Sunday, 14 July 2013

Supanova 2013 Gold Coast - Rosie meets a celebrity

The Quizzical Owl attended Supanova on the Gold Coast back in April. Both Scott and I had a really fun time and it was great to be out and about meeting people. Supanova always has such a happy vibe about it.

We had planned a couple of nerdy outfits for Rosalind and she also had her Jayne hat that I had knitted while I was pregnant. When we had Rosie's newborn photos taken, I had one taken of her in just her Jayne Hat. Here she is:

Scott was going to spend most of the time on the stall while my parents and I looked after Rosalind. We had booked an apartment within walking distance of the venue. Scott did the set up on Friday night and when he looked at the programme realised that Adam Baldwin would be in attendance.

Adam Baldwin is the actor who made famous the Jayne Hat in the television series Firefly which both Scott and I really enjoy. If you want to see what the hat looks like on the actor in the television series, then click here. Scott was very excited as we are also huge fans of the television series Chuck which Adam Baldwin also stars in. We introduced my dad to Chuck as well and he also became a big fan.

Saturday was a lovely day and I managed to spend a few hours on the stall while Rosalind hung out with her grandparents. Supanova is an event that we really enjoy because the atmosphere is always very friendly and everyone is there to have fun.

While on the stall, Scott and I decided that we would try and get a photograph of Rosalind in her Jayne hat with Adam Baldwin, first thing on Sunday morning. We weren't sure if he would play ball. I imagine that celebrities must get lots of requests and he may not have felt comfortable with being handed a two month old baby and being asked to be in a photo with just her. Luckily for us, he was more than happy to have his photo taken with just Rosie, and he was absolutely delightful with her.

At the end of the photo shoot, as Rosalind and I were leaving, Adam had to stroke her feet "because they hadn't walked the Earth yet". He has children of his own, and he was genuinely pleased to have Rosie in his arms for a photo. I'm so glad we had the photo taken.

The photo is something that both Scott and I love because not only is it something unique but it is a lovely photo of Rosie and she even has a "fangirl" look on her face. I also love the fact that Adam looks happy in the photo (other photos I saw from that day he was more serious!).

We're looking forward to the Brisbane Supanova in November. I wonder who we'll see there! :-)


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Supanova 2013 - Gold Coast

Supanova Gold Coast is on this weekend!

The Quizzical Owl will be attending this amazing event and it is the second time that it is being held on the Gold Coast. The show is on Saturday and Sunday (20-21 April), and will be full to the brim of memorabilia, cosplay, costumes, geekery, autographs, talks, workshops, and shopping. This will be the fourth Supanova that The Quizzical Owl has attended, and this year promises to be the biggest and best yet!

The event will also be a big event for The Quizzical Owl as the Owlette will be attending her first Supanova. It means that I will be able to wander around and chat to people, while Scott will be spending most of the time on the stall. For this event we have some very fun onesies to dress her in and I am really looking forward to dressing her in some fun costumes at future events.
Our Owlette!
We're really looking forward to meeting our customers, getting an autograph or two, enjoying looking at the amazing costumes, and of course doing a bit of shopping for ourselves!

Our stall will be full to the brim with earrings, rings, bookmarks, keyrings, and necklaces. We two new products - Lego coffins and Lego Skelly heads in jars! The coffins will be available as brooches and necklaces. The heads in jars will be on necklaces and earrings.
Skellies galore! These are new for Supanova.

Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre,
Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive,
Broadbeach, Queensland 4218
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st 10am-6pm

More information can be found on the Supanova Website

Monday, 11 February 2013

Plans are afoot

Big life changes are around the corner for me. And, in light of this, I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who have supported The Quizzical Owl from the beginning.

It's hard to believe that The Quizzical Owl began more than a year ago when I arrived home from London. Of course, the business in Australia really began with The Bothered Owl in London and my partnership with my friend Sarah. I had such a great time running that business with her in London for two years, that I had to do it again when I came home. I feel that The Bothered Owl gave me incredible start in the crafty business world. I learnt a huge amount that I've been able to channel into my new venture.

I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to run my own business here in Australia. There are plenty of creative people out there, and to be part of that community is amazing. I've enjoyed the past 16 months, it's been a wild ride. And, I've got some big plans (and some small ones) for the next few years too.

In the short term, I need to be realistic. I will be having a baby sometime in the next few weeks. As of today, I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Doctors don't like you to go more than 10 days overdue. In light of this, I will be a mum sometime in the next 22 days. I think I'm ready for this. (Ha, too bad if I'm not, right??).

In the slightly longer term, once I've established a new routine with the Small Person, I'll be back attending markets. I've already booked The Quizzical Owl into the weekend extravaganza that is Supanova Gold Coast. This will take place on April 20 and 21. (And yes, I'm already plotting what I'll be able to dress our Small Person in!!) I've really enjoyed the last three Supanovas I've attended. They're full of costumed, passionate people, who are out to have a fabulous time. This week I've taken delivery of some fabulous new Lego bits and pieces. I can't wait to show you what I'll get up to with these!

