Mums Garden – Part 2

Almost immediately after posting what shall now be known as the first instalment of Mums Garden, I received a flow of emails with more photos. (Mum is a very faithful reader of my blog – Hi Mum!!!! love you!)

So I can show you some of the wildlife, and not so wild life that we enjoyed.

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Mum is particularly fond of birds. I am not so fond. Yesterday I was just minding my own business, reading a book on our front porch (the last book of the Grisha series by Leigh Burdugo so it was particularly tense) and there’s an unidentified noise coming from the roof. I look up and I see two eyes and a beak peering down at me. Fortunately it flew off to chase some smaller prey but it made me jump out of my skin.
I’m jumpy around birds, which makes these next three photos a little odd to be on my blog.
I’ll put them after a break for all of you who are also jumpy around birds.

Guest post – Mums garden

My parents are moving house for the second time in my life. And while it’s a good move and a necessary one, it does mean that Mum loses her garden that she’s spent 15 years pottering around in.

Somewhere along the line Mum’s green thumb genes mixed with some recessive black thumb gene and resulted in me. I have killed cactuses.

So I asked Mum to guest post for me and show me her favourite parts of the garden.

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There aren’t many places that can compete with this view. Although living so close to a National Park does have its downsides.


Fortunately fires aren’t too regular an occurrence.

But being that close to the National Park means native flowers and wildlife thrive. We actually do get kangaroos come up to the backyard and drink from the bird bath. [Beks note – I wish Mum had sent me a pic of that! I’m sure we have one somewhere]
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And she even sent me a pic from my old bedroom window.
It’s not quite the view I remember as there has been a few changes since I left home. But it was still one hell of a view.


Media spotting!

I’ve been excited about this for some time and somehow managed to keep it a secret until it was released.
I’m featured on the latest episode of Hollis Jay’s podcast ‘Myriads of Thought‘!

Hollis is a supercool lady who talks about her life, geekery, and things that are generally interesting and awesome.

She also finds cool people who make cool things and interviews them (thats where I come in).

I must admit that I hadn’t listened to an episode before she contacted me, but I’ve listened to every episode since and quite a bit of the back catalogue.

Check my interview out from the 1:22 mark, or just listen to the whole thing. I am among some awesome company this week.

Seriously I am still chuffed that people like what I make enough to buy it let alone interview me about it! Thanks Hollis for having my words on your show. Its strange to hear something I wrote not in my voice and Australian accent.

Listen to it here or I’ve put a transcript below.

1. Introduce yourself.
Hi! I’m Bek. I live in Perth Australia in a 100 year old cottage where I’m lucky enough to have a crafty room all to myself where I can make as much mess as I want. I taught myself how to knit 3 years ago and that opened my eyes to the crafty underbelly of the internet. I met a whole heap of awesome knitters and multi-crafters and realised that making something I could touch and see is a really great feeling, particularly as my day job involves sitting at a computer.

2. Tell us about your shop.
I sell metal stamped cuffs and rings as well as hand made earrings and stitch markers. I have some pre-made cuffs but mostly people like to personalise and send me a phrase which means something to them. I also have a custom order option so if you like something that you’ve seen on my blog like embroidered cushions or a pair of earrings that I don’t have in my etsy shop, you can request them and we can work something out.

3. Can you go in the making of one of your pieces from beginning to end?
For a custom cuff the first thing I need is what’s going on it. I take that and write it on a piece of paper to get a feeling for the length and also as a reference for spelling. I’ll also google it, if it’s not a reference I’m familiar with because I’m curious like that.
From there I visualise how it will look, particularly if it’s over two lines or is front and back.
Depending on the size of the cuff requested, and the length of the phrase I pick out the right size stamp set. Then I tape the cuff to my anvil and figure out where to start. Then I hit each letter with a hammer. It’s quite noisy and deliciously satisfying. Once I’ve finished the stamping I use a sharpie to colour in the letters. I let that dry and then wipe off the excess with rubbing alcohol and give it a bit of a shine.
I then bend it using a bracelet bender which creates a nice shape. Then I resist the urge to keep it for myself!

