Great Expectations. Part I.

Yoked Cardigan in Terra's Dark clay. Ravelled.


Oh, how sweet is the wait for something so delicious and squishy soft.

Just in time for the mid-winter lull, when you need new inspiration and a new project to get you through the cold and wet winter days….. Just when you thought you had done enough knitting for the season…. and just when your eye wandered off to some spring time crafting ideas….. Just when you started thinking about your spring wardrobe, lighter layers and breezy cottons….

Winter Solstice may be over, and the days may be getting just a tiny bit shorter. But it is still so cold and the wind so biting. And we still have many weeks of happy, cosy winter knitting left. And personally, I still want to wrap my kids in layers of wool before they head out to play.

So, therefor I am wetting your appetite for more yarn goodness to come. I have been tracking the journey of some parcels that are making their way across the seas.  A shipment l full of Malabrigo Yarns are making their way up and are expected at my doorstep on Monday! Oh, I can hardly wait!

Some colourful skeins of supersoft Malabrigo Chunky  and Rios will be filling our shelves in the coming days. Chunky is the equivalent of about 12ply o merino wool with a gauge of about 14 sts on 4 inches. We are getting a lovely selection of colours, ranging from vibrant red, deep purple, yellows and greens.

Malabrigo is one of the most popular yarns on Ravelry, so you are sure to find just the perfect project for you. Browsing my favourite patterns site late at night, I have found some patterns that would look great in Malabrigo Chunky.

Chunky Alpaca Scarf by Jane Richmond

Thorpe by Kristen Kapur


Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos

GAPtastic Cowl

Shalom Cardigan



In the next couple of weeks I will also be adding some stunning Road to China Yarn. Road to China is a wonderful luxurious  yarn composed of Baby Alpaca, Silk, Camel and Cashmere. If that alone does not make you want to dig your needles in a couple of skeins, then the colour range will. The colours are just so vibrant and deep. We are expecting Citrine, Peridot, Sapphire, Blue Tourmaline, Dark  Amethyst and Riverstone. As well as Road to China, I have also ordered some Organic Yarn from the Fibre Company that is equally stunning to work with. You won’t be disappointed by the range…


There are a few new arrivals in the next couple of  weeks (and some not of the yarn variety), but I will leave you with these news in the meantime….


I am off to the Bendigo Wool Show (of course) tomorrow so I will tell you all about it. I am very exited to meet some lovely Alpacas and Merino Wool in their natural habitat….


Until then,






4 thoughts on “Great Expectations. Part I.

  1. Hi Alex,
    Love your blog.
    Perhaps you could put up a tutorial about circular knitting as there are a lot of us out here who learnt to knit with two straight needles only.
    Are all patterns you mention using circular needles?


    1. Hi Wendy,
      thanks for your comment and welcome back!
      There are a few tutorials on YouTube on circular knitting, but I will have a think how to show you the circular knitting method…..

  2. Hi Alex,
    I can’t wait to see the Road to China – so many patterns I like from Rav use this yarn. Have you considered the Road to China Light as well? The sport weight is such a difficult thing to find in Australia and I think perfect for our climate.. just a thought.
    Beautiful online store, congratulations…

    1. Hi Alisa
      thanks for your kind comment. Yes, the Road to China is beautiful! The ‘light’ version will probably come in Spring, ready for light and airy knitting.
      Oh, and I do love your yarn too. Do you dye the hanks?
      I am heading up to Kiama for a few days and will be back with a shop update next week when all the new yarn should have arrived.
      All the best.

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