Hello and welcome too my new blog where I'll share with you my Yarn Journey.
I've been a knitter since the age of 8yrs old, I worked as a Professional knitter making Aran Jumpers for Japanese Tourist for a Giftware shop in a Winery in NSW not far from where we living at the time with 2 small children.
Each winter of course my kids had new jumpers, we moved from Sydney too Port Macquarie on the NSW mid north coast Xmas 1990. I knitted on and off but we found the winters not as cold as in Sydney and the kids were older and preferred too wear Track tops, early 1997 I was introduced too Patchwork, a craft that I've loved for many years but was happy knitting.
we moved too the Gold Coast late 2001, my obsession with patchwork grew and the needles were packed away.
over the last 2-3 winters I've really felt like knitting again and it wasn't till this winter I decided too take a step back with my patchwork and pick up the needles again, I've been on Instagram for awhile and then I found Podcast, knitting podcast which I was listening too late at night after work while stitching, well it wasn't long and I soon discovered Hand Dyed Yarns, so the yarn journey began, I re-joined Ravelry stocked up my yarn stash and the knitting hasn't stopped..

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Hand Dying Yarn..

Well! haven't I caught the hand dyed yarn Bug...Big Time. I've been scratching through my wool boxes, only 2, and I've used up all the cream & white that I had, 4ply, 5ply & 8ply...Boy have I had Fun...the 4 & 5ply are for my Box of Socks KAL 2017...
I've been watching lots of videos on YouTube for guidance.




Hydrangea...8ply




Purple Rain....5ply.

Green with Envy & I've got the Blues....5ply.
I can't wait till these get knitted up and there's more in the dye pot and on the drying rack this morning.
One week before Xmas.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Knitting.
Cheers
Maree

Friday, December 9, 2016

New Group and KAL on Ravelry.

I've started a New Group " OllieandMayKnitsBoxofSocksKAL2017.
This KAL will start on Christmas Eve with the first cast on, all is required is that you have a Box of Socks by Christmas Eve 2017.
The idea is too knit a pair of Socks of your choice each month, put them into a Pretty Box and this time next year you will have a Year's worth of Socks, they can be for all the people in your life that you knit socks for, they don't necessarily have too be just for yourself.
This is my new logo for the group...
It's really hard too get the logo's too fit in the small space that Ravelry gives you, it is a bit stretched on the Groups page but you will still find it, best too join up.
There will also be a hashtag on Instagram..#ollieandmayknitsboxofsockskal2017
I'll be casting on on Christmas Eve with Dani from the Little Bobbins Podcast where the cast on all began about 4yrs ago...I'm planning on using my first hand dyed yarn that I processed last weekend, I'm so happy with how it turned out, that's it behind my logo, I also made a second skein and added Coffee Essense just too see how it would take, it's a bit more murky but  I have started knitting socks with it and it's turning out really lovely, I only had a 50gram ball so I've added a different yarn for the heel and toes..
Spearment Leaves. my first hand dyed yarn. 4ply machine washable.100% wool.
Spearment Leaves with Coffee. 2nd hand dyed skein. 4ply 100% wool. machine wash.

Seems I never really got into the Gilmore Girls way back when, think I was too busy with kids etc , I've noticed a trend with Knitters, mainly in the states they are Obsessed with Gilmore Girls...Well! I caved in got Netflix on and I must say I'm enjoying the re-runs...
Hope too see you on Ravelry or IG with your Cast Ons.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Knitting
Cheers
Maree

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Experimenting with Hand Dyed Yarn.

