Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bicheno Quilt and Craft on again!

The 2013 Bicheno Quilt and Craft Fair Expo is on again at the Bicheno Memorial Hall Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October.

Lots of gorgeous things to look at and a Trade Table!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tilly's Lace Scarf made in Tasmania by Beverley!

It's just the best thing when people who have purchased our yarn bring in a finished article to share!  Today, Beverley came in with a beautiful lace scarf she had knitted from Tilly's Lace 1/12s which she had purchased from The Lucky Ewe at last year's Tasmanian Craft Fair at Deloraine.  It's on it's way to the Spindle Tree in Salamanca, Hobart.  Thanks for sharing Beverley.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Lucky Ewe @ Oatlands Handmade NOW OPEN for Spring 2013

Tilly, Shawn and Me (...well "I") are back on deck and the little shop has re-opened for the Spring 2013 here in wonderful up-town Oatlands.  For September, just on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 10 - 4, and we'll see how we go, but as ewe all know, I'm usually only a phone call away from an opening request.   I've turned the Online Shop at back on and we have lots of great new woolly goodies on the shelves.   .... and quietly, just so many 'thank ewes' go out to my family, friends and wonderful clients for their love and support over the last so difficult 6 months. xoxox

One of THE most exciting things has happened, and can I say just WOW!!! (and thanks for your confidence Bonny :)

Kraftkolour are excited to announce The Lucky Ewe @ Oatlands Handmade is now the exclusive Tasmanian stockist for DyeingHouseGallery (DHG) Fibre & Prefelts.
A little bit about DHG: Located in Tuscany, in the famous textile district of Prato, DHG have been dyeing & processing fibre since 1954. Colour and quality are the cornerstones of their philosophy.
All Australian Merino processed in Italy, The Lucky Ewe will soon be stocking 80 colours in 18.5 micron Italian Merino Tops, 36 colours in 18.5 micron carded Merino tops, 80 colours in 70/30 Wool Silk tops, 40 colours in 18.5 micron Merino Prefelts and 30 colours in Thermoformable Felt. They will also be stocking their white 16.5 & 18.5micron wool tops their white and coloured Nepps, coloured slubs, dyed Mongolian Cashmere, coloured silk tops & wool/silk blend prefelts.
........I've put a photo album up on Facebook with the colours in the wool/silk tops range : stunning is all I can say.  More coming as soon as I can get it done.
Shawn is the excited one as he gets to roll in the fibre LOL

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


....due to a serious family illness, both Oatlands Handmade and The Lucky Ewe are temporaily closed.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


The stock so far, and most are specially priced for Bothwell Spin-in clients!

Tilly's Lace - our own natrual and hand dyed laceweight Pure Tasmanian superfine merino worsted spun yarn - assorted 1/12s, 1/15s, 2/26s. Millspun.
Pure Ewe - natural and hand dyed 3-4 ply Pure Tasmanian fine merino 19 micron lambs' wool - millspun
Tilly's Sock Yarn - hand dyed superwash 3-4 ply
Apsley - our hand dyed 8ply/DK superwash
All Wether - hand dyed and natural 8ply EL from Wantead Park (Ludwig's Yarn) and Melton Park
Tiberias - hand dyed Threadweigh for Lace/Tating/Irish Crochet etc 55% Spun Silk 45% Mercerised Wool. 
Assorted  hand dyed laceweights including cashmerino, spun silk, wool/silk, wool/silk/bamboo, alpaca 
Some handspun - mostly from our TasMagic Batts

Also, a full colour range of the popular and exciting ZAUBERBALL / ZAUBERBALL CRAZY and FLYING SAUCE SOCK YARN.    Patterns available on our website shortly.

18.5 micron Tassie superfine TOP
Natural in 50g, 50g, 100g and 200g packs. 
Pure Colour wheels - hand dyed in a range of colours
Four only garment lots of hand dyed 18.5 superfine

GREASY FLEECE in small packs.
Superfine Merino in natural coloured.
English Leicester
Picked merino fleece
**Orders taken for full fleeces, coloured and white from the next shearing.


