finished object

30/01/2009

dscf0054well, an almost finished object.. this beauty just needs buttons now.  The pattern is very simple,  k1 *yo k2tog* rep til 1 stitch left  k1, repeat each row.  finished measurements are roughly 20cm wide and 80cm long, button holes and picot bind off at one end ready to go around my neck once and button up nicely under a smart winter coat.  Whilst a good blocking will open out the pattern, I don’t feel that the scarfs overall look will benefit from it, I like the ‘sproingyness’ of the unblocked stitch.

It’s Friday night and I’m feeling relaxed right now although I have to soon start a bit of housework… groan… I have a semi busy weekend and won’t get time to do it otherwise.

My house is a bomb site at the moment,  I went for a car trip last long weekend and came home with the boot full of crockery, china and cutlery…  it was the last lot of stuff from Dad’s house (he has moved in with my brother now) and what stuff it is!  I don’t know about market value, but sentimental value it has plenty of.   All the serving bowls and plates which were dragged out for special occasions, the boxed spoons and cocktail forks which were never used apart from a bored little girl who used to play with them when no one was looking!  They are mine, all mine…

Anyhow, there is so much stuff I realised I needed to get some kind of cabinet for them,  after browsing for a while on Trade me I decided to put my awesome networking skills to task, so I asked the one lady I share an office with if she had a china cabinet she didn’t want, and guess what – she did!!  (for a modest price – delivered as well!!)  Hopefully all going well it will come this weekend, the only thing is it will probably mean a whole rearrangement of the lounge – oh well and change is good as a rest.

Speaking of change, best I get the clothes in the washer or there will be no change of clothes for the morning.

toodles!

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January has been up and down, not ocean liner on a tsunami up and down, but more like kid on a swing up and down, still up and down but just tedious, a little nauseating and no progress being made,  and thankfully not life threatening…  make sense? no?

There has been some crafting,

a bit of sewing;

skirtThis little number is a skirt whipped up in an afternoon for my daughter, it’s a simple McCalls pattern from 1.5m  of a nice crisp cotton bought for about $10 per metre I think.  I love the blue china like pattern and the slight 50’s asthetic which really does suit my girl, most importantly – she loves it!

There was some weaving;

scarfthis was the second scarf from the warp, I used merino et soie for the weft which wove like the wind!  It took only a day or two.  I love the diamond pattern and how soft this yarn makes the scarf.

scarf

Then there was some spinning;

smooshyThis is some lovely merino from Elaine (stitchntime) in crocus colourway.  As I was spinning this I decided to keep it as a single, so once spun I washed and lightly felted it and set the skein on my amazing machine

mecchiaThe mecchia machine!  It’s a mecchia skein winder which I used to put the skein under quite a bit of tension to help set the felting and twist.  I’m very happy with how this has turned out

skeinwatch this space for the cute little neck warmer it’s been made into – just need to find the buttons!

oh, and some more sewing;

This dress just about drove me crazy and blocked the creative tubes for a week or so.  It’s from a Burda magazine pattern which I’ve only had wonderful experiences from, but I couldn’t get my little head around these instructions so I improvised and luckily it worked out… phew… and again, most importantly my daughter loves it.  Oh here she is.. isn’t she lovely

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You know it feels like I’ve done a lot of crafting this month and maybe I have but the queue just seems to be getting bigger, the fabric pile appears to grow by itself…

I just need more time

new year

07/01/2009

Hello lovelies.
I’ve been working through with only the statutory hol’s free, I shouldn’t complain but I have been, I was very bitter at having to work through! I’ve moved on though…. It took absolute commitment from me to fit in work, crafting and as much leisure as I could!

And I did manage some crafting – photo’s will follow.. I did the second scarf that was warped on the loom and sewed a few items for myself.

There is absolute excitement happening here at the moment, my first born is returning home in a couple of days after being away for one year. I’ve only allowed myself to start the countdown and get excited once we were up to the one week to go mark!!!! This indeed is a frenzy of exclamation marks kind of feeeling!!!!!!