Monthly Archives: June 2013

Messing about with colours


A few months ago I had submitted my big winter jumper project to the magic fairy Biggan for some emergency help, while it was away I found myself sorely missing the flash of colour in my life so started playing around with some colour shades. My dear mum was painting up colour wheels at the time and it got me thinking about the wonderful way all the Biggan yarn colours tone so well together.  Like any good knitter who relies on yarn and needles to while away the hours that should be used for more productive things I found a need to focus on fibre even when my project as in Biggan’s A&E for jumpers. So naturally I tried to mix up paints that would match the colours of my jumper, which as it turns out, is incredibly difficult!



I ended up wasting a good few hours messing about with cold and warm based colours. This led, through the usual series of bizarre decision my brain makes, to me deciding to paint out the words Biggan Design in half cold and half warm colours. A suitable mix of cool Swedish elegance and warm Aussie vibrancy, just like the lady herself.


As an extension of this I found an old colour guide that I had ‘done’ a few years ago, one of those things where you pay a super stylish lady to tell you which ‘season’ you are and dress accordingly. I am a little Spring lass so I thought I’d have a go at finding how many BD yarns matched those colours. Observe the resulting fun with yarn …

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So if you know another pale maiden with Spring colouring the you can try out some of these colours for the next project you make for them, or indeed yourself. I also went on and did another season using my Mums Summer colours which I’ll share with you soon. I’ll even go ahead and make a list of links to the yarn colours used in both and put it up at the same time.

Until then, Happy Knitting (especially if you are a politician who has suddenly found herself with much more free time). xx


Oh my gosh you guys, it’s a SALE!

You all know that Biggan Design yarn is lovely stuff, we firmly believe it’s a fantastic product but we know that you can’t always afford all the yarn you want when you’re buying luxury merino. To that end we are having a short sale of our old dye lot – it’s a very rare opportunity so check it out on

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I’ll be hitting you up with another blog in a couple of days. Until then, happy shopping!

Toes of colour, toes of joy

Greetings fellow Bigganites and generalised knitting fans of the internet. A happy Friday to you all.

I feel I have been neglecting you all a little so thought it was time to pump out a full-blown blog update. First things first, it’s now winter down under and therefore prime knitting time yay!   Fear not those of you enjoying what little summer the Northern Hemisphere has been able to manage this year, it is also a good time of year to sort through your stash (and if you’re anything like me your not-insubstantial project backlog) and clear out to cobweb s for next seasons knitted wonders.

Being an Englishwoman born and bred I find something comforting about the return of slightly-less-hot weather for a few months. When I first landed back in Aus land about five years ago I refused to even call this colder Queensland season winter, my theory being that it was never actually winter here, it was just summer for fewer hours each day! However a few years down the track and I find the Queensland ways have truly weakened my constitution to the extent that I actually have to get rugged up in winter. The good thing is that it means I can don knitwear again without the fear of overheating and looking somewhat like a lost, confused and partially cooked lobster in a cable-knit scarf! I’m pretty much transparently pale and allergic to the outside so the warm climate doesn’t do me any favours, plus I desperately miss the cosy feeling of retreating from the cold into a warm house full of friends, family and food. Fortunately I have found that a lap full of knitted magic serves pretty much the same purpose and is pretty much a portable isnta-coziness kit. To go along with that this year I was lucky enough to be sent care of my forward-thinking Granny some knitted slippers her friend had made. I LOVE THEM. They are, in my humble opinion, the most fun thing I’ve ever put on my feet. Sure the colours a so bright they are almost guaranteed to clash with something you wearing but who doesn’t enjoy stomping around the house with warm toes and the added assurance that your booties could probably distract speeding traffic if you needed them to?



Also I feel we need to take a moment to reflect on how well they set off a truly magnificent blogging outfit (featuring unfinished jumper project)?! The lesser spotted knitting blogger is a species with excellent camouflage abilities, if you see them just going about their business in town then they blend in with the usual folk pretty well. Leave them unsupervised however and this kind of thing is liable to be their choice of suitable business attire  for a day slogging away at the keyboard.

Anyway that is quite enough rambling without a point for now. I shall endeavour to post more frequent updates from myself to compliment the video magic from Biggan herself that has been enlightening the blog and the youtubes for the last little while. In fact I shall be more serious than that dear blog reading people, I solemnly swear by the points of my needles and in the Light of the Seven (too soon?) that I will post again next week. To prove this I’ll even tell you what it will be about; a few weeks back I went in to Biggan Design HQ on a sacred mission. I, like many people, when faced with the overwhelming array of stunning colours BD has on offer sometimes find it hard to pick the right ones to suit my humble visage. My sneaky plan was to use some colour-profile cards I had done for me years ago and try and match the colours that suit me (Spring colours for those who are curious) with some of our yarn colours, this is a sneak peek of some results.  A Spring Yarn Colour Wheel …

Until then Adeiu fair reader, keep checking the website and don’t forget that you can get free postage on big orders (over $50 in Aus, over $150 overseas) – great for ordering big projects!

C x