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Exciting news for the Austinmer International Knitting Circle: a knitting and wool shop opens in Thirroul!

Knitting for the Soul just opened in the Thirroul village on Lawrence Hargrave Drive next to Ekho (our favourite gift shop)! Hollis and I checked it out yesterday. It sells more luxury-type yarn including Jo Sharp, Louise Harding and Debbie Bliss (not a discounted yarn barn, I’m afraid). It has a selection of patterns and books. They are also selling Symphonie/ Knit Pro and KA needles (unfortunately not any of my favourite Japanese bamboo makes). The lady who runs the shop (I think her name is Terri) is thinking of having some Thursday night knit-ins.

Added to this is the fabric shop, Wattlebird Fabric, on Moore Street in Austinmer, that opened in March. Austinmer/ Thirroul is on its way to be the boutique craft captial of the Illawarra (I hope they stay open).

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I finished this Jo Sharp Ribbed Cardigan (from knit issue 8) this afternoon in our Skype meeting of the Austinmer International Knitting Circle.

It is knitted from the Louisa Harding Ianthe (50% extra fine merino, 50% cotton) and the Rowan purelife 100% organic cotton. The pattern calls for one yarn to be Jo Sharp’s silkroad DK tweed which is mostly wool and her DK cotton. This means that my version has a lot more cotton than the original, so I think it might hang a bit longer as a result. The pattern also uses two very similar colours but I have used more contrasting ones so there is more of a chain mail effect.
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This garment has been a long time in the making and was only finished finally in Plo’s garden in early May. The Eco Grey alpaca yarn from Drops is warm and light. It feels like a little animal. The buttons are from the Hobby store in Purley. The beautiful pleated scarf in the incredible match -anything green was a present from Jo. Thank you Jo.

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Yesterday’s stash from the black sheep wools visit. Not such a large haul as last time – they didn’t have a big sale on – probably for the best!
I bought:
Louisa Harding Ianthe, teal. 50% extra fine merino, 50% cotton. They only had 8 balls yet so I bought the lot. It will make a nice vest. I already have some of this in a gunmetal/denim dark blue/grey, which I have just completed a project in (I will post as soon I have sewn in the ends), and another that I have just started.
Rowan alpaca cotton, dark teal. 72% alpaca, 28% cotton. They only had two balls of this but it was so nice I bought it! Probably make a scarf.

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