detachable pom pom

 

tea cosy iphoneI made a tea cosy for my tea loving sweetie’s birthday on the weekend. He is pretty obsessed about his tea and the cosy passed his exacting insulating requirements – phew! He tells me is growing accustomed to the neon pompom I felt was a necessary finishing touch. luckily it is easily removable if he tires of it or when the cosy needs a bath.

I thought I’d share the handy tip of detachable pompoms here.

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make sure your pompom has two long tails when you make it.

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use a needle to pull the tails through to the inside.

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tie a double bow to hold it firmly in place, yet easily undo when it’s time.

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I think I’ll write up this fast pattern and put it on my blog, would you make one?

Ravelry project page here

re – mirri

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Currently I am in the process of updating all of my current patterns to a shiny new layout. This is a gradual effort so it will be a while before I get them all done. It is quite fun seeing them refreshed in this way.

Today I have just uploaded the new look Mirri Collection and to celebrate I am offering a $1 discount off any of the individual Mirri Patterns, the full eBook is still available at a great discount too. check out the Mirri Collection here.

Use the code: mirri on checkout to receive the discount, valid through to midnight this Sunday, August 17.

Happy Knitting!

Sea Dragon Shawl

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Inspired by sea creatures real and imagined, the Sea Dragon Shawl is knit from side to side, with short rows forming a shallow crescent shape. Its comfortable proportions are perfect for wrapping around the neck scarf-style or wearing around the shoulders. Choose between a small or large Sea Dragon Shawl and showcase your favourite yarn: go crazy with your leftover yarn stash and knit each segment in a different colour, use a gradient or variegated yarn, or go with your favourite solid colour combination.

I have been a little obsessed with these Sea Dragon shawls, I have actually had to force myself to stop making them at 4, when there are still so many other colour combination possibilities still whirring through my mind. The scrappy version was really a lot of fun to make, using up a bunch of leftover sock yarn skeins and collating them into a technicolor shawl.  Anyway I get to live vicariously through all of the other knitters who are making this in my upcoming Sea Dragon KAL. there are already some fabulous colour combinations being discussed in the KAL thread. The KAL starts September 1, visit the KAL thread to find out more, I’ll also post more details up here soon.

Meanwhile my Sea Dragon Shawl has been pre-released on Ravelry. Up until the start of the KAL, the pattern will have a special pre-release discount. Initially only the front page of the pattern will be available for you to download, then it will be automatically updated to the full pattern on September 1.

See all the details on the pattern page here.

 

bleeding blocking

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A short tale of woe and of a lesson learnt, or I should say re-learnt as I have already been here before. Always add white vinegar to your blocking water if you are blocking a project knit in multiple colours. That’s my rule, I live by it. Usually. When I blocked my Scrappy Sea Dragon I remembered I had run out of vinegar and yet still proceeded to plunge my project into the watery depths without so much as a thought to what I was doing. My heart sank when I pulled it out and realised what I had (or had not!) done. Colour bleed was immediately apparent, particularly with the sections knit with beautiful Madelinetosh yarns. Drats! OK this time I will never forget my golden blocking rule; add vinegar.

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It’s not too bad in the scheme of things, it is still wearable Fortunately I had become somewhat addicted with this design, this is the fourth Sea Dragon I have made, so I still have 3 others for the pattern samples. I’ll be showing you those this week, as I am planning to pre-release the Sea Dragon Shawl Pattern on Ravelry. I am running a Sea Dragon KAL in my Ravelry group in September…more on that in a couple of days. Meanwhile here’s a few more shots of this scrappy version, knit up with my treasured collection of leftover sock yarns. The Ravelry project page is here.

Have you had any colour bleed disasters? What’s your tip to avoid it?

 

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Bendi Wool Show

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aka the Australian Sheep and Wool Show was last weekend, the sun was shining and I have to say I had a merry time there. I shared the day with my gorgeous son, who was liberally treated along the way to assist his patience with my wool gazing, and it worked. Today he told me that he’d had a “lovely time” there, success. Apart from sampling as many treats as I would let him (fudge, Danish waffles…..) he was very discerning in his sampling of olive oils and insisted we return to purchase some on the way out, thanking me when we did for spoiling him – what a kid! My treats were of the woolier kind, my stash has been enhanced and it’s just so good to squeeze all the lovely yarn for future online buying reference. There really is so much to see at the show; we were there for hours and I’m sure I only caught a glimpse of all the beauties. Watching wood turning, spinning and other crafts and checking out the livestock were also highlights we both enjoyed, and as a knitter himself, Felix could certainly appreciate the workmanship in the many beautiful works in the woolcraft exhibit.

