Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Last Teacher present??

Is this the last teacher present I will make? Undecided, but it's my youngest child's final year at primary school. Next year he starts high school, where he will have a different teacher for each subject, and I don't think realistically I can sustain hand made gifts for every teacher. I love this pattern, Woodland Grace, by Luise O'Neill

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Spring Shawl.

I finished this shawl back in April I think, and it has been sitting waiting in a bag until I could block it properly. I had forgotten about it, until I found the bag, while sorting through some things. It's an adaption of a pattern, purely because I made a mistake in reading the original pattern, and decided to make the error into a design feature, instead of ripping back 10-15 rows.

So the original pattern is called Spring Shawl, by Emma Fassio. It's a gorgeous shawl pattern (when you read it correctly!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

3 Hour cowl, that took me 6 hours

Obviously I am not the world's fastest knitter, and this project was a good indictation that I must be a slow knitter, (although I wouldn't have thought so), anyway, this cowl is lovely.

I love it. I bought this handspun silk on the Isle of Skye at The Shilasdair Shop. The silk has been sitting in the stash for a long time, as I have not found a pattern that I thought would show of beauty of the yarn.

Then I found this pattern. Pattern 3 Hour Cowl by Ijeoma Oluo

It was a fun pattern to do, and knits up really quickly. I think this pattern would be interesting made up with some art yarn....will make another one soon I think.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Art Yarn Handwarmers

Playing with the various art yarns I have spun and knitting them into hand warmers to see how they look and feel knitted up.

No pattern, just played around until I found the "right" amount of stitches to put on the needle for a comfortable fit over my wrists.

Love them, and I will be making some more I think!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

fill the gaps.

still here, and still making lots of things, but university work got in the way, and wow, has there been some reading this year.  I have enjoyed it, and sadly my grade results do not reflect the effort and enjoyment I have had this year with the specific subjects I did, but they are a pass. (so far, just waiting for 1 more assignment result).  Gutted when you think you have done a really great job, to get the feedback that you have missed something, or not done it correctly.  Assignment marks aside, this year I have really enjoyed the subjects that I did.  Anyway, so I am going to fill in the gaps of work that I have made during the year, and see if I can remember everything....

Stay Tuned!

In the meantime, here is a photo of Fergus...who is a joy to have in our house!! 

Monday, 15 October 2012

Charly Visits

Charly from Ixchel Angora Bunny and Fibre   came to visit us at our Spinning group.  For more information about the great day, see the blog post on the Doncaster and Templestowe Spinners and Weavers blog.

It was so much fun, and Charly had so much amazing hand dyed fibre to choose from. 

 Charly bought Tilda along and demonstrated how to remove the fibre from a bunny.
 So, for the scientific purpose of trying everything at least once, I bought 1 fibre plait of each different type.

That should keep me going for awhile!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Claudia's 18th birthday present, my Möbius #2

Möbius #2.
This möbius scarf is very addictive.
Handspun, chain plied merino top

At the end I added a simple K2tog, YO for the lacework pattern

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Möbius #1

Taught by Bernadette how to cast on the Cat Bordhi way, I have fallen in love with the Möbius scarf.

This one is using handspun yarn I chain plied.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Onion Market Wrist Warmers

Love these, made with handspun merino top, hand dyed by Carmel.  Spun by me.

Onion Market Wrist Warmers by Sybil Ramkin

Semester 2 spinning

After full on days of looking at social networking sites, modules to be read and written in an online journal it was a relief to sit down after dinner and spin for a few hours.
Again, I surprised myself with how much spinning I managed to get done this semester.
I tried my hand at some art yarn, in particular core spinning which I really love doing.  A bobbin fills up really quickly, and I am going to try knitting some hand warmers up with the art yarn to see how it looks.

Just before the semester began, we moved house.  We are now very proud home owners, and are very happy with the place we have bought.  Phil installed some rails above the sink in the laundry, and I am able to hang up skeins of yarn.  So here is this semester's hand spun yarn ready to wash, when the weather is nice, and the last assignment is sent off for the semester.

Monday, 1 October 2012

What else have I been doing?

Part of my assignment for one of the subjects I am doing this semester is to design a social networking site for a group of people who are not represented on the internet.

