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.

Now down to business, what is on at Grammazoo today.

There is a new pattern – with the footy season fast approaching, I thought this would be very appropriate, particularly if you have a little one in the family and you want to start indoctrinating him/her.

Oh and please, no comments as to the colours shown in the picture. This set was knitted by request for a newborn mid last year and was not the preferred colours of Grammazoo – Go Pies! Of course, this pattern can be adapted for the NRL as well as the AFL!

There is also another new stitch, an interesting bit of trivia, another dog story, a run down on last weekend’s ‘t-shirt’ yarn project and photos of the finished neck warmer from a couple of weeks ago.

Read on …

Colourful coats help get black dogs re-homed

There has been an unexpected downside to the use of the term ‘black dog’ when describing depression, apparently black or darker coloured dogs have become harder to re-home than their lighter coloured cousins.

I find this hard to imagine (it is always the big, sad, brown eyes that get me not the colour of the fur), but people do sometimes get some very strange ideas.

Community-minded knitters from the Women’s Institute in Scotland put their heads together and devised a plan to put a stop to this and give black dogs an even chance of finding a good home.

This heart-warming article explains all.

Footy is back – well almost

These colours are not indicative of the team Grammazoo supports. A correct set of colours will be featured soon.

With the commencement of the new AFL women’s league and the soon to start pre-season matches, it is time to start thinking footy.

This little set for the child in your family will start them off on the right track. There is also a scarf featured in the pattern, it just hasn’t been knitted yet.

Of course, this pattern is easily adapted for all of our NRL diehards, so it is a winner all round. Go to grammazoo.com.au/patterns to download your copy of this great little outfit.

Did you have a go at making the t-shirt yarn?

Lowest prices on the best yarn - guaranteed at knitpicks.comWhile the instructions for making the t-shirt yarn at molliemakes.com were very easy to follow and the resulting yarn easy to make, I found the process very tedious, and looking at what I had produced, didn’t think it would do the little clutch purse justice.

I think you would need a lot of t-shirts in the same colour to make it and we don’t always have that.

In retrospect, if I was going to make something as elegant as this, I would source commercially-made, t-shirt yarn for a better finish to the project.

However, if you are still dead keen to recycle your t-shirts you can make any number of very colourful objects for around the home.

Articles such as dishcloths, small baskets, colourful mats, small pet baskets, cushion covers, the list goes on, are perfect for your recycled shirts and while the method is a little tedious, it would be fun mixing the different colours for your project.

In saying all of this, I haven’t given up on the project. I have my shredded t-shirts and have found a crocheted monster that I am going to adapt into a knitting pattern and see what I get. It will make a lovely toy for Tiger.

My three balls of t-shirt yarn will now be made into a scary monster for Tiger.

I just have to work out the pattern, so watch this space.

All will be revealed in the March newsletter, so make sure you have signed up so you can see the end result.




Right Royal knitters

Queen Victoria with her knitting.

Did you know that Queen Victoria was a knitter?

Who would have thought? But apparently she was a prolific knitter and not only did she knit, but she crocheted and even spun her own wool.

She is generally credited with the rise of knitting during the 19th Century when printed patterns became more available for the populace.

Doing a little more research it would seem that Victoria was not the only royal to pick up a pair of knitting needles.

The Tsarina Alexandra of Russia seen knitting while on holiday with her young son the Tsarevich Alexei.
Queen Eugenie of Spain with her work.

The Tsarina of Russia and the Queen of Spain were also captured with their work, perhaps a little later than Victoria, but not much.

Even Queen Elizabeth II was snapped with her mother and sister knitting way back when she was definitely a lot younger and not a queen.

The Queen Mother, Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth.


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New stitch – Grain of wheat stitch

This stitch is formed with a multiple of 4 stitches and has a couple of very easy, but interesting twists. There are eight rows in the pattern.

According to my little book of stitches it can be used as an all over pattern for a baby’s blanket or sleeping bag, or would be pretty done with a fine, glittery wool as an evening shawl or jacket.

It was easy to do and produced quite a firm fabric.

The twists

Left Twist (LT) – miss one stitch and knit into back of second stitch. Knit the missed stitch, then slip both stitches from needle together.

Right Twist (RT) – miss one st and knit into front of second st. Knit the missed st, then slip both sts from needle together.

Row 1: (WS) Purl
Row 2: K1, p2, *LT, p2; repeat from *, end k1
Row 3: K3, *p2, k2; rep from *, end k1
Row 4: K3, *RT, k2; repeat from *, end k1
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: K1, *LT, p2,; repeat from *, end k1
Row 7: K1, p2, *k2, p2; repeat from *, end k1
Row 8: K1, *RT, k2; repeat from *, end RT, k1
Repeat rows 1 to 8.

And finally …

Remember the great little neck warmer Grammazoo featured earlier in the month. Well here is the one I made.

I am going to do another, this time in Alpaca as suggested by the pattern, and I want to try something a  different with the knot.

I found this knot a bit bulkier than I would have liked and think I may have the solution. Watch this space for an update to the pattern.