Archive for July, 2016

Discovering a New (to me) Shop

Do you read Red Pepper Quilts? If you don’t you really should, lots of eye candy and wonderful inspiration. She also hosts wonderful give-aways. A few weeks ago she hosted a giveaway from Little Crafty Shop, an Australian based store which sells both yarn and fabric.

The night before we flew to Australia I received an email from Rita telling me that I’d won a $50 gift certificate to spend in the store. I perused the website carefully and when I arrived in Australia placed my order.

The website was really easy to navigate and shipping was really quick. We only had 13 days in Australia and the package reached me before we had to come home.

I purchased both yarn and fabric. Since it was a gift certificate I splashed out and got yarn that was more expensive than I’d usually buy for myself.

madtosh sock1

I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about over the Madelinetosh yarns…

There was also fabric.

Little crafty shop fabric

The two on the left will go into the hand-pieced hexagon quilt and the sheep will make a knitting bag at some point.

Shipping is free for orders over $50, this came to just over $50 so I qualified for free shipping.

Thank you Rita and Little Crafty Shop. I’m looking forward to using my purchases.


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We travelled to visit Gorgeous Man’s father’s place to celebrate a milestone birthday. Gorgeous Man’s siblings came and most of the grandchildren were also able to make the trip. It was a wonderful weekend of memory making.

Gorgeous Man’s step-mother had recently acquired a loom. It was passed on to her from a friend. After watching a few online videos, I warped it up with the help of my 15 year old niece and we started weaving.

weaving in progress

I used some Vinni’s Colours cotton as both the warp and weft (see how I’ve got the lingo down) 😀

The two of us were so excited at how it was turning out that we were jumping up and down.

After a few hours we had this.

finished weaving1

It is unwashed at this point.

finished weaving2

Our edges got better as we went along.

finished weaving 3

This is closer to the actual colour (yes there are a few skipped threads in there, but it’s not bad for a first attempt). Then, although it was a wrench. I gave my/our first weaving to the niece (need to get them addicted to the yarn arts early).

Before I left I gave my step-mother-in-law a quick lesson on warping the loom and weaving. I did tell her that it was a case of the extremely short sighted leading the blind and that the next time I visit I am expecting lessons from her.

A loom is going on my wish list! There has been stash acquisitions. But they deserve their own post.


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For the last month I’ve worked on nothing else except this project.

It got delivered today so I can show it in it’s glory.


The pattern is Ribbon Afghan. Details about this blanket on Ravelry. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.


Now I need to finish the butterfly finger puppet for Gorgeous Girl that I put aside to work on this and start the next crochet blanket for a family member who is expecting a baby in a few months time.

Right now we are in Australia for our mid-year leave and I have a four hour car drive this morning. Since Gorgeous Man will be driving I am hoping to get lots of crocheting done.

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Solar Dyeing

This yarn was solar dyed. It was wound into a ball and dropped into a jar of food colouring, water and vinegar. At various points during the dyeing process we wound some of the yarn off the ball to let the dye penetrate through. We left it outside in the sun until the water turned clear. It’s only a small amount, but I’m thrilled with how it turned out.


The colour is not quite accurate.



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Out and about

Papua New Guinea was a major theatre of war in World War II and we took the students to Bomana War Cemetery.


This is the view from the front of the cemetery. The cemetery contains the Australian war dead.

A friend had asked me to locate the grave of a relative of hers and I gave Gorgeous Girl the name and grave number and sent her off to look while I sat under a tree and listened to our visiting scholar give a lecture. (Gorgeous Girl is on school holidays at the moment so she got to come along on all the tours we did). She located it very quickly and after the lecture I went down and took pictures for my friend.


This is the view from the row he was buried in. We held our lecture under the big tree at the top of the photo.

We also visited the Museum. Gorgeous Girl was not so impressed with that, she declared herself to be tired, hungry and bored. Finally she spotted a bird in the court yard and went over to stare at it through the emergency doors. One of the security guards who had seen how unhappy she was saw her staring longingly at the bird and took her outside to meet it in person. They came back 10 minutes later to get me so that I could take photos.

So tame and friendly. Apparently he was pretty heavy. I’m am always humbled at the lengths people here will go to keep children happy.

In crafty news I’m putting the final borders on my crochet blanket, so hopefully pictures shortly.

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A tour

It’s been a busy few weeks and I didn’t mean to disappear from the blog. The day after all exams had been marked and grades submitted two visiting scholars from Australia arrived to do an intensive tour and classes for the students in our Papaua New Guinea History subject. We arranged a number of day trips for the students.

On the first day we visited some informal settlements to discuss problems and challenges of urbanisation. We also looked at some training programmes that were being conducted in the villages such as financial literacy and first aid training. After that we went to Parliament House.

parliament house1

Where we were given a private tour by a former member of parliament and we had lunch in the parliamentary dining room. This was quite an experience for the students.

Parliament house lunch

After lunch we were taken to a local village. To visit a village such as this in PNG you need to make contact with local land owners first and need a reason for being there, it’s not polite to just wander in.


In this village the houses are built over the water. Many of the men fish for a living. The house this photo was taken from had the front part on land and the rear of the house and the back deck over water.


At the end of the day one of the students told our visiting lecturer that it was the trip of a lifetime for him.



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