4. Do you have a favorite piece in your shop? What is it, and why?
I have a soft spot for the cat earrings as they were my first ever sale.
I really love a ring that I made for myself that has mine and my partners anniversary date on the inside and a heart on the outside. That’s really special and even more so because I made it. I think that’s the wonderful thing about custom pieces. The personal touch makes them unique and meaningful. I’m also currently working on an embroidery with the firefly theme song. It’s going to be epicly awesome.

5. Is there a particular genre that inspires your pieces, and if so what is it and why?
Definitely pop-culture references! I keep a notebook with me at all times and anything that makes me cackle or think hmm this would be good on a bracelet goes straight into the notebook. This happens a lot whilst watching television or listening to music.
I also have a tumblr, which collects all sorts of random quotes and phrases from around the internet.

6. What scares you?
Birds. I am one of those people who ducks down in their car if a bird flies at them. Don’t ask me for custom bird earrings please!!

7. Who or what motivates you and/or inspires you to create?
Words are still a major part of how we communicate. There are so many writers out there who can say things much better than I ever could. I take the bits that mean something to me and transplant them into a different context such as a cushion, bracelet or a ring.
Once they’re out of context they can take on a new meaning and a new significance. Some of my favourite nights are me and my best friend getting home from a night out, watching Black Books and quoting it back and forth. Now that she lives further away, we do the same thing over twitter! I have forged friendships through a shared love of the same tv show. I know I’m not alone in this. I’m taking something that people already love and connect over and making it visible and wearable.

8. Are you more spontaneous within your work or more precise?
I should be more precise because as soon as I make a spelling mistake or mix up the direction of a stamp I have to start all over again. But I’m pretty disorganised and spend half the time picking up letters and trying to figure out what they are. I’m definitely spontaneous with earring making and stitch markers. I put everything out in front of me and just experiment.

9. Who are your favorite artists, writers, and musicians? What are your favorite books, films, television shows, etc?

There’s a website where you put in tv shows, how many seasons you watch and it calculates how long it would take to watch every episode. I got to 100+ days before I stopped and backed away slowly. Needless to say I love the medium of television and it’s detailed storytelling capability. I tend to reference Black Books, Coupling, 30 Rock, Doctor Who, Buffy, Angel, Community, Parks and Rec, Bobs Burgers, Firefly, and Arrested Development the most. I recently marathoned Leverage on Netflix which had so many ‘blink and you’ll miss them’ pop culture references. I like that in a television show.

Editors and Blood Red Shoes both released albums this year which I cannot stop listening to (or scribbling down lyrics in my notebook). I also love Cold War Kids, Silversun Pickups, Haim, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sugar Army, The Shins, Wolf & Cub, Phantogram and The Decemberists.
I once started to write the lyrics to Neutral Milk Hotels – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea on my bathroom wall, but only got about half way through.
Total Eclipse of the Heart is me and my best friend’s karaoke song (and so I made her a cushion with the lyrics on it).
If I’m having a bad day then the Once More With Feeling soundtrack never fails to brighten my day.

Growing up my parents could never get my nose out of a book. My current house has an epic, all the way to the ceiling, bookshelf which I will eventually fill!
I have a whole section of bookcase dedicated to Jane Austen and associated books (Jane Austen Book Club is one). When I moved out of home I took the whole Anne of Green Gables series with me which I still regularly re-read. I like Sophie Kinsella, Maggie Alderson, and Lauren Weisberger for instant girly gratification. I enjoy Philippa Gregory and in particular The Cousins War series. I’m a sucker for a narrative style where the same story is told from different perspectives.
I just finished the Duncan Lay series Empire of Bones which I really enjoyed. And I’m anxiously awaiting the third novel in the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothsfuss.

