Yarn Along – Yellow


For the longest time, I’ve never been a big fan of the colour yellow. I’ve always been afraid of it, I couldn’t imagine wearing it. I always thought that it was because I have yellow (blonde) hair.

But then something happened. It’s been a slow and gradual process, but I’ve started moving toward yellow. Not all yellows though, lets take it one step at a time. Below is my first acquisition of yellow, delicious and buttery.


I finally gave in and I dropped into Sunspun on the weekend. A well-placed picnic across the road was all the reason I needed for a visit. Wow it’s changed, quite a bit. It’s fabulous!

There were so many new yarns I felt it took some time to get my bearings. It’s a totally new store, what a treat!

I picked up some naturally dyed yarn, (the yellow) and this deep orange… another unusual colour for me, what’s going on?!

All I know is, there is a puffy yellow jacket at Uniqlo that is calling my name.


Whilst at Sunsoun, I also picked up the Stashbot publication by Hannah Fettig. I thought it would be quite useful to take with me to Stitches.

In the mail this week, I received my Stranded in Oz club instalment. It’s truly stunning to look at, yum.


This week I completed my secret project…


And I began reading Amy Tan’s ‘The Valley of Amazement‘.

I’m also on Aunty watch, and getting a little bit excited.

See what everyone else is knitting and reading this week by checking out Ginny’s blog.


Yarn Along – Hurrah, an FO!


Welcome to another week of Yarn-Along! To find out what everyone else is reading and knitting this week go to Ginny’s blog.

This week I completed my sister’s baby blanket, phew, the baby can arrive now and I’ve told my sister as much! Hopefully, I’ll have a couple of weeks to bask in the glory of having completed the blanket well-ahead of time…

I was browsing at books on my lunch-break one day this week and came upon a Mollie Makes Crochet book. I was really taken with this book and the number of cute projects it contains for the cover price of less than $15, it was a no-brainer to grab it. It also provided some much needed inspiration for the baby blanket border. The granny square blanket design in it, had a fabulous stripy border. I ditched the idea of the single colour frame and improvised.





It’s also been a very good mail week…


I finally stumped up for the shipping and bought these 2 marvellous books (and their pdfs), I’m so excited to be able to knit a couple of these projects, next year could be a sweater knitting year, and maybe a blanket year… sprinkled with some socks.


The latest installment of David’s SCF club also arrived, that man is a magician.

I’ve been listening to Outlander once again this week, it got me through that crochet border! It’s fabulous and the reader makes it so enjoyable. It’s time for a new book on my Kindle though.

Have a great week!


Yarn Along – Breaking the rut


I would hate to think that I was in a rut. After all, ‘Rut’ is such a strong word. But last Tuesday evening when I was casually looking at Instagram, I saw that Jules from Wollenflower had posted about her upcoming Natural Dyeing class at the hand makers factory on Saturday, and naturally I jumped for it! It felt great to have ‘plan’-ned to do something different and spontaneous (it was short notice).

I love taking classes. I can’t remember the last ‘live’ class I took, Craftsy doesn’t count (even though they are awesome, but they’re classes that don’t involve leaving the house). Well I thoroughly enjoyed the class and would recommend it to anyone who has a passing interest in Natural Dyeing. Gosh there’s so much to it! In a way the whole science behind it makes it incredibly interesting and magical, and how much more satisfying is it extracting colour from nature? As expected Jules is a brilliant teacher and very generous with her knowledge. I would love to have a crack at doing some natural dyeing at home, perhaps the Christmas break will allow time for that?


I’ve been working on my sister’s baby blanket with quiet abandon, all the squares are sewn together and all the ends have been sewn in. Only the 5 or 6 row treble stitch border remains. It’s amazing to see the transformation of the curled patches to squares, once the sides had been sewn together.


I did end up going for the mixed up layout of patches, rather than the rainbow variation I had them laid out as last week. It wasn’t a true rainbow, so I think that’s why it wasn’t working visually?


DSC_5304Last week I also plied up the singles that had been sitting on the bobbins for a couple of weeks. I’m pretty happy with the result despite beginning to really dislike the process of plying, I see an e-spinner in my future.

I’ve been listening to Outlander and getting into my ‘other’ book on my Kindle. I’m a little too embarrassed to admit what I’m reading now (read: it’s saucy and possibly the raunchiest novel I’ve ever read) so there you have it.

