I am entering my blog space with butterflies in my tummy….it has been such a long time and life has been such a whirlwind this year. In fact, 2014 will probably go down in history for us.

Sometimes I feel like I am permanently under water. Treading frantically, barley coming up for air. From the epic house construction (work is still going on), the fire in our rental at the beginning of the year, moving several times, unpacking and repacking, moving several times, overseas visitors and generally busy kid and shop wrangling. Amidst all that, I decided to give my health and fitness a 40 year old overhaul which has taken me on a journey I didn’t expect to take. And tangled up in all of this crazy happening were countless stitches, that helped me stay sane. Cast ons and and cast off, a few rows of crochet and the elusive search of my sewing machine pedal…

I will end this tumultuous year on a somewhat ambivalent note. I have made the difficult decision to close my shop in Castlemaine. It has been the most rewarding and challenging 2 years growing my business. I have met some amazingly creative and prolific ladies, who have loyally visited the shop and make it their destination for crafty catch ups. Wonderful customers who share the same passion and yes, obsession with beautiful fibres and vibrant colours. But running a shop with a young family has been challenging.

A few months ago we have embarked on a journey for our 9 year old boy, who has been diagnosed with a Auditory Processing Disorder. Over the next 12 months we will be spending a lot of time travelling to Melbourne for his treatment. Taking the shop back to my home studio will enable me to be more flexible with our appointment times whilst still being able to provide the same service to my loyal customers.

However, I am looking forward to have knitting nights from home and the occasional ‘yarn tasting’ for our local gang…so if you are in the area and would like to be informed of our informal gatherings, make sure you are connected with ZigoZago via Facebook or send me an email so that I can add you to our mailing list.

Reducing my stock and consolidating our featured brands means one thing however: I will return to my passion and concentrate on select brands of hand dyed yarns and coveted dyers. Yes, this means more Madelinetosh…

While I get ready for new yarn, you can enjoy a large range of discounted yarns from the shop stock. Most Cascade is on sale, as well as Noro. More yarns will be added to the list to make space for some new goodies.

I have started going through my ever growing Ravelry favourites and my extensive stash of single skeins. Part of packing up my large ‘storage’ space, I need to also reduce my personal stash…so this summer, I am going to attempt to go through the favourites and pick some small projects to keep me busy…Really, perfect to spend some leisurely summer time whipping up some small projects, don’t you think?

So here is a little sample of my list of my favourite patterns that I am planning to knit up will all those single skeins floating about.



Lines and Corners

Mirepoix Cowl

Wandering Cowl




Graphic Kerchief





I also have a few sample skeins of sock yarns. So this Christmas, the kids will all be getting a pair of socks, since they have all outgrown their old pairs. My favourite go to sock pattern for the kids is the Churchmouse Classic Basic Sock pattern. A super simple pattern with plenty of detailed instructions for the beginner sock knitter. More sock ideas:

Striped Crew Sock

Cozy Socks

Camp & Trail Socks

Fingerless Mittens is another favourite quick knit. All you need is one skein so you can really splurge on a beautiful and luxurious yarn.


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A time to reap

Apis Dorata

As the year comes to an end, I feel gratified that I am cleaning, tidying and sorting. There is nothing nicer to tie up loose ends so to speak. The pleasure is much sweeter when we get to start a new book, a new project and dream up some new ideas, don’t you think?

Wishing you a wonderful, relaxing and sunny festive season.








Finally I have found my way back to this precious space of mine….blogging, a very personal collection of my favourite patterns, yarns and sometimes simply life. With a few of my other passions thrown in.

I have been absent for quite some time now, and a few wonderful readers have taken their time to email me, wondering if everything is ok, and how they miss my posts. You can imagine how touched I was my their genuine concern. So, thank you for pulling me out of my everyday. To help me refocus my attention to this space and what it holds for me and you.

But I guess, I do owe you a brief explanation why I have left so many friends and readers hanging?

