Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I finally finished my cloche and blocked it on the weekend. I'm happy with how it turned out except for the fact that it's a bit too big, I made it in the large size instead of medium because the pattern was a bit confusing. I realised what I'd done but didn't want to rip back the work that I'd done. That'll teach me! I've felted it but it only shrank a little. It might be OK, I'll wear it and see how it goes.
  • Pattern: Matilda (ravelry)
  • Yarn: 2 balls Jo Sharp Aran Tweed in black
  • Needles: 4mm DPNs and 40cm circular

I also whipped up this leaf scarf/necklace last week.

Handknitter's Guild Wool and Craft Fair

On Saturday I went to the Handknitter's Guild's Wool and Craft Fair at the Brunswick town hall. It was really good, like a mini Bendigo Sheep and Wool show (and without the sheep).

There were lots of wool and fiber producers there
  • 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!

And there were more of course but I didn't get their business cards.

I bought some 14 ply wool from Shiloh and wound it into a ball using my brand new ball winder and swift from Morris & Sons. It was so fun to wind it, my husband, sister and dad all watched the process with interest too :) I'm going to try dying it myself, eep! (yeah probably should've left it in the skein but I couldn't resist trying out the ball winder)

Friday, June 26, 2009

House building blog

I've started a new blog, The Laburnum Project to record the ins and outs of our house building. Take a look, it's gonna be pretty damn exciting!

Friday, June 12, 2009