Wattle Day and Fencing Wire

Hi Fellow Knitters,

We're preparing and packing ready to bring our Sip Knit Yarn shop to you at two great Craft Alive Shows.
6-8 September 2019, 9.30am - 4pm
TOOWOOMBA Clive Berghofer Rec Centre, USQ
19 - 22 September 2019 9.30am - 4pm
Please alert your friends and acquaintances in the Tamworth and Toowoomba areas to the coming events. I would like to say hello to you too.

Spring and Wattle Day (1st September) is here so I thought I might highlight my design for The Golden Wattle Rug. You will find the pattern in the Seven Chunky Rugs to Knit in 12 ply or you can download a PDF for it. Who wouldn't be cheered on a cold winters day by this glorious splash of gold?

Although wattle has been known as the floral emblem for Australia for many, many years it was not made official until 1988. The particular wattle for our floral emblem is Acacia Pycnantha commonly called the Golden Wattle.

Our Gallery is now open so that your Sip Knit Yarn creations can be shared with our knitting community. If you have completed a project using any ideas from one of my  patterns and you have a photo (or two), go to the CONTACT PAGE and write  a short blog about your project and attach the image/images. I will upload it/them to the Gallery page. I will label it with your first name and with the town/suburb and state in which you live. I am thrilled that three people have sent posts already.

I am so excited to be designing and knitting a new colourful creation. The pattern will be available early next year after a few test knits. It will also be available as a kit in a few different colourways. Each kit will be made up of eleven gorgeous coordinated colours.


I have just finished knitting this lovely but not colourful Double Sided Cabled Rug. Unfortunately when I had finished it, I discovered a mistake with one cable. I will cut, re-knit, then graft it back together - soon, one day, maybe.

Knitting Snippet

Knitting Needles   In Australia we now use the metric system to measure knitting needles, but many of us grew up with the UK system. It was always a bit puzzling as the bigger the number the smaller the thickness of the needle, unlike the metric system where the number is the measurement in millimetres. Where and when did this UK standard originate? Wire mills were first built in Britain in the 16th century and the gauge of fencing wire became standardised. The gauge of the fencing wire became the guage of the knitting needles and with mass production knitting needles became more plentiful. This numbering system continues in the UK.

However the old size number 8 (now 4 mm) has not completely disappeared from the English language in New Zealand. If something needs fixing, it is commonly said "to need a bit of number 8".

Happy Creative Knitting,