Well, without boring you with all the minute details, since the summer holidays, life has been incredibly busy, with a few wobblies thrown it for good measure. Mums with small children will be able to empathise with the often challenging phases kids go through. After a few years of blissful cooperation, my two little ones have moved into the age of rivalry and arguments, one definitely becoming an actor the other possibly an argumentative lawyer or a meticulous engineer…in the meantime, I am spending way too much time in arbitration… Don’t get me wrong, they are gorgeous and we are having fun times, but parenting them is requiring a sharp and fair mind and lots of activities to keep their boisterous bodies occupied….Meanwhile, my big girl is watching the shenanigans with disbelief, whilst inching slowly towards pre-teendom….another whole new world….

Once the summer holidays were survived, we had a small house fire, which turned our life upside down for quite a few weeks and we are still living in a state of dishevelment….as we are renting and will be leaving by May, no repairs or painting are being offered…and the building of our own house is coming with its own set of issues….

To top it all, I have been trying to get some of my health issues sorted and get fitter and leaner. Since turning 40, I have been working on my personal bucket list and I have been chipping away at setting myself up to turn my 40ties into the best years to come.

Have you got a bucket list? What would your bucket list look like? If money or health were not objection, what would you do? Of course, besides investing in delicious yarns and spend your day knitting in a mountain cabin, overlooking the Alps and in front of a wood fire? I challenge you to have a think about that and do share. Besides sharing some of my favourite patterns and delicious yarns, I would love to share some of my to 10 bucket list items…and even tell you how I go about ticking some of the boxes. Would you allow me to do that?




In the meantime, I am back with my needles in hand, once again with more than one project started….my knitting season has truly begun, and as it is, I am covering the basics first. My little boy needs a new winter woolly, and he has decided he preferred a cardigan over a jumper and it had to have a zipper, not buttons. Okay then….

I am knitting him the beautiful Billa Jacket, a hoodie, designed by my very talented friend Ambah. If you haven’t seen Ambah’s patterns yet, you better check her Ravelry page out, as she is  a woman on a knitting mission. Stunning patterns in the most delicious colours….Billa is however her first garment, and it is a winner on so many fronts. First, its seamless, top-down constructions makes it an almost no brainer. There is some very clever detailing and some new techniques that will give you a beautifully finished jacked for your child. Play with colour or leave it plain, there are tons of possibilities. In my mind I had the colours already picked and was looking forward to some colour work…but to my surprise, he picked a very….mature colour….Cascade 220 Superwash in Army Green….A great hardwearing yarn it is, so I am happy to oblige…and he will look super cute, a little bit like a leprechaun…Another great zipper cardie would be ‘Just Chill‘ if you are not keen on the hood…

My girl is growing too fast, almost needing small adult sized patterns….She has discovered a love for turtle necks and chunky knits. I had my eye on Hot Chocolate and its grown up version Caramel Latte. So a Hot Chocolate it is for her….in the squishy Madelinetosh Chunky, a yarn that I would love to have in the shop this winter…..a perfect Aran weight yarn and for her, another forest green called Moorland….

Another little knit, that is sitting patiently is a little sample knit in our stunning Meadow yarn by the fibre company. Checkerboard Lace Scarf by the talented ladies at Purl Soho. It is a great knit, but you do need to be focused….definitely not one for the Friday night movie session…

So what else is on my knitting wish list?

I am more and more drawn to very classic, simple lines this year. Lila, combined with the buttery Swans Island is close to perfection..


A cowl that has sparked my imagination, is this Wandering Cowl. Beautifully shaped and with a wandering cable pattern, I love the natural colour…I imagine a Cascade Eco wool or a subtly died Tosh Vintage.

Wandering Cowl
Wandering Lines

While I have fallen in love with shawls, cowls are really the most practical garment in the knitting world in my mind. Especially the super-long ones, that can be wrapped around the neck and keeping it all protected from a cold wind…

Now. I am not normally a bright colours girl. I have spent too many teenage years covered in black and then in Melbourne, to really move too far away from it…But I have discovered colours, and to my own surprise, I am drawn to hot pinks and fuchsias….like Road to China in Rhodolite…And imagine being wrapped up in this beautiful cowl, all cashmere, silk, alpaca and camel softness???

