handknitting, Knitting, Travel

Purl Alpaca Designs Lorelle

This is the second time I have made this jumper, the first time being from yarn I bought in Iceland. I always felt that this first one was a little large, so bought some wool from The Stash Cupboard in Hobart (closed down now, so sad) which I thought would be lovely. It is a […]

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Travel

New York revisited: the 9/11 tour

We have now been to New York three times in the last two years which is much more than we had planned to do, but our son, Archie, got a job here so this last trip has been about seeing him. I had worried that we would run out of new things to do and […]

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Travel

Washington DC roundup

I was last in Washington DC in 1987 when I won a national competition, the prize for which was a $30,000 study tour of anywhere in the world and I chose the US. I have some wonderful memories of that trip, one of which is the Air and Space Museum. As an ex-pilot I am […]

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handknitting, Knitting, vintage

Vogue giant cable knit sweater

Seemingly a long, long time ago I decided to knit Mark a new jumper from some locally grown and spun yarn that I bought at Bilby Yarns in Willagee. I loved the cream colour with grey undertones and thought that a vintage cabled jumper would provide that Aran feel and be warm to wear as […]

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Sewing

Sherpa for the win

If you read my previous post you will know that my lovely husband talked me into buying 1metre of Sherpa when I really only needed about 20cms. This meant that I had enough left over to make a little something. I had Kwik Sew 4220 in my stash and decided that the gilet pattern would […]

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Sewing

1960s coat revamp

When we were planning our trip to the US, in winter no less, I started looking around for a warm coat to take. I knew that I had a reversible thick wool coat made by my mother in the 1960s somewhere in a box, so dragged it out and tried it on. My dear old […]

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Sewing

Hong Kong Revisited

I was last in Hong Kong three and a bit years ago, and I wasn’t going to do any more posts on it, as I posted here and here, but this trip I was with Mark and we did a few different things, then a couple of friends requested a post, so here I am. […]

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Sewing

Bellavista top: latest from Itch to Stitch

I was one of the people who tested this new and quite excellent pattern from Itch to Stitch and I have to say that it sews up like a dream! I was asked to test the scoop neck with full length sleeves, but given that it’s summer here, I chose to use some crinkle knit […]

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Sewing

Fabric shopping in Perth

I have done several blog posts on fabric shopping in various cities, and have often thought of doing one in Perth and finally got the impetus when Alex from Sewrendipity asked for people to do posts on their home cities for a project called Fabric Shopping on Tour– thanks Alex! [Later update: The brief was […]

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Sewing

Plusieurs bobettes

Or multiple knickers. Whilst I love the word “knickers”, my friend Hélène suggested the word “bobette” and I like that even more! So let me introduce my two new bobette patterns, the free Acacia from Megan Nielsen and the Mary Knickers from Measure Twice, Cut Once. I bought the Mary pattern for two reasons; the […]

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