Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scottish Vote

 With all eyes looking at Scotland today I thought I'd share these wonderful knitting patterns. Good luck Scotland, whatever the outcome!

Which would you choose? No - I don't mean independence or remaining united with the Brits! I mean which fair isle jumper? I'm partial to the "Dunkeld". Can't go passed a short sleeved fair isle knit!

Friday, September 12, 2014


Yesterday the twins gave me a compliment. They said that I "almost look like that pretty lady on the computer" - (yeah that's as good as it gets from the twins! Makes a change from them laughing uproariously at me when I'm naked.) 
"Who is this mysterious pretty lady on the computer?" I hear you ask. None other than HELGA VON TROLLOP!!! Yes! They said I almost looked as good as Helga! It made me day. 
Still "experimenting" with (i.e. stuffing up) the hair colour. This is electric lava. I knew it wasn't quite right but couldn't find the colour I wanted. As Merle Haggard sang, "No it's not love, but it's not bad."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Keep forgetting to show you all this dress...

Yes! I finished it. This tunic dress - which I started way back in April or May  - was from a vintage pattern...  

And yes, you may have noticed that the one I made has lost it's sleeves. Hmm. I did start making the sleeves....but then I thought it would be more flexible as a tunic pinafore and would fit the girls for longer....well that's my excuse anyway and I'm sticking to it.
I keep forgetting to photograph the twins when they wear it so I seized the opportunity this morning when Wanda wore it.

Mind you.... getting a photo of Wanda isn't that easy..she hardly ever stays still!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

plastic fantastic!

Ah... young people hard to lead astray.

My good friend Kasia and I like to recycled plastic bags into plastic yarn - "plarn, darling" and then crochet with it or write on fences with it. We call ourselves "the town plarners."

Today we took part in the school art workshops. We thought we would teach the kids to do plarn graffiti for themselves - surely a handy life skill? Instead they wanted to learn to crochet. Also a handy life skill...
They crocheted plarn into long chains and wove with them.

Here they are learning how to turn plastic bags into handy plarn.

And who knows...they may go forth and write  radical or not so radical messages on fences one day...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Yee- haw for Spring Sewing!

It's just a simple gathered skirt - the fabric is so good that it seemed an obvious way to display it. I can almost hear the coyote's howling and it makes me want to sing "I'm an old cow hand from the Rio Grande"
Now I'm riding off into the sunset - well actually I'm catching a tram into the city..."yipee yi yo kayah"

*thanks to my little photographer Joe who is only 5 years old

Friday, September 5, 2014

fake fair isle

I was wishing I had a little jumper with  a fair isle yoke. I can't make one quick fact I'm not sure I can make one full stop.  So I embellished this second hand number into fake fair isle....

'cos, yeah...I'm gonna fake it 'til I make it.......which might be years...or never!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

looking like a 70's couch

I love this dress. Even though it makes me feel like I'm wearing a 70's couch cover. It's vintage Welsh woven wool designed by David Bond for the Craft Centre of Wales. It's worthy of a crafting 70's lady from The Golden Hands Encyclopedia Of Crafts.
I don't know anything about David Bond and can't find anything....

I've had it for years but haven't worn it that much....on account of it making you feel like an arm chair....but couldn't resist teaming it with my orange hair!

What do you think? Hilarious, huh? I wore it to a crafty get together. It was a relief no one mistook me for a piece of furniture and sat on me. Not even the dog. It all made me want to make tuna casserole for tea and do some macrame!