Tag Archives for Reviews

New Year Old Year

Happy New Year Readers and welcome back to Needle and Spindle! I hope you had some enjoyable holidays and if you did not, then let us be done with them and embrace the year ahead. With my resolution to find balance … Continue reading

08. January 2016 by Rebecca
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Craftivism: the Art of Craft and Activism

I have been feeling a bit small recently, small and glum, small things made, small achievements, small amounts of time…small. But reading Betsy Greer’s new book, Craftivism: the Art of Craft and Activism has reinvigorated my outlook.  Small can still be significant. … Continue reading

21. May 2014 by Rebecca
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Shanghai Lil and the Scarlet Fez

We caught up with some old friends from Adelaide recently and I found out that one of them has a startling secret life…he is an artisan soap maker!  I am not talking murky bars of obscure smells that I tend … Continue reading

14. May 2014 by Rebecca
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Pelle’s Back to Back Wool Odyssey

Some you might remember me posting about a wee children’s picture book called Pelle’s New Suit last year.  Our family has read that story many, many times since then and in honour of Wovember, that special month of wool appreciation, … Continue reading

13. November 2013 by Rebecca
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The Mouse Who Sewed…Alot

This is a cautionary tale for the passionate seamstress.  A dear reader reminded me of this story in response to my dolly clothes frenzy. It is the story of a mouse who sewed a bit too much.  So frenzied was … Continue reading

18. April 2013 by Rebecca
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The Dwarven Knitter

My Dearly Beloved is off to The Hobbit tomorrow.  He has found a place in Munich that is showing it in English.  We have to see the film in shifts because the Little Rabbits are just a bit too young … Continue reading

31. December 2012 by Rebecca
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Lord of the Knitting

I have just been peeking at my Man’s recent copy of Empire which is full to bursting with pics from the forthcoming Hobbit film.  Excitement is building, especially since I have noticed the amount of knitwear sported by the dwarves. … Continue reading

08. November 2012 by Rebecca
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Pelle’s New Suit

One of our dear girl’s gifts for her recent birthday was a sweet little book called Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow.  It was first published in 1912 in Sweden and has been reprinted many times since. It depicts the … Continue reading

19. October 2012 by Rebecca
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