Episode 37 Show Notes

You can find episode 37 here and here.

I talk a bit about my beloved grandmother, who passed away on the 10th of October at the age of 86.


She is 18 in this photograph, and looks so like me it is a little spooky. My father has been telling me for years that I strongly resemble how she looked as a young woman but I hadn’t seen any photographs until very recently. It is comforting and strange.


She is 84 in this picture. She was notoriously difficult to photograph, usually blinking. This photo is like magic to me: she is laughing while my husband is talking to her, she is wearing a silk shawl I knit and lent her for the occasion (my cousin/her grand-daughter’s wedding) and the hanging basket of petunia’s… well, they were a flower she always grew. The ring she is wearing is one my father bought her while traveling in the 1970’s, and the last time I saw her she insisted that I have it. The blurry figure in pink in the background is another cousin/grand-daughter, who was a bridesmaid. This paragraph is probably very disjointed, but I guess the point is this picture is perfect. I will finish by saying I wore the same shawl to her funeral and felt very close to her.

I talk about the hand-quilting on my Modern Medallion Quilt.


I quilted my Reece Scannel shot cotton rainbow quilt and the binding is underway.



I’ve also graduated from project sacks to quilted, zippy project boxes. I followed the tutorial here.


I’ve been knitting very little, but my favourite project is the sock I am knitting from my own dyed yarn (bonus shot of quilted project bag too).


I finished spinning the Wren and Ollie bump. It is soooo nice.



I also spun some bulky singles that made me crave Neapolitan icecream for days.


I talk about fixing the dye in some yarn I had in stash (not my dyeing, I hasten to add). I following (the knitmoregirls) Jasmin and Gigi’s method to great effect. Full instructions here, and while it is an extra step, my feeling is that if you just do it when you wash your knits for the first time it’s not a big job (and can save A LOT of trouble).

You have a week left to enter the giveaway – details in last set of show notes. I will draw on the 2nd November, and will podcast (even if it’s only 5 minutes!).

I also talk about my experiences with massdrop, and with total transparency tell you that if you follow my link and end up buying something, I could be rewarded with a gift. It is a rabbit hole, so be warned.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 36 Show Notes

Episode 36 is here and here.

I finished my Lucky/Unlucky Quilt!

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NB. do not buy Mettler Metrosene Plus. It is SO fluffy.

I made a Color (sic) of my Heart mini-quilt top.

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I made my Reece Scannell shot cotton top.

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Diamonds are Forever by Ann Langley.

I got my quilt back from Gemma of Pretty Bobbins!

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See her blog post about my quilt here.

I have since bound the quilt, and am trying to hand-quilt one border.

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My Harvest Cardigan is growing nicely.

The Boorowa Irish Wool Fest was tops!

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I pant and rant* about Lady Macbeth and why she always cops the blame.

I’ve been making project bags. I may be stuck in a loop.

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If you want one, they are on Instagram at @happyspider6sells

I announce my Anniversary Giveaway: one of my knitting themed project bags and a skein of Araucania Ranco Multy in yummy purple and green tones. To enter:

  1. Join Happy Spider Knits group and comment in the thread on ravelry.
  2. Repost the giveaway pic on Instagram (tagging and following @happyspider6).
  3. Tweet the Instagram pic (tagging and following @happyspider6).

One entry for each (so you can have three entries in the draw).

I will draw on Sunday 2nd November.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

*sometimes I get a bee in my bonnet while walking the dog

Episode 35 Show Notes (Dye Talk)

Episode 35 is here and here.

And I’ve lost my notes! In no particular order I mentioned:

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Feel free to PM me on ravelry if you want more information about something mentioned in this episode, or email at happyspiderknitsATgmailDOTcom.


Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 34 Show Notes

Episode 34 is here and here.

My beautiful Majacraft Aura arrived!

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As predicted, a steep learning curve, but she’s playing/plying nicely now. After a few different fibre types, I moved onto my second Wren and Ollie gradient bump and it’s chugging along nicely.

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My rainbow cowl is in its third evolution and, while pretty, is annoying me.

I’ve started a Harvest Cardigan (tincanknits pattern) from Cleckheaton Country Silk 8ply. Pictured here inside my almost-complete Noodlehead divided basket.

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I made the decision to take my Modern Medallion Quilt to Gemma Jackson of Pretty Bobbins Quilting for custom quilting. the grey/rainbow quilt is the one I lost my mind over – 50 Shades AKA Dance the Night Away.

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I started quilting my Lucky/Unlucky Quilt. I am feeling more in control with this one now – it will soon be done!

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I attended the Canberra Craft and Quilt Show and lost my mind over the pretty quilts! (top to bottom: Fat Bottom Girls by Angie Wilson, Happy Herringbone and Finding Formation by KraftyKuka)

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Stash acquisition…

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Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 33 Show Notes

I’m playing catch up (I totally typed “plying” the first time, maybe I should have stuck with that).

Episode 33 is here and here.

I completed Stash Dash 2014 on the cheerful number of 6,047 metres.

