Sunday, December 15, 2013

Just a Little Bit of Crafting

There hasn't been much crafting going on - a few little bits that I can't share just yet, after Christmas I can.
But I was feeling the urge to sew. The sewing I had got around to doing lately was hemming pants - urgh!!

I decided I needed a new little black bag for going out. And what better way to start than shopping the stash :) So I found the perfect fabric and then a pattern - the Pleated Wristlet from Michellepatterns. After printing my pattern, I set to cutting the pieces. Except that I couldn't get the pieces to be the correct shape! The fabric I had chosen was too slippery and kept moving :( I hauled out the heavy duty interfacing I was planning to use and cut my pieces from that before and ironed them onto the fabric before cutting them out - much better! I was a little skeptical about the fabric, as it was a drapey dress fabric, but it turned out beautifully.

I added a little pocket on the inside of the bag and didn't add the wadding or quilt the lining.

I used a heavy-ish cotton with a light interfacing for the lining. Then I just had to find a zip from the bag of reclaimed ones I have kicking around.... The pattern called for an O-ring, though I only had a D-ring, so that is what I used.

Such a great pattern and I love the end result.

I also managed to finish a spinning project that I started way back in May!

I took some Rambo in 2 colourways from Corgi Hill Farm and blended it with Tussah Silk, also from CHF, to make these gorgeous batts.

It spun up into ~9wpi and ~785m of soft, squishy yarn :)


Monday, September 16, 2013

Oh Dear!

Oh Dear! indeed. This is what DD has been saying quite a lot lately. If she forgets something it is "Oh dear!" If she just feels like saying something at the tea table, it is "Oh dear!"

Just like I have realised that I haven't blogged in months - oh dear! I have still been crafty, life has still been ticking along, though it seems to have sped up lately, what with it now already being half way through September!!

Oh the crafty front - I happened to have had a birthday in the middle there, when I wasn't blogging - it brought some wonderful gifts :)

My DH made me a cedar lined box/chest to store my knitted lovelies in - and it smells so heavenly every time I open it up.

I also got a set of Valkyrie Extra Fine Wool Combs - they look nasty, but are so much fun! Hand combed top it just a joy to spin - much like handspun is to knit with really :)

Some knitting fell off the needles over the last few months (though there is probably more projects still on the needles than ones that have managed to be finished!) There is also a few spinning projects unblogged for now - maybe I will round them up at some point and share....

Some fingerless mitts for me - they are slightly too wide so I may attempt to full them a little bit to shrink them.

A beanie for DH - which is said to be very warm!

A cowl for me, which I was quite surprised with - I had never quite understood the joy of them, until I made this one. It is great for work as it keeps my neck warm, but there are no stray ends to get dragged through paint or glue.

A pair of mittens for DS, out of boring commercial yarn as he wasn't happy with any of the handspun on offer.

And in between all of that we had a lovely family holiday down in Margaret River (in the middle of winter - plenty of time to wear the lovely handknits) and it was cold and wet and we had a ball! Stayed in a lovely little cottage with a wood fire. We visited all the major caves and went to the lighthouse. Never in my life have I climbed so many steps as in those few days!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Playing Catchup

I can finally say that my study is finished :) I am just waiting on one final mark for my last assignment and that is the end of it! So these are a few of the things I have done in between all study.

A play with my drum carder

All merino fleece from shearing at Dad & Mum's farm in October last year. It is all very soft, but I learnt that I need to wash it more before trying to card, as it is still a bit sticky with lanolin.

This is a merino x south suffolk (by the feel of it) from the one and only chocolate sheep on the farm. It is an interesting fleece - soft-ish but with a crisp springy-ness to it. It would be really nice as an outer jacket/jumper. Only problem is, is that there is sooooo much VM in it, that it takes a fair bit of prep before I can even wash it (though really, not anymore than the merino, so maybe I can stop procrastinating and just do it all??)

Some Organic Polwarth/Silk from CHF. Spun into a nice soft worsted weight yarn. I have knitted a pair of mittens for DD and plan to do a simple matching beanie.

That is where I will leave it for now - I have more spinning, but will share it another day :)


Saturday, March 16, 2013

What a Beauty!

I bought a Matchless! After reading and reading everything I could about these wheels, I decided that it was exactly what I wanted - my dream wheel. It made its way across the ocean from Copper Moose in Vermont and arrived safely a few days before the school holidays finished lol I had a day or two playing with it before I was back at work and the kids were at school. It is a fantastic partner for the Traveller.

I haven't had much time to spin since she arrived, but I did put this on the wheel straight away and spun it as a 3ply.

It is ~8-9wpi and 187m. There is 19m of leftover chain ply at the same wpi. Fiber is BFL/Silk (75/25) from Corgi Hill Farm.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013


I have just realised that I haven't even blogged once this year, and we are already close to the middle of March!

Excuse = lots of family/work/study time. I have been spinning though, so I shall go and dig up some photos to share to give you something pretty to look at.

A sample of 15 micron merino from Corgi Hill Farm - so pretty and soft.

And I just remembered I had something wonderful to share - so I will have to come back and post at a later date :)


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Another Year Done and Dusted (nearly)

Wow - another year has just flown by! A busy one at that. Lots of things happened this year. In short:
- I decided to teach myself to spin, what a fantastic idea that was :) I love it!
- I completed my first work placement for my study that I started last year - loved it!
- Work placement led to work, only on a relief basis - but I love it! That was a big change as I hadn't worked in nearly 10 years since becoming a stay at home mum.
- I applied for a job (I wasn't successful - but wanted the experience of doing so), so I have managed to get together a decent CV now.
- We went on our first real family holiday. So much fun.

All the normal family things happened as well, and the kids kept growing and changing and surprising us. Our DS was accepted into the PEAC program for 2013 - very excited as it will hopefully give him more opportunities to interact with kids who think more like him and challenge him more, rather than not having peers who are at the same level as him.
Said child also gave reason for the very first trip to emergency - a fractured cheek bone from an incident with a baseball bat at school. Back for a follow up x-ray next month, but there is no reason to believe it isn't healing well.

So for the last line up of photos for this year, we will begin with the cut photos of the lovely soap from the last post.

Kids Christmas presents - Ottobre patterns. Shorts were the same pattern and sizes as last year. Ottobre 2/2005 #32 Safari Shorts in size 122 & 140. Tops were Ottobre 3/2012 #17 for DD, upsized to 128 and #35, size 146 for DS.

I finished the Clapo-Ktus shawl for my aunty - I think she might love it as much as I do. I spun the fiber some time back, and it striped beautifully while knitting - almost symmetrical :) (modeled on me, because my aunty didn't want to ;) )

Lots of soap all packaged up - including some soap bites :)

Some fiber spun especially for another aunty - a polwarth/silk blend (60/40) from Corgi Hill Farm. This was my first time spinning this fiber and it was just delightful to spin - I can't wait to see what is made from the yarn.

Lastly (I think), some pencil cases for friends - I embroidered their names on them (so they are blanked out) and the kids picked the designs for them. They are lined, but I forgot to take a picture of the inside.

So that is all the Christmas stuff, but last night I finished up some spinning - the last lot for the year. BFL in Newtons Rainbow by Corgi Hill Farm. Love it! It is roughly an 8ply/DK weight and about 320m.

I wonder what 2013 will hold?