FO: Veronika Cardigan

Earlier this month I had the absolute privilege of test knitting Shannon Cook’s amazing Veronika Cardigan.

What a wonderful knit! It is knit mostly in one piece barring the back ribbing and only two tiny bits of seaming! Perfect! It’s like wearing your own private blanket fort! 😉 It’s super snuggly and oversized and a simple, joyful knit to boot.

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My version is knit from my own hand dyed yarn, and the colourway is super hard to capture accurately! It’s not so grey as the picture but more of a purple/blue with a bit of grey. 😉 I used my Nyasa Aran base and it’s so warm, squishy and cosy! I love it so much! This is the base I get the most compliments on and a lot of people have told me they’d love a sweater from this. So I made myself one! And I LOVE it! 😀

Canopy Shadows on Nyasa Aran

I really want to make another one of these in grey. I have some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in Marble Heather on order to make another and I can’t wait for the yarn to arrive! It’s currently winging it’s way to Oz and I’m super excited! 😀

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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED So, now for the super exciting part; Shannon has generously offered up a copy of the pattern to one of you! If you’d like to be in the running to win a Ravelry download copy of the Veronika Cardigan pattern, head down to the comments and let me know what yarn you would use to make your very own Veronika. Please include your Ravelry username so I can let Shannon know. I can’t wait to see what you pick! The giveaway will be closed on the 15th of August, 2017.


Pattern: Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook, my project page

Lovebird Lane Yarns Nyasa Aran in Canopy Shadows, 1,348 yards / 1,233 metres

Knit on 5.5mm (US 9) HiyaHiya Sharps Interchangeables







FO: Toasty Texters

Hey! Look! It’s not a show note post!!! 😀 I’ve been thinking about it and have decided to attempt to write about my FOs as well as show them on the podcast. Lets see how long this lasts… 😉

Last Saturday night Simon and I were invited to dinner to celebrate the 70th birthday of his aunt. Their favourite thing for special dinners is to go to the Buckingham Arms here in Adelaide which is a pub/smörgåsbord restaurant. And as an added bonus, they are super generous and pay for everyone to eat! So, of course I couldn’t go empty handed in the face of their generosity. So I whipped out some of my Lovebird Lane Fischer DK and knit up a pair of Toasty Texters.

These were super simple to bash out. It took me two days of intermittent knitting to get them done. I finished them on the day of the dinner and had to dry them on the heater after their wash to be able to get them wrapped! It’s a free pattern so there’s no reason you can’t bash out a pair for yourself! 🙂

I was super pleased with how the yarn knit up. I must say I didn’t love this colourway in the skein but I love it knit up! There’s still a skein of this in the shop if you’re interested! 😉

Details: Knit on 4.0mm (US 6) HiyaHiya 9″ circulars and 4.0mm (US 6) Knit Pro Nova DPNs (for the thumb). I used 105 yards of Lovebird Lane Yarns Fischer DK in ‘Emerald Isle’. My Ravelry project page here.

Video Podcast Episode 28 –


Works in Progress


Shop Update/News

  • Lovebird Lane Yarns on Etsy
  • Name change
  • Polymer clay charms
  • Sale on until March 16th: get 30% off with code AUTUMN

Video Podcast Episode 27 – Jumbled


Finished Objects

  • Snowflake by Tin Can Knits, my project page
  • 4 Seasons Pure Wool 8 Ply in 72
  • 431 yards
  • 3.25mm (US 3) & 4mm (US 6) needles

Works in Progress


  • Gemtree 3 ply, my project page
  • Fractal, worsted spun on Ashford Traveller wheel
  • 181 yards
  • Gemtree 2 ply (leftovers), my project page
  • 52 yards

Shop Update

  • MyMuddlings Etsy Shop
  • Polymer clay beads are now available as earrings!
  • New beaded jump ring stitch markers up in the store
  • ‘3pm’ is in the store on fingering base
  • Companion colour ‘3am’ is also in the store on bamboo sock

Video Podcast Episode 26 – Flat as a Tack


Finished Objects

Works in Progress

  • Goomy Socks my project page
  • Bergère de France Goomy 50 in Imprim Azur (purchased from Love Knitting here)



  • Pyjama Eaters by Sew Fearless for my niece and nephew in Sydney
  • Knit kit for my niece
  • Custom bag that was a bit of an oops

Polymer Clay

  • Various progress keepers that will be available in the shop soon

Dyeing/Shop Update

  • MyMuddlings Etsy Store
  • 2 x ‘Pink Grapefruit’ on Bamboo Sock
  • 2 x ‘Prismarine’ on Fine Merino Sock
  • ‘3 O’Clock in the Afternoon’ on Fingering – SOLD

Video Podcast Episode 24 – Sweaty


Works in Progress


MyMuddlings Sales

  • Yarns available for 15% discount in my Etsy store using code: VALENTINES15 until 28th February 2017
  • Amelia Beret pattern is available on Ravelry for 30% off using code: EXCITED until 14th February 2017

New Pattern: Amelia Beret

If you’ve been following along with my podcast (here) or my Instagram (here and here) you’ll have seen this pattern. My very first knitting pattern, the Amelia Beret! 😀


This beret is named after my gorgeous nearly three-year-old niece Amelia. ❤

An all over patterned slouchy beret/beanie. It features a stunning but simple to knit stitch pattern. It is a versatile pattern that can be worked in any DK to worsted weight yarn in solids, variegated or even handspun and still create a beautiful hat. And even better, the shape of the hat can be customised to either a beret or a slouchy beanie depending on how you block it!

