Monday, December 14, 2009

Quick thoughts from a tired mummy

Very tired. But have some things to share...

A new WIP - an ishbel shawl for a good friend. The photo is completely inaccurate colour-wise, the wool is BWM luxury 4ply in Purple Storm.

Some additions to last night's dinner from my garden. Little cherry tomatoes and some lovely mint. So glad my gardening is bearing real tangible benefits!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesdays are for sewing

I seem to want to sew on Tuesday nights. So tonight I did :)
I traced a pattern for these pajama shorts for my 18month old from a pair of pants that fit him well. I used a white and green poly-cotton fabric gifted to me from a family members fabric stash that was passed along to me. If they fit well then I'll make some more - I can never find any pajamas for him so he goes to bed in boardshorts or his sister's pjs! All therapy fodder for later I'm sure.

No idea how to turn the image around on this mini-version of iPhone blogger, sorry.

And to practice some quilting techniques, I created this ...

And other side...

The top and bottom are 100% cotton quilting fabric, the binding is a polycotton tomato print that I LOVE, and internally I just sewed 4 layers of polar fleece together. My pattern for all layers was an A4 piece of paper! I used my usual sewing foot and cheated by quilting along the lines of the stripey fabric. My little girl will think this is a quilt for her Barbie, but I made it as a heat pad for my wooden table to put hit things on. I used the binding tutorial from, which was really helpful.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Experimenting with Bread

Here's tonight's cooking efforts. I made the dough for these in my breadmaker, and on the advice of a knowledgeable bread-maker (person!) on a forum I'm on, I first put the dough through it's usual kneading cycle, then reset the cycle, started the process again as usual this time. Giving it all an extra knead apparently makes the bread really fluffy- they definately look it but the proof will be in the eating.

In the foreground, spinach and cream cheese scrolls, in the background some boring plain rolls. Can't wait to try one!
Am now sitting down to knit some of my second sock...

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Things I have done this evening

Tonight was a very productive evening. Number one - my little boy had his first haircut and his hair went from being this long:

To this long:

My little boy looks so grown up!

Now in creative endeavours:
I turned the heel, did the gusset and now am on the boring straight bit before the toe-shaping on my second sock:

And if that wasn't enough, I made pizza for dinner and these yummy cheese and vegemite scrolls (and some random rolls on the side). They went from this:

To this:

Mmm. Deliciousness for brekky tomorrow!
All in all a very successful evening.

Friday, December 4, 2009

My day yesterday

I have the best husband in the world. Yesterday I had the WHOLE day to myself, so this is what I did ...

Made this Dora tunic for my little girl.

Drove to the beach and sat in my car with the windows open knitting a sock (the 2nd sock!) for a Christmas present...

And sat in a cafe drinking a banana smoothie and reading a very challenging book.
And then got my hair cut- but no pics of that sorry!
All in all an amazing me-time day.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some packages sent across the ditch

Here they are ...

And here's something else I've been playing with. Am a little bit scared about doing the sashing on my little girl's quilt so instead I started another one (of course!). But I think it'll be good to do a smaller, practice one first before doing the other, bigger, much more emotionally invested in one.

Am still figuring out the block placement, and if I want to do sashing or borders in this one.
Am on the search for a darning foot also because my 25 year old (two years younger than me!) Elna machine does not have one. I really want to try free-motion quilting. We'll see what the search turns up.
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