Fancy a Veuve Clicquot Knitting Caddy?

As I was putting away some clothing in my wardrobe yesterday, my eyes zeroed in on a white plastic bag. All of a sudden I had a light bulb moment because I remembered what was in that plastic bag. Now, I’m in and out of my wardrobe a number of times throughout the day and yet it was only yesterday that I actually realised what a little treasure I had hiding in this plastic bag.

A couple of years ago one of my son’s friends gave me a lovely bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne for Christmas that came in a lovely orange/yellow (pumpkin coloured) presentation container. I drank the champagne with my family and promptly wrapped the container and popped it in my wardrobe. It went completely out of my mind until yesterday.

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A while ago I also added a page onto my blog called ‘Essential Knitting Paraphernalia’ and on that page I talk about some of the essential knitters’ tools of the trade of which knitting caddies feature.

I’m a bit of a knitting caddy addict as I believe most types of containers can be used as a knitting caddy and that’s where my new Veuve Clicquot knitting caddy originated. What a fantastic idea! From something that’s been sitting in my wardrobe for a couple of years because I didn’t know what to do with it, to a beautiful, classy, stylish knitting caddy that can be taken to any cafe or restaurant and take pride of place on the table. What a talking point it could be!

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My new caddy is probably the closest I’ll ever get to mixing with the rich and famous!

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I’ve been knitting this scarf for a while now. It’s easy to pick up when I have a few spare minutes or in between projects when I am deciding what to knit next. It now has a new home!

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Yes, I am quite happy with my latest find. What do you think of it?

Until next time…


Oaklet Shawl

I was so excited when I received my package from Yarn Glorious Yarn as I knew it contained my two skeins of the first offering in Zen Yarn Garden’s new ART WALK Series that features a painting by Vincent van Gogh entitled “View of the Arles with Irises” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity Silk Single, Mr. Zen has captured the water colour quality of the painting very well with the silk giving just enough sheen to mimic the effect of water. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour!

This colourway once sold out will not be repeated. With the first skein I made this gorgeous shawl from the free Ravelry pattern called Oaklet Shawl. It is soooo easy to make and only took me a few days. It is predominantly just knitting and purling until the edge.

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The yarn is incredibly smooshy and soft and the colours are divine. I am really impressed with my first exposure to Zen Yarn Garden.

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There will be further colourways in the series as the year progresses. I reserved two skeins of the next two series with Sue at Yarn Glorious Yarn as I don’t want to miss out. Last week I received two skeins of the second series but you will have to wait to see it until I decide what creation I will knit. It is gorgeous!

Serenity Single is a glorious soft single ply fingering yarn spun from 75% superwash merino/15% cashmere and 10%silk. There is 430 yards on a 100 gram skein.

I featured this yarn in an earlier blog post which can be read here.

Here’s the painting that inspired the yarn colourway.

View of the Arles with Irises Van Gogh

I’m not sure what I will make with the other skein I have but I was thinking of the Falling Water scarf pattern that I found in Ravelry. Because the yarn is so soft it begs to be worn around your neck. Maybe someone can suggest another suitable Ravelry pattern for this yarn??

I have already started my next scarf in lovely variegated shades of green. Will blog about it in the not too distant future!

I am now inclined to make another Oaklet Shawl but a larger one….mmmmmm….what yarn from my stash should I use?

Just to finish off, here are some more photos of my Oaklet Shawl.

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Hope you are having a fantastic Easter weekend break. I’ve been busily knitting baby hats and bootees as I know of two little babies that will be born in winter this year. So much to do, so little time….

Talk soon..


Cleveland BUZZ and an Aussie Yarn Bombing Blitz

Bloomfield Street, Cleveland was a hive of activity on Saturday morning as the 2013 Cleveland BUZZ celebrations were held. Events included live music, pottery in the park, shopfront artwork, laughter yoga, belly dancing, artists at work in the street, community group displays and demonstrations, walking spinning-wheel demonstrations, author book signings, street theatre, yarn bombing and more.

I joined the ladies of the Yarning Circle to create our yarn bombing masterpieces and displayed them outside The Artist Tree Cafe and Art Space. There were five of us today: Bobbie, Dolly, Sue, Elizabeth and me.

