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Benbah Blacksheep, many coloured wools

All about my knitting, spinning and occasional farming content.

Updated: 2014-03-19T14:55:20.795+11:00


Happy birthday Hugh


Yesterday my baby turned 2. This is a bit earlier, but still the essential boy.

Love you HughB.

Where have I Been?


I have been busy. I have heaps of things knitted, but no photos. I still haven't finished the cardi in the previous post.

I have participated in a mystery knit along on Ravelry, for Tikki knits.

One Sorello is finished, Milly looks fantistic in it. The frattello for Hugh is stalled.

There are 3 babies coming, two for Davids previous teachers and one a neibours first grandchild. I have a hooded cardi allmost finised. Just have to sew the sleeves in and find buttons.

that is it for now.

Top down cabled jacket


(image) This is in size 4 for Milly. Bendigo woollen mills 8ply classic in magenta.

More knitting. For a swap.


This is Milo also a design by Tikki. using cleckheaton prints 8ply

This is a Tikki design. Bloom. I used 3ply BWM and 2ply red very fine stuff in stash. Made the first size. Beautiful.



This was a 'Oh I just HAVE to knit this" . As soon as I saw the pattern on Knitty I printed it off and got knitting.

The yarn is a mystery 8ply in pink and an ackrillic in blue. Because I used all of the pink up. Great stash buster. I can now see more in the future being gifted with the book Elmo, the patchwork elephant.

Miss Milly, now past 3, decided that Flo is hers. I get in trouble with her if I sugest otherwise.


I have been KNITTING


(image) Here are my beautiful little ones. Miss Milly is modeling a just finished Tikki design Olearia in long stashed purple Willabaa. It is in size 6 and used 2 skeins. This is for a swap Milly will be getting one in Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn that she picked the colour.

Hugh is now 1. He is wearing his Milo. I have modified the milo by adding sleeves. I used the same technique used in a Tomtem jacket. Thanks Elizabeth.

This little jumper keeps him very warm. The yarn is recyled from a allmost finished jumper that I made a mistake on and never finished. That jumper has now become 3 items of clothing for the children.

I am in a serious KNIT THE STASH mode.

New Knitting Areoplane


Knitted with yarn from stash. Patons (us) free pattern.
My mod is the cockpit. Cast on 26st knit 3 rounds, K2, K2tog around, k2tog to end. Thread yarn through stitches pull up tight then sew on and stuff lightly as you go.
This is for a swap. I also put a bell in the middle. So it rattle/tinkles.

Bendigo and the finish of my time with Tour de Fleece this year


(image) The purple and black I bought LAST year at the back room in the woollen mills.

The yummy jitterbug I won at the Rav Brekkie. My 9 week old sons socks won for us.

Tour de Fleece


Well I have been busy, but not with spinning. Up until recently, but here is my goal for the Tour. I want to spin up this alpaca. I have one bobbin full now and the second is half full. I will only ply this with 2 strands. It will make and approximate 8ply. I am hoping there will be enough for the FLS. Fingers crossed.

Hugh's Ribbed Longies


(image) top back of pants and bottom is front
I just knitted these up. I made up the pattern as I went. Here is the pattern. So I don't forget how to make them.

Yarn Cleckheaton prints 8ply machine wash 2 and a bit 50gm balls
Needles 5.5mm for main and 3.25mm for waist band circulars both

Cast on 40 stiches for each leg (pretend you are doing 2 socks at once)
Knit 2 by 2 ribbing until it is 11cm long

Start increasing in pattern 2st at inside leg every 5th round 4 times (16st per leg)

Tricky bit.


Cast on using turkish caston 16 sitches (8front, 8 back). By using this cast on you avoid sewing up later.

Keep on knitting in 2 by 2 rib for 2 rounds then do first of 3 short row blocks. These make room for nappy in back.

Work to end of gusset, wrap and turn, work to end of gussett, w&t, work to previous w&t, pickup wrap and work with stitch, work another 7st then w&t, work to w&t then another 8st etc....

So you work an extra 8 stitches into each short row until all are used. Go back to working rounds.

When back is around 10cm work next set of short rows then last set at 16cm. work 5 more rounds.

Change to smaller needles. Work in 2by2 rib still.
Work 20 st then K2tog 8 times (in rib, so knit knits and purl purls) work 40st then another K2tog 8 times, work 20. You have now decreased for your waistband.

Keeping in 2 by 2 rib work 5 rounds, then work yarnover, K (or P) 2 tog, this is your drawstring holes.
Work another 10 rounds. Cast off with larger needle. Sew in ends. and make twisted cord, thread through.

Yay longies done. These fit Hugh now and I have to turn up the legs by half. I predict he will be wearing them many months from now. He is around 5 weeks now. Photo of him in them soon.

So I don't forget Russell's foot dimentions


(image) surprise!!!!
Foot length 25.5 cm
Ball 25 cm
Arch 28 cm
Heel depth 7.5 cm
Leg length including heel 13cm
Calf circumference at top of sock 31cm

Now I wont loose his measurements.



After much to do, I am back to blogging. Not sure for how long or how regularly but I will try for once a week.


I have sold all the coloured sheep! and bought a new washing machine!!! I now only have 6 white sheep left. A bit sad but I was allmost out of feed for them so selling was the best option. Plus I needed the money as both my 5kg washers died. I now have a 7.5kg fisher and paykel that is a dream to use.

