Friday, July 31, 2009


I have made a decision.

I need to frog a particular project.

It has never felt particularly right.

This is the first time I will do this, and hopefully the last.

I'm really not a fan.

At least I have a plan.

Turn this:

into more of these:

Ah so much better. Off to the pond I go.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


What do you do with a tiny amount of Bunny yarn?
Make a tiny hat!

Take one skein of Ixchel Angora Bunny plyed with cashmere (a whole 27 g)

Roll it into a ball

Knit a hat, top down so when the yarn runs out you are done!

I have left the two ends as they are, but will sew them in at some point. One complete skein used!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here 'Tis

This was a lovely quick knit in gorgeous yarn.

Vital stats: Shiloh Silk Dream 4 ply, less than 2 balls, on 3.25mm bamboo straights, Size 3 months.
Pattern was from the Cleckheaton Cocoon Pattern Book, Design 6, Style A. I always change one thing with this pattern because it annoys me that for an apparently designed and tested pattern the starting tail of yarn for the back ends up on the end of one of the side ties, so I add an extra row and use the tail to sew up the side seam instead. This makes no difference to the outcome of the knit and I am always left wondering why the pattern was written like that. Other than that it's all as it should be.
Started: Friday July 17th at the Rav dinner at The Shamrock Hotel, finished today Wednesday July 29th.

I could go on and on and on and on about what this yarn looks and feels like, suffice it to say that a number of ladies who inspected this yarn at the Rav dinner were at the Shiloh stall the next morning adding to their purchases. Also a couple of people noted that they are likely to dye it and think it will come up very nicely.

In other news apart from the knitting, Zac turned 4 on Monday last week and has had a week of celebrating. Monday he got to pick everything he ate for the day including dinner which was "tuna, meat, sausage, sauce, olives" I kid you not. The mum in me added pasta and sundried tomatoes (carbs and token "veg"!). Tuesday was pretend cake and singing at Kinder with a lollipop handed out to all the kids at home time. Wednesday was childcare with a Birthday cake for afternoon tea. Thursday he had a break! Friday it was present and dinner at Nanny and Poppy's house, Saturday was getting exctied and in the way as Mum and Dad tried to get organised and Sunday was his party. Big week for a little boy and oh so much joy! Here's a picture of the cake.

There was a lot of discussion about what tthe cake would be, for the last two weeks before his birthday he decreed that a snake cake it would be. But on the night before when shown a collection of snake cakes to choose from he changed his mind. After literally picking every cake in the book, he decided on a number 4 cake with purple icing and M&M's, he was a happy boy!

Managed to get out in what passes for light in Melbourne today and take some pictures of my stock, will do some colour management on them and start adding them to the shop soon. All of my staionery is on order and will arrive soon, I'm so excited, I can't wait to see how it all looks!

Silk Dream

I'm sewing up the Silk Dream cardy and oh how delicious it is, I'll be back later with pictures. Oh if only touch screens meant you could feel it too!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Back from Bendi!

I arrived back from Bendigo at midnight last night after a simply wonderful 2 days with various friends at the Bendigo Wool and Sheep show, the Ravelry (Revelry) dinner, the Ravelry breakfast and dinner with the Hustler street Posse at their "pad" on Saturday night. There was lots of food, piles of fleece (none of which came home with me Teresa!) and oh so much yarny goodness.

It has been the most wonderful 2 days travelling to the show with two of my SnB friends and wandering around with them on Friday gathering up various bits and pieces of colour (see photo!) and some gorgeous white wool/Thai silk all soft and smooshy!

Attended the Ravelry dinner at The Shamrock Hotel on Friday night and met up various lovely ladies including the Hustler street Posse for the very first time in person. It's so wonderful to be able to put real life faces and conversations to people you have only previously known through their blogs and other internet contact. I think I may finally be able to separate the two Kate's in my head!!

Back to the show on the Saturday for more colourful goodness and then across to check out the Bendigo Woollen Mill. This was my first visit, and for me it was a chance to get to feel the yarns they have available, having no particular project in mind I left all their wool there but claimed a shade card so that when something comes up I know both what I might be able to get and the colours I can get them in. A valuable resource for the future.

Joined the Hustler street Posse for dinner and knitting Saturday night, eventually packing up my belongings and heading home arriving just before midnight. Unpacked the car, made a cup of tea, showed off my purchases and fell into bed.

Thanks for such a lovely time ladies. The memories will last a lifetime. Don't know how long the yarn will last!

So all up there are nine new yarns to add to the stash:

Across the back from the left is
white Shiloh Wool Silk Dream (wool/Thai silk)
then their 100% Merino wool also in white
the red is Tailored Strands Baby Alpaca.

