Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Busy with felt

Here's a little sneak peek at what I've been working on this week. Not much, I know, but I hope to have something to show next week. At the moment I can barely see the floor in my work room, and it will only get worse towards next Thursday, when I pack my bags for Craft 2.0 and a lovely girls' weekend in Wellington! Now I have a date with Adobe Illustrator, let's hope he behaves...

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I feel like telling the whole world, so please phone your mum for me: I've finished my gloves!! Pretty big occasion, you know. I even managed to complete the second one in time for the last afternoon light today, so here they are:
I wanted a bit of a challenge for my second knitting project, and it turned out to be just that. I had to learn how to knit in the round, do cables, picot cast-off and the thumb. In the end the tumb was probably the hardest, everything else I figured out with YouTube tutorials. Cables were the biggest surprise; who knew that something so complicated-looking could be so simple?
My two tips for these gloves (if you feel like knitting them too) would be: cast off the picot edge quite tightly or use smaller needles, and learn how to do the Magic Loop if you're scared of using 4 needles (although you'll still have to use them for the thumb). You can find the pattern here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Quirky. Mystery.

I found out this morning that the latest Good magazine has one of my brooches inside (thanks Nonnie!). Off I went and bought it; as usual it's full of the most wonderful articles and products, including a fashion page with 'quirky, crafted accessories'. That's right, that brooch is pretty quirky. I made a few like that when I first started the embroidered brooches. The mystery is where they found it. I'm going to have to guess the stylist is a reader (hi and thank you!), because that brooch was given away right here in 2008! I'd like to believe you're in the right place for stylish, crafted accessories, which you can find on Toggle and Felt, and if you are after something more quirky, just drop me a line :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


We went away last weekend, and stopped in Paeroa for the essential bit of op-shopping. Just look what I found... It's an embroidered handkerchief, but not just any old type. The stitches are all worked diagonally, with a single thread, and it's called 'petit point'. For a reason. Look at the bottom photo for scale...

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Wouldn't you just love one of these this weekend instead of a box of chocolates? My sister Danelle and her husband made it using an old wheel rim. Clever, hey! Have a look at their designs here. I often wonder what we would get up to if we all (there's another creative sister, Wilna) lived in the same country!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Felt for work: some new pouches to go with mirrors yet to be made. I'm quietly getting ready for Craft 2.0, and really looking forward to a whole weekend in Wellington.

Felt for fun: my latest wool purchase. Shepherd 100% Lambswool Felted. As dark as cherries, to be made into the Scrumptious Neck Warmer when my gloves are done.
And some bamboo from Spotlight: Bella Baby Layette 80% bamboo, 20% wool. It's The Perfect Red and beautifully soft. I didn't need any more reasons to buy it.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


I had one of those moments at Lucky Penny on Tuesday night, when I finally realised what the problem was with my knitting. Was it my uncoordination? (If it wasn't a word before, it is now.) The pattern? The four needles? No, dear readers, I just couldn't purl. I'm almost too embarrased to admit it, but this blog is where I track progress, and that's got to be one of the lowest points I'll be able to look back on one day. So after Penny showed me the way I came home all enthused. I had also learnt the most amazing way to knit small things on a circular needle, but when I tried it at home, it just wouldn't work. My memory failed me, so back I went to four needles.

This time my ribbing worked beautifully, and I've also now conquered the mighty cable. Here I am being impatient. Looks like it will fit though, thank goodness...

Monday, February 1, 2010


There's a new girl in town; Molly. I spent a good part of Saturday happily cutting and matching little squares to make these soft foam-filled blocks for her room. I suppose it's the closest I'll get to quilting for a while, even though I'm dying to make something like this.

On the knitting front, I'm attempting something that seems impossible at the moment. I found these beautiful gloves on Knitty and they seemed perfect to learn a few new skills: circular knitting and cables. I know what you're thinking. Yes, I must be crazy. Always inspired beyond my ability, remember. I must have pulled out the whole 2 rows for the 8th time now, but hopefully some clever knitter will help me tomorrow night at Lucky Penny. If not, I'll move on to something easier, like a moss-stitch face cloth...