Lines and Corners
Lines and Corners


And finally, one last accessory that gets me through the colder season are fingerless mittens….just great for going on long walks in the morning..they do have to be well-fitting though…and soft!

Second Skin Armwarmers
Second Skin Armwarmers

These are knit in the incredibly soft Dream in Colour ‘Perfectly Posh’ and if you haven’t tried this lush yarn yet, these are a perfect project to test this yarn.

There are so many patterns that are standing out for me….I would be happy to get these on my needles before the cold hits.


Has your knitting season started?


Best wishes,



I love school holidays!

During the school term we are usually busy ticking boxes, driving to and fro, multi-tasking and planning all sorts of things….school lunches, dinners, after school activities and who goes where and when. While of course this is part of every parents reality in our busy lives, school holidays are a welcome break from it all for me…

I do love to go away on a little camping adventure, but this year we are focussing every single spare moment on building our house. So, weekends and holiday are home bound for us.  And these holidays more so than ever. You see, on the last day of school, my son came down with the Chicken Pox. And so started our almost 3 weeks of quarantine as all three turned spotty. It could have been a disaster. But to their credit, they handled it extremely well and made up some hilarious games. We had so much time on our hands that we managed to weed the entire garden and made cubbies in every corner of the house. I threw in some yummy treats, lots of popcorn and chocolate cake and a few movies. The kids thought I was the best and could not believe their luck.  I cleaned the house more that I care to admit, sorted books and washed legos (the cat weed in  it..).

Sometimes you can turn a crappy situation into a positive. We came together as a unit again, regrouped, cuddled and ate popcorn on the couch. They played together more than ever. Because there was no one else….

Admittedly, I didn’t get to knit as much as I would have if we had gone to the beach for a week. But I did finish my linen scarf and also a little pair of baby pants in this delicious yarn Savannah. I got a new baby nephew, a most beautiful little boy called Remy. I have yet to meet him and give him a cuddle and I can’t wait to smell that delicious baby scent…

And today, everyone went back to school. With excitement and butterflies in their tummies…Me too, as I have the house all to myself today and it is soooo good. A most glorious spring day it is….

And speaking of spring, we have been enjoying our yearly flower explosion in our garden with the most beautiful display of colour imaginable. All shades of pink, yellow and orange. The colours crisp and sharp and so luminous you cannot help but want to brighten up your own wardrobe to match our happy environment. I savour it even more knowing that too soon all will be dead and dry again.

I have been busily unpacking all my Cottons and arranging them in the shelves. Cascade’s Ultra Pima is adding a pop of colour to the shop.

And it is tempting me in all sorts of ways…

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Do these colours not sing to your of flowers, blue skies and golden sunshine?

Here are some ideas in case you haven’t got your needles out already, eager to get cracking on some happy spring projects.

Gemini  and Buttercup {two of my all-time favourites. Very flattering and perfect for hot days}

Chinook Scarf {if you are anything like me, you can’t go through spring without something around your neck}

Leafy Baby Blanket {even summer babies need a heirloom blankie}

Primrose {perfectly girly}

Summer Waves Cardi {simple cardi with a beautiful detail}

Ruched Yoke Tee {beautiful neckline}

Rose Garden Shawl {elegant and stunning}

Spa Towel {if you really only want a small project}

Are you inspired yet?

I hope you are all enjoying this glorious season! Too soon it will be too hot….but come to think of it….cotton is much better to knit with on a sandy beach…..



On a day like today, I can virtually smell the seasons change in the air. And while the flies and bees are buzzing around, so are we…there is great energy in the air and we are finding ourselves spending more and more time outside. As we are not spending as much time on the couch hibernating, my knitting time has drastically been reduced. I am on my last rows of a big girl cardi for my girl in a squishy soft merino but I am so glad to see the end of it…my attention is already moving on to different things…

I have cast on the cute Biscotti tunic for myself in my favourite spring yarn Savannah. While still 50% Wool, it boasts 20% Cotton as well as 15% each of Linen and Soy. The yarn is rustic, slubby and beautifully soft and a dream to knit with. It will make this top just so comfy to wear. Now, if only I could sit down for a while, I would have it knit up in no time…


Savannah also makes a perfect yarn for baby garments. Spring and summer babies still need some  handmade love to wear, I think, and these little baby pants are not only  super cute but just so practical.

