Sunday, September 28, 2014

Link to Updated Version of Grace Tan's Cross

Grace explains here why she has put watermarks on her pattern diagrams and photographs. I have replaced the link on the right of this page with a new link to the updated pattern. It is also here    

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Travel Knitting

I spun this wool with the intention of knitting it on my journey. I'm about to set off by bus and plane to go to England, to visit friends and family. I'm going to use a circular needle for the main  part, back and forth, in the hope that it is less likely to be confiscated as a potentially lethal weapon than a regular needle. Fingers crossed. I hope I have room in my suitcase for all the gifts of scarves, mitts etc that I have been making. Time to deliver them. I won't be blogging until November. Cheers for now.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Classic Pincushion

As soon as I saw this tutorial for making a classic pincushion, I put it on my to-do list. There are some magnificent embroidered examples on the fiberluscious site. Worth browsing. This is my second attempt. I did the first one in satin with dragonflies, then realised that was a poor choice because pins and needles damage the fabric. This quilting cotton is much more practical. The beaded butterfly is Maltese tatting. A one-off!  The buttons in the middle on each side are handmade from glass. I think they should be protected by the padded cushion around them and safe there.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dragonfly Pond

The dragonflies have been lurking for a while, but this morning I introduced them to their pond. That is, I sewed them to blue organza to make a food cover. The centre dragonfly with tally wings is Carollyn's. The beaded dragonflies in the corners are Corina's and the little ones are mine.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And Sew A Flat Seam

On Friday I bought some denim fabric to make myself a skirt. I thought I'd do the seams in classic flat seam style. First I had to practise, using scraps left after cutting the skirt out.
Sew the pieces together, wrong sides facing, which feels a little strange.
Trim one seam allowance close to the stitching.
Fold the other seam allowance in half and press it.
Fold again so that it encloses the trimmed allowance and pin.

Sew along th edge of the fold.
The other side looks neat too.
I practised for a bit, then made my skirt. I did try to take a photo of me wearing it, in a mirror, but it just didn't work.
The heading reminds me that while I was teaching tatting in a habedashery shop in Upington, some customers came in and had a look at what we were doing. I heard one lady whisper to her friend, 'It's just for  people who sit around the house all day!'

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crocus Mitts

I used a sock pattern called 'Crocus Toe-up Socks' by Wilma Becker to knit these mitts. Same number of stitches as the pattern. My own border, then wrist the same as the pattern, then my own palm with the back of the hand continued in pattern. I hope the ribbed palm means they are stretchy enough to fit bigger hands. My hands are small, it'd be a mistake for me to make gifts that fit me!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Maureen is right, it's amazing how the vibrant yellow and orange colours toned down when they were combined with brown.  Plying with natural toned them down a bit more too. The resulting yarn is a lot more subtle than I visualised, which is fine, I'm happy with it. Now to card and spin the rest.