Sep 19, 2014

challenging myself

I've been feeling the need to stretch my crafting legs lately.  Trying things I'm not confident at or that I've never tried before.  I do like to challenge myself in whatever I'm undertaking.  When I was 22 I got my first Banking job and it was dead boring data entry.  But every day I'd go in and try to beat my score from the day before.  It kept me sane.  

And now days in my home life and in my crafty work I like to try and challenge myself as well.

I started the year doing a few bits of crochet for charity.  I've taught heaps of classes this year as well - something which does tend to make me quite nervous.

The Outing Shawl was quite a complex pattern and it took lots of concentration to crochet it.  Once I'd finished it though I absolutely loved it and wore it heaps.

Currently I'm working on a Vest for myself.  You can find the pattern in issue 22 of Simply Crochet.  I've never really made an item of clothing for myself so it's been testing.

Yesterday I decided I needed a quick win so I tried a little amigurumi heart pattern.  I was so excited because it worked and I was so thrilled!  I'd never made any amigurumi before and I'm keen to try more now.

So tell me, do you like to challenge yourself? Push yourself out of your comfort zone?.

Sep 7, 2014

vintage children's sewing machines

Way back when I wrote this blog post about my miniature Singer machine.  At this time I did a bit of research to find out its age and other information.  It came to me from my mum but she wasn't sure how old it was exactly.

When I was doing this research I came across lots of other brands of machines and especially fell in love with the Vulcan brand.  In particular the Junior, Minor and Senior ones.

Later that year I managed to acquire a Senior through a local online Auction.  A couple of months later my parents were visiting the UK and picked up the Minor in an antiques fair for me.

Just recently I found a Junior for sale in the UK and managed to convince my brother to take possession of it and bring it back to Australia whenever he next visited.  Well that time has finally come and I was able to get all my babies out and photograph them together.

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