Milly is now almost 2. Hasn't the time just flown. Toilet training and talking are the go with her.

David is a big boy in grade 1. He loves school.

Mark is a few months away from his "L's". Scarey.

After not knitting for around 4 months I am now at it again. I recently competed in the latest Death by socks with one kill. I am now knitting a baby set from Drops Designs. Showing my confidence in my knitting I am steeking the cardigan. The idea of doing stranded knitting back and forth just sends me to sleep. So in the round I went. I am now knitting the sleeves.

I will show and tell when I have finished it.

I am also knitting a pair of socks for Milly. She has been fondling my knitting and yarn plus stealing my socks. So how could I deny her?

Off to knit some more.





This is the parcel Bev sent me. Lots of goodies.

Plus the most beautiful and comfortable socks.

Now these are what I was knitting. Didn't get very far. Only the legs done. Righto I used stash yarn. 4ply baby wool machine wash with 2.5mm needles.




First up Jacobeans the first socks in the Sock knitting Pentathalon. I used woolbale 8ply in green. These socks used 3 balls. Fit the Bloke perfectly.

This shawl is knitted from one skein of Feista rayon boukle.

I cast on 40st and then k1,yo, knit to end on every row. I had enough left to fringe and tassell each end. This is a gift.

And lastly, My Bullets in Sockwars111.

I used stash. 5ply wool crepe. Finished this morning and washing right now.

More Milly and some socks



Here is my happy girl with her first wheels. It didn't take her very long to get the hang of sitting and scooting on it. Or walking behind it. She is so proud of herself.

Here are the Questing socks that finally killed me. Rather The Bloke will enjoy wearing them.

Why do the socks knitted by others never actually fit me?

Finally some Pentathalon socks, Jacobeans in progress. Using some vintage woolbale wool that is not supposed to be machine washable but is.



(image) My Darling Daughter is one. Here is her cake, sponge with chocolate mouse filling and covering plus cream and sprinkles on top.


And here is the Birthday Girl enjoying her cake.

She just loves the camera.

Finished socks


(image) Righto, first up is the Vineland socks for the first SockQuest

Second are the Zombie socks for the first round of Sockmadnes 08. I bombed out in the first round this year.



I am up to the toes.
They are being knitted with Bendigo Classic 8ply on 2.75mm needles for a tension of 7 spi.




(image) My feet are now DEAD.

But my hands now have some lovely jitterbug and patons astra to knit with.

Thank you Anita and Trudy for being my assasins.

Susie Rose you organize a great conflict.

Socks of Death 3



Firstly, here is the lovely yarns I received in the Knittalk swap. I cannot wait to knit up the yarn on the right. More socks.



Knit from stash, Bendigo 5ply classic. I hope they fit..

Now I hope the internet stays on..Been 5 days without it. Grrrrrrr.



Yes they are finally off. To school that is. My baby boy is now a primary school prep and he loved it. Cannot wait until tomorrow. My big boy is now a year 9er. So proud of him too. Milly crawled around the house looking for them. Cute.

and drum roll please I posted the Socks of Death today. Elaine is quite ill now and will be dead in the fortnight. Sooo sad. NOT. insert manical laughter fading into the distance................................................

Christmas swaps that I sent out



The top is what I sent in the Christmas around the world swap.

The yarn is from my sheep spun by me. The swap is the Knitalk christmas yarn swap.


The last is sent to a local Kris kringle for MUMs.

The Death by Socks socks are coming along. The gusset is taking forever, or so it seems. I am using Bendigo Woollen Mills 5ply classic in celery and a darker green. The stash is getting smaller!!



Yes it has just about started again!!! I am signed up have both my assassin and target now I just have to wait for the pattern.


soo much to do soo little time. Especially when sleep calls.

Geelongs Stitch N Bitch night is being held in my home this month. So any Geelong area people whom would like to come drop me a line and I will get you the details.

Date Wednesday 16th Jan
Place mine
Time 7pm to whenever.
bring a plate to share.

Now off to do eggs........................................Oh my ankle hurts, I couldn't possibly use my hands for anything but knitting.

Bugger no one believes me...

So much done and to do.


The sound of silence......................... I wish. New strange fact about me, I have weak ankles. Here is the relevance.

I was walking with Milly in my arms and my ankle rolled. I went down and didn't get her out of the way en(image) ough. End result baby with cast (image) on.

That was before Christmas, just. So here she is Xmas day Firstly with her pressies, and later pulling herself around with her cast.

It was taken off on the 3rd, 2weeks and 5 days from it happening.

On the 1st, I did it again to my left ankle. But worse, not carrying bub (thank goodness) but I stepped down off the feed cart and over i went. 90kilos on a turned left ankle. I swear that was the most painful thing yet! Not broken, I allmost wish it was. sigh..........................

Milly is really crawling quite fast now and pulling up on things.

Made up Xmas swaps and will post them on monday. Late. Bad bad swapper. That is why the ankle happened, KARMA.



I just had my sheep shorn after the Melbourne cup. Here is the only white Xbred fleece that didn’t have a break in it. I just HAD to start spinning it. I used my old ashford traveller for a change.Just skeined up. I spun it by flicking the tip and woollen spinning followed by navajo plying.Same yarn now washed. Soo white and still with the lanolin in it. What to knit with it though…. Hmmmm. Here is my girl eating her first gingernut. Isn’t she beautiful. [...]