Tuesday, September 29, 2009
She gave me a Cindy doll. I look back now and I love that she did. She really tried to give me that slice of popular culture, but when she got to the shop they all looked the same to her and Cindy it was. Within a few days its head had been pulled off and lost by my brothers, and a goony face had been drawn on the ball joint that was left. I can’t remember doing anything fun with it. I didn’t even make it any clothes.
Anyway, a few days ago Mum asked what Sylvie wanted for her 4th birthday. When I told her that she’d asked for a Barbie, Mum took her shopping and bought the exact one that she wanted.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My favourite sewing projects always sneak up to the top of my to-do list. Robots are very fun to make, because they're the perfect way to display your collection of haberdashery. But- and this may surprise you- not everyone wants a robot. Lately, my favourite sewing project for grown-up presents is pillowcases. You can make a pair pretty quickly, you can use a combination of loud and more complementary fabrics, and they are a great stash-buster for all those half- or one-metre lengths I have in my collection.
What are your favourite sewing projects? I know everybody has one...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Why did I bother with a fair? These two chaps sold via a lovely person emailing me at my little blog, before I've even got around to Felt or Etsy. In case you're interested, the NZ rate for robots is $NZ 28, or two for $50. Not that I have any in stock actually; just letting you know in case you're interested next time I get around to making some.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
1 x 50 g ball double knitting (8 ply) wool
1 pair 4 mm needles
1 pair 5 mm needles
1 pair 3.75 mm needles
Tension: 10 stitches to 5 cm on 5 mm needles.
BACK: Using 4 mm needles, cast on 34 stitches and rib 4 rows in k1 p1 rib.
Change to 5 mm needles and continue in stocking stitch until work measures 10 cm. Cast off 2 stitches at beginning of next 2 rows. Dec 1 stitch each end of every alternate row until 16 stitches remain. Cast off, decreasing at each end of cast-off row.
RIGHT FRONT: Using 4 mm needles, cast on 20 stitches. Rib 1 row in k1 p1 rib.
Next row: Rib to last 3 stitches, wool forward, k 2 together, p 1. Rib 2 more rows.
Next row: Change to 5 mm needles. Rib 4 stitches, k to end of row. Next row: P to last 4 stitches, (k 1, p 1) twice.
Repeat these 2 rows, making a buttonhole on every 10th row until work measures same as back to underarm. Cast off 2 stitches at beginning of next row, then decrease 1st at end of every k row until 14 stitches remain, finishing after a p row.
Next row: Cast off 7 stitches at neck edge, k to end.
P 1 row. Dec 1 stitch once at neck edge, still decreasing at armhole until all stitches are worked off.
LEFT FRONT: Work as for right front, but reversing all shapings and omitting buttonholes.
SLEEVES: Using 4 mm needles, cast on 26 stitches and work 2 rows in k1 p1 rib.
Change to 5 mm needles and cont in stocking stitch until work measures 10 cm. Cast off 3 stitches at beg of next 2 rows. Decrease 1 stitch at both ends of every alternate row until 4 stitches remain. Cast off.
NECK BAND: Sew up shoulder, side and sleeve seams.
Using 3.75 mm needles, pick up and k 42 stitches evenly around neck.
Rib 1 row, making one buttonhole. Cast off.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Well friends, today was the day of the fair. We trooped out early, laden with craft items. We sat dutifully at our stall, drinking cups of coffee and enjoying the sunshine. And guess how many robots I sold? Guess?
100, less 1. Not 100 minus 1, I mean 100 without the 1.
And you know what? That is just so funny. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little dissappointed. But really, only a little, and mostly it is just too funny. We laughed so hard about it at dinner time that Harry got a bleeding nose.
So, following on from Friday's happy theme, today my gratitude list is as follows:
1. I am really really grateful, no REALLY grateful, that I have a day job.
2. I am really happy that it was a nice day to be sitting in the sun, enjoying the PEACE and QUIET that comes with selling nothing.
3. I am really happy that I enjoy laughing at myself.
Friday, September 11, 2009
1. My children are funny and sweet and kind today, just like they are every day.
2. I am having a sewing day, and I love sewing days.
3. I am sewing next to my favourite retro wall lamp. I love that wall lamp, see how cool it is?
5. I am listening to The Handsome Family, and they are sensational.
6. I just finished listening to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and not only was it very funny, but this week it also featured a story about something that happened in New Zealand. It was strangely exhilerating to hear NZ mentioned.
7. It is raining outside but I am cosy and warm inside.
8. I don't have any deadlines today.
9. It's Friday, and the start of the weekend is one of my favourite times of the week.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Here are two of the robot friends I'm selling there.
Okay I admit they're the only ones I've finished so far, but by Sunday, you mark my words, there'll be these two and more of these babies for SALE. Also on our stall are the superb domestic-ware (tea towels, door stops, draught excluders and more) made by my friends Katie and Vicki. Come and say Hi!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Have you ever heard the saying "You can never have too much gingham"?
I bet you haven't, because it doesn't exist. And it doesn't exist because you really, really, really can have too much pink gingham.
Still, I'm not an unpick-and-start-again kind of girl. The dolls quilt as a test run has just reminded me that you can have too much of a cute thing. But then again, it's not for me, and perhaps it's not too much pink gingham for a 3-year-old girl who loves pink?
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Which brings me to making marmalade:
4 pints water (2 L)
4 lbs sugar (2 kg)
Cut the fruit finely, discard the seeds. Soak in the water for 12-24 h. Simmer for about 1 hour until the fruit is so tender you can push your finger through it easily. Then add the sugar and boil rapidly. Test for setting point after 15 minutes*. Watch the pot carefully so as to avoid the spectacular boilover that I had. When setting point is reached, take off the heat and stir every now and then over the next 15 minutes. If you don't do this for long enough (guilty cough) the fruit floats to the top of the jar, thus: