Saturday, April 19, 2014

squawk!

OK, so I'm not sure what penguins sound like.

Turns out that when you become an aunty, it's essential to expand your repertoire of animal sounds beyond Mooooo, Meow and (my favourite) Raaaaaaarr!

Here, it's same same but different. Still making stuff and having fun. Last year, we tied the knot and travelled a bit. This year, we're gonna keep it local and visit all our interstate buddies - watch out guys! I'm also enjoying reading many new sewist blogs - very inspiring.


Anyway, this is a penguin from a finger puppet collection for little M, all the way in Germany. Welcome M (squawk), Happy Easter!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Echino Framed

Inspired by some fabric wall hangings at Kiitos, we armed ourselves with a staple gun and stretched canvas frame to make this for my bro's housewarming/Christmas pressie.
This Echino Bird print was a gift from Dr P and J a few years ago from Duckcloth - I think they may have envisioned a skirt version too; however, I think it also makes a great print to admire on a nice new wall in a nice new house. An extremely satisfying project indeed, we felt quite proud of our handiwork!
There are plenty of tutes floating around if you're keen (the tute on the Marimekko blog is a good start).  I decided to fold the edges over for a neater finish, but beware the added bulkiness when dealing with the corners. To help reduce the bulk from the extra fabric, I trimmed a small triangle from each corner before stapling the fold in place, but I'm still working towards a better solution for this.
We also grabbed some D rings and simply added one to each side (you could also use eye screws). Attach some wire to hang up your finished masterpiece =p - there are also plenty of tutes on how to tie a wire knot. 

A great way to destash fabric - especially those that you can't bear to cut into, and you get to admire your lovely prints everyday.  Hope bro, s and little miss c enjoy it!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nani Iro Spotty Spring Scarf


Mostly, we try to be sensible and not splurge too much. But I confess, there are some things that I don't think twice about:
1) Gigs - anyone else excited about the pairing of Joe Pernice of Pernice Brothers and Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub?
2) Fabrics. Too much is never enough.

(Un)fortunately, Elmo is an excellent enabler, so we recently splurged on Marimekko lovelies at Kiitos (more on this later) and a bit of this Nani Iro Pon Pocho print from Patchwork on Central Park, (closing soon to make way for a second Scarlet Jones, make sure you drop in and snap up some lovelies for yourself!). 

This bright and happy fabric is lovely and soft, perfect for a spring scarf. I simply cut along the grain, and hemmed in on all sides. The lady in the shop also suggested that I could leave some edges frayed which I will try on a second version.
But first, this is on its way to Ms E who is now mum of two - congrats eky and mr a, and welcome little s.k.h =)

Monday, July 09, 2012

winter crafting

now that it's the coldest coldest weather (toe-freezing overnight temperatures of 3.2 and 2.3 deg on the weekend*), i'm making summery tops and dresses.

it's a bit upside down: my friend c is sensibly knitting a cardi and she wonders why i wait until summer to knit chunky wool scarves. c suggested wearing layers of all sorts underneath my new tops (you could wear a singlet! no, a skivvy!). i wonder if i could bribe c to make me a cardi to wear =p

but doncha think this print calls out for a spring/picnicy/bbq type top?

 
this is another DS quilt collection fabric from spotty, with the wiksten tova top pattern. i adjusted the seams on the side and sleeves, but other than that, it's a good fit!

grabbed a lovely brushed cotton bargain yesterday, so might make a tova dress version while i've got a bit of time between deadlines (sorry c!)

*secretly enjoying the palindromic temps!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Ch-ch-changes

happy post-winter-solstice winter! or happy new financial year!?

we recently moved from a small city apartment to a small house further out. reality check: all our romantic notions of growing vegies in the backyard were swiftly replaced with new hobbies of lawnmowing and saving plants from bugs unknown. yup.

we do love our new neighbourhood though, especially now that we've stopped feeling like we're living in a b and b that just happens to have all of our stuff in it!

work grows apace: busy busy busy but good. during a brief breather, i've managed to do a bit of crafting.  here's a wiksten tank, made with an art deco style DS collection fabric. loving the orange and navy combo.
And, whilst on my craft spree in japan last october, i picked up these gorgeous polygon beads from idola in kyoto, a little shop adjacent to the avril yarn shop. idola has the winning tag line: Smile buttons & Dragon beads. i couldn't pick only one so grabbed one of each colour, score!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

happy 2012!

Happy new year! may you work less and play more in 2012!

We sweltered in glorious 40degC+ scorching heat over the holidays, and being a sensible person, i took this time to knit =p. luckily, this week we tipped back towards the wintery weather (thanks melbs). i was very grateful to have this scarf...just in time for january (!?).

this wool is from avril in kyoto, and it is the most vibrant, orangiest, orange colour. this pic doesn't quite show off the brightness of this gorgeous yarn. thanks mum for sharing knitting secrets and expertise.
The pattern comes from this awesome book, which contains clear instructions and photos for the knitting newbies. Godsend!

Below is the last of the 2011 softies, the ever reliable miss polly pattern for dr k's newest family member. this sweet 1930s style fabric is from Patchwork By Sea in RADelaide.
we've been spring-cleaning a bit around here, and happened upon elmo's old teddy. look at the love in this little guy...
i hope all the softies going out there become this battered and worn out.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

beautiful japan

whilst in japan, many locals from both kobe and kyoto highly recommended a visit to the kinka-kuji temple (also known as the golden pavillion).

this is the stunning view when you walk into the impeccably maintained gardens, accompanied by a steady sound of clicking cameras and ooohs and aaahs in the background.
seriously! picture perfect, huh?

this was taken in october - you can see that the canopy of some trees are beginning to change into an autumnal display. can you imagine how stunning this view would have been a few weeks later with the warm oranges/reds/yellows of autumn? better timing next trip!

and a friend for one of the newest aussies-via-france in melbs. mr m's maman is an excellent home pastry chef and makes the most delicious macarons i've ever tasted. this japanese fabric dotted with little sweets and cakes seemed perfect =)
bienvenue petit m!