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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Canberra Craft a-noon

A craft jam. In Canberra. Who'd have thunk it????

Sunday 16th September 3-5pm || Friends of Blue Gum Lounge, Hackett Shops || RSVP Fri 7th sept. heather.cocquio[@]

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Dayflower? Done!

Here's my Dayflower. I'm proud of it. I like the colour. My sister loved it (although seemed a little confused about how to wear it).

But I still don't like it much! Colour is probably closer to the second pic, but both are shocking as I took them at 10.30 last night.

I've got a couple of projects on the go: a jumper for Lil, another scarf (branching out), a hat, but nothing is really pushing my buttons.

Work is as busy as buggery, feel totally disorganised and frustrated at home and generally 'blerg'. But we've got a 20 week scan tomorrow so that should be exciting. All the best for the coming week folks!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Baby bag

My lovely friend Big Lilly and her gorgeous little one Savannah came down for a visit a couple of months ago, on her way to join her husband for a jaunt across the Nullabor (as one does). She was saying that she needed something for the wee one to wear of a night in such cold climates as ours (it was 10 degrees at night at this stage!). Anyhoo, I'd been reading this site (etsy, craftster?) where this very clever woman had been felting old jumpers/sweaters and then making children's clothes from them. I then thought that perhaps Big Lilly could get a big ole jumper and fashion it into a sleeping bag arrangement for Savannah. I'm great with ideas like that - just no good at the execution! Not so Big Lilly, who last week sent me the following email....


Dear Mrs Twitchy
I don't know which blog you stole the 'turn-the-old-jumper-into-a-jaunty-felted-
sleeping-bag-for-the-child-visiting-cold-climes' idea from, but it's bloody brilliant.

As you can see from the attached photographic documentation I managed to felt it up a treat in one hot wash and one spin around the dryer. Following general dimensions from one of the child's jumpers I cut raglan sleeves from the sleeves (to use those fab cuffs), cut the rollneck into the bodice with a generous V-neck for easy access. The rest of the jumper became the 'bag' with the final touch of 5 shell buttons to the bottom to close it all up. I did toss around the idea of a zip with closed in bottom but the buttons work to turn the bag into a all together far too long dressing gown style of thing. Or probably more realistic an easy early morning nappy change access point.

The seams are a bit thick but where ever possible I have managed to double stitch them flat. You may have a better idea. Perhaps an overlocker would have done a better job. Immaterial really.

The small person told me 'nooew dop. toooooo big'. but mell nice.' I think that's about as positive feed back as you're likely to get from a 21 month old. Pertinent I guess is the fact that it 'mells nice.

You should whack it up on your website for all and sundry to copy!


Consider it done! I take absolutely no credit for this at all - its all you Lilly!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Parenting merit badges

Two thumbs up for this brilliant idea - merit badges for parents!

This is the perfect one for Big Lilly who's been in Melbourne this week for the Hot Milk conference...

Knitting along

Not one to be left out of the crowd, I've decided to join Georgie, Kuka and Bells in doing the Dayflower Lace Scarf.

I considered myself pretty brave because I've an un-natural fear of charts. Now I don't know if its the pattern or the chart, but this is sooooo much easier than trying to read the k1 p1 yo version. Either way, a whole new world has opened up to me. Never more shall I huddle shaking in the corner when charts are mentioned. Having said that, I'm not that impressed with the resulting pattern. Anyhoo, I'm making it for my sister and she likes it.

The other thing is that I've tried felting again. Some of you may remember a failed attempt I made last year.

Well this time all went well. I loved this wool - its was 'Twilly' or some such. From England. I just loved the autumny tones. I've still got to line it, but at least its finished. Again, I'm not sure I like the finished product much. Meh... I've got some similar wool too to make some pilchers for Savannah in Brisvegas which is in greens pinks and yellows.

Didn't make it to SnB on Thursday, but hoping to make an appearance at the new meeting on Monday 16th...