Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Reading materials

I've just discovered this Australian magazine. I love it. As soon as the sewing machine arrives, I'll have a go at making the skirt featured inside.

As well as being a great magazine on ethical fashion, Peppermint is full of advice on better living and design, and with lots of stories about amazing people. Now I want the next issue! It's great to find something to read since some of my favourite magazines, Notebook and World Sweet World, have stopped publishing (Notebook does still have an online presence - homelife, but it's not the same as the textile experience of magazines). Hopefully the market for all things handmade will continue to grow, allowing magazines like this one to do well. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Drop your current project..

And help with this! Glassons is asking for hand-knitted scarves - take them into your local store, they'll put a tag on them and sell them for $25, with all proceeds going to the Christchurch earthquake relief.

I'm going to take a break from knitting Chip the Robot (who is coming along quite nicely, already made the pieces for his head!) and make a scarf out of some yummy Creative Fibres 8 Ply Wool in Ocean which I have left over from making some fingerless mittens last year. I'm quite slow at knitting scarves because they get a bit repetitive, so I'm knitting them on 8mm needles to make it go a bit faster, and give it a lacy feel.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


For two weeks, after my colleague wrote a story about Auckland's first CraftExpo, I was really excited. I recruited Mum to come along, and I hoped I would find some really nice yarn to stash and save for an awesome project.

For the $14 each we paid for entry, I would by lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. After the expo being advertised as being for sewers, knitters, quilters, beaders and everything in between, I thought I would surely spend way too much money on extra supplies, but I was very wrong.

All up I found three stalls catering to knitters. One was the excellent Cameron-James Designs, where I did find this awesome Chip The Robot pattern.

Other than that there wasn't much at all. Quilting took up the vast majority of the stalls, followed by beading - and I have nothing against those at all (some of the quilts were the most amazing things I've ever seen). But when an event is advertised as being for a wide range of crafters, it would have been nice to see more variety.

Too add to that, I wanted to take a couple of photos of everything for the blog. Harmless I thought, especially as there were no signs up saying photography wasn't allowed. But of course, I was once again very wrong, and I was approached by an extremely rude stall holder to see if I had permission, who quickly informed me that NO photos were allowed to be taken in the merchandise area. I have no issue with this, but her way of letting me know reeked of superiority complex. I'm going to be the bigger person and not name the traders she was representing.

In saying that though, we did make the purchase of a Bernina Bernette 46 sewing machine! We are really excited, and Mum is going to teach me how to make dresses and skirts once we figure out to drive it.

Little Grey Riding Hood

All blocked and finished, with awesome little toggles. I will no longer be scared of patterns with cables.

Now I just need it to get cold or rainy enough to wear it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Darth Vader needs one of these

It will keep him warm when he's hunting out the Rebel Alliance on Hoth. And it will stop that nasty helmet glare.

And really, he just has the most perfect shaped head for modelling this sort of thing. I'm really pleased with the progress on the Through The Woods hood. I should be all finished in a week or so - the only bit I might have trouble with is the button plackets, but the pattern looks relatively straight-forward. I just need to choose some funky buttons now.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Toys for Christchurch + Baking!

These little fellas, Dewey and Thornton, are off on an adventure to Christchurch, thanks to the amazing folk at Kiwi at Heart. They will be in the post tomorrow - and I hope they will be well loved in their new homes!

I've also been doing a bit of baking. I love cake, and I thought this one turned out so well that I had to put a photo of it here. This was one delicious Victoria Sponge Cake. Yum!

The Through the Woods Hood is coming along nicely! The hood bit is all done, cast off, and stitched up so it actually looks like a hood now, and I've started picking up stitches to make the ribbed trim. Exciting knitting times! I hope to get a lot more of it done this weekend.

Monday, March 7, 2011

This morning I woke up and it was cold!

I'd left the window open for the cat to jump in and out. For the first time in months, the summer-weight duvet didn't feel comfortable. Seven days into official Autumn, I noticed my toes were chilly and the air smelt cold - winter most definitely has a smell, it smells like nostalgia - and as I stepped outside to walk to the bus stop, I saw my breath. Finally winter is coming, which means my knitting can go on show!