20 December, 2012

...by the hair on my chinny chin chin...

Phew, my shoulders are aching, my teeth have been clenched tight in frustration and my temper has flared... but that is over now. I've met my deadline of today to finish my hubby's vest for Xmas.
Like I said, phew!

18 December, 2012

In the post

Received this lovely bundle of fabric from Duckcloth the other day...
I can't resist a sale AND free postage!
The red spotty fabric is laminate - do you know of any good tutorials or ideas that I can use it with/for?  
I'd always wanted to try laminated fabric ... couldn't go past the dots!!

17 December, 2012

Ta daaa

Ok, here's something positive.... I actually finished something, yay!!

13 December, 2012

About to toss it in the bin...

 This is me, hanging my head in despair.... all my work with so little time remaining & I go and do it wrong, I stuff it up so close to the finish line.

11 December, 2012


I love mustard, do you?  I made some the other day .... it goes from lots of loose dry seeds that you soak overnight...

10 December, 2012

and the winner is.....

The winner of this fancy (huge!) stack of fabric is.....
K. Rennie.  (I have sent you an email for your postal details).

(drawn via Rafflecopter).

Congratulations, but please note that if I don't hear back from the winner within 3 days, I'll be drawing another.

Thanks to all for entering & Merry Christmas!

05 December, 2012

at night...

Each night I've been sitting on the couch crocheting these washcloths ...  
I can make one per night ...  now to stitch them up! They are a part of some Xmas gifts that I'm planning.  
Can anyone recommend a good Goats Milk soap that I can purchase to pop with them?

Pattern on Rav here...

03 December, 2012

Giveaway ... your chance to win!

Hello! I'm happy to join in with Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway day/week this year, I think this is my third year doing it.
Do you like fabric? Do you like to sew? 

27 November, 2012

The day a toaster met a plant...

This is a story about a toaster, some magic mojo & a plant called pigface.

26 November, 2012

Taa Daa...

It's brag time for me, what do you think of the vest I made for bubba?

21 November, 2012

Taa daaa

She's done!
Here she is, the angel for the Ornament Swap.
What do you think of her?

20 November, 2012

Angel making

Here is the update progress of my ornament for the Ornament swap....  
In case you can't tell, she's an angel.
 Starting off with silver wire, she then gets hung outside to be spray-painted gold.
Then I need to keep checking her to make sure there are no paint runs or bugs stuck to her!
I'd love your opinion, how does she look so far?

Eyes and web

Did you know that down here in Tasmania, there is more UV than in places such as Sydney & Brisbane.
Yep, it's true, that means that I need good sunglasses as well as a good supply of sunscreen on hand. 

19 November, 2012

Doing stuff

I've got a few projects going on the at the moment...

13 November, 2012

One ball wonders

I have this 'thing' - I always wonder how much  I can make out of something!
For example, take one ball of 50 gram wool, how much does that knit up?
Answer: ..... this much!
It's the start of the vest that I'm knitting for my hubby, I'm actually pleasantly surprised how much it knit up!  (is knit up the right words??)

Do you wonder such crazy things?

Can you tell me this? 
When it comes to fabric, how much does a jelly roll make or charm squares?

12 November, 2012

How to::: easily knit sleeves & armholes

There comes a time in a vest or jumper, that you can't put off any more and that is the armholes/sleeves.
Yep, I hate them.  That is until my mum told me how to easily count the stitches whilst casting on/picking the stitches for the sleeve as that is the bit that I always found the hardest!  So I've listed the steps below to help you... and to help me when I have to do it again!
Firstly, lay the garment (good side up) as flat as you can on the table - this is trickier than it sounds as it always curls up!

09 November, 2012

It's on!

Eeek, Christmas is a coming and the hectic crafty mayhem begins!
What is that weird looking thing in the photo??

06 November, 2012

Free Pattern:: Crochet an Easy Peasy Washcloth

This washcloth is easy to make, 
it's simple to master and you'll soon be making 1 to 2 each night!
this blog post contains affiliate links
Wool Yarn from Knit Picks

They make great gifts paired with a nice fancy soap (I gift wrap mine with a local goats milk soap).
Felici Self Striping Yarn from Knit Picks

I also use two colours - one for the main body of the washcloth & a contrasting colour for the trim.
Click here or click here for other yarn suggestions to use.

Hook: 5mm crochet hook or whatever hook you feel comfortable using with the yarn.

You will also need some scissors for cutting the yarn ends & a darning needle to weave in the ends.

Ok, let's start!

Chain 25, using the main colour yarn.
Row 1:::   Skip first stitch then *1 sc & 1 dc in the next stitch, skip next stitch.   Repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat row 1 for 18-20 rows either until square or it's at the size you like!  (I crochet 18 rows). 
Fasten off and weave in ends.
        Wool Warehouse

To finish with the trim:
Using secondary (trim) colour, sc around the edge adding an extra chain stitch into the corners to keep the trim flat.
Fasten off & weave in the ends.

Wool Yarn from Knit Picks

Now, go ahead and book mark this page too, so when you make some you can come back and post a link in the comments section below for Show & Tell!

Edited on 27th Oct 2014.....  
please note that several comments (below) state that I should be chaining one at the start (or end) of each row. I don't, it's not needed. In fact, to show you that it is not needed, please click here, it will take you to another blog post that shows step by step how it is not needed.
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05 November, 2012

Meanwhile on Rav...

Do you know that feeling of 'what next' when you're already working on one (or two or three) projects?  Well I do, I get it bad all the time! 
So whilst I'm knitting my hubby's secret vest & bubba's vest & a baby hat & crocheting some Christmas gifts & baby booties...... in my 'down' time I'm searching Ravelry for the next projects.
Here are some cute projects that have caught my eye...