Basic Baby Pants in Savannah
Basic Baby Pants in Savannah

A garment knit with Savannah becomes something that you put on when you want to feel cosy on a lazy weekend….

Blank Canvas {by Ysolda Teague}

Sycamore Vest {by Hannah Fettig}

Linden Shawl {by Courtney Kelley}

Schieffelin Shawl {by Kate Gagnon Osborn}

Sweet Peasy {by Heidi Kirrmaier}

The change of season has also brought in another very much anticipated yarn.

Louet Euroflax is a 100% wet spun Linen and on the skein, it feels as expected. Ropey and hard. I was a little bit apprehensive to knit with it, although I just adore Linen as a fabric and love the idea of knitting cool accessories with it…but I am a die-hard wool knitter and the warmer weather usually does not stop me from knitting winter projects. But then I started spotting projects like this cool Ombre Tank. And linen tunics. And lacy summer scarfs…

Ombre Tank
Ombre Tank

And so the Linen has arrived and the colours are just divine! They are vibrant and saturated and I love them all..

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Euroflax in Natural and Ginger

louet shamrock
Euroflax in Shamrock

So, of course I had to  sample a skein to be completely head over heels with this fibre. Just one little sneaky skein in Eggplant is mine now and I am whipping up a little Diagonal Lace Scarf, which is coming along nicely.  And yes, I can now officially confirm that I truly love knitting with Linen. Or at least with Euroflax Linen. While it is a bit hard to begin with, it starts to soften even as you knit with it…and it will continue to soften with every wash. And a garment knit with it is hardy. It wears so easily and you can throw it in the machine and dryer and you will love it even more…so I have been told.

Diagonal Lace Scarf in Eggplant
Diagonal Lace Scarf in Eggplant

One of the most knit garments using linen must be the tunic. Personally, I love wearing layers and floaty and airy tunics can be very flattering and stylish. Linen tops are also wonderful to wear in the blazing sun to cover up shoulders and arms without feeling sticky on the skin.

Here are some tunics and other tops you might want to try.

Pipit {by Heidi Kirrmaier}

Liesl {by Julie Weisenberger}

East End {by Alicia Plummer}

Sara Tunic {by Kelly Mac}

Silken Straw Summer Sweater {by Purl Soho}

Surrounding Tank {by Hannah Fettig}

Chambers Street {by Kirsten Kapur}

Leger {by Espace Tricot}


And if tunics and tops are not your thing, totes and bags are the next best thing for this sturdy fibre..

Knit Tote {by PurlSoho}

Knit Tote
Knit Tote

Linen Bag {by Hannah Ingalls}

Net Duffle Bag

Other important Shop News would be the arrival of  SOAK to our selection….just in time for the great change of wardrobe…I have started washing all my winter wollens, ready to be packed away till next year. SOAK is a delicately scented wool wash for all your knit wear and delicates. I love the fact that it does not have to be rinsed out and leaves your garments smelling beautifully (if you are not into scents, then we also have an unscented version). Over the next few weeks all orders will have a little SOAK sample included in the parcel, so you can add a fresh scent to your wash.

We have also topped up all our Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks. Both Knit Pro and Addi are proving to be very popular and we now also stock the beautifully presented Amour Crochet Hooks with their soft handles and smooth hooks. As summer approaches, Crochet is on the up again, and for good reason…nothing like sitting by the beach and hooking on a ripple blanket for me…

On that note, I will leave you to pull the rest of my weeds….before I can justify another inch of knitting….

Enjoy this wonderful weekend!


PS: The website is under construction, with the new website going live in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for some hot Grand Opening Giveaways and Discounts….


Seasons Change.

As much as I love a good long winter, I cannot help but feel a bounce in my step. The days are getting longer and it is  great to see some daylight when I head out to go to the gym in the morning.

