Monday, May 28, 2007

Found the cushion design I want for our lounge

petrie sofa in action, originally uploaded by guessica.

See that cushion second on the left?

I like that one.

I like the mix of solid with patterned fabric capability. And its still modern-contemporary a la our new house.

Now I just need to see if I can deconstruct it without buying the Denyse Schmidt book...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Not much knitting happening..

Well, as it says. No knitting to speak of.

I did have to frog a chunk of Raspy, after I realised that the reason my number of stitches didn't match the pattern was because I forgot to cast off for the underarm seam. {sigh}

I also went to the craft fair (not bad, I think slightly better than last year)..

Where I bought these:
to make cushions for our new house. (There is also another fat quarter of matching brown spots coming in the mail during the week). I think the fourth from the right probably won't be included now I've got them home, as the others all match better. The owl fabric I've been coveting online a very long time, so was really nice to see it in person. My biggest problem was picking just one of either the owl pattern or the plant one (which I also loved).

One particularly good stall (for my non-country-style tastes) was from Patchwork on Central Park. Lupinbunny, they have Australian designers - this is where I got my Kirsten Doran owl fabric from.

I also cleaned up and did a huge chunk of filing & sorting.

Which uncovered these:
Which is the pile of interior design stuff (just those here, there's more at Mum's would you believe..) which I need to sort through, and throw out all the brochures for things we've already decided on (e.g. taps, bath, and so on.) Then I need to file the remainder in the blue concertina file at the back.

And at some point, I should probably put some of that clean washing that's taking over our bedroom, well... away.

Monday, May 21, 2007

"But Mummy, Betsy's feet are cold!"

Subtitled: Why I am a sucker when it comes to my daughter..

This is how I don't get my Raspy (for me) done. I get sidelined by the people I love.

First it was Action, then my man's beanie (which awaits more yarn) and now... dolly socks.

Because she's cold, apparently. (I suspect she just needed to match her little-girl-mum).

I cheated though - DK weight yarn and 3.75mm needles. :) but they were done in the same afternoon...
And, importantly, I have an additional tagger for the 7 Random things!
The magnificient Heather Ordover of the podcast CraftLit. Read on!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I'm making progress... but no finishing...and I'm tagged!

Well, I finished my bag..
And I've stalled on knitting the beanie, while I wait for more yarn.

And so I am back to knitting on Raspy. Which means sometime soon I need to think about how I am going to adjust the raglan sleeve caps to adjust for the different height front & back that I am altering to allow a crew neckline.

In other news, the rather nice Pen&Purl tagged me with a meme.

It's this: Each person tagged gives seven random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write on their blogs seven facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog.

Which means I need to find seven bloggers who I can tagged, who haven't been tagged already! And since I am but a newbie nobody knit-geek-blogger, this is going to be tough.

Factoid one: I was born in Perth, and have never lived anywhere else. I am somewhat embarrassed by this fact.

Factoid two: I am deeply enamoured of the 1920s period. Fashion, fiction based there, just about anything. English 1920s in particular.

Factoid three: I used to run a role playing game (that's the people sitting around table playing pretend) based in the 1920s. But with horror monsters. Based on HP Lovecraft writing, and called Call of Cthulhu.

Factoid four: I love red wine. But can't drink it in any significant quantity anymore without getting a bad stomach. I hate getting old.

Factoid five: Part of me wishes I'd done worse at school, so that I'd pursued art as a career, rather than getting caught up in hard-core maths and sciences. I suspect I'd have been more happy with my final career.

Factoid six: I have wanted to go to Italy and Egypt since I was 15 and secretly sulk that my mother randomly decided to go to Italy last year.. and went in that same year!

Factoid seven: I never trust men who are too model-good-looking. I have a deep predilection for 'intellectual' types.


Sunday, May 13, 2007

I'm making a clutch bag!

This pattern here by Amy Butler, "Clutch Purse with Antique Pin Closure".

Shown here in stages, very very nearly finished...

Step one: all bits of fabric cut out. Retro large print outside, black inside.

Step two: Attach the interface to the reinforcing canvas (or as I used, herringbone heavy-weight calico)

Step 3: Sew the reinforcements to the outside pieces...

Step 4: Reinforce the handle/tab.

Step 5: Sew on the Velcro..Step 6: Sew the outside bits together (see my uber-leet sewing jargon?)

Step 7: Sew the lining together..Step 8: Put the outside in the inside, and seam around the top.

Step 9: Do bag origami and put the outside to the, well, outside..Step 10: Iron and neaten it up ..
And then realise its late, and your family probably expect dinner, you know, tonight...

Next time I top stitch the hole shut, and do pleats on the edges and add the pin.

(Oh and I got some belated birthday money for fabric, and have progressed the beanie, which is looking very much like it needs another ball of yarn for the beanie. So another Knitpicks order....

so what else do I want to order? heeeheeeheeeheeee..

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Not-so-Red Light Special

Well, I am trying again.

Despite how beautiful the fair isle swatch I did was... (my first ever fair isle)

it didn't fit (as discussed earlier).

So, after using the swatch as a size gauge, I did the math and re sized the pattern, to the looseness requested of my man. I decided to use the original fair isle pattern, but without the false seam BrooklynTweed used.

The odd blue fine fair isle is the leftover Patonyle I used as the soft lining. And you can see the real deal being worked up above it. I have to say, I am really enjoying knitting it, but it's murder on my fingers after a session.

And I may run out of the main colour. For which I may beg a trade from Bibnbub - who I has some more. [psst: I'll trade you one ball of the navy for all my remaining part balls for your felting plans? Let me know :-) ]

Saturday, May 05, 2007

FO: Doll's patchwork quilt

You may remember I was completing a patchwork quilt to see if I enjoyed the process.

I quilted the top and edged and finished it this afternoon. You can see it got put to use by my darling girl as soon as I got home!

I learned a lot (including the vital importance of good tension when quilting) and was proud to have a finished object - even with all its flaws!

I'm glad I did it, and have picked out some retro fabric to make a bag.

When I can get some grownup-time that is. Sewing is harder than knitting - i can multitasking with parenting while I knit, but sewing takes more of my concentration ;-)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Aww man! Red Light Special hat

I ordered the yarn (from the US no less!) and got all the stuff and started knitting the lining.

And then...

Actually, um... measured my man's head.

It won't fit. See, he's like got really curly hair. And lots of it. Which means he needs a larger than average beanie.

And cos its all charted and stuff and I got gauge bang on when swatching and everything... I can't just re size it. I'm so disappointed. It'll fit me.. but I am not the rugby fan.

So.. back to square one. Only with yarn and needles in a size I don't really need. (sigh)

I was so excited to try it out.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A bad photo with Action

Not a great photo. I tried to edit the colour which looks better than the washed out thing it was originally, but still not the true beautiful indigo it really is.

Will try to get a modelled photo in daylight. :)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Actioned item

I'm so there with the bad puns for this.

Action jumper (sweater) is DONE!!!

The relief is palpable. Photos later.