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A Wee Bit o Tartan

There are several op shops (charity shops in local parlance) on the main street in Berwick-on-Tweed.  In one, I found a lovely Scottish pure wool tartan scarf that I thought would make a lovely little skirt of for our dear girl. So with the tools at hand – the kitchen scissors from the place we […]

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Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns

Whilst visiting Bamburgh Castle this week, deep inside the Norman keep, our family literally stumbled onto an exhibition from the Sheep Tales and Spinning Yarns project. The project is designed to record, celebrate and preserve the sheep, shepherding and wool producing culture of Northumberland.  It has archived images and oral histories of sheep farmers and […]

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Mollie Makes Love

I am loving reading Mollie Makes a gorgeous UK indie style craft mag – in the style of Frankie but just choc full of crafty goodness.  I have coveted the mag since my dear friend Kathryn introduced me to its wonders. In Australia, it is just prohibitively expensive (airfreight and all that) but in UK […]

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Mother-daughter Froot Loops

My mum knit these socks for me to keep me warm in the cold countries.  They are Froot Loops by Christi Geraci from Knitty.com Spring 2008.  The yarn is Crazy Zauberball from Morris and Sons in Melbourne town.  Mum had just enough left over to make our youngest a pair (our eldest already owning some of […]

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Sleepy tomten

It was our youngest’s birthday, the day we flew out.  Despite the crazy cleaning, knitting and packing, somehow there was a quiet moment to make a wee companion for her to take on the journey. Sleepy Tomten is my version of Warm Sugar’s Gnome Babies.  It lives with Flower (from Nanny and Pa) and Pirate […]

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Just in time and all in good time

Praline was finished the day before we left for the UK.  I blocked it the night before.  I have never knit so hard in my life.  Thank goodness I volunteered to take my oldest and his friend to a circus workshop because that was two precious hours of knitting frenzy that made all the difference. […]

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Praline unfolds

The last minute knitting frenzy continues with ten days to lift off.  It is a truly lovely pattern.  The stitch decreases and increases are elegantly planned, almost hidden in the clever maintenance of the birds pattern.  I am keen to reach joining the sleeves to the body and see how the inset armholes are achieved. […]

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Thanks

Thanks James for making this little boat sail Thanks Louise for giving me the precious blog wrestling time Thanks Tim for holding my hand Thanks Mum for teaching me to knit and sew

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Snowdropsy the Cowl

This is a cowl I made for my littlest one, to keep her warm in a European winter. It is called Snowdropsy after the snowdrop stitch pattern that I found in an old Mon Tricot stitch dictionary that my mum gave me a long time ago.  I remember looking through it as a kid.  I loved […]

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Am I mad?

With two and a half weeks to blast off – am I mad to cast on for another project?  Can I possibly finish a cardigan in this time. The desire is strong.  The time is short. The pattern is selected.  Praline by Gudrun Johnson in the Fall 2012 edition of Twist Collective. I’ve got the […]

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