It is available now over on Ravelry for AU$5.00. And if you get there before midnight on the 14th February 2017, use code EXCITED to get 30% off your purchase!


Video Podcast Episode 23 – Blathering

UPDATE: The Amelia Beret is now available on Ravelry here. So excited! 😀


  • New video camera! Sony Handycam HDR-CX405 – I hope it improves the podcast; please let me know!
  • 2017 Stash Down going on in the Ravelry board
  • Our sponsors for the MAL so far are Caroline of Clothesline Designs and Tamara of TamsCraftyKnits
  • Please contact me via Ravelry PM or at if you’d like to sponsor a prize or donate towards prizes

Finished Objects

  • PussyHat Project by Kat Coyle pattern page, my project page
  • MyMuddlings Aran in ‘Get Your Hands Off My Pussy!”
  • 137 yards
  • 5mm (US8) 32″ generic circular
  • Amelia Beret by me pattern page, my project page
  • Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton 8 ply in Latte
  • 129 yards
  • 4mm (US6) & 4.5mm (US7) 17″ generic circulars and 4mm (US7) DPNs

Works in Progress



Video Podcast Episode 22 – I’m Melting!


Finished Objects

  • Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn pattern page, my project page
  • Voolenvine Yarns Smitten DK in Black Pearl and Jilted Rose
  • 415 yards
  • 5mm (US8) 17″ generic circulars
  • Amelia Beret Test my project page
  • Gynx Yarns Merino DK in Experimental Dye Lot 40
  • 140 yards
  • 4mm (US6) & 4.5mm (US7) 17″ generic circulars and 4mm (US7) DPNs

Works in Progress

  • Diagonal Crochet Blanket AKA Crazy / Ugly / Beautiful my project page
  • Various sock yarn scraps – see project page for a full list
  • Morning Mist by Annie Rowden pattern page, my project page
  • Knit Picks CotLin in Linen and Pomegranate
  • Early Autumn by Alana Dakos pattern page, my project page
  • Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply hand dyed by me using Greener Shades dyes
  • Goomy Socks my project page
  • Bergère de France Goomy 50 in Imprim Azur (purchased from Love Knitting here)



  • Amelia Test Knit
  • Leonie Dawson’s Planners available here
  • Bullet Journalling here

FO: Duotone Cowl

This is seriously one of my most favourite FOs for a long time. 😀


This is the Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn. It is a fairly simple pattern but the ultimate beauty of it is the yarn. The precious, precious yarn. Voolenvine Yarns Smitten DK.

I’d had the two skeins of yarn in my stash for a while. They colourways are Jilted Rose (the soft burgundy/pink) and Black Pearl (the darker purple grey). The Smitten DK base is an 80/10/10 Merino, cashmere, nylon. So it’s super soft. 🙂 It’s my first time using a yarn with cashmere in it and now I know why people love it so much! I picked this pattern for the yarn pretty much straight away but I fiddle-faddled about it. I went from thinking it was the perfect pattern for the yarn to thinking it was too simple and not ‘good enough’ for the gorgeous Voolenvine Yarns. If you know anything about Voolenvine Yarns, you know that it’s super hard to get. Kristen is a one-woman show and dyes as much as she can every week but it will literally sell out in minutes. You can be cart-jacked (items you’ve added to your cart being sold before you can purchase) very easily. So I wanted to do justice to Kristen’s beautiful dye work. In the end, my need to cast on the Voolenvine was too much so I went ahead and cast on for this cowl. And I’m so glad I did. I ADORE this cowl. As I said on Instagram, I think I want to divorce my husband and marry this cowl, lol.

This pattern is free on Ravelry so I’m not giving away any secret sauce here. The cowl is knit as a tube with a suggested provisional cast on. Although I’m usually pretty good with a provisional cast on, I tried it twice for this cowl and it just wasn’t working, so I used a long tail cast on. My lack of success with the provisional cast quite possibly could have been due to a) my rushing the first time because I needed to catch a bus and b) the second time I was on the bus, lol. 😉 No matter, I’m very comfortable with grafting from a cast on edge so I just long tailed it. You can barely see where it’s joined and once the cowl is blocked it’ll likely disguise it even more. The only giveaway is you can feel a small ridge where the cast on is. But no one is going to SEE it. There are two different sections to the cowl as you can see by the above picture. Halfway you switch the colours that are working the thicker and thinner stripes. The pattern calls for 15 repeats (I think?) of each section but I did 18 because I had the yarn. Due to my gauge I’m glad I did because it’s quite a snug cowl. But it’s a perfect size. This project is perfect. I love it so!


Details: Knit on 5mm (US8) generic 17″ circulars. I used 210 yards of Black Pearl and 205 yards of Jilted Rose for a total of 415 yards. My Ravelry project page here.

I loved knitting this so much I want to use up all my DK and worsted yarn and make a ton of these. 😉 You might just find some crazy lady on a random Adelaide street corner handing out Duotone Cowls! lol

Have you been lucky enough to nab some Voolenvine Yarns? Do you struggle to find good enough projects for your precious yarn? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

J x