30 October, 2012

A side-step

I've taken a side-step back into crochet (just a little step though!).  I need to do something at knit whilst on the couch sitting next to my hubby, I mean, I can't sit there & knit his surprise jumper with him there can I!!

29 October, 2012

The secret project

Ok, so you can keep a secret right... hmmm, right???
Remember how me telling you that I was going to knit my hubby a vest & I asked your opinions on which vest to knit... well, I couldn't really make a decision one way or the other but I ended up choosing a pattern from a knitting magazine that I just happened to pick up at the newsagents. You see the strange thing is that I NEVER look at knitting mags, I don't really buy magazines but for some reason, I wondered down the aisle, picked up a mag, thumbed through it & there was a blokes vest. So, I decided fate had chosen this one for me!   

24 October, 2012


Let's talk about a very important issue of late and that is the straight-forward issue of stripes. 
stripes from scraps!
To stripe or not to stripe is the question.... well, it is for me anyway!

22 October, 2012

Out with the old....

It's spring here in Australia, so I thought (rather than doing actual housework) I'd spring clean my blog!
So it's out with the old blog header ...

17 October, 2012

Knitta fish

Check out my fish!  Ain't he great!   ...  

10 October, 2012

another project

Here's another project that I've started on those knitting sticks!
 But wait, you're thinking it's going to be a green & yellow item..... WRONG....

08 October, 2012

Thrifty nice

Do you like my new casserole dish that I picked up at the thrift store?

05 October, 2012

The veeeeee

I've arrived at that dreaded part of knitting.... the v-neckline.
Wish me luck, I'm about to dive into it!

03 October, 2012

Taa daaaa

Firstly, I've been without the internet for about three days now and may I say... arghhh!!   It's not really any better now that it is back again, it's gone to super slow mode and it's slowly killing me!
And now for something brighter.....

02 October, 2012

and the winner is...

The winner of the super cute fabric is....Lindsay Conner!!
Yay for Lindsay, I'll send you an email for your details.
Thanks to all for entering!

25 September, 2012


Some more happiness in the post ....
but me-thinks my hubby is starting to realise how much yarn I'm buying as he questioned me about the large $ of the creditcard bill last month.... oops.

Yarn-aholics anon ... anyone care to join with me?  (is there such a thing?)

24 September, 2012

It's coming along nicely!

Check this out, I'm so impressed with myself, the pattern & the yarn. Actually, I'm super impressed with the yarn!
Fingers crossed now, I'm hoping to actually finish this!!
I've added all the details onto Ravelry here for you.

21 September, 2012

4 Things

Thing 1
Firstly, I'd like to thank you for all your advice regarding the cowl that I made.  I don't know why I made a cowl, I prefer scarves but I think I will end up undoing it and make myself a scarf. Also, the yarn isn't that fab either - it is hard and over-spun. Yes,  the Noro Taiyo is overspun. Who would have thought that paying $20+ dollars for a ball of yarn would give you an overspun yarn, I certainly wouldn't have. In fact, if I wanted over-spun yarn then I would have dragged out my spinning wheel & spun it myself.

Thing 2

19 September, 2012

When all else fails...

It's happened.
I've lost my Crochet Mojo.
I don't know where it's gone or how long it's been gone for.

I've tried starting different crochet projects but they all just end up with me swearing & undoing them.
So I've started knitting again.

17 September, 2012

Techno Crochet

Incorporate the latest technology into your craft.   

14 September, 2012

Crochet mojo

When you loose your Crochet Mojo, you try & try & try again.
The soles to the booties are supposed to be the same size, but no... my crochet mojo has gone and that means I have to undo & crochet again.

11 September, 2012


Eek, it' September already - what happened to January, February, Easter???? Are you asking yourself this? I am!  So to celebrate and to welcome in Spring here in my own backyard, I thought I'd celebrate with a giveaway!
Up for grabs are these 2 cute cross-stitch print fat quarters - cute huh!

10 September, 2012

I need your help.... please!

I need your advice - pretty please with cherries on top!
You see, I've made this cowl and well, I'm not happy with it. I thought it would sit nicely, softy over my chest but ugh, it doesn't - the yarn/crochet is too stiff, it's not long enough to wrap around my neck twice & I quite frankly feel like a duffus (as the photo shows!).

05 September, 2012

In the post...

Lookie!  Check what I received in the post the other day, a lovely parcel of delicious yarn!

I won a gift voucher for Yarn Glorious Yarn via Sarah London's beaut blog and this is what I chose!
I'm so happy with myself right now!!!  ;)
What would have you chosen?  I tried to choose yarn that I wouldn't normally purchase - I can't really justify spending $20+ on a ball of wool especially when I'm currently a SAHM!

03 September, 2012

Oppy finds

I popped into town today to pick up a couple of things and had 15 minutes to spare before I caught the bus back home again so I spent those precious minutes in the op shop near the bus stop!
I picked up this newly knitted, never worn hand-knitted jumper for bubba, it was only $3.99 - way cheaper than buying the cheapest sweater in the discount department store!

29 August, 2012

Bagged & tagged

I'm trying to be good. I'm trying to be neat. I'm trying not to be surrounded in clutter.
This crochet project has been put on hold whilst I source some yarn to join it it, so I've bagged & tagged it & popped it into my cupboard.... let's just hope it doesn't stay there for 10 years!!

27 August, 2012

Ransom Crafting

Do you have crappy handwriting?  I sure as 'ell do - sometimes it's so messy that I can't even read it.

22 August, 2012

Crochet decal

I was 'window shopping' on Anthropologie today when I stumbled across this top...
...does it just give you all sorts of ideas for your old cami's too??
image via here