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Ramblings 6 March, 2008

Filed under: Craft,Hand dyed Yarn,knitting,Sock knitting,Yarn reviews — makeityourown @ 10:52 am

Hmmmm….don’t really know what title to give to my ramblings today. I haven’t been blogging much lately but that doesn’t mean I have been idle. Life just gets complicated sometimes and making stuff gets put on the back burner or the stuff I’ve been working on I can’t show you because it’s for my top secret Yarn work or something like that. Anyway…in this post I have a yarn review for you and some pictures of a few projects I’ve been working on. Happy reading.

MORE HAND DYED YARN FOR SALE

If you love affordable hand dyed yarn you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve dyed a stack more yarn for you to admire and buy. Click on the “Hand dyed yarn for sale” and “Hand dyed sock yarn for sale” tabs at the top of the page. Pleeeeeease tell your knitting friends about my yarns and watch out for my ad in the next YARN mag (due out in March sometime). Coming soon: wool/nylon/lycra bouncy hand dyed sock yarn. You’ll love it.

SELBY’S YARN PICKS

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Live 2 Knit Lauren 100% Superwash Merino 12ply/aran weight. $21.60 for 100g.

Live 2 Knit Lauren

I’m working on a large project for YARN mag in this yarn at the moment and I am loving every minute of it. Lauren is a beautifully smooth, top quality wool yarn with a high twist and plenty of bounce. It runs pleasantly between your fingers as you knit and produces a very even, smooth and soft fabric. While the specs on the Live 2 Knit website say it produces a tension of 17sts to 10cm, I have found that 17sts is a little loose. I prefer to make it 18 or even 19 sts to 10cm for a slightly firmer fabric that still drapes. For a top quality, beautiful knitted garment that is also machine washable and will last a good long time, the cost is probably worth it. To see the full colour range go to the Live 2 Knit website. I recommend this yarn for soft and cosy winter garments and accessories in stocking stitch to show off the beautiful colours.

FELT HATS AND MORE TEA COSIES

In my post of June 18 2007 I gave instructions for making a felt tea cosy using an old jumper that had been felted in the washing machine. By following the basics of those instructions you can also make hats. You might need to use two pieces of fabric to get a piece long enough to go around a head but the basics are the same. (Don’t cut the holes for the handle and spout unless you have very big ears or want to pull your pigtails through!). Add blanket stitch, chain stitch, a fold up cuff, beads or tassles. Here are some hats and tea cosies I made this week to give you some inspiration.

Felt hats

Felt tea cosies

Here are some socks I finished last week. They are the Breeze socks from Issue 3 of YARN.

Breeze socks

PATONYLE LOVERS UNITE

Do you love Patonyle? Do you care that ACS have discontinued it? If you are on Ravelry, join the Patonyle Lovers group or the ACS group and voice your displeasure! If you aren’t on Ravelry contact ACS and tell them what you think. Go to your yarn store and buy up before it’s too late. In my opinion, discontinuing such a fantastic yarn is criminal. I’ve been stockpiling it lately so that I have enough Patonyle to last the rest of my life. Sorry to anyone I have e-sniped recently…

IN OTHER NEWS

The Handknitters Guild of SA are having their biannual exhibition on 12th and 13th of April at the St Peters Hall on Payneham Rd, St Peters. There is no entry fee except for a gold coin donation and the exhibition will be way way better than it has been in the past. There will be lots of knitting and crochet on display and stalls, including Colonial Lake books so you can stock up on knitting books. There will also be lots of knitted and crocheted items for sale and even some of my hand dyed yarn if you want to see it in the flesh. There will be a raffle and refreshments for sale. I’ll be there from 10 till 2 at least on Sunday.

Goodwood Autumn Sidewalk market will be on the 15th March along Goodwood Rd between the primary school and the tramline. A couple of friends and I will be having a stall selling a variety of handmade items, including my yarns, tea cosies and hats. The market runs between 9 and 3pm. Keep a look out for Barb, Sue and me by the physiotherapists, next to the lane and across the road from the Waste Not Want Not shop.

Happy birthday to my dear cousin Mia and my Dad. Also welcome to my new cousin Ben.

