Archive for March, 2010


A Great Read

31 March 2010

Just delivered from the Book Depository, this really great book. 

 Knitwear Design Workshop

It covers every aspect of design from different sleeve shapes to all-in-one constructions.  The maths are explained all the way through, there are loads of great hints and tips, it’s 344 pages (ring-bound) and I think it’s going to get a lot of use. 

A great read!


Sydney Easter Show Preview Night

30 March 2010

Great knitting . . . not so great knitting.  Items I’d like to sneak home with me . . . items my nearly 90 year old mother would deem to be too old-fashioned. 

The Easter Show had it all (including the usual really poorly displayed pieces that would have had me in tears if they’d been mine).

The winner of the night was a stunning shawl which won the “Best of Show” plus awards for the Best of Best (can’t remember what it was called) – 6 awards in all.  It was truly gorgeous, and they couldn’t even hang that properly – it was wrapped around a pole (maybe they thought it was a graffiti art entry).

The best thing for me was that I know how young some of these knitters are.  These aren’t dear old ladies producing exquisite lace – some of them are under 25.  I was able to point this out to one woman who commented on how this was a dying art.  She was VERY impressed when I told her the ages of so many of these entrants.   

I’m really looking forward to going back there next week to do the commentary for the Sticks and String podcast.  Do listen in.


I Promise Myself – Part 2

29 March 2010

I promised myself (via you all) that I’d finish everything on my needles before I cast on something new.  Well, I’ve stuck to the last part – I haven’t cast on anything.  But I’m having trouble with the first. 

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me lately – everything I knit has to be re-done . . . or maybe I’m just getting more particular. 

One Baby Surprise Jacket finished and with its new owner.  Another BSJ needs to be sewn up.  Purple linen jacket needs about another 3 hours – sew in second sleeve, sew in ends etc.  I crocheted the edgings and I think it looks good but note to self – NEVER crochet with Rowan Linen.  It splits dreadfully and it seems more pronounced when crocheting than knitting.  Winter jumper untouched ( only needs a collar but who needs a winter jumper when the temperature is still hovering between 25 and 30C?).

No knitting tonight – out with friends from England.  No knitting tomorrow night – Easter Show Preview night.  And then it’s the 31st.  So I’ve failed! 

But I won’t give up (or in).  I’ve Wednesday night and Thursday night, which should be enough.  Then I can look forward to Easter and something NEW to knit (and 800g of 4 ply 100% silk arrived in my post box today!). 

And the good news is that I may have sold the pattern for the “secret project” I posted about a couple of weeks ago – the orange cable and garter stitch ‘thing’.     

All pictures will be posted over Easter.

ETA:    It’s 800 METRES of silk (220g) not 800g.


New Words Required

28 March 2010

I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon.  If I’d gone there 10 years or so ago, I would probably have looked out over this wonder of the universe and said “This is awesome”.  Can’t say that any more.  ‘Awesome’ now describes a good cup of coffee, a film or a new pair of shoes.  Awe no longer seems to enter into it.

And where did we get all these ‘stars’ from?   An actor who has appeared in three episodes of a soap opera is now apparently a star – give him a whole series and he’s a superstar.  No – make a great film every year for 10 years and win 3 Oscars – then I’ll call you a star.

Captain the winning side at cricket or football and you’re a hero.  Win an Olympic gold medal and you’re a hero.  Win more than one gold medal and you’re a super-hero.  How are we supposed to describe someone who risks her life to rescue a child from the sea, or to get someone out of a burning building? 

May we have some new words, please?



Wave Goodbye To The Clowns

27 March 2010

Initial reports suggest that the circus is leaving town!  Did they choose to go or were they pushed?  Who knows . . . who cares?

But the administrators have been called in.


In Need Of Better P.R.

26 March 2010

A few months ago, I told the story of my sister who bought some yarn with far too many knots.  She complained, the company replaced it.  She’s one happy customer.  She’d recommend the company.

I recently bought some yarn from a wonderful hand-dyer (who I often rave about here) but the yarn wasn’t of her usual extremely high quality.  The dyer sent me without hesitation a new skein.  I’m one happy customer.  I’d recommend this dyer.

A friend of mine bought some yarn from what I thought to be a wonderful hand-dyer.   It was poorly dyed,  My friend has spent A LOT of money with this company over the last few months but that seems to hold no sway with them.  They refuse to acknowledge that it’s faulty and instead of just sending her a replacement, they insist that they swap it and if by post, at my friend’s expense.

What’s wrong with these people?  If my friend were mad and this dying job is perfect (she’s not . . . and it isn’t), I’d still recommend that they just send her another skein.  One happy customer, who’d carry on spending large amounts of dosh and recommending the company to the knitters of Australia. 

As it stands now, they’ve lost one customer and maybe more will follow. 

Ethically suspect;  financially stupid.




Round Up

25 March 2010

1.     Don’t forget Authorised Knitting at the Stitches and Craft Show, Saturday and Sunday 17th/18th April from 10.00am.  Australian Technology Park, Redfern.

2.     And don’t forget to put in your diaries World Wide Knit in Public on Saturday 12th June.  Details to be announced soon but we’ve wonderful prizes (including a great basket of goodies again from Mosman Needlecraft).  .

3.    And, finally, don’t forget to leave a comment.  Everyone’s name goes into a draw next Thursday and there are two prizes – one for an Australian resident and one for an overseas reader.  And I have only 7 people in the overseas draw at the moment so your chances are pretty good.  Just leave a comment, if only to say ‘hello’.

I’ll be back tomorrow.