I wasn't going to go but I'd been looking forward to, and saving up for, the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show all year, so I went and I'm glad I did. I cuddled some lambs and kids (the goat kind) and picked up the looms I'd been saving for from lovely Libby from Ashford New … Continue reading Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show 2017
My mother died yesterday. It is an understatement to say that she wasn't a great mother but also to say that she was a great talent. You wouldn't have known her name but if you have ever walked along the St. Kilda foreshore or enjoyed Catani Gardens since their regeneration in 1989-90, attended a wedding … Continue reading Vale Jillian le Patourel
It's an icy, rainy day in the Victorian Central Highlands and my pain and brain fog are moderate to high enough to stop me writing but not creating! Oggie and I are spending the day knitting a snuggly coat in a beautiful, rich alpaca yarn direct from the lovely people at the Bendigo Wool Mills, … Continue reading The #slowlife and #spoonielife
Every time I give myself permission to have a do-little day, listening to my pain, I find I end up achieving more than I expected by doing gentle, little things (like making this onigiri) a little at a time. Every time I focus on how little I'm doing compared to all I'd rather be doing … Continue reading Onigiri and life lessons.
I've always wanted to spin my own wool. A childhood friend's mother used to spin and I could watch her for hours - it seemed so magical the way she teased a seemingly endless thread from a mass of fairy-floss. Her hands were always soft, too, she said it was from the lanolin. When my … Continue reading Learning a new, ancient skill.
The Second Saturday of each month is Stock-the-pantry day as the Farmers Market is in Ballan. All my favourites were there today so the basket was quickly full! Some of this month's goodies are for the fabulous Women Who Write and are coming to a self-publishing workshop on Sunday 21st of May. In the cotton … Continue reading Winter is in Ballan and it’s wonderful.
I'm not writing at the moment. In truth, I haven't written any fiction for months. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have noticed a lot of posts of my sewing, knitting and other fibre arts, lately. That is partly because in November last year I decided to challenge myself to be wearing only home-made … Continue reading I cannot write at the moment and I’m okay with that.
At last I've finished this short-sleeve jacket! In one way it's only taken me about 2 months to make but I bought this yarn - a lovely Noro lamb's wool, silk, and cashmere blend - in a Tokyo wool store with a friend, in 2009. I thought I'd never like the heavy stripe in the yarn but once … Continue reading Finished! Short sleeved, knitted jacket!
I've long loved these little #sewing clips but I'm truly appreciating them now as I try my first shaped collar and in a stretchy knit! They hold tightly enough to be placed right on an edge, fold, or hem and (assuming the seam is wide enough, this particular one isn't) they have a clear 'bottom' … Continue reading Favourite Things: Clover Magic Clips