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Knitted things

A big welcome to those who ventured over here from the link in the Hill End Gathering Group newsletter.
Most of these knitted items are going up in our Etsy shop if you would rather buy through there. Otherwise you can comment here (if you can manage Bloggers CAPTCHA settings) or email me at wallflowerarts@gmail.com.
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Are you cold? Or want to stock up for when it’s cold? Or buy things for people who live where it gets cold? Here are some knitted things. Most will eventually go up on Etsy but if you want to save me the effort and fees you can get it cheaper at market price.

All of these are 100% wool except two of the shawls and a scarf. Most are hand wash only. If you want one of these but in a different colour or different material, or a pair of mitts that are shorter or longer we can do that too. Just ask.

Can’t afford or aren’t interested in buying knitted things? You can still look at the awesome stuff we’ve made.

We also take commissions for anything knitted, crochet, needle felted or embroidered and I’ll do art commissions.

We have other hats (a few more kids ones etc) and embroideries and some needle felting at our Etsy Shop

Hats

* Lumikukka pattern by Marja Airaksinen. Knit in cream (Aran) Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $40. Adult size.
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* Aeonium pattern by Woollywormhead. Knit in cream (Aran) Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $40. Adult size.
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* Welldigger pattern by Polly Hammond. Knit in grey Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $25. Adult size. This is knit in   stitch and is really squishy and thick. The rolled brim allows you to pull it down deeper on your head if you want. It covers my ears. We’re hoping to sort out a pair of mitts to match, using the same stitch. It’s grey, not blue. The colour is like the first two photos.
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* Brambles pattern by Amanda Muscha. Knit in yellow Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills. It’s a pale yellow but more yellow than this is showing on my monitor. I’ll try and get a better shot. $30. Adult size. This is a slightly slouchy beanie. If you wanted it could be blocked as a beret or left as a beanie. (The ravelry link shows it as a beret) The bottom picture is just me trying to show the top while holding the hat and the camera. On your head it wouldn’t scrunch up so much.
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* The bubble hat pattern by . Knit in cream Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $25 . Adult size. Fold the brim or pull it down depending on how deep you like your beanies.
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* Corby pattern by Woollywormhead. Knit in cream, blue, black, purple and yellow Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $35. Adult size.
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* Weekender pattern by Woollywormhead. Knit in blue Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $40. Adult size.
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* The long beanie pattern by Woollywormhead. Knit in red, blue and charcoal Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $25. Adult size.
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Mitts

* Strong Heart pattern by Wei S. Leong. Knit in red tweed (blue, purple, red mix) More the colour of the second picture. Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $40. Adult female size with a fair bit of stretch. These are really long in both the arm and the hand and use a lot of wool, hence the price. If you wanted a pair with the same pattern but shorter, we can do that too.
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* Alderman pattern by Victoria Magnus. Knit in aqua Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $30. Adult female size. These don’t have as much stretch but should still fit most hands. These are shorter but quite thick.
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* Cold Turkey pattern by Veronica O’Neil. Knit in aqua Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $30. Adult size. These are really flexible. I have tiny wrists and big forearms and these fit but Ruth doesn’t have either of those and they fit her too.
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* Annabella pattern by Anna Aponte. Knit in grey Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $40. Adult size. These are fairly flexible due to the ribbing on the underside. I love the pattern. If you have really skinny forearms you may need a different size but this should fit most sizes. These can also be knit shorter.
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Scarves

* Branching Out pattern by Susan Lawrence. Knit in green Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $40. This is a short scarf/cowl. Long enough to fit round your neck and tie in a knot or be pinned but wont hang down far. It’s about 40 inches long an 14 wide.
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* Sparkle and rose pattern by Me. Knit in sparkly soft black acrylic with needle felted wool roses. It really doesn’t photograph well but it has a subtle silver sparkle through it. $35. Long and flexible enough to be tied anyway you like. It’s light and lacy with ruffles on the ends. One side has a needle felted wool rose. I can make more of these but the rose is going to be different each time as it’s freehand. I also have another of the scarves without the roses for $15. It’s around 60 inches long but it depends on how wide you pull it.
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Shawls

* The common bean pattern by Caitlin Ffrench. Knit in blue (Delta) Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $45. Adult size short shawllete.
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* Miami Vice pattern by threebagsfulled. Knit in bright rainbow acrylic yarn $50. Adult size. Comes down to just below your shoulder blades at the back. I can get photos.
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* Age of Brass and Steam pattern by Orange Flower Yarn . Knit in  coppers and browns acrylic yarn $40. Adult size kerchief. Needs blocking or ironing to stop the bottom edge curling. We will do this. The colours on this are hard to photograph. It’s very Autumn colours.
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* Robin pattern by Lee Meredith. Knit in light blue, green, red, yellow and purple Rustic wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills $180. Massive. This is an asymetrical garter stitch shawl. We will block it to even out the decreases etc but it wont get a lot bigger (as lace does when it’s blocked). This is quite a lot of wool, hence the price. It’s a warm and practical garment though. It wont catch like delicate lace shawls do. You can secure it with a shawl pin or a bobby pin.
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Shawl

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Ruth had picked up this gorgeous 2ply colour-way at Spotlight and decided she wanted to knit a shawl with it.

