Thursday, January 31, 2008

It's Christmas again!

It's just like Christmas again here. For Christmas Chris and my family banded together and got just what I asked for - a Lendrum Folding Wheel. I did a bit of research and got some great advice from Mandie at Ewe Give Me The Knits (ooh I've just noticed she has BFL!). I ordered from The Woolery who were great.
It was so easy to set up and get spinning. I've started on some lovely Polwarth from the Ewe Give Me The Knits fibre club.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Molly Monster

I made good use of Chris' last day of holidays and did some more sewing.
While I have two little banshees my sister says she has a little monster. I've never seen this - she's always so sweet when I see her. Looking after her last week inspired this sweet little monster, definitely not a scary monster.
My maths worked! I finished the quilt top for the little monster and hopefully it won't be too long before I quilt it, just need to work out how I am going to do it.
It was back to reality today. Chris was back to work and the girls are missing him. So am I, but things are getting easier as the girls grow. They have more language skills and can tell me what they want and what they want to do. They also play together better and for longer periods of time. They are so used to being in the sewing room that they know what they can touch and what they can't. I'm hoping to still get some sewing done and they can play along side me.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pencil Rolls

A couple of presents for 3 year old birthdays. I think this could be my standard present for the next year. Easy and fun to make. The pattern is from Kathy of Pink Chalk Studio and can found in Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts.

Not much had been happening on this quilt for my niece since last September so I decided that it has to be done. I have finished the blanket stitch and now the pigs need some eyes which I think I'll embroider on. Then it's time to see if my Maths was any good late last night as I calculated what to cut for the borders.

Sunday, January 27, 2008


A week without sewing and time to think of new ideas meant I was ready to sew when I returned. A little caterpillar.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


I had so many plans to knit on my holiday, but the girls put an end to that. I did finish one thing - some Fetching gloves for my Nan for her birthday. They are not that big the girls wanted to model them for the camera.
The new Ottobre arrived last week - so many great patterns. Have a look at what's in it here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Beach

The weather in Albany has definitely warmed up now. Unfortunately we are back home. The girls didn't want to let a bit of wind, rain or cold to spoil their holiday so we still went to the beach. They built sand castles, collected shells, did a little swimming and then played at the playground.Once you build sand castles you have to knock them down.
We looked after my niece for the weekend. A little taste of what it is going to be like to have three.The holidays are nearly over. Chris is back to work next week - I can see the girls and I being a bit sad on Tuesday.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


We are off to the beach tomorrow, well kind of - we are off to Albany so we'll be lucky if it doesn't rain and can get in the water without freezing. The girls are very excited and have packed their buckets and spades and are all ready to collect shells.
I thought I might need a new hat just in case it is sunny. This hat was based on the one in Lotta Jansdotter's book. It was a good thing I pinned it all together before sewing as it needed some major altering before it was wearable, But I love how it turned out.

I thought I would make the girls a hat too. Base on a couple of different hats they had with with a few adjustments.

A new chicken and a pig.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Summer Reading

I had big plans for summer reading, but as soon as I get comfortable in the afternoon with my book I need a little nap, but i am slowly getting through this pile.
A new pile thanks to The Book Depository. My new favourite place to get books. The shipping from Amazon was getting slower and slower. These books were here in just over a week adn they have free shipping all over the world. If you are a knitter The Knitter's Book of Yarn is a must have - great information and patterns. The Yarn Lover's Guide to Hand Dyeing is fantastic - something I will have to have a go at soon.
A few more giraffes as they always make me happy.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Apricot Jam

This is where I got up to when I snapped a needle on my Jitterbug socks. I'd just done my first short row heel and it wasn't that hard. Hopefully it will be in the mail today. Fingers crossed.
So I have been slowly working on my first magic loop socks. Charade socks.
There was more jam yesterday - apricot, dare I say it, even yummier than the plum.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Plum Jam

My sister came over yesterday and we went for a drive looking for fruit. I live near a few orchards and places that sell local vegetables. The best bargain was from the orchard right next to my house this box of plums.
A small amount of it is now my first attempt at jam. I don't think I even made a dent in the box so there will be more jams and stewed fruit this week.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Little Creature

A Little Creature that I sketched ages ago finally came to life last night, not sure what it is or what it is called. I found I had some time after I snapped a needle knitting my socks and now I have to wait for some new ones to appear in the mail - so annoying.

Thursday, January 03, 2008


My calendar for 2008 has arrived. There were so many fantastic ones to choose from on Etsy this year. This is the one I finally chose and I love it. From Wolfie and the Sneak.
More platypuses - I love choosing the fabrics and felt and making these.