27 July 2012

A last minute gift + Craft & Quilt Fair

A friend's birthday is coming close and I couldn't think of anything to give her, a delve in my project queue turned up this little thing :-)

Pattern: Earring & Key Holder free from Ravelry, my project page is here
Yarn:  Cotton thread size 8 from my stash
Needles: 3.5mm
Start/Finish Dates: 25 - 27 July 2012
Notes: The frame is 10'' x 8'', CO 44 stitches and did 5 pattern repeats. Found some cute pushpins at Typo to secure the lace panel at the back.

Verdict: I love whimsy little things, this is a perfect last minute gift pattern, you could make it in a couple of hours if you want to. I just hope the recipient loves it.


Thursday saw the opening of the Craft & Quilt Fair Melbourne 2012 and I was eager to check it out. The Melbourne Exhibition Centre is a fantastic venue with modern facilities and in beautiful surroundings. From my selfish point of view (as a non-quilter) I gave the fair 5 out of 10, it should've been called Quilt & Craft Fair as quilting has a much larger presence than all other crafts, wool/yarn related exhibitors were only about 5%, but I didn't come away empty handed (when do I ever!).

Bought a signed copy of this book from the author's booth. I've always admired the dramatic designs, and when I saw a lady wearing a swagger coat in the street a few months back I knew I had to make one of these. Not sure when I will make a start yet, need to decide on the colour combination which is always a challenge to me.

I also bought some banana fibre:

This is 100% banana fibre, the seller says it has very good drape. Anyone has any experience with this fibre please let me know... and, any project suggestions?

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  1. A lovely piece of lacework and a great project idea. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Handmade gifts are just the best. Please let us know how the banana fiber knits up!

  3. That will be a perfect gift! I will have to keep that one in mind.

    I want to try Banana fiber...what does it feel like? Silk?

  4. The lace is so pretty! I imagine the banana yarn would feel like linen, after all, they are all plant fiber. Would be very interesting to see how it works up.