Home Sweet Home!

Going away on holidays is lots of fun but coming home is always a treat too. There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed, with your own pillow and having everything on hand rather than rummaging through bags and suitcases looking for something you forgot to pack!

I arrived home on Saturday but made sure I had another visit to Sheep Thrills at Noosaville on the Friday morning for some social knitting and yes you guessed it….I had to buy some more yarn!!!! Well it is going to be about a year before I get back there. Picked up another Ella Rae Merino Lace in these lovely earthy colours…

Ella Rae Merino Lace Earthy

Plus this stunning Marigold Silk

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Marigold Silk Orange

Isn’t this one an eye opener?

Marigold Silk Variegated

All three together make rather a statement don’t they?

Marigold Silk

I might add that all of the above four yarns only cost me $20 each. Yes, the yarn at Sheep Thrills is very reasonably priced.

When I got home I had a couple of parcels waiting for me. Yes….I love a surprise! The first parcel held two skeins of the tenth offering in the Zen Yarn Garden ART WALK Series that features a painting by Andy Warhol entitled “Ice Cream Dessert“. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour. Inspired by Picasso, Zen Yarn Garden’s dyer has successfully captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting.

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Andy Warhol’s pioneering Pop Art defined a decade and a culture, distinguishing him as one of the most influential, creative and prolific artists of the 20th century. Originally the most sought-after commercial artist in New York, Warhol (1923 – 1987) is most known for his multiple images of Campbell’s Soup cans, Coke bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which exalted the beauty within ordinary objects and familiar images. Working out of a studio called The Factory, he invented the silkscreening process which enabled him to mass produce a single image in his signature style. Warhol was also a talented filmmaker, music producer, commercial illustrator, author and magazine publisher. [quoted from Art.com]

Zen Yarn Garden Ice Cream Dessert painting

The yarn is Serenity Silk Single which is a 75% superwash merino / 15% cashmere / 10% silk and contains 430 yards / 100g (fingering single ply). Here’s a picture from Zen Yarn Garden’s website…

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The second parcel contained two skeins of beautifully dyed pure silk laceweight from Ms Gussett…

Ms Gussett Fresh Shoot Silk

It is simply divine…

Ms Gussett Tropical Fruit Silk

And then this morning there was ANOTHER parcel delivery! I forgot that while I was at Noosaville, Angela from Shorn Fibers released an Etsy update and posted it on her Facebook page. I, of course, had to have a look. Oh my goodness, these yarns are to die for!!!

Two skeins of Shorn Fibers Merino Superwash DK (115g per skein!). This colourway is Anaitis…

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One skein of Shorn Fibers MCN 435 Sock which is an 80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon yarn. This colourway is Wood Elf…

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One skein of Shorn Fibers Merino Superwash DK (115g per skein!). This colourway is Woodland Pixie…

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Two skeins of Shorn Fibers Premium Sock which is a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon yarn. This colourway is Agamede…

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And lastly, two skeins of Shorn Fibers Silky Fingering which is a 50% superwash merino / 50% silk yarn and it is so beautifully soft and silky. This colourway is Woodland Pixie…

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I have no idea yet what I will knit with these yarns but just could not resist their beautiful colours. The right pattern will come along I know.

While I was at Eumundi Markets last Wednesday, I also picked up these two gloriously soft alpaca teddy bears…

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And these three lightweight scarves…

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And to close off…this morning I ducked into a newly opened cheap shop in my area and found these three sheep. I’m assuming they’re sheep although they do have rather ‘googly’ eyes don’t they?

Three sheep

Plus these two boxes of tissues. They’re not the softest tissues so I only use them when I’m oiling my spinning wheels to catch the drips. And can you guess why I buy these particular boxes?

