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Sewing

Our car recently spent some time at the mechanics. It went in for a service and some other repairs. Having one car makes it very difficult to get  Gorgeous Girl to school and back when it is out of action. Fortunately, some friends of ours lent us their car so that we could get to and from school.

So I made them some placemats to say thank you. One thing I love about sewing is the speed at which the projects come together (if I don’t screw up the cutting or sewing…)

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I picked up these placemat panels before we left South Africa, so they have been marinating in the stash for a while.

I backed them with traditional African fabric that I was stunned to see one of the local supermarkets here in PNG selling. This is the same brand as the fabric I picked up in Zambia during our holiday there.

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Hopefully they like them.

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Last Sunday Gorgeous Girl was watching a documentary about wildlife in India (she loves watching nature programmes) and she asked me to come and watch with her. So I grabbed my needles and  some yarn and by the time the show was over I had this little guy sitting on my lap. I am incapable of watching TV without some sort of craft in my hands…

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Handspun yarn. I’m tempted to make a whole flock of these. If you would like to make one of your own you can find the free pattern here.

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As I was putting my last two scrapbooking pages away I realised that I’d made another layout which I had neglected to share on the blog. This is a nice simple layout which lets the lovely paper speak for itself. I can’t get over how much Gorgeous Girl has grown.

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These photos were taken on a trip to the Netherlands in 2010. Yeah, I’m slowly dealing with the scrapping backlog…

I started out in paper craft as a card maker. These days I do much more scrapbooking than cardmaking, but I still make all my own birthday cards. This one is heading out the door soon.

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After looking at the photo I’ve since added a white line around the black tag to finish it of a little more. The patterned paper is up-cycled from my 2013 diary.

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I started this shawl just before we headed to Europe as I wanted something simple to do in the few moments of down time between conferences and sight seeing. Then it travelled with me to Australia earlier this month and I worked on it a little more, but couldn’t finish it there because I needed my little scale to make sure that I used every last ounce (towards the end I was weighing the remaining yarn after each row to see if I had enough to do another row or if I needed to cast off). Without further ado I give you my Old Lady of Poland shawlette.

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Pattern is a free Ravelry download and can be found here: Old Man of Storr Shawlette.

I’m pleased with how it came out.

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The yarn was handspun by me quite a number of years ago (2010 according to the stash entry on Ravelry) and I don’t know why I didn’t get around to knitting it up sooner.

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It’s a merino/tencel blend from Girl on the Rocks, who has wonderful laser cut knitting and sewing notions in her etsy shop. I adore the sheep WPI tool.

I made two trips into town as the passenger today, Gorgeous Girl had a role in her school assembly this morning and so Gorgeous Man and I both went in and Friday afternoon is school pick up + grocery shopping. This meant that instead of having to deal with our awful traffic I could knit. Here’s the progress from today’s journeys.

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Using up some leftover yarn from a pair of socks knitted a very long time ago. It’s a little baby hat for charity.

I’m hoping to find some crafty time this weekend: a bit of scrapbooking (I have lots of new photos to play with) and perhaps a bit of spinning, I’m hoping to replicate some Malabrigo yarn using their fibre that I purchased in Poland. Wish me luck!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

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These booties were finally finished and popped in the post while we were in Australia.

duck booties finished

Hopefully they will get lots of use. Pattern can be found here.

This hat didn’t get finished in time to go into the post. It’s destined for charity.

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Pattern can be found here.

I love that this is a historical pattern. It was knitted for the troops during World War II. The decreasing is very clever.

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The yarn colour is more accurate in the first photo.

I’ve finished a shawl as well, just need to weave in the ends and have a photo shoot.

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There’s been a little bit of crafty goodness happening here at Ruth’s Place.

I finished Brickless and wore it in Germany. It’s now in a ziplock bag in a box waiting for our next visit somewhere cold…

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I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Needed to make a thank you card and I came up with this.

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I fussy cut the motifs from some paper. Leaf placement on the right could be a little better, but I think it works overall. Now just need to write in it and pop it in the post.

There has also been some scrapbooking. I am trying to use some photos of myself and Gorgeous Man, so that not all the scrapbook albums in the house are of Gorgeous Girl. These are very old photos of my graduation from my first degree. When I graduated I never expected that life would lead me in the direction that it has. For this layout I used the layout by Gisele Julien shown on the Let’s Capture our Memories blog for sketch 69. It was perfect for the photos that I had of this event.

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I hand wrote the title and coloured it with water-colour pencils.

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A slip of the cutting knife meant that an embellishment was needed. Fortunately I had the perfect one left over from when I did a page for Dr. Gorgeous Man’s most recent graduation.

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I suspect I must be the ultimate simple scrapbooker with only one embellishment on a page.

In real life the green leaves in the background paper and the green in the title match perfectly, but my camera didn’t want to play nice.

