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Weathering Winter

Have you noticed the days are starting to get just a little longer? The bulbs are popping, and more than a few magnolias around are budding too – oh, the promise and the anticipation! IMG_5765 But while it’s still cold enough, here are some quick ideas for items you can whip up and wear before the weather changes. If you’ve ever knitted an Olgajazzy pattern, you’d know they are impeccably thought through and well constructed. This textured Reimei cowl would be perfect in two high-contrast Cascade 220 colours. reimei1_medium2

Source: Olgajazzy

If you have a baby to knit for, here’s a wonderful little hoodie that will use up some of those DK leftovers hanging around. (Or make it in a solid, or colour-block it.) IMG_1991copy_medium2

Source: Undone57 on Ravelry

Have the bigger kids lost their winter hats again? Lucky Maria Carlander’s Little Scallops knits up in no time. (Make a few spares while you’re at it for gifts.) dsc_1270_medium

Source: Maria Carlander

This luxurious scarf/wrap, Simple Lines by Temple of Knit, would be divine in Shibui Pebble, and keep you warm as it grows too. simplelines-2

Source: Temple of Knit

Woolful have a new podcast up – perfect for when you’re driving around, knitting or waiting for the kids to finish their swim/football/dance class. Lovers of colour who live in Melbourne need to get themselves to Heide to admire the geometric vibrancy of Melinda Harper’s work. A surefire cure for any winter blues. xl-HARPERMNKNUNTITLED220132

Source: Heide. Melinda Harper, Untitled 2013, oil on canvas.

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In store news, we have new samples! Here’s Camilla Babe, knit with five balls of Heron in the lichen colourway. 20150729-DSC_0796 The Dotted Rays shawl took three balls of Cima and Silk Cloud in the jumpsuit colourway. 20150721-DSC_0787 It looks like the Cascade 220 has been a hit with many of you. We’re pleased to report that more is on the way, including new colours. Finally, our first Sunday workshop is on this weekend, 2 August, from 10.30pm to 3.30pm with Karen, on knitting in the round. Don’t forget that our Wednesday evening classes are ongoing – next week’s class covers knitting tips and tricks. We hope to see you soon.


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5 things we love…

The knits, patterns, people and movements that are currently inspiring us…

 

1.  The month-long Craft Cubed, Craft Victoria’s annual festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design, with exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and events going on Victoria-wide program throughout August. Our picks are Ilka White’s workshops on weaving and braided rugs, textile artist and photographer Siri Hayes’ open studio and Handmakers Factory’s shibori cushion workshop.

 

2.  The new collection of patterns from Shibui (now in-store), including beautiful designs from Lori Versace and Kirsten Johnstone:

Mix No. 31 by Lori Versace

Mix No. 31 by Lori Versace

Mix No. 31 by Lori Versace

Mix No. 31 by Lori Versace

Monochrome Blur by Kirsten Johnstone

Monochrome Blur by Kirsten Johnstone

 

3.  The Tweedback Thursday competition going on at Brooklyn Tweed at the moment- a great excuse to drag out your childhood photo album and hunt out some shots of you or your loved ones in favourite childhood hand knits! At the very least, you’ll have a giggle and you may even win some Brooklyn Tweed yarn. (Speaking of BT, we just received a big pile of their fabulous patterns- more on those next week but we’re pretty sure you’re going to love them.)

 

4.  The fact that it’s only 4 weeks today until the Craft Sessions! Today is the very last day to register so be quick if you’re still thinking of coming.

 

5.  Going with the theme of craft camps, the stories and images from the Fancy Tiger adventure to an incredible Estonian craft camp, complete with traditional colourwork mittens, bone needle carving, Estonian lace, ribbon weaving and so much incredible craft. Definitely food for thought when it comes to craft-focused travel!

Estonian gloves (image from http://fancytiger.blogspot.com.au

Estonian gloves (image from http://fancytiger.blogspot.com.au)