Wednesday, 31 March 2010


Multnomah by Kate Flagg
A gorgeous shawl, perfect for Spring, when it still is a little bit chilly!

Needles: 4.0 mm
Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin

Monday, 29 March 2010

knitting progress

a couple of progress pictures....
5 stitch sock wool blanket (adpated from the ten stitch blanket by Frankie Brown, available from Ravelry)

Ten Stitch Twist by Frankie Brown
to use the left over left over sock wool...yes, I think I have lost the plot! But these are fun to do in front of the TV.

Both the above blankets are available via

and Tempest

Passing on the bug

I am teaching Rebecca to quilt every Friday. She finishes school at 1pm and comes over for a few hours!

We are using scraps from the strip boxes and she is doing a great job, and more importantly enjoying the process.

Next week, triangles!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

How to make a fabric book cover.

The PTA at the kid's school have bought 6 sewing machines for the kids to learn how to sew.

One of the teachers is doing an after school club. I am there to pick the kids up that day as the boys have clubs, so I have offered to help if she needed it.

She asked me for any ideas for the kids to make things that they would enjoy, so I have been thinking about different things, and checking with Alexander and Cameron to see of they would enjoy making and using the projects.

I remember having a book cover like this when I was younger. I can't remember where it came from, but I remember the fabric was batik greens and blacks, and I loved it. So, I have tried to replicate it from memory.

As I attempted to make one of my own, I took photos of each stage. Alexander is a wizz at Power Point Presentations, so he did the slides for me. The classroom has an interactive white board, so we can put the slides up on there for everyone to see.

I sent my friend Steph, (a new addicted sewing fan), the file, and she made 3 in 1 1/2 hours, and was really pleased with the results.

The measurements for a book I covered was 13cm wide, 20cm high and 2 1/2cm thick. When I went through the kids bookshelves this was the standard size of most of their books. If you want to cover a different size book, measuure the width (double it for front and back), height and spine, and add seam allowances. For the inner flaps, measure width of cover and subtract 3cm from width.

Any questions about the pattern, please let me know!
Good Luck

(above photo...issues with my sewing machine tension, reason for double need for 2 stitching lines)

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Phil's Neck Warmer

Pattern: "Hubby Approved Scarf" by Danielle Landes
Wool: Rico Design Baby Classic DK
Needles: 4mm

After seeing Alexander and Cameron's scarves, Phil wanted one as well. I had blue wool for Phil. This one took longer than the boys scarves for 2 reasons.
1. It was wider and longer than the kids scarves (ttok longer to make)
2. I was bored of the pattern 1/2 way though, and got sidetracked with my citron, handschuhe, and my doublemassa hat!

Alexander's Neck Warmer

Pattern: "Hubby Approved Scarf" by Danielle Landes
Wool: Rico Design Baby Classic DK
Needles: 4mm

Alexander is really happy with his scarf. It's his favourite shade of red. Cameron chose the buttons for it, he did a great job choosing these ones, a perfect match.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Knitting Bags

I run a knitting club at school every Tuesday. The kids knitting are in a box, and every week it is a bit of a mess when they try and find their knitting.
We have tried putting their knitting in plastic pockets, and labels on knitting needles, and still they can't find their knitting quickly.

So, I have made these little knitting bags with a drawstring. Each bag is made from different novelty fabric.
The kids chose which bag they wanted, and now their knitting is kept safe.....well, we will see what happens next week!