Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wool Show 2015


On the weekend we had a great day out at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, it was a bit like yarny heaven, so many gorgeous yarns and fibres on display and for sale, and lots of fabulous sheep too! 
The boys dropped me off for a couple of hours of wool immersion, while they had a wander around Bendigo, everyone was happy! 
I bought some lovely wool, a couple of skeins of Madeleine Tosh Vintage in the best colour called 'Molly Ringwood', some hand dyed skeins by Little Plum Yarn (the candy pink and the purple/pink speckled skeins in the photo above), and some of the last remaining wool from Pear Tree Yarns.
I have a few plans for some of this, and am open to ideas for the rest! 

.....So. Much. Wool! .........

.....lots of lovely things for spinners too, don't these plaits of dyed fleece ready for spinning look so inviting, almost enough for me to try a new craft! I really don't need anymore hobbies though! 

.....isn't that super chunky, bobbly, pile of hand spun wool in the middle of this photo awesome! 

....this is a beautiful stall of natural indigo dyed yarns, very nice indeed! .....

 It was very busy when I was there on Saturday, I think the yarny crafts are definitely having a bit of a revival.  I felt there was a better, bigger and more varied selection of stall this year compared to last year.  People seemed very enthusiastic and were enjoying all the wooly sights. 

I had a very nice chat to the machine knitters too, and finally got the time on Sunday to sit down with my knitting machine and learn to use it!  I learnt how to thread the machine, cast on, and do basic stocking stitch.  So pleased to get this going, and to see that my machine works fine, I am going have another go soon and see if I can make a piece from the punchcard patterns.  The ladies of the Machine Knitters Club made it look easy, so we will see! 

Have a great day! 


Saturday, July 18, 2015

5 Friday Finds #39

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Hello there! 
I thought it was about time I got back into my Friday Etsy Finds posts, I've been giving them a little rest, but I think it will be nice to start them up again for this second half of the year.

So here's what I've spotted for this week! 

1.Allison Hoffman's amazing shop craftyiscoolcrochet  is full of patterns for the crochet geek in all of us!  I love these Wild Things characters, and her Doctor Who crochet patterns are fantastic! :) 

2.I love the simplicity of the ceramic apples and pears found at Lilyceramic.  Akiko Honda is the talented ceramicist behind this shop, isn't the colour beautiful in this pear ! :)

3. Speaking of colour, check out the gorgeous shades in this had dyed yarn from PeepalooFields
So many beautiful vibrant yarns to drool over in this shop! Shari Scheider is the dyer behind this piece of yarny heaven, what a clever lady! :) 

4.There are lots of little felted vessels at theYarnKitchen, Stella Melgrati makes these super cute succulent containers and felted bowls and other eco friendly homewares.  lots to like in this shop! 

5.I couldn't resist visiting one of my favourite artist's shop thisisalliknow, I just love the work of Amanda Blake, there are quite a few new pieces here since I last visited,  so many beautiful images!! 
I know I have shared Amanda's work before, but this is such a pretty picture!!

So that's it for today, I hope you're having a good weekend, we have just spent the day in Bendigo, I had a lovely couple of hours at the Sheep and Wool Show, but that is a whole other post for tomorrow!! 

Talk soon! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Flower making.....

Hello there! 
How have things been going in your world?  
I've been busy doing this and that, lots of yarny things going on, the days don't seem to be long enough! 
It has been a very typical Melbourne winter recently, cold and wet and windy, perfect for staying indoors and doing some comforting crochet.  I am trying to get fitter over the winter months and have started boxing classes 3 times a week, some days it is hard to make myself go , but I am glad once I get there and start moving!  
Hopefully I will not put on my usual winter layer this year, I still have several years worth of cosy winter eating to work off!! :) 

On the crafty front, I have been having fun playing with lots of colour, making flowers !  
This pretty pattern is the Anemone Flower, by Heather from the lovely blog Pink Milk.  
Such a fabulous pattern, you can find it over here.  Heather's flowers are a real looking anemone with a dark centre, I went a bit off script and mixed my colours around. :) 
Actually, I did go a bit crazy with all the colour combination possibilities, I think they are really cute!!   Perfect for using up little bits of cotton left from my washer making. :) 

.....colour explosion! :) .........

I have been making a few other things recently too, but they will have to wait for another post, no photos to show you yet!  And I am getting grumbles from the boys because me being on the internet is causing major lag for their gaming!  Our internet has suddenly become very unreliable, not sure what's going on with that. 

Have a great week, hope you get some crafty time in, and stay warm if you're  local, it's going to get even chillier later in the week.  Gotta love a Melbourne Winter! :) 


Monday, July 6, 2015

Washer week....

Hello there!  
I hope you all had a lovely weekend, it was freezing here, typical Melbourne winter really!  
The light has been very dull for taking photos, and without photos I don't really have anything to blog about!  
But I thought I'd show you what I've been up to recently anyway, bad light and all. 
I have been trying a new way of organising myself to make things for the market season that starts in a couple of months.  I always think I'll make heaps of stock in the off season and have lovely full stalls for the market, but what usually happens is that I don't do much for most of the time and then am frantic in the last 3 weeks!  So this year I am trying to make something different each week until the market season begins, last week was washcloth week, and this week is beanie week, so I'll see how many beanies I can make in 7 days.  

These photos are of the washcloths that I have made so far, they still need edges, but at least it is a start!  There are so many lovely colour combinations to do, I am going to schedule another washer week in a month or so. 

