13 October 2015

Summer Knitting Workshop

Now knitting in summer might not be your thing


it might be your thing in the Southern Highlands of NSW where it never gets REALLY hot


in five and half fabulous days we will learn

The art of design
The technique of design
Knitting in the round with the magic loop
Continental knitting
Fair Isle knitting
Long tail cast on
Reading your knitting

And a bunch of new things like

Short rows
Tubular cast on
Tubular cast off
Kitchener grafting

And a whole bunch of tricks to make your knitting... well... so much more ... FABULOUS than it already is.


from Jan 4 - 9

In Mittagong

And share in ALL the joyous creativity that happens there

Bookmaking, woodwork, botanical drawing, weaving, basketry, silver smithing, heaps of things.

11 October 2015

Baby Love

Baby Love

A double knit baby blanket.

Well there IS a new baby in the family, with little Marlo brightening our lives these last 7 months.  The Bloke is now a Poppy and a very happy Poppy too.  

And this blankie keeps Marlo warm in her cot in Sydney.

Reckon you might like to make it too?
The pattern is here....

on Etsy

Knitting technique:  Double Knitting
Measurements:  80 x 106 cm (31 x 43 in)

VERY IMPORTANT TIP:  if you have never done double knitting before, there are many free lessons on Youtube but the very best lessons are by Lucy Neatby on Craftsy.  Start with a small practice square of squares and then a small square with one heart to test your skills before you invest all your time and energy into the blankie. It will be worth it.

Materials:  Debbie Bliss Mia (wool/cotton blend) 50g balls (100m/109yds), 1xFuschia (008), 1xCinamon (013), 2xCitrus (015), 2xRose (010), 2xDuck (006), 3xRuby (009), 10xWhite (001)

Tools:  5mm circular needles with 100cm cable length, US No.8, UK No.6 with 39in cable length. 4mm double pointed needles, US No.6, No.8 UK.

Equipment:  Magnetic needlework chart holder (essential for ease of reading graphs), scissors and a 4mm crochet hook (for whisking away joined yarn ends and for fixing things). Oh, and 5 counting markers.

11 May 2015


I am now an Old Married Woman and The Bloke has become The Husband, though he will always be The Bloke to me.

Here we are with our sons, my son Ben and Julian's son Dan with fiance Ash and baby Marlo.

I love this photo.

We tied the knot just over a week ago on Saturday 2 May in fine weather at our home on the Sunshine Coast.
And here are my clever, funny, generous and beautiful flower girls, Grace and Joy, making sure we do all the formal legal stuff correctly.

Yes all the flowers are knitted (by moi) as are the girls boleros.  They chose their own fabric print which their Aunty Em made up for them.

It was a big adventure leading into and out the other side, with fifty guests coming from everywhere, staying for days and celebrating with a lot of love and joi de vivre.

Its my first time.  Took The Bloke/Husband 13 years to propose.  He said he had to mullet over but that as One was, after all, more purl than plain, he'd better show some guts and "snapper up". 

Blokes!  Really!

Happy days.

15 February 2015

Rosie Posy makes a Comeback!

What once was free is free again.

The pattern for Rosie Posy can be found HERE

Have fun and keep knitting.

28 September 2014

Workshop Wonders

I dunno really!

One of these girls was in such a hurry to get here, she drove a little too fast and got pulled over by the constabulary.

Mr Policeman:  Is there are reason you were going 80 kph in a 60 zone madam?

Ms Knitter: Well officer, we are on the way to make tea cosies and we don't want to be late.

Me thinks that officer was about to win the "Most Unusual Excuse Award" for the day back at the station.  He let Ms Knitter off with a warning. 

Yep.  This was definitely worth hurrying for.

21 July 2014

Portraits of a Tea Cosy opens in Ballina

The Portraits of a Tea Cosy exhibition is now open at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina, Norther NSW.

You're a clever chap Mark Crocker.

It was like meeting my old friends again, seeing the beautiful photographs of all those tea cosy guardians from Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

As soon as I walked in the door of the gallery.... well look at me... adjusting, preening, fluffing up those cosies.

The people of Ballina and surrounds.

The Mayor of Ballina, David Wright.
Turns out he is a bit of a fan of tea cosies!!!
The official business - welcome to country, introductions, and a little bit of talking.
And then there was the two day workshop - a small group of four fabulous women. 

As I always say, all the best people were there.

Zeez eez what they made.

And zeez is it how it made them smile.

Christine and Alice Fay and Alex Gay and Kim
Thank you for playing tea cosy so nicely with me over the weekend in Ballina.

And thank you to Christine Jones (yes that great girl above left) for the homage to tea cosy nonsense right outside the gallery.  There is Miss Daffy Dill and Tammy Shanter reincarnated as knit graffiti!!!

