Friday, 28 December 2012

Baby Surprise Jacket

I've been knitting, mainly to get a feel for this pattern as the challenge at spinning group in 2013 is to make a Baby Surprise Jacket from handspun coloured wool (we're not supposed to use any naturally white fleece but can dye coloured fleeces if we want). Now I just have to sew it up, though there's no rush as the only baby I know is only a few weeks old and this jacket is more about 1 year size.

Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Ravelry Link
Yarn: Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 8 ply

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The tree is decorated, and the Daleks are guarding it against intruders.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Easily distracted.

What I should be doing:
Cleaning the house.
Cooking meals.
Jobs on the Christmas To-Do List

What I am doing:

Playing with Wee Peggy.  She is on loan, I brought her home from our Weavers & Spinners group Christmas meeting.  I still like my spindles but I think there might be some more spinning on a wheel in my future.

Bonnie is more interested in the small bag of  unwashed Romney Hogget fleece that I brought home, I left it on the floor and she snuck a look last night. Finding it tipped out and spread around gave her away. At least she didn't take it under the house which is what she did with one of my shoes last week,  I had to pay one of the kids to go and get it for me. You wouldn't think a dog with such cool hair could be so naughty!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Paper Star

Usually I have the Christmas tree up the first weekend of December but it's still in the box at the moment and I don't know where the month has gone. I have fitted in a little craft though, here's a star I've made to hang in the window.  The instructions are from All Things Paper

Friday, 23 November 2012

A Kereru in the garden

 The Loquat and Wild Cherry trees are full of fruit and so we have a visitor in the garden.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

We went to a family wedding in Hamilton yesterday. The ceremony at the Hamilton Gardens was lovely, even though umbrellas were the order of the day. Later at the reception we had a fantastic free light show, provided by the nearby Victoria Bridge.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Something underfoot.

My new bedside rug, not terribly big, just the right size to stand on when getting out of bed.  Instructions in 'Complete Feltmaking' by Gillian Harris.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Sunday, 4 November 2012

I had to provide a small prize and I thought a box of chocolates wasn't quite enough, so it was time to break out my felt-making stuff.  It is months since I made any felt, so I had forgotten most of what I had learned but it soon came back to me as I followed the instructions in my favourite felty book "Complete Feltmaking" by Gillian Harris.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012


 A solitary Aquilegia.


 Still spinning, the blanket grows slowly.

Things making me smile today:
Our neighbour just gave us a huge cabbage - coleslaw tonight!
Reading The Knitter's Life List

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Poppies are popping up.

I've been feeling a bit down lately so it was great to look out the kitchen window this morning and see these beautiful colours had appeared in the garden. These poppies are self-seeded so I don't know what their official name is but every year they turn up.

How can you feel down when you have these to look at? 

Another thing cheering me up, reading "The Mystery of Mercy Close" by Marian Keyes. I have to admit I totally bought this book because of the back cover's mention of the Shovel List. I'm obviously a bit behind the times as I hadn't heard of a Shovel List but it immediately appealed to me, and if you're wondering what it is, here's the definition from the book:

"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much that I want to hit them in the face with a shovel"

Sunday, 30 September 2012

We're a little bit late in starting but here's the first batch of seeds that will hopefully produce lots of yummy veges.

Friday, 21 September 2012


How could I resist?

Yarn: Grey - Sirdar Eco wool dk, shade 204 flint, 
Cream - Shepherd NZ Organic pure wool dk, shade 100

Sunday, 16 September 2012

I'm still here, have been trying to get rid of a nasty cold and not feeling like doing anything. There has been some spinning and knitting, the blanket is just a bit bigger than cushion size at the moment.  In the photo is some hand dyed silk top from Unique Stitching I bought at the Hamilton Craft & Quilt fair last week. The colour is Fairy Floss.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012


This is Bonnie.  She is 2 1/2 years old and she has come to live with us.  A couple of months ago our beloved dog, Ginger, died and it has been rather quiet without him.  We were looking for a puppy and were offered Bonnie by her breeder.  She is a bit nervous around new people but she's settling in and it's lovely to have her even when she leaves muddy footprints all over the place.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Weaving/Plaiting Paper

A plaited paper basket woven from strips of A4 envelopes.  The instructions are from another library book, "Time to Weave" by Jane Patrick.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Blanket in the making

Spinning and knitting is happening, admittedly slowly, but I'm spinning and knitting the wool from the last post up into a blanket.  The pattern is modular squares so I can knit one square at a time when I feel like it. The colour is growing on me, though I don't think I'll ever be enthusiastic about it.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

 Still only spinning to report.  I have a bag of this wool fibre that was given to me by a friend, who found it in a cupboard in a house she was renting. It has been sitting in a bag at my place for several years now as I don't really like the colours, it looks more browny-pink in real life.
But the time has come to do something with it so here is the first ball. I'm thinking of making a blanket with it as I can't imagine wearing anything made of this unless I wanted to channel my inner earth-mother.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Honey Cowl

I made something with yarn that I actually spun!  It is a honey cowl with some modifications due to a lack of yarn, not having the right size needles and of course it being a hand spun yarn of varying thickness.  I'm not sure exactly what wool this is as it was a gift to practice with but it is nice and soft to wear. I spun it on my Ashford spindle.

And now I am trying out a turkish spindle with some more unknown practice wool. I should be able to take the ball of yarn off this spindle, so I don't have to wind it off the spindle which sounds good.  Just have to wait and see if that actually works or not.  This is the 30g spindle which is considerably lighter than my ashford spindle and I really like using it.

Saturday, 7 July 2012


I saw this game at the Game Masters exhibition in Melbourne and just loved the graphics.  I'm not sure I'll be any good at playing the game but I'll enjoy looking at it.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Japanese School Bag party favours for a birthday sleepover.  
Instructions can be found at

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Origami book

My first go at a 16-page little book with cover.  Instruction from Origami Mini Library, an e-book from Oriland.