Go see what everyone else is knitting and reading this week as a part of Yarn Along on Ginny’s blog (bet it’s not as juicy as my novel: hint see last week’s entry).

Yarn Along – Polka progress


It’s yarn along day again! Go see what everyone else is reading and knitting this week by going to Ginny’s blog.

I’ve been listening along to Outlander again this week and truly enjoying it. I do need to make more time to listen if I’m ever going to reach the end of (even) the first book. I’ve also begun reading Alpha by Jasinda Wilder on my Kindle, which seems very interesting (read: saucy) and well-written.

I’ve been working on the polka dot crochet baby blanket for my sister’s second baby, it’s beginning to look like something now. I’m thinking of laying out the patches as pictured, in this some kind of rainbow configuration, the original design was done this way. What do you think? Or should I mix it up? My goal for this week is to complete all the squares and have them stitched together, then it will just be the wide border to come and a wash block, I can’t wait for that!


I had a little crisis this week. I was in fear I wouldn’t have enough yarn for the border, I probably need 2 balls for it. The last time I went to Yarn & co. I discovered they didn’t carry this colour anymore, and then upon heading to Clegs and Morris & Sons, there was none, zero, zilch left. I then discovered online that the Wool Baa had some in stock; and I made the only decision a crazed knitter could do. I went there on my lunch break. I needed to get the last balls of this colour in Melbourne in my hands pronto.

Well the tram tracker lied, it took a lot longer to get there. I finally got to the store and I had the yarn in my sweaty little hands, success! But the clock was ticking and when there didn’t seem to be a tram in sight, I caught a taxi back to work, that’s how I roll or err… travel.






Taking stock of this project and packing away the left-overs of the colours I no longer required for this project, I found I had more of this yarn now than what I had to begin with, I don’t know what the moral of this story is, but it’s there somewhere.

Have a great week!

Yarn Along – Not one but two FOs!

So last week I promised to present some Finished Objects this week, easier said than done when you have a mountain of newly casted-on projects.

But being a Knitter, is about being a planner, an organiser and a strategiser! Taking a look at my Ravelry projects page (oh what joy it gives me to look at my WIPs all day long and I’m not joking), I took stock of all my projects and what stage everything was at.

Due to my Use It or Lose It strategy I have a number of WIPs on my page that are in actual fact not started, they’re there to remind me of my obligations to my ‘deep’ stash. I removed a UILI single skein project, because what harm would ‘returning’ a single skein of hand painted yarn to stash theoretically do?  Not exactly an FO, but it was one less UFO.

Then, I cast-off my Honey Cowl and wore it for exactly one day before it got hot last week, and now I’m dreaming of a time when I can wear this for reals, please note I’m wearing a t-shirt in this picture. As expected my patience gave up before I ran out of yarn for this project, it was the never-ending cowl with a never-ending ball of alpaca yarn. I have exactly 50 grams left, I think it would be enough for mitts if I could be bothered.


Then, I turned my attentions to Ysolda’s Bronntanas Hat, the first ‘Knitworthy’ project i cast on a couple of weeks ago. It’s another small project, and I wasn’t going to let some twisted stitches get in my way of delivering on my promise. After beginning with a cable needle to cross the stitches, I switched to twisting the stitches and turning them over on the needles as I went. Success! This hat flew off my needles. Except, rightly or wrongly, I went from knitting the largest sized hat to the smallest, so my once slouchy hat is now snug… I still think the hat is adorable, and I’m contemplating whether this Knitworthy project will indeed reside in my gift box for the appropriate recipient (someone with a smaller head than mine). If I made it again for myself, I think I’d knit the medium size and hope for the best.



There it is, 2 FOs for you. All the while I’ve been working on my sisters crochet blanket, I think I’ve really outdone myself this time, it’s going to be hard to top with the next baby in the family. Oh the expectation, this is turning out just like Easters at home where my siblings and I decorated eggs, with improvements each year to design and techniques, who knows where this will end up? For the record I never got into egg craft/sculpting, that’s just crazy.

I’m still listening to Outlander (it’s the best) and reading ‘My Life in Stitches’ during some lunchtimes. I’m still to pick out my next serious kindle book to read, at this stage I’m considering Haruki Murakami’s new book. I think I’m ready.

You should go check out what everyone else is reading and crafting at Ginny’s blog this week.