Tulip cardigan

Today was Marilyn’s 2nd birthday party. But more importantly, I got to hand over the stripy cardigan I knit for her. It was a great relief to me once my sister dressed her in it. I think it looks great on her and I’m so glad I persevered and ripped out all the ugly colours.





Is it really only 3 weeks to the Bendigo Show?

In my blog post about Tarndie last week, I failed to mention the stash enhancement that occurred over the duration of the weekend. It didn’t help that I went away with a bunch of ‘enablers’. On top of having the onsite wool store, Janet had also brought along lots of great sock yarns from a store that was/has closed down. All of these acquisitions have been added to my Ravelry page in the interests of full disclosure (to myself), my wool shelf is now more than ever, bursting at the seams. Oh what fun! Luckily the recent destashing of unloved yarn has provided me with some room under the bed. How convenient.


What I did last weekend

I stayed at Tarndwarncoort last weekend. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

For a number of years when I’ve purchased yarn and fibre from Wendy Dennis (at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show), I’ve often thought how wonderful it would be to stay in the big old homestead, the birthplace of Polwarth sheep; I recall seeing the flyers about staying in the homestead at Bendigo, but never followed up on it. My chance came when I was invited to attend with other knitters and one spinner from SnB Melbourne.


Here I am totally blessed out on our ‘farm walk’, there are sheep in the distance, they saw us coming!


The Homestead (not pictured here, because I didn’t take a photo before my camera ran out of battery), was directly opposite the on-site WoolShop. Handy huh?


Us wandering around with our tour guide Janet.


Sheeps, keeping their distance.


So many interesting things to see, an enjoyable walk around the Dennis sheep property.


The dining room is magnificent. It was the back drop to our Saturday evening dinner.


Photos of food, or it didn’t happen.



It was also Winter Solstice night.


And after dinner the table was cleared and some knitting began around the dining room table. I was spinning some Polwarth fibre dyed by Wendy on my Little Gem in the front windows of the dining room. An amazing evening in an amazing room filled with so much family history.

I would love to visit again, maybe the Richmond Knitters might be interested?



After what felt like a productive week last week, this week wasn’t so much.

I have almost completed Marilyn’s next cardigan, Tulip, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I was excited about this project in the beginning but now I’m not so. As someone who is working through her stash, or at least trying to keep her head above water, I try to use ‘stash yarn’ as much as possible; particularly when it comes to kids knits… let’s be honest they grow out of them much too quickly to outlay money for ‘nice’ yarn. But ‘nice’ yarn from stash is FREE ha ha.

So I cast-on Tulip in some Patons Merino Deluxe last weekend, and I thought I would use lots of different colours from the range in my stash, using small amounts of colour is not going to compromise quantities for future large projects (famous last words).

After a few days of knitting and then arriving home from Knit night on Monday night, I stood back and took stock of my project sitting on my knitting chair. A feeling of dread began to filter in. I think I’ve used too many dull colours, this is meant to be a fun, girly cardigan. It was starting to look seriously bad. I decided to leave out the project and come at it with fresh eyes on Tuesday morning… by Tuesday evening I hadn’t changed my mind on the direction of the colours. So I pulled out about 2 hours of knitting. Knowing how often I would be seeing Marilyn wearing this cardigan, I couldn’t stand the thought.


So I ripped it out, not all the way, I felt I had to remove the dirty green and gray colours; then maybe, maybe it would be ok.

I don’t think I’ve ever ripped out ‘perfectly good’ knitting before. But colour is SO important. Why make something you don’t love? I’m happier with it now, but the colours still don’t feel perfect to me. I’ve seen too many beautiful rainbow coloured Tulip cardigans, to be less critical of my own efforts.


I’m just finishing off the applied i-cord tie around the neckline, then I’m in sleeve-land, I’m hoping I’ll feel more than MEH for the cardigan once it’s completed.

I’m participating in the Little Dipper Yarns KAL so hopefully there will be a cast-on at knit nite tomorrow night, I’m so behind!



I have been promising myself to knit a colleague some fingerless mitts for at least a year now, or at least since last winter. You see, she lives a fair way out, and it’s much colder out there. This is all the inspiration a knitter needs to spring to action.

They were super quick to whip up, but as I was knitting, I was getting mitt envy, from myself and from Damian. Yes, Damian wants another pair of mitts with half fingers. Oh and they have to be hand-spun. It’s a good thing they are speedy, because I absolutely hate having to sew up all the gaps between the fingers. I could do without that.

Back to knitting, this long-weekend isn’t over yet.


Long Weekend Plans

This long weekend has been long anticipated, well ever since the last long weekend. Sadly in Victoria, there won’t be another public holiday until Cup Day in November and then it’s only a long weekend if you take the Monday off.

I finished knitting my Minestrone socks for the Stranded in Oz sock club on Thursday night. It’s kind of a modified version. I had little patience with the twisted stitches, so I kind of gave up on them after the first 2 repeats. Nevertheless I’m still happy with them; they don’t look as awesome as they would have looked had I persisted, but I’m glad I switched course. I knit for fun dammit!


The Little Dipper Yarns KAL began this week, so I’ll be casting-on for my first colour affection at some point this weekend. But before I do that I’m hoping to pump out some fingerless gloves for an appreciative work colleague. I could get them done in a day right? I also need to cast-on for Marilyn’s Tulip cardigan, knit a hot-water bottle cover for me (because everyone has made one lately). Cast-on my honey cowl, because I’m dying for another cowl accessory to wear to work and I’m generally cold. Cold I am, thankfully the heating at home has been repaired.

So if you need me, I’ll be knitting.