Monday, 20 May 2013

new stockist - Davies & Son

No one could say that Melbourne has a shortage of cute little shops that cater to the handmade, the whimsical and the alternative to all things mass made.  After all, us Melbournians are a creative and entrepreneurial lot.

Unfortunately for us south of the river dwellers, much of this hand crafted industry has tended to be centred on the north side. Davies and Son's arrival in Hampton has put paid to that, with a gorgeous selection of independent and handmade goodness that would put any Fitzroy or Brunswick store to shame.

There's a great selection of our new season's handknits knits in store now, and word has it that the Hampton Street locals are rugging up in woolen handknits like never before.

With Hampton Street home to some of the bayside area's best cafes and interesting little stores, there's never been a better time for a visit.

1/520 Hampton St, Hampton VIC 3188

Monday, 1 April 2013

new stockist - little shop of

I'm so pleased to be able to call Little Shop Of a Sheeps Clothing stockist.

This gorgeous little shop in Carnegie is a treasure trove of handmade interestingness (yes, that is a real word) and it is so nice to see this sort of shop on the south side of Melbourne. It has long been a favourite gift buying haunt of mine, even if that gift is often for myself, as is the case with these knitting needle bracelets.  I mean, how could I not??

With winter signalling its intentions this Easter weekend, now is a great time to stock up on some winter goodies!

2 Woorayl Street

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

chunky knitted cushion

I've been wanting a knitted cushion cover for ages and finally got around to it a few weeks ago.

I've used stock standard old moss stitch which I think works really well with the super chunky 20 ply wool and gives an incredibly tactile finish.

Finished off with some big vintage buttons sewn on with a contrasting olive yarn. 

Any tips on how to keep boys' feet off it, stop it being used as a football / frisbee, foot stool much appreciated!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

fish creek tea cosy festival

Having spent a great deal of time in South Gippsland, it is great to see so many food, wine and handcraft events springing up. 

The Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival is being held from 17 to 25 May and promises to be a great event. 

Fish Creek is a pretty little town, with a great pub and some talented local artisans. 

To see just how creative people can be with hand knitting, crochet and a tea pot, check it out!


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

etsy emerald love

Lush, Emerald Green Hand dyed Sock Yarn by Devil Bunny Dyeworks

I for one was fist pumping (yes, really) when Emerald was announced as the Pantone Colour of the Year.  A quick peruse of my wardrobe will show that I've long been a fan of this particular shade of green.

Emerald Green Depression Glass Atomizer and Tray by Trippy Trunk

 Emerald is a hit with Etsy sellers too and here's a few of my favourite Etsy items in this most beautiful of greens.

Elegant 50s Style Cocktail Dress by Lawrence Aitken

Sunday, 17 February 2013

pure wool infinity cowl

Our hand knitted pure wool infinity cowl makes a return for winter 2013.  A huge hit last year, I've already made one for myself in one of our new colours orange.

Can't wait for the cool days to roll around so that I can take this beauty out for the day!

Available for Australian Dollar shoppers here, or at our Etsy store, here.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

blankets for babies knitting programme

Here at Sheeps Clothing we are delighted to be part of a wonderful Department of Justice initiative  that was recently awarded and recognised at the 2012 Community Work Partnership Awards.

Back in mid 2011 I was approached by the Department about an idea they had for a womens only community work programme.  Participants were sourced from those that had been mandated by the courts to perform a given number of community service hours.  The idea was that the participants would learn to knit if they did not already knit, then progressing to knitting squares to be sewn into blankets for distribution to the needy via the Knit One Give One organisation.

Over the 18 months that the programme has been running, we have had approximately 120 participants attend.  Some for only a week or two, others for more than six months.  All ladies that attended for three or more weeks have left the programme with a good knowledge of knitting basics.  Some have continued to knit at home in their own time and gone on to teach their family and friends to knit as well.

I can honestly say that it has been one of the most incredible and rewarding experiences I have had.  There has been lots of laughter, some tears, but the one thing I have taken from it is that despite people's many differences in backgrounds, ethnicity and age, we're all pretty similar, in motivators, what is important and what we want from our lives.

At the 2012 Victorian Department of Justice Community Work Partnership Awards, the Blankets for Babies programme was awarded the Best Location Based Programme and Overall Best Programme in the Western Region.

Fingers crossed that the programme continues in 2013 and beyond.