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Hello good people of the earth !!!!

Now that the eye candy of the new year has been presented, its time to share some news!

We’re moving into our very own house this year!

We’re having a baby this year!

We’re getting married this year!

(no need to rush things , he hee)

Busy looking into cashmere wedding shawls, – think i’ve picked this one – marriage certificates, homeschool registration, baby blankets, cast iron bathtubs, oooh its all happening.

The knitted sweater above belongs to my dear Jackson – its a Gathering Stripes by Veera Valimaki. I loooove her, and she will soon be publishing her first baby knits,,,, whoooo how excited I am !

The crochet squares above are for this blanket by the I love Wollmeise yarn, its squishy soft. I haven’t done crochet in ages and I am happy to be back into it. In other crafty news, I will hopefully be saying HELLO to my new santa claus pressie this week ….. as it still sits patiently in its pretty box. :)

I’ve been doing some blog reading/ catching up and hope to do more soon. I do hope you are all well friends, and greeting this special new year with a big SMILE.

love ,




Air shawl (giveaway)

Hello everyone ! I am directing you to my other blog where you can enter once, or twice, to win a copy of Veera Valamaki’s new Shawl Pattern !  Soon to be published on ravelry. To win, go here ! Go now ! Good luck !

The shawl pattern is here  , my ravelry notes are here. Veera’s first lace ! Lets give her some love ! xoxoxoxo

Yarning along

Hello!!!!!!!! It’s been awhile, I’ve been busy cooking, knitting for gifts, ebay shopping, and homeschooling ! :)

Oh and packing sorting and tossing for our great migration move ! :)

But I have also been reading … lots of folks from Ginny’s Yarn Along several weeks ago commented on the Lovely Bones book I was reading and I would like to say, although it was grim and sad and depressing ——- it was also definitely a book to be read as it gave a great (true) insight to what i believe happens after death. Particularly to someone wrongfully or suddenly lost , and it tells that a person’s spirit is able to move on easier IF the loved ones left behind let the grief go and become ‘ok’ with the loss. Lessons to be learned by this book. Great author. Hard to put down. Hard to forget.

So…. I am working on exciting knits ! Finishing up an white fluffy alpaca hat for a gift, and a beautiful MadTosh Shawl for me !

Project notes :: botanical garden shawl & rose red III .

My Doris Lessing books have arrived from the library, which one to read first !??

Actually I am still reading A room of one’s own , by Virginia Woolf. Sometimes , when you feel and see things like I do, you need a little Virginia in your life. This Woolf lady and I are great friends. Her sarcastic wit and view of the world, and men, and writers, and pompus English class, and prunes, just drives me into fits of laughter. If I were to see her walking down the street, I would follow her. She would like my shoes. And I , her swagger. x

yarning along

Happy Wednesday at the Yarn Along!!

{a bit of strangness here  actually, a day i’ll never forget..but we won’t go into that}

More importantly , the knitting ! I am casting on my beloved MadelineTosh Vintage Thunderstorm for Veera’s newest cardigan , and I love love love it.

I am reading ! Actually reading a book reading ! It is called The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It is far from a happy book, and I do hope it takes some type of magical ephiponal turn for the better soon.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter break. xx

yarning along

Hello everyone ~ joining up today with other knitters/readers at Ginny’s place.  My knitting this week has been an exciting adventurous mix of stranded colourwork and a matching sweater  – fiddler’s mitts & Angie .

I cleaned out my closet yesterday and found lots of forgotten things ! A quilt beginning – shown in yesterdays post – and also some great old books and magazines ! This one , Organic Gardener – July 2008 , has the most beautiful indie dyeing article. Beautiful illustrations from the book ECO COLOUR by India Flint (2008) with gorgeous resulted pictures from ‘ice-flower’ dyeing onto cloth. If i can achieve that purple and orange from frozen violets and calendula – bring it on !!

{project blog}


i can download pics onto wordpress from my flickr !

we’re back in business people ! :))))


in a blogging funk.

i still cant use my wordpress account, it says it accepts jpg pics but wont upload mine. but it did just upload a pic i tweaked on picnik! :) so it isnt totally cranky..

ive been using my blogger account, and i miss you wordpress. there are so many more cool features over here. blogger is boohoo ! and i’ve got knitting stuffs i want to share with you. ..

Wollmeise Joy

This is a great knit, with super wonderful yarn.

A wintery shawl for me – in the colourways i love – red and whites.

My favorite quilts are late 18th century red and whites, solomons puzzle, cherry basket, stars, colonials.

Wollmeise yarn is a delight !

Happy New Year !

study shawl pattern on ravelry.

a little knit

hello dear friends…gosh

its been such a long while since ive been here

and so much has happened

happy things and sad things

twists and twirls of life

some things cannot be placed into words properly

they can only been seen and heard and imagined

but never written

or read

to their justification

so lets just talk knitting instead.

i knitted this hat over christmas holidays – i love it. so much fun to see the pattern grow into place.i cant wait to knit it again using a plain yarn – the varigated hacho is lovely and soft (not to mention ive still got 6 skeins of it…). I do believe a plain yarn will make the rose leaves pop out. its a ysolda pattern. i love ysolda. we have a special friendship arrangement, she and i . she makes the patterns, and i buy them. i love them. this hat is the rose red.

this is my first knitting project in three months time.

it feels good to be knitting once again.

my grandmother said recently on the phone ” laughter is better than a pill”.

i think that is true. and when you feel like it, knitting is a great mender.

it can help you to pull yourself back together, stand against the wind, be brave,

and look forward to tomorrow.


Oh the joy. I bought lace. (online) I’ve never seen lace. When it arrived, i had to put my glasses on so that i could find it. (joking) I do love it… the colour reminds me of the blooms of Australia – the wattle, the many yellowey blooming trees, and it also reminds me of a fluffy new baby chicken.
First up, i handwound my lace skein. This took awhile, and i did complain. Second up, i assembled my new interchangable KnitPro bamboo needles (love them already). Third, i consulted my PATTERN. I am to cast on several hundred lace stitches and keep them from rolling and then join. No problem.
Problem. Oh my godfather. This stuff does like to roll. Imagine having several hundred little fluffy new yellow baby chicks , now imagine yourself lining them all up in a new row facing north. Well its just impossible.
Persisting onwards anyhow,, and hoping to myself several rows into it will get easier or sort itself out. Don’t you love it when things just sort themselves out? I’m a big believer in it –

{sooo… does anyone know an easy way to get rid of a twist (or two) once you’ve started? I’ll be your best friend…}

I’m reading some great novels.. last week i finished a short story book on South African tales by Doris Lessing. I also read Bite of the Mango, by Mariatu Kamara. Next up has been a series of tales of misfortune in the outback..which was quite reassuring me i do not want to go any further than i am now! My hubby is reading lots of book on ‘outback adventure’ and ‘4wheel driving’. His survival guide says an outback adventurer should firstly always expect and fear the worst. Check.

My Cria sweater now has one sleeve , a neckline, and three buttons ! It’s coming along…snail pace. Just in time for our 100degree weather.

I’ve waffled on enough i believe.. Linking up with ginny . See you there!

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