Joining the generous Ginny this week who is kind enough to host yarn along from her website Small Things ,I get to show off my completed Boston Chevron Infinity Cowl by Jocelyn Sass. At last I have mastered the chevron stitch. Drum roll! I don’t know why but for some reason I just couldn’t get my hook or brain around the chevron stitch. This pattern I purchased from Ravelry was very straightforward and the chevron stitch and I are now firm friends. Perhaps I have worked with wool for too long but when I looked at the photograph of the cowl my immediate thought was” that is exactly what an enormous knitted wooly mammoth’s poo would like!”
The book I am reading is from the wonderful Northcote Library and it is called Herbs for Australian Gardens. The author is Penny Woodward. I love the idea of fresh herbs and who knows, this could be the beginning of something good. Any advice for a novice herb grower who really should stop procrastinating and get back to consignments and pattern making?
I popped into my local yarn shop yarn and co over the weekend to buy a new set of 5.5mm knitting needles. I had somehow lost one and as any knitter knows, there isn’t much you can do with just one knitting needle! I was very proud and pleased to see my Millie the aussiegurumi cat happily sitting on a bench right in the middle of the store.
I made Millie for Chris, one of the proprietors as a sort of “it’s nice to meet you and I am really glad we have a local yarn shop opened” type of gift. Apparently Karen, the other proprietor, has cats so when I get a moment I plan to make some minis for her too.
I used a combination of Jo Sharp and Cleckheaton yarns for Millie and while I was shopping I treated myself to a repair hook like the one below.
So if you live anywhere near Melbourne, Fitzroy and you haven’t been there yet. Check out yarn and co. It isn’t just a craft shop. They have groups, classes, workshops, great variety and prices and most importantly. High Tea. Hmmm. Knitting and High Tea!
I leave you with one more pic of Millie looking a bit daunted about going in her gift bag. (she looked happy at the shop though)
Joining Ginny this week for Yarn Along, I decided to take a short break from my aussiegurumis and microgurumi making and try a crochet stitch I haven’t tried yet.
It is the Chevron Stitch. I got this lovely pattern from Ravelry. It is called The Boston Chevron infinity Cowl and the pattern is designed and sold by Jocelyn Sass. I look forward to giving my fingers a break from my teeny tiny work and having a go at a project that calls for a 9mm crochet hook.
Meanwhile I am also re reading a wonderful book by a home grown Aussie woman Rosalie Ham called “The Dressmaker” If you haven’t read this book yet, I definitely recommend it.
Crafty people. Is there a particular technique you have thought you would like to try but somehow never got around to?
Join us next week on Yarn Along to show us what you have been knitting or crocheting and reading!
No Crafter likes to frog. I have just recently learnt an anti frogging technique from a student no less! This amazing young women went from novice to expert in about 3 months. She knitted a complete adult cardigan with a tealeaf pattern which she completed, blocked and sewed. I am very proud of her. That isn’t all though as she also taught me the technique of the lifeline. If you look carefully you will see a red cotton thread through a row. It reminds me of a video game technique. Every time you get past a difficult stage, instead of “save game” you “insert lifeline”. I found with very soft yarn like the one above it is better to use a silk thread like in the photo otherwise if you use yarn it can stretch the stitches. I learnt that the hard way and had to double frog. Oh the frustration! An experienced knitter or Crafter can have the same effect by using a stitch marker as in the one here.
It reminds me that we are always learning if we are open.
Have you learnt anything that has helped you along the way lately?