Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Markets...

Easter is coming TOO quickly and I have to do lots of work. More beanies, more fingerless mitts, scarves, handspun yarns.

I am currently working on as much as I can because there is a big Market at the Rushworth Festival this Saturday with a big crowd usually visiting this historic town. On Sunday the Tongala market is also happening.

I always look forward to all the visitors.

The lambs are still coming, now at 12 beautiful black lambs.

On the work front, I am Retiring from Nursing after 36 years. I will be looking forward to spending more time in the garden to get up to scratch, and keeping a better eye on the animals, and best of all start all the crafty wool things that I have been planning.

Bendigo Wool Show.... I am especially looking forward to this, as I will be sharing a stall (in my own right) with the North East Yarns. It is especially satisfactory because I am a member of this group of very talented people from the Nort East, where we bale our wool together to be processed into our yarn and jumpers. Amongst this group there are very talented, weavers, felters and knitters.

The North East Yarns products can be found through their website and at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery in Beechworth. Follow the link from the website.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This weekend.... going to be very busy. Wangaratta Wool Day on Saturday.
Mooroopna Farmer's Market on Sunday.

As well, I am setting up a display at the B2Bexpo being held in Kyabram this weekend.

I have been working on some more thick and thin yarn for the weekend, and hand dyeing some white yarn as well. Previous yarn knitted up as a scarf using approx. 100 gms.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wangaratta Wool Day.... I am a member of North East yarns I thought it was time to post our Annual Event which is in 2 weeks time. A great day is usually had by all. So all those who want a "woolly" fix come along.

Wangaratta Wool Day features “Maharajah’s Garden” textile exhibition

The 5th annual Wool Day in Wangaratta will be held on Saturday 16th April 2011 from 10am – 3pm.

This day is co-hosted by textile fanatics who are members of Wangaratta Handweavers and Spinners and North East Yarns.

The Wool Day is intended to promote spinning and weaving and textile crafts. We would love to see Guild members from near and far join us for this relaxed day meeting friends and sharing ideas and skills.

The focus of the day this year will be an exhibition of the embellished textiles in the Jasmine collection of “The Maharajah’s Garden”. These 25 brilliant and richly coloured artworks include dyeing, embroidery, machine work, felting and weaving. The works are accompanied by “techniques boards” which explain how to achieve a similar richness in your own textiles creations.

Again this year there will be people demonstrating a variety of woolcraft techniques.

You are invited to bring your spinning wheel, knitting, crochet or other project and spend time sharing your knowledge and skills with others and perhaps picking up some new ideas yourself.

The day is also planned as a chance for spinners, weavers and felters to purchase raw materials and equipment for their crafts as they prepare for winter projects.

First Edition Fibres of Euroa, Mandie Chandler of “Ewe Give Me the Knits” and other traders will be present.

The Wool Day will be held at the CWA Hall in Templeton St Wangaratta (between Ovens and Baker Streets and one block from the shopping centre). Morning and afternoon tea and light lunch will be available for purchase at the hall. Entry $2.

For further information contact Marion Stewart 57253259

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


This little one is the first lamb followed by number 2 below.
Absolutely a delight to see little lambs skipping along. I now have 4 and eagerly await the rest.
As you can see they are black against their lighter coloured mothers, but I am a member of the Black and Coloured Sheep Assoc, although I don't do the meetings.

Jewel fulled thick and thin

 Jewel is on consignment at Rushwool Knit & Yarn

Bulky Yarn plyed

Bulky yarn is new on the stall.

Friday, April 1, 2011


....My daughter Rebecca's birthday today. As she is in Melbourne working she was having lunch and tea out today. Also she has major preparations ahead of her for a job transfer to Papua New Guinea in a couple of months, so will certainly miss her.

Tomorrow is Nagambie market, followed on Sunday with a demonstration Spinning Day( where I will have all my goodies including my new yarns) at Merrigum Historical Day.

Monday spinning at Rushwool Knit and Yarn where I will be taking a small supply of my thick and thin fulled yarn.

Tuesday half day in the studio and half at work.

Yesterday I had a fabulous day at Stitch This in Kyabram where I attended a workshop with Maria Martin learning to use her Pattern Drafter. I actually was able to make the blocks for a dress that would fit me. I have a terrible sizing when it comes to clothes, and I find it difficult to get affordable clothes off the shelf. I am looking forward to sewing my own clothes again.

On the sheep front after a two year break, I will have lambs again. The first arrived yesterday afternoon, with another this morning. The sight of black lambs is to be beholden. Hope the sheep behave while at the market tomorrow as it is an early start for travel. Look forward to the end of daylight saving so it is light when I get up.