Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category


OK … I am back!!!

October 7, 2016

Hot on the heels of the fantastic success of our Poppies in both Australia and Europe (and it’s still ongoing here I must admit).  I have a little (a very little) spare time on my hands to declutter.

And …. horror upon horror, I have decided to cull my yarn stash.  This was not a decision made lightly but there is SO much that I have collected over the last 20 years or so and I will NEVER use it … it’s a difficult thing, divesting oneself of one’s lovelies … but it’s got to be done.

So there is MUCH yarn to be sold off tomorrow at Open Drawer’s Destash Market, 1158 Toorak Road, Camberwell.  It is gorgeous … and because much of it is kinda unique yarn … a huge mix of specialty yarns in all the colours of the rainbow … I have separated it into packs suitable for freeform knitting/crochet, scarves, bags, jewellery, general yarn play.  It’s at bargain prices … I must admit to a little hesitation when it came to the really beautiful yarns but … someone somewhere will love it just as much as I do and find a use for it.

So come down to Open Drawer, from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. for a bargain.  There will be a few likeminded souls with lots of other crafty goodness on sale as well, fabrics, notions etc. A veritable feast for the crafters out there.

I have also committed to running a couple of Freeform knitting/crochet classes also at Open Drawer so you can learn to play with your new found yarny deliciousness … on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. … you can do one half day or two half days if you would like.  It will be an enormous amount of fun and a return to teaching for me.  I would love to see you.  You can book here if you would like, or you can book tomorrow at the Destash Market.

You will learn the importance of colour, texture and shape in freeform knitting, together with a range of basic freeform stitches and techniques to create your own freeform fabric plus some techniques for creating a wide range of items including garments, handbags, jewellery, hats and other items.

freeform-handbagsWe will be using small scraps of plain and specialty yarns, freeform knitting is the art of creating and combining small, disparate pieces of knitting and crochet (scrumbles) into a patchwork fabric of colour and texture. Your own unique piece of fibre art.

In this fun filled class, you will learn to let go of commercial patterns, and give your creative expression free reign.

You will need a moderate degree of skill in knitting, crochet (or both) and a willingness to play. You will work at your own skill level and pace in a small group of up to 8.

Hope to see you at Open Drawer tomorrow.

Love and hugs.








Inspired of Glen Iris Here …

August 1, 2014

It is impossible not to be inspired (and a little overwhelmed) by the plethora of extreme crafty talent around the world.  I could waste hours trawling pinterest, following facebook leads and jumping from site to site looking at really stunning works of art (and I sometimes do).  For those of us who get excited and inspired by these things, the internet has opened up a multitude of avenues for googling, ogling, and salivating over incredible artworks.  I am constantly amazed, stimulated and inspired.  No wonder I wake early most days with my head brimming with ideas.  So to share a couple of my recent favourites with you … and I can see what will happen here … you will link onto one or another of these links never to see my post again.  My tastes are eclectic and range from the cutest little bunny softies to the hardcore steampunk knitting at the end of this post.  So lucky to live in the age of the internet.

This one because it’s close to my heart …. nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies planted outside the tower of London … but that’s not the only amazing thing on this site

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood

Loani Prior … the DOYENNE of tea cosy art

Prudence Mapstone … the Queen of freeform
who inspired me to think outside the knitted square so many years ago and really urged me to think creatively about my craft work

The ladies at Yarn Corner and I expect there will be men in there somewhere too … who decorate our everyday lives with colour and life


What I am calling rightly or wrongly Steampunk Knitting … that is really knitting on the edge, gritty, edgy and very, very sexy.  I love these looks (although the model could use a good feed).  This at the Darker Horse … the Photo is attributed to Caroline Munro (must follow that name)

And Tess Gibersen (must follow that name)





Happy New Year

January 13, 2014

Christmas came and went … New Years came and went … and now it’s back to work … I really should NOT have blinked.  I am thinking that most of you feel the same.

2014 looks set to bring many wonderful challenges this year and I am feeling very excited about what’s in store.  Poppies will be foremost in my year … no doubt … but there are other projects that I will also be working on including the latest International Freeform Challenge … the theme this year is “one colour” … which was my preferred theme … but now that it’s settled I am starting to realise that one colour is really a difficult theme to interpret.  My sister-in-law Marg and I usually collaborate on this project and we have had our first planning meeting … and settled on a way forward.  You will need to wait now until the challenge is published before we will be allowed to reveal our work … but we are feeling very inspired.