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Yes, I know…I’m a bit unusual aren’t I? I mean, I’m living in a home that is being overrun by spinning wheels, yarn and stuffed sheep!!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time…

Melanie

BTW, On the right hand side of the home page of my blog there are lots of interesting links. I’m not sure when you receive my weekly posts whether you see these links. If not, what you can do is click on the Home button which is at the top left hand side of the page. This will take you to the home page where you can view all the links plus the most recent post. One link also takes you directly to my Ravelry home page.

 

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“Sheep Thrills” at Noosaville (the best little yarn shop!)

Utopia….heavenly…bliss….magical….those words sum up the hours between 9.30am and 1pm today! I discovered Noosaville’s best retreat ever…..Sheep Thrills Knitting and Crochet Club / Yarn Shop.

And how did I find this shop? Well I saw an advertisement in the local paper so I sent an email to find out whether you could attend just to sit and do some social knitting. On Tuesday this week, I was doing my normal riverfront knitting when a woman who was walking her dog, approached me. To cut a long story short, she is the owner of Sheep Thrills and we had a good old yarn! It was just meant to be!

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Who’d have thought this older style home would house such a wonderful Aladdin’s cave of yarnie goodness!

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The entry stopped me in its tracks as I tried to take in all the crocheted and colourful garments…

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A group of four of us settled into some social knitting as well as Leah (a very talented crocheter) and Bonnie (the very welcoming owner of the establishment).

It always amazes me how a bunch of women who don’t know each other can sit down and just start connecting and swapping stories. We had so much fun knitting and yarning to each other. Sheep Thrills has such a welcoming vibe to it and the decor is so homey and relaxing. You can just be yourself and absorb all the creativity in the comfortable surroundings.

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The house/shop is a riot of colourful yarns available for sale (yeeesssss!!!)

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Don’t you love that wood stove…

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Leah assisting Margaret with her knitting. Bonnie in the background.

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Beautiful silks…

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Lots of little sheep can be found sitting on the yarn shelves…

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I bought this stunning Colinette Yarns Perugino Throw Kit in the colourway ‘Ginger Nut’. Thanks Bonnie for pointing out this very last kit to me as I would not have even thought of purchasing it without realising what it contained.

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Bonnie even provides ‘free of charge’ the circular needles required for this project. That’s what I call looking after your customers!

Perugino Throw Kit Needles

These are some of the yarns I bought as well (you didn’t think I would only buy one thing did you???).

Ella Rae Lace Merino, a 4ply / fingering 100% merino yarn. I love this luscious orange colour.

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Lana Gatto Super Soft, a 10ply / worsted 100% merino yarn. An end of dye lot sale at only AU$6.50 per ball. I already have some of this yarn at home but I just love its softness. It’s a delight to use.

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Lana Gatto Super Soft Daffodil 01
Lana Gatto Super Chocolate 01

Lana Gatto Super Soft Pale Caramel 01

Lana Gatto Super Soft Pale Doeskin 01

Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe, an aran / worsted 100% superwash wool. Only AU$4 for each 100g ball. What a bargain! And it’s green so I had to have it 🙂

Washable Ewe

Patons Regal 4ply Cotton, a 4ply 100% cotton. Fell in love with the colours. I’m thinking a nice lightweight summery scarf.

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To think I have to go back home on Saturday after finding this welcoming little yarn shop. I could weep!!! That means I will have to come back to Noosaville next year just to visit Sheep Thrills again.

If you live at the Sunshine Coast or you’re travelling through make sure you drop into Sheep Thrills at 61 Hilton Terrace, Noosaville. Sheep Thrills is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9.30am to 1pm Saturday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Classes are held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am. Everything is supplied including a basic pattern, instruction notes and two hours’ instruction.

You will be made very welcome!

Thank you Bonnie, Leah and the lovely ladies I met today for making my day so special. I’ll be back tomorrow before I leave on Saturday.

Until next time…

Melanie

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Yarning from Noosaville # 5

Today was the most spectacular winter’s day here on the Sunshine Coast. The bluest sky and hardly any wind. After enjoying a wonderful night with very good friends I met them along the banks of the Noosa River for a day long boat trip.

