Thursday, July 10, 2014

Would you like to be a tester? - Chiaroscuro fingerless gloves

A new pattern has recently been brewing... 
The idea was to create a pattern that featured metallic yarn without the need to knit a full scarf or garment.
The gloves are knit from the bottom up, in three sections. The first and third sections involve creating two layers for a shadowed appearance; the middle section involves a cable on the back of the hand creating a vignette effect. The pattern skill level is likely 'challenging' due to the need to manage two sets of magic loops in the round, and to the fiddly-ness of metallic yarn.
If you'd be interested in being a tester for the pattern, I've still got one spot left - head over to the Testing Pool on Raveley, or email me at pixelatedmushroom (at)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Audio inspiration - knitting podcasts

For quite a few years I've been meaning to share and give thanks to my favorite crafty podcasts for many hours of entertainment and inspiration. These dedicated podcasters have made my fairly lengthy commute bearable, and have become familiar voices in the crafty community. Listening over many years has made it clear how much work and dedication is required to keep these wonderful free episodes flowing, and the communities that have gradually built up around them.

If there's any podcasts you enjoy, I'd love to hear about them.

Here's a few of my favourites - I hope you'll consider having a listen.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

No more

The War Doctor is coming...
After I buy some grey embroidery thread :p

Friday, May 23, 2014

Edible spinning fiber? Spin-able fairy floss?

My brother gifted me some Persian fairy floss (vanilla flavoured) for my birthday - yum!

It looked somehow familiar... and when comparing it to the banana spinning fiber in my stash - it's actually hard to tell them apart (one smells better).

I should be careful not to mix them up! :P

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dairing stash

A gift voucher from dairing arrived for my upcoming birthday - fun - fun! Will look forward to choosing some exciting yarn to buy! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Only sleeves

 Somehow I've ended up with three projects with only sleeves remaining... sigh...
Second sleeve syndrome?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Zealand adventures

Hope everyone had a good Easter holidays. We've had a lot of holiday time lately, with our trip to New Zealand, followed by Easter, followed by Anzac Day.

I didn't find as many fibery creatures as I hoped on our travels - but lots of sheepy soft-toys, and amazing scenery everywhere we went (thanks to gfxmonk for taking most of our picies).

Castle Hill

Milford Sound

Milford road

Blue Pools Track

Pororari River Track

A friendly local

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