It's all about necks, down here, in this small sheltered spot out of the wind. 

Holy crapola it's cold. And windy. 

Ever since I accidentally made a cowl, I've become a bit of a fan. They're very practical for people who don't like trailing things around their necks that might dunk in the soup or get caught in the fence.

So I knitted one (deliberately) for Henry. 


It turned out surprisingly medieval, which thrilled me to pieces. 

There was no pattern, it was kind of, cast on twenty five stitches, knit every row, cast off. And this time I didn't ever need to you-tube how to cast off!

It did take a while though. I started it in the car on the drive to Armidale at Easter. It came with me to hospital

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… and then once it was finished, sat around for ages waiting to be sewn up. 

I seriously don't know how these crafters whip up a whole cardigan in a week. Beyond me. 


He likes it, it's a little bit scratchy, he says, but the colour's good. Would've preferred grey. 

Note to self. 


He says it's very comfortable. 


And that it works well as a hat. 

Better than some of my previous efforts


Right-o, enough with the paparazzi business, lady.

And so, given I've MASTERED knitting, I decided to try something new! Crochet! 

Just when I thought this town couldn't get any better, I was invited to join a weekly evening craft group. Who totally rock. And it was here that two lovely friends taught me how to crochet!

My first effort at a square swatch was spectacular. 

 I took it back to show Vanessa, who reminded me about adding a chain stitch when you turn it over. Oh yeah. The old chain stitch. 

It turns out that crochet is heaps of fun and much faster to work up than knitting. Which is good. Because it's WINDY here (did I mention that?) and I need a neck covering. 




At some stage soon will gather up my courage an knit an entire arm of a sweater. 

After I've put another log on the fire. 

Hope you're warm where ever you are. Neck, most of all. 


13 Comments on “necking

International Woman of Mystery
May 16, 2011 at 4:41 am

Wow. Wonderful. Your cowl is lovely (and am v. envious of that flower!) but you! You! That is a glorious photo of you looking beautiful. Have pinched it and am keeping it forever.

Linda D.
May 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

Wow I love yours!! That is magnificent! well done sorting everyone’s necks out!!! Impressive.

lily boot
May 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

that looks great! And you’re so right about the trailing – into the porridge, into the washing up water, only just clearing the gas ring. I think I need to knit a cowl!

May 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

aw thanks. The felt flower I bought for Tilly, it was on a hair elastic but in really awesome mother style I nicked it, cut the elastic off and sewed a pin to it. Have promised to crochet her one. Which should take me approximately two years.

May 16, 2011 at 10:07 am

fabulous work!!!!!!

Bec @ Bad Mummy
May 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

I love cowls, I crocheted myself one that isn’t as tight fitting at yours, it kind of hangs down, but we’re in Brissy so I don’t think I’ll really need anything that close around my neck. I really should make one for Erin, I made her a scarf, but I’m not sure how well that’d work with the dipping in the soup and that 😆

May 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Oh he SO looks like Bob Dylan in that first photo….. straight off the cover of Blonde on Blonde!

“in really awesome mother style…”
loved that- such a nice way to put the things we do that fall into the “maybe we shouldn’t but oh what the heck we work hard and they won’t really care anyway and plus I could use a bit of jazzing up/cake/etc” category.

May 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

If there was one of those in blue on Etsy I’d buy one (the crocheted one). Makes me feel better about my plan to reclaim my shadow box shelf for my new workspace in “really awesome mother style”. It is currently being used as a shop by my three year old.

May 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Fi, you look so beautiful, and happy. Pls tell Henry his cowl is super cool from Jetta!

Kylie (mealyandi)
May 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Well done with the knitting and crocheting. You have done well. Love the colour on you and that flower is so cute:)

May 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Fabulous colour…the purple withe the cute felted flower. Congratulation on the knitting and crochet effort.
Lovely blog.
Cheers Alex

May 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm

really? there’s a thought…If I make a blue, or start an etsy shop, I’ll let you know! Thanks!

May 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Hi Fi. Love it. I too have started knitting but appear to have started on a pattern for the more advanced crafter… I struggle on. Crocheting is lovely. Please have a look at my friend’s madeit shop . You might remember her, Michelle, I went to school with her. Lovely stuff. If I don’t get cracking on my project it’ll be too hot in Brisvenice to handle wool, let alone wear a scarf… I’ll be in touch soon- I have a recipe you’ll not only want but NEED. xx e


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