Monday, April 14, 2008

Knitted puppies!

It had to happen - a cuff design featuring my dog, Frankie!

I've been knitting "frankie" designs for many years now - one was a pale blue jumper/sweater for my baby daughter, 12 years ago!

He's on a burgundy background here, let me know if you want the pattern for this and for any of my creations.

Friday, April 11, 2008


My dear DH bought some gorgeous orange tulips for my DD's recent birthday. So I was making this cuff, about to put in a traditional fair isle motif, and I thought "why not tulips?" They are such a simple shape, and so cheerful.

I do like cuffs. They have the impact of a wide bangle, and are far more comfortable. And you can co-ordinate them with a watch and bracelet. And a bangle too, if you want!

So here's the Tulip Cuff, with two vintage green buttons. I love it. It makes me smile.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

But wait, there's more...

Yes I've been getting back into my Fair Isle knitting addiction, must be the cooler weather here in Sydney. Case in point: yesterday's wristwarmers.

And here's a variation:

Thought I'd try a bit of jacquard patterning, while I was waiting in the car at soccer training.

Here is a pattern I sketched, then charted by hand:

Then knitted into a swatch

My daughter loves it. It must be really good.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Awww, pretty!

Here are my new wristies, for sale in my etsy shop!

I had so much fun making these, and if I have to part with them, I'll have to make some more! Aren't they delicious!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Busy busy busy

The weather is still lousy and oh dear, I can't believe I haven't posted in SO LONG... I have been knitting and creating though, quite a lot, in fact. I plan to spend tomorrow photographing and uploading my newest designs (drum roll...)

Wristwarmers are featuring in my new items for my shop. And in the painting department, I have had a lesson with one of Australia's well-known traditional impressionist style painters, and learnt a lot. I have another life study to show you, in a completely different style from any of my previous works.

Meantime, the last few weeks? Okay, I'll itemise what I've done:
- nurse my 16 year old lame dog (frankie, the westie) back to health, isn't he cute!

- entertain my mother while she visited from interstate
- refurbish the lounge room, including painting the walls (!)
- paint and redecorate the upstairs bathroom (we call it the "powder room")
- host a 14th birthday party and take a group of 12 kids to a Japanese restaurant
- help my daughter prepare for her horse's first ever dressage event, (here is a closeup):

involving 2 hours riding and grooming most days, and 8 hours on the day before the event! First time is the hardest, after the 50th event, I'm sure we'll be a lot better at it!

Anyway, that's why I've been a bit lax on the computer front.