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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Animals, Life, Stuff

 

Queensland Floods – Auchenflower, Brisbane

Front yard

Wolf in kitchen

High water mark

High water mark

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Life

 

Live 2 Stash

Live 2 Knit is now Wired For Fibre

Rita 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon in Tidal colourway x1 Skein

Rita 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon in Tidal colourway x1 Skein

Rita 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon in Heaven colourway x1 Skein

Rita 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon in Heaven colourway x1 Skein

Ginger 63% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/15% Nylon/2% REAL Silver in Nirvana colourway x1 Skein

Ginger 63% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/15% Nylon/2% REAL Silver in Nirvana colourway x1 Skein

Ginger 63% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/15% Nylon/2% REAL Silver in Lavish colourway x1 Skein

Ginger 63% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/15% Nylon/2% REAL Silver in Lavish colourway x1 Skein

Elizabeth 100% Superwash Merino in Phoenix colourway x2 skeins

Elizabeth 100% Superwash Merino in Phoenix colourway x2 skeins

Shirley 100% Superwash Merino in Blaze colourway x2 skeins

Shirley 100% Superwash Merino in Blaze colourway x2 skeins

I got all of these from Wired for Fibre on lay-by except for the Elizabeth in Phoenix colourway which I procured from a Ravelry sale/trade.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2009 in Stash

 

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Clapotis

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Yarn: Cleckheaton Bamboo
Purchased: Stich n Time in Canberra
Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yardage: 125 meters x 4 skeins used
Needles: 4mm Knit Picks Options

On Ravelery

My Aunty Carol chose the colourway. It is important to me that you know this.

This yarn itself is fabulous (apart from the colour, that is) – silky, smooth, well plied, fantastic drape, gorgeous sheen etc. It is a strange weight, though, as it is not quite fingering and not quite sport. But I hate the colourway.

I had never done drop-stitch before but I really enjoyed the effect, and I think the Cleckheaton Bamboo helped to make this an enjoyable, mindless knit (as long as I ignored the colours). It knit up quite fast, taking only 17 days from start to finish and I was pretty inconsistant with the amount of time I spent on it. I started it on the 10th of March and finished by the 27th.

I watched Star Trek: Deep Space 9 whilst knitting this. I will always associate the show with The Clapotis, just like I associate Star Trek: Voyager with Big Sack Sweater and Doctor Who: Series 2 with Under The Hoodie.

The yarn is sooooooo pastel. I HATE pastel …. urge.. to.. kill.. rising…

There are no photos of me wearing the Clapotis or even having it touch my body. I don’t want any record that I touched yarn that is so saturated with pastelly fugliness. I wish I could have worn surgical gloves while knitting it. Did I mention that I am not fond of pastel, let alone so many different pastels all in the one place?

But my Aunt Carol loves it which is what it is all about, in the end. Love you, Aunt Carol xx

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2008 in FOs, Knitting

 

Skronchable Skarf

This photo is probs the truest to the actual colour of Pearl Ten.

Yarn: MMMalabrigo Merino Worsted Pearl Ten
Purchased: Yarn and Kisses
Pattern: Scrunchable Scarf by Susan McConne
Yardage: 198M
Needles: 6mm Knit Picks Options 

On Ravelery

Hi, my name is CrowJane and I am an addict. It all started a month ago when I received my first shipment of MMMalabrigo Merino Worsted. And I have no intention whatsoever of giving up this addiction. In fact, I have quite the opposite in mind. I’m going to feed the addiction until I have the biggest Mal habit known to Womankind (because I put a capital W in Womankind, Womankind includes the male of the species -just like when someone puts a capital in front of Mankind, women are supposed to feel included – I never do).

I love it. Truly. It is 100% wool and it doesn’t itch. At all. Not even a little bit. Not even when I am think about mosquitoes and fleas and head-lice and midges – it is like a scarf made from Calamine Lotion. Genius. The scarf only took 1 skein and 11 days – and for 6 of those days I was only knitting sporadically as I was on walk-about. 

If you haven’t already – GO BUY YOURSELF SOME MALABRIGO!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2008 in FOs, Knitting

 

S.E.X. in Sydney & Cyber S.E.X.

So, I made an impromptu visit to Sydney for 5 days and managed to find myself in Morris & Sons (aka Tapestry Craft) a couple of hours after landing on a Stash Enhancing eXpedition (S.E.X. to us knitters). I had a non-knitting friend with me – which was probs a wise move as I am on a very limited budget, but they were having an awesome sale so I actually saved money by spending money (shut up – it does too work that way). 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden & and some Knit Picks knickknacks later, I left. It was a similar feeling to eating a small amount of a delicious dessert – happy that you ate some but wanting more at the same time.

 

Noro Silk Garden colours 268 & 8

Noro Silk Garden colours 268 & 8

Yesterday afternoon I got home from trip and found these goodies awaiting my stroking and fondling:

 

Handmaiden Lady Godiva in Paris colourway

Handmaiden Lady Godiva in Paris colourway

 

Malabrigo Silky Merino - Azul Azul

Malabrigo Silky Merino - Azul Azul

 

Malabrigo Silky Merino Plum Blossom

Malabrigo Silky Merino Plum Blossom

I got the Malabrigo Silky Merino from Yarnandkisses and the Handmaiden Lady Godiva was purchased at Purl Yarns

I’ll never be rich.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2008 in Knitting, Stash

 

Everything In Moderation

A few days back Katie, owner of Live 2 Knit bestowed upon me the honour of co-moderating the Live 2 Kint-ers group on Ravelry. Katie makes some of the most beautiful coloured yarn in Australia. And she has an online lay-by feature which is both incredibly cool and a little bit evil – for as long as she offers lay-by, I think I shall always have a skein or five or gorgeous yarn in my shopping cart.

These are my Live 2 Knit purchases to date and (of course) I have a few more on lay-by:

Claudette 100% cashmere in Blush colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Blush colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Brindle colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Brindle colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sea Glass colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sea Glass colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Maple colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Maple colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sublime colourway

Claudette 100% cashmere in Sublime colourway

Ava 100% DK silk in Phoenix colourway

Ava 100% DK silk in Phoenix colourway

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2008 in Stash