This is what greeted me as I walked along the river bank…

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The river was like glass…

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An early morning sail…

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This is truly one of the most beautiful places in Australia and I am blessed to be able to visit here each year. No wonder all the southerners flock up here for our winters.

I’ve finished a couple of projects over the last two days so I’ll give you a quick look before I prepare a more detailed post about the names of the projects and the yarn used.

I love this ivy green scarf…

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And this one too…

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I am feeling quite exhausted after a full day in the sun but not too exhausted to do some more knitting tonight!

Until next time…

Melanie

Element Shawl

It’s been very windy in Brissie (and Noosaville too) so I still haven’t managed to take my spinning wheel down to the river bank as there’s no way I’d be able to contain the wool from flying everywhere! So it’s spinning in my unit and knitting on the river bank.

As a change of pace, I’m going to show you a shawl I finished a few weeks ago. It’s from the pattern called Lorna Shawl and is another crescent shaped shawl.

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It drapes beautifully and looks quite spectacular.

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Those two rows of K2tog, yo add a dramatic effect to the pattern

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Here’s the shawl showing its crescent shape.

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Unfortunately I had to make the ruffle a bit shorter as I didn’t have enough yarn. Ruffle pattern is: R1 kf&b, R2 P, R3 K, R4 P, R5 K, R6 K. I also did a stretchy cast off. K1, *YO, K1, pass first knitted st and YO over the last stitch knitted. You now have one stitch on your rh needle. Continue from *. I eventually ran out of my yarn whilst casting off and the closest yarn I could find was an acrylic. Not ideal but the best colour match I could find in my stash.

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The yarn I used is Skein’s Alpaca Merino Worsted which is a 60% alpaca / 40% merino worsted / 10ply. It is so soft and is ideal for this pattern. The colourway is called Element and is a very earthy and natural colour.

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Another shawl done and dusted!

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Today I’ll spend some time knitting (or maybe crocheting) on the river bank followed by a night spent with friends and overnight at Lake Cooroibah. If the weather is fine tomorrow we’ll spend the day boating on the Noosa River. I’m loving my holiday!!

Until next time…

Melanie

Yarning from Noosaville # 4

Another beautiful day in Noosaville. A bit more spinning this morning (I’ve now done about 100g of merino and started on the alpaca). A trip on the Noosa Ferry was in order as it was such a cloudless morning.

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This is the view from the back of the ferry. You can just see the block of units where I’m staying…

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One of the beautiful shady trees along the river bank of the Noosa River…

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Preening pelicans…

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The Boathouse Restaurant…

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Having a coffee break in the park at Tewantin…

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Can’t you just feel the serenity…

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I have finally finished one of my projects! However, as I didn’t bring along my blocking gear this shawl is looking a bit wrinkled and probably only half the size that it will be once its blocked…

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Whilst having a wine after my strenuous day’s activities, I found this little advertisement in the local paper. I might wander down tomorrow and join some other ‘knitty’ folk…

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And another beautiful day closes with this gorgeous sunset…

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Until next time…

Melanie

 

Yarning from Noosaville # 3

Today dawned a bit overcast so I did a bit of spinning in the unit and then ventured down to the river bank with my knitting again for about three hours. Of course, a caffeine hit is a must on these occasions…

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This was followed by a walk along the Noosa River taking in the sights. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Noosaville without spotting a pelican…

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And there’s no excuse for not going out onto the river in a boat as there’s a plethora of boat hire businesses dotted along the river front…

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Now Australia is famous for quite a few ‘big’ things. There’s the Big Pineapple on the Sunshine Coast, the Big (Golden) Gumboot at Tully, the Big Prawn at Ballina, the Big Merino at Goulburn; in fact there’s a website devoted to all of Australia’s ‘big’ things.

And here at Noosaville we have the Big Pelican

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It was built circa 1977 in Noosa Council’s workshop for Rotoract as a float for the Festival of the Waters Parade.

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The Big Pelican participated in many parades but fell into disrepair a number of times and was subsequently relocated around Noosaville and repaired.

