Thursday, February 22, 2007


Look what my friend gave me yesterday. This is a teeny tiny hat pincushion, crocheted in the finest thread. It is so lovely, I was just delighted with it.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Basic Beanie

I bought this yarn in Walmart during my trip to Canada. I loved the colours and it is knitting up so prettily. Definitely a beanie for a cute little girl, only problem is I know no female toddlers, having only grandsons.

Friday, February 16, 2007

baking day

Too busy today to sew. Have been getting ready for my son and grandsons to come for lunch tomorrow. I thought a picnic in a park would be nice, preferably one near some play things for the little boys. So this morning, after cleaning, I went to the veggie shed to get some salad stuff, came home and mixed pastry which is now in the fridge cooling, and have just finished making peanut butter cookies. These turned out so nice, well I did have to dispose of the mis-shaped ones, didn't I?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Beads, beads, beads

I have been having a turn out of beads today, I am amazed at how many unusable beads Mum and I had, have a box full of them. I am sure there are more beads somewhere, but am unwilling to pull out all my cupboards to find them. We plan to have a trash 'n treasure bead box when our lace group hosts the guild members for a get together shortly.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day with lots of flowers and chocolates, wining and dining too would be nice. Alas, I had no card this morning, no dinner tonight to go out to, so I bought some fillet steak and all the trimmings for dinner for my husband and me. Lo and behold he phoned to say he would be held up in town and not to wait for him. I have just finished my solitary meal from something scavenged from the depths of the freezer and now face an evening of tv. But he did redeem himself by offering to take me out for dinner tomorrow night.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tasselled scarf

Scarf all finished now, I spent a bit of time sewing ends in and making tassels to add to each end yesterday. Of course it had to be a hot humid day so my posturing in front of the mirror wearing the scarf was extremely brief!

Monday, February 12, 2007


At long last my frozen brain has decided on a way to embroider the gold crazy patch postcard. Seem to have been isolated in no man's land for too long. I finished knitting the diagonal scarf yesterday and have enough yarn left for two tassels (yayyy) so that is another job out of the way. Life is smiling on me again!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Still pink

When I was in Melbourne my daughter gave me this piece of pink wild silk. It is a gorgeous coral sort of pink and quite a sizeable chunk. It looks like an offcut from a bridesmaids dress, that sort of fabric and colour. Am sure I can find a use for it though! Am off to my machine embroidery group today, am sure I will have fun and find lots of inspiration.

Friday, February 09, 2007


I have been tatting up a whole flock of angels lately, here is the latest pink beaded angel. I am presently trying to do a purple one, but I had problems with the beads and the thread. The beads I originally used shredded the cotton so I am hoping different beads will work better and not be so rough on the inside.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


One of my favourite pattern companies has set up a website where you can obtain free patterns. Burda also has a forum and help page. This website is in its infancy and there may be a few problems, but I have downloaded and printed off one pattern and all worked well. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Busy fingers

I was not idle on holiday, in spare moments I started to knit a scarf, but it soon became clear that for a conventionally knitted scarf I did not have enough of this nylon yarn, so I frog stitched and have knitted this diagonal pattern. The scarf is narrow but I will have enough yarn for it to be worn double with the ends slipped through a loop. It remains to be seen if I will have enough yarn for some funky tassels.

Here is a picture of the garden in front of my daughter's cottage. Strangely I bought this rose a couple of years ago and it is cherished lovingly in a pot full of worm compost with additional feeds of worm liquid fertiliser. This one is surviving on very little water, if any, mainly just early morning dew and since mine does not flower so profusely, perhaps I should cease the TLC!

Back in Perth

Had a great trip to Melbourne, don't think I missed many exhibitions. I toured a millinery exhibition in Federation Square with Sophie from Artstitches blog. We were rendered nearly speechless by some of the hats! It was good to meet up with Sophie, we talked without stopping about our work and how we do it, etc. etc. Visited the bead shop, oh that was good, so much damage to my pocket money was done there! Both Sophie and my daughter intended to take me to a wool shop that was close to Clegs, but it has moved somewhere, does anyone have any idea what happened to it?
I also visited the Ikat exhibition in the art gallery, amazing work to be seen there, such fine examples of controlled dyeing. And there was a photography exhibit also in the art gallery, photography as social history. Back to the old idea that the camera does not lie. What a quaint concept that sounds in this day and age, but oh what photos, some of them were heartbreakingly truthful in what they recorded.

Haven't downloaded my camera yet, but alas no textiles to be seen, I always forget my camera when something good is in view.