RDP: Wool

Knitting needles


There are a lot of dolls and teddies wearing clothes made from this.

I learned to knit in my teens. I had a hard time learning and many a time my work got hurled across the room but mum was patient and eventually I got it. I still can’t cast on any other way but the way she taught me though. If I try any of the other methods I seem to tie my fingers in a knot.

I started out making dolls clothes and knitted toys but later I started to make adult clothing. I won’t say that I’ve been knitting ever since because I haven’t . Sometimes I go years and don’t touch a knitting needle. These days I’m back to making dolls clothes again. I don’t have the patience to knit something my size and I do have a lot of dolls.

The same photo cropped to feature my two “Baby Alive” dolls.
knitted dress

I find knitting quite a relaxing activity and I do like to browse in the shops for wool. I love the colours and textures of yarn. Many years ago when I was going through a rather stressful period at work I’d often leave work with a bad headache. I used to walk up to the Spotlight store in the city and spend an hour browsing. Looking at all the colourful balls of wool always relieved the tension.

I also quite like the idea of a sheep wearing socks or a good yarn bombing. My only regret is that I never managed to learn to crochet.

Yarn Bombing
Yarn Bombing a bicycle. Makers on Church St.
Sheep in socks at Woodsdale Show.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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