I had hoped to take some fabulous pictures, with only my iphone (ha!) when I looked back over them they are all a bit so so and, well, I got distracted by just being there. All is not lost, Kate’s post about Bendi has some gorgeous images if you are looking for some real Bendigo wool show eye candy go and check them out. I’m still gonna post some of mine here though…

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giant fleece balls, I’m curious about these….are they decorative or functional?

stash lovelies. I surprised myself with that orange, but it’s pretty amazing in the flesh.

irresistible lace yarn, I forced myself to stop at 4 skeins of this. The colours are amazing – that pink!

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where the lovely lace came from, in the hat box…

The Purl Box, tricky to get a clear picture here – it was always full of people! check out the Oyster & Duchess shawls all hanging about. Gorgeous yarn, lovely ladies.

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this lady’s beautiful Jacket caught my eye.

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note to self for future reference as this yarn comes without a band.

I love the Victorian feltmaker’s felted sign.

I agree with Felix, I had a lovely time too, actually it was a really special day.

Oh and this yarn bombing happened in Bendigo last Friday too.

Flying Duchess

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I have a new design out today; Flying Duchess.

Inspired by my favourite colour combination, and love of stripes and geometric patterning, Flying Duchess is a elongated shawl that can be worn around the shoulders or with the point at the front and the longs arms wrapped around and tied. Knit from the bottom up, Flying Duchess begins with geometric lace simple enough for an adventurous beginner and interesting enough to keep an accomplished knitter entertained. Simple decreases shape the shawl at the centre and the ends. Knit in DK/8ply weight yarn, this project moves along quickly.

Flying Duchess has been knit using beautiful Oyster yarns “Duchess” a delightfully soft  DK weight yarn with merino and silk fibres and a touch of sparkle. Check out the freshly topped up colours here.

See Flying Duchess on Ravelry here.  From now until midnight Sunday 13, July take $1 off your Flying Duchess purchase on Ravelry with the coupon code duchess

You’ll notice I have a shiny new pattern layout for this design, gradually , over the next few months, I will update all of my earlier patterns to this new format.

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Oyster Eye Candy

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As promised, more Oyster eye candy. I present you with another sampling of beautiful shawls knit in the Oyster KAL. I have been blown away by the beautiful creations that kept appearing and have to say I am missing this KAL already, it was a bit addictive. Plus, what a beautiful bunch of knitters to hang out with! Click any of these images to go through to the creator’s Ravelry project page. See these and plenty more via the Oyster Shawl pattern page here. Things are pretty colour-ful in the gradient KAL, I’ll post some of those lovelies soon.

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JanuaryYarn’s Oyster Shawl

jokegaoxing

jokegaoxing’s Molly Malone

kattyradie

kattyraddie’s Black Truffles & Oysters

KNITOH

KNITOH

rubis63

rubis63

strickende13

Strickende13

talfryn

talfryn of Oyster Yarns

theirmama4sure

theirmama4sure

ArianeLohmar

ArianeLohmar

Oyster KAL winners

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I am going to miss the Oyster KAL, there were so many beautiful shawls knit over the past month (and a bit) every day I had some new eye candy to admire. I will post more of the beautiful FO’s soon. Meanwhile you can visit the FO thread in my Ravelry group here.

winners drawn by the cutest kid I know, rocking his malfunction hat :)

There is still plenty of action, and great prizes in the gradient and ombre KAL over here.

malfunction – a collaboration

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Felix, my son and I made a hat together. He designed a colour work chart, featuring the word malfunction, selected the colours and I set to work knitting it up. so Much fun. He loved seeing his design come to life, and I love that he will wear it. win – win. He is also knitting up another chart of his design at school, they have a colourwork hat project for craft. I can’t wait to see what he is doing. He is a slower knitter than me ( other priorities – can you imagine!) so it may take a while, Meanwhile others in his class are onto their third. Project ravelled here.

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gradient enabling

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kinta knit in Gradient Yarn by Beee; Head dyer and designer at Gradient Yarns.

Here is is the Gradient enabling post I promised last week.As a big fan of Gradient yarns, it has been very exciting to check out all the yarn eye candy in the Gradient and Ombre KAL. The enabling post has become quite impressive and I have been meaning to share it here too, so here it is; the list of Indie Gradient yarn dyers. It is still a work in progress, please leave a comment with any we have missed and I’ll add it in. Happy to enable :)

Angie’s Studio Yarn
Apple Tree Knits
Black Trillium
Cephalopod Yarns
ColorDance
Colorshiftyarn
Gradiance Yarns
Gradient
FibroFiber
Freia
HilorisYarnorium
Hollyberry Designs
Knitcircus
Lazar Beam Yarns
Miss Babs
Nunnaba Artisan Fibres and Handspun Yarn
Osborn Fiber Studio
Skein Yarn
Shorn fibres
Space Cadet Creation
The unique Sheep
Twisted Fiber Art
VioletLynxDyeworks
Wandering wool
Wollelfe
Wooltopia
Quaere

kattyradie sweet sparkling scarfette

kattyradie’s beautiful gradient KAL project “Sweet Sparkling scarfette”

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