A couple of months or so ago I came across a brand new podcast on youtube by my Insta-friend Vanessa Kind and she introduced me to the wonderful indie dyer Dingo Dyeworks. I fell head over heels with all the yarns and colourways – you know how much I love a good merino yarn.
When I visited the site I was overwhelmed. How could I possibly choose between all these amazing yarns?! But then I saw Winterlight.
Winterlight is a shawl designed by Meg Gadsbey from Atelier Yarn in Sydney, in collaboration with Petah from Dingo Dyeworks in her beautiful Fair Dinkum Dingo Tail gradients.
I love the Fair Dinkum range, it carries the NewMerino certification, which is a an Australian initiative promoting 100% traceability, sustainability and ethical treatment.
The hardest decision was then what else should I get? Because the yarn was coming all the way from Perth, I couldn’t just order one skein – it’d be a waste right?
In the end I settled on some Fair Dinkum ultrafine fingering in Blue Gum. Blue gums have the most incredible scent. In the region I grew up in, about 20 years ago graziers started cashing in on the blue gum boom, selling their land for a thousand dollars an acre (insane money) to be replanted with blue gums. All of a sudden I was living in a forest instead of farmland, it was strange how the landscape changed so rapidly.
So the blue gum is something familiar, and a lovely colourway, so it fits. I have a project in mind, another Meg Gadsbey design called Minnamurra. Aren’t all these Australian names awesome? It makes me a bit homesick to be honest. I think my obsession with merino is something that I use to keep me connected, do you know what I mean?
I absolutely loved making Winterlight. The pattern is perfect for someone like me who doesn’t class themselves as a “knitter””- although I do now! It’s also just beautiful, so that’s reason enough!
I can’t wait to make another one. But I have a to-do list and WIP list that is longer than my arm, so it’ll have to wait a bit.
And finally, do check out Vanessa’s great podcast on Youtube. Although, lock up your wallet; she’s a bad influence!
Posted in knit
Tagged atelier yarn, dingo dyeworks, gradient, knitting, meg gadsbey, merino, my creative garage, podcast, shawl, winterlight, yarn
I’ve been on a major yarn buying binge lately. I promise that I’ll compile pics of the yarns and projects, but today I just want to share with you some inspiration.
I’ve trawled Etsy and created a Treasury with some of my absolute favourite hand dyed yarns. I didn’t think about the fibre content today, I focused 100% on colour. It’s difficult to say which is my favourite, because they all stand out for different reasons. I love rainbows – to me they represent my daughter. Maybe I should make a treasury with just rainbow gradients….
Powered By Handmadeology
Have a colourful Tuesday!
Finished. After a month of picking it up and putting it down, it’s finally done. And much more beautiful, and bigger, than I could have anticipated.
It took a good day to block and dry, and was too big for my blocking board, so I had to break out the yoga mat so it would fit!
I’m just in love with it. The colour, the texture, how soft it is, it’s a complete package.
And here’s the cutest little photo bomber ever:
I used Malabrigo Silky Merino in Madre Perla (four skeins) that I picked up from houseofyarn.nl. This shade is sold out, but there are lots of other beautiful ones to choose from.
I used the Spring Shawl pattern that I posted here and added a row of double crochets and picots for the edging because I found the original pattern finally!!!!
Posted in Pattern, Projects, Yarn
Tagged crochet, crochet pattern, DIY, free pattern, haken, hand crafted, handcrafted, handmade, malabrigo, merino, MissNeriss, pattern, ravelry, spring shawl, yarn
Well, they didn’t. But could you imagine where that might lead..?
These are two little guys that I finished last night and are ready to head off to their new homes today.
This is Johhny the Monkey from the Zoomigurumi book, produced by amigurumipatterns.net. It, and it’s sequel Zoomigurumi 2 are my absolute favourite pattern books. I love the photographs and I LOVE the patterns inside. All my favourite designers are in there!
And this one I found on Craftsy (or it could have been Ravelry or Etsy, it’s for sale there too) – Pudge the Pup. Isn’t he just adorable? My daughter is in love with him. So much so that there will be arguments soon when it’s time for me to send him off to his new home.
Both animals were made with wool this time. Usually I use cotton yarn, but I wanted them to be extra snuggly and fuzzy and they look great.
Johnny the Monkey was made with Drops Merino Extra fine, and Pudge the Pup with Drops Big Merino.
Posted in Projects
Tagged amigurumi, craft, craftsy, crochet, crochet pattern, DIY, drops, etsy, haken, handcrafted, handmade, merino, Obsessed with Crochet, yarn
There are two types of people in this world, those who love Angry Birds and those who have never played Angry Birds.
My husband is still obsessed, even after playing the game for a couple of years on his phone. Has to get three stars on all levels. Thinks nothing of working on one level for days (weeks?). I on the other hand just want to get through all the levels as fast as possible and don’t care about my rank.
When a request came in to make this Angry Birds hat for a little boy, I have to be honest and say that I had reservations. I was sure that the end result would be nothing like the actual Angry Birds themselves.
How wrong could I have been?! Even when I was putting the eyes together, you could see that they could only belong to the red Angry Bird and then when it was all finished I couldn’t stop smiling because it looks so fantastic!
I pulled the pattern from Crochet Geek, who is one of the single best crochet resources on the Internet. Clear tutorials, plus videos for both right and left handers; just fantastic.
I used Drops Big Merino for the hat, which is lovely and soft and super stretchy, so will last for ages even on the fastest growing kids. For the face I used Drops Cotton Light.
What do you think? Cool, right?
Click the photo to be redirected to the tutorial.
October 8, 2013 in Drops, Pattern, Projects, Tutorials, Uncategorized
Tagged angry birds, crochet, crochet geek, drops, free tutorial, haken, handmade, hat, merino, pattern, yarn
This is a bag that I’m working on for a friend. I’m loving the way that the colours work together. I was a bit apprehensive at first, because colour-matching is something that I really struggle with. I just seem to miss that gene…
Yarn used: Drops Big Merino in 06, 07, 09, 10, 16, 20
The original pattern can be found on Attic 24, for free!
What do you think of the colours?
June 18, 2013 in Drops, WIP
Tagged bag, Big Merino, crochet, drops, haken, merino, project, WIP, work in progress, yarn