I was sure that when I moved to Australia back in 2016 I wouldn’t be able to knit for myself anymore and more importantly I wouldn’t be able to wear any knits anymore. Imagine my happiness at discovering that this was not the case! Oh so happy!
The reason I put myself on a self-imposed hiatus of buying yarn is because I have a huge amount of absolutely gorgeous hand-dyed yarn that I need to use first. But before my hiatus started on 1st January, I put a couple of orders in…. Because it’s not just about buying the yarn, it’s also about supporting these small businesses.
The amazing Angela runs Blackwattle Yarn and Fibre from her Alpaca farm in Murrumbateman with her husband Matthew. She’s got such a great eye for stunning colour combinations. I have bought my fair share of skeins from her. This latest lot was in a sale and the colours are not my usual choices, but they really spoke to me… I think they will become a shawl or a couple of shawls.
These skeins are Qing Fibre, which I purchased from Yarn & Co, a store I visited in Melbourne a couple of times. Beautiful mother and daugther had to close their Fitzroy store during 2020 and are online only for now. I have not worked with the yarn before, but those sweet colours made me so happy!
The gorgeous Mia of Wren & Ollie always has enticing yarn colours. I used a kit of her yarn to make my Slipstravaganza Westknits Mystery Knitalong Shawl and the colours are just so wonderfully vibrant. This is a sock kit, which knits up into a stripy set…I can’t wait to make this.
I know it will be incredibly hard not buying yarn… It’s something I like to do whenever I visit a place and a new to me Local Yarn Store. But I also LOVE all the yarn I have purchased in the last few years and I NEED to make it into garments, socks, shawls, hats, etc. So really, I am making space for next year!
Making: The Arlo by Michelle Wang for Brooklyn Tweed for my eldest’s best friend, at the beach!
Cooking (aka dyeing): Easter eggs in true German tradition. What are your Easter traditions?
Drinking: Rooibos tea again….after a fairly long time…and it’s delicious!
Reading: Making Stories Magazine and I want to knit every single item.
Wanting: to have more time…to do what I love to do!
Playing: silly faces with my youngest in the morning.
Liking: culling things before our move into our own home!
Deciding: and trying to convince my other half what we need to buy after we move…new mattress, new TV, things for the garden…the list goes on.
Wishing: I had more time!
Enjoying: My eldest’s first and last camp as a Joey before he moves up to Cubs in Scouts.
Wondering: what will pop up next at work…it’s been pretty full on!
Loving: the bond these two are developing in the last month!
Pondering: what to knit for myself next!
Considering: whether to have another glass of wine.
Buying: yarn….so much yarn!!!
Watching: all the Marvel movies in the order they were released….it’s fascinating and my husband thinks I should move onto Star Wars next or Harry Potter… I have yet to be convinced!
Hoping: my eldest feels better in the morning!
Marvelling: at everything Tanis Fiber Arts comes out with.
Cringing: at the mess that inevitably goes with packing up a house.
Needing: new trousers…because Winter is coming!
Smelling: the most amazing flowers I received from my friend.
Wearing: nothing special.
Following: through on things I promised to do.
Knowing: that I will love tomorrow’s bush playgroup with the littlies.
Thinking: about my best friend in Scotland…missing her loads.
Admiring: the ‘shelter’ the kids built during the school holidays at the workshop put on by the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens.
Bookmarking: nothing in particular.
Coveting: yarn…always and forever more yarn!
Disliking: all the things I have to do before we move.
Opening: yarn from Wren & Ollie.
Feeling: tired…and I really should get to bed.
Snacking: earlier in the day on Strawberries.
Helping: others by giving away two guitars I was gifted.
Hearing: the diswasher downstairs.
Splicing: spit splicing….my new favourite way of joining yarn.
Celebrating: from afar my mum’s 70th birthday!
Forgetting: to bring back books to the library!
Winning: because he finally let the dentist check his teeth!
Sneaking: away with work to Manly Beach.
Embracing: family time on Easter Sunday at Kiama.
Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.
I recently went to a ‘yarn tasting’ organised by the Knitter’s Guild NSW and showcasing three wonderful indie dyers: Imogen at 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co., Rhiannon at Reaction Dyeworks and Kathryn at The Australian Wool Store. They each told us about about their yarn and how they started dyeing and then we received a little ‘taster’.
And look at the mountains of yarn I was able to pick what I wanted from.
I just couldn’t go past the ‘I carried a watermelon’ and ‘Bay Tree’ from Imogen and the gorgeous dark blue and dark red from Rhiannon.
I am in love with the yarn I have bought and am busy deliberating what I can make with it.
For the ‘watermelon’ and the green I was thinking about Andromeda by Pam Allen.
And for the blue and red I am considering socks, I think either colour would be wonderful for Waltana by Darlene Hayes.
What do you think?
In August 2013 I made some gorgeous baby booties and a bonnet for an ex-colleague of mine. She had a baby girl, and she absolutely loved the booties and bonnet.
I used Saartjes Bootees pattern and changed it around a bit, using cotton yarn and adding some flowers to them.
I used the DROPS bonnet pattern, also using cotton yarn and also added some flowers like a ranking vine.
And now would you look at that adorable little girl, she’s just too precious in her little outfit!
I am currently working on these socks for the daughter of one of Luke’s previous playgroup teachers.
I am using this amazing Japanese yarn, which is lovely to work with and my friend gave me two skeins. I am hoping it will be enough.
On a separate not, Luke and I got the most amazing parcel from Melissa over at Knitting Sandwich today.
Some scrumptious yarn for me and a very cool personalised slingshot with ‘pom poms’ as Luke put it.
Thanks so much Melissa!!!!
As promised, here’s the second part of my report from The Knitting and Stitching Show that I visited last Saturday with a couple of friends.
A visit to my favourite button shop, TextileGarden. I think it was the busiest button stall at the entire event, and can you blame people? Their buttons are absolutely amazing, and I myself spent £27.90 on buttons there (you’ll see them in my final post later this week).
Scrumptious, gorgeous, colourful yarn. I absolutely love the colours, but I was a good girl and didn’t spend any money on any yarn. Although I could have bought hundreds pounds worth of yarn if I really wanted to.
The most amazing display at Nest, my friend Georgina’s other friend. Don’t you just love that little arrangement of the nest, apples, leaves and the birds? I think they’re just darling. And those little cardigans are so, so cute.