24 May 2009

Morris Brown, Mud Factory, Healesville Harvest, Kitchen & Butcher


Yes you can hire and buy these awesome bicycles from www.mudfactory.com.au and go for a cycle around Healesville!

Morris Brown, 264 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Purveyors of fine cards, bags, shawls, jewellery, kids' stuff and all things beautiful



Healesville Harvest, right next door to Kitchen and Butcher, where you can buy excellent foodthings. 258 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Bye bye leaves.

21 May 2009

Leaf Scarf



I've wanted to make a scarf consisting of little knitted leaves for ages. I've hunted around the net for various patterns and combined a couple and constructed my own, which lets you knit the leaves in varying degrees of size, so that you end up with a scarf made of smaller, medium and large leaves. You can also add different colours and textures, if you like! Yay!

Here are some pictures from the work in progress. The pattern is below!

Pattern for Little Leaf Scarf

I used acrylic and bamboo mohair and size 6 needles, but really - use anything! I don't believe in needle sizes - what's closest to the couch is usually the best size. At least in my book.

Abbreviations:
P= Purl
K= Knit
YO = Yarn Over

Cast on 3 Stitches.

*P3
K1, YO, K1, YO, K1
P5
K2, YO, K1, YO, K2
P7
K3, YO, K1, YO, K3
P9
K9 - this row begins the top part of the leaf.
P9
K3, S2, K1, P2SSO, K3
P7
K2, S2, K1, P2SSO, K2
P5
K1, S2, K1, P2SSO, K1
P3
K3

repeat from *

If you wish to make larger leaves, instead of beginning to decrease where the pattern says 'this row begins the top part of the leaf', you just continue to increase according to pattern. So you keep knitting the stitches at the beginning and end of each row, and increase by 2 in each row by doing two Yarn Overs as the pattern prescribes. Then, when you're at the desired width, you start decreasing according to pattern. So, for example, if you increased to K10, YO, K1, YO, K10, you will decrease by doing K10, S2, K1, P2SSO, K10.

Leafy!

19 May 2009

17 May 2009

op shoppy finds

My beautiful Oak mirror. Found it in the Salvos. 

She's tarty, but she was 5 dollars from the Salvos so I took her in.

Thermos from the Salvos

My teaset! A 20 dollar bargain from the Sacred Heart Mission on Chapel Street. I think it's marvellous. 

By the way - the Salvos on the corner of Inkerman Street and Brighton Road in St Kilda are having a Designer Sale on the last weekend of May!!!