Happy Easter to you all, I hope you have a holy and happy holiday, and that the Easter bunny is very kind to you all.
Like many of us at this time of year, Grammazoo is spending time with her grandie.
Melbourne has been my destination this holidays and before I left home, I went through my stash and packed up all my current projects to bring with me.
I had trouble fitting the clothes in, but I am happy to say, it hasn’t all been a wasted effort as I have managed to finish (the knitting at least) of all of Arthur’s current projects, knitted a couple of egg cosies for the Etsy shop and started a winter beanie for moi.
Travis’ house is beginning to look like mine with bags of wool all over the place. Ha ha.
With resources a little limited while away, I thought this week we would do something different and have a bit of fun.
After all, that is what holidays are all about.
Let’s start with a quiz. The one I chose was pretty easy, although I even managed to blow a couple of answers.
I liked it as it actually gave an explanation for each correct answer, so if you were like me and blew an answer, all was explained.
Finally, the grand opening of ‘grammazooknits’ on etsy.com.au has been achieved. The stock is small, but the ideas are huge with more to be added as the weeks roll by.
These little fellows are just a few of the ideas I have actually worked at this stage. I have ideas for many more and the plan is to eventually write patterns for each and sell the patterns. They are simple to knit, but even I don’t want to spend my whole life knitting.
If you have any other ideas for egg cosies, let me know and I will have a go at making them.
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 …
Thankyou for stopping by on this great day for the Irish.
Grammazoo has been busy finishing off and prioritising projects this week, as well as preparing for the grand opening of her shop at Etsy.com.au
Preparation for the shop has taken longer than first thought, so I have delayed the opening until the beginning of April. Knitting and finishing of stock is continuing so I can really do this properly.
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.
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.
Grammazoo’s second email will be delivered to your inbox Wednesday with lots of things not featured on the website or on Facebook.
Featured at the top of the list is the monthly pattern for members only. I can’t wait to show you.
It is something for the young and the young at heart. It is easy to knit, and is something you can dress up or down.
Make sure you don’t miss out, it isn’t too late to subscribe.
Out of the mouths of babes
I love my little quote book by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and this next quote just goes to show how much notice children actually do take of what is going on around them.
I am not sure I would take my knitting while going shopping or to the bank, but this little girl has obviously noticed the therapeutic affect knitting has on her mother, and felt it would certainly help the little boy’s mother.
It is the working man who is the happy man.
It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
My daughter and I were trapped in a seemingly endless bank line. Now me, I’m an experienced mother. I had a children’s book, a baggie of snacks, and my knitting in my purse. I’ve been in this line before and now I come prepared. The woman in line ahead of us had come with nothing but her son and her wits, and she was showing clear signs of not only losing her temper but also developing a twitch over one eye. My daughter watched the woman become increasingly agitated and finally commented to the woman’s son, “your mum should get some knitting; that’s what my mummy looks like without it”.
I recognise that knitting can improve my mood
in trying circumstances.
Stephanie Pearl – McPhee
3D knitted shoes, what next?
There isn’t much that can’t be printed or in this case, knitted in 3D these days.
These shoes sound incredibly comfortable, particularly as you can buy one for each foot completely separately.
Cutting down on waste, they are certainly eco-friendly, but I wonder about their practicality.
How weatherproof would they be? I know with sneakers that I have had with a knitted component, my feet still get awfully wet in winter and what’s more, I go through the toes in next to no time.
I understand that perhaps I walk a little differently to others, but it is still a problem for me. Wouldn’t it be the same for these shoes?
There is also no mention of cost, only that they are cost-effective to make. Nah, give me leather anytime.
Have a read of the article and let me know what do you think?
Pattern of the week – Child’s cushion by Amanda Berry
This week’s pattern is something different, a cushion or pillow for the children’s room or family room, but definitely for the children.
In my travels on Google, I found a series of cushions by designer Amanda Berry that I thought you would really like.
They are perfect on a child’s bed or chair and there are so many to choose from, each child is able to choose their own.
Amanda Berry’s designs all feature the enormous, odd eyes that are immediately irresistible.
For my mind, I fell in love with the penguin. I have already named him Peter and am very happy to share him with you.
Please be aware that this pattern is copyrighted and cannot be sold on. I have paid for the privilege of its use and am sharing with you for your use only.
Did you know – there is a giant, pink rabbit in the Alps?
And no, I have not been drinking, yet!
There is a giant, hand-knitted pink rabbit clinging to the side of the Alps near Piedmont in Italy.
This giant pink ‘Bugs’ was created by the Gelatin Collective, a group of four artists from Vienna in Austria.
These guys are known for their very large and often strange works, and this piece is meant to make people feel small, in the vein of Gulliver.
The 61 metre (200 foot), long, pink knitted rabbit – ‘Hase’ – was created using 1000 kg of pink wool, and took dozens of ‘grannies’ more than a year to knit the basic shape. It took a further seven weeks to stuff and put it in place. It makes the pink pussy hats look very small to be sure.
A big tourist attraction in the Alps, it is not just for looking at or walking around. You are actually encouraged to explore and climb it, even take a picnic on its belly.
The collective hopes that the sculpture will exist for 20 years. I will be interested to see how the fabric stands up to the elements. It is free for the public to explore.
T-shirt yarn project
You will be pleased to know my T-shirt yarn project is finally finished and I have a scary monster for my new puppies to play with.
They love it and have already taken the button-eyes off and chewed them to pieces. As I write the monster is taking a breather in the back yard. Both dogs are out of the heat and under the airconditioning, waiting for dinner.
I think when you see the end result, you will appreciate why the little hand bag wouldn’t have worked.
The monster has lumps and bumps where there shouldn’t be, compliments of the seams in the T-shirts I used.
It works well for a scary monster, but the clutch is far too elegant and as I have mentioned in an earlier post, either seamless T-shirts or commercially-produced T-shirt yarn would be best for that particular project.
A knitting pattern for the monster will be available for download on the pattern page by the end of the week if you are interested in having a go. It is not perfect, and if you have any suggestions to modify it, please let me know.
Weekend project update
Aagh the never-ending weekend project. How you must dread it.
I must admit this one intrigued me, no needle sizes, no ply suggested, it was anyone’s guess. The fact it came from two centuries ago, was enough for me to try it.
I used a 4ply Alpaca blend with 4mm straight needles and knitted my little piece of 19th Century pattern with the following result.
It was very pretty to be sure, and with enough length would make a very beautiful, false collar with its little picket edge for a jumper, or really any other round necked garment. What do you envisage for this little piece of history?
I would love to know and I am sure there are a lot of others in the same boat out there. Thank you for having a go.
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.
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.
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.