Friday, October 27, 2006

Sister Beanie

So I am totally channeling the completer/finisher goddess these days. Or maybe I am just picking easy projects! :)
Tonite I finished the beanie for sister, and doesnt it look great. Ok, the photo is a little blurry and you get a picture of me as well, only because the beanie looks better on a head than free standing!

The pattern is by Anna, you can find it at I used some yarn I picked up somewhere, a while ago because it was unusual colours. It is a cotton/acrylic blend, which is good because sister doesnt like wool 'cos it is scratchy. Dont worry, I have had this chat with her:
"yes poor quality wool can be itchy, but I use good quality wool. Just check my credit card receipts!". To which sister replied "You dont know my body, I know my body and I know what makes it itch!". As you may have guessed she is not a knitter!

The good thing about her aversion to wool is that I get to try different yarns out, so that I can make her things. Guess I shouldnt complain!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Rediscovering My Stash

October has been good to me. I have been on a really tight budget, due to those big bills like Car rego. Being paid monthly doesn't help either!! All these things have conspired to make me rediscover my stash, and let me tell you I have some amazing stuff! And below is just a really small part of it that has captured my attention so far!

Reading Black Dog Knits blog, caused me to remember the embroidery patterns I bought from Sublime Stitching Sadie and Lance I don't think I have paid you for them yet??). So I guess maybe I didn't buy them??!!??

Must get onto that and polish up my very rusty skills. My Mum taught me how to embroider, along with sewing, when I was a wee baby girl. I remember being 6 or 7 with my own battery operated scissors and little sewing machine, making dolls clothes with seams on the outside! Also remember cutting sisters hair with those scissors, too easy! I must get a project going with some of those patterns.

And then there is the 600g of 8ply cotton that I bought from the Bendigo Wool Mill stand at the Craft and Quilt fair in Sydney in July. I think I finally have found the project for it! Yay! I bought Jo Sharp Knit issue 2 today and it had a Bolero pattern in it, which would look great in this yarn.

AND it looks like I will have enough left over for something else as well!! Double Yay!

And finally, my one splurge for the month was some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in Seaside, how yummy is it! Well worth taking my lunch to work for 4 weeks and cutting back on coffees!!

These little babies don't have a project, yet! I was really impressed by Brown Pants shawl that she made from the LL Shepherd sock in bittersweet, so my preference would be to knit a shawl (rectangular) with them. Let me know if you have seen any rectangular lace shawl patterns anywhere, I would love to get my hands on a pattern.

So, there you have it! I can thoroughly recommend rediscovering your stash, it is just a pity that I only ever do it when funds are tight!

Mental note, look at stash once a month, even if it is just to admire how big and yummy it is!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wanna join my gang??

Well the mini SNB with my crafty sista's yesterday was a huge success!
In attendance was Brownpants, OCC and a special guest appearance by the AMAZING Sadie and Lance. This is the woman who brought us all together, who I constantly thank for introducing me to the craft goddesses that I spend time (and waaaaaaay too much money!) with.
So we ate, and crafted. Occ and I spent 12 hours crafting yesterday (although I came home and kept going until 12.30am)

This is what we ate for Morning tea, courtesy of OCC, DELICIOUSNESS!

This is what we ate for lunch, in honour of the founder of AADC, Sadie and Lance

On a completer finisher note, I completed two things yesterday. Part of a present for a special crafty Ladieee (sorry no photo of that one yet!) and one of my unfinished projects. Yep you heard it first, right here. I COMPLETED a project off my list.
And here is the proof:

I am on a bit of a beanie kick at the moment. I have been trying to find or design a beanie for my sister who has beautiful long dreadlocks. She lives in London, so it is coming into prime beanie season and as a crocheter/knitter I have always wanted to make her one. If you have any suggestions or ideas let me know!

Well, it is now Sunday and I am trying to get ready for work tomorrow and decide what is to be my new travelling project. So many on the list and so little time to do them all!!

Ciao for now..................

Friday, October 20, 2006

Just a quick one!

And I am sure we have all heard that before!
I am having a little snb get together at my place tomorrow. Brownpants, OCC and my new work buddy Debs are all coming over to admire my improved craft space, and to show off all their completed projects.

Update and photos of our day coming your way soon!