Thursday, June 30, 2011

My creative space somewhat more advanced on last week. Knitting is finished, blocking and pressing done...but here my project sits 'laughing' at me and challenging me to sew up the seams. A job that you could say is not my favourite!

Project details - Rand Cushion pattern from MillaMia. Yarn is also Millamia available at my little shop!.

More creative spaces can be found over here. .

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lights, camera....but no action

As you know for the last couple of months I've been a busy bee preparing to launch my own yarn store, suzy hausfrau. One of the jobs on our list was to build a light box so that we could take the best possible shots of the yarn to make it easy for our customers to make their colour choices. Mr Hausfrau rose to the challenge and made a cracking light box out of MDF which I will post about here we are ready to go. Lights, camera, but most of our stock is still not here!

Fingers and toes crossed that it is picked up today and will be here by the end of the week - the waiting is sooooo exhausting! In the meantime, here are some of the test shots that we took with Mr Hausfrau's magic light box...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Some winter colour

I think that the humble old cyclamen is one of winter's true winners. It stands up to enormous punishment. This one here is in an exposed part of our front porch and withstands the frost on most winter mornings, and then is in full sun for at least half the day.

If that isn't enough, you could even bring them inside for a splash of colour and they would still be OK....though I find that they do best if they are put to 'bed' back out in the cold each night. Some varieties (including this one above) have the most delicate scent, you have to get close and personal with your plant though, but it is worth it. I give this one a good sniffing at least a couple of times a day!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My creative space

Send email.
Knit a few rows.
Wait for reply....knit some more.
Yay! A reply...answer another question.
Click send...wait, knit, wait, knit.

That's my creative space today as I enlist the help of the Danish consular staff in Australia to assist my Danish suppliers with the last bit of paperwork. More creative spaces over here!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Something handmade from Mr Hausfrau

For sometime now I have been challenged on the hausfrau DIY front. Mr Hausfrau is developing quite a penchant for what I call 'whittling'. By no means am I being derogatory to my man, or how he chooses to pass a lazy Saturday afternoon. Au contraire! I am happy that the handmade movement is catching on at home, and that our children get to see, participate and enjoy the fruits of the handmade labours of both parents.

I will dedicate an entire post to the book that this particular project comes from...but here is Mr Hausfrau's latest efforts. A car ferry for the boy-child. It still has to be painted, but I was so impressed I needed to post about it straight away!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Uno Cowl from MillaMia

Here is a really quick little knit from Bright Young Things Pattern Book using their gorgeous merino yarn. It is just perfect for outside play at this time of year.

From cast on to playground it was about two nights worth of knitting.

I went with one of the suggested colour combinations in the book as the girl-child is so fair and these colours suit her so well. scarlet, midnight and seaside
All yarn and the pattern book are available in my little shop!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Keeping summer alive

It was a gorgeous winter morning today in Canberra, clear skies, crunchy frost underfoot and minus 4.5 degrees celsius!

I love walking across the crunchy grass on the way to the vegie patch for my morning ritual of making sure that the snails were kept at bay for another night....and then inside for some blackcurrant jam on hot buttered english muffins and a cup of Lady Grey tea. Yummo!

Sadly though, this is the last of the twelve jars of different berry jams that I made over summer. Sigh...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wonderland from MillaMia

Look what has arrived in today's post!

The new pattern book from MillaMia.

The patterns in it are sooooo beautiful, and include some for older children! I am definitely going to cast something on from it this weekend!

Once I have better images of the inside I will put them up so you can all see how gorgeous they are.....I will be uploading stock to the shop tonight.

Monday, June 13, 2011


So Saturday I did my little bit to contribute to World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP). Actually it wasn't that far removed from a regular Saturday for I am:

....knitting sideways at a (very cold) early morning soccer game for the boy-child ( hey it's late and I can't rotate this picture!!!!!!!!!!)

...squeezing in another couple on the way to town to do some shopping (that's the National Library of Australia across the lake BTW)

...the big difference was the 15 or so people that joined me for a public display of knitting/crocheting and a spot of afternoon tea - no photo here I'm sorry because we were all too busy talking, knitting and just having a ball!

Thank you to everyone who showed up...

PS Did I tell you that I have opened a little yarn store - I will post about it tomorrow.....sooooooooooooooo exciting!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

World Wide Knit in Public Day

This Saturday 11 June, I am hosting a Canberra event for World Wide Knit in Public Day.

It is on at 3pm at A Bite to Eat which at the Chifley Shops (Eggleston Crescent.)
I have booked the lounge area so we have somewhere comfy to sit and knit/crochet...Please head over to the website, where you see all of the events around the globe, search for the Canberra event and RSVP.

I told the cafe that I would give them an idea of numbers, so if you are interested please RSVP, and if you can't make it this time - I'd still love to hear (and see) about your public knitting escapades - just leave a comment on this post!


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