I knit a Sprig hat (Alana Dakos pattern, here) from my own handspun merino. 2014-07-20 18.48.59-2

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Said baby also received the Upside-Down Daisy Hat (Susan B. Anderson).

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I finished spinning some merino and moved on to some camel.

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I also spun a gradient bump from Wren and Ollie as a long single, which I navajo plied to create a beautiful gradient yarn of about a fingering weight.

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This is for my friend Sophie, and before you worry I am being taken advantage of, I received a bump for myself as trade ;)

I ordered a Majacraft Aura from Mandie of Ewe Give Me the Knits.

I attended the Gerringong Fibre Muster.

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I finished my Sea Breeze Mini-quilt/baby quilt.

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Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

Episode 32a – Sea Breeze MQAL

Mini episode can be found here and here.

A few months ago, Angie at gnomeangel.com invited me to join the Mini Quilt-Along (MQAL) she is hosting. I accepted with much joy! The pattern we are making is Sea Breeze from Canoe Ridge Creations, which is a nine-block quilt heavily featuring HSTs (of course!).

My biggest hurdle for this quilt was with fabric choices. I had an idea about sunset themed solids, of pink, peach and orange against a grey background. However, I had trouble finding these in the kind of intensity of colour I wanted. I also wanted to use gradients of my colours and it’s always a challenge to find the right shades.

Fortunately for me, I was able to buy a kona solids FQ bundle from Angie, which took a lot of the work out of it for me.

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However, one of those half-waking and half-dreaming moments reminded me that I love purple and green together, and I finally settled on my colour choices.

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The prints I used to ease the contrast between the solids were from Angie as well, but earlier in the year. I am going to put her kids through university! :p

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But the trimming…. ugh, the trimming.

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It’s been torturous resisting the urge to post lots of pics!

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I am having some trouble getting the corners to match up and am going to have to redo the final seam (perfectionism strikes!) but otherwise the top is completed. 2014-07-19 18.45.09

My ultimate plan for the quilt is to put some borders on it, and make it into a baby quilt. I’m going to offer it for a charity auction my workplace is putting on for a student in need. This feels like a worthwhile use of my time :)

If you’re interested in playing along, you can read up on gnomeangel’s blog, join the facebook group and check out #seabreezemqal on instagram.

Rachel at Little White Dove is also blogging her progress today – go check her out!

Peace out

Ms Spider

Episode 32 Show Notes

Episode 32 can be found here and here.

In this episode I talk about our mini-break in the Blue Mountains.

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I finish a lot of knitwear in a wild bid to achieve my #stashdash2014 goal of 5,000 metres. I’m pretty close!

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I finished last episode’s baby quilt.

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I talk about the Sea Breeze Mini QAL.

I continued spinning my merino.

I dyed some sock yarn and it’s EXACTLY what I wanted!

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I have a little rant about introversion.

Peace out

Ms Spider xo

Episode 30a (or 30.5) Modern Medallion Quilt-along

Just a mini episode to talk about the fun I’m having with the Modern Medallion Quilt by Crystal McGann of twolittleaussiebirds.com. Episode 30a is here and here. More info on the quilt-along here.

The pattern was a gift from a friend and I didn’t think I was quite up to it… but I’m pretty susceptible to pretty pictures and I caved in. I am having a lovely time and learning a heap!

Enough talk, photos!

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To see all the other beauties, follow #modernmedallion or #modermedallionquiltalong on instagram. You can also join the Modern Medallion Quilt-along group on Facebook.

Peace out,

Ms Spider xo

ETA: You can, of course, find Gnomeangel here. Her store is responsible for much of the fabric I’m using in this quilt. She’s also doing super cute bundles for fussy cutters right now… you know, in case you needed any enabling ;)

Episode 30 Show Notes

A whole month has passed, but here I am! Episode 30 can be found here and here.

I’ve been sick (again, curses!) and swamped at work, but I’m still kicking (and crafting)!

I found the details for the maker of the swift and niddy-noddy I mentioned in episode 29! Peter and Mary Mitchell of Badjacrafts: Wooden Toys, Pens and more, Stunning Fibre Creations. If you are interested in their work, you can contact them at badjacraftsATbluemaxxDOTcomDOTau

I finished my Coda pullover in Tosh DK (Coquette). I love it to death!

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While a virus ate my brain, I picked up Geodesic again and am now on the second sleeve!

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I finished spinning and knitting the cowl for my friend. Pattern here.

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I started an Aestlight Shawl in Skein Merino Cashmere Fingering, in colours Sprout and Enchanted.

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I unpicked all of the (bad) quilting on my Lucky (unlucky?) Quilt. Please note the blurry husband helping in the background. He’s a saint.

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It is in the naughty corner until I have help to re-baste.

I started a quilt-along for the Modern Medallion Quilt by Crystal McGann (mini-episode to follow with more detail about that).

I’m going to start another quilt-along soon for the Sea Breeze Mini Quilt from Canoe Ridge Creations.

I also helped a friend finish up some stuff for her new baby.

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Oh yeah… and the baby is super cute. (Ah, new baby smell! I’m actually just blinking but I look like I’m getting a good whiff!)

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Peace out!

MS Spider