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My new bi-colour woollies have been snapped up by a lovely client living in Fremantle who, after moving from Queensland a few years ago, has not acclimatised to Fremantle’s cold cold winters. My client’s eldest daughter already has a Little Dandelion woollie. I am told that she frequently turns down the air conditioning to make the house so cold that she has good reason to snuggle under her woollie. That makes me one very happy knitter.

These two bi-colours are for my client’s other two girls, one pink loving and the other blue loving.

Love the details.

 

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I love everything I make in the sense that I do not have a preference for certain colours. I like my clients to take the lead with their own colour choices but sometimes they ask me to do the choosing for them. Either way, it’s so much fun pulling together a whole lot of wool and turning it into a functional beautiful object to be enjoyed and loved.

Here is a classic beauty, the combination of colours chosen by a client. Tres chic!

This throw is made with oatmeal coloured Corriedale wool from New Zealand. The trim colour is taupe. The match is near perfect.

I’m a simple girl really of simple taste. I like nothing more than to observe how knitting stitches all link together and working on such a large scale makes it even more enjoyable. The larger the stitch the more observable the links. Random? Yup!

Still obsessing over the detail in this shot.

And here she is:

I want to keep her.

 

 

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Monday 29 October 2012

These are moments from my Monday, always a busy day juggling many balls.

This is my idea of a Hill’s Hoist. It’s a beautiful screen made from hard wood which has been hand painted with Jack Russells from top to bottom. You can see a glimpse of the Jacks through the layers of swatches. I hang all of my knitted samples over this screen. All that texture makes me very happy.

I spent the better part of the weekend cleaning up my office but some things are lovely just as they are, even crafty messes. This wooden bowl is full of treasures.

I finished two custom order throws over the weekend. One is a Vegemite throw with a white trim. I LOVE this photo and I’m sure I couldn’t repeat it if I tried. Thank goodness for Instagram as it helps to make very novice photographers like me look like they can take a decent image. If you’re not on Instagram, it’s time you joined in its visual delights. My Instagram name is @jacquifink. Do it!

And here is the throw:

Just needs a cup of tea and a piece of warm buttery toast.

The second throw is a beautiful silver with a pale grey trim: tone on tone for this woollie. It’s very chic.

When I can find the time, I’m going to make another silver throw with a yellow trim. I love my colour and as I was putting the final touches on the tone on tone throw I took this photo.

Now that pops!

I’ve gone a bit pom pom crazy lately. I had to make some mock ups for a photo shoot and I am really happy with the result. I must say they are very luxurious pom poms. The black pom pom is made from Alpaca. It feels and smells sublime.

 

And these ones are made from the same wool I use to knit my woollies.

I’m a fool for Christmas and I think they’ll make sensational decorations. But, like everything else I make, these pom poms are on a large scale so they may be the only decorations we need this year. My eldest is already negotiating the date we put up our Christmas decorations. He is pushing for the this Thursday (1st Nov). I’m pushing for 1st December. Perhaps we will meet somewhere in the middle. We’ve already started to play Christmas carols in the car. Happy days!

Jac x

 

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The beginnings of a custom order woolen throw – a combination of three natural colours. I shall name this wool the “Crazy Critter”.

This was my first time using this particular combination of colours. As I wasn’t sure what the effect would be, I knitted up a small test piece and sent it off to my client for approval. It’s not unlike an animal print. Some of you have mentioned chocolate. Either way it’s all good. Approved!

I like to take photos of my woollies as I knit them: it may be a particular collection of stitches that appeals to me or, as you know by now, the crimp of the wool that I love to capture.

When the woollies make it to the table it means that they are half way to the finishing line. The hardest part is ahead of them and for me, it’s the most angst ridden. Sometimes things go wrong and my mistakes become very expensive.

Fortunately, this Crazy Critter behaved beautifully. And here she is in all her glory:-

Ta daa! This one is off to Paris. Wow – that’s quite a journey. Fedex for you honey. Good luck and I hope you are received well.

Jac x

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Interior view of Les Interieurs

Have you ever been to Les Interieurs in Newport Beach Sydney? If you haven’t, you must make a beeline to its doors. Les Interieurs is arguably one of the most beautiful homewares stores in Sydney. It is the creation of Pamela Makin who is a renowned interior stylist.

Pamela’s retail concept is refreshingly unique in that she curates a new homewares collection every few months. Each new collection is based on an always stylish colour way. Pamela sources one-off pieces from around the globe that best reflect and capture the essence of the chosen colour way. Her range is a mixture of vintage furniture, original finds, hand-crafted objects and  soft furnishings and irresistable decorative pieces.

Pamela also loves to support local designers, artisans and craftspeople: that’s were Little Dandelion comes in to the picture. It is so refreshing when you find people who understand the importance of supporting local craftspeople. To have someone like Pamela like what you do is also a great compliment. Pamela’s taste is exceptional.

Little Dandelion linen throw

When I first walked into Les Interieurs I was a little overwhelmed because everything is just so darn beautiful. This shop is seriously a case of “what not to buy here”. I have spent years on the periphery of the rag trade so I understand that the ability to visually merchandise product in a way that makes it irresistable is a gift. Anyone can be taught the technical aspects of visual merchandising but to do it successfully is a whole other matter. You need to work intuitively to be really good at VM. You need to be able to visualise your space and your product on a macro level. You need to have a commercial eye to ensure that you place your product in a way that will make people want to buy it. Above all, you need to have exceptional taste. Pamela has all of these abilities in spades.

Little Dandelion woollen chain scarf

OMG – I love those hand knitted twine baskets in the picture above.  I love the colour, I love the concept, I love everything about them. I understand they are made by another local craftsperson so that makes them even better. When I first visited the store, Pamela had a stunning floral arrangement made from twigs and foilage coming out of them. To die for!

Little Dandelion bed runner

I LOVE white linen. It is classic, it is elegant but it is also relaxed. There is something extremely luxurious about the notion of white linen. It makes me think of summer holidays, azure blue water, lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand………

The bed runner in the above picture is made from a heavy grade linen. I cut the strips of linen by hand from a 20 metre roll which was 150cm wide. What was I thinking??? Clearly I wasn’t at the time and the exercise taught me that the practice of cutting the fabric myself is totally unsustainable. Once the strips were cut, I then machine stitched them together to create a seam. I then machine washed the strips, deliberately frayed the strips to the seam and then dryed them on a low setting in the dryer. Just to get the strips in a form ready for knitting took me 5 days. The runner used up the entire roll of fabric and took me about 8 hours to knit. Again, what was I thinking?

I think it’s hard for people to understand what goes into making something by hand. That’s why the “back story” of any hand made item is both extremely interesting and important to tell.

Little Dandelion linen throw in focus

This linen throw is made from an incredibly supple linen which has a self-herringbone stripe running through the fabric.  The linen drapes beautifully and it is so soft against the skin. I have made two custom order blankets now out of this fabric but in a different colour way. Both owner’s have kindly reported how much they love them and how comforting they are to use. Linen is like that though – warm in winter and cool in summer.

One more thing – I have to mention the amazing black ceiling light shades in the picture above. Pamela had these flown in from France especially for this collection. Now that is commitment to a cause as far as I’m concerned. Importing things like this can be such a palava. The shades are hand knitted and look stunning. You need to see them first hand to truly appreciate their scale and beauty: a bit like my knits really.

If you happen to be in Newport anytime soon, you must drop in for a visit. Les Interieurs is Christmas present mecca.

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