Archive for April, 2008

Time Travelling

April 26, 2008

Today I watched Back to the Future Part II, and Dr Who, whilst making this:

The bib part of the Pinny says “Tea’s ready!” But it took me ages to decide that one. I nearly went for “Tea parties are the spas of the soul” but that was far too long, and then I was swaying for “Everything stops for tea” ala Mr Jack Buchanan

But in the end I simply went for:

I’m totally in love with the pockets, which have little embroidered images of a cake from front on and from Birds-eye view.

I love it and I want to wear it while baking but I need to keep it clean for the time being. 😦


News since my last post

April 20, 2008

This morning I made the page pretty by adding a header.

Yesterday morning I became a feminist in the shower.

I have learnt what a seagull has to do with the distortion of body images in the media.

I taught myself how to knit an i-cord.

Proper post soon, I promise.

John Lewis, I love you.

April 17, 2008

I visited the Haberdashery section in the John Lewis in The Trafford Centre. If you’ve never been to the Trafford Centre, it’s well worth a visit- Even a £3.30 bus journey from Manchester Piccadilly, it’s worth it. I don’t think I turned one corner in the entire precinct without laughing at the interior decoration, the food hall is a must-see.

Anyway, the John Lewis at least is delightful, but then again- when isn’t John Lewis delightful?
I was going with the intention of buying wool, I’d been generously given a £20 John Lewis voucher for Christmas, and the wool there is one of those things that I can’t justify buying unless it’s a treat for myself. It’s all fairly priced, I’m just quite cheap. A £1 ball of acrylic from my local Sewcraft has to do me.

My purchases:

That’s 6 balls of Wendy Fusion, 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic. It’s a variegated yarn, a mix of greys, purples and pinks. I wasn’t sure about it- Although I love pink and grey together, I do claim to hate purple in most forms. As far as I can see, wearing purple either makes you look like an old woman or a goth, and as I am neither I tend to steer clear. However this time I felt I could just get away with it- and what is life without a gamble?

The book you see I picked up for a £2.85 steal. It’s Country Escape, a book of 15 patterns for Rowan’s Country wool. I probably won’t use Rowan Country if I make something from it, for expense reasons, (I did the maths, and needing 13 balls of Rowan Country the jumper would set me back £61 – it’s 100% wool) but I really do hope I can find the time to make something from it. The pattern that caught my eye, and led me to buy the book was Aoife:

Look at it! Look at the collar! Look at the mix of garter and stockinette stitch! This must be mine. I’m even going to grow my bob back for it, now that is dedication.

The rest of the patterns can be found here, at English Yarns.

I haven’t got enough Wendy Fusion to make Aoife, but I don’t think I’d want it in those colours anyway. I’m thinking maybe a dark green or brown. I have got a project in mind for my Wendy Fusion but I’m keeping it schtum in case my amazing ability to ruin absolutely everything comes into play on this project and the promises I’ve made simply can’t be kept.

OMG! This took ages.

April 9, 2008

It’s my friend’s 19th Birthday this weekend, or at least his birthday celebration. I’m never sure when people’s actual birthdays are.
Anyway this particular friend reads PopJustice as though it were the bible, and when they recently changed their rating system, he told me that it reminded him of me. I can’t remember what it was like before, but now if something’s really rather good, they put this graphic up: And apparently that’s a phrase I use a lot.

So, what else could I make him?

I fabric painted the background, but thought that if I stencilled the rest it’d take foreeeever and it’d be much quicker to stitch. I, of course, was wrong, but I only found this out when it was too late.

Here are some detail shots of my chain stitching:

I know there’s a blob missing in the blue area, I’m going to sort that out soon. I just have to find my fabric paints. I’ll go look for them and my fur jacket. But the fur jacket is another story for another day.

The Verdict

The T-shirt was opened with much joy, I think the phrase being used was “OH MY GOD, THAT’S AMAZING!” (we just can’t help ourselves) and then was worn worryingly enough for a few days running. My only hope is that it survives the washing machine (Should it ever get that far.)

And here’s the happy owner, watching Frank Sidebottom.

Victoria Knit

April 8, 2008

This didn’t go so well because I didn’t have the right shade or colour of yarn, but it was one of my first projects using increases and decreases in knitting, so I think I did ok?

By the way I’m not obsessed with cakes, it’s my current textiles assignment, when it’s over my crafts’ll be a lot more varied.

When two beautiful worlds collide

April 5, 2008

The world of felting, and the world of English afternoon tea.

Wet felted a few bits and bobs and sewed them together. I don’t like the colour of the scone, I didn’t have any correctly dyed fleece so I just stuck some white and some orange in a ball together and hoped for the best. It’ll do for a practice run.