Today I decided too experiment with hand dying some yarn, I had 2 X 50gram 4ply machine wash in White in my stash, I thought it wouldn't matter if it didn't work out, I've been watching YouTube on the methods used, I decided too go with the stove top steam method with white vinegar and Food Colouring. I had limited colours in my pantry, Blue, Green, Pink and Black, I also used Coffee Essence on the second skein, I re wound the ball onto my swift winder into a skein. I diluted the colours in small cups of water and off I went.
The lighter one on the left was the first one, I love the pastel colours that's what I was hoping, the darker one I used the coffee essence and put more colour on to make it darker, I think these will go nice into a Shawl or Cowl. I've also had some finishes over the last month. My Boreal  Forest 2 colour Cowl by Renee of East London Knits, week 2 of the Knitvent by HelenStewart of Curioushandmde on Ravelry.
I really enjoyed knitting this design, I found the 7stitch count easy too remember, if you didn't participate in the Knitvent I think the pattern will be released on Ravelry after the new year.
Another present for the new Baby, still waiting on His Arrival.
Silver Birch Socks are off the needles, I used a Gradient Uarn by Gumblossoms Yarns in Brisbane, they are too take overseas.
Hope your knitting projects are coming along, our weather here is warming up so that the heavier yarns are getting a bit warm too knit on our laps, I've picked up my 4ply Cardigan that I started some months ago, another pattern that needs my full concentration.
I've joined the many knitters around the world and have been watching re runs of the Gilmore Girls!. I never really got into them all those years ago, needles too say I am now. lol.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Knitting
Maree

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Knitting Workshop 2017.

I am Delighted too have the Lovely Meg Gadsbey of Meg Gadsbey Designs in Sydney coming too the Gold Coast for our first ever 2 Day Knitting Workshop Weekend.
Meg will be Designing 2 Brand New Projects Especially for this workshop.

Meg is a Beautiful Designer of Shawls and Cowls, Meg will be designing something very special for our workshop, all will be revealed closer too the date.
If you are new too knitting Please don't be put off, if you can Knit & Purl that's all that is required, the projects wont be difficult and one maybe something new for all of us too learn...
contact me here via the contact form or you can email me or contact via Instagram if you would like to put your name down, tell all your Knitting Friends, come for a little holiday.
will keep you posted.
Thanks for stopping by
Happy Knitting
Maree
Ravelry: OllieandMayKnits

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's Sock Week.

Silver Birch Socks using Gumblossoms Yarn.
I've been hearing people say on their Podcast and on Instagram that they just Love Knitting Socsks! Well I'm onto my 5th pair, not totally getting the Excitement of others, lol Until I started a pair for myself last week a new design and a first for Rebekah of @bex_inreallife on Instagram also  Now known as Creative Naturally Podcast on YouTube. I do like a challenge when it comes too knitting designs and up until now I think I've just been sticking too just basic sock patterns, but this new one called The Silver Birch Socks are just lovely, think I'm heading towards being hooked, that's what's been missing in my love for sock knitting is a good pretty pattern. I'm using hand dyed yarn from @gumblossoms yarns in Brisbane always try and support locals and Aussie made, I must admit it's not knitting up as soft as the other hand dyed yarns I've used so far it is 75% yarn and 25% nylon which I've discovered you need the nylon in your socks for wear and tear.   Now I've made the heels using Fish Lips heel my new favourite heel pattern, I've split my ball of yarn that I have left into two with my yarn wonder and now I can finish them knitting 2 at a time with Magic Loop. Thanks for stopping by Happy Knitting Maree IG: OllieandMay Ravelry: OllieandMayKnits

Friday, November 4, 2016

New KnitALong happening.

I just wanted to share with you a new KAL with Helen from Curioushandmade on Ravelry.
KAL with Curioushandmade
It hasn't been released yet, but my understanding there will be a new pattern by Helen each day leading up too Xmas just like an Advent Calender, you can still sign up on Ravelry. I'm also joining in on a KAL with Libby of TrulyMyrtle on Ravelry for the month of November. It's call doing something for Yourself, you can listen too Libby's podcast each Friday from her blog.
The Alice Hat
The Belle Shawl
I've got 2 Pairs of Socks in the needles too get finished before Xmas But couldn't help casting on these Gorgeous New Itemd for my wardrobe,  Doing Something for Me in November. Happy Knitting Cheers Maree

Monday, October 31, 2016

Yarn Swap from NZ

My Gorgepus Yarn Swap parcel arrived safely from New Zealand, I had the Lovely Libby from TrulyMyrtle who hosted the swap. I've heard Libby talk about Brushtail Possums and how they use their fur for yarn, I was given 3 Balls of a mix blend of NZ Merino, Brushtail Possum and Cotton, I've decided too use it with Libby's new hat pattern Alice, you can find Libby and her patterns on Ravelry  also on IG as @trulymyrtlephotos.
Possum Yarn. In Swap
I also finished another pair of socks for the Xmas Box, one more pair on the needles they will be the last, I'm running out of time...
Emerald Green Men's Socks.
The pattern for the socks was Vanilla Latte Sock. Eye of Partridge Heel and Star Toe from the pattern, I really like this round toe better and will be using it a lot from now on. Free pattern on Ravelry. I've put in an order for New Sock Blockers in Large for Xmas.... Thanks for stopping by Happy Knitting Maree

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Yarn Swap with TrulyMyrtle.

