Drapey

Coraline WIP

This is one of my current WIPs, a Coraline cardi for my mum, using Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton in ‘Latte’. My mum lives in Indonesia, where it’s hot and humid (which is why I’m using cotton), but occasionally there are those over-airconditioned buildings where an extra layer of clothing wouldn’t go astray.

This is the first time I’ve used Bendigo’s cotton, and I’m really enjoying knitting with it. It knits up so nicely into this drape-y fabric, doesn’t split easily, and just the right weight for summer knits (I’d say it’s a little thinner than 8ply / DK weight). The resulting fabric is so smooth and drape-y, it feels like a nice blanket on my lap while I’m working on it!

Flit n Float WIP

And this is another WIP, the Flit ‘n Float scarf from Knitty, a birthday present for a friend. I just love the ruffles! The yarn, Grignasco Champagne, is another winner. I’ve used it for a gossamer stars scarf. At 75% fine merino and 25% silk, it makes a seriously lush yarn. And with 166 metres to a 50g ball, 2 balls can make a decent sized scarf! Love it.

Books links

I came across several very useful book-related sites recently (and some not-so-recently), so I thought I’d share them here.

Booko — Aussies, this site finds the best deals on buying books in Australia. You can do a search on a book that you’re after, and it will do a price comparison across most online booksellers (including Amazon US, Amazon UK, Book Depository, FishPond, Dymocks, and lots of other local booksellers as well), shipping costs included. For the overseas booksellers, the site even does the currency conversion for you and take that into account in the price comparison. Book Depository almost always come out the cheapest. But it’s still great to have an online tool that does the researching for me 🙂

Library Elf — This site had practically saved me hundreds of dollars in library fines. It’s a personal library reminder service by email! It’s available internationally, as long as your library is on their list. It links up to your library account, and sends you a reminder email a few days before your books are due, which is great for me as I never remember the due dates! I used to turn up to the library worrying whether I have some late fees waiting for me, but no more!

I’m also excited about Randwick library’s downloadables — As someone who knits a lot, I love listening to something while I knit. Usually I listen to podcasts, or just music, but recently I found out that my local library now offers downloadable audio books (as well as e-books). Well they’ve always had audio books (in the form of CDs and even those ancient cassettes), but now I don’t even have to make the trek to the local branch to get them. You do have to be a member to use this service, so I guess this one is just for those in the local area, but perhaps other libraries have something similar?

Childhood books

Speaking of books, and since this post needs a picture 🙂 these are some of the books that I found at a book fair last weekend. These are books that I used to enjoy as a child, except that back then what I was reading were the Indonesian translations of these books. I loved Enid Blyton‘s books the best, especially the girls boarding school ones of St. Clare’s (which has a girl called Claudine!) and Malory Towers — which eventually inspired me to go away as an international student, all the way here in Australia. How funny is that! So now I’m on the hunt for these old books whenever I go to op shops or book fairs (I know they have new reprints of these books, but no, I don’t like the new ‘revamped, modernised and politically-corrected’ reprints, I thought the new bookcovers just look dreadful), so I can re-read them and pass them on to Annette to enjoy.

What books did you love as a child? Or, if you have any Enid Blyton books that you don’t want, let me know, I might want them 🙂

Dreamer

Bendigo Woollen Mills shadecard

Loving… the new Bendigo Woollen Mills shade card that I received just recently. In particular, their new yarn, Luxury. I haven’t been a big fan of Bendigo’s wool yarns (I do love their cotton yarn — more on that next post), but this one feels very soft! And the colours are gorgeous. I’ve been walking around carrying the shade card in my hand, for the past week or so, just brushing my fingers across the sample yarns and dreaming of what to make with them. I’ve placed an order and now just have to wait!

Stash fabrics

Playing… with fabrics again, first time in a long while. These are just fabrics from stash, most of them from Spotlight. Going to be a bookshelf curtain for Annette’s room.

New coat

Planning… a new knitting project, a coat for me, with some Cascade 220.

Doodling

Doodling… making a pattern for a top for Annette. If it works out I might share the pattern here 🙂

Five

Marshmallow cake

Also last week, my baby turned five! The cheeky little thing.

Here she is wearing her new tuttifruiti skirt.

New tuttifruiti skirt

It was very difficult getting that shot, as she kept breaking into a dance, like this.

Five!

She sure loves to dance. You know that So You Think You Can Dance show? She calls it the I Think I Can Dance show.

Glebe

Handbound books

I do love markets. I wish I could go to more of them. Last Saturday I managed to go to Glebe Markets. It was fun. Seems to be a lot more arts and crafts type stalls than at the EQ market.

I fell in love with these printed tees and skirts by Red Ruby Organics.

Red Ruby Organics

And these cute tees by Cumbungi.

Cumbungi

And some yarny goodness which I got from Knitness‘ yarn stall. 🙂

Yarn from Ness