Yarn Bombing 01We spent about three hours busily joining knitted and crocheted shapes together. This was lots of fun as every shape was a different colour and each piece varied in size quite dramatically. Sue is head of the arts departments at a local high school so she was quite happy joining her pieces to create a real freeform object while I still need to find my real creative side. My pieces were all uniform in size! That’s what nearly 40 years of working in Government administration does to you! It supresses your inner creativity 🙂

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A ‘busy’ table

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This photo (below) is courtesy of Janet from Redland City Living. That’s me in the middle holding the blue crocheted square.

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This yarn bombing was knitted in a yarn that contained a shiny thread. In the background the dreamcatchers are created by avid participants.

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Activity in Bloomfield Street, Cleveland

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Yarn bombing is something that seems to be sweeping Australia throughout March. Recently the Big Merino in Goulburn was given a new accessory. As part of the city’s 150th Birthday Celebration the Goulburn Knitters Guild spent MONTHS knitting squares to make Rambo the Ram look beautiful. With enough yarn to span the distance between Goulburn and Moss Vale and taking a number of men and a rope system to get it on the ram, this was no small project and is their biggest craft corner project to date. More than 100 people helped create the 30m, 30kg scarf, in a nine-month operation using 71km of yarn.


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Yarn bombing also reached Adelaide and popped up most recently in the hills town of Stirling. Hundreds of school children, scouts, craft club members and individuals spent hours creating knitted and crocheted works to display outside the Coventry Library. The yarn bombing display was part of the Adelaide Fringe festival.

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Yarn bombers also have been hard at work at Beachport in the south-east of South Australia.

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These are quite impressive aren’t they? It makes our efforts seem quite amateurish. Not to worry, we had a ton of fun which is the main thing. Plus we made new friends which is always a bonus. We’ve also decided to try and meet twice monthly over the next year so we can really plan for next year’s yarn bombing exercise. I have already decided what piece of public furniture I am going to yarn bomb!

Have a great week and a safe and happy Easter too.


Sunday Yarn Bits and Pieces

I had to get out the wool winder and swift today as I received my lovely yarn from Skein last week. I’ve also joined Augustbird’s KAL and am ready to start my second item but you guessed it, I hadn’t wound the second skein into a ball.

To join the KAL you need to knit any of Two Little Plums’ patterns using Augustbird yarn. I’ve selected the Barnwood Cowl and Barnwood Hat for my two items. I decided to knit two as these make a complementary pair don’t you think? I can only hope my knitted items turn out as well as the ones in the pattern pictures.

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The yarn I am using is Augustbird’s Hearty DK in ‘This Earth’. I just love the earthy tones in this colourway. This is the skein…

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and this is the ball of yarn…

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I have almost finished the cowl and today I started the hat. Once I’ve completed the hat I’ll use the remaining yarn for the rest of the cowl. Not sure how long the cowl will be but I’ll be happy if I can wrap it around my neck twice for added warmth and snuggliness.

I also wound the following skeins of Top Draw Sock yarn I received from Skein last week. This is Skein Speakeasy in the skein form….

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and wound into a ball….

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This is Skein Green Tea in skein form…

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and wound into a ball…

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This is Skein Tuscany in a skein…

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and now wound into a ball…

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And finally this is Skein Rusty Rock in a skein…

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and now wound into a ball…

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That was rather warm work as it was quite hot and humid in Brisbane this weekend. Now, the big question is what will I knit with this yarn. I’m thinking maybe a shawl, scarf and of course some socks!

I haven’t forgotten to blog about my visit to Cleveland BUZZ on Saturday. I’m just getting all the photos together so I’ll probably post it within the next couple of days.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend fully of crafty goodness.


In the Limelight Socks…….Pair # 24

I am particularly happy with my In the Limelight socks because I have actually used the correct yarn to show off this lovely stitch pattern. The pattern ‘Swedish Block’ is from Charlene Schurch’s book ‘More Sensational Knitted Socks’ and I would highly recommend it. You can read a book review here. It contains so many different stitch patterns from 4 – 12 stitch repeats. You can mix these leg/foot patterns with different heel flaps and toe finishes. A bit like a smorgasbord for knitters! You really need to have knitted a few pairs of socks and understand the construction of a sock before attempting mixing and matching the different parts of the socks.

