Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vintage Aran

This is the most amazing thing I've seen! I want to knit it, but imagine I'll use 5ply? Waddya think? It won't work will it. But... I hate the feel of cables done in thick wool. Even 8 ply can feel a bit chunky. I have a cone of Cobalt Heather (JaggerSpun). In fact, the whole idea was to make a cabled jumper with it, hence the search for a style.... now I wonder if I ought to make it in a pale colour. This is why I spend so much money.

I do like a fitted jumper though.
Anyway, this book ought to be in every knitters library. It gives a bit of a history and some design patterns (not jumper patterns). She has preserved a culture that is sadly gone.

Monday, June 07, 2010

The Traffic Stopper

I'm going to have to set up a Fairy Floss stall, we have so many people stop to say how beautiful his work is! And it is! He's a star!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Sadie's Hanky Box

The underside.

The inside base.

This photo is of my mother holding me, taken up at my Granny's hotel in Yackandandah. Mum would have been just 25. Younger than my youngest. I showed Dad and he remembered taking the picture!

My little grand-daughter wanted a hanky box the same as mine, and here it is. A little girl version of mine at least. I bought the hankies before last Christmas, knowing I'd make her a little box eventually. I did think to make it for her now, but really, the idea was to make it while she was with me, to inspire her to follow in the family footsteps and become a mad sewer... but once I got started it... I couldn't stop. I'm keeping it for Christmas because she'll be that bit older and won't trash it perhaps. Luckily, if she does, I can just as quickly make another..

I'll make a little book while she's visiting one day, to let her see how it's done. I don't remember learning to crochet and I want Sadie to have the same tools. That's what Grandma's are for.