Sunday, 22 July 2012

Super simple bow tie

Hot off the needles is this sweet little bow tie that I made for Felix to wear to his Uncle Mat and Aunty Tracey's wedding in November. I'm planning on making one for Gus too which they'll both wear with a nice white shirt and some grey trousers which I plan on making in the same style as the brown pants I've just finished for Gus. Hopefully my tamariki will look really snappy in their handmade gear! Xo

Friday, 20 July 2012

So much to share

First things first - last weeks' Pockets of Craft night at our new venue was a huge success with 9 crafty people attending. Wicked! I also have confirmed that Liv from the Great Sock Monkey Challenge is booked in to come and show us how to make sock monkeys which will be donated to the Starship Hospital. How very exciting to be supporting such an incredible cause.

Well I have been a busy wee beaver having finished Gus' fabulous tweed trousers at the craft night (don't they look snappy!) only to have Gus put a hole in them yesterday at the skate park. Its not a little hole either - about the size of a 10 cent piece. I'm trying to figure out the best way to mend them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - they're a wool/linen blend.

I have a new favourite book - Made to Play by Joel Henriques. He is one incredibly creative man. I adore these little shin guard type robot legs. How wonderfully resourceful and in-tune with his kids interests can he be. Love it!

This lovely iti pink thing is a cowl - of course. Unfortunately right now it doesn't smell too lovely as I sprayed it with water to iron it (think wet dog) but hopefully once its dry it will smell as cute as it looks! Its for a very sweet little kotiro who is turning two shortly and whom invited our not so sweet Felix (he's being quite intentionally a real rascal lately) to her party. I'm just a little excited for Felix. 

.....  Oh no - I just tried to put the cowl on Felix to make sure it would fit but its too tight.  When I cast off I did it too tight and so can't get that edge over his head so it definitely won't fit over the intended recipients head.  I'm going to have to undo it and try to cast off much looser.  Drat!!!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Pockets of Craft tonight

Tonight is our Pockets of Craft night and already I've had 11 people confirm they will be coming - wow! I'll need to call the Community House and see if we can get a bigger room for the occasion! Ka rawe.  Tonight I plan on finishing the trousers that I cut out at the last craft night and due to constant busyness I haven't been able to finish them.  All I have left to do is finish the waist and the cuffed hems and they're done but finding time lately to sit at the sewing machine has been difficult.  I used my new (second-hand) overlocker for this project and it worked a treat.  Thanks to Petone Sewing Machines for offering such a great range of well-priced second-hand machines.  

I'm still plugging along with my Caramel Cardi which I imagine is going to take quite a while to complete.  I'm hoping that some of our more experienced knitters will turn up as I need some advice on the best way to join colours and the best way to carry the yarn between stripes.  So if you're at a loss for something to do tonight and live in the Lower Hutt area, feel free to join us at Petone Community House, 6 Britannia Street, Petone from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm. Xo