Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Last Knit

Am I the last knitter to have seen 'The Last Knit' by Finland's Laura Neuvonen?

Simple, amazing and so so true.

suzy xoxo

Friday, January 27, 2012

My creative space

Working on the Anemone Vest in Holst Garn Antimony. Everybody's home and is a good day!

More creative spaces over here.

suzy xoxo

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Every Christmas holidays from the time I was 4 until about 18 I spent 3 weeks at the beach in a caravan park...the same beach, the same caravan park every year. Our caravan was always parked in the same spot under the same tree and I was always doing the same things every year with the same friends -hanging out at the beach, climbing the rocks, catching tadpoles, swimming, walking, talking and laughing.

Lucky for me my parents chose to retire to this same spot and now I get to share it with my children. Last Saturday Sebastien and I ventured on a mama and son mini-holiday to my special part to surprise grandad for his 85th birthday, and in part to enjoy the sameness of it all...

Happy Australia day,
suzy xoxo

Monday, January 23, 2012

Leeks in flower

I let a few of my leeks go to flower last year, just for the fun of it. When I was ready to pull them up I couldn't bear depriving the bees of what seemed to be their favourite flower so I kept them as cut flowers outside on the potting bench.

That was some six weeks ago...and they are gorgeous still, gorgeous enough to be brought inside to enjoy. Sebastien thinks they remind him of a firework in the night sky...I can see that, can you?

suzy xoxo

Friday, January 20, 2012

Alpine Frost Scarf #2

Old post alert - meant to be posted back when it finished in October and the weather was colder - sorry....

Alpine Frost Scarf , the second, in baby alpaca - finished, gifted, worn and loved - so loved that I receive regular texts from the recipient at her windy new abode.

I reminded myself to post this today whilst packing for a trip to Bundaberg in sunny to surprise my dad for his 85th birthday tomorrow! I've packed some more of this gorgeous baby alpaca in this colour to go with this pattern for some holiday knitting.

Have a great weekend,
suzy xoxo

PS: details of project over here on Ravelry

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ruby red

Yesterday we were quietly sitting on the front steps watching the world go by...just taking the time you know. The time to just notice - colours, shapes, wind, flowers...and that the petal on the step was almost the same colour as the railings, which was nearly the same colour as Miss Sophie's mouth after her bowl of strawberries.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

tiKKi's Jane in Debbie Bliss Cotton DK

As promised on the weekend, here is my first finished project for 2012! It's a great summer knit from the talented designer Georgie Hallam, tiKKi can see why there is a Ravelry Group aptly titled tiKKi love! Whilst this seamless pattern has an unusual construction, it is a very easy and quick knit. The moss stitch border just does it for me, despite my recent unfortunate history .

Inspired by Retro mummy , I chose to knit mine in Debbie Bliss Cotton DK (#47) size 4, and the recipient? Very grateful after the cool summer that we have been having so far.
Project details over on my Ravelry page .

Happy knitting,
suzy xoxo

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Friday, January 13, 2012


Refinery29 via Pinterest

Twice in the past week I've pinned or ripped out of a magazine - macrame inspiration! Scary no? I mean SCARY YES.

I mean macrame is to those of us old enough to remember the 70s the epitome of ugliness...forced upon us wee children by hangover hippy teachers from the 1960s sporting lengths of rope and ugly brown wooden why am I drawn to it? Perhaps the new take on it with the bright nylon rope. I've even go so far as to can buy supplies on etsy.

Her Hausfrau is not convinced, I guess I will have to wait a bit longer.

suzy xoxo

PS: tomorrow I'm sharing a finished knitted project, you remember yarn, the stuff I sell. Well I put it on some sticks, waved them around a bit and made a jumper - pretty incredible yeah?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hanging on to Xmas

We're not quite ready here to let go of Christmas. The stockings, tree and decorations are all packed away....but we've popped our tree lights into this vase so we can admire them for a bit longer.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Something for suzy...McCalls 5388

Yesterday morning I had three hours of uninterrupted sewing time and it was pure bliss. I made something for me! Nothing short of amazing I tell you. I managed to cut it out, sew it up and wear it to lunch with a friend. I think a pretty good effort for a morning's work.

The picture is not great, because I was literally running out the door and running late!

Pattern Details: McCalls 5388 View D (out of print now I think)
Fabric: Cotton Voile. Valeri Wells for Free Spirit Wildfield Cherry Fabric.

Since I began referring to Sandra Betzina's More Fabric Savvy before sewing, the finish on my garments has come on leaps and bounds. Using the correct needles, thread and seams really makes all the difference.

Have a great day,
suzy xoxo

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I found this amazing installation via Design Mom which was recently done at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, which is my hometown.

My kids and I recently joined in some sticker art at the National Portrait Gallery here in Canberra, but I gotta tell you it was nothing like this.

First the artist, Yayoi Kusama created a typical Australian house, and then painted it all white..

...then she let the kids loose.
...a few more kids,
...and here's the result!
White is such a perfect colour for this and one of the reasons I love it so much. It's the perfect blank canvas, the fresh start, the purest colour, the absence of colour and absolute simplicity - perfect for my first post of 2012.

More images of here, here and here.

Happy New Year,
suzy xoxo

PS I can tell you there was nothing as cool as this in BrisVegas in the 70s!


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