The beards are back!

Knitted beards Hans and Lars funny

This week we dug out the knitted beard collection for some shepherds to wear in a Christmas play (I’m on the costume committee). You may remember these from a few years back (here and then here). We had a lot of fun trying them on. They look best with hats. The two loopy beards tie…

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Free pattern…and reflections on the perfect knitted dishcloth

Dishcloth free pattern

Like many households, we are trying to “reduce, reuse and recycle”. At least I am, and I’m forcing everyone else come along for the ride. We have been kitchen sponge users for a couple of decades now. A while back I knitted some cotton dishcloths but they were rejected by a majority (ie everyone except…

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Knitting love at WWKIPDay


Yesterday was World-Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIPDay), the biggest knitter-run event in the world. Many thanks to Knit-Spin-Weave for hosting a wonderful WWKIPDay. We are so lucky to have you here. Cheers! Have you attended a knitting event? Did you knit at WWKIPDay this year?

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Knitting in Public

Knitting in Public

Saturday was World Wide Knit in Public Day, the largest knitter-run event in the world.                     Confession: I spent too much time chatting and didn’t actually do any knitting.  Maybe next year?   Cheers!    

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The Chosen Beard

Well, our country town’s Christmas pageant is over for another year.  I played the part of a shepherd in the Nativity float, along with other shepherds, several real sheep and goats (easy to come by around here), three wise men, angels, people in tinsel carrying banners, and of course Mary, Joseph and Jesus.    …

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Our knitted beard collection


Our Australian country town has a penchant for dress-ups.  Are other country towns like this?  Since moving here, I’ve lost count of the number of dress-up theme days, fancy dress birthday parties, parades, concerts, plays and other activities requiring dress-ups.  Not that I’m complaining! In our dress-ups box we have some knitted beards from the…

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Yarn magazine issue 43: Getting closure

Yarn magazine issue 43

Yarn magazine issue 43 came out this week featuring my very last article, aptly named Get some Closure.  It’s been almost six years since I began writing articles for Yarn, and ten years since they published my first project.  There are no terrible reasons why I’ve decided to stop being a contributor; I’ve simply just…

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…still knitting BIG

Nundle 72 ply caravan yarn texture detail

Last week’s chunky shawl knitted in 72ply Nundle Mills wool has been unraveled and re-knitted as a scarf.         Last week after blogging about the shawl, I happened to see a woman in the town wearing a skinny scarf knitted in similar-sized chunky wool.  Hers was cream chenille (to co-ordinate with her…

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Yarn magazine issue 42: Makin’ it BIG

Yarn magazine issue 42 front cover

Yarn magazine issue 42 has just come out with my article on Knitting Big.  It was a very enjoyable and interesting one to write. As part of the article, I arm knitted a scarf using 72ply wool from Nundle Mills.     I confess I never wore the scarf -it lay draped over the back…

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Yarn magazine issue 41: All laced up

Yarn mag issue 41 front cover

Issue 41 of Yarn magazine came out this month, featuring my article on designing your own lace with a companion project, the leaf and caterpillar scarf (it’s the orange scarf on the cover).  I used the project as the design example in the article.  The scarf was returned to me last week, just in time…

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