Right now I have some yarn cooling on the sink and some cooking on the stove. A very generous Raveller sent me some Kool Aid, so I’ve been experimenting with that. The over-dyed yarn is looking great, I’m reserving my judgement regarding the yarn on the stove.

Stay tuned for yarny photos.

 

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I made an article of clothing from a pattern and it fits!

As soon as Gorgeous Girl saw it she put it on and then grabbed dolly with the matching dress (same pattern, not the same fabric).

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She likes it.

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I managed to do french seams on the sides.

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I’m quite impressed with myself about that.

Gorgeous Girl found some lace in the stash when we were selecting fabric and insisted that it be added. Thanks to my friend Google I worked out how to add lace to a hem without too much trauma.

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While the machine was out I made a pillowcase for a friend of Gorgeous Girl’s who is having a birthday soon.

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Gorgeous Girl insisted on giving it a test run.

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Funny kid. It’s now all wrapped up and ready to be gifted. I hope the recipient likes it. I’m always worried about giving handmade gifts to other people’s children because I know not all families value handmade as much as ours (and our extended family) does.

Gorgeous Man and Gorgeous Girl went out to one of the National Parks recently. Here is Gorgeous Girl relaxing after a 2 kilometre walk and a leech bite.

Araminta in Varirata

Gorgeous Man really does take the most beautiful photos of Gorgeous Girl. This really captures her. She wasn’t too fazed by the leech bite. She told me that she “wasn’t happy” because she got bitten by a leech, but it was OK because Daddy had picked it off.

 

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Another one

At Gorgeous Girl’s request I made her a bracelet. She selected the yarn and the beads.

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I found the perfect purple button in the button stash.

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I’m so thankful for the stashes that allow me to craft even though there are no craft stores easily available to me. (I will admit that, with the exception of the button stash, they are a bit larger than I would like and living here has been a good exercise in stash downing and I’m enjoying seeing a reduction in their overall size).

She likes it.

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But has only worn it for 5 minutes as it’s too hot to wear in this heat. Oh well, she can take it to Australia with her in a few weeks…

After 24 hours without water the screeching in the pipes may indicate that water is on it’s way back into the house… I’m hopeful.

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Usually, I see a pattern that I like on Ravelry and I add it to my insanely ambitious far too long queue and it marinates there for years a while until I get around to casting it on. However, when I saw this Wrap around crochet bracelet I had to cast on immediately.

It took me a while to get the hang of it, and I’m still not entirely convinced that I’ve done it exactly right, but I love how it turned out.

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The seeds are a Japanese seed bead mix that I’ve had for a while now. I bought them when we were living in South Africa (so they are at least 3 years old) and didn’t end up using them for the project I had them in mind for as they were too small for the yarn.

This thread is 100% silk handspun, Navajo-plied (three ply). I used a 1.75 mm hook so it’s smaller than the original pattern.

It’s too hot to wear here, but I’m hoping to get some use out of it when we visit cooler climates (where you don’t sweat all the time).

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I’m still trying to decide if it’s beautiful and cool or really rather daggy.

Gorgeous Girl has requested one for herself. She raided the bead and yarn stashes and came up with a silver bead, purple yarn combo. It’s in progress.

I was going to show you a crochet blanket that I was working on. However, when I laid it out to take a photo I discovered that it was turning into a pyramid, going in at both sides. Obviously I have a problem with blankets. It’s been frogged and restarted using a different (hopefully fool-proof) pattern.

On the agenda for today is finishing a dress for a certain Gorgeous Girl.

We are currently without water. Fortunately I’d had a shower and made a pot of coffee before it went off so I’m feeling half-way human. And there is 15 litres of drinking water in the cupboard. What? You don’t stockpile bottled water at your place?

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I finished the dress for Gorgeous Girl’s doll. I’m pleased with how it turned out. This doll belonged to me as a child but she lives with Gorgeous Girl now.

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The pattern is a free one from from Oliver + S. I am a sewing pattern novice and this was easy to follow. I’d pay money for some of their other patterns it was so well written.

I think Gorgeous Girl is happy with the dress.

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Dress, sewn by me, fabrics chosen by Gorgeous Girl.

(As an aside, you can see the neighbour’s house in the background of the photo. Ours is identical.  We park our car underneath).

While hunting through the stash to find the fabric for Gorgeous Girl’s dress I came across a few test blocks from a quilt I decided not to go ahead with (test blocks revealed some serious flaws in the pattern instructions). I decided to whip them together quickly and make a coaster for Gorgeous Girl to keep on the coffee table. Not my best work, but out of the stash and put to use…

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This is my picture. Not content with that, Gorgeous Girl asked for the camera so she could style the shot.

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Her dress is in progress, but I’ve learned not to sew when tired, so instead of finishing it off tonight I’m going to crash on the couch with some knitting for about 20 minutes and then head to bed. Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak a few minutes at the machine tomorrow.

 

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