Sunday, January 27, 2008

A professional painter I am NOT!

But Thom seems to like his new bed :-)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Berrocco Panache Poncho

In Christmas/New Year of 2006/2007 the three of us took a trip to Tassie to visit my parents-in-law. While we were there we visited an Alapaca farm and I was lucky enough to pick up some beautiful wool. I was only really starting out with serious knitting so I stashed it away to make something special with. I didn't want to just play with it because it was too nice, and too expensive!

I've always had the idea in the back of my mind to knit myself some sort of wrap/poncho out of it but I really didn't want anything plain. The wool is so lovely and I wanted to put some real effort into making something memorable and expand my skills at the same time.

I came across this pattern here and decided to add some other colours into the mix as well. The pattern stitch is actually a lot lot easier than it looks. I'm so happy with it so far and can't wait to wear it during our trip to Tassie this year :-)

The Alpaca wool is the ball in the bottom left hand corner of the first photo.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Longies for Nat

Here are some progress shots of a pair of longies I am making for Nat's little boy. So far I'm really happy with them and the wool is lovely to knit with.

I'm nearly ready to divide for the legs and they should be ready soonish :-)
**The darker colour is a jade green even though it has come out as a navy blue colour in the photo! The waist band is a mint green.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thomas' big boy bed!

Last year I bought a simple, single, pine bed from Ebay. I've painted it up and it's going to be Thom's bed when we move him out of a cot. I'm hoping that will happen by this weekend!

The bed was "white washed" hideously and I gave it a gentle sand and got a-painting. Thom and I went to Bunnings and chose the colours together :) The photo is of the bed head. Since taking the photo, I've painted the white section green. I did intend to paint it yellow but had a masking tape mishap and the easiest way to fix it was to carry the colour through to the back panel.

While we were in Berrima, I managed to pick up some inexpensive wooden letters. One set of them spells "TOYS" and I'll somehow attach them to the toybox that I intend on painting. The others spell "SLEEP" and I'm going to mount them on little square canvases (that I will first paint with craft paint) and hang them just above his bed head.

Debbie Bliss Double Breasted Coat for Miss Jenna

A couple of nights ago I finished Jenna's coat and I am SO pleased with the results. It was a very easy pattern to follow and although the stitch pattern is a little fiddly, it's easy to get used to (it becomes automatic very quickly) and the results are very worth it. I hope Jenna enjoys it!! I'll start her brother's one soon!

I've sewn up Thom's as well and just need to knit the collar.

Here are the photos of Jenna's. Photos of Thom's to follow.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stitcheries - what am I thinking?!

Not that I don't already have a million and one craft projects on the go! We recently went on a family holiday to Berrima, on Sydney's sothern highlands, and I came across a fabulous craft shop.

Here are my purchases, and some family holiday snaps :)

New Fabric

We were lucky enough to get a lovely new lounge late last year and I've been keeping my eyes open for some nice fabric to make some cushions. The price of cushions is ridiculous (and they're not that nice!) so I had an attack of the "I can make that"s.

I've been very picky looking for material because I want it to be "just right" and I finally found some I love! I've been braver than usual and have bought some fabric that will add a shot of colour to our lounge. Our lounge is a nice safe tan colour (feels like suede) and we have a little green in a print we have on the wall, so green was my inspiration.