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Finished Wrap.

FINALLY! LOL! I finished the wrap I started last October for a friend for Christmas. It took me so long due to moving and then we had the heatwave from hell and there’s really no joy to be had in doing anything when your days are 40oC/114oF *every day* and the nights aren’t much cooler. There were also a lot of awful bush fires, which had the whole country worried, but finally there was a cool change which brought *lots* of rain. We went from one extreme to the other in 24 hours–hot and awful then pouring with rain and flooding. Talk about four seasons in one day! 

 

Anyway, I finished the wrap. To recap. I used the stitch work of the pattern Oz Twisted Beanie and that was the base for the stitch work for the wrap. I used the long straight Knifty Knitter loom and the yarn I worked with was a James C. Brett DK Marble in colourway #9. I’m very pleased with how it worked out. I used an entire ball for the fringe, so if you’re going to do a similar piece, keep that in mind. I used two strands of yarn, folded in half for each fringe. I can’t tell you how long they were, as I used my inkle loom as a way to measure out the yarn strands for the fringe, so just go with what you feel is right. 

 

And now, pictures! One finished wrap!

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Here’s the blocking process, pinned to a towel on the breakfast bar. It worked!

 

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Close up of the stitch work during the blocking stage. 

 

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The finished piece, fringe and all Yay!

 

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Detail of the finished piece.

 

So there we go. All finished, chalked up as done. Basically?

 

It’s a wrap. (I couldn’t resist!)

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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Heatwave.

We’ve just come out of a week long heatwave here in South Australia. It has been, frankly, hell. One of our neighbors loaned us a portable aircon and I am SO glad she did, otherwise I don’t think we’d have coped at all. I think one or both of us would have ended up in hospital with heat stroke. As it was, Rhonda came over to take back the aircon unit on Saturday as she wants to use it in her bedroom, but man, SO GLAD we had it for the week of hell heat. Subsequently, we’re getting a split system aircon put in this week. 

Anyway, here’s some articles about the heatwave. There were bushfires, too, because there was a storm front that moved in and there was a lot of dry lightning, so there were something like 300 odd bushfires going at once at one point. Most of them are out now, but the state has been left black and burnt. The CFS (Country Fire Service) twitter has said that there’s a couple of fires still burning, but for now, the worst is over. Not so for Victoria and New South Wales to the east of us–those two states are sweltering and burning and gah. These summers are getting worse and worse. You don’t need to convince me about climate change, weather, just sayin’. I was convinced already. And the ones you need to convince are in Canberra.

Adelaide sweats through 45.1C as south-east towns set local temperature records, from five days ago.
CFS current fire incidents in my state.
Adelaide is the hottest city on Earth today – and CFS warns of extreme bushfire danger on Friday, from three days ago.

Finally, a couple from Rockleigh, in the country of SA, tell of how they lost their home. Imagine a week of heat with temps over 110oF, for those of you who measure temps in farenheit. 

Is summer over yet?

Oh, and. Power went out last night. Thankfully, it was after the two films I’d watched were finished! But man, it made an almighty BANG when it went out, and it was down in my suburb and four others for a good three hours. So it was an uncomfortable night.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Moving, Wollmeise Red Hot Chili, Recycled Yarn, and Yarrrn.

It’s been a hectic month and a bit here. I’ve moved to the other side of town, unpacked and helped my mum, dealt with random dramas that have popped up, and so I’ve let things slide online. Mind you, I’ve had VERY limited access (and that was hell,) so I didn’t really have much choice. Needless to say that I cannot cope well without the internet at my fingertips.

So I’ve bought some things, one of which was a Christmas gift from my mother, five balls of Mid-Century Modern Yarn Vibrant Teal, Pink, Royal Blue, Purple & Green Combo from etsy seller RecycleandRepurpose. Aren’t they lovely? Not sure what I’m going to do with this yet, but the colour combo is just gorgeous and I love it. So five balls of that and I have many ideas, but not a plan. That will come.

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I’m so behind on the wrap with tassels I’m weaving for a friend for her present, again, see moving. This was due to the fact that I wasn’t actually sure where I’d packed it, so finding it while unpacking took a while. Still, it’ll be finished, and hopefully before it’s Christmas of 2014!

My friend Lucy posted a photo of herself wearing a truly awesome t-shirt and I knew I had to have it. It’s so cool. So I bought one as a present to myself and it’s en route as we speak. I understand that there are no more being made so what’s left in shop is pretty much it. If you’re interested in this awesome thing, go here.

