Friday, 29 May 2009

Shop Update!

Just a small post to let you all know that my shop is now open again, and restocked with some new goodies......

shop update

There's a whole bunch of hand dyed yarn, and a slew of vintage craft books up for grabs.

And if you all pop on over and buy something, I promise I'll use the money to put in a BIG order of undyed yarn, so I can keep dyeing and selling - I'm so obsessed with coming up with new colours - hopefully you'll like them too.

Cheers!

Leah xxx

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Free stuff!

My divine Sister, who I love with all my heart, is having a couple of giveaways on her blog.....



To win a gorgeous pair of custom made pants;



or a brilliant remnant pack of fabric scraps;



Visit her blog here! (you'll need to scroll down a bit to find the giveaways)

Leonie is new to blogging, and deserves some love, plus a big shout out from her baby sister (that'd be me), so please pay her a visit and say hello - she's a talented lady in her own right, and can kit you out in a pair of custom made pants in the fabrics of your choice like nobody's business...... All we need to do is teach Mum how to use the internet, and we'd be a force to be reckoned with, no?

xxxxxx

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Winter.

Winter.

I know it's not officially Winter just yet, but judging by the way that the knitting has taken over my WHOLE LIFE, it's safe to say that the colder weather has gotten to me.

It's all about wool at the moment, to the detriment of all other things. Dyeing, knitting and Ravelry are consuming all of my creative juices, but hopefully soon I'll have some finished objects to share, and then the blog will get some love....

Pictured above: cable socks, moss ribbed socks, Crisp vest in progress, and some hand dyed yarn from the latest batch.

I'm still searching for the elusive perfect undyed sock yarn. Wish me luck.

xxxxx

Friday, 22 May 2009

Hand Dyed.

hand dyed

From left: worsted weight merino 3ply; 100% merino fingering weight 1 ply; and cashmerino sock weight.

My first cohesive dye batch - I'm pleased with the colours, though I still have so much to learn. Dyeing wool is such a different process, handling the dyes works differently, and there's such a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants element to this - mostly I'm throwing things into a pot, crossing my fingers, and hoping for the best!

The premier supplier for acid dyes in Australia, KraftKolour, was situated in Whittlesea, Victoria, and burnt down in the bushfires. I hear they are well on the way to reestablishing their business, but for the moment stocks are low all over the place. Once they are up and running again, I urge any of you dyeing folk out there to make a purchase - it takes a lot to build up a business again after such a huge loss - I'm sure they could do with all the help they can get!

I'm planning on dyeing more yarn soon - I have another few skeins in the mail at the moment - I'm trying to find the perfect undyed sock yarn so I can buy a wholesale lot and dye for sale. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them - I was a huge fan of The Knittery, but alas, they've closed down!

It seems mad to be in Australia, the land of divine quality merino wool, and to be buying said merino from the States or Hong Kong, or whatever. Local suppliers, please stand up!

More to come after the weekend - I need to shake off a cold, and serve beers to the masses this weekend, but the second sock is well on the way, and maybe even a pattern too!

Cheers, m'dears,

xxxxx

P.S: for all you Ravelry geeks out there like me, you can find me here: Hyena In Petticoats on Ravelry

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

And Now For World Domination.....

They say if you can knit a sock, you can knit anything.

How about if you dye the yarn yourself,

hand dyed

Then knit a sock out of it?

first. ever. sock!

I've got to admit - I had some huge help on this one - and the finished product is more than a bit spazz - look at those ladders! And those clumsy joins! (and the red bits where I thought I'd experiment with stranded knitting along the way?)

Nevertheless, it is a finished sock, and I am inordinately proud. So much so that I've cast on the next one and even written a new pattern for it. They won't match, but I don't care in the slightest.

I've also been experimenting with dyeing some yarn, which is rather satisfying - in fact, I'm writing this whilst waiting for the timer to go off on a blue batch I have simmering....

The mustard above is my favourite so far, and there have been some blues:

hand dyed

And stay tuned for some red, greens and more blues, which are drying on the rack. The blue above will be in the shop update (whenever it happens), and if I can bear to part with it, some of the others will be too.

But for now, the timer just went on the stove. Better go and rescue it before it felts!

Cheers, m'dears....

xxxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Favourites.

Favourites 13/05/09

1. sweet sleep, 2. sick day bench monday :: 8, 3. happy together, 4. luz interior, 5. new day, new socks, 6. Untitled, 7. Cleveland Roller Club at Skateland - Cleveland, Ohio, 8. blanket folded, 9. Untitled, 10. DSC_0001, 11. Untitled, 12. in the bath, 13. diana at baby matilda's party, 14. lovely fresh bread, 15. light olive sock yarn, 16. spectacular spectacular

No, I'm not dead. Although I've been absent for ages, it's not due to me breaking a hip in a fall and suffocating to death under the craft supplies, though the time will come. ( I have it under good authority that when this finally happens, Shula will come and dig me out, pop me in her refrigerated van, and take me back home to Victoria. Do blogs count as Wills? )

The women I work for have been taking their holidays, one after the other, which means the beer pouring gets put higher on the schedule than anything else in this household. Including taking the rubbish out. sigh. Only ten days to go and then I'm back to normal again....!

Anyways, I've been knitting like a woman possessed, and soon I will have a whole sock to share, as well as a shop update I've been tinkering away at - I'll let you know when it's all ready. I will be quiet for a bit longer though - the precious days off are slipping by fast in a haze of administrivia....... I'll be back once I've finished one of the 12 projects on the needles!

Leah xxx