I think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the funniest and awesomest people around. They’re the type of people that inspire me, as well as the everyday people that I’ve met through the internet that are doing all kinds of cool stuff.

10. Promote yourself. Shamelessly. :)…:)
You should visit my shop because I guarantee you’ll find something you like. Or if you don’t I’ll try and make it anyway. Who doesn’t like one of a kind-custom stuff!


I am also still updating my song of the week playlist so check that out in you’re in need of some new tunes!


Too lazy to write. – FO9 Seafoam Shawlette

Shawlette Pattern

Tilly & The Buttons Book

yarn vs zombies

My shop

The tablecloth incident


#KCBWDAY7 – Looking Forward Looking Back

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Todays topic – Looking forward to next blog week, and looking back from this time last year.

Last year there were a few things I wanted to do.
I want to have completed my 13 in 2013 project. – Tick-ish
I want to learn more crochet and how crochet instructions work. – Urgh kinda
I want to have finished a jumper or cardigan. – Big Tick!
I want to get better at cables. – Big Tick!
I want to finally figure out what this pattern is! – Almost
I made a cabled jumper which I am massively proud of. I’ve started a crochet blanket, but still have trouble with crochet instructions. I completely forgot about finding that pattern. I found a few variations though which I had fun playing with. And my 13 in 2013 was successful enough for me to want to repeat it again this year.

So where do I want to be by the time the next blog week comes along?
– I want to be selling stitch markers.
– I want to have a photo of every knitted item I make. Bonus points if I put it on ravelry.
& I want to have tackled something with colour work in it. Even if it fails massively its something I really should try again.

I would like to say that this week has been really awesome. Thank you Eskimimi Makes for once again organising a brilliant event.
It you haven’t already I highly recommend looking up any of the tags for the blog week #5KCBWDAY7 or DayX and making some new blog friends.
See you again next year!


#KCBWDAY6 – Views Of Others, Views Of Yourself.

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Todays topic – Write about another knitter or crocheter that you admire, how do others view you.



#KCBWDAY5 – And now for something completely different

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Todays topic – It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog.

I asked MacStabby (of Crafternoon nap fame) to do an interview.
It quickly descended into chaos and was the most fun I’ve had at 8am on a Saturday morning (7pm her time) in a very long time. Portions of this conversation have been redacted so that we still appear like sane and rational adults.

MacStabby is a multicrafter and makes amazing quilts and dresses. She also embroiders and does cross stitch, and finds time to knit as well as doing her Medical Residency!

I’m in bold and MacStabby is in italics.

So what up my knitta???
So, truthfully, I’ve been pretty shit at knitting this year.
Like, amount-wise.
so hopefully this won’t be a tremendous waste of your time

You’re a multi-crafter and I’ve recently seen some pretty awesome quilts / dresses on your blog so far. But you still qualify as a knitter in my eyes. Is there anything on your needles at the moment?
Yes, actually! I needed to restart my Miette cardigan a couple of months ago.
After I got a new ipod touch, I lost my progress with my knit counter, and couldn’t remember where I was. Had to start ALLLLLL over.

Oh no! that’s awful. Aren’t knit counters the best though?
I swear before I started knitting I had no idea how difficult counting could be.

Seriously the best. I suck at remembering things unless they’re written down, and this is MUCH easier than that. I don’t even have to put down my needles to do it.
I’ve just looked up that pattern on Ravelry – and it’s soo pretty I’ve immediately added it to my favourites. What yarn and what colour are you making it in?
Hmmm let me try to remember….It’s just some cheapish wool yarn I got a Joann Fabrics- probably lion brand wool-ease? It’s a peacock color.
oh fudge it I’ll just see if I have the wrapper left on any of my stuff
well I was WAY off. It’s paton’s classic wool in peacock.
so sort of close I guess.

