Crafts & Newspapers

Gentle reader,

As I mentioned briefly in the last post, I was featured in an article in The Sunday Age’s “M” magazine lift-out last Sunday, and as promised I’ve scanned my section and the picture. You can read the whole article online here; the other people featured are quite interesting, especially the polo player.

"Don't Fence Me In" by Natalie Craig, "M", The Sunday Age, 27/11/11. Photo by Simon Schluter

Do you find it surreal when you get attention for things? It’s very strange when you stumble into attention. Lots of people have come into the shop and recognized me and said hello or asked after me. It’s very nice, but also a little intimidating. But, it’s all good publicity to get people crafting, I say!

Speaking of, it’s been far too long since I’ve done some proper craft blogging! Get on with it, Raynor! Oy! So, here is an update and a new thing!

Getting there!

The Boneyard Shawl is coming along; I’m into my third skein and I have another skein floating about somewhere. I mustn’t run out of puff! Christmas is almost here!

To recap, the pattern is by Stephen West (it’s dead easy and free), and the yarn is Silky Tweed by Rowan. I’ll tell you what, I’m totes upset that Silky Tweed is DISCONTINUED! It’s such a beautiful yarn, and absolutely scrumptious to work with. As I knit it and squish it I almost feel as if I’m mourning it. I actually bought the last skein of this colorway from Cleggs. So sad. If you see any in discount bins, snap that stuff up, kay!? You won’t regret it.

Katia Paper

Meanwhile, the store got a new yarn in; Katia Paper. It’s 100% cellulose (aka paper, funnily enough). Texture-wise, it’s more or less like raffia. The amazing thing is that it’s machine washable. My mind? Consider it blown. Anyway, my manager has wanted the store to have a market bag pattern for quite a while, and figured this would be a perfect project to do with this yarn. So, I’m now in the process of designing one.

The pictures above are just of a concept swatch. I tested out a few different ideas for stitches and different chain lengths, so it’s quite scrappy. Once you crochet this up, because of the variegation and the texture, pattern stitches or front/back post stitches really don’t show up so well unless there’s a lot of negative space.  The band above the mesh is a catherine wheel pattern, but it just disappears. I think for this one I’ll keep it simple, but I might just flip through some stitch dictionaries in case there’s a gem of inspiration.

It’s not an easy yarn to crochet with, but it is quite fun and rewarding. I’m working on a miniature prototype of the bag and I think it’s going to look really nice, actually, so I’ll keep you posted.

What’s the most unusual yarn you’ve ever used?

– R




11 thoughts on “Crafts & Newspapers

  1. I enjoyed reading this article too – it was written very well and interesting, so I’m sure you’ll have more comments from people recognising you as time goes on. I didn’t know you worked at a yarn store – my that sounds like heaven on a stick! I had ordered some wool from Morris’s Sydney store and didn’t know they were in Melbourne too. I’ve never used Silky Tweed before and now that it’s discontinued I probably won’t get the opportunity, however I did find 5 balls of Summer Tweed in an op shop for $5 (Yay me!) and I’ve just found a lacey tank top pattern on Ravelry which will do very nicely for my next project.

    • Well, they often say that you shouldn’t turn things you love into work and sometimes I can see why. ^_~ I’m not really cut out for retail, I’m definitely more of a desk-job kinda guy. But the discount and the co-workers make it pretty awesome. And I love teaching.

  2. I’ve never used Silky Tweed but was sad anyway to see it being discontinued, I do love a tweed. Anyway, I went looking for pattern ideas for it on Ravelry last week and found your Boneyard shawl! Very nice work and a lovely shade of blue.

    • I suppose Rowan has to keep it fresh, and all of their yarns are amazeballs, so it’s not like they’re replacing it with garbagey yarn. ^_^

      It’s a really hard yarn to photograph accurately. Every single picture I’ve taken it’s looked different! The pattern is great; you can defs autopilot it.

  3. Hey! Katie told me she saw you in the paper. I didn’t get my hands on a copy though so I’m glad you posted the link. You should get attention, you knit some great stuff. Well done!

    Reuben 🙂

  4. I use dog fur yarn…not to knit or crochet, but in my other craft projects and especially as “hair” for my stuffed monsters. What is amazing to me is that when I ask a lot of knitters or crocheters about dog fur yarn, they all seem slightly disgusted. I don’t know why. Yarn comes from animals, and some dogs have really nice coats for yarn.

    • I know! My pa gave me a bag of their dog’s hair and said “Maybe you can felt it or something…” He’s a wise man. I don’t know why people get ick-ed out by it. People let dogs get all over them and in their house and on their furniture. Why is that more gross than sheep’s wool? Oh well.

      Sounds perfect for monster hair! Amazing.

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