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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It’s Friday

Happy weekend from Grammazoo!

Weekend’s mean it is time for our next small project and this weekend we are going to recycle some old t-shirts by shredding them and using the cut pieces as yarn to make something new and useful. Interested?

Of course, you can buy t-shirt yarn by the cone, but I thought it would be far more fun to recycle some old ones and see what we get.

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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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Happy Monday

Welcome back

LoveKnittingHope you all had a nice relaxing weekend.

There wasn’t much knitting done at Grammazoo’s during the weekend because it was hot, very hot. With clear blue skies and the sun beating down, the temperature reached 44 degrees on Saturday and 42 degrees on Sunday. Some relief came on Sunday afternoon when a change came through and believe me, it was more than welcome.

Precious Pi and I got up early for our walk as usual this morning and it was almost cold, I say almost, but it was definitely a lot cooler than it’s been for some time. Phew!!

With a new week coming Grammazoo has many more goodies just for you, but first, I am curious as to how your Valentine Day’s project went. Did you have a go at the rose or the little heart?

Having never felted before, I opted for the rose as a chance to try something new. Knitting the rose was easy but the suggestion I put it in the washing machine in hot, soapy water, all on its own, didn’t do much for me.

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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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Yoga for knitting

Yoga? For knitting? You better believe it.

I was going through my regular emails last week and in one of the newletters, there was a link to yoga, specifically for knitters and crocheters.

I love yoga and intrigued I clicked the link, lo and behold, I found a series of 18 different stretches for the upper body to keep you supple as you ply away on your favourite project.

Each Friday for the next 18 weeks, I will preview a new pose. If you practise each of these in succession, your shoulders, arms and upper body will never cease up again.

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Finally …

I know I was supposed to launch the latest pattern find yesterday, but we had the nbn installed, and … say no more.

It took time, longer than I had and so today, I give you my find for this week, a beautiful summery scarf knitted in Mesh Stitch, or as I discovered when looking at youTube for a video explanation, a version of the Mesh Stitch.

This pattern is by Susan Mills from www.classiceliteyarns.com and to be honest, I really love it.

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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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