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Mess and Moving

As I write, the house is filled with boxes and empty shelves as we are getting ready to move into our new home in Ballarat. We will have a proper garden again, there’s a little greenhouse, room for chickens and over a dozen established fruit and nut trees in the back and front garden. There’s […]

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It Is Good To Be Back

Dearest readers, I never mean to be away so long…life just happens and the days get away from me. Firstly we had the whirl of school holidays and then there were birthdays. Lots of things were made but escaped being photographed. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will recognise the following pics from […]

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Memento Mori

This post is about a sheep, a very special sheep called HRH or Old Leader. HRH, photo by Nan Bray, used with her permission In 2016, I had the great fortune to encounter a very lovely fleece from White Gum Wool whilst studying for the Spinning Certificate run by the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of […]

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The Marvel of Japanese Knitting

This is a wonderful, fascinating book. The patterns are extraordinary and require lots of gazing upon and wondering at. But this is the bit that truly amazes me. Have a look at these knitting symbols. Now consider these words from the introduction. Unlike other stitch pattern charts you may have seen, Japanese charts do not […]

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Rest After Effort

Dear Readers, The Artisans Textile Festival, part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show extravaganza was almost two weeks ago now and it was a great success! The Bendigo Bowls Club was packed to the rafters, warm as toast and buzzing with energy. I was there on the Saturday, staffing the My Spin on Things […]

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The Beauty of English Leicester

Thank you dear readers for your enthusiastic support of the latest endeavours at Needle and Spindle, and now…a little more news. Along with the Natural Gradient Alpaca Shawl Kits, I will have also been preparing English Leicester locks for sale at the Artisans Textile Festival next weekend in Bendigo.  For a long time, I have […]

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There’s a Hare in my Tortoise

Well, I am back dear readers…well, sort of.  My children have been taking turns in being home sick and between that and a few family administration sagas, my limited energy has prevented me from returning to this place as regularly as I would wish. One of the most frustrating things about ME/CFS is the limitations […]

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Retreating

Dearest readers, I want to let you know about some crafty events coming up in my home state. Many of you will know about The Craft Sessions retreat that happens every September in the Yarra Valley. Felicia Semple has connected with many sewists and knitters with her thoughtful reflections on skill and creativity and her ongoing […]

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Farm News from Bullengarook

Bullengarook is a little place an hour north of Melbourne, just near Bacchus Marsh.  It is rolling, lush country, perfect for sheep. It is where Maureen Shepherd raises her prize winning Finnsheep at Fairfield Finns. I love the fleeces produced here and have spun many projects from them including Lowtide Lowfi, Yoke of Endurance, Bendigo Enchanted and […]

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Postcards at Sea #7 Waiting Purposefully

I had every intention of posting a craft post this week. Instead, I am waiting purposefully for some energy to return. I came across that phrase recently, listening to the wonderful Saga Land by Richard Fildler and Kari Gislason. It describes perfectly the kind of waiting you do whilst fishing or (I think) recovering from […]

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