Want to spruce up you walls but don't want to make holes to hang pictures? Well you need to head here to check out what Blik has to offer... They even have a product so you can also make your own natty drinking glasses! Lovely.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I think I've got myself an apartment therapy problem. I just can't stop perving in other peoples houses! It's just facinating... If you click here you'll see what I mean. For the less sticky beaked... check out the rest of this great site here. I'll just continue to pretend that I live in a loft in New York/Chicago/etc...
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Eliza and I have been busy getting our plans together for Miss Woolly's development (in amoungst house painting, backyard blitz's, brightly lit classrooms, visiting family and squeezing in a couple of hours of sleep) which has resulted in a lack of project posts..sorry! In the meantime if any of you have projects of your own you'd like to share please leave us a note in the guestbook.
If you're one of the 40 lucky people waiting on their buttons, we'll have them underway this week and in your hot little hands very soon (we've scheduled it into our timeline! How very organised indeed).
In the meantime check out the talents of all these local's who I came across during my days at Wilkins & Kent.
Ramona Raven who is currently studying texile design at RMIT and producing a range of gorgeous products under her own name. The bookmarks featured below are part of her product range, handmade from recycled vintage world atlas.
There's Alex Earl 'who always has something in the pipeline' and his amazing lights. You may have come across his rather large fish in the window of Craft Victoria in 2005 ....or if you've been down Brunswick Street past the window of W&K you would surely have been dazzled by their brilliance in the window.
(Gggrr, blogger photo upload is down so I can't insert the images for Jenny & Gracia & Louise...they'll have to come later. If you can't wait that long you can always go straight to the source...W&K, they're both pictured on pg. 1 of the Homewares section).
Jennifer Sharp and her incredible love and patience for producing vibrant and details tapestries depicting the Australian landscape. Jenny makes tapestries mounted on canvas, small framed tapestreis and beauiful brooches.
Another one of my favorites,Hammer & Daisy and their delightful handbound journals each one completely unique with fantastic fabrics sourced from all over the pace, pencil cases, zines, pinnies (which are featured in the window of Craft Victoria right now!)
Hopefully things will start to quieten down soon so we can produce some craft of our own. My fingers are itching...plus I need to finish esme's head as...little Emilia has arrived into the world and can't be sleeping with a headless bear at her age.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
The 8th AUTUMN/WINTER 07-08 SEASON of Spin Expo is on from 30th August to 1st September 2006. It's the only international creative offer for fibres, yarns, knitwear & knitted fabrics and it looks like a lot of fun. This year the counrty of honour is Italy and the Italian Trade Commission is gathering together a large number of spinners for the event in Shanghai. Australia are amoung the guest speakers with Jimmy Jackson giving a talk on Australian Wool Innovation.
Her Big Knickers work is made from knitted telephone wire, and cause unsightly marks on the wearer. Rhian Solomon won the 2006 Surface Bursary Scheme after graduating with 1st class honours from the Wood Metal Plastics and Ceramics BA course at Brighton University in 2005. Rhian is featured in DEPARTURE - NEW EXPLORATIONS IN PRINT. Five of the UK's hottest design talents Action Time Vision, Linda Florence, Rhian Solomon, Christopher Pearson and Simon Elvins Sep 15 - Oct 27, 2006 at the London Printworks.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
By Purly as found on Live Journal.
I reakon this could be equally good for storing jewellery...
Two balls Paton's Brilliant, one in gold(or silver) and one in black. Black is MC.
One set of 5 US size 2 DPNs.
Using a provisional cast on, CO 6 sts in MC.
Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: slip 1st sts onto stitch holder, bar inc, k to 2 sts from end, bar inc, slip last sts onto stitch holder.
Row 3: bar inc, knit to 1 sts from end, bar inc.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until there are 12 sts on needle
Row 1: bar inc, k to 1 sts from end, bar inc
Row 2: slip 1st sts onto stitch holder, k to 1 sts from end, slip last sts onto stitch holder
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of 6 rows.
Row 1: k all sts
Row 2: slip 1st sts onto stitch holder, k to 1 sts from end, slip last sts onto stitch holder
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 6 sts on needle.
Move all sts off stitch holders onto 4 DPNs, dividing number of sts evenly.
Row 1: k all sts on all needles
Row 2: (k, bar inc, k to 2 sts from end, bar inc, k) on each needle
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 16 sts on each needle.
Continue in st st for two rows. Then continue in st st in the round, but on one needle, using stranding, implement the following chart on one of the needles, with 1 st of padding on the edge of the needle on each side of the skull:
(MC 2, CC 2, MC 2, CC 2, MC 2, CC 2, MC 2) X2 rows
(MC 2, CC 10, MC 2) X2 rows
(CC 6,MC 2,CC 6) X2 rows
(CC 14) X2 rows
(CC 2,MC 4,CC 2,MC 4, CC 2) X2 rows
(CC 14) X2 rows
(MC 2,CC 10,MC 2) X2 rows
Continue in st st for two rows.
