Spring Sewing Fever

Japanese Stylish Dress Book

I’ve lived in Sydney long enough to know that the little taste of spring that August can bring is just that. A taste. Nevertheless, it was enough to get me thinking about sewing projects, drapey fabrics and finally buying a Japanese pattern book (the first one of the series to be translated to English).

I’d also been stalking ebay for an old horn sewing cabinet. Then when I happened to see one in a shop recently I wasn’t so enamoured with them anymore. I’ve decided the dining room table is perfectly fine for the time being, though I haven’t lost the desire for a dedicated ‘sewing station’ like one I’ve seen in Weekend Sewing. Maybe not quite so green, reminds me of the kitchen in the house that I grew up in.

Pattern traced and pinned on fabric

This is pattern F from Stylish Dress Book and the material is a Japanese cotton in yuki sky spot from tessuti’s.

All finished

I also found some Kaffe Fasset fabric at the Wool & Craft nook in Hornsby. I’m not really sure what I want to make with these. Maybe some patchwork experimentation with a black cotton base.  The white base Iris & Peony fabric may end up as a ‘spring’ handbag of sorts as its a little sturdier (and I have some bamboo handles wanting to be used).

Fabric stash
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Sakaki in Grey

Loving wearing this scarf. Yes, it is more a scarf than a shawl the way the yarn springs up.
Pattern: Sakaki by Romi
Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in colourway Two Butterflies went out at Noon ( I wonder if they ever came home)
Needles: 3.75mm
Fit: Cosily snug around the neck in a spiral or draped around the neck to add contrast to whatever black I happen to be wearing.
Modifications: I didn’t knit the lace panel or add beads, though I did add 4 repeats in the centre panel, thinking I had enough yarn to do so. Three repeats may have been optimal as I then had to cut short the finish, though I don’t think it’s noticeable.

What next? Well, there are all the patterns from Romi’s 7 Small Shawls ebook: The Pleiades, much of her back catalogue I want to knit (Brandywine for instance) and a recently published Kleio, 1st of the second ebook: The Muses. So it’s a fair assumption it will be another Romi, but which one? Any suggestions? I might even throw in a skein of yarn for anyone that can pick what I think I might knit next and from these yarns I have set aside:

  1. Madtosh Sock – Caribbean Blue
  2. Spud & Chloe Fine – Dragonfly (purple)
  3. Knitabulous – Kelly Green
  4. Fibrewebs – Port
  5. Wollmeise 100% Merino – Aquarius
  6. Wollmeise 100% Merino – Ballerina (purple)
  7. Wollmeise 100% Merino – Herzblut (red)

Spoilt for choice that’s for sure. It might have something to do with recent yarn purchases. Well the yarn stash was beginning to thin out really…

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Judith Hanson Lasater – Relax & Renew Teacher Training, Sydney 4-7 Aug 2012

For anyone who has been wondering about when they can next learn with Judith Hanson Lasater in Australia, we now have the details ready for you. Registration details for Relax & Renew Teacher Training in Sydney can be found here.

To register for the Rotator Cuff: Anatomy and asana for the Shoulder Joint workshop in Melbourne contact Caroline Stuart or 0401049291

I feel so privileged to be facilitating further training with Judith in my home of Sydney. I have learnt a remarkable amount about the practise of yoga in all it’s guises from her.  Though what I have learnt through her writings pales in comparison to studying with Judith in person, which for me began in Tasmania some years ago.

Restorative yoga is close to my heart, particularly as a result from my experiences in corporate life, together with my desire to keep connected to various groups of friends and family that are as varied as they are numerous.  Practising yoga keeps me grounded.  Teaching yoga brings me joy. Learning more about both from a teacher I admire is very special indeed.

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Unst, unst, unst


SSPSC2011 #4 Unst in Louet Gems Merino, Linen Grey



These are the fourth installment of the Super Special Six Personal Sock Club. The original pattern was to be Fox Faces by Nancy Bush, but while I plan to knit those soon, I chose to knit another Nancy pattern, Unst, from her Knitting on the Road book. Another classic sock knitting gem of a book.


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I’m struck by the variety of bird life that surrounds my home. Maybe it’s the warmer weather making them more jovial.


Here’s a photo of a couple of Brush Turkeys that roam our street. Some days I see one, two, three or all four of them. Often in the mornings we do a zig zag ‘dance’ down the road on my way to work. Sometimes they get curious and come up to the kitchen door.


Then there are the Lorikeets and Rosellas which I can set my watch by (8:15am weekends). They are quite the attention seeking entertainers and bob up and down along the balcony chirping away, demanding food and fresh water in the birdbath on the deck.

There are the Kookaburras that compete with the Sulfur Crested Cockatoos when it comes to volume and lately the magpies have appeared in greater numbers.

When I was five years old I was attacked by a magpie in our local park. I was going to retrieve some cutlery we’d left behind after a picnic during Spring school holidays. It turned out I’d walked right under a nest and the mother was protecting her young. Fair enough too, yet some 30+ years later I still flinch at the sight of magpies above head height. Which is a shame as they are actually one of my favourite birds to watch and listen to. Can’t go wrong with black and white.

Almost makes me want to go watch a certain Hitchcock film…


“we like birdland” Patti Smith

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Mumbai Pi

Just when I thought I would never get this finished, I’d finished the edging and was getting sufficiently low on yarn to cast off. But it wasn’t enough to cast off just once and when I realised I’d skipped an important second last row, I commenced unknitting. Tink, tink, tink and some 500 odd stitches later, I could start again!
It blocked out really well too, well that’s the Knitabulous merino lace weight yarn for you. Colourway: Mumbai Skies and I had 6grams left over from about 100grams / 800m. I knit this on 4.5mm needles, commencing with a fancy circular cast on that I managed to teach myself at the back of the bus I was travelling in through the Himalayas in March (thanks for the tip drkknits).

I’m not sure how long the shape will hold with all the rain about. I’m not really bothered as it’s nice to wear and it’s finished!!



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Lay lady Leyburns


Another finished pair of socks, another happily made for a gift. This time these are for my mother in law who lives on the other side of the globe. I’ve not only finished something for her (we’ve had a running joke for a couple of years about my ‘sock list’), I’ve finished them well in time to send and arrive beforeher birthday in July.

Leyburns are the third pair of socks in the Super Special Six Personal Sock Club 2011. Though I’m starting to rename this as the ‘Super Special Six Giveaway Sock Club 2011′. I had no hesitation committing the randomly chosen yarn of Colinette Jitterbug to this pattern. I think its one of the few that really lends to multicoloured yarn. So much so, I may end up knitting a pair for myself in a Rasperry version of Jitterbug sitting in my stash and just begging to be knit.

I’ve heard a few grumbles about this pattern, though there were none from me. Once I’d made a few modifications that is. These are knit toe up using Judy’s Magic Cast On. If you don’t know about this cast on, seriously, you’re missing an opportunity to embrace sock knitting with a smile. It’s just so good. There are no final 8-12 toe stitches to Kitchener stitch together and the finish is lovely and smooth.  When I arrived at the heel I did change this to a Gusset and Slip Stitch version, referring to a well used book – “Socks from the Toe Up” by Wendy Johnson. Also a good investment.

I continued on as per the quilt stitch pattern on the top of the foot/instep, though decreased the stitch count on the back part of the leg by 1 to 24 so I could add 2×2 rib. My MIL has smaller feet and ankles than I do and I wanted to ensure they’d stay up on her leg. Not knowing just how stretchy the pattern would result, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with 2×2 rib.

I hope she likes them and wears them.

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