TrulyMyrtle Tarn Swap Package
I'll be back too show you what I was given from my partner. On the knitting I am nearly finished one of the socks that I started knitting two at a time, I made a Eye of the Partridge heel flap, my first time with that pattern, I liked it it gives the heel a little more strength, plus I'm knitting them on a 2.5mm needle which is giving the sock a much thicker feel which is what I was after.
Vanilla Latte Mans Sock. Thanks for stopping by Happy Knitting Maree  
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sock knitting gets better.

My second fingering weight yarn Socks on the needles, I started doing two at a time but my circulars are too short, so I seperated them, now up to the heel flap, I'm pretty pleased with this heel, the pattern is a Eye of the partridge, from the Vanilla Latte Sock pattern found on Ravelry, no gaps.
Vanilla Latte Socks in Green.
Knit Picks fingering, Rainforest Heather, a lovely emerald green with Brown tweed effect, this is lovely yarn too knit with, 2.5mm circular needles. For the Xmas Box Thanks for stopping by Happy Knitting Maree

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hand Dyed Yarns.

Happy Mail from Rachael of Drover & Classer in Nowra, NSW.
Gorgeous minis for my upcoming Cosy Memories Blanket,  I'm planning  the colour pallet for the blanket,  I know you are suppose too use yarn from finished objects but I don't Have that many, and I would like it too be Petty.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Frogging happens.

Fairisle Jumper
Unfortunately this jumper isn't workingout as planned, the yarn is 100% Aussie wool but is a bit scratchy, the size is coming out too big even though I was wanting it too be a bit more loose, this was too be my Go Too Jumper for our UK trip in December, we will be staying in Edbinurgh for a week by the sea, I wanted a jumper too throw on, didn't matter if it got wet or sandy, probably making too much work for myself for a throw around. Think I'll look at the Boyfriend Jumper, and use up some yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills in my stash, I was enjoying the Fairisle I'm sure I'll get too that in another project. Do you listen too audio podcast, one of my favourites is Libby from Truly Myrtle, I think it's her accent lol, Libby is running a Yarn Swap through her Ravelry group, I'm so pleased I actually got Libby in the swap, I had planned on making something extra too go into the swap so now I can make it more personal.... Thanks for stopping by Happy Knitting Maree

Friday, October 7, 2016

Two Colour Fairisle

Two Colour Boxy Jumper.
 
Fairisle Boxy Jumper.
Well I did Frog  that Grey jumper and now I've used it on another competely different style, I pulled out my  Old Jo Sharp Knitting Books and found a Largish Boxy type jumper, it has Fairisle all accross the top and on the sleeves, Nah not doing that! Famous last words she says, I've added my New Fav Colour again too the bottom  band, I'm following the basic pattern, I came up too the Fairisle and decided too have another go after Many Many Years...I've even taught myself too knit with the 2 colours one in the left hand and the other in the right, Love all these New techniques I'm finding....
Fairisle Yoke Boxy Jumper.
  I'm using circular needles that's why its showing up with a curl, so far so good...I won't be doing the fairisle on the back or sleeves...too be Cont:

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Knitting
Maree

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Podcasting and a New Cast On.

New Grey Jumper on my needles
Do you watch Video Podcast, I do and I love them, I do have my Favourites, they are mostly Knitting and Fibre related, you can follow them on YouTube. Here are Mother & Daughter Chelsea & Sue from LegacyKnitz also on Instagram. I've decided too give up on my Grey Jumper Roquaine from the latest Pom Pom Magazine, of all the years I've been knitting I don't remember having so much trouble with the pattern....so I frogged it and I'm following a bulky loose basic jumper pattern from an Older Jo Sharp pattern book, Knitting Bohemia, I'm adding my own pattern and the reason this will be my Mission is our London Kids want too spend a week in Edinburgh when we go over at Xmas, well it will be Chilly!! So a knitted jumper is in order and I do love this Grey....
Frogging Grey Jumper
Thanks for stopping by Happy Knitting Maree

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Xmas Knitting for the UK.

