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I won’t be able to attend the next Stitch n bitch as I’ll be in Brisbane. However I found this recently and wanted to share:

DNA scarf by Superhooker

DNA scarf by Superhooker

The DNA Scarf by Superhooker was recently featured on Geek Crafts. The pattern is here.

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Our little Stitch n bitch sessions are fun and we’re a loyal crew, but they’re modestly attended. Not like a recent Mets game, where 400 crocheters set the Guinness world record for the most people crocheting in the same place. These crocheting events at sports games are regular, and known imaginatively as ‘stitch n pitch’.

If we taught handicrafts as part of Orientation, I think we could beat that figure. Just another useful skill students could learn from the Library 🙂

This immediately made me think of all the amazing amigurumi experts in the Library:

cute kawaii stuff - Amigurumi Snail
more from Must Have Cute …

Apparently it was crocheted on a 0.4mm hook using sewing thread. More ‘nano amigurumi’ available from here.

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Kim has written a great article about our Stitch n Bitch group (and this blog) in the latest edition of the ALIA Vic Specials newsletter.

It features a link to us and a special feature on Nyssa’s work.

Kim writes that the links women perceive between their engagement in craftmaking and their wellbeing is explored in a recent book by researchers Enza Gandolfo and Marty Grace (It keeps me sane: women crafting wellbeing). While we’re not all women in our Library Stitch n Bitch group, I think we’d all agree that an hour of craft every 3 weeks or so is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.

So hi to our newest readers, who may have come to us through ALIA!

You may have heard about guerrilla knitters, people who leave knitted graffiti around the streets of cities. What could be more harmless than this? (Except of course, when it rains …)

'Guerrilla Knitting Pink & Blue', by scratchflickr

'Guerrilla Knitting Pink & Blue', by scratchflickr

There’s a bunch of people knitting a giant pink tea cosy for the historic Stockbridge in Footscray as part of the Big West Festival. Read all about it. When it’s done, there’ll by a big dance-a-thon to celebrate so everyone can go down to the river in legwarmers and do their best Flashdance impersonation.

If anyone manages to see it (or the legwarmers), please take a photo to post to this blog!

I’m afraid I’ve been very slack lately, both with my knitting and keeping you up to date with my progress. So here’s a little gem my mother (my chief knitting instructor) found that I’d like to share with you.

Jean Greenhowe is most famous for her beautiful doll and toy patterns, especially knitted animals based on nursery rhymes. However, on her website, you can now download a gorgeous pattern for making mini Christmas stockings. Perfect if you don’t have the patience to knit a whole sock!

'lola opens her stocking', by wolfsavard

'lola opens her stocking', by wolfsavard

She also kindly provides some more cute free patterns, including octopuses and cupcakes, here.

Happy knitting!

Nys has put a few of us onto Ravelry, an online community for crafty people who like to keep a record of their projects and share their designs.

A slightly arty picture of 2 bamboo needles I left lying around on my carpet

A slightly arty picture of 2 bamboo needles I left lying around on my carpet

‘Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration … You can talk about your own projects, integrate that information into your personal website, and contribute to someone else’s project a world away …’

You can find my profile here but there’s not much to see yet.

A friend of mine is having her first baby, which is exciting. Especially because she’s having a girl so I can knit  something lovely in pink.

My mother found this beautiful pattern for a hat and cardigan called Rosy Posy. It’s an obnoxious name but the ensemble is charming and the yarn is extraordinary:

'Sublime' baby cashmere merino silk DK: 75% extra fine merino; 20% silk; 5% cashmere

'Sublime' baby cashmere merino silk DK: 75% extra fine merino; 20% silk; 5% cashmere

I’d better get moving on it … I ambitiously chose to knit the newborn size and the baby is due in 4 months. Just as well I’m up to here, isn’t it?

The illusion of progress

The illusion of progress

Oh dear. Let’s see what Wednesday brings.

Watching Nys make amazing creatures in the space of a morning tea break was the motivation I needed to start knitting again (thanks, Nys!). I hadn’t picked up a knitting needle in at least 5 years so I was scared I might have lost the knack. Knitting is a fantastic method of unwinding, especially at the moment when it’s cold, but it’s not relaxing when all the knitting you’re doing is ‘unknitting’ :-).

For the inaugural Library Stitch N Bitch, I brought in a half-finished cushion (or pillow) cover with a fairly basic pattern—something gentle to ease me back into the swing of things. It looks fancy but it’s really just alternating squares of moss stitch and stocking stitch.

Up close and personal with my cushion cover

Up close and personal with my cushion cover

I now have a cushion to put inside the cover (probably a good start) and I’ve finished one side. I’ve had to put it aside for the moment for more urgent things (stay tuned …), but I’ll keep you updated with my progress.

The pattern is designed for a 40.5cm square pillow and is freely available on the Web.