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It’s mostly acrylic but has some wool content.

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It’s not been blocked yet, which should open up the lace.  The pattern is the Aeolian Shawl from Knitty

work in progress shots

We’ve been busy working on a few projects of late. I’ll have more photos once these are finished and have been given to their new owners.
Here’s a sneak peak

Green tweed panel

Blue cable

What are you working on?

2013 Heritage Wool and Natural Fibre Muster Part 1

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Last Saturday we went to the Heritage Wool and Natural Fibre Muster in Carcoar.

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We turned up later than we hoped. Managed to drop in to the Bathurst Co-Op for veg and The Wholefood Kitchen for fantastic coffee and some delicious lemon and coconut cake on the way.

They had two gorgeous Alpacas out the front in a pen. Adorable things they are. The bigger one kept stopping the other one from getting to the food bucket.
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Bumble Hill Alpacas

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These are the gorgeous prizes for the raffle. The jumper on the left was so soft, knit in a fine alpaca yarn. Sadly we did not win. Would have loved that. The first prize is a beautiful woven throw rug and third prize was a cowl made with hand spun, died and knitted alpaca yarn. The proceeds of the raffle are going to aid the spinners in the Christchurch area.

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I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to put names to most of the stalls. It was packed and I was in a lot of pain. I grabbed a whole heap of cards but I really can’t remember which one went with which stall. 
This one I do know though. This is Casbar. Their farm is just outside Hill End, we’re practically neighbours. 
There was a gorgeous grey fleece that I would have loved to buy but it was out of my price range. 
There was also some soft, soft alpaca, some beautiful spun wool and lovely jumpers, hats and scarves.

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Casbar’s gorgeous scarves and a jumper

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Gorgeous hand painted yarn

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Denise Lithgow Designs

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Smooshy skeins, jumpers and hats

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Pinwheel jacket and lovely pastel yarns

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Dyed locks

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Orange lace

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The bobbin lace demonstrations were fascinating.

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We ended up in a photo in the Blaney Chronical. We’re in the third photo along watching 10yr old Anna demonstrate bobbin lace making.

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There was a competition through the local spinning and craft groups. The theme this year was bags.

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 It was a great day out with loads of smooshy yarn and fibre to feel.

It’s great to get to see stuff in person, see what it looks like in natural light, feel what it’s like, how stretchy or bouncy it is. Without Internet shopping we’d be terribly limited in yarn choice but it’s so hard to know what stuff is worth buying.

We will definitely try and get to the muster again next year.
I have way too many photos for just one post so look out for part two soon.

Finished Projects: Part Two, the knitted hoodie commission

Photo of Ruth wearing a knitted jumper with a hood in a grey/brown colour, taken from the side with the hood down
Our other big project since the Hill End Market was our knitted hoodie commission.

While waiting for our steak sandwich and chips at Kepple Street Fish Shop, Ruth was knitting (as always), and ended up in a conversation with Georgie about it that finished with Georgie commissioning a hooded jumper for her son. Kepple St Fish Shop has fantastic take away food by the way. Many gluten free options available and I’ve never got sick eating from there (I have Coeliac’s and the tiniest amount of cross contaminated gluten and I get really sick).

She mentioned wanting it big and baggy but at first we didn’t realise she wanted it for her son rather than herself. We showed her a couple of designs but she just wanted a plain jumper with a kangaroo pocket on the front and a hood.

Photo of Ruth wearing the knitted jumper, taken front on with the hood up. You can see the kangaroo pocket on the front

Ruth ended up mashing together about 3 patterns and made some stuff up as she went. I tacked on the sleeves once they were knit up and we found that they were ridiculously long. Not sure how that happened as she was mostly working from the Central Park Hoodie pattern for the sleeves, just leaving off the cables. I can see how that could mean that the sleeves would be too wide but too long? We weren’t happy with the shape at the top of the sleeves either. I couldn’t get it to attach neatly. Ruth ripped back to the start of the decreases and we decided to just decrease on every row. It worked great.

Photo of Ruth wearing the knitted jumper. Taken from behind with the hood up
The funny lump there in the hood is just because Ruth had her hair bunned up.

