Friday, February 10, 2012

On a Whim

I had a whim.

I moved.

I'm now here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On a rainy day, knit socks

The weather is wild today, so I focussed on finishing 'Buttercup's Folly' while watching tennis. The second isn't blocked yet, but they're just what I had in mind. Bright, silly, girly. I had fun writing up the pattern draft too and it's off to a worthy volunteer test knitter.

Which is good, because I have a second design already in mind! The chosen yarn is peeking out of the project bag I sewed up on Mrs Higgins. Just don't look too closely at those seams! (Papa's a bit worried - I mended his pants on Mrs Higgins!)

Just in the nick of time, my fabric order also arrived from Spoonflower. I see some productive time with Mrs Higgins ahead.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Luverly Bunch of Coconuts

Pardon the inadvertent advertisement here, but lately I've been a little addicted to this particular brand of coconut water.

Partly, of course, because it's in a really cool container! Then I made a discovery. If you take off the label and take out the internal juice box... you can put a ball of yarn inside.

And due to the nifty hole already supplied for the straw...

Yes, my house is about to be overrun with yarn coconuts!

I've also finished designing a sock!

It's a lattice design with tiny 'wildflowers' worked into the lattice, the heels and the toes. It's called 'Buttercup's Folly' and is worked in yarn from Christina Marie Potter (a fingering yarn in the Amy Pond colourway - she does brilliant geek yarns).

I had a certain Scot trying to nose his way into photos, so there's lots of cropping going on. It is a pretty bright yarn and I wanted a flippery, summery design to go with it. Now I'm thinking of writing it up as a 'proper design'. What do you think? Well, okay, I have the second sock to go...

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Good Start to 2012... and Mrs Higgins's Sewing Machine

2012 started hot, but well. We went antiquing. Knowing there was a long drive, I grabbed some yarn, some needles, and a vague idea about a couple of stitch patterns and through the traffic, put all that together. It's still in progress, but this just might be my first real sock design. And yes, it's very, very girly. I can't fight my nature.

While antiquing, I found this little fellow and since the stall owner was really nice and kept reducing the price for me, he had to come home with me.

He's Wembley Ware, incidentally. Those lettuce leaves have the most gorgeous sheen.

And then I got very excited. Under this unprepossessing case?

My first sewing machine! It was an absolute bargain and it works like a dream. Not to mention... how pretty is it?

It has had only one previous, careful owner, a Mrs Higgins. She purchased the machine from the Myer Emporium in 1959. We know, because the receipt is still tucked into the original accessories tin.

So, I now have Mrs Higgins's sewing machine. I have to admit, I gulped a little as we threaded her and gave her her first test run (recalling previous driving lessons, Mum crying 'take your foot off the accelerator!' and 'would you pick up your lead foot' as the fabric churned through). This is like a whole new awesome avenue for activity. As though I have time to get bored...

Mind, I have sewn before. I know the basics. I just hadn't found my machine. Mrs Higgins's machine is emphatically my machine.

The rest of the time, my parents chased me away from every vintage mix master I located, even the pink one! Though they did make it up to me, since they'd sneakily picked up a bakelite cookie press, which they gave me at dinner.

And I think Mum might be softening on the topic of vintage mix masters since I pointed out that they are smaller and more compact.