Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
- Dairing who have a knitwear shop in Richmond and stock Habu yarns. I'd heard about them but never seen them until now, very unusual!
- Andyle who had lovely coloured wool grown on their farm in Tarneit Victoria.
- Shiloh Wool who have coloured fleeces and combed wool for spinners from Bellaraine Victoria.
- Lara Downs who have angora goat and lots of other luxury fibers and are from Balliang Victoria and they've also opened a new retail outlet called Precious Purl at 397 Bruswick St Fitzroy. I can't find a website for them but their card says they're open Wed-Sat 11-4 phone 0423 514 668.
- Ixchel angora bunnies! They have other fibers too but I love the bunnies!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
I've had the heater (an old gas one) on all morning and it's just reached 17 degrees in here.
So, for your amusement, I thought I'd describe my outfit today.
- Matt's sheepskin slippers (which are a bit too big)
- knee high socks
- navy blue trackies (pilled
- singlet, long sleeve t-shirt and jumper that is a bit too small (also pilled)
- Matt's beanie
- Matt's fingerless mitts
- my new shawl/scarf
I look pretty flash I can tell you.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I have twelve hats in my ravelry favourites! So I'm thinking of making this the winter of hats :)
First off the rank is two (!) Thorpes. I quite enjoyed this, it was really quick, quite easy and looks pretty good too. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I started a second one within 5 minutes of finishing the first :)
Next up is Matilda which was in a Frankie issue last year. The crown is constructed in a very similar way to Thorpe so the start has been easy. No progress shots yet.
And after that, I'm not sure, perhaps Felicity? But I might have to take a break from my hats to make a capelet (poncho?) like this one, which I LOVE! The girl who made it figured it out from a picture from somewhere. See it on Ravelry here.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So last post I said I was going to see Tony Joe White that night, which I did. His support act was Abbie Cardwell who I hadn't heard before, she was great, there's a couple of her songs on youtube if you're interested. And Tony was fabulous, such an awesome voice :)
But the big news is that I finally finished my cable shawl, it was a lot of knitting (for me anyway). I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Size: 156cm x 37cm
Yarn: 6.5 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed in shade #147
Mods: Substituted a finer yarn which meant I had to do 24 pattern repeats instead of the 18 called for. I also made the ribbing on the side only 8.5cm instead of 10cm.
The scarf is constructed by knitting the centre panel lengthways then (on each side) picking up stitches along the length (on a really long circular needle) and knitting ribbing. There were 481 stitches to pick up! That wasn't fun.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
So firstly you need to print out all the odd pages. To do this select "Odd pages only" on the print dialog as shown below.
Then you take out the pages you just printed and put them back into the paper tray. For my printer I have to put them printed side up with the top of the page in first. Note that you might need to do it differently to me if your printer works differently.
Then you need to print all the even pages, in reverse order. To do this select "Even pages only" from the print dialog and check the "Reverse pages" checkbox, as shown below.
That's it, pretty easy no?
And because I seem to forget how to do this if I haven't done it for a while, I wrote down the instructions and stuck them to my printer :)
(If you can't read that it says, Print odd pages, Put back in w top end in first + printed side up, Print even pages reversed)
In case you're wondering, I'm printing out the pattern for Thorpe, inspired by Pea Soup.
Monday, March 30, 2009
- two high-waisted skirts, one straight black velvet the other a fuller tweed (with in-seam pockets)
- vintage patent leather handbag
- crocheted cushion cover
- chinese checkers
- not sure what you'd call this, I guess it's kind of a hook rack, I'm going to use it in my craft room
BTW, I used Flogger to compose this post, it really is quite handy.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The short description is that Flogger is a tool to help you with photo blogging.
I was prompted to create it because I liked the way you could blog a photo easily from Flickr and it would format your photo nicely with a border and a link to the Flickr page for the photo and include the photo title. eg
But if you want to blog more than one photo then Flickr can't help you and it's actually a bit of a pain, you have to create the HTML yourself and it's quite time consuming. I searched around for a tool to help with this issue and couldn't find a satisfactory solution. So being the (small-time) computer geek that I am, I wrote my own program.
If you're interested please take a look and let me know if you find it's useful. I have set up a blog for it here http://flogger.mildlycrafty.com/blog/.
I had some time to kill so I sat in the sun in their courtyard and drank my hot choc and knitted, ahh, so relaxing.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Hi, it's been quiet around here hasn't it. The problem is that I'm just not that into writing. I find it reaaally hard to say what I mean. Every time I think I have something I want to post it turns into an agonising internal debate about how to say it, how much to say, whether it's interesting anyway, etc etc. And often I end up deleting what I just spent half an hour writing. That sucks.
So anyway, I'm not deleting this. Here's what I did this weekend. Went to an antiques and collectibles fair in Burwood East, just because I read about it in the paper over breakfast and I thought it'd be fun. And it was! I saw a couple of really lovely silver mesh purses, like this one, I've always admired them but never thought of a good reason why I should have one, until now! It's my birthday in a couple of weeks so I told Matt he could buy it for my for my birthday if he wanted too :) Score!
Today we went for a bike ride along Gardiner's creek. We rode about 22.3 km and had lunch in Ashwood which was our halfway point. At lunch we read the newspapers and I was excited to see Pip the front page of the A2! Read the article here (minus picture of Pip looking very relaxed and crafty).
I'll leave you today with a photo of the heart I made Matt for valentine's day. I thought he'd think it was a bit lame but he actually thought it was quite cool. Made it all worthwhile :)