The organised gift giver….not

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Normally I’m organised….

and each family member receives a lovingly made handmade item and in return, the tradition goes that each and every other family member also does the same and what beautiful and sometimes hilarious things have been given over the years (  I still have my foot massage voucher from 2008 that appears to have expired. Apparently 15 year old boys do not massage their mum’s feet. That would be too weird!)….however, this year things are not quite so organised and so I present to you some down sized gift ideas that I think there could still be time to smash off the needles.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-hearts

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/one-thousand-cranes—knitting-pattern

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heartfelt-rings

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/small-christmas-gnome

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/et-frais

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http://www.ravelry.com/bundles/gift-knits-2016

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Louet Euroflax Linen heading our way!

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bandit-5

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hiyaku

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kit-camisole

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More Papiput is on it’s way too

The gorgeous colours of Papiput sock now in a softer and stretchier sock yarn base will be arriving very soon. MadelineTosh Merino Light will also be here sometime soon.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Pam

 

 

 

Yarn – A metaphor for life

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I can’t wait to watch this film. I wonder if anyone has seen it yet?  It talks about the way our passion for yarn connects us with humanity and that our connection with yarn is a metaphor for life . Pretty cool huh?

Speaking of metaphors, it had not been a very good week in ZigoZago land recently. There were a few issues to deal with, as sometimes there are. One of those was that the ZigoZago mobile (aka my car) decided to nearly kill me!! Whilst passing a sheep truck!!! Now there’s a metaphor!!  A rather large chunk of metal that connects the wheel to the other bits and bobs decided to break into two. Now that wouldn’t happen if cars were made out of something more elastic and giving such as….. well, that’s just being silly isn’t it?!

Then, whilst sitting at my desk, strange gurgling sounds started coming from the nearby bathroom. Hmmm, they continued and became louder and so I decided to inspect. Sewerage yep, sewerage bursting forth from our toilet 4 feet up the walls and all over the floor. An exploding toilet no less. Now that’s what I call a metaphor!!!

The culprit was found in a nearby property where someone else’s blocked loo had been cleared by the local water company by blasting the blockage via, yep, our toilet. Lovely.

Anyway, the situation was dealt with by a cleaner contracted by the water company to deal with their mess (where can I get a permanent one of those for all of the messes?) and he arrived late that evening.  He was THE happiest, nicest, most positive person with a brilliant sense of humour. He rectified (is that too crude a pun?) the situation and in so doing, reversed the metaphor. Yay!

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swatchtastic

Anyway, back to yarn, and my ponderings are all around which combination to use for my lovely Annisa Wrap  from Ambah http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/annisa-wrap

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I’d love to see some of your combinations.

Happy Pondering and may all your cars and toilets behave themselves!

Pam

Superheroes

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String’s end

A true gem of a lady came to the end of her piece of string last week. Someone who quietly went about weaving real magic  into the lives of all she met. Not someone who would be remembered on the news or on any social media site, but who was a true super woman . Pure Gold and the very best friend of someone equally as golden  who will miss her terribly.

Another superhero gone from this world.

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So with thoughts of true superhero powers in my mind, I hope she would like this and think of it as a bit of fun to be had over another cuppa.

The super power wishes of crafters

Responses From our recent fibre craft census with many thanks for joining in the fun.

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  • knitting all the stockinette stitch with the click of a finger.
  • the ability to wiggle my nose and get the sewing up part done.
  • weave 10 projects at once
  • to be able to write patterns and knit faster
  • fixing a lace mistake many rows back
  • the ability to make time stand still so I could get more knitting done!
  • finding the right pattern and yarn combo in my stash with zero procrastination
  • to be able to knit 2-4 ply adult garments overnight, that fit perfectly and never pill or lose their shape.
  • Dyeing. I’d love to dye my own as beautifully as my favourite dyers do
  • To learn sewing
  • faster fingers to do all the crafts I love and learn more
  • to stretch time. Or warp a loom in under 5 minutes without stuffing it up.
  • Even tension on my stitches
  • knitting in the round
  • To snap my fingers and have it all cut out and ready to sew

And to sum it all up: ‘Something akin to the Flash!’

ZigoZago will now be open Saturdays 10 – 2  during Victorian School Term 4

Check the website for details. http://www.zigozago.com.au

New stock of Malabrigo, The Fibre Company, Cascade and arriving soon, Papiput.