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This heel flap has a three stitch garter edge just for something different. It certainly adds a bit of texture to the heel. These photos were taken outside and the colour is a tad dull. The inside photos show the true bright lime green colour of the yarn.

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The toe is a star toe hence the slight curve in the decreases.

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The yarn I used comes from Dyed By Hand Yarns, a yarn dyeing business located in Melbourne, Australia. Julie Boydell has been crocheting, knitting and generally crafting from an early age. Over the years she has learnt spinning and weaving, various hand and machine sewing techniques, felting, quilting, photography, colour and design. As a medical scientist she plays with dyes daily, and has honed her skills of observation, theory and practise in dyeing processes. The decision to dye yarns was a natural progression of this. Family and friends encouraged her to present her wares for sale, and Dyed By Hand Yarns was born. I, for one, am happy it was!

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I recently featured the yarns I purchased from Julie…you can read my story here. I am really impressed with this yarn….not only is it a beautiful colour, it has great ‘stretchability’ which is vital in a sock. I can also imagine a nice shawl made in the same yarn as it would have some ‘give’ and stretch nicely around you.

As described on Dyed By Hand Yarn’s website, Limelight is a light bright semi-solid lime green with hints of neon yellow and gold. The base yarn is Tough Stocking and it is a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon. It weighs 100gm and contains 423 metres (463 yards) and is a fingering/sockweight, 4-ply construction. The colour of the yarn takes me back to the 1980s when this colour was all the rage. It’s great to see it make a comeback…but then doesn’t everything?

It is strong without the scratchy feeling (I can guarantee that…it is sooo beautifully soft and snuggly); you don’t notice the nylon in this yarn. Merino wool is well known for its warmth and elasticity, whilst the nylon provides strength. The tight twist means great stitch definition as you can see from my socks. One skein of yarn was more than enough for my socks. I probably have enough over to use as the cuff, heel flap and toe for another pair of socks using a variegated yarn for the leg and foot. It is also machine washable however I only ever hand wash my hand made socks.

I really love these socks and this yarn and can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so I can start wearing them.

And just to finish off, and because I really love these socks, here’s some more photos.

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Here’s to a wonderful crafty weekend. I’ll be attending Cleveland BUZZ tomorrow morning to check out all the arty and yarn festivities. Will take my camera along so I can share some photos with you.

Talk soon


My Yarn Journey Musings

I can vaguely remember my Nanna teaching me how to knit when I was about 11 years old. It obviously didn’t leave a huge impression on me as I can’t remember what I knitted but I am assuming it was probably a garter stitch scarf, full of holes and long enough to wrap around the house a couple of times!! Isn’t that what most people learned to knit?

I didn’t continue to knit throughout my childhood years; it wasn’t until my early 20s that I picked up the needles again and started knitting jumpers (sweaters). Don’t ask me how I graduated from garter stitch scarves to jumpers. I do remember buying a pattern for a jumper and studying it as if the end result was going to be a PhD! I actually knitted quite a few jumpers and even embroidered pictures on them. Remember, back in the late 1970s and early 1980s there was no internet. You couldn’t just find a You Tube video for a certain stitch. None of my friends knitted either so the only way I could figure out something was to try and source a knitting book from my library; and they weren’t in plentiful supply either. It must have been sheer determination that helped me to understand a knitting pattern. I do remember a couple of instances of frogging a sleeve as I’d only decreased on the one side.

Here’s a picture of one of my first partly embroidered jumpers (right hand side). It was knitted in the 1980s and if I remember correctly only the kangaroos were embroidered on. This picture is from the pattern book. Unfortunately, I don’t know what has happened to the jumper 😦

Kangaroo Jumper

In those days the main yarn available that I can recall was Patons or Twilleys and if you were into acrylic it was Coles ‘Holiday’. Coles supported their Holiday yarn with many pattern books too. I managed to pick one up recently at a Lifeline Book Fest and it brought back fond memories. Back then I can only recall using straight metal knitting needles. Now I have some bamboo needles which I love as they are so light. I’ve also just bought my first set of Addi click needles.

