3D shoes

Hello and welcome back to another week

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

Lowest prices on the best yarn - guaranteed at knitpicks.comI 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.

Benjamin Franklin

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

These are just some of the lovely cushion designs 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.Wool Yarn from Knit Picks

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.

For a copy of Amanda Berry’s Penguin Cushion pattern go to grammazoo.com.au/patterns/

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?

The pink rabbit. If you Google pink rabbit, Gelatin, you will be able to read lots more.

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

Please remember I adapted this pattern from a crochet pattern. To see the crochet pattern go to http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hug-me-or-else-t-shirt-yarn-monster

 

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.

This is the original crochet monster by Recoverista on Ravelry.

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.

 

 

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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