A very short post:

things have been… odd.. at chez Jen.

I don’t want to go into all the details about my health, but the exciting news is that i got a part in a production going up in the Tower theatre at the CUB Malthouse.

It’s called Love Victoria and is part of Love Fest Australia by CEL productions

I would love it if any locals come (Richmond knitters, I think Sonia might be organising a group?)

There is a special price for both productions but you need to phone up to receive it (same for 5 person group discount)

If you DO book, please let me know what night you’re coming and how many tickets (and ideally your receipt number). If you need a reason for why i need those things, just ask and i’ll explain!

Knitting has been happening, although i am frustrated that my Stockport which SHOULD have been finished last week is still not done (haven’t felt like knititng much this weekend) but i HAVE finished my Skew socks.

These are my June socks and have nicely co-incided with the Sockdown challenge at Sock Knitters Anonymous (prizes!! one day i hope!) The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Stripe and i loved watching the one or two row stripes appear. It’s quite remarkable how different all the stripes are when you look at the original skein. It’s dyed half one colour, half the other, so you THINK they’ll be even stripes, but they’re not!

Skew

I had to do the high instep mods from the designer’s blog and they’re still harder than my jaywalkers to get on, but they do fit really well once they’re on (though the left is possibly still a little tight). I also added an extra 2-4 stitches around the instep. They’re a nice tight fit though – great for wearing with my crocs.

Now, for my last trick, I leave you with this – courtesy of Dr Bones

I am the worst blogger in the world

ok, so maybe not the worst, but i’ve left the internet (I’m not arrogant enough to think i have readers) hanging for ten months!!!! In all fairness I was overseas for about half of that, and i am only just starting to put my life back together! Apparently that includes blogging!

I wanted to reconnect with this blog for a number of reasons. Firstly I have a crafty travellers adventures to tell you all about. So many yarn stores, so much yarn.  have some gorgeous purchases from all over the western world 🙂

Secondly, I made some amazing improvements in my spinning ability over the summer. I was in Adelaide working on a theatre show, so i pretty much just rehearsed, organised and spun (and knitted a bit…). I moved on to some BEAUTIFUL fibres and worked with plying different fibres together and all sorts of things. My wheel is still in Adelaide and I am in Melbourne, so i have to take yet another break, but luckily it is much like riding a bike. I do have a nice new spindle, so I really should try that out.

Thirdly, I have written up my first pattern. Yep. My very first written out pattern that I created. It’s socks, so I kinda borrowed heel flap concepts from another pair I’d just knitted, but other than that it’s all me. I worked out how many stitches, and a cute little cable into the heel flap and all sorts! I have two lovely ravellers knitting it at the moment and hope to have it available as a free download on this site and on ravelry (or at least as a post here) in a few weeks!!! EXCITING!

meanwhile, as soon as I finally get around to measuring up my bestie E, I will be designing and knitting a soft little sleeveless cardi for her, hopefully ready for next autumn (which for you Nth Hempisphere folk is March/April). I will be knitting it in the absolutely sumptious Filatura Di Crosa Superior,  a laceweight silk cashmere blend, which I will be working on 4mm needles for a lacy effect. I have worked out the gauge (written next to sketches in my Stitch n Bitch designer’s notebook, thanks Debbie Stoller) but  need to get the measurements of the lady in question so i can start doing the maths. And I thought I’d never use it outside of school! lol. (well to be truthful I have NEVER had to do integral calculus or use group theorums since graduating)

Christmas is also coming up, but i don’t quite know what I will be doing knitting wise, since my aunt has decided to do a stupid secret santa thing. So not sure who my chosen recipient is, but will make something for them. As for besties and my mum, dad and grandparents, I’m not sure. Definitely not as organised as last year. But on the plus side, I only work one day a week (boo, more days in the yarn store please!) and can knit like the WIND! and of course there’s always crochet.

So. Exciting posts ahead. I will pace myself though, otherwise I’ll be burnt out by xmas and you’ll have to wait another ten months!

Crafty Lady – chapter 3

Chapter 3 – Crafty Lady’s life!

1. My Heartfelt pattern book arrived! It’s just beautiful. The patterns are gorgeous and it’s come with its own errata! I’m planning on doing Calm first, followed by Emily and Cherish. This will be made easier by point 2…

2. I am now working at the Wool Baa in Albert Park, Melbourne’s premiere LYS with beautiful luxury yarns, such as Rowan, Jo Sharp, Debbie Bliss. mmmmm. I’m loving it! I’m only working a few shifts a week and so will need to find other work as well, but I really enjoy it. It should pick up more as the weather gets colder, but that’s a while off yet! (there’s also a part time position going at a book store which would be a wonderful complement). And the best part? Staff discount! And it’s *ahem* hefty! Also, it is strangely satisfying enabling others (even strangers) to feed their yarn addiction, thus reducing my own yearning to buy. Plus i get to pat the pretties 😀

3. My mother loved her knitted Odessa beanie, worked in Teal with silver beads for her to wear to the football. It was her birthday today and this was a little extra unexpected present. She rang to tell me how much she loves it and will send photos soon (or so she says)

4. I am crafting like a fiend and there are many new items up on my etsy store.

5. I’ve made some little packages for Australian Random Acts of Kindness on Ravelry and am looking forward to sending them out!

Hello world!

Welcome to Armed with Needles. Despite the ominous title, this is merely the blog of yet-another-crafter who uses various knitting, sewing and beading needles to make it through this thing we call life.

My weapon of choice is the knitting needle and I have been knitting ‘seriously’ (ie developing a stash and buying knitting porn) for three years. I have been sewing for about the same amount of time, getting my very own sewing machine in 2005. Beading is much newer craft for me, and I’ve been making stitch markers, jewellery and other odds and ends for about a month.

I have a penchant for knitting porn (read books and magazines) and yarn with a particular love of Jo Sharp and Rowan. Not that I can afford them very often, my budget tends to be more Cleckheaton, which I also love, but not in the same drooly kind of way. I have a very inquisitive mind and I’ve recently started spinning on a drop spindle, taking my fibre fettish to a whole new level!

I have a site on etsy and you can view my wares at binkaboo.etsy.com and I go by the alias binkaboo on Ravelry. I also have a livejournal and World of Warcraft account. I’m a bit of a net-a-holic actually and I love my computer- all my best friends are in it!

In the real world I moved to Melbourne, Australia from Adelaide, Australia, three years ago, ostensibly to make my fortune (*snerk*) as an actor. I am yet to get my ‘big break’ and in the meantime have earnt myself a Master of Arts and recently worked for a totally awesome theatre company. I am currently considering an alternative career in Arts Admin – if I can’t be the art itself, I can still help make it.

I live with my two babies (burmese kitties) who love my knitting fetish as it gives them opportunities to wreak havoc in the most dramatic way possible.

Peruse, engage, enjoy

Jen