There is no denying that life is good in Spring, all peachy and pink and blossomy, with love in the air…

The darker side of a change of season is however the pile of unfinished projects. Started during the long and frosty nights on the couch, when all there was to do was knit and drink red wine. When every prowl through Ravelry resulted in a must-knit quick project in an irresistible yarn. Surely 3 months of wintery hibernation should be enough to cover kids and friends in wool, including some last-minute presents and quite possibly a  Veera Valimaki shawl. But no, in my case, there is about 4 unfinished projects lurking in the depths of my knitting basket. A baby cardi with missing sleeves, a half knitted cowl, a beautiful stripy shawl with 4 rows to go. Not to mention the cardi I started last winter….

And yet, here I am, considering the weather, the sweet spring breeze that is yet to come and what project I could knit for the warmer temperatures. Reality is that frost was thick this morning and the rain has not stopped. We are still ankle-deep in mud and I still wear my hand warmers every day…so, there is still hope in finishing those UFO and quite possibly squeeze in another wintry project…..

Super Easy Baby Blanket {purlbee}

The imminent arrival of a sweet new baby in our family has had me put everything aside to quickly knit up a little blanket. Of course, I am also sampling a new yarn, which is very convenient.

The yarn is Koigu. If you haven’t heard of this Canadian yarn yet, you are not alone. I only discovered it recently, after having heard lots of great things about their amazing colour range. A customer brought some in for me from her recent trip to the US. And I was very impressed by the unique feel. Whilst being a lovely merino, it  has an unusual firmness to it, which is something I have been missing from some of the superfine yarns I use.

The blanket in the picture above is the Super {Easy Baby Blanket} from Purlbee, knit in Koigu Kersti. Another first for me, as I never thought I liked crepe yarn. But there you go, a winner for me.

So stay tuned, as I will be getting a little range of the 4ply  soon….

And speaking of babies, there are about 5 new little people on their way in my circle of friends, which is always great news and a perfect excuse for some tiny in-between knitting (not so good for the UFO’s in the basket..)

I have helped a grandmother-to-be embark on her first of many knitting projects. {Milo} seemed to be the perfect choice and still one of my favourite baby patterns.

Another new pattern that looks very do-able for a beginner knitter is the {Paw Print Cardi}. It would look super cute in our new range of Skein Yarns.

Skein DK - Ayame
Skein DK – Ayame

I am loving this new base by Australian dyer Kirsten. A lovely twist and 8ply is one of the most versatile yarns and the subtle variegation are just delicious.

But if you are not knitting for a baby, then this beautiful shawl might inspire you more….{French Cancan}, would be beautiful in Skeins stunning colour ‘Hopeless Romantic’.

French Cancan
French Cancan

If a shawl is too much of a commitment, you might like the delicate {Ceramic Flowers} by the same designer. Perfect for the cool breeze we get in spring…and ‘Peppermint‘ would be a perfect match.

Fingering weight yarns are just perfect for the warmer weather, when you still want something to cover your neck and shoulders or a cardi to throw on when it gets chilly. For a strong yarn with just a bit of drape and shine, Canopy is a great choice.

Parquet in Canopy fingering
Parquet in Canopy fingering

{Parquet} is a stunning shawl. A  labour of love and just perfect over a t-shirt.

If you prefer something simpler, {Henslowe} might be just your kind of project…

Canopy Fingering in Camu Camu
Canopy Fingering in Camu Camu

{Framed Pullover} is a stunning jumper by Hannah Fettig and Canopy will give it a touch of luxury, perfect drape and most importantly, durability.

A few more patterns that will get you into the mood for spring knitting are:

{Torrent} by Lisa Much

{Chadwick} by Stephen West

{Earth and Sky} by Stephen West

{Amelie} by Gudrun Johnston

{Baby Fiddlehead} by Courtney Kelley

{Cultivar Cardigan} by Megan Goodacre

{Charm} by Juju Vail

{Honey} by Amy Miller

I hope this little list will get you thinking of warmer days. As it is, I am cowering in front of the heater and still warming my bed with a hot water bottle….it may be spring in a couple of weeks and I am still finishing off my UFO’s…

But Spring is in the air. Most definitely!

I would love to hear of your long list of unfinished projects and your plans for Spring….


