Monday, November 8, 2010

Inside Out Christmas Gift Guide

My CONSTRUCTION TOOLS are mentioned in Inside Out Magazine's 100 Inspiring Christmas Gift Ideas. You can buy these handmade ebony knitting needles from: Melbourne - Cottage Industry, Sydney - Shelf Life, & New Zealand at Aroha.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Summer's coming....

Waiting for that sunshine to come!!
Summer collection going into store now - RPM,, House of Aroha.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Sydney Design at the Powerhouse was huge. So big, (and so busy) in fact that I didn't get a chance to get around to any of the exhibits. Regretfully missed the Castiglioni retrospective, and Benini both at the Powerhouse, only a level or two up from the Knitting Workshop Tent where I was.

It was a joy getting some beginner knitters on the needles and churn out a scarf or two in the workshops; they were so surprised and chuffed at how easy it is; but also at how design can improve an outcome by making the process more accessible. The theme of Sydney Design this year was about how design has a story, and how the designer connects their ideas with an audience through that story. It was great to participate in this process, and be part of these symbiotic conversations.

Friday, July 30, 2010


I'm getting a lot of emails about the Workshop and what standard of knitter one needs to be to attend. So, I just want to confirm that the Construction Knitting Patterns are for really basic knitting skills, and they are so easy. In one workshop you should be able to whip up a whole garment. It's big chunky knitting so it grows quickly; and the shapes are easy and uncomplicated knitted rectangles and squares. And I'm there to show you how to join the pieces following the pattern, to make all the different garments.

So, I'll be running Construction No 1 in the morning workshops, and Construction No 2 in the afternoon workshops.

Now these strange little shapes that you keep seeing, are the shapes of the pieces you knit to create these different constructions.



For example; this shape below corresponds to to this piece (A: SCARF) to start you on your Construction No 2 pattern.

Monday, July 26, 2010


Intense workload this week/ screenprinting 60 metres of fabric for the Workshop Tent. The Tent will be shipped all the way from New Zealand to Sydney / Look out for it at at the PowerHouse Museum for the Construction Knitting Workshop.
Don't miss this space!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Construction KIT No. 1 a>f

K I T N o. 1 a > f is available in stores now; to knit up complete sections of Construction No 1 Knitting Pattern; from 'a-c' or 'd-f'. The Kit contains complete Manual (the knitting pattern) and Materials (the bespoke yarn) / the Tools (handmade ebony knitting needles) are also available to complete the Construction Project.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Managed to catch this show at the NGV which included Portraits by an old friend Rod McNicol, love this one of the iconic Jack Charles from the film Bastardy. Rod did this shoot for me in 2002 of my Winter collection; he was my neighbour in Smith St, Fitzroy then. He only ever used natural light in his studio/ which poured in from old glass ceilings which his oversize plants used to lap up/ he loved that colour GREEN of the plants, the same colour as his background wall which was his permanent fixture; his spot of provenance. The only fashion shoot Rod has ever done; I feel fortunate to have these amazing portraits as part of my collection.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Just did a whirlwind trip to Melbourne; but managed to drop into my favorite bookstore for some inspiration and restock Construction Knitting Patterns at Metropolis Bookshop.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I'm running a KNITTING CONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP during Sydney Design at the PowerHouse Museum; August 15-18.
There's only 20 per class; which will be a nice hands on group size for me to show how to make pieces from the Construction Knitting Patterns and join them to make different garments. I will be adding little annexes (some extra shapes) to the patterns in these workshops and I'll show how to get some extra variations within the constructions. I'll also be sharing some stories on how my bespoke yarn is made; images of where I source it and the way its processed. I'm also going to have some new products on display - I'll keep that a surprise; and new yarn colours at the YBM Design Market.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Made my way out to the Alpca Farm and Mill today to pick up the long awaited CHARCOAL YARN. So, its now in stock on the webshop only; for all those who have patiently waited. All backorders will be sent out tomorrow.

This yarn is an even finer quality than what was produced before; have managed to source some black fibre from the South Island and some beautiful white fibre locally in Hawke's Bay. This is an amazing deep & lustrous charcoal.

Some new babies I just couldn't resist capturing, they were cautious but keen to come over; there they are in the background

this dude wasn't shy:-
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