Thursday, June 23, 2011

Forging ahead

I've hit a knitting phase I think - I'm going great guns at my Tealeaves cardigan, knitting every spare second if you listen to the Cyclist.  In my defense I'm also spending a fair amount of time sleeping in front of kids television!  Hopefully now that I'm into the 2nd trimester the energy levels will pick up, because there are so many sewing projects I want to get onto.  This week I'm:

  • Trying hard not to get sucked into starting a new quilt for the Schoolboy / for the baby / clothes for the baby / toys for the baby (you get the picture)
  • Still procrastinating about curtains - really must take the next step!
  • Hoping to get up to the armholes on my cardigan
  • Telling myself that I need to make more progress on my nieces' quilts - applique here I come!
  • Bound to spend more time than I intend to checking out other people's creative spaces...

What are you up to?

Just before I go ... another plug for the Watsonia Wool Shop - the lady's closing for good tomorrow I think, so if you're in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and are in the market for wool / embroidery thread she's probably well worth a visit...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A productive morning

I started this morning's crafty endeavours with a follow-up trip to the Watsonia Wool Shop (no Kinderboy for company this time).  Scored some cotton which will find its way into baby wear, and also this blue yarn.  I've ditched the French Knitting idea, and instead drew inspriration from Kirsty's coat hangers to create this:

At last we're going public this weekend that we're due to have our third baby in December (that makes three December kids - thinking that I need to change my blog to 'December's mother' or something!!).  Each time I'm pregnant my fingers swell  I end up not being able to wear my rings, and I'm at that point already, so I've been trying to work out a safe way of having them with me (the Cyclist wore through the gold chain he was wearing his ring on when out on the bike, so I decided something a bit more durable was warranted). I like the texture and subtle colour variations yarn, and therefore the necklace, so I think this'll be my 'mode of transport' of choice for the rings for a while.  Wasn't quite game to sew them on just in case though...

Oh, and I followed Rebecca's tutorial, and basted the layers of my Christmas quilt together (minus a few pins here, as I went through all the new curvy safety pins I'd bought, all my ordinary straight ones, then had to resort to ordinary sewing pins for now):

Hope you're having a good crafty weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011


This week in my creative space I've been pondering yarn projects:
  • I want to make a Tea Leaves cardigan, but don't think I can quite justify the cost of the Madelinetosh, so I've been browsing on line, Spotlight & Lincraft (finished the Schoolboy's cardigan with Bendigo Woollen Mills' Luxury, and it looks pilled after three wears and no washing, so I'm not in a hurry to go back there...);
  • I've been wondering what a fine version of French Knitting would look like as a necklace, and how I'd manage to make something as fine as I'm thinking of; and
  • Now I've started to browse our creative spaces, and fallen in love with these Granny Squares...
... I've been told this afternoon that the lady at the wool store in Watsonia is having a 'closing down because I'm retiring' sale, so hopefully my source is right and she's not sold out before I can get there!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

In celebration of guerilla knitting

Tania's antics and the Kinderboy's nagging at me to take photos of 'our' Scarf Tree have converged and so I thought I'd share my favourite 'tree-warmer' with you.

No idea when this knitting was carried out, or by who (we started driving this way to school last year when the Schoolboy was in Prep and noticed the tree, but it could have been there years for all I know), but I applaud their use of colour and sheer effort.  Imagine the time spent knitting all those rows of garter stitch, and then the rigmarole involved in wrapping it round and round.  The scarf is starting to look a bit worse for wear as you can see, but its still the highlight of our morning.

If you know who did it (or if it was you) I'd love to hear!

In my creative space today...

... I'm hoping to finish piecing the Christmas tablecloth quilt.  You'll be sick of seeing it I'm sure, so you'll be glad to know that I'm very nearly finished!  I fixed the mis-shapen squares and have been sewing them all together in strips.  I'm planning some pretty simple quilting, so hopefully I can knock the whole thing over in the next couple of weeks and shift back to the curtains I keep procrastinating about.

Check out other creative spaces over here.


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