Monday, 7 October 2013
I didn't pack my camera unfortunately, so some super dodgy webcam photos are all I can provide today :( I wasn't quite sure how to demonstrate being in a hospital, so an IV pump is the way to go I think.
I've been knitting away on the little Trellis jumper, and I've only got a collar, a sleeve and half a front to go. I'm just plodding away, but I must admit that sleep has been considered a priority for me in this case.
Awhile ago I knitted this cowl, done in panda rustica that I bought about 7 balls for $5 from my local good sammy's. I cast on about 20 on some quite large needles and then just knit until it looked about right. I lent it to a friend one night about 6 months ago, and never got it back... So now I'm going to knit her one and ask kindly to get my original back... Its the same yarn that I've been using to make Baby Bear Hat. I shuffled the pattern a bit to my liking. However, I'm now running quite short on this yarn. I've done 4 little hats and the infinity scarf, so do I have enough for another infinity scarf? If not, it may be a serious struggle to find some more to match...
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Despite the fact that I often knit my hair into jumpers and the like, I usually have no problem with having long hair scudding around. Today I found another use for it. When up in a bun, it makes a very useful cable needle storing area. I constantly lose CNs, and knitting on the train or couch makes it difficult to keep track. Solution, stick them in my hair!
Another awful phone picture of trellis, my camera is having a grump at me :( But, I've got a back and most of the left front. Moving quickly, its a really fun knit :) I do love cables :D
We've also got another lovely pic of oscar, wearing a devil's cap, from teewee wonders. His mummy thinks he looks like he's got an eggplant on his head.
Monday, 23 September 2013
Its been pouring down with rain for a little while now, which has been doing my garden a great deal of good! Everything is in pots, because unfortunately we only have a very small area thats flat enough to put anything on.
But, I have a plan for raised planters, which will be full of delicious vegies :) For a start, I've learned that carrots don't go well in pots. There's not enough depth for them to really grow sadly :(
And we've got some snowpeas coming up, but they're not likely to do super well, because they're really a winter vegetable and we'll likely get some very hot weather coming on soon. There's also a little marigold in the pot, because apparently that helps to keep slugs and snails away from my plants, because its a daily struggle to get rid of them all.
some broccoli on the left and jo choi on the right, both are doing wonderfully.
And my CBBK (Kudzu) shawl blocking away. It can't be modeled yet, because the recipient doesn't yet know they're going to get it, but as soon as Christmas happens we'll be photo galore!
And finally the second of the Hot Gams Legwarmers. They're coming along nicely, but they are taking awhile due to being a VERY repetitive pattern. I'm not made for sock knitting, I don't like doing the same thing twice. And these are so long, it just feels like a never ending battle of cables..
Friday, 20 September 2013
This is a quick message from my phone, to show 3 days of trellis (pattern available on knitty.com) knitting. Its in the 18month size, but with slightly small needles that suited the yarn better. Its a gift for Oscar, who is still only 5 months, so not likely to need it soon as we come upon an Australian summer. I did have to rip back twice because it was unlikely even to fit a newborn. I'm not a big cabler, having really only done the legwarmers before, but so far we're going well!
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Its a lovely little thing, we've only had it serviced once in 20 years, and that was for the tension knob. Its pottered along like a lovely little solid dear, and has always been lovely to sew on.
I recently started playing with all of the cams that it came with, which were misplaced when we recently moved house. These are them, all 5 with a different stitch on them. I'm more of a knitter than a sewer, but I am getting into quilting of late. And cams made that very exciting!
So, all of my cams with various stitch lengths or widths, and it shows a lot more stitches than I knew existed! My favourite is possibly the straight st with occasional zig-zags, making sewing quilt bindings on much much easier! There are a lot of fun sts that I can use for things, especially some nice decorative patterns :)
All in all, I've had a lot of fun with my sewing machine over the years, and I intend to keep using it for a long time to come! However, it was very fun while house sitting to have a play with what I think of as a fancy and excitingly new sewing machine, the Pfaff tipmatic 1035, which we think is from about 1985 :)
In knitting news, I've put CBBK out to block, cast on a Trellis cardigan for Oscar, and started the second of my sister's leg warmers. So much christmas knitting to do! I still need to start a pair of socks and a pair of gloves that I'm not sure how to do yet... Possibly just embroidered is the way to go?
Friday, 13 September 2013
|A little Puerperium Cardigan, not quite sure who for, but I felt like making the pattern :)|
|My skein of Cascade 220 in Jet|
|And wound into a nice little ball|
|I started the Kudzu Shawlette, or CBBK as I call it, as a christmas present for my Mum.|
Which progressed very nicely and quickly, and I'd finished the first repeat of the leaves section. And then, I thought, this isn't long enough. So, I did another row of leaves. And another. And another.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
On the right is an Amish Puzzle Ball, by Dedri Uys. I'm sure it will cause a lot of fun and adventure, especially as my mother spent 20mins and couldn't quite work out how to put it together...
And here he is again! TWICE! I love the way his mummy sends almost weekly snaps of him wearing more knitted clothes :)
Having a good shake of his miittens gloves, pattern by Michelle Hotchin. I popped some mini rattles in the hands, so he can simply shake away :) Isn't he so happy?
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Another plus for this time is sour sops.
|Apologies for the awful phone picture...|
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
|Pin a small square to the WRONG side of the large square at the corners.|
|On each side, make a pleat roughly in the centre||and pin. repeat with each square|
|Sew pinned sections together, and the ends of the rows.|
|When you've got a whole row of squares pinned, place 2 pleated squares RIGHT side to right side. Repin pleats together and pin at the corners as well.|
|Sew all pinned bits together, and the ends of the row pleats need to be sewn down as well. For the FIRST row only, sew along the bottom, closing each square on 3 sides and sewing the pleats down. Repeat with the next row, NOT sewing the bottom.|
|Pin the next row of SEWN squares to your first row. I tacked the pleats in row 1 together, which made stuffing easier. Then pin the first and second rows together at the seams and at the pleats.|
|Stuff! When you finish stuffing a bubble, pin your heart out to attach the bubble to its backing and the next row.|
|Sew the very pinned stuffed bubble to the unstuffed bubble row. It gets a bit fiddly, but I managed with a normal foot and 3/8th of a inch seam allowance.|
Awaiting Ada has a couple of tutorials as well :)
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
I've got a lot of crafty sewing projects coming up as well, so here's some more photos :)
|A wonderful lady, Antonia, about to burst with baby, recipient of most of my summer knitting...|
|Titus, some of the softest pure wool I've ever felt, form Ramshambles in York. Its turning into a Fylleryd Shawl|
|3 lovely skeins of Cascade Heathers, which I'm not sure what its going to be yet!|
|Some bunting for work, going to be a nice sign telling people who we are :)|
|A cross-stitch announcement for above baby|
|My crowning glory, which is a biscuit quilt. I'm intending to post a nice tutorial later on, because I had a lot of issues finding a nice one online!|