This and that

Remember a few weeks ago I showed you how I completely revamped the top of a second hand stool?

Chair 02-tileWell, I have now completed the table too. This was the top of the original table which looked okay but it was flaking terribly underneath and leaving a mess whenever I moved it.

Table 01So, on a recent trip to one of the cheap shops I found this carving board.

Table 02I could not have picked a better item for this table top. I have actually used the top of the carving board as the underside of the table. Have a look at the groove all around the board which is where the fat is supposed to pool as you’re carving your meat.

Table 04Now have a look at how precisely the frame of the table actually sits in the groove at each end. Perfect isn’t it?

Table 06And here it is.

Table 07Another little project completed 🙂

Table 09I’ve also been churning out lots of hats on my Addi Kingsize knitting machine and have recently learned a new technique for a brim which entails lifting and hooking stitches over the needles. A crochet hook is not the right implement to use and I noticed on the video that the person was actually using a dental implement so I hopped onto Ebay (what else?) and found this kit for less than $7.

Dental kit 04I was particularly interested in this instrument.

Dental kit 05So now I can pick up the stitches with relative ease. I’m still not 100% satisfied as the other end of the instrument is pretty sharp so I am thinking about getting a woodturner to make me something similar. This is what I use it for.

Dental kit AddiOpp shops I love them!! You never know what you’re going to find. These are the goodies I found last week. Another sheep and sheep mug 🙂

Blue sheep and mugHow many toy sheep and sheep mugs can a girl have? Obviously, in my case, as many as she can get 🙂

Sheep mug sunglasses 01Blue sheep 02This next find is something I’ve been after for a while. As I don’t have a live model for my baby hats the next best thing is a doll so I found ‘Annabelle’ and she’s now my resident model for some of my baby garments.

AnnabelleHere’s a selection of pictures of Annabelle modelling some of my knitted baby hats.

Medallion Hat Red 08-tileThese delightful sheep earrings caught my attention as I was searching through Etsy recently. They’re made in Gympie in Queensland by a very talented artisan.

Sheep earringsLast week I picked up this bargain on Gumtree for only $40. It’s a Schacht Inkle Loom. Not that I know how to use it at the moment but weaving is something I want to learn in the not too distant future.

Schacht Inkle Loom 02Schacht Inkle Loom 03And then to top it off I received a message from local crafty person who had a bundle of old Weaving magazines and rather than just throwing them away would I like them? Luckily the pick up address was very close to where I was meeting some other crafty women of the QldBaysideYarnClub at Tingalpa. These will make some interesting reading. Thank you so much Rosalie!

Weaving magsI think I have exhausted my list of recent finds and ideas so I will leave it there. Now off for a cuppa, read the Sunday paper and then to spin some more of this drum-carded alpaca.

Alpaca Rebel 7Drum Carder 08

Until next time…

Melanie

 

 

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Cornucopia

This week’s post is going to be a bit of this and a bit of that; hence a cornucopia of items 🙂

I have finally finished spinning 250g of some lovely tangerine merino and plied it with some undyed merino.

Ashford Tangerine 08I was hoping for a lovely candy cane effect once plied and it’s exactly what I got!

Ashford Tangerine 09In total I have 399g and 1,403 yards of wool to make something really lovely. I was thinking of a poncho so I need to find the right pattern.

Ashford Tangerine 12I’ve also been busy on my Addi Express Kingsize knitting machine making more beanies. This one is made using one ball of Lincraft Ecuador which is a 40% acrylic / 40% wool / 20% alpaca yarn. I really love this colour combination.

Ecuador BeanieThese two are for a friend and her daughter. Just made with a cheap acrylic but they’ll be easy to wash.

Kim and Breeanna beanies 11-10-15I experimented making this scarf using two balls of Lincraft Surroundings which is a 100% acrylic. You could easily add pompoms if you so desire.

Rainbow Brights Scarf 01I found this book on Ebay especially for the Kingsize machine so I bought it and will try out some of these patterns.

Addi Express knitting bookOn Saturday at Knit and Knatter I picked up these two rather cute little bowls with sheep on them. We meet at Hoya Garden Plaza which has a huge gift shop attached to it. You could spend hours looking around and everything is so different.

Sheep bowlsHave a look at this absolutely stunning yarn I’ve just received. It’s from Candy Apple Lane and I saw it on Facebook and was just captivated. Isn’t it stunning? They’re known as the home of bright yarns and you’d have to agree with that statement!

Candy Apple Lane 02 Candy Apple Lane 03 Candy Apple Lane 04Earlier this year when I sold my car and bought a new one, I kept the car seat covers. Even though they were nearly 17 years old they were genuine sheepskin so I thought I should be able to find a use for for them. Well that time has come and a couple of weeks ago I took them out of the plastic bags and started adapting them.

I now have a new chair pad on my outdoor spinning chair.

Outside spinning chair 01I washed another part and put it in the sun to dry and I’ll use this as a chair pad for my picnic chair.

Washed covers 01I’ll use this scrap piece for flick carding: the fluffy side on my lap and the skin side to flick card on.

Flick Carding LeatherPlus I have enough left over so when I eventually get a little dog she’ll have something to snuggle up on. That’s what I call recycling at its best!!

Last week I signed up as a test knitter for a gorgeous pair of socks called Promovendus. The pattern writer lives in The Netherlands. I must say I am loving these socks. It’s the first time I’ve used beads in socks. Here’s a sneak peek.

Promovendus Socks 06That’s all my bits and pieces for the time being 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week.

Until next time…

Melanie

 

Beanies Galore!

While I was on holidays in July I met another spinner who told me about the Australian Hand Spinners and Knitter FB Group so I promptly joined. Little did I know what a ‘busy’ group this is, so much so, that I had to turn off my FB email notifications as my in box was permanently overloaded!

It was on this FB group page that someone posted a comment about their purchase of the Addi Express Kingsize circular knitting machine. These were available in some Spotlight shops through Australia and a few people were purchasing them along with the 40% off voucher that Spotlight had sent to its members.

You know what’s coming now don’t you? Yes, I hopped into my car and drove to my local Spotlight and searched around but could not find one until I looked up a little higher and saw two sitting on the top shelf. I grabbed one and took it to the check out and instead of paying AU$250, it was AU$150. That’s a nice saving. When I got home I posted on the group page that I’d bought one and there was one left at this particular store and lo and behold within an hour or so someone else posted they’d bought that last one!Addi machine 3Addi machineThis weekend I got a few balls of my cheap $2 a ball acrylic out of my stash and thought I’d experiment making a few beanies for my son and his mates.

Addi machine 2I love these camouflage colours!

Beanie khakiThey are all double thickness, fully reversible and the best part for the boys is that they’re machine washable 🙂

Beanie beigeLook at the pooling in this yarn; it was not planned. Looks great doesn’t it? Each hat took one ball.

Beanie blueBeanie blackI used two different colours for this beanie so either colour can be worn by simply turning the beanie inside out!

Beanie blue greenThis is a fantastic little machine and there’s also an Addi King Loomers and Knits FB page you can join where you can pick up lots of tips and where there’s access to lots of videos.

Addi also makes an Express machine for knitting smaller beanies or wrist warmers. You can also knit back on forth on my machine. I still have to investigate that part of it.

Just to finish off, I bought this gorgeous sheep mug on Ebay.

Ebay coffee mugJust what I need…..another sheep mug 🙂 Some more pics of my beanies. By the way, each one took less than an hour to make!!

Beanies blue green Beanies Brown black Beanies khaki 2Until next time…

Melanie