In the front is Wool Dancer DK Organic Merino Wool in Rainbow
Moseley Park Wool/Bamboo/Nylon in Spring Fields
Moggy & Me/Yarncakes Sir Walter colourway in the Baby Alpaca
Colinette Jitterbug in the Sweet Dreams colourway
Ixchel Angora Bunny plyed with cashmere in Summer Rainbow
Ixchel BFL/Angora in the Carribean colourway.
The only one that isn't a 4 ply is the Wooldancer, it's an 8ply.

Looking at all that you might ask if I found all of the rainbow coloured yarn there was, but no, I missed one. The Ewe Give Me the Knits rainbow yarn sold out so quickly both days I never got a look in, I may just have to order some at a later date!

So all-in-all a wonderful couple of days and I will be looking forward to another trip next year!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

FO Vest

I have also finished the red vest for me, but as I don't trust the almost 4 year old not to drop the camera there are no pictures yet. This morning was definitely a finishing morning at SnB! Pictures and vital stats coming soon!

FO blue tones scarf

Have finally gotten around to hooking the tassels through the end of the blue tones scarf this morning at SnB.

My littlest cutie is asleep at the moment so the middle sized one gets to be the demo model today.

Vital stats: 2 balls (50g, 125m) of Morris and Sons Quartet 8ply (70% wool, 30% Soybean silk fibre) on 4mm bamboo's. Colour is Wharf. Came out with slightly tighter tension than the recommended (19 sts instead of 22) but it hasnt been washed or pressed yet so that may change. Total length: 190cm. So far some halo effect is present from the fibres, but no balling/pilling.

Pattern: cast on 30 stitches, stocking stitch until you run out of yarn, join the next ball keep going to nearly the end, cast off. Use the remaining yarn to make tassels. Very high tech we are around here!!

3 sleeps to Bendi...for those who might be counting!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

and I'm back!

It was way less painful than I thought it would be, just time consuming.

So I have one less Trojan mucking up the system, and newer versions of a few programs I use all the time, and apart from the 4 hours it took to get my computer to be able to send stuff to the printer via the wireless, it was all very quick. Much quicker than last time something like this happened.

While reinstalling everything I have been knitting-what else are you to do while waiting for files to load off disks? So I am now up to the front divides for my vest! Might almost get them done that's asking for trouble!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

'Tis the Season

It is in fact the season for viruses and unfortunately the latest victim is my computer. We have tried a few things and nothing is working so it is time for something more serious.

So we have saved the things we need to save and we are about to completely delete my hard drive and start again.....

I don't know how long it will be before it is all functional again, hopefully not too long.

See you on the other side with hopefully a computer that works properly again.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I'm full up with a head cold, soldiering on chock a block full of medication and sustained by cups of hot tea or milo. Thank you kids. I really do love you, but honestly did you have to share?

Monday, July 6, 2009

What's wrong with this picture?

Hmmm, what do you think it might be?

carry bag-check

Hang on, no, that's not right, at least one of those needles should be IN the knitting shouldn't they? Apparently not, according to Tyler. Never fear, the knitting has been rescued and has been added to. For those keeping track, it is indeed the vest for me and I have done the armhole decreases and am half way up the depth of the armholes. Only lost one row due to my little helper. Although the deadline is starting to loom and I really should get a wriggle on!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

What is it?

It's a box of colour:

No, no it's a rainbow snake:

No, no it's a lovely colourful scarf for my sister for her birthday modelled here by the gorgeous Tyler:
I used the same flower pattern as that for the Field of Flowers blanket and rainbow colours from my Biggan Design 8ply yarns on a 6mm hook.

It was well received, always pleasing. Happy Birthday little sister!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Homemade: the Handmade help recipe book

The Handmade helps out people put together a recipe book to help the bushfire survivors with the help of contributions from all over the globe. For each one purchased, one is given to a bushfire survivor. So what are you waiting for head on over to their website and order a hardcover book (due in August, $15 + p&h) or the pdf version (available a lot sooner, $8). All proceeds go to The Salvation Army to aid those affected by the February fires. Mine's all paid for I'll be checking the letterbox in a few weeks time!

The joys of...

...being home alone with 3 small children for 2 weeks means no showering in private.

...having one bathroom means leaving the door ajar so that the self toileting ones can wash their hands.

...gathering your clothes prior to showering means a lovely interesting pile of clothes for a child to play with while mum washes.

Do you think he's pleased with himself?

you think I'm grateful it was only the bra?????