A Multitude of Minnies

When I find a knitting pattern that is easy, looks good and doesn’t take long, I seem to use it a few times! Which is what happened when I saw one of my Knit and Knatter friends making this Minnie scarf. I made one and so did some other women in the group. Minnie is definitely a hit – the perfect portable project!

My Cream Minnie is made with Sussex Wools 100% cotton. I bought six balls of this cotton at a charity stall. It’s made in South Africa and I can’t find any reference to it on the internet at all so I’m thinking these balls were stashed away in someone’s cupboard for quite a while before being donated to this charity stall. I’m so glad I bought them.

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The cotton feels lovely against my neck and I love the fact it’s a completely natural fibre.

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I love the edging. It looks just like popcorn doesn’t it?

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# 2 is my Blue Minski Minnie and is made from Mirasol Yarns Minski which is a 10ply / worsted 100% baby llama yarn. It is simply stunning!

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A beautiful blue colour just like the ocean…

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So, so incredibly soft and warm…

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# 3 is my Black Signorina Minnie and is made from Moda Vera Signorina which is a an 8ply / DK 57% acrylic / 40% wool / 3% other yarn.

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There’s a limit to how many photos you can take of an item that is just black!

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# 4 is my Grey Dalmatian Minnie made with Moda Vera Dalmatian which is a 12 ply / bulky 82% acrylic / 12% nylon yarn.

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Synthetic fibres certainly have come a long way over the years. This yarn is incredibly soft and lends itself well to be a scarf.

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I love the subtle pale blue in the yarn…

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# 5 is my Green Splice Minnie made with Yatsal Craft Crochet Knitting Cotton which is a 4ply / fingering 100% plied cotton. I picked up two balls of this cotton at a second hand shop as I fell in love with the variegated effect of the colouring.

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I love the stripe effect towards the ends and the pooling in the middle of the scarf.

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A perfect little scarf for spring and autumn.

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Have I convinced you that Minnie is a great scarf to knit??

I’m off to the inaugural meeting of the Queensland Bayside Yarn Club this afternoon for four hours!! It’ll be fun to meet some more crafty women and hopefully complete a project or two.

Until next time…

Melanie

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A Wonderful Holiday With Lots of Yarning!

My holiday has now come to a close for this year. I am so blessed to have been able to spend two weeks in one of the most beautiful places in the country….Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast and the remaining time in the wonderful bayside suburb where I live.

I’ve completed lots of projects. Here is a few of them…

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Walked up to The Point a few mornings with my backpack and book and settled in at the coffee shop for a relaxing read…

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Imagine looking at this every day!

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There is nothing like living right beside the water. I love it! It must have something to do with my Zodiac sign – Aquarius – the water bearer. I am only a few minutes walk away from this…

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What bliss.

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When I walk to Cleveland Point after work in the summer, I sit here and watch the water and just zen out.

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Mother nature at her best! What wonderful shades of blue!

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There are great places for families to have picnics or barbeques. Plus there’s plenty of play equipment for the kids…

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And we even have Queensland’s oldest Banyan Tree…

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And on the way home from coffee I spotted this little cluster of beautiful mauve flowers…

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And, of course, I found a yarn store in Noosaville called Sheep Thrills…

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And it wouldn’t be a regular blog post if I didn’t share some yarn purchases with you. I bought these last week at Spotlight…

Six balls of Moda Vera Hue which is a 70% acrylic / 30% wool bulky / 12 ply yarn.

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Five balls of Moda Vera Dalmatian in this burgundy colourway. This yarn is an 82% acrylic / 18% nylon bulky / 12 ply.

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And three balls in the grey colourway…

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And lastly, two reels of this beautiful variegated green rayon which I hope to use to ply with some green merino I am yet to spin…

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And of course, I did quite a bit of spinning. This is what I’ve recently started spinning. Some ‘mongrel’ (I’m assuming this means a mixture of fibre; I bought it at the recent Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day). I’m spinning it on my Crofter wheel which I haven’t used to date and I must say I’m loving it!!!

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It’s mainly a grey colour with little flecks of other bits and pieces in it.

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As I close I would like to welcome all the new followers to my blog. Thank you so much for following my yarn adventures 🙂 I can always be contacted via the ‘Contact Me’ page along the top banner of my blog page. Please, please leave any comments as I reply to each and every comment left. I love the interaction this blog provides. Let me know what else you’d like me to blog about too.

Until next time…

Melanie

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