My Son and his Wife have been living in London for nearly 4yrs now, we've  had 2 long trips so far and our next one will be from Boxing Day, Especially too see our second Grandchild and first GrandSon who will be due on the 16th December, having been in London previously for Xmas I Absolutely Love it...and we are so looking forward too seeing it again, ah yes it is a bit cold but we don't mind that, just hope we don't get as much rain as we did before...
I have started some Xmas Knitting for the Kids too take over...my Daughter in law Sam loves wearing hats in Winter over there so I have made her 2, one is yet too have a Faux Pom Pom attached...

I made 2 the from the same pattern but changed the design, one in Natural 8ply and Natural Merino 8ply from Cleckheaton...

and a pair of socks...DingoDyeworks Fingering weight ( 4ply ) in Canal Rocks and Blue Gum for the Toes, This is a Beautiful yarn too knit with it's my Favourite  atm...I used the Pebbles Sock pattern by Mina Phillips from the Knitting Expat on Ravelry and her Podcast.


on my needles are a pair of socks  in 8ply for The Mr. too take overseas and a Hat for my Son...WIP.
Thanks for stopping by
Happy Knitting
Maree

Monday, September 26, 2016

Quill Shawl is off the needles.




I joined the "Shawl Society" by Helen Stewart of @curioushandmade on Instagram and Ravelry.
it's a 6 month membership with a new shawl pattern each month designed by Helen.
I've made no: 1 and now no: 4...
The Quill Shawl.
the yarn I used are Ghost and Slate 8ply Luxury by Bendigo Woollen Mills and
The Charisse is Sheen 8ply Empire by Morris & Sons, all the wool was lovely too knit with but I must say the Empire is a Dream, I used a 4.00mm KnitPro circular needle.





I'm really happy with the end result, I've washed and I stretched it a little when I blocked it as being in an 8ply it was feeling a little heavy and thickish compared too the fingering weight yarn that I've been using, it feels really lovely on, I have a cardigan too match the Charisse and will go well for my trip too the UK in December.





Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Knitting
Maree

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Video's on YouTube for Knitting.

Since I've started too knit Socks YouTube videos have been a Godsend...Staci Perry of Very Pink Knits has Brilliant videos on all Aspects of any knitting wether it's Socks or Garments..check her out. www.youtube.com/verypinkknits  Staci is also in Instagram as verypinkknits.
Very Pink Knits.
Staci Perry
Magic Loop 2 at a time socks.
Thanks for stopping by Happy Knitting Maree

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Baby Knitting.

With the news of our Son Gavin and DIL Sam who are living in London are expecting their first baby in December I was pleased too be able too get back too baby wear, so I searched the patterns on Ravelry these are what I have finished so far, they are yet too have buttons before they go into the Baby Bag for our trip on Boxing Day.  These are all still WIP I'll post them again once I get the details finished on them, but they have been washed and blocked.



"Puerperium" cardigan by Pekapeka Designs Studio free pattern on Ravelry by Kelly Brooker.

This was a quick knit from the top down, first time I've knitted in this format and I loved it, I have used Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply in "Ghost".

"Kyoto" cross over cardigan by Lisa Chemery. on Ravelry.

This was a lovely pattern, the yarn was beautiful too knit with, Patons EXFM 8 ply Merino colour 2104, it's more of a Jade than blue showing up in this photo, it has a knitted cord attached too the inside and one too be attached too the front too tie with, I'll post more when then are completed.
I have also made a Mustard cardigan which is still too be stitched together, time is ticking on must get too it...
Thank You for stopping by.
Happy Knitting.
Maree

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My first Hand Dyed Yarn.

My first hand dyed yarn was brought from Kristen of Skeinyarn in Coff's Harbour NSW.back in May this year.
This skein is called Peace and I used it for my very first shawl after I joined the Shawl Society on Ravelry by Helen Stewart of Curious Hand Made. The Amulet Shawl.

This skein is called PEACE.
I added a light Grey with Peace, I'm happy with how it turned out.
Till next time
Happy Knitting
Maree