Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quilt and Craft Show

On Sunday I was lucky to be able to go to the Quilt and Craft Show in Hamilton. I met my friend Julie and her sister in law and we spent over three hours there!
I was really impressed with this show. I have been to ones before and there was nothing that I loved. But this time I had a fantastic time. I saw things there that I haven't seen in NZ before and I saw a lot that was my style.
Here are the lovely things that I couldn't leave without.

Silken Straw from Alchemy Yarns. The colour is Voodoo (isn't that a great name for the colour).

Haiku Yarn from Alchemy Yarns. This has silk and mohair. I just loved the feel of this yarn and the colour (The night Air).

A wonderful book with really beautiful patterns for gifts by Rosalie Quinlan

A very interesting book about free form knitting and crochet bags by Prudence Mapstone.

And last but certainly not least some fabric. Lily Pond by Wendy Slotboom.

It was a great morning and very inspiring.

In the meantime , back to the lace knitting.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lace Knitting

I have started my first lace knitting. I have not really been interested in lace knitting until I saw this pattern.

I had to have it and I had the perfect wool too. I bought the PDF and was able to start straight away. Fantastic. I had to frog the first attempt as I kept losing my place and mucking up the pattern. But I am well on the way now.

Here I am sitting in the spring sun enjoying lace knitting.

This pattern is for a chunky lace using 8 ply wool, much more my style.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Little Monkeys Quilt

I have finished my little monkey's quilt. I have been working on it for longer than I can remember but not longer than 5 years!! She will be starting school later in the year and I thought I should get it finished.

I loved quilting this one, I put loads of effort into the hand quilting. The colours are not as dull as the picture shows.

I have also been knitting baby socks. It seems that there are many babies arriving over the next few months and these are a wonderful gift. They only use a small amount of wool and they are quick to finish.