Monday, August 31, 2015

Knit August Nights 2015

I thought about what I'd write for my first post back from KAN 2015, which was an amazing weekend,  but I thought instead we might just marvel at some of the beautiful yarns by our very talented indie dyers - such beauty here!

More on KAN a bit later this week!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Countdown to KAN 2015

It's pretty much the big event on New Zealand's knitterly calendar, and there's only two sleeps to go! 

I cannot wait to get down to Napier this Friday for Knit August Nights. I first went to this great knitting retreat in 2013, and I had an amazing time meeting people I'd met through the blog and Ravelry in person. There was also a serious amount of stash enhancement and some learning too. 

This year I'm only taking one class as I want to have a bit more time with friends and explore a bit of the neighbourhood we're staying in. I'm also really hoping to squeeze a yoga class in too, so if anyone knows anywhere around Ahuriri, let me know!

Looking forward to catching up with a fair few of you there too! Now to think of packing.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Granville - the beginning.

It's taken me quite a few months to get to this point. 
I've managed to find plenty of other things to do, other projects to make, more skirts and dresses, all the while avoiding the most difficult pattern I've ever picked out. 
But last weekend, I ran out of excuses. I've cut out the pieces to my Granville Shirt.

There are so many pieces to this pattern that I'm feeling quite overwhelmed. I think I'm still in the realm of straight-line sewing, none of this fancy cuff and collar business. But the pieces are cut now, and that makes it harder to make excuses. Maybe this weekend I'll get started on the sewing, although I do have a sock to finish…

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Camera crafting

My Olympus camera gets a bit of a beating on a regular basis. Not because I intentionally want to damage it, or because I'm completely clumsy, but she gets used a lot and usually it's just easier to put it in my handbag with the rest of my life than carry an extra camera bag around. And let's be honest - cool camera bags are just hard to find or really expensive. 

My camera's already got a cracked touch screen where I caught it on the corner of a table at a wedding recently, and although everything still works perfectly, I'm sure another hit won't do it much good. I'm looking into getting it repaired, but for now I need to look after it. After a fair amount of Googling, I came up with a solution to part of my problem - make a camera caddy to fit inside my handbags! 

I used How Joyful's camera carrier tutorial for my base, but had to improvise a bit because I didn't have any felt. I used my go-to leftover fabrics and spent this afternoon making. I also didn't have any velcro to hold my dividers in place, but for now I'm okay with that - if I get more lenses, I can easily move my dividers around.

Inside my handbags it squishes up to fit the base better, which is great and holds the camera really steady. I think I'll also make another one soon that's about half the size, just to hold the camera when I don't need to take the rest of the gear with me. Pretty happy with how it came out! And hopefully my camera will be able to live in my handbag more securely!