The Craft Sessions.

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Photo by Felicia Semple

My life is pretty simple. Really. Busy, but simple. I don’t need much to keep me happy, content and purring…

..some cheese and quince paste, a rich and hot curry, avocado on toast….and a nice crisp white wine are a few of my favorite things…

…and a good book. A page turner that takes you on a journey and transports you to a life of another era…

…an evening with friends, laughter and a shared meal leaves me with a deep sense of satisfaction….

But above all, there is my craft…

It all starts with falling in love with a colour or shade (be it fabric or yarn). Just the right combination of softness and drape. A light shine and depth of colour. The idea and promise of a new project. The search for a pattern that is just right. And the hours spent letting my hands do the work. Standing back and watching the process unfold. Learning a new skill, being inspired.

The company of women around a craft table and our weekly knitting nights, where it is all about the craft and so much more….

As I said, pretty simple.

And I know one lady in particular, that is feeling very much the same about her craft (and maybe about the food too?).  She felt the same powerful connections that are formed when a group of crafters get together and share their skills and encourage each other in their learning. And it has become her dream to create this community of learning on a larger scale. Combining all the good things a lot of crafters appreciate and crave. Beautiful surroundings, companionship and inspiring craft. Learning new skills, perfecting others and share …

Felicia Semple has been working on this passion of hers for quite some time and this year she has finally made it a reality by creating The Craft Sessions.

The Craft Sessions is a weekend retreat of creative workshops, delicious food, quiet moments and inspiring people. It’s about coming together and sharing a love of ‘making’, appreciating the beauty in the smaller things, and delighting in the pleasure and simplicity of all things handmade.

Located beautiful Yarra Valley, the event is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a weekend knitting, stitching, sewing, printing, dyeing and making. The workshops are a chance to learn new skills and be inspired by an amazing group of gifted and passionate teachers from Australia and NZ. The Craft Sessions aims to bring together people who craft for joy. “

If this sounds like your idea of a perfect weekend, you will want to visit Felicia’s beautiful website and blog for a detailed descriptions of what such a weekend entails. It includes inspiring workshops and wonderful teachers. And the space and time to spread our crafting wings.

The weekend will be held from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of October 2013. Pop over to the website to register and sign up to their newsletter too. I am sure lots of creative bursts will come from Felicia in the future.

I, for one, am very exited about the wonderful selection of teachers that will be at the weekend. I know many have knitted a “Milo“, so you will be familiar with the name Georgie Hallam from tikki . A wonderful and creative designer, she has come up with some iconic designs that are on the top-to-knit list  on Ravelry. Another teacher is the  amazing knit wear designer and one of my favourites, Kirsten Johnstone. Check out the rest of the impressive list of creatives that will be teaching workshops in Embroidery, Sewing and Dyeing. The hardest will be to choose what classes to attend….

Photo by Felicia Semple

But lets learn more about Felicia, her crafty passions and this wonderful new venture.

ZigoZago: Knitting or Sewing?:

Felicia  :  I love them both for different reasons – they give me different things. A few years ago I would have told you that I wasn’t creative and that I was only interested in the outcome; I just wanted to make some pants or one of the kids needed a cardigan. It turns out that wasn’t so true. I actually love the process. 

I’d say that over the years knitting has been my one true love. It provides a moment of space amongst the daily (joyful?) mess of family life. It brings you back to the moment and centres you where you are. Knitting offers a little bit of meditation no matter where you are or what else is going on. As Elizabeth Zimmerman said “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises”…..could there be a better life strategy. I think not. Plus you get knitwear at the end of it! How could craft get better??

But then there is sewing. I really don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t sew. What do people do? How do they mend the thousands of holes their kids put in their clothes? Do they just throw them out? And how do you find clothes you truly want to wear. That fit your body and suit your style. I’m finding more and more that the only way to get what I want is to just do it myself.

So there you have it – I probably love sewing because of the product and knitting more because of the process. An answer that isn’t an answer.

