Happy Birthday sunshine girl.

xox

Amanda

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Freckles on her nose

A face without freckles

is like a night without stars

Zoe freckles on her nose

bunch of weeds

tiny flower

messy hair and freckles

summer sun kissed girl

xox Amanda

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