Totally inspired by Sammy!

The Sammy TotePresenting the Sammy Tote! A crocheted tote inspired by Sammy and Furoshiki, the Japanese art of folding material. This is different to most totes and not just because it looks like its namesake. This design ensures the tote has a firm bottom which is unusual in the average tote bag. It can be easily changed to look like any critter and is great as a plain tote too. The actual pattern won’t be available until December but I couldn’t resist this sneak preview of the prototype.  Thanks for the inspiration Sammy, they will make great Christmas gifts and hopefully sell well at the Christmas Markets too.  I want a Koala one next. 


yarnalong learning Japanese, cupcakes and cat mat.


Wednesdays, Ginny from small things invites us to post what we are reading and making. This invitation is for all who read and make things with yarn so grab a yarn along button and jump right in. Meanwhile enjoy my completed cat mat. It is one of two and I am making  for two special cats . You know who you are! Pattern for abstract cats which is less complicated than it looks is here.
The book I am reading is the Japanese phrasebook and dictionary from lonely planet. I am hoping to go on a holiday to Japan one day with my son and my goal is to book into a hotel or homestay starting in Tokyo and then just explore. 
Lastly are the cupcakes I am working on to help pay the bills which will be sold at end of year in Melbourne Markets. I am working on completing the patterns and plan to post them on my free patterns page.

aussiegurumi cat

I'm ready for my close up

I popped into my local yarn shop yarn and co over the weekend to buy a new set of 5.5mm knitting needles. I had somehow lost one and as any knitter knows, there isn’t much you can do with just one knitting needle! I was very proud and pleased to see my Millie the aussiegurumi cat happily sitting on a bench right in the middle of the store. aussiegurumi cat

I made Millie for Chris, one of the proprietors as a sort of “it’s nice to meet you and I am really glad we have a local yarn shop opened”  type of gift. Apparently Karen, the other proprietor,  has cats so when I get a moment I plan to make some minis for her too.

I used a combination of Jo Sharp and Cleckheaton yarns for Millie and while I was shopping I treated myself to a repair hook like the one below.miniRepairHook

So  if you live anywhere near Melbourne, Fitzroy and you haven’t been there yet. Check  out yarn and co.  It isn’t just a craft shop.  They have groups, classes, workshops, great variety and prices and most importantly.  High Tea.    Hmmm. Knitting and High Tea!cat out of bag

I leave you with one more pic of Millie looking a bit daunted about going in her gift bag. (she looked happy at the shop though)