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In 2007 agreement with Noosa Council for a permanent location in the foreshore park in front of Pelican Boat Hire was reached. Pelican Boat Hire agreed to complete a full restoration of the structure with a fence and garden. Functionality was fully restored and the Big Pelican is now ready for street parades.

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And if you need to know what’s around you at Noosaville, there’s a great map to assist you…

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Now you won’t get a better combination than a book shop and a coffee shop (unless of course it’s a yarn  shop!)…

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I had a coffee there while I read the paper on Sunday so today I thought I’d visit the book shop. I picked up these three lots of hemp twine of all things! I’ll use these as drive bands on my spinning wheels. Don’t you love all those colours?.

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Now you know when you give a child a present and they spend more time playing with the paper? Well in this case I spent more time admiring the handmade bag the hemp came in.

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It’s a carry bag made from recycled newspaper. Isn’t it just amazing?

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I just Googled ‘how to make a carry bag out of newspaper’ and found quite a few sites. Maybe this could be a project for me….one day.

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Until next time…

Melanie

Yarning from Noosaville # 2

I’ve brought along my spinning wheel and some wool tops to Noosaville so this morning I sat down and started spinning some undyed merino as I am hoping to visit a friend of mine on my return home for a ‘dyeing’ session. And yes, those floor tiles are blue! In fact the whole unit is decorated in 1980s blue and yellow!

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My intention is to take my spinning wheel down to the river bank to do some spinning but it was quite windy today and I’m not sure how I’d go controlling all these wool tops! So it was back to knitting for a couple of hours…

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It was getting a bit cloudy and cool so back to my unit I toddled grabbed my backpack and camera and took a brisk walk around Noosaville and snapped these gorgeous pictures.

A stunning orange hibiscus…

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A hidden beetle (aren’t those colours amazing!)…

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Some summery yellow gazanias…

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A beautiful red hibiscus…

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One of my favourite shrubs…the croton. I had no idea possums liked eating croton leaves. I’ve actually seen a possum sitting in my croton shrub and demolishing the leaves which I’m not too happy about I must say.

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This lovely green/gold leaf shrub…

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A stunning bird of paradise…

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And finally, this lovely pinky/red coloured plant. I have no idea what it is though…

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As I was heading back home I dropped into a warehouse store that was closing down and found these three sheep looking for a home! I had to rescue them of course. They sure look happy to be at my place don’t they?

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Now, my friend Helen will think I have finally lost the plot as I already have two of these sheep at home. Oh well, I’m a sucker for a sheep…or five!

To finish off I’d like to share with you some beautiful photos taken by a friend of mine. She showed them on Facebook and I was immediately drawn to them. I have her permission to show them to you. They’re photos of the remains of S.S. Dicky taken at Dicky Beach at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast which is not far from where I’m staying.

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Aren’t those colours spectacular? Mother Nature at her best. Thanks Debra for taking such stunning photos.

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That’s my news for today. It’s now getting a bit dark and time for me to snuggle up with my dinner and my knitting and watch some telly.

Until next time…

Melanie

Yarning from Noosaville # 1

Yay! It’s finally here…. my annual sojourn to Noosaville. I arrived yesterday after an early rise, packing my car, driving up, doing some grocery shopping and settling in. I was quite exhausted to say the least. It also happened to be the coldest Brisbane morning in over a 100 years and yet I certainly didn’t feel it. Must be because I was moving around so much.

From working in a very cold building to being at Noosaville is a massive weather change. It’s beautiful in the sun and there are people wandering around in swimmers and shorts. I’m not that game though. It’s still cool enough in the shade to wear some of my handmade winter woollies…thank goodness as I brought quite a few with me.

This is the view of the Noosa River from outside my unit this afternoon. Can you see the lone stand-up paddler?.

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Looking up the river towards Tewantin…

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Directly outside my unit. I wish I was brave enough to drive one of those huge RVs so I could travel around the country.