Row 1: (k, ssk, k to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k) on each needle
Row 2: k all sts on each needle
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 10 sts on each needle.
K one row
*k4, bo 2, repeat from * to end of row
*inc, k2, inc, repeat from * to end of row
k1, p1 rib for 3 rows
K one row
BO all sts.
Weave in the ends. Knit a foot long 3 st wide icord and thread it through the holes, the tie should go at the absent hole at the beginning of the row. Once threaded, tie a granny knot through the very ends of the icord and darn the knots in place. Fill bag with coins, gold dice, dice carved from human bones, or perhaps little shrunken heads.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Not wanting to upset Esme the lovely headless bear...(who does have a head-in-progress being made, mind you). But make sure you check out Gourmet Amigurumi. Talk about crochet and then some! I'm quite taken aback by everything I've seen and that's not even the Flickr page...
See Eunny Knit is the best knitting site I've come across. Her attention to detail, skill at knitting and creating patterns is second to none (in my opinion anyway). I went through the archives and came across numerous beautiful samples of her work but this one took my fancy where Eunny writes "It started when I was flipping through the incomparable Sheila McGregor's Traditional Scandinavian Knitting, and came across this historical sample in the section on Norwegian jumpers:"
The bottom image is a swatch Eunny made for the pattern. I love the detail.
Take a look at her site for yourself though because you're bound to be as impressed as I was. It's definitely on my favorites list.
Thanks to all our avid readers out there who like to keep up to date on
Miss Woolly matters. To make things easier, if you'd like to set us as your home page, so we automatically pop up when you log on.... here's how:
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hit "OK" and hey presto...there we are.
Hope ye all had a great weekend.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Thanks to Lena Corwin's >O< I came across the delights of these Gucco Prints by Juliana Pedemonte of Colorblok Inc.
Then somehow, in my whirlwind of searching, I came across Steven Harrignton's work and now I want to make my own Gucco Prints. I'm thinking Christmas cards & house warming invites?
Friday, August 18, 2006
These are a couple of photos from our Miss Woolly Compleators night at Kate's last night. For more shots take a look here. We had a few newies to welcome along Wendy, Liz, Barbara and Rhonda as well as our special guest from Brisbane, Jenny. As you can see Wendy's rabbit was a huge hit. I went to bed wide eyed and wired after consuming all the treats on offer. Thanks to Michelle & Kate for baking.
I'm not sure how this photo came to be but it probably had something to do with our photographer for the evening?
Thanks Kate, Matt, Matteo & Gabe for hosting. I hope the school sports went well Matteo!
Thursday, August 17, 2006
For the keen Melbourne Knitter, here's another great knitting resource 'knitting in public -knitting in melbourne and all the stuff that goes with it.' They meet 2 – 5 pm every second Sunday of the month at Café Banter, 462 Lygon Street, East Brunswick. Sounds like a great way to stitch up a storm.
mill & mia accessories
If you are feeling parcicularly lah-de-dah home maker get on down to the Hawksburn Village to satisfy your plush desires. Miss Woolly went for a stroll yesterday and quenched her visual senses on the sumptuous wares this strip has on offer. mill & mia have delightful quilts in their own custom printed fabrics along with gorgeous accessories (not just for kids) and some limited edition knitted dolls (unfortunately they're not featured of the site) which are to die for. Seriously.
There's Husk, Minimax for those 'Domestic Princess' moments, or if it's something a little more soft and fuzzy try ak traditions ..... there is Fiona Scanlan's big it just goes on.....then there's food but I'll let you discover that for yourself. Ahhhh, now I need a little lie-de-down.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Ever thought of printing your own fabrics? It's actually much easier than you thought. You can pick up lino, cutting tools and the fabric paints at your local art store. Then you're off! Just be careful not to cut yourself.
For some inspiration have a look at Galbraith & Paul.
Emma Davies sculptures/vase
Miss Woolly went on a field trip into the city yesterday. We found a lovely way to spend the afternoon was at the e.g.etal Gallery on Flinders Lane. e.g.etal was established in 1998 and such a great place to look for contemporary jewelry if it takes your fancy. They also have a great website.
e.g.etal Gallery, basement 167
Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000
(03) 9639 5111
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
A big thankyou to everyone who filled out our online survey. This has been really helpful to us and we will be sending out buttons to the first 40 asap. Thankyou all once again! xxx
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Knitting Experiment # 5 turned into a very unstructured Crochet Experiment ..... resulting in this Headless Bear. I made the pattern up as I went along. Her name is Esme' and she is for little Emilia who is due any day now.
(I'll let you know how the head looks once I've worked out what to do).
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Cold cut, eye-stalk 2006
Now showing at the newly renovated Heide Museum of Modern Art in the The Kerry Gardner & Andrew Myer Project Gallery is the work of artist Cate Consandine. Miss Woolly's friend Linda helped curate this exhibition. So if you see a lovely Scottish lass on your next visit to the museum, do say hello. It's a great way to spend the afternoon.
Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen Victoria 3105
T 03 9850 1500
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
This is my partially complete needlepoint sampler for the Royal Melbourne Show. I say partially as I'm not quite sure if I will add more embellishment in the cream colour or just quit whilst I'm ahead... Hmmm.
I'm having a lot of fun doing it but it is surprisingly slow to do. I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst is screening at the Melbourne Film Festival today and on the 13th. You can check out session times here.
If you're in Sydney get on down to hear the lovely John Radel, Cinematographer, introduce an advance screening at the Powerhouse Museum today(yaahooooo, go John).
For more details on Florence Broadhurst, take a look here.
Friday, August 04, 2006
This gorgeous necklace arrived in the post for me from Montese, Italy, last week. It's was made by Greta's mum and only 3 exist, so I am very grateful. It's beautiful and I love the fact that it's blue. I'm looking forward to summer days and sundresses so I can wear it. Hopefully that's very soon.
Come stai? Come'e' Londra? Da noi tutto va bene. Fa molto freddo, non come quando tu sei stata qui durante Natale.
Ringrazia moltissimo tua momma per la bella collarina
Baci e abbracci,
(ps. thank you to Barbara for helping me with my Italian...I hope I got it right. There'll be big trouble if not!)
Here is a fantastic winter, soul warming Chicken Soup recipe Kate sent through. I tried it out yesterday. It's pretty intense - so all you vegetarians out there.... you might like to skip this entry.
Jewish Legend has it that their Chicken Broth can cure all types of ills.
Real Chicken Soup
(the Jewish Rescue Remedy)
As taught to me by my girlfirend, and with her Mum's tips
Take lots of bony raw chicken.. Almost fill your soup saucepan, or largest pot, with wings (maybe 8?).. these are good, cheap and filled with gelatin, necks (4?) excellent, perhaps a carcass (1?) and legs or thighs ( 3 or 4 of each? All depending on the size of your saucepan.)
Note: If you definitely just want a broth with no meat then don't worry about the thighs or any meaty pieces as you will be throwing all this away. Lately I have been including them however, as I am preferring a little meat and vegetables in my final soup. I think it is more traditional to just serve the golden broth with a few noodles dancing around under the cracked pepper which is also delicious and simple.
Also note, that I like to use free range or the chemically free chickens.
Give the chicken one rinse of cold water and roughly drain. Add to the pot a couple of peeled large carrots, perhaps cut in half, a turnip or two, 2 onions cut in half and a generous handful of parsley. My girlfiend's Mother told me that adding several garlic cloves was a deviation so I guess that makes me one. A deviate that is!
Cover the lot with enough cold water.
This next step, if done properly, makes all the difference to your soup. Is it just going to be an ordinary brown soup or a perfect golden Chicken Soup that will impress your Mother in Law, especially if she's Jewish?
Bring to the boil, standing there, waiting and armed with a dessert spoon or if you have one, a small sieve and saucer. As the soup gets hotter and boils through all the meat and vegetables, you will find that a brown scum starts bubbling to the surface. As it accumulates at the edges of the saucepan, you need to scoop it out bit by bit. The more patient you are, the more golden the soup.. it should take under 10 minutes to ensure that the soup is clear.
Reduce heat to low and let the whole pot simmer for at least, a few hours.
Once you think you have cooked it enough.. instinct really.. remove from heat and let cool a little. I take the pot over near the sink as this step can be messy and leave you up to your armpits in chicken fat if you don't take care. Remove and thow away the bones and place each piece of meat and veg that you are keeping for serving, in a bowl. Cover these pieces and place in fridge. Thow away the onions and parsly.
Strain the broth, as finely as possible, into a large bowl or plastic storage container. Keep in fridge overnight.
In the morning you should find that your soup is a a big jelly, a wonderful authentic and healty stock. Scrape off most of the fat which will have formed on the top.
Chop up the meat, and the vegetables into cubes and place in a saucepan. Add the jelly broth, sometimes 1 stockcube.. I like the kosher Massel brand and more salt and pepper. (I find it needs a good amount of salt.) Also if you're only serving a few people I would suggest only putting half the soup out and freezing the other straight from the fridge. Bring to hot.
When serving you can add some noodles already cooked (fine soup ones in kohser section of supermarket,) to the bowl, before the soup. If you add to pot they will go soggy very quickly and ruin whats left over in the pot. Also look out for Niblets.. in same part of supermarket.. delicious crunchy crutons! Could also serve with chopped parsley. Mmmm..
Good luck and I hope this keeps you healthy and robust this winter x x x
Just to remind you all Sunday is the 61st Anniversery of the bombing of Hiroshima. Based on an old Japanese legend, which said that anyone who folds a thousand origami paper cranes would be granted a wish, young Sadako Sasaki wished an end to suffering, to bring peace and healing to the victims of the world went on a folding mission. You can read more about Sadako's mission here. Happy folding to you.