Wanna Learn the Magic Ring? I’ll Show You!!

Gentle reader (and now viewers, I guess!),

I finally finished my video tutorial for the Magic Ring technique. Have a bo-peep and tell me what you think!

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out in the end, but it was rocky road! I filmed and scrapped it about five times (I guess one-shot magic like a certain Kate Bush interpretive dance video you might remember is a rare and special thing. ^_~ ). Basically, it’s a pretty awkward technique to describe and show in a way that makes sense. Also, I apologize for the grainy intro section. I was trying a different camera which, needless to say, I won’t be using again unless I have full natural light. But, the point is not to look at my silly mug, and I just wanted to get the tutorial out already, so I let it slide. If it had been the demonstration footage – the important stuff – I’d have scrapped it. I try it make the actual process of doing these techniques really clear but I also try to add a bit of silliness to keep it fun. I hope you get a little chuckle here and there. ^_~

ALSO, I have some neat news!

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I’m Legit Actual Super Attractive (Disclaimer: this statement is of questionable veracity)

Gentle reader,

Well, it has been a while, though not eons, but I’m ever so glad to see your lovely faces again (thought I guarantee you won’t be thinking the same thing towards me after this post!). And sure, I can’t actually see your faces, but I imagine them, and they are indeed extremely lovely.


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The Shy Lion! 2012! Aaaaaannnnddd…. GO! Crochet Classes at Thread Den!

Gentle reader,

Apologies for the long post title! I got a bit over-excited. Oy! I have some cool things happening in 2012 and the first cool thing is that I’ll be doing even more teaching. So, if you’re looking for crochet classes in Melbourne, then you’ve come to the right place!

The most exciting thing that I’ve been dying to share with you for ages is that in addition to the classes I’ve been teaching for Morris & Sons, I’m now teaching at Thread Den. I’m so super stoked about it, and the first class is soon!

Hamanaka crochet hooks are love.

The class is a two and a half hour session on Sunday the 29th of January at Thread Den in Fitzroy from 2pm to 4:30pm, and it costs $49 for the session. You can get all the details here. Go give Thread Den some love! They’re really awesome. That’s the only class officially on the calendar at the moment, but I’ll keep posted on more. They also have excellent sewing classes, so check ’em out!

In the next few days, I’ll make a new page in the navigation bar listing my class schedules and how to book etc. Maybe I’ll see some of your lovely faces, huh? ^_~

I’m hoping to do some writing too, but we shall see! What cool stuff will you be getting up to in 2012?

– R


Stuff? It’s Going Down, Y’all!

Gentle reader,

So, here I am again, back on my blogsticle (I love this word I made up because it sounds dirty, yet fun…) and I’ve given a fresh lick o’ paint and I have things to be writing and photographing and what not. Things are on the move, and I’ll be honest with you, I’m really excited.

  • I finished my Fenimore Tam and I’ve been wearing it sick lately. I’m trying to get a decent pic of it so I can post it.
  • There will be an upcoming announcement regarding the Stitchonomy podcast, and some video-related news for Shy Lion.
  • Also really digging Tumblr atm, so you can find mine here: feastofdays.tumblr.com
So, I just wanted to keep you abreast of the haps. More tomorrow!

I Need To Work On My Blogging Discipline, Yeah.

Oh, Gentle Reader!

If only you could know my shame and disappointment in myself for the roaring silence that had blighted this blog for the last few weeks… month, even! Well, episode two of Stitchonomy is out, which you can watch here, a somewhat secret project (which I can’t really blog about right now) has almost come to pass, and sickness has been conquered so I pledge to you, my beauteous – if somewhat imaginary – reader, that I will commence maintaining my blog once more. In the meantime, here is some junk that I made.

Owl Hat. Hooooooooooooot.

I made this owl hat for my Grandma, using the pattern from Bonnie Jacobs. It’s really neat, and a very quick knit – even for a slow-poke like me!

"Warm me up, Beanie!" That's a terrible, broken pun... I apologize.

Behold! The Spock Beanie! I made this for Mr. Joel, and I made it up. I had only the purest intentions of writing out the pattern, but clearly, it never happened. It may get some final tweaks, and I plan to make The Joel model it for me, so updates are likely.

Fenimore by the most exalted Jared Flood

This is what I’m working on at the moment, the Fenimore by Jared Flood. After the Owl Hat, I think I’ve developed an obsession with cabled hats. Not a bad obsession to have, in the grand scheme of things. It’s come along a lot further since I took the picture, but I’ll save that for another time.

Well, that’s all from me for now, but I do promise I’ll be back soon! In the meantime, you can watch me flap my jaw on Stitchonomy if you love hearing someone say “ummm” between almost every second word, or leave me comments. I love them, the commentses!

My First Sock or, Frankensock

I finally got my ass into gear and took pictures of the beginnings of my first sock!

Birth of a Frankensock

I’m still pretty excited about it. I’m just doing the stockinette section now, and then when I get to the heel I’ll check a few tutorials, read a few patterns and consult with a few friends. Hence it’s name of Frankensock. I decided not to use a pattern to the letter because I’ve found I tend to learn this better if I break them into parts and if I have to do a bit of adjusting to make something fit, it gives me more of an appreciation for the architecture of it, and the way things tie into each other. Buuuutttt…. we’ll see how that works out y’all, and I’ll keep you posted.