Friday, May 17, 2013

To market

The weather has really turned autumn-wintry all of a sudden in canberra - most of the trees have dropped their gorgeous fiery leaves to the ground, and the days have been really cold this week.

I might be addicted to my new photo app - A Beautiful Mess

The cooler weather has many of us seasonal knitters thinking seriously about pulling out the sticks - and spending far too much time clicking around on Ravelry trying to match up our favourite pattern with a perfect yarn (or vice versa!)

Last year I made myself a honey cowl, which I started in May and finally got around to finishing on our holiday in the UK in late November. I've been wearing it every single day the last two or so weeks, and love it so much that I'm keen to add another cowl (or two) to my wardrobe.

My Honey Cowl in action - riding on the York Wheel
I'm currently trying to decide between Purl Soho's Big Herringbone and the Cupido Cowl.

1. Whit's Knits: Big Herringbone Cowl, 2. Cupido Cowl
I'm not completely decided about which yarn I'll use yet, but there will be plenty of opportunity to squeeze a few contender on Sunday since the end of autumn in Canberra also means that it is time for the Old Bus Depot Markets annual Celebration of Wool. I had so much fun with my friend Suzy Hausfrau last year that I'll be there helping her out again this time.

 And, given both the cowls on my lust list call for worsted weight yarn, I won't be surprised if some of this gorgeous Swans Island worsted in oatmeal comes home with me =)



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In May I am reading

This month I'm reading Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices trilogy - I'm up to the final book.
I really enjoyed the first book, and then the second not as much.

Maybe that's always the way with a trilogy? The first one is action packed to get you hooked, then the second on slows down for some character development and builds to a big finish in the third?
I am really enjoying the action bits, but have to admit that I have found the romancey parts a bit forced and tedious.

That said, I'm still pretty keen to read the other series - the Mortal Instruments.
There are 5 novels in that series, and the first has been made into a film - City of Bones - due for release in August.

I'd love to hear what you're reading - leave a comment below to let us know, or linking to you blog if you do a monthly book round up too =)

Happy reading

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Woodland sampler :: May

Working on my woodland sampler is becoming a favourite ritual for the first weekend of the month.

I look forward to it all week, and it's lovely to spend an an afternoon and evening (or two) curled up in front of the TV with a cup of tea and my stitching - especially now we're getting into the cooler part of the year =)

I can't say enough how much I am enjoying this project - Amanda and Ashleigh at the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery have done an amazing job designing each month's cute design, and they are just the right size to keep you stitching for a little while, but not so long that you don't feel like you're making progress.

It is also exciting to see what each month's design will be - the girls share some sneak peeks throughout the month and have everyone guessing. This month is a gnome and sprouts. I'm nearly done with his hat, and am loving the combination of red green and yellow on my oatmealy coloured even weave (which, by the way, is AMAZING to work with).

If you're interested in stitching up your own woodland sampler the pattern, along with a bunch of other lovelies, is available from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery here.


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Canberra Brown Owls Blog

logo by Mikaela @ Danvers Creative

It's no secret how much I love my Brown Owls friends - setting up a Canberra group was probably the second best thing that has ever happened to help me embrace my creative side (the first best is my mum, to whom I will forever and ever be grateful for being such a fabulous crafty role model and inspiring me and my sisters since we were teeny tiny).

This evening we launched (haha that makes it sound a bit grander than the reality) a Canberra Brown Owls blog, which we're hoping will be a place for all our owly friends to share projects and inspiration, and to keep up on all the ace crafty goings on in Canberra. Do pop over and check it out if you're interested =)

Speaking of ace crafty goings on in Canberra, this weekend is the first Mega Crafty Day, organised by my friends at Canberra Creatives. I'll be there representing Canberra Brown Owls and demonstrating the lovely and addictive art of english paper piecing (or spreading 'hexy-fever', depending how you look at it ;o)). The flyer is available over here if you'd like more info =)