01 June 2014

Wonderful Workshop Women - TWO events

Two weeks ago this mob of Tea Cosy Nutters came to visit in the hills of Noosa for two days.

You were from Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cowra and other unpronounceable Victorian and NSW country towns.

You buoyed me until the next mob arrived.

Yesterday this mob of Tea Cosy Nutters took their smiles home with them and left me with mine hurting my face.

You were from Melbourne, The Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Nambour.

Time out for lunch on the verandah yesterday.

I love this photo.

Perhaps it is that cheesy smile.

Or the pretty tea cosy.

Of course wearing a Triumph Motorcycles T shirt while wearing that cheesy smile and holding a pretty tea cosy wouldn't have anything to do with it.

Hey Kim from Logan City

And well...

I think these two had just shared a risque joke!

Hey Susanne and Barbara from Toowoomba

The next two workshops are in August and September.  Places still available - just.

22 May 2014

The Two Day Tea Cosy Workshop

book now

You will receive

Excellent Queen of the Tea Cosies tuition
Wool to die for and knit with
Scrummy lunch and morning and afternoon tea

The 'At Home' workshops on the Sunshine Coast are $280 per person.

Prices may vary with workshops held at other venues.

If you can knit a stitch, purl a stitch, cast on and off, then you can do this workshop!

The tea cosy is the perfect little project to learn a great number of knitty skills.

Read your knitting 
Knit in the round with the Magic Loop
Colour stranding - Fair Isle
Continental knitting
New ways to cast on
New ways to cast off
Simple maths of shaping
Learn to love knitting outside the square

  • Email ME for the "At Home" workshops with your preferred dates 

11 May 2014

Knittng on Lord Howe Island

Who'd a thunk !

A workshopping holiday on
Lord Howe Island!

Two days of knitting at the fabulous Greenback Restaurant

Thank you Glenys (middle back) for hosting the Lord Howe Island Tea Cosy workshop.  And what a host!  Homemade cakes, biscuits and pumpkin soup.  The best welcome and stay.

Above:  Those Magnificent Tea Cosies!

And introducing the Wonderful Workshop Women

Jennifer from Sydney,  Glenys - the Hostess with the Mostess, Cheryl from Canberra

Lee from Adelaide, Lynda from Wales but now living on Lord Howe Is, Elva from Melbourne

What a fab bunch of Tea Cosy Nutters you are, you are, what a fab bunch of Tea Cosy Nutters you are!

And to prove One was there!!!!   Performing "The Hills are Alive".

21 March 2014


Well here it is.  A new book.  Tea hea hea.  Who'd a thunk hey!  Yep.  We've gone all pretty.
She'll be released in Australia on the 25 June - One's birthday - remember it now.  One does love a lot of attention on One's birthday. Oh alright, One loves a lot of attention any day, except when One doesn't. 

She'll be released in the UK and EU in August and in America? Well I don't know yet.

Feeling pretty chuffed with Oneself.

11 March 2014

Posh Jacket

YES ! One spent the summer knitting a heavy fair isle woolen jacket.  But of course it was a very smart thing to do 'cos now it is ready for winter !  Ha !

This is the cover pattern for Vogue Knitting magazine about two issues ago.

What a dream to just knit to pattern.

One DID forget that One is taller than everyone else in the entire world and ought to have accommodated that fact in the length of the jacket.  A couple of extra inches wouldn't have hurt.

It hangs beautifully don't you think.

And it's not too bad from the back either.

Job done.
Bring on the cold weather.

14 October 2013

Tea Cosy Love In - Doonan October 2013

I dunno!  Really!  It is a lucky lucky girl that gets to knit and play and laugh with so many others that love to knit and play and laugh too.

And that lucky lucky girl is me. 

Here you are in action.

Pleased as punch.
Punch must have been very pleased indeed.

Helping each other

Hard at it.
It's a tough loife.

Loving our cosies.
Left to right

Shelley (from Sydney)
Elyse (from Sydney)

Gaylene (from Imbil, QLD)
Diane (from Cowra, NSW)

Hilary (from Leeds, England)
Heather (from Sydney)

Gay (from Yeppoon, QLD)
Liz (from Toowoomba, QLD)

Glenice (from Melbourne)
Deb (from Brisbane)

16 September 2013

Australian Holiday Workshops

The Sunshine Coast

October 2013

The "At Home" workshop is FULL with just over three weeks to meet and play with a new bunch of tea cosy nutters. 

Helloooooo.  I'm looking forward to meeting you all.

South Australia

November 2013

Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13

The Adelaide Workshop still has places.  Hurry now.  Email me
loani at me dot com
for all the details.

Lord Howe Island
New South Wales

May 2014

Monday 5 and Tuesday 6
Knit for two days.  Then dive, sail, climb, fish, sleep, sip cocktails for days and days.

Book with Oxley Travel

Be SURE to SAY "with the tea cosy workshop"