Exciting news: my Zaishu first edition has sold out!
Come along to Big Design Market this weekend:
I will be at the Zaishu stand on Saturday and I’d love to meet you.
And Matthew is now taking orders with free delivery for the next edition.
My biannual productive weekend
with a posse of lovely crafty ladies. So good.
WARNING: EXCESSIVE SEWING PROJECTS AHEAD.
I started with some pre-cut cushions for a quick kick into gear.
Feature fabric from Cloth | natural silk backing from my stash
(and from my mother’s stash before that).
An impromptu collaboration with Di to make this shrug
using a loosely interpreted version of this pattern,
an Akira remnant I’ve had for years
and some random on-the-body shaping/tweaking/forming. FUN.
Some new boxer shorts for the boy child
using Star Wars fabric purchased here.
One. Very. Happy. Star Wars Obsessed. Son.
A super simple skirt for the girl using an offcut Alison gave me last craft camp.
[And 2 wee skirts for her teddy.]
A drapey long sleeve summer tshirt using this free pattern
and some stashed striped cotton lycra.
A much needed summer blouse in gifted white viscose from Di
with Alison’s Mandy Boat Tee remodelling:
sleeveless assymetric blouse with a knotted shoulder detail.
I’m especially loving the wide waist hem and serious drape.
Sewn Items: 15.
Calorific Tally: untold 1000s.
Satisfaction Rating: High Distinction.
Repeat Required: Most Definitely.
My recent collaboration with Zaishu is now available for purchase!
The original prototype has been re-photographed and reworked.
I am thriled with this end result:
a thoroughly modern take on knitted texture.
The delicate layering of the knitted fabric
over the minimalist background:
natural timber, light grey circles, charcoal knitting.
Monochrome knitting with a dash of zen.
My collaboration with Zaishu has been a real highlight this year.
Matthew is considered, thoughtful and inspiring.
I sincerely look forward to future associations
and opportunities for us to work together again.
煉瓦 | RENGA : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) brick.
Original pattern is reminiscent of brickwork construction.
If you love cowls, you will adore this reversible design.
Using a new stretcherbond brick style stitch pattern
with twisted stitches and decadently thick yarn,
you will appreciate the attention to detail and stylish edge.
Swatching with some of my favourite yarns produced this reversible stitch pattern.
And you all know I love bricks!
The Renga Cowl stitch pattern produces a thick and squishy fabric texture,
a winning combination for this deliciously warm cowl.
An opportunity to sink your hands into some delicious yarns:
Quince + Co’s Osprey (this Nasturtium colour is the ideal orange);
Shibui Knits’ Merino Alpaca (a perennial favourite of mine);
Cascade 220 Heathers (my first use of this very popular yarn).
The pattern provides 3 size options, and
2 options for the matching cast on / bind off edges.
A potential stash buster or
thoughtful gift for the holiday season.
And the pattern reverse features these delightful undulating waves.
A worthy flip side to mix things up.
A warm thank you to my sample knitter and my son on the click for me.
I found this abandoned nest on a small brickwork ledge under our eaves this morning.
I was particularly delighted to discover thread in the nest.
Shibui Knits Heichi to be precise.
Now, I am currently knitting with this yarn
but I don’t know how the yarn end made it’s way into this nest!
So. I posted a photo on IG and FB and loved hearing some comments about those who
put their yarn ends out in Spring for the birds (I’m probably so late to the party).
LOVE this idea.
Someone uses a suet feeder (I had to google that).
Another put the threads in a re-used open weave onion mesh bag or the like.
I know what I’ll be doing from now on!
Perfect use of yarn ends and I’m looking forward to some colourful nests.
Okay. Maybe not colourful (way to much grey, I know, I know).
But cosy. And practical. And beautiful. And useful.
Do you have other uses for yarn ends? I’d love to hear!
What a fabulous weekend!
The Craft Sessions inaugural craft retreat.
Leslie generously collected me on Friday afternoon for the trip to the Yarra Valley
and we chatted excitedly [and a little nervously] about our classes and the weekend ahead.
Upon arrival The Craft Sessions Crew provided a warm welcome
and our rooms were thoughtfully prepared with
a beautiful gift pack awaiting each of us.
I was luckily sharing my room with Melissa – what a gorgeous woman!
So pleased I have got to know her a little.
Our venue was pretty much perfect with open fires,
excellent food, bar, various workshop spaces,
walking tracks, pool/spa/sauna (who has time for that when there’s crafting be done?!),
lounge areas, fire pit, abundant crafty reading matter,
bowls of fresh fruit, fabulous pastries, yoga sessions,
plentiful food, new friends, and crafting afoot.
I wish I saw the echidna digging on the road like Georgie captured!
But I will have to suffice with the pretty moth hanging about our door jamb
and the family of 3 kangaroos watching me run up and down the air strip early Saturday morning!
Not to mention the abundant bird life with king parrots and blue finches just two of the many I saw.
And what REALLY makes a weekend like this so good, of course,
is the people.
I’m completely convinced that crafty people are the best sort:
so friendly, encouraging, enthusiastic, keen.
Thank you all for making this a weekend filled with joy!
Note: an enormous thank you to Felicia and her team for a successful event -
they thought of everything and more. Cannot wait for next year!
ROAST CAULIFLOWER SALAD
This is my version of the fabulous ‘Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Salad’ from Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem book.
I’ve mixed it up a little and added farro to make this more filling (so I don’t eat the entire lot in one sitting).
I could eat this every day of the week, all day long. DIVINE.
Serves 4 as a main. Serves 8 as a side.
2 heads of cauliflower, leaves removed, chopped into florets
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin
1 cup farro
500mL vegetable stock
2 sticks of celery, cut in half lengthwise, then dice on a 45 deg angle
50g pecans, toasted + chopped
handful of parsley leaves
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C.
2. In large roasting pan, place cauliflower florets. Drizzle with oil and cumin, season and mix together.
3. Bake uncovered for 40 mins or until soft and caramelising on the floret tips, stirring occasionally.
4. Cook farro in vegetable stock. Drain.
5. Remove roasted cauliflower from oven and allow to cool slightly.
6. Mix all ingredients together in the roasting pan. Enjoy!
Proud to note the Cauliflower, Celery + Parsley I used were direct from my own vege garden!
A wee callout for potential sample knitters…
I would be thrilled with someone local-ish
but it’s not compulsory.
Previous sample knitting experience is required
and a knowledge of colorwork and intarsia most advantageous.
If it sounds like something you might like to hear more about
please send me an email with all your details here!
Another School Holiday ‘filler’:
Scappy paper book with
miscellaneous pieces of paper, cut to size.
Paper of all descriptions:
colouring in tearouts,
Scrap ribbon for a bookmark.
Her choice of binding yarn.
A very simple Japanese style bookbinding.
One Happy Camper.