Wednesday, July 13, 2011

...and in between....

Apologies to all who haven't received emails, blog comments or Facebook "likes"..... I've been busy.
School holidays, preparation for the Melbourne Quilt & Craft Fair, product development (trying to squeeze out another pattern before the show)... and in between, a lot of meditative, calming knittery. Just making this one up as I go along, from wool/alpaca/acrylic yarn I bought at Spotlight's end-of-Winter-2010 yarn sale ($1 a ball.. what do I have to lose?).

On Sunday, we had a family trip to Ballarat. While the man and child of the family braved the BRUTAL cold and FREEZING rain at Sovereign Hill, I sat in a cosy room with Annie's gorgeous Mum. She taught me lots of new tricks on the knitting machine - increases, decreases, a spot of fair isle...

...and SHORT ROWS!!!!! This, of course, opens up a whole world of garment-making possibilities and I'm positively BUZZING with ideas....


After an accidental caffeine consumption incident yesterday afternoon (thought it was decaf.... oops!), I was up and at it until 3am today, making a child-size prototype.




The prototype is currently having a little ride in the washing machine.... who knows what it'll turn into...?

11 comments:

Annie said...

Oh Nikki, it was positively "splendiferous" to have you here in Ballarat! Mum was so excited to think she could help you and pass on some knowledge, and was quite excited also that she made it to Facebook! Quite the Groovy Granny indeed.

Jan said...

Annie, your Ma is a star! Nikki, I was so excited to see your book a few days ago in a lovely little bookshop at Matakana, north of Auckland; I was wearing my specs this time so could actually read it - it's so impressive. I wanted to tell everyone in the shop that I'd met you - but I didn't. I'm looking forward to buying my own copy at the quilt show in Melb.

The AfterCraft said...

Geez this morning I was thinking how I really wanted to get into knitting again .. then my sensible side of me was like "Uhhh you got enough on your plate" Oh well.. I'll soak up and enjoy others projects like yours!! looking good!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

You is a Lean Mean Knitting Machine ;-)

I foresee a knitted bustle.

punkychewster said...

i miss spotlight! happy knitting and surprise us with new creations!

Buy Design said...

I've never managed a happy accident with woollens in the washing machine. Hope yours turns out as you hope. Then again you will probably just turn it in to something else.

Renee said...

Hi. I am always inspired by reading your blog. I too spotted your book in a bookshop in Duneding NZ. But I did not purchase a copy as I am looking forward to buying a personally signed one in Melbourne in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to visit your stall.
Kind regards
Renee

ecoMILF said...

Just beautiful. I wish I could stay up til 3 with anything. No matter how much caffeine I consume I'm still out like a light by 11. Which is probably a good thing...

Kate said...

How excellent - I have heard Annie's Mum is quite a machine knitting guru!

Jules said...

SO happy you have managed to connect with someone able to show you what you want to learn! It all looks fantastic- aren't short rows a wonderful thing?!

Drop me a line if you find time for a knit xx

Handmade said...

Calming and meditative - how cool is knitting!!!!