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Finally, I continue my search for the Holy Grail of yarn: Wollmeise Red Hot Chili. Preferably in a thicker weight than lace or fingering, but at this point, I could be tempted. I just love how rich and vibrant the colours are, and I’ve seen things worked up in this yarn and they are stunning–the colours work together to make the finished product look like flames. I love it. 

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And that’s pretty much it for now. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Mini Update

So there’s a lot going on in my life right now, and there’s not much time left for updating. But I did manage to get a photo of a close up of the stitchwork of the armwarmers I made with the mohair wool, and that’s what I’m posting now. So here it is!

 

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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Looming Successes.

So it’s been a pretty good period for getting things done if not for my health. The less said about the latter the better, I think. Suffice to say that back pain is quite possibly the worst pain that exists in the world and you all should take care of your backs because when they go, they really go.

First up on the success-o-meter is an infinity scarf I did on the Martha Stewart loom. This is for a friend and the photos are of it unblocked, so keep that in mind. 🙂 I used the denim blue of Rico Design Baby Cotton DK. It was a joy to work with and so soft. The pattern for the infinity scarf is this one by Once Upon a Loom. It was a great pattern and a lot of fun to do.

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Next up is my first piece of finished inkle weave, and now I think I’ve got the hang of it, so I can warp up my inkle loom for something a little better. And with that photo is a few pics of my current WIP, a wrap I’m making using James C. Brett yarn colour 9. For this one, I’m using the blue longest loom in the Knifty Knitter set of looms (I understand it’s not always blue, but it’s the longest one of the long looms), and the stitch pattern I’m doing is this one, also by Once Upon a Loom. The pattern linked there is for a beanie, but the stitch is so pretty, I thought it would come up nicely in a wrap, and I was right. So far, I’m just under halfway, I plan to have a length of two meters, and then I’ll bind off and put on the tassles and block it. Here’s the photo:

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And then, then I shall embark upon the adventure that is the clapotis. Meep! XD

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mohair No Hair.

I have discovered that mohair is the worst fibre to work with. I won’t be making the same mistake twice, although the colour of the skein I have is just beautiful, so it’s a bit of a shame in that regard. I began working on an infinity scarf using the stitch pattern in the violet carpet shawl pattern because it was pretty–and it is. But with mohair, the yarn kept breaking, unravelling from its spun thread shape, and just was awful. 

 

I did end up winding the skein onto a drumstick that was a gift to me from a drummer friend some years ago. He gave it to me in case I needed to defend myself, and fortunately, that eventually didn’t arise, so it became a yarn holder last weekend. Winding that sucker onto the drumstick took a LONG time, and I’m very glad I had mum to help me. In the end, it looked like a big old woolly candy floss or hotdog on a stick (called dagwood dogs here). I mean, look at it:

 

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So, I finished off the first planned infinity scarf and set it aside. I did stitch up the dropped stitches due to yarn breakage and I suppose it’s okay for me, but it certainly isn’t good enough for a gift, which was the aim of the excercise. So I began again, this time using a James C. Brett yarn, which is a variegated blue-grey and lovely and easy to work with. I’m using my new Martha Stewart loom, which is fabulously versatile, and I’m on row 26 of 50, and it’s coming along very nicely, so I’m pleased. 

I’ve also taught mum four stitches on the knitting loom–the e-wrap, purl, knit and the flat knit. I’m teaching her the u-knit next, and then it’s onto the more complex stitches, but she’s enjoying it and I got her a sock loom, the one by Boye, for her birthday as she wants to loom socks and bedsocks. So that’s good too.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Loom Knit Arm Warmers

I’m quite chuffed. I made a pair of armwarmers, using James C. Brett Marble DK, colour 33, for a friend who is going into hospital as a small get well soon pressie. (I’ve also got her a bottle of relaxation blend essential oil.) Anyway, I looked through what felt like ten million loom patterns and YT vids, and finally settled on a pattern, the Figure 8 Fingerless Gloves pattern by Heather Dellinger. It was refreshingly easy (once I reminded myself how to do the figure 8 stitch), and it took me 2 nights to do a full pair. I tweaked the pattern a little to suit my needs, as the pattern gloves only reach to the wrist and I wanted them to be longer. So I did the figure 8 stitch row count a second time after the u-stitch, then did 5 rows of u-stitch, then bound off. All done. And so here’s a picture, not a great one as I can’t take pictures of my own arm too well, hahaha. 

 

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I’m planning two infinity/moebius/cowl scarfs next, as gifts for two friends for Christmas as they live in very cold parts of the world and having a warm neck is a very good thing when you’re cold! XD And maybe I’ll finish my scarf shawl thing before winter ends here. Fingers crossed. 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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