See you say peacock and i’ll I can think of is Kenneth from 30 Rock in the NBC peacock underpants – I’m assuming you mean a deep purply colour? I generally cover my eyes when I see birds.
I’m actually super jealous of how awesome you are at knitting and how MUCH you get done.
lol no it’s like a blue-green-teal thing. It’s actually still on Rav because I’m just doing the same thing I started before.
I can see Kenneth wearing purple or teal underpants though

Then we came across this and got slightly distracted.


I think that’s the pattern for my first ever knit-along!!!
ohhh love it. we’ll have to use sequins
I’ve never knitted with sequins before…. could be a challenge
yeah me neither. I bet it can be done though
Can you actually knit with sequins?!
I dunno- you can with beads. I imagine it’s similar?

We then got even more off topic but ended up talking about television.

Do you find that you notice the knitting and knitwear in television shows?
Sweaters more than anything. Like, when you said on your blog you noticed Liz Lemon’s knit hats, I was like “Why haven’t I ever noticed these before?” Although I do tend to notice scarves.
Surprising that it’s sweaters I notice, when I’d probably actually be better at knitting scarves/hats because they’re smaller.
I knit a sweater once for Husband – he never wore it. Frowny face.

But you weren’t struck by the boyfriend sweater curse so I’d say that’s a win. I’ve knitted socks for HWF and he never wears them.
Yes! I knitted it before we were married.I think I finished it after we were engaged though.
Ugh, I’d never knit socks for someone else. I’f I’m going to put in all that work it’s going to be FOR ME

he has huge feet too – and I made them on really tiny needles. Never. Again! He doesn’t deserve them.
What made you start knitting in the first place?

Hm. I tried to learn from my friend Kelly in college. I have a cousin who’d sent me a care package with some little things in it, among them needles and yarn that used to be my grandmothers.
So I knew Kelly knitted, so I asked her to teach me. It was a disaster.
However, I have a very crafty mother-in-law. When she tried to teach me, it actually stuck! So from then on I’ve been knitting in fits and starts.

Crafty ladies are everywhere! Can you remember the first thing you ever finished?
Actually, I think it was a crocheted hat (kelly managed to teach me to do that alright haha)
As far as knitting- a scarf for myself. I knit it during my sophomore year of college during winter break during some rough times.
I knitted and watched the Highlander tv series on DVD for HOURS.

My knitting has watched A LOT of television with me. Do you remember which items have watched which tv shows? Or is that just me.
I think that one in particular stuck with me because of what I was going through and the pure amount I watched. otherwise it takes me so long to make anything that I’ve watched buckets of different stuff throughout.
particularly as you said you prefer to make larger items – i think it’s probably a bit easier to remember the smaller items
You know, I’ve found it doesn’t really matter haha. I’m just slowwwww
Although I suppose my two christmas stockings went pretty quickly, relatively speaking.

I’m looking at them at the moment and they are amazing!!! I haven’t tried colourwork yet, mostly because it scares me. What do you like most about knitting? Particularly as a multi crafter, what makes you choose one craft over another?
Thanks. I was pleased they turned out ok, particularly as the first was for Hubs!
Colorwork is fun for me as long as I’m only doing two colors per row- I’m not so adventurous that I’m ready for more than that haha
What I find gets me choosing one over another is all mood- do I feel like spending the time in my crafty room (now that I’ve got one) listening to podcasts and sewing away, or do I feel like being more social, hanging with my hubs in front of my tv.
Sewing I also do more when Hubs is busy doing stuff in the basement or in the yard. I knit or cross-stitch when we’re chilling in the evenings.

Sounds pretty sweet! isn’t it awesome having a crafty room?
It’s really been amazing.
Since we bought the house, we’ve definitely have more space to live in than ever before. Starting my new job was rough last August, and Hubs was AMAZING in that he decided the first project to do was going to be my crafty room, so I’d have a place to relax.
He’s the shiz.
It’s just nice to be able to have everything all in one place, with my machines and cutting table and ironing board and not have to do any tear-down and set-up each time I want to do something.
I’m really lucky!

