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Midwest Moonlight WIP

I finally got a copy of Scarf Style by Pam Allen just coz I like following the herd<<< not true. This reminds me – I have noticed something weird going on with my behaviour lately. I normally have a deep yearning to be the black sheep in any given flock, to the point where I will stop listening to, wearing and going to anything that becomes poopular (not a typo) and common.

But I behave in the exact opposite way to this when it comes to knitting. I trust knitters and their trends. I like what most other knitterslike and I am not afraid of not standing out. Maybe it is a confidence thing. My knitting skillz are rudimentary at best, childlike at worst and as such I don’t particularly want to single myself out. Although that last sentence is in direct conflict to the fact that I have a knitting blog and have put my knitting and learning experiences online for the whole world to see. Methinks this requires more pondering.

I have been staring wistfully at a few of the projects when it occurred to me that by a great coincidence a good friend of mine, a great friend in fact…oh, who am I kidding…she is one of my best mates in the world (we have matching tattoos) is visiting from Canada in just over a week and I promised her a scarf to take back to Vancouver. Hi, R!

After much deliberation I chose the Midwest Moonlight scarf. Her favourite colour is blue which looks fantastic on her as she has these amazing blue eyes and lovely skin. I am making the scarf in Cleckheaton “Country Silk” blue. I can’t stop knitting with this stuff – it is not the softest yarn in the world but it drapes so perfectly and the flecks of silk are like knitting with yarn strewn with fluffy clouds.

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This is a rather inaccurate representation of the actual colour. Plus, this is my first ever attempt at anything remotely lacy so yay for me. I like this lace – in the book they refer to it as feminine but I don’t think it is particularly feminine.

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This is a more accurate depiction of the colour of the yarn but still not quite spot on.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2006 in Knitting, WIPs

 

Under the Hoodie Progress Report 2

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I have finished the front pocket on my Under The Hoodie. I made a few unintentional changes to the pattern but it all turned out just fine. I thought I would kill two birds with one stone (that is such a gruesome saying) and post a pic of my Under The Hoodie progress and my newly procured yarn. I bought sock yarn which is a step in the direction of making a pair of socks but without the correct sized needles or a pattern in mind, I am still quite happly not commited to making socks just yet. This is kinda how I feel about having children, too.

The sock yarn is ONline Supersocke – Summer and the Noro is Silk Garden #8

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2006 in Knitting, WIPs

 

FO – Meema’s Felted Marsupial Tote (sans the marsupial bit)

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Before felting

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Blocking into shape using Yellow Pages

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Size comparison

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Finished! The model’s hands are huge so the bag is not as small as it looks here

Yarn: Patons “Jet” 70% wool 30% alpaca – 2 strands held together to get guage
Pattern: Meema’s Felted Marsupial Tote- Stitch n Bitch
Yardage: 73M
Needles: 10mm 60cm circulars

This is my first forray into felting – I loved it. It was a bit risky, a bit daring…will it work or won’t it? Will it felt? Will it be too small or too big? Have I just wasted all my work and $40 worth of yarn? It felted up so well and I am very, very pleased with it. Now I wanna felt everything I have ever made. It ended up being a gift for my mother as it was recently her birthday. I knew it would end up going to one older female relative or another. Now I want to make more in funkier, more me colours. I did not make the marsupial pouch so I really want to give that a go, too. I think I might make lots of these for xmas gifts.

I even enjoyed the smell of the wet yarn – it made me recall washing my first dog, Ben and swimming with my second dog, Penny. I like the smell of clean, wet dog. Happy times.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2006 in FOs, Knitting

 

FO – Meema’s Felted Marsupial Tote (sans the marsupial bit)

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Before felting

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Blocking into shape using Yellow Pages

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Size comparison

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Finished! 

Yarn: Patons “Jet” 70% wool 30% alpaca – 2 strands held together to get guage
Pattern: Meema’s Felted Marsupial Tote- Stitch n Bitch
Yardage: 73M
Needles: 10mm 60cm circulars

This is my first forray into felting – I loved it. It was a bit risky, a bit daring…will it work or won’t it? Will it felt? Will it be too small or too big? Have I just wasted all my work and $40 worth of yarn? It felted up so well and I am very, very pleased with it. Now I wanna felt everything I have ever made. It ended up being a gift for my mother as it was recently her birthday. I knew it would end up going to one older female relative or another. Now I want to make more in funkier, more me colours. I did not make the marsupial pouch so I really want to give that a go, too. I think I might make lots of these for xmas gifts.

I even enjoyed the smell of the wet yarn – it made me recall washing my first dog, Ben and swimming with my second dog, Penny. I like the smell of clean, wet dog. Happy times.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2006 in FOs, Knitting

 

FO – Jayne Cobb Hat

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Yarn: Nundle Collection Sunshine, Tangerine & Red
P
attern: Dryope’s Jayne Cobb Hat Pattern for Mugua (Dummies)
Yardage: 100M
Needles:  8mm 80cm circulars & 8mm dpns 

Pretty cunning, don’t you think?

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2006 in FOs, Knitting

 

Fur n Feather Friday

Today’s feathery friend is the beautiful Brolga.

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  • The brolga is a type of crane who live in the wetlands of Australia, a part of New Guinea and can even sometimes be found in New Zealand
  • The average height of an adult brolga is 1.3 metres
  • Adult brolgas are silvery-grey with bright scarlet heads
  • Brolgas stay with the same mate for their entire life
  • It is thought that brolgas have a lifespan of about 7 years in the wild
  • Brolgas are reknowned for their intricate and involved courtship dance

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  • Brolgas build nests that are large mounds or platforms in the wetlands that they live in and these nests can be up to 1.5 metres in diameter, with both parent helping to construct it
  • The female lays a clutch of 2 eggs which both parents help to incubate
  • Brolgas do not migrate but they do relocate in accordance to the rain 
  • Whilst not endangered, brolga numbers are dwindling due to loss of habitat and climate change

Dreamtime Brolga

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There are many different cultural variations on how the brolga was created, but all have a similar theme. Here is one of them:

Brolga was once a beautiful girl who loved to dance and she was the most graceful and elegant dancer that had ever lived. One day she danced away from the safety of her tribe and an evil spirit saw her. The evil spirit wanted her for himself so he turned himself into a willywilly (whirlwind) and engulfed Brolga and swept her up. Brolga’s tribe had noticed her missing and had come looking for her. They follwed the track of the willywilly for many days until they finally came across the evil spirit holding Brolga captive. Brolga’s tribespeople rushed to attack the spirit and free her and the evil spirit quickly realised Brolga’s tribe would overpower him and take Brolga from him. He was angry and jealous and decided that if he could not have Brolga all to  himself then noone could have her ever. The evil spirit swept Brolga up in another willywilly so that her tribe could no longer see her. The tribe watched the willywilly rush off into the distance and noticed that where Brolga had been there was now a lovely, tall grey crane. The crane started to dance and Brolga’s tribe knew that the crane was Brolga.

Links:
Australia Zoo: Brolgas
abc science: brolgas

For more Dreamtime stories and beautiful artwork –  Dreamtime Kullilla Art

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2006 in Animals

 

Laid Back

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Posted by on November 17, 2006 in Animals