Big is back

An article crossed my desk last week and at first I dismissed it, but since starting this blog, I have noticed that yarns are getting thicker and patterns similarly, accommodate these thicker yarns.

Personally I have always gone for the finer yarns, in many cases preferring to wear machine knitted garments over the bulkier hand knit.

Being small, I find the thicker yarns make me look bigger than I really want to look.

However, it seems, I have to find a compromise as according to the dictates of fashion, big is back.

Mind you, some of these designs leave a lot to be desired and by the look on the models’ faces, I feel they think the same. However, it is interesting that this could be the way we are headed.

Click here to read the article and check out more of the designs. Leave me a message, I would love to know what you think.


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Time flies …

Hello again,

I am not sure where my time goes, but go it does and as I find the end of March getter nearer, I really have to get my ‘a into g’.

I have been very busy trying to finish of my many projects, as well as getting ready to open my shop on Etsy.

Peter the Penguin has finally been completed and I am really chuffed with the result.

It is his eyes that make him so distinctive. They are a real feature of all of Amanda Berry’s designs.

Arthur’s tank top is almost there (see Grammazoo’s good advice below).

I have struggled with this project because of the way the Alpaca has knitted up, but after reading an article about Alpacas and their wool, I understand the problem and why.

I still have some of this beautiful wool left for another project and am hoping with my new-found knowledge, I will manage a far better result.

The stock for the Etsy opening has been the main focus of my work this week. While the little items don’t take a lot of time to knit, finishing them off does, particularly when you leave them all to be finished at once …


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Project pandemonium

Oh my lordy, Grammazoo has got herself so busy she doesn’t know where to start next. She has so many projects on the go and so many lined up, it is time to stop, take a giant breath and put some order into the things she wants to share with you all.

Back of Arthur's tank top
Take two

Little Arthur’s retro tank top is finally about halfway done and I have a confession to make. I did a retake on this one.

The pattern I originally designed to break up the simplicity of the design just did not work with this particular yarn. To cut a long story short, I ripped the whole thing out and literally started again.

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Welcome Tiger

Standoff at the OK corral.

It was dogs at 10 paces at Grammazoo’s yesterday.

We have acquired a new member to the family and the fabulous Pi is none to impressed. But Tiger is here to stay, so she will just have to get used to the idea.

Tiger is a kelpie x coolie, just seven weeks old and for all the world looks just like a hyena.

Like all babies, Tiger still spends a lot of time asleep.

I did think of calling him Hy, but I thought Pi and Hy was a bit much.

We now have two sheep dogs in the family and no sheep for them to round up which can be a problem, but lots of walks and hopefully, when Pi comes around, lots of chasing around in the back yard will wear them both out.

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Nuturing knitting

In these days of instant gratification, using a loom may just be enough to inspire a child to start knitting.

This heart-warming story melted my heart and reminded me of the many times I have tried to teach my granddaughter to knit, without much success I might say.

Keira was about eight when she noticed me knitting (one of the famous Grammazoo shawls) for the very first time. She was fascinated and by hook or by crook, decided this was what she wanted to do.

She pestered me for wool and needles, and after the promised trip to the shops the next day, we arrived home with some lovely purple wool – her favourite colour – and a set of appropriately-sized knitting needles.

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Weekly pattern

This week’s pattern

This week we are going a bit retro.

Arthur’s mum asked me to knit him a little vest and going through my patterns – most of which were pretty retro – I came across a little tank top that just fitted the bill.

It is knitted in 4ply wool and has contrasting stripes. Instead of a contrasting colour, I have decided to use contrasting stitches and have formed a band of reverse stocking stitch in varying depths to break the plain look of this little beauty.

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Clothes made out of newspaper

This story is one for conservationists and recyclers – clothes made out of old newspapers.

I wish I had seen it while I was working at the Daily Liberal and had access to any number of old newspapers.

It is certainly  one way of disposing of them and creating stylish, if not so comfortable garments.

It is a continuous cycle too, as there is no way you could wash these garments without ending up with loads of papier mache. Once worn, they’ll make good compost and go back to the earth in which more trees can grow.

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Something new

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.

18th Century poet Alexander Pope

There is a lot of truth in Pope’s words as ‘The Yarn Harlot’, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes:

It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. [Amazing when you think of it!] Sure, you throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity. The most incredible gossamer lace shawl, the trickiest Aran, a humble sock … each are just made with knit and purl.

Know these two stitches; Rule the world.

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