Visit me at Ravelry. My user name is SarahGolder. Have a happy day. Sarah.

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Learn to knit socks! 15 October, 2007

Filed under: knitting,Sock knitting — makeityourown @ 3:42 pm

Hey everybody

just a little reminder about my sock knitting class. The details are now up on the Craft and Quilt Fair site and you can also book there. The class is on Tuesday 6th November from 10am to 1pm at the Adelaide Showground. You can learn how to knit with double pointed needles, how to turn a heel and the thing that scares everyone: grafting. The class costs $45 and the materials cost $15 and that includes yarn and needles and patterns for you to take home.  Be quick! Classes are limited to 15 people.

 

5000 winners! 20 September, 2007

Filed under: Hand dyed Yarn,knitting,Sock knitting — makeityourown @ 3:06 pm

Well, no, there are not 5000 actual winners, but there are one winner and one runner up in the 5000 competition. Only 4 people entered which surprises me. Don’t you people like winning knitting prizes?

AND THE WINNER IS…

Tina M who told us about the cushions she made for the owners of a treasured pet.

Earlier this year a family friends dog (Zappa) passed away . He was their baby and a big part of our lives as well. He would come and visit us during the day if his parents were boring ; ) . He was special and we wanted to do something. So we knitted his picture onto 2 pillows. A positive and a negative version. It turned out well -even looks like him. But the weird thing was that we didn’t really know what we were doing with the photo or the knitting but it worked with about 10 cm of wool left. We figured it was meant to be.
PS We’ve posted a photo of it on our blog ( we’re new at that too) lifeslittlestuff.blogspot.com if you want to see it.

I thought this was a great story of a project that was meant to be. I’m pretty impressed with the knitting skills displayed here too. Also a lovely gesture for someone who has lost a good friend. Tina M wins the laceweight alpaca, the sheep tape measure and the Clover tapestry needles.

AND THE RUNNER UP IS…

Amanda who told us about felted bag disaster.

My disaster story: I have only very recently discovered the delights of felting. My first two attempts were quite successful. I made two pairs of felted clogs in Bendigo Woollen Mills Aran. It took some effort to felt but I was pleased with the finished product. About a month ago I was at the BWM’s sale room and picked up some Rustica which I thought should felt well. I bought a number of balls in a cream colour and a number of balls called Ink – a lovely shiny black. I then set out to make a Eva Weichmann felted bag. I knitted the bag over two nights. The bag is knitted from the handles down. So I made the handles in the two colours. Then I knitted the upper half of the bag in the cream colour and then the bottom half in the ink colour. I really liked the look of the bag at this stage and couldn’t wait til morning when I would felt the bag in the washing maschine. Next morning, feeling ever so cheery I bunged the bag in the maschine with a flourish and started the process. Well, some time later I went to retrieve my trophy. The top half of the bag felted beautifully, the bottom half? It’s, a floppy, saggy mess! No amount of effort has changed this. I might just have to cut up the top half and turn it into coasters?

What a tragic story. The fact that only one half of the project was disasterous and the other half successful is especially tragic. Amanda wins 2 balls of grey, black and white Patonyle. Enough for a pair of socks and guaranteed not to felt!

Honourable mentions to Leonie who managed to felt only 1 bed sock and Sarah who accidently pulled out the whole lettuce from the garden when only wanting a leaf or two.

TOO MUCH SOCK WOOL IS NEVER ENOUGH!

If you lurve to knit socks, I have some sock wool for sale. It is soft and squishy, 70% Australian merino and 30% nylon, hand dyed by me and ONLY $15 FOR 100g !! What a bargain. Click on the “Hand Dyed Yarn for Sale” button at the top of the page to see the full range. I’ve also got 4 little hanks of yarn that are only $2.50 with any other purchase. You’ll find them at the bottom of the all the other yarns.

Here’s something to whet your appetite…

Sock yarns

That’s it for this week. I know: no book review, no yarn review and no craft project. Sorry folks. To keep you entertained I’ll leave you with some photos of the knitting at the Adelaide Show.

Adelaide show

Adelaide show

Adelaide show