Friday, April 10, 2015

My first steeking

 I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've cut my knitting. Nothing bad happened, the pattern worked. It was great. I might try it again.

 I used Cat Bordhi's Warm all Winter (fudged a little bit to suit yarn and head size). It was such a great pattern and I learned two new knitting things, which was fun. The yarn is Manos silk blend that I bought at Daybreak on Papa Westray in the Orkneys.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


I've staked a claim on a surface (separate to the craft/stuffing around on the internet/watching movies surface). I move to it when it is 'work time' and I only do work there. The desk belonged to one of my grandmas and my other grandma is there in the photo with me. I've read lots of things that say you shouldn't think you need 'special conditions' to write, but having a dedicated space is working out for me at the moment.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Warm All Winter (I hope)

Cat Bordhi's Warm All Winter

A made up cardigan using up my DiC stash and leftovers.

Sunday, March 01, 2015


I have been spending some time tidying things, getting rid of stuff, finishing things off. This mitts have been all done but a thumb for over a year. So I sat down and did the 8 rows on 16 stitches and wove in the ends. In plenty of time for winter!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Willy wagtail and lupins

 I seemed to have switched crafts again. Which unfortunately adds fuel to my urge to never throw anything away. The willy wagtail chart is from 2011. I first started it on 28ct evenweave over one stitch. It was almost impossible to see, and super easy to make mistakes. I started again on 14ct aida, and it has been going very well.

I've also been working on a kit I bought as a souvenir in Prince Edward Island. Was that 2008? I loved the lupins, almost as much as I love willy wagtails. I started it ages ago, but I made a mistake down in the leaves, which meant everything was off by one stitch. At the time I gave up because I couldn't work out where I'd made a mistake to go back and fix it. When I took it up again this summer, I just fudged that bit.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blue weaving and different lines

Note to future self: don't weave with single ply even if you think it is going to look pretty. This wasn't fun to weave and as a result took forever. And one warp thread even wore through... The end result is nice, but probably not worth the angst.

And this has been super fun to knit, it grows apace.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


The Tea Centre has just opened it's first shop in Melbourne in the new 'Emporium'. And I'm afraid to say, having had a wander around yesterday, between the shops and the food (and the tea store) The Emporium' is now my third favourite place in Melbourne.

In the Tea Centre I wanted to buy this

And this:

But instead I bought most of these:

(Only partly joking...)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fun fur on the loom.

I have slowed right down with weaving on the new Knitter's loom. There are a couple of reasons for this. To start, it is not as easy to use as the Cricket - I love that the size gives me more options for the final product, but it takes up way more room and isn't as inviting to use.

Also, the second project I put on it was a bit time consuming in that I pulled the fur of the fun fur warp out of the weft as I went and it was a bit fiddly. I bought the fun fur to crochet a wookie - but it defied crochet and almost brought me to tears.

But it looks kinda cool as weaving.

Definitely looking forward to experimenting some more.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ocean shore

I returned the gorgeous little 10" Cricket loom to its delightful owners and warped up the 20" Ashford Knitter's Loom I just got from the Handweavers and Spinners guild. I decided to buy the 20" in large part because that is what they had there, but also because the next size up wouldn't have fit on my work table.

 I think I still like the Cricket more. It was so handy and I could use it anywhere around the house and it fit quite neatly into one of those sturdy shopping bags if you wanted to take it to a friend's house.

This project was done with 6 skeins of Lorna's Laces sock yarn. They made up a kind of gradient set that I was originally knitting into a stole for a friend, but I didn't really love the lace pattern (looked great, bugger to knit) and it had been stalled for about 6 years. The biggest mistake I made was unravel the yarn that had been knit and not wash the kink out of it (I didn't want to wait for it to dry, I wanted to start right away). It played merry hell with the tension which made it quite challenging to weave. Even harder than the silk/cashmere.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weaving with cashmere is a pain, but the result is so so worth it.

My main obsession continues to be weaving. I still have raggedy edges, but the fabric! Oh the fabric. This was the next project on the 10" cricket (which I have now returned). The next project is warped on the 20" Knitter's Loom I bought at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild. I had a few hiccups with the Knitter's Loom, and I found the Cricket sturdier and more fun to use, but I am getting used to the new loom (and the amount of table space it is taking up).

I am still half-heartedly poking away at the Tardis shawl. I mucked up the lace across the back, but I think I have fudged it and now I am knitting the Tardis(es). I am interested in the end product, but the getting there is a bit of an uphill battle and is losing out to the weaving most of the time. 

The sock blanket has had a bit of a comeback, too. I have been knitting this on and off (mostly off) since the start of 2008, but something about it has lit a fire under me recently. I'll probably get in a few more diamonds before my attention wanders again. I have no urge to start any new knitting projects right now (which feels weird) because my mind is so taken up with the possibilities of weaving.