"Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable, let's prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all" Douglas Adams

Sunday, 16 March 2014

I Made A Frock!!

Totally amazing, well done me :-)
Might have noticed I'm feeling a bit chuffed with myself.
I won't tell you it was easy, and I can't pretend its been done correctly,  the facts are though, that it looks like a frock and almost fits right :-D

Sewing Cake.com had great tutorials. The hardest bit was the edging around the neck, probably not helped because I'd cut it out the wrong way around, which I could have fixed, except I'd sewn the blumin thing on about 5 times because my thread kept breaking (I also learnt there is a right and a wrong way to change a needle)

So I think this was my prototype. The material was $4 a metre so I'm quite happy for this to be a wear around the house frock.  I will take what I've learned and make one that can be worn out in public with pride.

Also, next time I won't choose a rib, it was so hard to cut out and it wriggled constantly when I was sewing.

Now back to the crochet.....

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Sewing Adventures in a Cyclone

Eager to begin my Tiramisu frock, I braved the beginning of Cyclone Lusi and took myself off to Otara and The Best Fabric Outlet Shop in Auckland

Fantastically helpful.  The chap there let me know if the material I had chosen was one that the pattern recommended and also helped me to pick the right interfacing, (which I learnt had to be stretchy to match the fabric).

Feeling comfortable with his acceptance of my ignorance I even asked him to show me what the selvage was, and he didn't bat an eyelid at how little I knew. 

His disclaimer for helping me so much: If it didn't work out right don't blame the guy at the fabric shop!  I assured him that if it didn't work out right it'd be the sewing machines fault, so that's fine.

I might try cutting it out tomorrow......

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Scary Sewing Stuf...... dum de dum dum duuuum

Kat over at  Modern Vintage Cupcakes and I run into each other in Wellington occasionally.

I adore her sewing. Good grief this woman whips up a frock in a matter of minutes I swear!

I have admired one of her frocks in particular and after double checking with her, she is certain I can master it. Yes, I was very honest with my sewing machine exploits, still, Kat encourages me.So in the mail today was this:

Now to shop for material :-) 

Back in the Saddle again......


What's the best way to get creative? 
Join the Freeform Crochet Along for International Crochet Month on Ravelry 

I did this 2 years ago and I had a blast and made this:

Which, whenever I wear it my family cringes and I get loads of compliments (though I have also learnt not to wear it when I want people to actually listen to what I'm talking about - apparently it's distracting :-) )

I was a few days late so had to crochet like mad the last couple of evenings to catch up

Here are my scrumbles* so far:

*Scrumbles is a technical term for freeform which I've chosen to translate to 'blobs of creations put together'

So far I've done 3 stitches I've never done before, including Tunisian Crochet which I'd avoided.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing what it turns out to be.....

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Its 'That Time'

Been a while.

Crochet has had a bit of a back seat lately as That Time came along.

My spare time is taken up with searching for the elusive hair I can feel sprouting from  my chinny chin chin

My yarn funds taken up with trips to the naturopath who provides me with fabulous 'no drugs' drugs to help contain my HATE towards everyone, including those I love and those I don't know at all.

My crochet sits neglected as I feel listless and ummotivated

My eyes have bags as I don't sleep and toss and turn the night away in hot sweats (yes I know its been summer and everyone else is the same. Mine's different!!!!!)

Its been a while.....

The no drug drugs are doing their thing. life has started to be normal again :-) crochet projects are under way.  Watch this space :-)