Prior to my son’s birth on 4 July 1987 (yes, he shares a day celebrated in the USA) I knitted him bootees, bonnets and jackets in fine baby yarn.

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The little knitted vest in the right hand side picture is the same as the one on the cover of this Paton’s pattern book. You can still pick this book up from Ebay. Good patterns never seem to go out of vogue.

Patons Baby Patterns

Of course every baby and little boy needs and bonnet and a beanie!


After a little break I knitted him jumpers when he was around 5-9 years old, again embroidering pictures on some of them. I have kept them and here are some photos. I love the Bugs Bunny jumper (knitted with Patons Totem) and was quite proud of my efforts. Unfortunately, living in Queensland there wasn’t much call to wear pure wool jumpers as it doesn’t really get that cold here in our winters. Hence the jumper is in immaculate condition. This jumper would be great in really cold weather as Bugs’ face has been embroidered on; hence there is double yarn thickness in that area.

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A not too clear picture of a scanned old photo.

Richard Age 5I must have had an embroidering craze! Everyone in the neighbourhood knew when his birthday was!


I love the striped jumper; again it was hardly worn.

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After that burst of knitting, my interest waned. Until I found this little book called Knitted Mug Hugs in my local library which piqued my interest in 2011. I purchased the book and made a couple of the mug hugs. I subsequently visited The Book Depository and searched on mug hugs books and found the book (Mug Hugs by Alison Howard) which resulted in re-igniting my knitting interest. I have blogged about this previously; if you’re interested in reading my mug hug story it is here. Suffice it to say, I was hooked on knitting and looking for bigger and better things to knit.

I might add that throughout my life I also learned how to crochet. Again, I think my Nanna taught me as I can’t recall anyone else showing me. I also bought a very basic book about crocheting which is dated circa 1977 and I still refer to it to this day when crocheting.

I found these two pieces of flannelette, sewed them together and then crocheted the edges. This makes a great present for any new mum.


Throughout the years, I have made quite a few granny square blankets out of acrylic (haven’t we all?). I also recently found some great pattern books for knitted and crocheted towel tops from Crochet Australia and have made quite a few of them.

After my mug hug craze, I bought a few second hand knitting books at my twice yearly Lifeline Book Fest and started knitting baby garments as these were small and gave almost instant results.

I also started getting interested in using only pure wool so I started visiting Ebay quite a bit and bidding on bundles of wool…..this was the start of my uncontrollable stash obsession which I have also blogged about. You can read about it here.

I’ve got one thing to say about shopping on the internet and that is ‘dangerous’. It is so easy to keep clicking on ‘Add to Cart’ or ‘Bid Now’. And the payment process is just a breeze with PayPal isn’t it? Plus the anticipation when I get home each afternoon wondering whether there will be a parcel waiting for me!

In the 1970s most yarn was a solid colour….I don’t remember much in the way of variegated yarn. It wasn’t particularly soft wool either; in fact it could be quite scratchy and hard to wear against the skin. Even with a shirt on the wool fibres would penetrate and annoy me.

I remember visiting my local Spotlight and Lincraft stores about 18 months ago and managing to find some nice yarn, in particular some Moda Vera Noir sock yarn. Sock yarn! I thought….”I could never knit a pair of socks”. Just looking at a sock and studying its structure was confusing to me.

Despite that, I bought about three balls of the sock yarn as it was quite cheap. I had no idea then how much sock yarn can cost per skein.

I also managed to locate a few yarn shops in Brisbane that had some good websites with facilities to subscribe to their newsletters which I did.

So I kept knitting my baby garments until one day a newsletter popped in my in box advertising sock knitting classes at Threads and More at Sherwood (the shop has since moved to Indooroopilly). I instantly recalled the three balls of sock yarn that I bought previously and thought “Go on….why not register” so I emailed the shop and registered for three x two hour lessons over three consecutive Saturday afternoons.

Knitting with five dpns was initially quite a challenge and I thought to myself “there’s no way I’m going to be able to knit socks with these needles and watch any TV”. I find knitting and watching TV very relaxing. After my first lesson I’d progressed past the cuff and onto the leg. Homework was to finish the leg. I rushed home, took photos and uploaded the photos and a quick story on my Facebook page as I was so excited with my efforts; maybe this was the start of my ‘blogging’ desire.