Ideally it should be in a library setting, however as I am not currently working in a library, this was not possible.  Instead I asked the subject coordinator if I could make a website for our spinning and weaving group.  I was allowed to go ahead with this idea.

The initial response from the group was total silence, and I was a bit dissapointed by the lack of comments, but I needed to remember that many of our members are not comfortable on the internet, or do not use it at all.  Those that do use the interent often were happy with the idea.

I loved doing this part of the assignment.  I had a lot of fun getting pictures from Pat, who does the monthly newsletter, and making the website look "pretty".  I did a bit of back blogging from the start of the year with the different tutorials that we had done as well.

So, it's offical the Doncaster and Templestowe Spinners and Weavers Group now have their own website.  Please pop along and have a look at all the wonderful things this amazing group of ladies are making.  I am in awe of these ladies, some who have been spinning for longer than I have been alive.  These women have such an amazing wealth of knowledge of their craft, that I can only dream of tapping into each month.

We also have a Ravelry Group and a Pinterest Page.  Please pop along and have a look, and feel free to follow or join us.

This part of the assessment has been terrific, I have really enjoyed the website design and imput.  Feedback has been positive from members who have had a chance to pop in and look around to see what can be achieved.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Majacraft Magic Camp

What a great weekend I had at the Majacraft Magic Camp, run by Mandie and Janet.  Caroline and I drove up to the back of Bacchus Marsh (detour at Gisbourne for a needed coffee break).

I did a few different workshops, how to cast on for a Möbius, using the Cat Bordhi method.  That was great fun.  I cast on 2 Möbius scarves to keep me going, so I could check with Bernadette if I had cast on properly.  I also did a workshop on spinning yarn for socks with Carmel, Combs with Glynis, and weaving with Donni.

As usual I was so enthralled with what I was doing, I kept forgetting to get out my camera.

But I managed to take a few photos on the last day.

 The fibre sandwich everyone contributed to. 
 Close up.  Everyone took home 100grams of fibre
 Donni's beautiful weaving
 Yummy fibre from Mandie
 Beautiful art yarn from Janet
 My messy experiment with weaving techniques.  I managed all this in less than an hour.  I can see why weaving is so's so quick once the loom is warped up.
Home again, and this is the stash I brought home with me.  This should keep me going for awhile!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Tour de France project.

This year wile watching the Tour de France ,I managed to knit this vest up.  It's been on the to do list for many years.

The pattern is from a Patons book, #1235, called Asymmetric Wrap Vest.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Lacy Rib Socks

These socks have been on the needles for a few years.
Finally completed them.

Pattern, Lacy Ribs Socks by Wendy Johnson

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Left over blankets...

So I have a leftover sock wool blanket, for the left over sock wool I have from projects, and balls of sockyarn I bought, but don't want to use it for socks.
Pattern is Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown (I am only using 5 sttiches on this one)
and, I have a leftover-leftover sock wool blanket for the small bits of leftover wook from the 1st blanket.
Patterns is Ten Stitch Twist by Frankie Brown
Now I have started my 3rd leftover blanket, using handspun yarn I have leftover from projects, as there is no way I can possibly throw out left over yarn that I have spun.
Pattern is called Lizard Ridge by Laura Aylor

24th table runner

Last of the pinks of this shape. It's nice to see that I can use these shapes still.

 Now to start to tackle the blues.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

23rd table runner

still more pinks....


Friday, 8 June 2012

Premmie Beanies

With some left over Rico baby wool, I made these beanies and sent them up to the premmie ward that Alexander spent some time in after he was born.
Pattern from Carissa Browning, Premmie Hats for Charity.
With some left over yarn in the stash I made 8 scarves for our charity run at out Spinners and weavers group.  These scarves went to the Prahan Mission.
No pattern, just cast on and knit each row until wool runs out.

Baby Jackets

Using up left over handspun yarn, I made a few baby jackets.

Pattern is Baby Yoda Sweater, by Cari Luna

It is such a great pattern to follow, and something small that can fit into your handbag, and knit while waiting to pick up kids from sports and school

Saturday, 2 June 2012

22nd table runner

#22.  more pinks

Saturday, 26 May 2012

21st table runner

seems to be a lot of pinks left over from here is the 1st one

Saturday, 19 May 2012

20th table runner

Some more yellow shapes.