A little normalcy would be sensible

So I’m reverting to posting about craft: those disinterested in knitting (or at other times in crochet) may toddle off. Hoo-roo, pro tem

Here’s where I’m up to with my entry for “We The Makers Design Festival” in what is now my town:

Samantha-the-designer knitted hers – oh, I believe I’ve already described her original version: hang on a tick … yes, in this post. Briefly, then, I wanted to use a third colour – White Gum Wool calls it “Natural”, and it’s a wonderful faintly creamy white – but not as Samantha offered as a possibility when discussing her pattern:

I didn’t want to do that because the switch from the 3-colours ball to the white left that colour-change purl line at the back, and it stuck out like d*gs’ b*lls, as I believe I have described something else I made …


So I knitted the garter stitch by continuing with the 3-colours ball, and switched to the white for the lace ! The colour-change at the back is FAR less obvious:

And the other different thing I added was to knit an extra row of the 3-colour after the final garter stitch row, then a purl row of the white before I started the lace. It isn’t noticeable; but it means that the first lace row – you know, with holes in ! – doesn’t start with the new colour.

And yes, for those eagle-eyed among you: I had to rotate the image a fair bit to get it straight, so I cloned the carpet in. I was once good at that kind of stuff, but that was when I had a WONDERFUL photo-editing software that Chic had taught me to use, called … called … Photo [something] 10. Not Paint. Not Shop. Bugger it ! – I wish I could remember: it was swallowed by another one around 2013 … {Oh for heaven’s sake, M-R: FORGET IT !}

So that’s where I’m at, and enjoying it much more now that I have a new cable needle – ChiaoGoo 4 in 32″. Poifick.

White Gum Wool

Oh, check out this glorious stuff !

I came across this site by following something or other. As you do.

And the totally sustainable wool thereon is SO beautiful that I have bought three large balls of fingering (as seen above) with which to make a lovely shawl as an entry for Geelong’s new competition – the one that used to be the Scarf Festival but is now much bigger and moneyed up ! I was fairly disappointed last year when my entry didn’t rate a mention: I’ll see if I still have a photo (brioche again, it is) …

I’ve JUST begun. I was ordered by the marvellous Nan, whose sheep station it is at White Gum Wool, to send her a photo of my practising brioche because I haven’t done any for yonks; and I had to apologise because it was such a small bit:


but I’m not even that far so far … erhm, not even as far advanced as that, so far. :)

Madly in love with this project. And there’s no point your screwing up your face and saying “Yes, but you were with your last one – and look what happened to that !”, because I gave you the very real reasons. Not one of which applies here. So there !