Felter's Packs of hand dyed colour and blends
Felter's packs including extra bits of good stuff
TasMagic hand blended batts in a range of colours with extra bits of good stuff
Pure Colour carded batts
Hand dyed fleece - BL, EL, Corr
Carded fibre - BL, EL, Corr
Little packs of hand dyed silks, EL curls, Sparkle and such


18.5 micon hand dyed packs in a variety of weights and colours
Vacant Vessel Kits
Felter's Stash Packs - Make Something Nice
A range of Sue's gorgeous garments in wool, cotton and Tassie Superfine Merino


Budget wool winders & beaut Wooden swifts
Tasmanian timber Knitting needles including Ewe Beaut Big Ones
Australian Swallow casein kitting needles
LANDSCAPE Dyes by Kraftkolour - a good range of colours plus the popular Sampler Packs
Our very favourite wool scour/washes from UNICORN and TANTECH
Buttons, Threads, and such

.......whatever else I can fit in, I'll bring.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Hello to all our followers and regular visitors! I am regretfully letting you know that our last trading day for the Summer Season at Oatlands Handmade's High Street Shop will be Tuesday 26th February 2013. We have a family health issue (not me) to be managed, and rather than open/shut/open/shut and muck about with trading hours, the decision has been regretfully made to close the physical shop early. (I usually close for winter at the end of May). The Online Shops will remain trading though and I will still blog - as soon as I can get internet out at the farm.

The Lucky Ewe will be out and about - Bothwell Spin-In next weekend will be the first, then we hope to be at the Jordan River Farm's "Big Woolly Day Out" at the School Farm, Main Road Brighton on Saturday 13th April. I have applied for some Market spots over the Autumn/Winter and of course, we hope to return to the Tasmanian Craft Fair at Deloraine for more fun, demos and woolly stuff.

So, many many thanks to everyone for their continued support and love! I'll keep you posted. :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Just unpacked the latest shipment of ZAUBERBALLs from Schoppell Wolle.  It's amazing yarn and just runs out the door! All colours in stock in both ranges plus FREE PATTERNS.  Also we've the quirky  Schoppell FLYING SAUCER yarn for those who want exactly the same colour-run in their socks!  75/25 wool nylon.  Check out Shawn - he can't wait to get out the needles, and Quin (our sheep dog) can't resist Fleigende colours. Ha Ha.  
Shawn checks them out!

Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy wool/nylon $24 per 100g ball
Great Free Scarf patterns available!

Quin with the six colours in the Flying Saucer "Sock Yarn"
100 g $28.  Your socks pair comes out the same colour mix!

To go with our new seasons' yarns, I am so happy to be stocking AUSTRALIAN MADE Knitting Needles!  SWALLOW needles have been made in Melbourne for over 100 years and are manufactured from casein (milk protein) so despite being a "plastic" they are not from petroleum-based hydrocarbon plastics.  Lovely to knit with - flexible yet strong and so silky.  Priced from just $4.20 a pair!  We've got them in size 10mm too for those who knit chunky art yarns. 
Australian-made Swallow Needles.  Prices start at $4.20 a pair!
Also on their way, flying through the postal connections fo the world .....Chiao Goo RED circulars in stainless steel and lace, and DPNs too! plus a range of Nancy's Knit Knacks for spinners and knitters including the fantabulous Anything But Lazy Kate and Nancy's great Yarn Pet.  Hopefully they will get here in time for the Bothwell International Highland SPin In and Fibre Festival !

Sunday, January 6, 2013

100 grams of wool...what can I make??

I get asked all the time for patterns using just 100g of yarn, and given that most of our hand-dyed art hanks are 100g, it is timely to put these up for you to try.

Check out our "Patterns & Ideas" Page on the website...there is a new recipie for Shawn's Tea Cosy, and Tilly has released her crochet cloche pattern : both made from under 100grams of yarn.  More will come just as soon as we can get the test knits done!

Many more patterns in-store for sweaters/jumpers, cardis, accessories, Zauberball scarves and other scarves, beanies, socks and gloves!


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The Lucky Ewe is the "wool stash" room of Oatlands Handmade. Stocking fleece, fibre, yarn and all sorts of goodies for textile makers. The Lucky Ewe also stocks a range of clothing / wearable art, kits, accessories and books.