I tacked it all together again and we took it in to Bathurst so we could check the size. This was when we found out that it wasn’t for Georgie but for her son. Who is very tall. The shoulders and arms fitted perfectly though so that was good.

We took it home, I undid all the seems and Ruth ripped the body pieces back to just before the decreases for the sleeves, added another 6 inches and then did the decreases.

I sewed it all together properly this time and wove all the ends in. Boy it is heavy and my shoulders are dodgy. It was knit with two strands of 8ply (DK weight) Luxury from Bendigo Woolen Mills in Cork Brown. 100% Wool and incredibly warm. Should be fantastic this winter. It regularly gets down to -6c at night here in Hill End. I don’t think it gets quite that cold in Bathurst but they’ll certainly have more use for such a warm jumper there than you would in Sydney.

Ruth wearing the knitted jumper taken from side on with the hood up

With the extra 6 inches it fit really well. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of it on the person it was made for. As usual these photos were taken just before we drove in to Bathurst to deliver the jumper. As an amateur photographer I’m never happy with the rushed photos. I really should factor in more time to take some decent product photos before sending things off.

If you’re interested in commissioning a knitted jumper or jacket email us at wallflowerarts@gmail.com about pricing. Because of the weight the postage would be a fair bit so if you’re not in Australia and you’re not prepared to pay quite a lot on postage you might be better off finding someone local.

Summertime blues and a creature that likes it colder than I do

With a spate of hot days here in Australia I’m afraid my ability to do anything goes out the window. Heat causes a lot of my health problems to get a lot worse and I’ve just not had the brain to do anything.
Both Ruth and I have a lot of trouble with the heat and we’re not able to have an air conditioner here in the cottage so things pretty much crawled to a stop this past week.

For now I’ll look back at one of my most successful needle felting projects. A friend of ours is totally in love with Polar Bears. I decided to needle felt her one for birthday/Christmas present.

It took me a lot longer than I thought it would but most of my needle felting projects at that point had been rather small like the teeny sheep.
The Polar Bear was slightly bigger than my fist.

I started with a pipe cleaner armature and from there built it up until I could get the right shape.
A felting needle has barbs along it and when you insert it into wool it tangles the fibres together. You can use this to create a 3D sculpture or to felt wool in to a piece of felt to create a 2D picture.
Unfortunatly this project was done at a time when my good old Konika-Minolta stopped working (Well it was the lens that went but I couldn’t afford a new one)  so there aren’t any progress photos.

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I looked at a fair few photos to try and get the shape right. I didn’t realise until I was part way through the project how few photos there are of Polar Bears from above.

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By coincidence, while I was still working on it, we ended up seeing part of a Polar Bear documentary and although I was really sick with a migraine that night I saw enough from various angles to be able to correct the anatomy a bit.

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I’m not completely happy with his paws. The toes aren’t really long enough but by that point I wasn’t able to fix them.

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Over all though I was very happy with the completed bear. He has a great personality that shines through and our friend was over the moon with him and that’s what counts.

I am available for needle felted sculpture commissions. Something of this size and complexity would cost a couple of hundred dollars. If you are interested you can email me at wallflowerarts@gmail.com for more information.

New in my shop

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Just a short note today to mention the newest addition to our Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/114663529/cute-felted-teeny-sheep-earrings
Sheep earrings for Christchurch
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These cute needle felted earrings are one of a kind creations. Each Teeny sheep is slightly different.
You can choose a white body, a grey body or a dark grey/brown body. All with black heads. If you want something slightly different please don’t hesitate to send me a message.
Cute and wooly these are great accessories for your favourite knitter or just someone who loves sheep and animals.
If you have problems with metal allergies I can upgrade the earwires to a specific metal or anodized or stainless steel. Message me and I’ll let you know what price I can get.

I’ve been making these earrings for a while now but I’ve finally managed to get them listed on Etsy. The first few pairs I made were sold off for charity. The money went to the NZ Earthquake appeal when Christchurch wouldn’t stop shaking.

Teeny flock

I’ve seen lots of lovely needle felted sheep around but still none quite like the Teeny Sheep.
I love their chubby little bodies. I have some I’ve made up as stitch markers. It’s so cute to see the teeny sheep getting all cuddly with the wool as I knit.

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I also have teeny sheep in a terrarium and some teeny sheep that hang out on my monitor (I have a bog old CRT). Well they start off on the monitor but as it’s one of the cat’s favourite places to sprawl they often end up on the desk. I even found one in the washing machine the other week. I must have had it in my pocket. Thankfully no damage done as they’re already felted tight.

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Sometimes they hang out with the Owl Randolph or the Teeny Cow

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