Monday, April 30, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

New Books and a New Wool Shop


Thursday was sit & stitch at Can Do Books.  I bought two books, the latest from Arne & Carlos and Shetland.  I follow Jamiesons of Shetland, a wool producer on Instagram and have seen this book on there.  Realised Stephanie had a copy.  We were talking about and she told me of a wool shop in Canterbury that carries Jamieson's yarn.  So we visited the shop Sunspun and it is lovely.  Lots and lots of yarn, it was difficult to only buy a few.  All this new yarn and dyeing yarn, I better get busy.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Selle's Tree Yarn


The yarn at the front is Selle's Tree yarn.  I found photographing the yarn with the original colour gives a truer colour in the photograph.  The yarn is quite a pastel shade of brown, actually it is skin-toned.  Dyed from the leaves, nuts and bark of a Mellaluca (Paperbark) tree, Selle's tree.   Selle was a dog we found at the RSPCA in Canberra where we were living in the late 1980's.  She had been there quite a while and was about to be put down, so we couldn't let that happen and we took her home.  Selle is on the left in the photo, Basil is on the right.  She was a mix of Silky and Australian terriers, is our guess.  Basil was a Silky terrier.  When we first got her she was terribly neurotic and very stressed at everything, she used to hoard food and hated men.  Poor thing, we don't know what she had been through.  She gradually trusted us and became a very loyal and loving dog.  She lived until she was 18.  I thought she might go back to her neurotic ways as she got older, but never did, even when she went deaf and blind, she was content.  When she died we buried her in the nature strip and planted a purple flowering Mellaluca, a lovely tree.  The electricity company came around to trim the street trees and I thought it would be a good thing to dye with, so I did.  On the left is an 8ply alpaca/merino mix and on the right 8ply merino.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Dyeing Yarn



I have been having a play with dyeing.  My first was using blackberries.  Photographing colour is notoriously difficult, as you can see every photo is different.  The first two photos is in the kitchen under a yellow light, the second two in the craft room under the daylight bulb I have.  The last photo, where the ball is next to the original colour is the closest.  The yarn is a pretty pastel purple/pink.  This kind of dyeing is a mix of cooking and craft, two things I love.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jar Lid No.6



Crocheted Snowflake.  The snowflake is being held up by a pin.  The base is a crocheted circle in blue yarn.  This is the last jar lid, but there will be more to come.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Jar Lid No.5


Tiny Temari.  And even smaller wrapped balls and french knots underneath.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jar Lid No.4



Ooma.  Marie Gilmartin Byrnes was Robin's mother.  I did a stitch sketch from this photo.  I worked back stitch in a variegated thread.  The green background fabric is a piece of Harris Tweed.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Jar Lid No.3



A Tiny Teddy on a Bed.  A granny square blanket and linen sheets.  I thought Robin could use this on her Sleepy Tea container.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Jar Lid No.2


Ladybug Garden.  I started with a sashiko-like stitching of white circles on blue linen.  There is a large circle around the outside, a smaller one in the middle and eight small circles.  Then I added some green and red french knots.  The flower is five crocheted petals and french knots in the centre.  I have had some ladybug pins for a while, just what this little garden needed.  The pin has been snipped down to fit and put in place with superglue.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jar Lid No.1


Little Reindeer Head.  The head is crocheted in perle cotton and is about 4cm from base to top of antlers.  The backing fabric is a little piece of Harris Tweed.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Birthday Mum


It is my Mother-in-law Robin's birthday today.  We asked if there was a course she wanted to do, or a book she had her eye on, and she asked for decoration in the lids of her storage jars.  I have given several Moccona coffee jars with different things in the lids before.  Six lids were posted down to Melbourne, filled and posted back to Sydney.  I will show each one and how they were made in the following days.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Reindeer

This reindeer is similar to the others I have made, but different.  He needs a bit of tweaking, but is coming along.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Christmas Car



Finished.  The tree was already made a little while ago.  Now there is a fleet of two little cars.  I'm afraid that is all there will be.  I made this second one to see if I was a bit quick to dismiss the pattern, but no, not a pattern I could easily explain, or that people would really want to do.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Car Progress

Felt finished, windows on and window trim on front and back windows.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Another Car

Thought I would make another Christmas car, a grey one this time.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Crocheted Snowflake

It felt so cold here in Melbourne yesterday that is seemed appropriate to play with snowflakes.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Navy Recruits Photo

I am a member of a Wrans group on FB.  Someone posted some photos from their time in the Navy.  I had to look closely, but I'm in this one.  I didn't recognise the name of the lovely lade who posted the photos, but it was a long time ago and we were only together for 6 weeks.

Friday, April 13, 2018

New Books

Yesterday was Sit & Stitch at Can Do Books.  Came home with two new books, an embroidery and a knitting book.  The embroidery one I have looked at before and really liked.  The knitting one is new and has some lovely stitch patterns.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Brian Blessed's Dog

I was watching Who Do You Think You Are, the Brian Blessed episode and this is one of his dogs.  This little sweetie just needs to be recreated in yarn or stitch.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pig Face


The Pig Face was at a local shopping centre carpark.  They were very pretty and undamaged.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This One's Tiny



This little reindeer is crocheted out of the perle cotton I got on Saturday in the cone on 0.75mm hook.  In the photo of the three reindeer, the largest is 8ply and the middle one used to be the smallest.

Monday, April 9, 2018


I bought a cheap mandoline slicer a few years ago to have a try, see if it was something I would use.  My knife skills are good so I didn't think it was something that would be useful, but all the cooking shows used one.  Well, I quite like the mandoline and  bought a better quality one.  This new one is sturdier, all the blades are within it, no separate bits, and being metal should clean better.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

2nd Hand Finds



Yesterday we went for a drive to Geelong for some lunch and a rummage around the 2nd hand shops. Found some things, old clip-style candle holders (I found smaller ones last year, so these are perfect), a couple of wooden bobbins to add to the collection, a Beatrix Potter toy book, and a cone of perle cotton embroidery thread (still wrapped and a good colour).  The book has some great dolllmaking tips and includes basketmaking and furniture making.

#The100DayProject. Day 17

Rhubarb.  Knitted stems, crocheted leaves.  There are going to be three double blocks which will help help break up the checkerboard effec...