>In the meantime…

>Busy week … proper post soon … promise


>FO catchup and gratuitous cute cat

>Despite the fact that I only finished the one quilt last year [ at a quarter to midnight on New Year’s Eve ] I totally failed to show you documentary proof of same.

So here ‘t’is:
It doesn’t have a name yet, and isn’t from a pattern per se, but is the latest in a long, long line of quilts made using my friend Anjii’ Solomon’s ever-so-clever Angle technique.*

The top was made in ’05 or ’06 as an extra class sample
but I only just got around to having it quilted late last year
and as it ain’t a quilt ’til it’s quilted, I’m claiming it as a 2009 quilt.

and THIS little sleeping bag was a really quick crochet project back in April, before I found out that Noah was going to be such a … substantial … birth weight

The pattern is a freebie from Sue Thompson
I did modify a bit by tapering the sleeves and doing a gentle increase at the sides of the bag/skirt portion, but nothing too drastic.

and finally, the gratuitous gorgeous feline is my grandkitten Suki

*Anjii’s Angles by Anjii Solomon & friends [ of which I’m one ] Pride Publishing 2004

>Hello Possums **

>Last year, the week after I had surgery, my friends Karen and Lorene, headed over to the Land of the Long White Cloud for a clogging convention [ Appalacian tap dancing to the uninformed ]
Usually my souvenir of choice is a postcard, but I think they figured post-major-surgeries-me needed something a bit more comforting.

So they bought me two balls – one mauve and one kiwi fruit green – of possum/merino yarn.
Now do they know me or what ?

I do have to say was horrified the first time I saw a garment made out of possum fur yarn from New Zealand but after reading up on the subject, my viewpoint has mellowed a bit.

Here in Australia possums are cute little animals. Moderately annoying when they decimate the garden.
Very annoying if they get into the roof and pee.but cute

[ they are not to be confused with American Opossums which are nasty and ugly ]

but across the pond in New Zealand, where they are an introduced species with no natural predators, they are a major headache.THEY are the predators and are decimating native NZ wildlife

so they have to be culled
it’s that or lose a host of beautiful and unique lifeforms
et voila, the possum fur yarn industry.
Possum is a hollow fibre and one of the warmest on the planet, so almost too warm for even a freezing Central Victorian morning [ did I mention that it’s not even winter yet and it was minus 1 this morning ? ] so a possum/merino blend is just about ideal
sooooo soft
Of course, you’re limited with only one ball of a given colour, so I immediately thought hat … one of those poochy slouchy ones that everyone’s wearing.
Unfortunately as it progressed, I realised that – on me with the super short hair and middle aged face – it looked like something I should wear to muck out the goats.
SO the planned decreases for a crown never happened and it evolved into the
Hello Possum Cowl

you’ll have to trust me on the colour – it looks pale greenish grey on my monitor but is really the colour of kiwi fruit flesh

The cables ‘pop’ so beautifully, and there’s a short fuzzy brown halo of possum fur all over.


1 ball of Utiku Possum Merino 8 ply

[ supposedly a DK weight but I didn’t like the super dense fabric on the recommended 4mm – I’d call it more of an Aran / Light Worsted ]
5mm KP Harmony circular
pattern :
improvised – could be a freebie if anyone needed it

** “Hello Possums” is the catch phrase of a certain iconic cross-dressing Australian comedian