Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Patterns and a Giveaway

I often get emails asking me if I will write patterns for my toys so I have spent the last few weeks writing and organising patterns. I am starting with two that I had pretty much ready to go. The platypus was in Homespun Magazine in January and the elephant was in The Australian Women's Weekly about 18 months ago.

Although it's not super hard to work out how I made my windmill quilt I have had a few emails from people wanting the pattern. So I have written it up as well.I am going to be listing some in my etsy shop soon, hopefully today or tomorrow, but I also want to give away one of each with a few scraps of fabric as a thanks to everyone who has left messages here or on flickr about my toys and my sewing. Just leave me a comment and I will draw 3 winners on Sunday evening - Western Australian time. Yes I will send them anywhere in the world.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Magic Loop

I am still knitting the sock I started the other day using the magic loop technique. It's going slowly. Very slowly. No more huge tangles so I will stick with it. I think it helps that I am knitting No Purl Monkey Socks and I love this yarn - Socks that Rock in Dutch Canyon.
I had completely forgotten how dirty crawling babies can get, especially when it rains. Their are a few pairs of corduroy pants cut out and I managed to sew up one pair this morning.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Week

  • Amelia and Grace are home after 2 nights with Chris' parents. It was so quiet around here without them and we got a bit done but it is fantastic to have them home again.
  • I stopped procrastinating and have started writing up some patterns
  • I am trying again with the magic loop sock thing. I nearly have one cuff done. It managed to get so tangled last night and I felt like I was knitting with an octopus.
  • The weather has turned cold so it was pea and ham soup for dinner (I love soup weather).
  • Cut into some fabric and started a new quilt

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Nemo Socks

Finally finished the never ending Nemo socks. I did kind of follow a pattern, but I didn't really look at it much which explains why the socks are all different sizes and lengths. Luckily the girls had to do some weird dance in them and don't stand still ever so no one will ever see how different they are.

I saw this on Loobylu last week and now this gorgeous song is stuck in my head.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


More pleats - this time a little top for Eva. I can't seem to find the patterns I used when the girls were younger so I just measured, cut and amazingly it fits. I didn't realise until I finished that I ironed and top stitched the pleats in the wrong direction, but I will fix that next time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The nights have are becoming colder and the days are cooling down too - time for some winter clothes. I found these pants half made from last year when they were way too big for the girls. I hemmed them and they are perfect for this year. Well perfect for Grace. Apparently they won't be perfect for Amelia as princesses and mermaids only wear skirts and dresses.
I really like pleats at the moments and I love the non symmetrical ones on the pink skirt.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Easter is over and the girls are slowly coming down from their sugar high. It was a busy weekend with the market on Saturday (great to meet some people like Nicole for the first time) and a trip to my sisters to collect the big girls on Sunday. I am hoping for a few quiet days and then we are off to Perth this weekend.
A picture from my stall at the market.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Made On The Left

If anyone is anywhere near Bunbury this Saturday pop in and say hi.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Hot Non Cross Choc Buns

I had a go at making Hot Cross Buns yesterday using dough from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I made a batch of white bread dough and added a few tablespoons of sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon (couldn't find the mixed spice) and choc chips as I really don't like sultanas. Nothing was measured - just added until it looked, smelt and tasted right. When it came to baking I put 8 small balls of dough in my baking tray and cooked them for about 20 minutes. No crosses as I just couldn't be bothered. When they were out of the oven I glazed them with really good apricot jam. Perfect - I see more of them being made (and eaten) this week.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Windmill Quilt Finished

It has been the week of the never ending binding but it is done and the quilt is officially finished.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Corduroy Bags

I have been wearing my new bag everywhere. It is definitely heading into corduroy weather now so I have been making a few more for the market next week.

I have finally joined twitter - you can find me here.

Friday, April 03, 2009


I don't know how I would live without a computer now, but they are the most frustrating things. Mine has been at the computer fix it shop again this week as it wouldn't turn on again. They can't find anything wrong with it. Apparently is just doesn't like the cold and won't turn on until the day has warmed up. Not much good down here in winter. It was 1 degree yesterday morning so I turned it on last night and now I don't want to turn it off. Not much good for the carbon footprint. Think I might have to really save for that laptop I have been dreaming of.
On the other hand when they aren't being frustrating and I haven't been swearing at it I have been playing with my new toy - a Wacom Bamboo. Definitely makes pattern writing a much more pleasant experience.

I am still sewing for the market next week. A poor little pile of toys waiting to be stuffed.