crewel to be kind.

It’s a crewel, crewel world; don’t be crewel to a heart that’s true. I’m sure there’s a whole bunch more, but these are the ones that come to mind.

My first go at crewel for Em’s birthday using a transfer pattern from Wool & Hoop. Fun stitching, a little mindless but deceptively tricky to keep neat. The colours I know she’ll love, but I’m wondering now if I should have gone for three similar colours as suggested in the book.

Double sided fusible web ironed on to the back of the embroidery, I then trimmed the piece leaving a 1-2cm edge for fraying (don’t put fusible web on this part) and then ironed onto a piece of board. Simply framed in a shadow box. More crewel work coming soon.


My Socks That Rock kit arrived and I’m itching to get them on the needles, but first up a knitted scarf and vest for The Son. Do you think the sweater curse comes into play for gay couples?? I’m also moving house mid April, yes I’ve become a home owner with The Son. Very exciting. I’m choosing furniture and thinking colours and prints and lighting and all those soft furnishings I’ve always wanted to make for my own home. There’s just not enough time in the day, I know, terrible problem to have isn’t it. So expect to be assaulted with home themed posts over the next few months. I’ll also be introducing The Son’s 16 year old kitty, Esme, to Spud. Esme is super lovely and I don’t want Spud to terrify her. I’m hoping he’ll see her as a grandma figure. Pffft I hear you cat owners say, well, we’ll do our best to make it work. Pics of Esme soon for you cat lovers.

everything’s coming up apples


There’s a little theme here at the moment. Apples. Apple fabric, apple ceramics, handknit apple dishcloths, apple photo holders. The mug and apple accessories were purchased in Melbourne recently with Di and Al on our shop-a-thon Saturday at Zakkaya.


Then there’s the apple of Al’s eye, little squishy Pia, who’s actually not super squishy, but is super cuddly. This pic taken with my mobile on the steps of some fabric store I can’t remember the name of. Pia and I went for a wander and then had a rest whilst we were waiting for mummy. She’s a very observant little gal, quite happy to sit and watch the traffic with me.


If someone had said to me I see handknit dishcloths in your future I would have said take a flying leap! But that’s the obsession at the moment. I bought a copy of Mason Dixon’s book last year and although I’m not super enamoured with a lot of the patterns the dishcloth cotton patterns did it for me, including the little baby kimono. I also love the knitted log cabin patterns. Getting slightly sidetracked here, the book overall is a gem, it’s probably the wittiest and most funny knitting book I’ve read, as well as charming. I’ve had laugh out loud moments with this book, definitely one for any knitters collection. So back to the dishcloths. I finished one last year which you didn’t see, mainly as I was busy and OK I admit a little shy about sharing my handknit dishcloth.

The one you see picture here I found via Knitting Pattern Central. The apple was too cute to pass up, I’ve also just cast on for the squirrel. I like that I can put the cloth through the washing machine when it’s getting tired (read, stinky) and have another on hand, I also love the idea of not buying dishcloths. I’m trying to think up some witty ending to this post but it’s eluding me at the moment, I’ll leave you to stew instead…. BOOM TISH!