I thoroughly enjoyed my second lesson and couldn’t wait to get to my third lesson. By that time, I’d already started the second sock as I had a spare set of dpns at home (bamboo ones bought on Ebay from China – I love them!). I was so proud of my first pair of socks I could literally burst. Here they are.


What these sock knitting lessons did was to instil and create such an obsessive passion for knitting and yarn that has taken control of me and simply will not let go.

I also discovered Ravelry….OMG what a fantastic website for knitters and crocheters. So many yarns in their database, so many free patterns for everything imaginable, so many groups you can join, so many other knitters whose projects you can follow. Ravelry has more than three million members and it’s free to join. I also learned about KALs (Knit-A-Longs). Have just joined one with Augustbird.

I also started trawling the internet and learned so much about yarn. I fell in love with hand painted variegated yarn and couldn’t believe there was so much sock yarn out there. But more importantly I discovered some fantastic online yarn suppliers in Australia.

Not only the yarn suppliers that have a shop front that provide gorgeous yarns sourced from around the world and provide excellent service….like Yarn Glorious Yarn, Yay for Yarn, K2TOG but I also found suppliers who dyed their own yarn in exquisite colours…both solid colours and variegated colours. I discovered beautiful soft, stretchy sock yarns that feel luxurious against the skin. I found suppliers who respond incredibly quickly to their customers’ needs and requests. Suppliers who don’t have the big store names but provide knitters with yarns that the big stores just do not (and probably won’t ever) provide.

My three favourite hand-dyed yarn suppliers are Skein, Dyed By Hand Yarns and Augustbird. I have no affiliation with any of these suppliers. I am just so impressed with their products, their service and their obvious passion in producing such luscious and beautiful hand-dyed yarns. Whenever I receive a package of yarn in the mail (and believe me this happens an awful lot; my local parcel delivery man waves to me every morning as I walk to work!), I stroke the yarn; I smell it and inhale its beautiful aroma and absorb its journey from the sheep (or alpaca) on the land, to the shearer, to the spinner, to the dyer and eventually to me. It is such an incredibly tactile experience. If you know of any other quality hand dyed yarn suppliers in Australia, please let me know.

Since my first pair of socks in August 2012, I have completed 25 pairs and in between socks, I have knitted a couple of blankets and shawls. I also have a couple of UFOs (unfinished objects….a vest is one of them). I have a plethora of knitting patterns sourced from Ravelry plus a library full of knitting books sourced from the Lifeline Book Fest and The Book Depository. A lot of them are recommendations I’ve gleaned from other knitters’ blogs. I have enough yarn to open my own store and I am now getting more adventurous with my socks by mixing and matching patterns with what I like. I now understand the structure of the sock. But believe me I still have a lot to learn….how to knit socks on a circular needle toe-up; how to knit two socks at a time on two circular needles toe-up. How to knit Cat Bordhi’s tomato heel. I also want to learn about how to knit a moebius…I have a pattern and the yarn and needles but just need to find the time to sit down and watch Cat Bordhi’s You Tube video instructions on how to cast on a meobius.

Which brings me to blogs. I’m always so excited when I finish a project and just want to show everyone so I thought why not blog about it. I am no seasoned writer but I believe when you write about something you’re passionate about the words just flow and there is no such thing as writer’s block. If anything, I can tend to ramble as I am no doubt doing in this blog! So that’s how MelsNattyKnits was born. The name came to me pretty quickly and I thought it sounded quite catchy.

The only problem I have now is finding the time to work full time, knit my garments and blog about them.

So thank you to all you wonderful knitters and crafty people who have elected to follow my blog. I do so appreciate it and it gives me so much encouragement to keep writing my posts. I hope you enjoy reading them and I would love you to leave comments. I get a thrill every time I visit my statistics page and see that I have another follower J

And thank you to all the lovely online yarn stores who have showcased such wonderful yarns (and had some great sales) and helped to deplete my bank balance J

And finally, thank you to the dedicated artisans who hand dye their beautiful yarns so that I can knit such beautiful and treasured garments.

