Saturday, June 25, 2011

Craft fair and crochet heaven

Attended the annual Craft Fair in Sydney yesterday.  Came away completely underwhelmed.  Usually I come back brimming with enthusiasm and creative juices.   It was all very same same and I just couldnt get excited.

I did love this quilt from the display section (and particularly the tassles around the edges) too gorgeous.
I did love this one too, the optical illusion effect is great.
Got a lot more excited about the beautiful wool.   I bought 6 balls from Bendigo Mills - they're 8 ply (worsted?) and cost $11.50 each.  200g balls -   so plenty to be created from them
I can't wait to get started because ... drum roll ... my crochet books finally arrived from USA.   I bought them about a month ago on the recommendation of Completely Cauchy (whose name I don't know), who does the most unreal colourful crochet, and I thought well if she likes them, I know I will too!!   And I do !

I've already tinkered with 3 blocks

I'm loving the hexagon most and think I'll make a blanket up with a bunch of them using my new wools.   Its a super easy block to make.   I love love love the symbol diagrams in the book, so much better to just look at the images to see where you are and what you have to do.   I wish Jan Eaton would use them in her books.  At a glance you've totally nailed it because you can see where you are in relation to the other stitches.  Unlike rows and rows of dc in next 3ch etc.   I'm pretty visual I think.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up Completely Couchy !   And just watch this blanket grow!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cutting edge cool - QR style

I totally want to crochet or quilt this

Its my blog url.   If you go here:  you can make your own.

And then if someone scans your handiwork on their phone, they'll go to your page.  

or you can type in a phrase.  This says "all you need is love"

How cutting edge cool is that?


love / hate invisible zips

mostly hate

Cheap Lincraft rubbish.

Oh, and how long before I have to wear this?  tomorrow?  no sweat

Monday, June 20, 2011

Butterick 5032 in black satin and a cute bag

Hi everyone, (if there's anyone still there after my long absence)

Nothing much to report from the past month - tons of crochet but no sewing whatsoever, but that all changed this weekend !

I've been lucky enough to score red carpet night tickets to the musical Hairspray and I have to frock up.   So I thought seeing as there's not much time - um its this thursday night - I'd whip up a tried and true.

I've made this twice before here and here.  

Current status is finished but for side zip/seam and hem.

But what to make in the way of the old bag department?   There are drinks beforehand and really, if one has a glass of champagne in one hand and a black satin clutch purse in the other, how does one juggle possession so as to dive for the goats cheese tarts that come past?   There's only one thing for it, I must have a dangly purse.

Again, I didnt want to invent the wheel so I thought I'd pick up a tutorial off the web.  I do like this simple bag on Martha Stewart of all places!   So I went with this. 

But oh, the rigmarole of the pattern: too complicated by far!  I just wanted to sew it all the way around and then turn it inside out.  So that's what I did.   I used the tutorial by at Stitchywitch at Green Apples.  I mean its the same concept as a sleeveless dress.  Just one handle is longer.  And it worked perfectly.  Here's my toile:

I'm thinking when my daughter sees this tomorrow she's going to beg me to give it to her!    That's ok, I'm making a flashy satin one for me.

Cheers and gee its nice to be back.  Hopefully this kick starts me into more sewing.