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The colourful sails of a catamaran…

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Now to get down to the knitty business. Over the last few days I’ve gone mad and started three projects. Here’s a sneak preview. The first one…

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No 2…

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And No 3 (don’t you just love that yarn!)…

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I don’t usually show you my projects until they’re finished but I’m in a generous holiday mood! Can anyone guess the name of each of the patterns?

I’m off to have dinner on the banks of the Noosa River with some dear friends of mine who live up here. Good food, good wine and even better company….it’ll be a great evening.

Until next time…

Melanie

Snazzy Knitted Slippers 1 and 2

After receiving a copy of Alison Howard’s latest book Knitted and Crocheted Slippers, I was keen to start making some. This cute little pair made from simple knitted squares caught my eye. In fact it’s called Simple Squares. Each slipper consists of five squares.

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The secret is to make sure the maximum number of stitches is correct for your foot size. Alison provides guidelines for this however as the yarn I used would normally be used with larger needles I had to increase the number of stitches for the larger square.

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The yarn I used is from a huge stash of Ashford Tekapo 8ply that I bought on Ebay a couple of years ago for just over $1 each!! Yes, that’s right; how cheap is that. An online store was getting rid of their last balls so I managed to get some great bargains. I used 3.5mm needles.

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Don’t they look cute when they’re not on a foot! They do stretch quite a bit I might add as only garter stitch is used. My foot size is an Australian 9.

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The second pair I made is called Aran Anklet. What I love about these slippers is they’re perfect to slip into your bag and take anywhere if you need to take off your shoes and don’t want bare feet. Perfect for travelling.

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Plus the yarn I used is simply soft and luscious. It’s Lana Gatto Super Soft which is a 10ply  / worsted 100% merino wool.

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And if you’re wondering what all those wrinkly bits on my feet are…well I’d just taken off my boots and socks to take these photos and realised the socks left their impression on my skin!

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You’d never guess this was a pair of socks would you?

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So far so good. I am quite impressed with these slippers and will make a few more from the book and show them to you in due course.

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Have I tempted you to buy this book and tackle some of these very easy patterns?

Hopefully I have. Until next time (when I’m in Noosaville 🙂 )…

Melanie

The Delightful Dragon Light Demiluna Shawl

This is a delightfully easy pattern to knit. It sits beautifully and is a crescent shape. I must admit I’m getting quite partial to crescent shaped shawls as they sit neatly on your shoulders and don’t tend to move around too much.

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The name of the pattern is Demiluna Shawl and is a free Ravelry knitting pattern. It’s based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s classic Pi Shawl pattern and is finished with a garter stitch rib edging.

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I love all the eyelet holes.

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The yarn I used was particularly beautiful to knit with. It’s Augustbird’s Rich Sock yarn which is an 80% merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon. The colourway is ‘Dragon Light’.

Augustbird Dragon Light

This is not a colour I would usually use however I think it looks gorgeous and will match jeans perfectly.

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The blocking certainly brought out the pattern.

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This is one pattern I will probably revisit as it doesn’t require too much concentration and those are the patterns I like. That way I can knit and talk at the same time quite easily! I have just started knitting another one!

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Some side view pictures of the shawl…

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Not long ago I showed you the beautiful spinning wheel lamp that I found on Gumtree. Well I found another one about a week or so later and here it is.

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It’s not as large as my first lamp but I love it all the same.

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One of my friends has suggested I wrap variegated yarn around the lamp shade. She must have been reading my mind. The lampshade currently has little cherubs around it and I thought straight away that I’d like to make it more ‘fibery’.

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Who’d have thought I’d pick up two spinning wheel lamps in as many weeks!

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They do look quite lovely together don’t they?

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I do love lamps as they provide so much atmosphere, particularly in winter…

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This morning I spent a wonderful two hours with friends completing a yarn bombing project. Here’s a progress pic…

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It’s coming along nicely and I can’t wait until it’s completely covered.

Until next time…

Melanie