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Does posting weird pictures of knitting count as blogging?
Yes, I hear you say…well here goes…

How cute is this old bloke knitting?
old bloke knitting

Some gifts to knit?
Anyone a perve in your family? How about knitting fetish wear?
knit fetish

Bruno’s all over it too
Bruno knit

Actually this might be crochet…vagina tissue box anyone? Maybe for the back window of the car?
vagina tissue cover

For the fashionista in your life…a hamburger dress
hamburger dress

Any murderers at work? A selection of killing devices
knit knives

Or a happy little knitted turd
turd

I hope this has inspired your knitting today….

It is lovely and sunny outside this morning, spring is in the offing! My mind has turned to spring knitting and tossing aside the jumpers. The two spring/summer cardigans at the top of my queue are;

Both are cropped style, perfect for spring/summer Melbourne weather and covering up against air-con on casual Friday in my office.

I am planning to knit Acton in Serenity – Patons Bamboo/Cotton in black and unsure about what to knit the Hexacomb Cardi in (thinking of a pale pink with a black or chocolate brown trim). But this brings me to the next exciting spring knitting announcements; new colours/yarns by Australian Country Spinners!

Eagle eyes on Ravelry spied some new colours and yarns in their LYS. I have yet to see them in the flesh (popped into Clegs yesterday but yarns have been pushed aside for the hat and fascinator displays for Spring Carnival).

  • new Natural Cotton 100% undyed cotton in 8ply and 4ply in a range of subtle earthy colours (of course!) I quite like the pale green.
  • new colours in 100% Bamboo, including some bright blue, orange & green and a black

I can’t wait to see them in my hand. I might pop down to Wool Baa next weekend and have a looksie. There are also some great new supporting pattern books (although has anyone ever actually knitted a bikini?).

Wot’s on the Needs

  • Tiger’s Eye Scarf – had a disaster with the Blue Bayou Mitred Stole, the yarn I chose (Live2Knit Elizabeth in Smoke) just did not work with the pattern. I spoke to the gift recipient, we logged onto Ravelry and I showed her some options. Yay a chance to do more lace. I have completed a couple of repeats and it is looking lovely
  • Socks – almost finished Uneven Ribbing sock in Jigsaw Heirloom, which is looking great too.
  • The Goth Mermaid Shawl is still on the needles, I just to bind off. Maybe tonight during dvd time.

Other Cool Stuff

The new issue of Yarn magazine appeared in my letter box last week. Whilst it is the best Australian knitting mag by far, the new editors have not quite got the stylish look and layout of the Barbara Coddington issues. They still look a bit amateurish. But aside from that criticism, the content is pretty good with a combination of reviews, patterns, interviews and instructional articles. Especially in love with the Rain Stole by Ailsa Daly. The article deconstructing the argyle was very informative. And the ads are always good (I never usually say that about ads. I watch mainly SBS and ABC and listen to RRR to avoid most ads) I can find out about new, small local yarn producers who I would prefer to support.

Another new pattern that jumped straight onto my queue comes from another new online knitting magazines. We knitters are totally spoilt by the generous of spirit (and time) of people who produce these magazines (Yarn included!). Anyway…the pattern which fell into my queue is Gossamer Garden Stole (in the lace vein again!) by Lia Liang. Not a fan of the purple it is knitted in but I can see the beauty of the pattern. Also cool is Buttercup by Melissa Wehrle. Excellent stuff.