Thursday, 15 December 2011

some quilting...shocking I know!

I had hoped to knit something for the kid's teachers for a Christmas present, but as the school fair took up most of my September - Dec, there was little time to be knitting 2 gifts as well, so I decided to make a few tablerunners, as I can do this a lot quicker than knitting. This is a patttern I have used quite a few times.  After a lot of searching, here is the original pattern Now I just look at previous pictures of the ones I have made, and work from them.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

May the Force Be With You Young Jedi

Love this baby cardigan, made for my neice who is due to have a baby in April 2012. I saw it in Ravelry ages ago, but didn't have anyone to knit it for. So, I jumped on the chance when I found out my neice was pregnant.
It's a jedi cardigan, so it has to be in grey (or brown), I don't think it matters if the baby is a boy or a girl to wear grey! I was never a big fan of pink for girls, blue for boys. The writing on the inside was used after I saw Fabienne's sweater and thought it was the best thing ever!!

Pattern from Ravelry: Baby Yoda Sweater, by Cari Luna
Needles: 4mm
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country 8 ply

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Bits and Pieces

Just playing around using up some of my handspun fibre that I have been spinning over the past few weeks.
A simple knit purl beanie
An ipod cover
An ipad cover
Not very exciting I know, but just testing some ideas, and seeing how my handspun knits up.

Sunday, 9 October 2011


I am really enjoying spinning on my Barry, Majacraft Little Gem wheel.   I am really please with the thickness (or some would say the thinness) and the consistency of my yarn.
Our spinning and weaving group meet once a month, and I really enjoy attending and meeting like minded people.  The local council had a "hertitage week", and invited us to set up a display and "learn how to" in the council offices one day.  So a few of us took our wheels and fibre and set up a display of our work.  We had a few interested ladies wanting to have a turn.  It wasn't a big turn out, but the bonus was that I got to spin more of this yellow fibre and finish the 100grams later that week. 
You can see my Tarra Ishbel shawl (browns), and my Boneyard shawl (green) in this photo below.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Winding Path Jumper

Winding Path, by Wenlan Chia. Published in Reversible Knitting: 50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns
Wool: Rowan Big Wool. 15mm needles.
mmm…undecided about this one.. I don’t think it suits my body shape. I like it with the dark green stripes closer to the neck than the other way…but not convinced. This may get frogged into something else. I will wait till next Winter and see how I go wearing it.  The sleeves are a little bit long, but this maybe a blessing in the Winter months. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Tarra's Ishbel

My first spun wool that I spun during the Beginners Spinners Class with Donna.  I was so pleased with it.  It sat for awhile, as I was not sure what to do with it, and I just liked fondling it, it was so awesome, and I can tell you I was so impressed with my skill! lol. Fergus enjoyed it as well!

But then I Kim gifted me a gorgeous pattern I had been eying off for quite sometime, and knew this was exactly what I wanted to knit with my first handspun wool. Ishbel, by Ysolda Teague.
Knit on 4mm needles.

I just love it!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Mystery Knit Along

My first ever KAL with a pattern given in 5 installments from Tiziana Sammuri.
I am so thrilled with this shawl.  Technically my first fully lace pattern I have ever attempted.
The nupps drove me crazy, but the end product was so worth it!
Wool: Evilla Artyarn
Needles: 4.5mm
Pity the weather is starting to warm up.  This one may have to sit in the wardrobe until next Winter!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Barry's Boneyard Shawl.

My Little Gem SpinningWheel has a name, "Barry".

The first fibre I have spun on Barry has been this green fibre that I bought from the Guild.
 Pattern: Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West
Needles: 4mm

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Jacey Boggs Workshop

 A fantastic weekend away with like minded spinners. Jacey Boggs is an amazing teacher…I just wished I had more than 2 months experience of spinning before doing this workshop…there is so much to learn!

I had heaps of fun, met some new fibre friends and have lots to practice!!

Below are the samples I managed to can see I still need a lot of practice with my wheel!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Brass and Steam shawl

Opps, very late in posting this one, I had forgotten all about it. So backdating this one.This is the second project from my Spinners Course at the Spinners and Handweavers Guild.

This wool is spun in fleece straight from the sheep, and then dyed.