 

 

Our little Senseless (but fun) Census

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Your worst crafting disaster?

Well a huge thanks to those of you who turned their backs on the general mayhem and backstabbing involved in the recent Census  shamozzle and headed straight to the far more fun, but equally senseless  fibre craft census. After all, how many of those real Census questions would shed any light on our true interests and passions and provide any real detail on the future  needs of our nation. Not to mention the time wasted on trying to remember my children’s birth dates when I could have been knitting!!!!

 

Now, if I had anything to do with shaping our country’s future, I would give many of our respondent’s some time off and some free therapy (in whatever bottle they choose!!) for their absolute commitment to their art and sheer resilience in trying times when dealing with natural disasters of the fibre kind.

Disasters, mistakes, mishaps, and ‘organic, ‘rustic’ design features

In knitting, weaving, crochet, sewing and embroidery, and general fibre crafting,  it seems we are a very brave bunch. Here’s a summary of responses.

  • moths and other bugs grrrrr!!!
  • getting that gauge wrong resulting in items too big, too small or ….well…just wrong. blah!!
  • UFO’s
  • using the wrong product for the project, such as machine washable wool for felting or woven fabric where there should have been some stretch.
  • ‘just not catching on’ the first time around, sewing, crochet, first jumpers, first blankets, doonas….. oh dear.
  • knitting  mistakes in mohair that would not agree to being undone !
  • imperfect gifts. …No way. Never.
  • procrastination and indecision ….damn
  • murky, yucky, unusable  brown dye pots..yeew!
  • Being scalped whilst spinning. Yikes!!!
  • cutting holes in lovely completed knitted items whilst sewing on buttons. I could cry.
  • trying to teach friends!

And the gold medals for perseverance go to those who have made so many mistakes that they recognise them as their old friend who has come to visit again . Cheers to you all the  ‘can’t recall, maybe too many’s’ or the ‘every time……every time’.  Your unwithering commitment and optimism is hereby rewarded.knit-crochet-olympic-gold-medal.jpg

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And to those of you who seem to be in denial… Mrs ‘design features’ and Mrs ‘Ugh. no – I try not to think about it’. You also receive a medal for absolute supreme optimism. Well done!!

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And my disasters? Oh I’m with Mrs ‘Too many’ e.g.. the recent hat disaster involving casting on the yardage amount instead of the cast on amount. Yes, read it again. 170 yards NOT 170 stitches. It is for a human, not an elephant.

And the final words go to miss Rocket, who when gifted a very fine hand sewn dress from her Grandmother who had lovingly sewed many lovely details (well, in Rocket’s defence it maybe was a little’busy’), called her to say, ‘Thanks for the dress Granny Sue. But I don’t like it!’

Go well happy crafters. Stay Brave and Strong!

Pam

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Castlemaine Studio open 10 – 2 Saturday 20th and 27th August

Call or text 0417 588 288 for details

New stock of Cascade Magnum and Eco Alpaca and Malabrigo Rios, Sock, and Silkpaca Lace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitting Inspiration on the box

Glorious knitting screen time

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It occurred to me recently while watching the lovely English series, ‘Our Zoo’, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gvbkzthe based on the founding of Chester Zoo in the 1930’s, that I was completely drawn into the show by the stunning knits of the era.

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A search on ravelry revealed many possibilities for replicating these gorgeous 1930’s designs.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/victory-5

in MadelineTosh sock.

 

I then got to thinking of the many sources of inspiration on the screen such as the current trend for all things Outlander https://www.starz.com/series/outlander/episodes, where in my house I watch to see what Claire is wearing in the numbingly cold but beautiful Scottish highlands while Paul watches to see what Claire is NOT wearing!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-open-work-infinity-scarf

in Cascade Magnum

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In Elementary, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2191671/, Lucy Liu never ceases to provide knit envy moments;

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elementary-3 ,in Swans Island Worsted

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And who can forget what the series, ‘The Killing’ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0826760/, did for Norwegian knits?

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strawberries-and-crime , in MadelineTosh vintage

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Anyhow…. If I keep going on, it may only serve to prove how many endless hours have been spent viewing/knitting and so I won’t recriminate myself any further!

Happy knitting!