Until next time…..keep knitting, crocheting, spinning and doing whatever craft makes you happy.


Yarn Bombing in Cleveland (Brisbane)….Part 2

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Yarning Circle knitting/crocheting session last Saturday so it was with enthusiasm I rocked up at The Artist Tree Cafe and Creative Arts Space in Cleveland half an hour early to partake in lunch and a coffee.

Elizabeth arrived soon after so we got down to the serious business of knitting and crocheting ready for next Saturday’s Cleveland BUZZ which involves street art and performances. We were also joined by Tricia Dobson, the organiser of the event and a dear friend of mine who is a prolific writer and blogger, Janet. Janet’s blog is Redland City Living and showcases some of Redland’s best spots to visit.

The Artist Tree is a fantastic venue for those who wish to nurture their creative side or simply join friends for yummy food, good coffee and a lovely relaxing atmosphere. There are art pieces on show and for sale and maybe a drama group on site….a perfect place for a group of knitters to congregate.

Here’s a sample of some of the pieces that Elizabeth has stitched together.


So colourful!


I love all the different textures and shapes. That’s the fun part of yarn bombing….doing whatever you feel like, in whatever size and with whatever colour. It’s freeform knitting and crocheting at its best. Here’s some embellishments made by Janet and Tricia.


That’s how I spent most of today. Hope your day was full of crafty fun as well. Until next time….


Yarn Bombing in Cleveland (Brisbane)….Part 1

While reading my local paper last Tuesday, this headline captured my attention….Yarn Bombers join BUZZ. I can remember last year walking through Cleveland one Sunday with my Mum and noticing a number of iconic areas of the CBD that had been yarn bombed. The article advertised Yarning Circles that were to be held on Saturday afternoons at 1pm. Yay!! For once my full time job won’t interfere….it seems a lot of things I’m interested in joining are held during the week which makes it a bit difficult when you work full time.

The Yarning Circles are held at the Artist Tree Cafe in Cleveland which is a cafe – creative arts area – community gathering space which is slowly gathering momentum. The concept is to be commended as it is a space where the community can gather, have a coffee, something to eat, bring their craft along, sit back, relax and chat.

I gathered together some brightly coloured yarn, my crochet hook and bag and set off for my first Yarning Circle. There were only three of us there but what we lacked in numbers we certainly made up in such interesting story swapping, jokes and banter.

Dolly Olsson is one of the most lively, interesting and funny 91 year old women I have ever met! She regaled us with stories of her youth, spinning fleece on her Ashford spinning wheel (that had me spellbound), her achievement of attaining a degree in Sociology after she enrolled in a university correspondence course when she was 54! Dolly did not attain a formal education when she was young although she did make sure her children all went to university. After her degree she attained a PHD. What an inspiring national treasure she is.

Elizabeth Nowak was born in Poland and has lived in Australia for over 40 years and yet still has a very strong Polish accent. She is proficient in many crafts and today was crocheting bits and pieces in readiness for all the pieces to be joined together.

It was so relaxing sitting back and talking to complete strangers and learning about their interesting lives and at the same time sharing a bond….which is the joy of crafting…..whether it be knitting, crocheting, painting or whatever. To see a project evolve gives you great satisfaction and instils a sense of accomplishment and pride in oneself when it is completed.

The best part about this crafty exercise was that it would be shared by all those folks who visit Cleveland on Saturday, 23 March.

These are just a few of the yarnie goodies that will be used for yarn bombing.

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That’s my work on the right hand side….the bright pink crocheted squares and the brown/cream garter stitch knitted square. Dolly and Elizabeth crocheted some embellishments.

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Dolly made this embellishment….isn’t it exquisite!

That's my work on the right hand side....the bright pink crocheted squares and the brown/cream garter stitch knitted square. Dolly and Elizabeth crocheted some embellishments.03

I’ll be attending the Yarning Circle next Saturday so if you’re in Cleveland around 1pm, join us at the Artist Tree Cafe with your knitting or crocheting and make a few bits and pieces for the yarn bombing that will happen on Saturday, 23 March.

Until next time….



PS Here’s a definition of yarn bombing for those who aren’t too familiar with it.