The pattern is inspired after Alexander's investigation of what steampunk is.  Then we did a Ravelry search for steampunk, and came up with this shawl, which I love.  It's called "The Age of Brass and Steel, by Orange Flower. A free download pattern on Ravelry.

the green and yellows in this shawl are pretty bright, but I like it like that! :)

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Amsterdam Annis

Using the wool I bought in Amsterdam in yellow to remind me of our holiday there. I tried to get wool made in Holland, but there wasn’t any. So I ended up with this yellow from Peru.

The lace work will remind me of Rembrandt’s paintings, and the lace work painted in portrait work.

The yellow reminds me of the Vermeer and Van Gogh’s paintings I got to see in real life, not just out of art text books.

The yellow is not as vibrant as I would have lliked, but the yarn store didn’t have much of a selection in yellow..this muted yellow will probably suit me better anyway!

Pattern: Annis by Susanna IC
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Lace Solids

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Cabled Fingerless Gloves

Cabled Fingerless Gloves.
Pattern adapted from Kimberly Gintar
Wool: Fibreworks Merino
Needles: 3.5mm

Monday, 25 July 2011

Dishcloths 19 & 20

Chinese Waves Dishcloths
Pattern by  Margaret K. K. Radcliffe
I love this pattern, and when I need something very easy to do while waiting for the kids at TKD or pick up from school I quickly grab one of these to work on. 
Fergus approves!  I made 2 identical ones from 1 ball of cotton yarn

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

First hand spun project, Alice Handwarmers

For the past few months I have been learning to spin at the Handweaver and Spinners Guild of Victoria with my friend Donna.  We have been having a great time, and learning a lot!
Here is a pair of handwarmers from the very first wool I have handspun, and then hand dyed.

Needles: 5mm, and knit in the round.  I ran out of the dyed wool just before the end, so I added a little bit of natural handspun wool.  Nice and warm.
Now we have the spinning bug, we went to the Bendigo wool show and I bought a Majacraft Little Gem Wheel.  It is fantastic, and I am really happy with it!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Elicia Ruffle Scarf

urgh....this looked like a fun project, but it was a tedious knit (although it was complete in one evening.
Fiddly yarn, not sure if I will ever wear seems to bring out my double chin!
Yarn: Lincraft Elicia
Needles: 6.5 mm
Cast on 7 stitches and keep going until the yarn ends.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Zig Zag Shawl

Zig Zag Shawl, designed by Marion Bulin
Wool: Becreatif - Alpaca (Mother's Day Present)
Needles: 5mm

I have been waiting for the perfect yarn to make this Zig Zig pattern, designed by my German friend Marion.  A lovely scarf to wear on a Melbourne Winter Day

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Summer Flies

Summer Flies by Donna Griffin
Wool: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock
Needles: 5mm

Canadian wool I bought at Hand Made in Berlin….on the way to Gavin and Meryn's wedding 

Suitable to cast on while watching the Royal Wedding. I hope Kate opps Catherine approves!

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Ready to marry a Prince...anyone will do!

Using some felting stash and 6.5mm needles, I played around with making a crown to watch the royal wedding. Finished it off with a picot edge, and a few beads.

 We had a cake
 We got together at Kelly's place.
 I even won the engagement ring in pass the parcel.

 Of course, you can't watch the Royal Wedding without a glass (or 6) of Pimms!
 It was all very civilised!
and a lot of fun!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Celtic Pin Vest

Pattern: from a Creative Knitting Magazine (can't remember which one..sorry)
wool: Fibreworks Kid Mohair Brushed, Moda Vera Beauty, Moda Vera Boutique
needles: 5.5mm and 6mm
I modified the pattern to knit it in one piece. (one piece patterns are the best, no sewing up needed!)

Picked up the boutique and beauty wool at the op shop at Mont Albert. 6 balls for less that $10.00. not enough for a complete vest, so adding in some of my Fibreworks boucle to make up the extra.

A simple vest that I can wear around the house when I want to keep my body warm, but don’t want bulky sleeves!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Ostern 2011 Coquille Shawl

Coquille Shawl from Knitty
wool: Araucania Ranco Multy (2 skeins)
needles: 3.5mm and 5.5mm 

Knitted this one over the Easter holidays while we were up at Bright.  A simple pattern to knit, without having to think too much while kids run round everywhere, and so warm.