Today was our first Poppy Playtime at Fed Square in Melbourne and we had a great turnout … with lots of poppies to add to the total.  After the workshop … Marg and I walked down to the City Square in Melbourne to have a look at the newly installed Yarn Corner yarnbomb installation  … and were suitably blown away.  Big … nay HUGE congratulations to the Yarn Corner team for an inspiring installation … worth a look if you get the chance to visit in Melbourne.

image (3).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (4).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (7).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (8).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (10).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (11).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (15).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (22).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014

image (2).jpegYarn Corner Jan 2014


Really loving this Rowan Lima yarn …

May 19, 2013

I am knitting number one (and only) son a jumper (that’s Australian English for sweater)  at his request.  Surprised me really that he would want or wear a handknitted jumper.  But I promised and so now it’s underway … but … he has quite sensitive skin and so only the very softest yarns would work for him.  That’s where this absolutely delicious Rowan Lima yarn comes in … 84 percent baby alpaca, 8 percent merino wool and 8 percent nylon.  It is sooooo soft and so lovely to knit up and I am really enjoying it.  The pattern is a freebie on the Rowan website called Smisby by Marie Wallin.  It has a quite simple fairisle yoke and the fabulous star stitch pattern for the body … which I have knitted before with various yarns and loved … but with this yarn it knits up much softer.  I will share more pics when I have knitted more.

Evan's Jumper


Freeform Knitting : Prudence Mapstone

March 17, 2013

If you are a freeform knitter/crocheter … then you would surely know of Prudence Mapstone.  She is the Doyenne of freeform and I have posted about her before.  Her colour work (not to mention her knowledge of stitchery) is simply mind bogglingly beautiful, creative, so so so clever and really at the very top of the freeform tree.  It was Prudence who introduced me to freeform many years ago … and when I think back on it now … I remember how lucky I was to be able to spend a weekend workshop with only two other participants with Prudence in Hobart in the very early days.  What brings me to this reminiscing … I was just looking at Prudence’s blog which I haven’t for some time and notice that all of her books and patterns are now available for download … including her very famous book Serendipitous Design Techniques for Knitting & Crochet 2nd Edition  It’s worth a visit and perhaps a little indulgence me thinks.  I have all of her books … but this book is certainly by far the best book on Freeform that I have seen.   Enjoy the images below from Prudence’s work or do yourself a huge favour and go to her gallery and look at her work there.  Amazing!!!
















not JUST knitting

March 12, 2013

I am absolutely blown away by the work of this woman : Ragne Kikas.  Amazingly detailed and beautifully sculpted wearable pieces.  WOW!!!!!








International Freeform Challenge

February 4, 2013

This week feels like the start of the year.  Even though a month has gone past since new years and I have been back at work for three weeks … it still felt like the world was in slow mode (including me) and nothing much was happening … a combination of warm weather and slow traffic on the roads among other things.  So now school is back and life will get back to normal … whatever “normal” is. Craft wise pretty slow for me over the last 6 weeks or so although I am pleased to report that I have completed joining my babette blanket and am now planning the border … looking forward to doing something more than just edging for the border … my sister in law has shown me the benefits of spending time on the border to “finish” off the project.  Nothing too fancy mind … but a little more than just a crochet edge.  Time will tell and it will probably take me as long to do a border as it took to crochet the squares … and then there is a sewing in … why oh why did I not crochet my ends in?  Never mind … always a price to pay for a better outcome.  Here are a couple of her finished borders shown on some charity blankets we did last year.  Just a little bit of detail makes for a great finished product … don’t you think?

Granny Squares_0011

Granny Squares_0012

Granny Squares_0013

So next stop … really must get started on my collaborative (with sister in law Marg) entry for the 2013 international freeform challenge.  This year’s theme is MOTHER EARTH and we are not supposed to talk about our entries or show any images until after the launch of the book … but once again Marg has come up with a really wonderful idea and so now we need to get to work.  I am always a bit slow to start but then tend to gather momentum fairly quickly and then it’s a race to the end.  Ahhhh! the thrill of a deadline!!  So you will see something of this project later in the year no doubt.  Last year’s challenge was “Music and Art in Fiber” and we had such fun with that one.  Once again a slow start with a rush to the finish but it was worth it.  You can see all the entries from last year’s challenge here.  There are no barriers and no cost to enter … all entries are published and you can purchase the book if you wish once it’s published.  The challenge is open to all members of the International Freeform Fiber Arts Guild and you can join on Yahoo.  If you are looking for something to play with … it is a challenge and certainly makes you think outside the square with your fibre art … but this is the third year for us and we love it.

Apart from that I have a few unfinished projects to pick up and run with and looking forward to moving ahead with those … and then seeing what other exciting things that 2013 has in store for me.