Sunday, July 27, 2014

Moss Stitch Cowl

I'm having a bit of a wool and knitting phase at the moment.
This moss/seed stitch cowl was made with more hand dyed and spun wool
It goes perfectly with my pea green winter coat.
I cast on 201 stitches on 7mm circular needles and
kept going until I ran out of wool.
I marked 6m from the end of the wool as I rolled it 
so I knew when to start casting off. 
I'm not sure if anyone still reads my little craft blog,
but hello and thank you if you do.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Moss Stitch Scarf

It's been a while, but I made something!
Using size 7.5 needles, I cast on 21 stitches and
knitted moss stitch to make a nice long scarf with
some beautiful hand spun, hand dyed wool
It has been keeping me warm now the cold weather has set in.
Life has changed a little around here with some new
opportunities cutting in on time to make things.
But, I've enjoyed knitting again.

(Linking in with Show and Tell, and NZ Handmade)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thrifted Sheet Dress For My Girl

I made a dress for my girl.
I used a thrifted sheet for the fabric and
some lace from a top of mine which I no longer wear.
I was very easy to make.
My girl likes it.
It's been a while since I made anything.
I think I'll make her another one for winter.

Linking with: NZ Handmade and Show and Tell.

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Teal Chairs

It all started with spotting a St Vinnie's op-shop on a child free city visit
with the Dr and requesting a quick stop.
Then I spied the teal armchair in the window.
As soon as I saw it I knew it would be coming with us.
Once inside I discovered there was a matching chair
and a 3 seat couch as part of the set.
After convincing the sales lady to split the set and
then the Dr to let me buy it, we put it in the car and went on our way.
An afterthought, phone call, sold sticker and quick trip back to the city
with my girl a few days later resulted in the
matching armchair coming home with us too.
They were in great condition under the grime and
cleaned up beautifully with a fair bit of scrubbing and new squabs.
I had some vintage fabric in my stash, with which
I sewed the new covers for the squabs.
They now sit side by side in my thrifted living room
with the thrifted Retro couch.
Both tie in well with the thrifted Lyonel Feininger art on the wall.

Those teal chairs really do belong together.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vintage Green Husqvarna Sewing Machine

A little while ago, I spied a lovely case at an op-shop.
To my delight, I discovered this lovely
vintage green Husqvarna sewing machine inside it.
It works well.
I love the colour, shape and detail on the dials.
And, I love the little folding foot support on the extension plate.
It came with the original instructions, including a book of
real samples of different stitches on pieces of fabric. 
There is also a stitch wheel for selecting a
surprising number of different stitches.

I found a fantastic Bernina machine at an op-shop last year,
which I now use as my main sewing machine.
This one is perfect for my boys to use when they want to sew,
which they occasionally do.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Things I'm Loving

 Here are some things I'm loving and am thankful for lately:
*  Family time at the beach.
*  And, skiing with these 3 and the Dr from the top of a mountain.
*  No people or property damage done
when a massive gust of wind took our trampoline flying
over some fences, part of a paddock and over a house,
stopping here.
*  Another vintage Kokeshi doll for my growing collection.
*  And, my very own Tiny Eyes doll made by Dee.
*  A new bracelet and Salt Water sandals, ready for summer.
*  Swedish linen from my Mum,
reminding me of my childhood years in Scandinavia.
I'm toying with framing some in embroidery hoops.
I hope you have much to be thankful for in your life too.


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