Minstrel Ribbed Socks………Pair # 23

Can you guess why I called these ‘Minstrel’ ribbed socks? Remember the Black and White Minstrel Show from the 1960s and 1970s? Well, that’s the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this yarn. Yes, I know….my mind can work in very strange ways at times!!

This is the first pair of socks I’ve made where I actually didn’t follow a pattern but rather used the knowledge I’ve picked up from making the last 22 pairs of socks to make up my own pattern! I used a simple 3 x 1 rib stitch pattern for the leg and the top of the foot.

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The heel flap is simply Sl 1, K1 to the end; next row Sl 1, purl to the end; repeat these rows to the length you require for your heel flap size.

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The toe is a round toe method just for a change.

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The yarn I used is Moda Vera Noir; colourway ‘Black Mix’. This yarn normally retails for around $12 a ball however I managed to grab a few when they were on sale at Spotlight for $3.50 each. Who doesn’t love a bargain?

When I completed these socks I thought ‘why not write the pattern and share it with other sock knitters, particularly those beginners?’ which is what I have done. Knitting the socks was the easiest part; writing the pattern is difficult as you need to include every step and you can’t assume other knitters can read your mind. The free sock knitting pattern is located on the front page of my blog on the black bar that takes you to other pages.

If you can’t understand any instruction or you find an error, please contact me so I can rectify. Remember, I am a novice pattern writer.

Well that’s my latest pair of socks which have winged their way to a dear friend of mine at Peregian Springs for her birthday.

Have a wonderful crafty/yarnie weekend. Tomorrow I’ll be joining a group of women to do some yarn bombing knitting and crocheting which I’ll blog about in a couple of weeks.

Talk soon


Ebay and K2tog yarn splurge

I confess…..I’ve been at it again…..buying more yarn. Yikes, I really need to put the brakes on for a while as my stash is overtaking my spare bedroom. On top of that, I’ve just discovered a new online yarn shop situated on the mid north coast of New South Wales called Purlwise and it stocks some simply luscious yarn. I mean, look at these Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarns and tell me that is not a smorgasbord of yarn colours!

So sit back and get ready for an explosion of gorgeous colour. The first eight lots of yarn came from my favourite ebay Brisbane-based yarn store. I must be psychic as there was a lot of yarn on sale at 40% off so naturally I had to trawl through the 36 screens (over 1000 items) of yarn available at ‘A Chronic Yarnaholic’. It was just like walking up and down the yarn aisles except I remained seated! I’m also featuring some yarn I purchased on sale recently from K2TOG, a yarn store in Albury in New South Wales which also sells online. I love a sale!

Blackbird Fibres

This yarn is a beautiful hand dyed mix of stunning deep orange through to red, with shades of olive and grassy greens . Very lovely colours on a beautiful quality, soft and squishy yarn. You know how much I love autumn shades….well this yarn certainly ticks all the boxes. It weighs 100g and there are 400m per skein. It’s a 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon and is a sock/fingering weight (4ply) and made in the UK. I’m thinking maybe a scarf or a shawl. If you have any Ravelry pattern suggestions I’d be more than happy for you to share them.

Blackbird Fibres Superwash Bluefaced Leicester 100g 2

Fly Designs “Lace Wing Sock”

“Taos” is a beautiful hand dyed blend of rich chocolate brown, peach and soft plum sock yarn. Terrific quality; quite a fine sock yarn which could be used for lace work. The skein weighs125g and contains 497m (546yd) per skein and made in the USA. These colours really ‘pop’. I think it would be a shame to use this yarn as socks so I think a shawl is in order.

Fly Designs Lace Wing Sock 125g

Abstract Fiber “Alto”

“Alfalfa” is a totally gorgeous, handpainted mix of multi shades of green, with a tiny touch of black. Stunning, soft, plump wool in the most delicious colours! The skein weighs 125g and contains 358m. It’s a 100% Bluefaced leicester wool and is DK (8ply) weight and made in the USA. A shawl or scarf I think. The colour reminds me of grass after lots of rain…..that really luscious rich green colour.