 ZigoZago: What makes your crafty heart sing? What inspires you?:

Felicia  : Wow – what a question. Possibility is the thing I love – the possibility that you can make a beautiful things with your hands. I love walking in to my sewing space and looking over some of the pretty things that are sitting on the shelf, sparkling at me. I love the feeling you get when you start a project that you can already see in your head. The joy that comes when you are totally in the flow of a project.

The other thing I love about craft is the community it creates. The discussions that happen at late night craft groups over cake and wine; about family, religion, politics, philosophy, ageing, schooling, love and longing that occur because you have common starting point – the craft.  Or someone dropping in for 15 minutes after school, desperate to sort out a knitting mistake that then turns into a shared dinner. I love the fact it is all about the love really.

ZigoZago: What inspired you to start The Craft Sessions?:

Felicia  : I guess initially we were inspired by similar events that existed overseas. There wasn’t anything like them in here. In Australia there were markets for makers, and day long workshops, and houses you could hire for group craft, but there wasn’t anything for people like us really. People who craft just for the joy of it and who wanted to meet others who did the same, learn some things and come away feeling inspired. There was nothing in Australia at the time that was teaching old school traditional handcrafts in the way that we were doing them. We couldn’t learn from the people whose work we loved as they weren’t really teaching.

Fast forward three years, one more baby and two kids at school means that the time has come when I could have a crack at creating something inspiring.

Plagiarising our own website, we explained a bit about the motivation here:

Over the past 5 years, we have gathered in kitchens and living rooms across Melbourne to craft. The idea of The Craft Sessions has grown out of those gatherings –  a collective love for making things, sharing stories and recognition that there is a spirit in the craft revival that involves both the beauty of the product and also the shared process that is making. The Craft Sessions are based on the simple idea that craft can build community.

We created The Craft Sessions to provide a space for crafters to come together; to share ideas, to learn from, and be inspired by one another. We wanted time to retreat together. To connect over more than just craft. To meet others who value handmade and the joy that creating brings to our everyday life.

We wanted to create an event where enthusiastic beginners could come and learn to make beautiful things with simple techniques. Where old-school crafts could be taught in new-school ways. Where already skilled crafters could come, be inspired and walk away with some new tricks or skills. Everyone loves a new trick – yes?

And finally the best reason for creating The Craft Sessions (which is purely selfish!) was that we wanted the opportunity to meet, hangout with and be taught by some of our crafting heros. People whose work we love and who inspire us in the everyday.

ZigoZago: Tell me about your crafting journey – and how you fit crafting into your life.

Felicia  : My mum was a sewing teacher and ran a quilting shop for 15years. My nanna was a maker as was my aunt and I really don’t remember not sewing. I made a little red dolls bikini when I was five or six.

That said there was a period in my late teens and nearly all of my 20s that I didn’t make a thing. What brought me back to making was that my oldest friend was turning 30. I wanted to make her something special and as I was overseas without a sewing machine, I decided to learn how to knit. I found a pattern I liked – a lace shawl obviously – and purchased some yarn and began. I ripped that shawl out over and over again and when it was finished it did have many an error (feature?) but my love affair with knitting had begun.

I then had a pile of little kids and discovered that making gave me something of me back in amongst the chaos. Crafting has become part of my everyday life. I use it as a reward for doing housework, and a way to get through the boring bits of life. It means that there is something visible that comes out of my day – other than a house that looks like it’s been burgled – I make stuff.

Zigozago: Where can I find out more about the Craft Sessions? 

Felicia  : Have a look at our website thecraftsessions.com. We share a few photos of our workshops, we have a blog, and a facebook page where we share some of our goings on. You can also follow us on instagram at @thecraftsessions. 

Photo by Felicia Semple

And if you head over the the super cute Che and Fidel Blog, you can participate in an awesome giveaway with prizes from Felicia and the Teachers of the Craft Sessions.

Felicia has also recently published a beautiful pattern  Big Hearted Cowl on her blog. Do check it out and if you like it, then you must knit it. I know I will…

If you have been inspired by Felicia’s crafty passions and new venture, do let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear how you nurture your passions, what makes your heart sing or simply, why you love crafting.

I hope you have been well. Spring is near and with it a whole lot of new patterns to explore and new yarns to discover….