Jun 3, 2014

outing shawl

I found via an instagram friend this lovely pattern called the Outing Shawl.  I wanted to try something a bit more complicated and to also make something for myself.  A few days later I happened upon this vibrant cotton on sale at Spotlight and thought the colour was a bit of fun.

I wear a lot of black, navy and grey - especially in winter so the orange was perfect.

The pattern took me a little while to get my head around, and I certainly couldn't memorise it, but I did get the hang of it in the end.

I made the shawl a bit longer than the pattern stated, and I haven't blocked it yet either.  But I have warn it a couple of times.  

It's pretty and comfortable and I'm so proud of it!

Jun 1, 2014

Kids art quilt -finished

Guy's teacher had her last day on Friday and I finished the quilt in time to gift it to her in the morning.   I also wrapped up a cute cushion with a train on it for her older boy - which he apparently adores.

I finished the quilt with a scrappy binding in greens.

Below are close ups of the kids drawings.

The teacher adored the quilt.  Yay!

May 7, 2014

my lime period

We all know Picasso had a Blue Period.  But it's so funny when I look back through my photos how they often come in colour blocks too.  The other day I noticed all of a sudden I was taking lots of photos of lime green things.  And lime green is by no means one of my usual colours.

May 5, 2014

Kid's art quilt

One of Little Guy's teachers is leaving in a few weeks to have a baby.  I thought a nice gift from the class would be a quilt with art works by the children built in.

I cut squares from plain fabric and had each child draw something of their choosing and write their name using Sharpie markers.

Pop on a few borders and we have a cute and very personal baby quilt/ play mat.  I finished piecing the top today and just need to back, quilt and bind.

I chose low volume border prints to let the art works shine.

The backing is a bit more vibrant.

Hopefully she will like it!

Apr 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY!! Love Sewing Australia magazine

I was privileged the other week to be on a panel reviewing the new Love Sewing Australia magazine.

I can confirm it is a great mag filled with a variety of sewing projects to suit all tastes and skill levels.  From mobiles to quilts there is something for everyone.   As well as news and handy tips.  It does come in a plastic sleeve (which I know irritates lots of people) but on the back it gives a run down of most of the projects within.  Each issue will include a free gift as well as full size pattern pieces.

Before it goes on shelves on April 17 I have a copy to give away!

Simply leave a comment below or on instagram or on my Facebook page.   You can enter once on each platform.  Winner will be chosen at random.  Open worldwide.  Giveaway closes April 16 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time.

Now closed

Apr 7, 2014

review - The Crochet Lite hooks

When husband Guy went to the USA for work recently I took the opportunity to stock up on a few things from Joann's.   For those of you who haven't had the pleasure Joann's is like the American equivalent of Spotlight.  

As I scrolled through page after page of crochet hooks and yarn on their website my attention was drawn by these nifty The Crochet Lite hooks with a light in the end.  As they were reasonably priced a popped a couple into my cart.  Thinking if nothing else they would be good for a laugh and to add to my growing collection of hooks.

When I posted a picture of them on instagram I was inundated with questions so I decided to do a bit of a review.  I also looked online to see what other people were saying.  

First of all I find it to be a large handled hook.  It stands to reason given the extra space required for batteries etc.  Yet even though I'm accustomed to holding 20 mm hooks, the balance of the large handle with the smaller hook size threw me.  It's also quite long.

Secondly I am not especially fond of the plastic hook.  Usually I  try to work with wooden or metal hooks as I find they move more smoothly.   I did notice people online referred to them as 'squeeky'.

The third thing I tested was the accuracy of the size of the hook.  A few people had mentioned online that they thought the hooks were sized incorrectly.   For example a 4 mm hook was actually a 4.5mm.  I hooked up a dishcloth with my 4.5mm Crochet Lite and then did the same pattern in a 4.5mm Clover hook and found no difference.   Even when you look at the Crochet Lite it almost does appear bigger bit on very close inspection I think the size is accurate.

Fourth - I like the fact that they have both the size in mm and the size letter written on them.

Lastly - the light.  On a gloomy day I used the light and found it dazzled me a bit.  The light seems to shine around the bottom of the shaft of the hook and directly out of the top of the hook.  I found sometimes as I was hooking the top light would catch me straight in the eyes.  The one at the base however I found illuminated the work as you went, making it useful for darker yarns.  Some reviews had mentioned using the hook in completely dark rooms - such as a movie theatre.  I tried mine in a dark room and found the light just enough to hook by.  I'm pretty sure eye specialists would recommend against this practice but it is achievable.  I also found in this level of light the light in the tip didn't dazzle me as much.

So there you are.  I still think these hooks are more of a novelty item for me (referred to in our house now as the lightsaber hooks) but if you were fond of hooking in the cinema or in other low light places you might find it useful.  

Do you have one? What do you think of it?    
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