Abstract Fiber 'Alto' Bluefaced Leicester DK 125g 2

Artyarns ‘Supermerino’

Shade 102 – this yarn is handpainted with mainly mustard yellow, with splashes of red, greens and brown. Top quality yarn from a prestigious brand; very soft, springy wool. Each skein is 50g with 95m (104yd) per skein. It’s a 100% superwash merino wool; DK (8 ply) weight and made in the USA. Very unusual colours and as yet I’m not sure what this will turn into. I have four skeins. Any suggestions??

Artyarns 'Supermerino' Handpainted 50g


“Bollywood” – wow!! hand dyed vivid mix of red, hot pink, gold and orange sock weight. Beautiful yarn in ‘wow’ colours. too good for socks!! Each skein weighs100g and contains 420m. It’s a 75% superwash wool, 25% polyamide and made in Germany. Okay folks….any suggestions for what I could knit with this yarn. I have two skeins. Could you imagine a shawl in these colours…’d see me coming miles away!

Dornroschen S'wash Wool Polymade 100g 2

Hand Dyed NZ Corriedale wool

Shade c9 – a beautiful hand dyed mix of soft peaches, pinks, blues, lilacs and more! This yarn is aran weight (10 ply). Gorgeous colours and this yarn will felt beautifully too! Each skein weighs 100g and contains198m (218yd) per skein. The yarn is 100% pure New Zealand Corriedale wool. I have two skeins so I am open to any pattern suggestions. I love New Zealand…visited there in 2006 for three weeks and just fell in love with it. It’s on my bucket list to return in the not too distant future. Maybe a yarnie holiday!

Hand Dyed NZ Corriedale Wool 100g 2

Noro ‘Kureyon sock yarn’

Shade s217, lot a – fabulous mix of bright aqua, acid yellow, charcoal, cream and more! Typically wonderful Noro colour combination – not just for socks! The skein weighs 100g and contains 420m. It’s a 70% wool, 30% nylon and is a sock weight and made in Japan. I have two skeins of this yarn so am thinking socks and maybe a shawl.

Noro Kureyon Sock 2

The Natural Dye Studio “Dazzle”

Lovely mix of soft greens and lemon; supremely soft yarn in lovely colours. The skein weighs 100g and contains 328m (360yd). It’s a 100% Bluefaced leicester wool and is a sock weight. I’m thinking a scarf as it looks so squishy, soft and cuddly.

The Natural Dye Studio 4ply Bluefaced Leicester 100g

Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnaval Sock

Carnaval blends the beautifully soft alpaca with merino and silk to create a superbly soft, resilient and durable 4ply fingering-weight yarn in a festival of colour. This is a 50% superfine alpaca, 30% merino, 10% silk, 10% nylon, with a length of 400m (436 yds) and weighs 100g. I have two skeins so maybe socks and a shawl or maybe a large shawl. I really need a pattern for a large shawl as most of them tend to be more of a shawlette size which ends up around the neck as opposed to covering your back.

Misti Alpaca Tonos Carnaval Sock

Naturally Waikiwi Prints

Waikiwi is a soft, machine washable sock yarn with a beautiful blend of quality fibres including possum. This 4ply fingering yarn is 55% NZ Merino, 20% nylon, 15% alpaca, 10% possum with a length of 181m (198 yds) and weighs 50g (1.75 oz). New Zealand is famous for its very soft possum yarn and this is the first time I’ve purchased a yarn that contains possum. Will make a nice snuggly pair of socks I think.

Naturally Waikiki Prints

Noro Silk Garden Sock

This beautiful sock yarn is a version of the popular Noro Silk Garden yarn. Noro’s gorgeous color palettes and luxury blend of lamb’s wool and silk are the perfect combination for a sock project. This yarn is also great for mittens, cardigans or lace shawls, etc. The yarn consists of 40% lamb’s wool/25% silk/25% nylon/10% kid mohair, with a length of 300m (328 yds) and weighs 100g. Noro’s socks yarns are usually quite bright and colourful, however, I was quite taken with the earthy muted colourway of this particular yarn.

Noro Silk Garden Sock

Well, they’re my latest purchases. I just couldn’t resist them and I’m sure you all agree with me that when it comes to yarn, when you’ve cast your eyes on beautiful, luscious colourways, it’s so hard not to purchase them.

Would love to know some of your favourite yarns.

Talk soon,