Pam

PS Cascade Magnum arriving soon along with more Malabrigo and an exciting newcomer! Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

Australian Sheep and Wool Show

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cardinia-wrap

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Off To The Show

No turning back now with The Australian Sheep and Wool Show on this weekend in Bendigo, 15-17th July. Super girl is pulling out every one of her Super Powers to make this happen and Superman has been helping out in the wings as well. There are also some very special fairies who have been helping out and working their magic. I am filled with gratitude. x

Over this busy weekend, and by special request, I bring you the recipe that will serve perfectly well for breakfast, lunch and let’s say, supper, over this busy weekend. This one ticks all the boxes. Nuts and eggs are protein right? Bread, well no need to put toast in the toaster. Fruit, tick. Vegetables? Herbs are vegetables yes?

Lemon, Almond and Rosemary Cake

Adapted from Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons by Diana Henry

Rewritten by Crazy Lady, Pickled (sometimes?!)

Get this whiz bang crazy idea…. no need to preheat the oven. Awesome huh? One more row of knitting squeezed in there right at the start.

3/4 cup stale white bread….. some kind of lovely sourdough that the wretched children didn’t finish a few days ago. Perfect!

3/4 cup almonds.  Skins on, chuck them in.

3/4 cup sugar. Don’t judge me. Loving this 3/4 thing? Beautiful consistency, easy on the brain.

2 teaspoons rosemary leaves

Whiz all that up in the food processor. Leave it a bit narly. It seems healthier that way.

Add:

grated zest of 1 lemon

3/4 cup olive oil

4 eggs….. if you can get the girls to lay in this weather, lucky you!

2 teaspoons baking powder

Pour into prepared, lined cake tin and put into the cold oven at 180 degrees. Bake 45-50 min. Cool cake in tin.

While it is baking make a naughty but necessary syrup:

In a small saucepan;

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

2 sprigs rosemary

Stir to dissolve sugar then boil syrup for 5 minutes. Leave rosemary to diffuse then pour evenly over warm cake.

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And a bit more pattern research before the weekend;

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/void-2

This is being knitted up in everything Mad Tosh including Merino Light, Pashmina, and Vintage.

 

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winter-mists-wrap

This gorgeous wrap in Malabrigo baby silkpaca

 

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scarfy-thing-2

And this lovely free pattern with Hedgehog Fibres Sock

 

All the very best and do come and say Hi at the Show if you are planning to come. Otherwise call and make a time to drop in to the studio in Castlemaine on 0417 588 288.

See you soon,

Pam.

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New Stock Arrives With Wishes

Follow Supergirl’s adventures to the Australian Sheep and Wool Show 15 -17 July

 

School holidays always bring with them the promise of getting lots of things achieved, fun outings, lovely family bonding moments and long stretches of relaxation.

And then, in our house the reality sets in: Arguments over music, pop versus techno played in high volume competition between thin walls.  The great fine liner scandal of July 1st where it was discovered that probably a good 12 months ago at least, a packet of fine liner pens was ‘borrowed’ by the 9 year old from her brother’s bedroom and did not return them.  You may have heard about this on the ABC news.  And then there was the end of financial year cup shortage where, after a massive stocktake, all cups were accounted for in the 15 year old’s bedroom. All dirty of course. And so between refereeing and my in-house taxi service that puts Uber to shame, not a whole lot of knitting gets done.

As a side note to any local Uber enquiries, I am just ironing out policies regarding the middle passenger issues such as, if the leg of a side passenger happens to touch the middle passenger or if a side passenger accidentally happens to lean towards the middle position rather than to the window or if the belongings of the middle passenger might encroach into side passenger territory ….. Gotta love School Holidays!

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And so to my wishes….

 

With lovely shades of MadelineTosh Sock, I would love this;

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shikakkei

Or in Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca, this free pattern would knit up like a floaty cloud;

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seashell-5

In MadelinTosh Merino Light;

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kallara

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/frozen-silver

My MadelineTosh Vintage choice at the moment would be;

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/creature-comforts-cardi

And then, in between, I would love to knit this up as a thank you gift for someone very nice in Malabrigo Rios;

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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-beer-on-the-dock

I’d love to know what you’re working on, are you making wishes for the Sheep and Wool Show too?

Here’s to some peaceful time surrounded by lovely yarn and harmonious children!

Pam