Yes yes I know that feeling! Space is so important. Your hubs sounds like an awesome dude.
I’m so out of questions now…. anything you want to add???

Um. Thanks for wanting to interview me for your blog- I’m sorry I’m not more knitterly.

Ha not knitterly. Would a not knitterly person make these???
Didn’t think so!!

Thanks MacStabby for the awesome chat!


#5KCBWDAY4 – Conversations between Workers

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Todays topic – A conversation between workers.

The story of Steve the saucepan.
The saucepan in my craft room is like no other saucepan in the house. He doesn’t sleep with the other saucepans in the kitchen.

Instead has his own nook next to the printer, the box of paper supplies, and the yarn winder & swift. Hidden behind a curtain, Steve spends most of his days in peace and quiet.
All the other saucepans live in the kitchen and they are loud and brash so they can be heard over the hustle and bustle of dinner time. They gossip about what each other got to make that week and brag about who got cleaned the quickest. They play well as a team and one can be busy making a cheese sauce, one with spaghetti mince, and one with pasta all working together to make a complete pasta bake.

Hidden behind his curtain, Steve leads a solitary life. He runs with a different crowd, a bohemian and crafty crowd. He doesn’t have any saucepan pals to play with, but that doesn’t mean that he’s lonely. He patiently waits until the time is right.

For you see Steve is a yarn dyeing saucepan, and is only used when ordinary woolly goodness is crying out to be a different colour. Steve then moves into action and takes centre stage in the kitchen.

Steve: And what are we going to do with you today Blue Leicester? May I call you Lester?
Lester: Sure thing. I was thinking of going for a complete makeover. Maybe some pinks and purples. And I’m feeling rebellious so maybe throw some black in there too.
Steve: I think we should be able to manage something like that. Lets get you soaking in this water. Hows the temperature?
Lester: It’s fine, thank you. Not a chance of felting. How did you get into this business anyway?
Steve: Well once upon a time I was a camping saucepan. It was awesome. I went to Adelaide and back, got to spend some time in the bush and cook all kinds of things. But I was a bit restless so I decided to get into the yarn dyeing business.
Lester: Ooh that sounds interesting. What was cooking in the bush like?
Steve: It was a bit of a challenge. There wasn’t always a lot of light and it was difficult to get clean, but it was fun. I got to see parts of Australia I wouldn’t normally ever see. Are we ready for the vinegar? Ok lets have a splash of this and now comes the fun part – the colour! Now we’re going to do one bit at a time and let that sink in. Hope you’re comfortable, we’re going to be here for a while.

Fortunately Steve is a good conversationalist and politely inquired over Lester’s heritage and how he came to be in Australia, his hopes and dreams. After half an hour or so, Lester was like a new yarn and went out to the line to dry before starting his next adventure.

Steve got cleaned up, and at the end of a successful day he returned to his friends in the craft room and his quiet life behind the curtain. Life was good.





#5KCBWDAY3 – Photography Challenge

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Todays topic – Use photography in an interesting and unusual way.











#5KCBWDAY2 – Dating Profile

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Todays topic – Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.


Hi I’m as yet unnamed Port Adelaide beanie.
Fun loving Port Adelaide supporter, seeks other Teal & Black handknits for football watching funtimes.
I only came off the needles in March 2014, but already I’ve seen Port Adelaide beat two difficult teams, one which they haven’t beaten for 7 years so I think I must be good luck.
Teal, Silver & Black are my colours and I wear them proudly. The topographie pattern really shows them off. It looks much better than the blue, yellow & red of my cross town rivals.
Most of my time is spent football watching. I tend to be worn more often when Port Adelaide win, which this year has been quite a lot.
My biggest ambition is to attend a Port Adelaide Grand Final. That would be amazing and the highlight of my career.


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