Thursday, June 19, 2008

I love the postman

because he brings me lovely things.

Two packages today. One from Amazon contained my very own copy of Amy Butler's Midwest Modern.

It is just a lovely reference book with pages and pages of inspiration. I love this paragraph in the Epilogue
"First and foremost, I wanted this book to inspire you - not to look at my life and work in awe, but to see how simple and approachable a creative life is. It's not about adding layers to your life, but about stripping away obstacles. Fear is one of the biggest obstacles any of us face. Fear of rejection, fear of loss, fear of inadequacy. Don't allow your fears and anxieties to overshadow your passions. Life itself is an artistic expression, so you already have the capacity tot create beauty. You don't have to be an expert drawer or painter, or even seamstress. You just have to bring to fruition the ideas in your life that inspire you and that will help make life better for others." Amy Butler
The second package came from Renaissance Dyeing in France. It is four skeins of beautiful lace weight in Dappled Lime.

No idea what will become of it but I'm sure it won't take me long to come up with something.

Keep smiling :-)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What happens when ...

What happens when you grab a skein of 2ply merino lace Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarn in Iris and

a skein of 2ply silk lace Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarn in Midnight

add in a Majacraft Suzie spinning wheel and about 3 hours

and you have a lovely skein of merino/silk 4ply lace in Iris at Midnight

I love silk but don't enjoy knitting it so yesterday while been a voyeur on Flickr I had some inspiration. This skein should weigh about 100gm and should be around 600 metres. At the moment it is looking a little tight but hopefully after a warm bath with a little SOAK it will relax.
Now to spin the second 50gms up.

Keep smiling :-)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Finished Projects

I can't believe I actually have three finished objects this week. Wow, must be a record for me. I suppose though I shouldn't mention how many project were cast on this week.

Anyway here is number 1.

Pattern: Flared Lace Smoke Ring by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
Yarn: Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Moss
Needles: 4mm circular

And numbers 2 & 3 go together. Two more Curly Purly soakers by Marnie Ann Joyce in meduim made with Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarns Worsted weight. These are for my friends new niece who lives in the cold.

Keep smiling :-)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm feeling inspired

Yesterday the lovely FedEx man delivered this wonderful book to my door. It is 300 Lace Stitches and yes it is in Japanese. This is not a problem as the Japanese are so good at visual explanations. All the patterns are charted and even though there were a few symbols that I didn't recognise the glossary in the back provides visual explanation of how to complete each stitch even the cables. So if you like some of the Japanese stitch dictionaries don't be put off by thinking you can't read them because you don't need to.

I've already charted a lace stole pattern using the book which I've tentatively called 'Lace Rose Garden' because the patterns I've used are a trellis, a leaf and a flower as well as the fact that the yarn, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, is called Rose Garden. I'll let you know how it goes.

And here is the prototype of my Circular Needle Case. It does require a little refinement but
not bad for the first shot.

There is room for all my tools. I keep my everyday tools in a little metal tin but this has room for longer items such as rulers and stitch holder.

See the clever use of CD-holders. Took a little while to find the right sort as some the needles would have just fallen right out

The two things I'm not that happy with are one - the magnetic clasp as it sits too high, I'll have to find something that sits more flush and two - made the inside lining in a number of pieces whereas next time I'll try and make it as one single piece. And I have to remember that when placing the cardboard onto the fabric everything is reverse. It worked well for the outside because it means that the case opens perfectly for a left handed person such as myself but if I was doing it for someone else then I have to use my brain.

Keep smiling :-)

Friday, June 6, 2008

I went to Peppermint Stitches

and came home with some lovely additions to my stash.

Peppermint Stitches is a new craft store that has just opened their doors in Brisbane. I was in heaven the moment I walked in the door.

Here's a look at what I brought home:

Amy Butler's InStitches. I don't do a lot of sewing but I couldn't resist. Her beautiful fabrics combined with stylish design was too good to pass up. For me it was worth it just for the wide leg lounge pants pattern.

And a little fabric. I have plans for a circular needle holder made using cd-sleeves which has been on the backburner because I didn't have the right fabric. Now I have no excuses.

And of course couldn't leave without some yarn. Lovely Cherry Tree Hill in African Grey

Keep smiling :-)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Spin around

Finally finished a plied bobbin of the Muted Colours with green. Going to have to think of a better name for this one. I'm sure it will come to me in time. This is only about a third of the roving so I'll be back to the spinning wheel for more. Yipee!

These pink socks were going to be my first attempt at two socks at a time magic loop style. Didn't take me too long to give up. I found I was taking at least three times as long to do a round because there was just too much yarn everywhere.

I'm not going to give up though. I'll try again on another pair but use two separate yarn balls instead of the beginning and end of one.

Yummy colour though. Sometimes it is fun to have someone else choose the colours. Both this pair and the blue ones are not colours I would have chosen myself but I've really enjoyed knitting with them.

Back to the knitting and spinning now.

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, June 2, 2008


Thought might use Monday as an update on my projects day. Well actually I've been waiting for the weather to cooperate to take better picture but as it is refusing ...

I gave up and attempted some photos this morning.

Firstly I had to find a place with reasonable light. Chose the lounge because of the almost floor to ceiling windows and the coffee table seemed like a good display place but first I had to clear it off:
Definitely a his and hers coffee table.

Now for some projects.

Basic Blue Socks were completed then I totally forgot to photograph them. Thankfully K has sent me some. She blocked them on her smaller sock blocker so they didn't get too stretched.

Waterlilies is spun.

Fibre: Merino hand dyed
Spun on
: Majacraft Suzie
: 10
: 260grams
Originally I thought to do a EZ Baby Surprise Jacket but my knitting group informed me I have to do something for me as it is my first handspun so I've chosen Dulcie by Woolly Wormhead

I've also been working with some of my other stash from Queensland Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists and the results

On the Spinning Wheel:

I have absolutely fallen in love with the colours. They are all muted except for the green which just lifts the colour. The plan for this is a 2ply sock yarn. We'll see.

And on my Kundert Spindle:
The ball is a very soft purple/grey mix which I'm going to ply with the grey. Not sure how many plies this one will be. Have been thinking to try and cable ply this. Again we shall see.

Well time to go and do some work. I thought about cleaning the house. Looked outside, looked at the dog, two children ,two cats and husband and thought 'Why bother it only look as bad when I'm finished'

Keep smiling :-)