Maleny Knitfest 2016

In mid June I visited the inaugural Maleny Knitfest with two of my fibre friends. Maleny is a small, scenic town 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia.

The town of Maleny is home to some of the Hinterlands most creative and innovative artists and craftspeople. With a range of different creations from woodwork, to beads and musical instruments, the town is always abuzz with some sort of artistic show or creative endeavour. Many local craftspeople are found regularly at the Sunday markets at the Maleny RSL,

The town was awash with some fabulous yarn bombing.

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We stayed at Maleny Lodge, which has been operating continuously as a successful boarding house, guest house and bed and breakfast for over 60 years. Originally named ‘Rosedale’, Maleny Lodge was built around 1905 by Mr A.C.K. Cooke for his family with at least five bedrooms. This grand Queenslander was an impressive residence.

Our accommodation was right in the middle of Maleny so we could shop, come back and drop off our purchases and wander out again or, as we did on a couple of occasions, sit in the lounge room and just chat, drink tea and knit!

Melanie Maleny LodgeThe days were beautiful and the nights were quite cold but we were well prepared in our winter woollies.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 51And of course, there was lots of shopping to be done!

I really love the woven basket I bought from the Co-op. It’ll come in handy to store some of my projects.

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Some beautiful handspun alpaca; so lush and soft!

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Loving these colours in this 2ply lace yarn.

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Couldn’t resist these orange bed socks from a shop that sells local handmade goodies.

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Only $5 each for these key rings from the Maleny Markets on the Sunday. How cute are they?

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Plus, you can have your name engraved for free!

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A lovely alpaca scarf.

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There were a few more things but I can’t keep you here all day 🙂

How about this for some yarn bombing: the local police station.

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And the little bus that took us on our mystery tour around Maleny.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 41Love this photo of my friend hiding behind one of the yarn bombed cows.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 16There were lots of goodies for sale and display in the RSL hall.

Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 21 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 24 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 25 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 26 Maleny Knitfest 2016 10 June 27I would highly recommend the Maleny Knifest. It’s not a long drive from Brisbane, it’s a beautiful and quaint country town with an amazing buzz and vibe. The shops are unique and there are enough of them to keep you busy.

I would like to congratulate the organisers for creating such a fantastic event for us fibre lovers. It was a lovely weekend and I had so much fun!

Thank you!

Until next time…

Melanie

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Lelly Poncho/Shawl

I’m a great fan of Martina Behm‘s patterns which can all be found on Ravelry. They’re so easy to knit as each pattern is usually just a lot of garter stitch with some interesting edging and designs. Lelly caught my eye as it can be worn a couple of ways; as a poncho-style shawl and as a scarf/cowl. Martina used a 4ply alpaca for her garment so I rummaged through my stash and found 2 x 50g balls of this House of Alpaca 4ply in a lovely shade of copper.

Lelly 01The pattern calls for 2.5mm needles so it was like knitting another pair of socks! Although i am happy with the end result, I felt my garment is smaller than Martina’s. As you know, I never knit tension squares. Maybe I should have!

Lelly 02I really love the concept of this pattern. This little poncho styled shawl will be ideal in my office as it’ll keep the chill of the air conditioning off my shoulders and back. It also has a lovely eyelet edge.

Lelly 03Lelly 04It can easily be adapted to be worn as a scarf.

Lelly 05This is the shape of the finished garment. Trust me, I did some very hard blocking to get it to this size. If I make another one, I will use larger needles or even 5 or 8ply wool.

Lelly 06If it’s really cold you could wrap the shawl closely around your neck.

Lelly 07Or you could just slip your neck through the slit and let it hang like a cowl. Very versatile indeed!

Lelly 08I would highly recommend Martina’s designs as they’re well written and easy to knit: ideal for beginners. I have made quite a few of her garments.

And now for something very exciting: Maleny, which is a small, scenic town 90 kilometres north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia, is holding a KnitFest in June this year!! There is a KnitFest Facebook page you can like too.

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Now to a couple of recent yarn purchases.

The 21st offering in the Zen Yarn Garden ART WALK Series features a painting by Monica Stewart entitled “Rejoice”. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour. Inspired by the chosen art piece, Zen Yarn Garden’s dyer has successfully captured the excitement and complexity of the painting.

21 ZYG Rejoice 05I love the shades of gold and brown in this yarn and can’t wait to make something special!

21 ZYG Rejoice 07Monica Stewart’s fluid, earthy works joyously depict women of color dancing and celebrating life as a modern expression of culture and sisterhood. Previously working in vibrant pastels, Stewart has reduced her palette by working with a material made from Egyptian palm fronds, their natural textures, and rich tans and browns enhance her work’s ethnic feel. Nationally recognized, Stewart’s art has been featured in movies, on TV shows and in a line of family record books, journals, and photo albums. [quoted from Art.com]

21 ZYG Rejoice imageI purchased two skeins of Serenity Glitter Sock which is a 80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% sparkling nylon yarn.

A blog I really enjoy reading is by Wei Siew Leong who is from New Zealand and writes under the name Kiwiyarns Knits. Her writing is beautiful and lots of her stories revolve around New Zealand’s stunningly gorgeous yarns. In one of her recent posts, she showed us some beautiful yarn purchased from an Aussie hand-dyer Circus Tonic Handmade. Now, I’m not usually a purchaser of pink coloured yarn but for some reason this colour really captivated me. Perhaps it was Wei Siew’s description of it “pretty, feminine yarn, with the barest hint of blush”.

You guessed it, I just had to have a sneaky peek at Circus Tonic Handmade‘s Etsy shop to check out her yarns which resulted in the purchase of these two beautiful skeins.of Revelry Sock Fingering 4ply. This one is called Frilled Monarch.

Circus Tonic Frilled Monarch 01Circus Tonic Frilled Monarch 02And this one is called Galah. Doesn’t it look so delicate and fragile?

Circus Tonic Galah 01Circus Tonic Galah 02My package arrived last week and I must say the wool is so incredibly and deliciously soft and luxurious. MMmmmm what can I knit? Definitely something that wraps around my neck 🙂

That’s my news for now. Until next time…

Melanie