Sunday, 21 December 2014

Camino Bubbles

Yarn: Kauni  Wool 8/2 Effektgarn EKS (Spring Violets) 160g

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Triangle / Origami / Azuma Bukoro Bag #2

Remember the little bag I made a few weeks ago, well here is its big sister.  This piece of fabric was woven using white Moda Vera pure wool yarn as the  warp and  several brown handspun woollen yarns for the weft.  I used a variety of patterns, trying out simple weft and warp floats from "The Weaver's Idea Book" by Jane Patrick.  I'm a beginner weaver and my selvedges aren't that great, and some of the weaving patterns draw the fabric in more than plain weave so the width of the fabric varied a little along its length but on average the finished width after washing was 36 cm. The finished bag is a good size for a shoulder bag and my current knitting project fits nicely in it.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


A walk on Union Hill, Waihi. Lots of fun climbing over the ruins left from mining & processing operations in the area.

More information about the site can be found here:

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Azuma bukuro bag

I had a piece of hand-woven fabric that was too scratchy to use as a scarf and I remembered a pattern for a bag made from folding a rectangle into triangles so went searching on the internet.  So it turns out there is a Japanese name for these bags, azuma bukuro bags and once you know that it is easy to find  images and tutorials.  Here are three I found:
Back to my bag, it is quite small so not very practical, but it was fun  making it.

Friday, 17 October 2014

17 October 2014

The pinecone bird feeders made at Brownies this week are popular this evening.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

17 July 2014

This felted vessel is the result of a challenge at the Creative Fibre retreat last weekend.  We were all given a bag of coloured fibre scraps which we had to weave in some way.  I separated out some colours and spun them, then tried my hand at circular weaving.  However when I cut my weaving off the loom I realised that my tension was way too tight as there was no way it was going to sit flat.  It was time for a change of plan, so I chucked the weaving in hot soapy water and felted it. 

Monday, 16 June 2014

I wanted to try out Pleats by Kieran Foley so I decided to use some handpun yarns that were languishing in the "pile of yarns with no purpose"; a dark brown wool and an jelly-dyed alpaca.

I think I have just recreated the colour scheme of a rug from my 1970s childhood.

The pleats stretched out.

Monday, 12 May 2014

From instructions by Gretel Parker in Mollie Makes, issue 13.

Friday, 4 April 2014


Inspired by "Chinese, Celtic & Ornamental Knots for Beaded Jewelley" by Suzen Millodot.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Saturday, 22 February 2014

New shawl

This year I need to budget a bit more than previous years as we are now supporting a uni student (I have no idea how he got so old so fast) so I'm making an effort to use up all the interesting yarn that I have bought and then haven't used. First yarn out of the basket was a 4 ply from Little Wool Company. It's a 50% wool, 50% mohair mix and the colour is Ocean.

The pattern is  Frisson  and it's easy to follow, mainly garter stitch with a simple lace pattern.  The shawl used 80g of the 200g hank so now I need to think of something else to make with the remainder.