I'm also going to return to doing the BrisStyle markets. I've raved about BrisStyle before, and I can't speak highly enough of them. This year, there's big plans afoot to hold a regular indoor city market from May. This is very exciting. The renovations at Brisbane's City Hall are nearly complete, and the markets will be taking place at City Hall from May. Personally, I'm really looking forward to seeing how the renovations look in that lovely old building (and I can't wait to go up the clock tower again!). Having a centrally-located market in the city centre is really exciting, and I can't wait to check out the first one.

This year I'd also like to offer a yarn club to knitters/crocheters. There are still a lot of details to work out - such as yarn bases, skein size, costs, etc. But, I'm hoping to get this up and running in the next few months. I was a part of a couple of yarn clubs while living in the UK, and it was always exciting opening up my monthly parcels to see what delights awaited me! I'm keen to offer something slightly different with regard to this yarn club idea. My thoughts so far are having a themed club, or perhaps offering a package deal which would include yarn, stitch markers, and a project bag - again probably with a theme. Of course, I'm open to suggestions! If you'd like a particular theme, or maybe have an idea of what kind of yarn bases I should be offering, please comment below. I'm really keen to hear your thoughts.

If there is anything else you would like to see The Quizzical Owl offer in 2013 (and beyond!) please let me know. If you'd like to comment, please do so below. Otherwise, send me an email

Here's to a happy and successful 2013 - for all of us!

Alex :-)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Baby Shower

As I've previously announced, Scott and I are expecting our first child at the end of February. On Saturday 19th January, I had my baby shower.

I had wanted a get together with friends before life well and truly changes. With help from my mum, we put on a morning tea for 11 of my friends. I had such a lovely time catching up with my friends, laughing, chatting and reminiscing. Some of them I don't get to see all that often, so it was the perfect opportunity!

It was such a hot morning, but we cooled off with raspberry lemonade, iced water and hand-held fans. I had a lovely time, and I'm so pleased that I was able to bring my friends together for such an occasion. :-)

Photo: All set up and ready to go for my baby shower. :-)
The table on the verandah all set up

Monday, 26 November 2012

Fyberspates Scrumptious - heavier weights

Scrumptious DK worsted yarn Plum  100g
Fyberspates Scrumptious DK/Worsted in Plum


We are now stocking four weights of the fabulous Fyberspates Scrumptious yarn. The yarn is lovely and soft, and made from 45% silk and 55% merino wool. Gorgeous! The yarn has a lovely shine to it, and is a pleasure to knit with.

The weights we have added to the range are the Double Knit/Worsted and the Aran.

The Double Knit is a singles yarn, and is perfect for the ever popular Clapotis shawl from Each 100g skein is 220m long.  The gauge, using 4.5mm needles, is 20sts & 28 rows for a 10 x 10 cm square.

The Aran is a plied yarn, with 165m per 100g skein. A deliciously soft, plump and shiny yarn. The gauge, using 5mm needles is 18sts and 24 rows for a 10x10cm square.

We recommend that you hand wash all garments you make with Fyberspates Scrumptious (and my hand dyed yarn). Each washing machine is different, and it would be an utter tragedy to shrink or felt a garment you have spent so many hours knitting!

You can find all of the Fyberspates Scrumptious yarns I have in stock here:

Scrumptious Aran   Moss  100g
Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran in Moss

To support the range of Fyberspates Scrumptious yarns, we also stock the Fyberspates Scrumptious Volume One pattern book, and the ScrumptiousBaby pattern book. Both books are bursting with patterns written specifically for this gorgeous yarn.

You'll find the pattern books here:

Happy knitting!

Alex :-)

Monday, 19 November 2012

A Quizzical Owlet

Life will change dramatically around here in the next few months. :-) In a good way!

Scott and I are expecting a baby towards the end of February.

As the months go by, we are getting more and more excited about the impending arrival. I've been incredibly lucky to feel so well up until this point. We are referring to our offspring as the "Cylon", which is a reference to a nerdy tv show, Battlestar Galactica.

The Quizzical Owl will remain on track for a busy 2013. I plan on still attending markets and events such as Supanova and the BrisStyle markets. I'm already thinking of costumes to dress our little person in at Supanova on the Gold Coast!!

I'm looking forward to February next year, but first we have to get through Christmas 2012. Thanks must go out to our customers, blog readers, Facebook linkers, Twitter followers and friends for supporting us over the last 12 months. We really appreciate your support and we are really excited about the next 12 months.

Alex :-)

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Fyberspates Scrumptious - Childry Shawl

I have been wanting to knit something from the Fyberspates Scrumptious Collection for a while. I wanted to be able to knit something that I could wear in Brisbane’s sub tropical temperatures. I chose the Childry shawl and knitted it in the 4ply/sock Teal. 

I really love the feel of the Scrumptious and I also love the teal colour. It is quite a simple looking pattern and I like the ruffled edging of the shawl. 

From a marketing point of view it is also an excellent opportunity to show what can be made with a single skein of the Scrumptious 4ply yarn.