Saturday, January 19, 2013

Where the banjo gets more attention than the knittng

In 2011 I spent more time travelling than knitting.

In 2012 I spent more time playing the banjo than knitting. There were things knit. Lots of baby things. I even took pictures of most of it. But I spent way more time with the banjo.

In 2013, the only thing I have worked on so far is a crochet blanket. I looked around at all the yarn I am not knitting and felt a tiny bit like I should really ought to be doing something with it. And nothing uses up yarn like a nice bit of crochet. I would take a picture of it and show you, but the blog is full. Google won't let me put up new pictures. So imagine a lovely rug in Jo Sharp DK that I bought on sale about four years ago in lovely burgandy, purple, green and blue.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas and icing

Christmas fruit mix for mum 2012:

250g sultanas
250g currants
150g dates - chopped
150g figs - chopped
1 stick of cinnamon
2 tsp cardamom
tsp allspice
tsp ground cloves
125ml brandy

World's most amazing icing ever for Jayne:

110g white chocolate
45g flour
250ml milk
-make a roux, whisk until very thick, beat until light
225g butter
1.5tsp vanilla
250g castor sugar
-cream, add the completely cooled roux, beat until amazing.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. 2012.

I went up to Bendigo on an early(ish) train with a friend and her son. We cleaned up nicely. I left with a supported spindle (which, several attempts and youtube videos later, I still can't make work). A banksia tree drop spindle (beautiful, it would make a great Australian present for a non-Australian spinner). Both spindles were made by Ron West the wood turner/spinner from (SA, QLD? not sure). The tag says 'From the shop of Ron West. Phone (08) 8554 1882'. Does anyone have any web info for him? I can't find him.

I also bought two skeins of jitterbug from Sarah Durrant to make 'Bigger on the inside . A skein of blue bijou malabrigo to make Gretel


Also, I saw a woman wearing the cabled turban and I'd like to make it, but I fear it would make my head look even bigger than it is.

And there is 1.3 kg of Wendy Dennis fleece. It is a lovely pale marbled grey. I have to decide whether to wash it or just to spin it in the grease. It is beautiful. I like it a lot. I am keen to get my other fleece finished so that I can start on it.


















Some spindles I did not buy.

















Thursday, January 05, 2012

Woman's Weekly Knitted Cosy

I only got one side finished before Christmas, but I got the other side finished before the new year.






















It is enormously dense. It keeps the tea super warm.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Kochkor tea cosy

I made a tea cosy for a friend on the Silk Road trip. I was supposed to finish it and give it to him on the trip, but ran out of time. So here it is, finished today (unless I decide to put leaves on it, but it barely looks like the daffodil pattern so I wonder if there is any point).




















Tuesday, October 04, 2011

 I started this birch in Kyrgyzstan, right after I finished the blue Lacey Baktus. But from there on there was a lot of desert and hot and prickly and I put it away and barely looked at it until we got to the relative cool of Turkey.

Here I took it balloon riding in Cappadocia.























 Here we are in the Aya Sofia in Istanbul.


















 And outside the Blue Mosque.





















I finished it on the train from Istanbul to Bucharest, which is a shame, because I wanted to give it to a friend on the trip.

Not to worry, I shall carry it around until I find it a home.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Lacy Baktus
























It has been so hot that my knitting has slowed considerably. But I finished a lacy baktus and it is modelled here by its recipient. The order of photos is: 1. Looking at the baktus. 2. Demonstrating the manly way to wear the lacy baktus. 3 & 4. Demonstrating the 'high street' way of wearing it.

Traditional life in Kochkor in Kyrgyzstan.

We saw traditional felt making in Kyrgyzstan and I added it to the other blog.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Some crafty things in Kyrgyzstan




















































We went to the felt museum in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan. These are some of the things I didn't buy. If they'd taken credit cards, I'd may have been seriously impulsive.

I am still mainly blogging over here, but I have another post of crafty stuff coming up.