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

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jokegaoxing’s Molly Malone

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kattyraddie’s Black Truffles & Oysters

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KNITOH

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rubis63

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Strickende13

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talfryn of Oyster Yarns

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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

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

kinta revisited

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Kinta is a pattern especially dear to my heart as it is my very first published pattern. To this day it remains one of my favourite little knitted items to wear and recently I rediscovered how much I enjoy knitting it up too. I decided to expand on the pattern and add a larger, 2 skein variation, which I knit in beautiful grey Orange Flower yarn, I just know this is going to be a new favorite for me to wear. I kept imagining how beautiful Kinta would look knit up in a gradient yarn and found the perfect match with the gorgeous Gradience “Sweet Pea” I couldn’t resist knitting the small 1 skein version in.

Today I have just re-released the Kinta Pattern, it has been freshly written and tech edited to accompany the shiny new samples and now includes a 1 skein and 2 skein variation. For those who have previously purchased Kinta through here, Ravelry or Craftsy you will automatically receive an update of the pattern. If you have purchased Kinta elsewhere, please let me know the details and I will see that you get an updated version too.

I have a special 2-for-1 offer in my Ravelry Store to celebrate this re-release, add Kinta to your cart then add any other pattern from my Ravelry store and receive the second pattern for free with the checkout code kinta. This offer is valid through to June 30, 2014.

Knitting the gradient version was the inspiration behind running a Gradient and Ombre KAL in my ravelry group. The KAL runs through to mid August, so there is plenty of time to join in with great company, inspiring prizes and so many beautiful gradient yarns it is a wonderfully colourful KAL. The details are all over here.

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Oyster KAL FO’s

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TwigFur’s “Dandelion Oysters”

The Oyster Shawl KAL (knit-a-long) is humming along, every time I look over there I see some gorgeous new eye candy. The most amazing, and surprising colour combinations have been selected and it is a joy to see them come together. I have selected several FO’s to show you today, and I will be back with more soon – there are some more beauties on their way. The group is very chatty and supportive, it’s really lovely to be there.

Click on each image to see the Ravelry project page with the knitter’s details There is still nearly a whole month to go on the Oyster KAL, plenty of time for you to join us, if you are feeling inspired; details are over here.

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Bittern’s “Miami Vice”

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crochetwthraymond’s beautiful mono colour Oyster.

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Febr12′s “Circles in the Sand” with beautiful beading.

 

Gradient and Ombre KAL

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As I mentioned recently I have been a little obsessed with Gradient yarns lately. I just released the Sweet li’l Scarfette pattern, with one of the samples knit in a purple ombre gradient and a little while ago I released  Migee, knit with a beautiful gradient kit from Black Trillium yarns. I’m just getting warmed up…… above is Kinta, knit up in stunning Gradiance yarns, this was an incredible colour to work with, seriously it glows! I am working on an update for the Kinta pattern, to include a larger size option and I couldn’t resist making a gradient sample  of the original size while I was at it. I have often thought that most of my designs would work well in gradient yarns, yet I have so many new designs in the works it will take years for me to revisit all of the older patterns and make gradient samples…so I had a little brainwave; what about a Gradient and Ombre KAL?

and, well, there’s no time like the present so the KAL is already happening over in my Ravelry group. In fact it’s humming.

Essentially the Gradient Ombre KAL  (Knit-A-Long) is to knit up any of my designs in a Gradient or Ombre yarn. Easy. There is plenty of time to participate; the KAL will run through to mid- August, 2014. There are some great prizes on offer, lots of gradient eye candy images being posted and fun chit chat. I have set up an enabling post in the KAL thread,  which has a continually growing list of Indy yarn dyers specialising in gradient yarns, I’ll post the list over here on the blog in the next few days too – I can see myself referring to it often! Come and visit – even if you can’t join in.  The KAL thread with all of the information, enabling post and everything else you need is over here.

Meanwhile check out the Prizes:

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Rainbow Gradient Yarn, generously donated by Briony of Gradient Yarns. Click the image to visit her Etsy Shop.

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Black Trillium Gradient Set (winner’s choice of colour) Click image to see the other pretty colours. Pic used with permission of Black Trillium.

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2 x sets of 3 Custom Ambah Stitch Markers

Meanwhile I’ll be knitting some new Gradient (and non gradient too) Patterns up. and will post some preview peeks in the KAL thread. I have just finished a prototype using the yarn pictured below, which is gorgeous and soft and the colour I adore. I am knitting a second sample for this design in this beautiful yarn by the same Dyer; Angie.

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and working away on another design using this lovely gradient from Gradient Yarns.

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and yet I keep going back over to that enabling post…….

sweet li’l scarfette

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A cute little necktie/headband, Sweet Li’l Scarfette is a fun accessory that makes a perfect gift or accompaniment to your wardrobe.

Choose between fingering weight or lace weight yarn held double, the possibilities are endless. Make a Sweet Li’l Scarfette in your favourite colour, a luxury yarn, choose self striping or a gradient yarn . Worked in the round from end to end, this is a simple project – a perfect project for travelling or TV watching.

I am excited because today is my birthday and I have decided to make this pattern my birthday gift to you. Download the sweet li’l scarfette pattern for free over here.

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