I have also been busy in the shop, I've had lots of lovely new yarns coming in, well four new ones anyway!  Who would have thought you could spend so much time phaffing around with wool! :)
So lots of photos to take and uploading to do, I'm hoping for a brighter day tomorrow!  
Oh and I have Clover hooks for sale now too, and pompom makers!! Yay! 
 So a big day of updating my shop tomorrow! 

So that's a bit of what I've been doing, what have you been up to recently? 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Around here......

1. This is what I was working on today, a heart washer and mini flowers for wool shop orders.  I'm trying to build up my stash of washers to get a head start on market stock for the up coming market season.  This year is going so quickly, it will be market time of year again before I know it!! 

2. The wooly blankets are getting a work out on these very chilly days we have been having, it's nice to see them being used and keeping my boys cosy on the couch. :) 

3. I bought my first bunches of daffs this week!  So good to know that Spring is not too far away, there are lots of signs of life in my garden at the moment, bulbs are springing up all over the place and I am hopeful of a big colourful garden in a few months time.  I've planted heaps of baby poppies that I hope will survive the rest of winter and then go mad flowering in Spring! 

4. My niece had a birthday! Such a great happy smile!  :) 

5. After many reminders, I made Max a beanie for the cold weather.  He likes it even though it is a little on the large side!  I found a nice simple pattern for a standard beanie, knitted on 2 needles and then sewn up the back, it was good to get my knitting mojo back, crochet has definitely become my first love!  I am not a really confident knitter, so this pattern was great ! 

6. I am still working on my Sunburst granny blanket, it is nearly finished, just the edge to go.  I have kind of lost interest in it a bit if I am honest, it feels like I have mentally finished with it a little bit before I have actually done the work to finish it off!   This is the week to get it all completed! 

How have things been in your world? 


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2 blankets

Hello! How has your week been?

 I have been busy with lots of making recently, so please forgive my very sporadic posting over here, I feel bad that my blog is being neglected, but am hopeful I will have more to share and more time to do so soon!  
Anyway, today I thought I'd show you a couple of blankets I have been working on, one finished and one still in pieces.  I really love making blankets, crochet is such a good blanket making craft!

Firstly I have made another neon stripe blanket for a lovely customer, it is always fun to make these single crochet stripe blankets, even if there are a million ends to weave in. 
I think it has turned out well, and I hope the new owners will like it! 

The second blanket I am making is just for fun, the sunburst granny squares blanket using up lots of odds and ends in my stash basket.  I am having a lot of fun with these squares!

....lots of loud colour combos......

......getting things all squared up with a calm grey, I have finished squaring all the circles up now, so just have to weave in the grey ends and sew it together.  Should have it finished this week. Yay!
I'm hoping to make a few of these for the shop, to showcase some of the colourful wool I sell.

I am thinking about making extra squares for a few cushion covers, and I would love a couple of sunburst pillow cases for my bed too!  So many ideas, so little time! 

I had better get back to the making of stuff, and hopefully I will have a newsletter out today with all the latest things from Little Woollie Makes. ( But don't hold me to it! :) )

Monday, June 1, 2015

weekend road trip...

beautiful cards at Playing in The Attic

Hello there!  I hope you all had lovely weekends and got to do something fun.  
I had a little weekend away with Gary, well it was really only 24 hours away from home, but sometimes that's all you need to feel like you've had break.  My husband is partial to the road trip and enjoys driving, which is fine by me, I enjoy watching the scenery change and doing a bit of car crochet, so we are a perfect match really! :)  
We went down the South Gippsland coast and stopped in the town of Meeniyan for lunch. I also got to visit Playing in the Attic, the lovely shop owned by Trudy.  I have been following Trudy's blog and Instagram accounts for a while now, so it was lovely to meet her in person and indulge in a bit of retail therapy in her gorgeous shop!  So many beautiful things, stationery, magazines, washi tapes, art supplies and so many other cute things, it is a really lovely space!  I ended up bringing quite a few things home with me!  
Actually, there were several beautiful shops in Meeniyan that I couldn't resist, I added to my cute crockery collection with some very special floral cups from another shop ( I can't remember what it was called now :(  ) 
Here's a  few photos of Trudy's shop. 

.......I got a fair bit of this blanket made as well, so bonus there! 

.......we stayed the night in Inverloch on the South Gippsland coast, this was the view from our room's verandah, it was a chilly day and sea was quite wild, I love how the wind has made the gums grow twisted and spindly, a typically coastal landscape.....

.....I went for a nice dusk walk, it was getting very cold by then, so I didn't venture too far, but the sky was quite beautiful.  It was great to get away from the routines of our normal life and we had a lovely dinner and some good chatting over a few relaxing drinks. Noice.

......I tend to go a bit of a magazine binge when we do road trips, don't really know why!  Here are a few of the mags I bought over the weekend! ( Also found a newish copy of Simply Crochet in a newsagency, we don't get that locally so I had to buy it! :) )  Lots of good reading here, and I guess the colouring book isn't really a magazine, so that doesn't count. :) 

Now it's time to get on with this new week, I have quite a busy one planned, although my car is playing up so I might be more house bound than I intended.  I have a newsletter to get out, a yarn club to plan (exciting!!), a blanket to finish, crochet classes to run, and new stock to source and order!  
Lots of fun work to be done. :) 

What's on your plate this week?