A Star is Born!

Well, maybe not quite a star but I am pleased to say that an article appeared in today’s Wynnum Herald which was sourced a few weeks ago by a local journalist. Now this is not a great copy as I’ve downloaded it from a photo taken by a friend of mine. As I’m at Noosaville I can’t actually get to an original copy until I get home.

Wynnum Herald articleUnfortunately, they spelt my surname incorrectly and there’s a couple of other minor errors but as the interview was done over the phone, I’m at least pleased they got the gist of the story correct. The journalist found me through this blog which is good to know.

I visited Sheep Thrills this morning for a short session of social knitting (I’ll return tomorrow). Nothing nicer than looking at something like this while you’re knitting and chatting..

Sheep Thrills 15-7-15All that lovely yarn! If you’re a fan of Ella Rae Lace Merino, you’ll know that here in Australia it retails for around $30 a skein. At Sheep Thrills it’s only $20 and they have a fantastic range of colours too.

Ella Rae Lace Merino 01Ella Rae Lace Merino 02Ella Rae Lace Merino 03I bought a skein in a colour I don’t usually buy as it is quite eye catching.

Ella Rae Lace Merino # 208I’ve also started knitting another scarf using some lovely yarn from The Fibre Company called Road to China (which is a 65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Camel, 10% Cashmere blend) and I think I’m going to be short a ball so I found this Eki Riva Sport which is a 100% baby alpaca yarn today and bought a couple of balls. I think it will be a nice contrast. It’s a little thicker but I’m hoping it won’t detract from the scarf as it will only be the top edge of the scarf where I’ll use the substitute yarn. Time will tell!!

Eki Riva Fawn 01Here it is against the Fiber Company Road to China yarn.

Eki Riva FawnHowever it turns out this scarf is going to be soooo soft!

That’s my news for today.

Until next time…

Melanie

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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

Marigold Silk Green

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…

Shorn Fibers Anaitis 01

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

Shorn Fibers Wood Elf 04

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…

Shorn Fibers Silky Fingering Woodland Pixie 03

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…

Alpaca Teddies 01

 

And these three lightweight scarves…

Scarves 03

Scarves 04

Scarves 05

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?

Tissue Box 01

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.

Perugino Throw Kit 01

Perugino Throw Kit 02

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.

Ella Rae Lace 01

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.

Lana Gatto Super Apricot 01

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.

Patons Regal 4ply Cotton 01

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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