Thursday, December 3, 2009
Here's how to do it:
Find a funky tea towel.
Cut it to the size you want, perhaps 2/3 of a tea towel.
Use the cut off portion to make ties.
My tea towel came with built in trim and embroidered rooster, as soon as I saw it I knew it really wanted to be an apron. As the towel had more trim along the top I cut a wide strip off the top and sewed it back on as a waistband, cunningly concealing where I sewed the ties on.
Truely sewing for dummies. Even I managed to break only 1 needle and sew things together the wrong way no more than 2 or 3 times.
I really should not be let near sewing machines! To be honest, I've never broken a sewing machine needle in life before - but I always sew something the wrong way round.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I wanted to call her Lulamae (Holly Golightly's real name) as a reference to my dustbowl inspiration, but Miss Z chose the name Anahera, which is actually perfect. This is my Ravelry blurb:
Anahera is a long top or short dress depending on your whim - short enough for cartwheels and tree climbing, but long enough to wear modestly over tights or leggings. Slightly puffed sleeves provide a girly touch and sun protection, and the neat little pockets are perfect for Thing Seekers to store their treasures.
A little bit dustbowl chic, a little bit Belles of St Trinians, Anahera was inspired by a 1930s pattern book and the tunics/gymslips school girls used to wear.
Knit in the round from the bottom up, concealed pockets have little pleat details, which are echoed in the slightly puffed sleeves.
I'm hoping to get the pattern written up for sharing soon (all things take time!), and to get the calculator out for smaller sizes - 4 and 6 year olds need frocks too! Oh, and the camera out for a proper modelled session.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Ry wanted the shooter included, and one of the invaders blowing up - phew, found a chart for that too. He wanted a roll brim, so he got one.
Knitting fair isle is fun, perhaps I'll get around to those socks after all.
Fun to knit, and fun to make your children happy, huh?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Finally finished my pretty Pioneer top. The crochet edging scared me for weeks, but at least I knew hdc meant half double crochet - I just had no idea how to do it! The yarn is an alpaca/silk blend by Misti Alpaca and the colourway is called Foxtail, how could I resist?
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Starship Enterprise!
Is that a cool space age fin or what? Actually it's a Bernina, Bernina, so (sew?) easy simple and versatile. I feel like such a traitor, I've always been an Elna girl.
Next time, knitting!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Well, actually that's my daughter, but perhaps we find ourselves in our children as well.
My children understand me, there is nothing better than looking for treasure on the beach - in the rocks, in the sand. I love the mystery - will you find the perfect shell, or an empty noodle packet off a Korean fishing trawler? This is Makara Beach on a totally out of character calm day, always feels like the ends of the earth although it's only 20 minutes drive from the city. Mostly rubbish we found that day - car tyres, plastic bags, broken bottles (we weren't the first teenagers, and looks like we weren't the last, to spend nights in that falling down concrete bunker).
I live near the sea of course, but hopefully not too near. I've been doing a lot of sad thinking about tsunamis this week - I think we'll need to head for higher ground if a 6 metre monster ever heads our way at 500kph.
So there ya go, my first post. Next time..... knitting!