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Cool fabric

Cool fabric

Hello friends! How are you? I hope you’re enjoying signs of spring in your part of the world (or fall if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere).

I haven’t been outside yet but it’s a pretty mellow-looking day. Cloudy, no wind. The snow is almost gone from the garden. Our temperature the last week or two has been in the single digits, I think, warmer in the sunshine, still cold in the shade.

I have my wrist brace off to type this because I want to get my flexibility back. My right wrist is still a little puffy on top but the underneath is cleaner looking now. There is still a lot of yellow bruising up the arm.


I mixed some coconut oil with some lavender, geranium and frankincense essential oils and I’m applying it three times a day to keep the skin soft and minimise scarring. I love being able to take the brace off when I want to bathe, but leave it on when doing daily tasks or sleeping so I don’t hurt it accidentally.

Some major milestones (or as  I like to call them, “smilestones”) for this week: wearing jeans as I can now do up the button and belt, crocheting (albeit slowly and left-handed), a gentle workout at the gym (treadmill, core, legs, and some one-armed biceps/triceps), and today I had a bath all by myself (no Tai Chi Man there to wash my hair or scrub my back and I even managed to hack through the undergrowth on my legs)!

So all in all, good progress!

I have to show you this fabric I saw at Fabricland when I went in there with my friend the other day. We were there for her to buy stuff to make a bag, so I wandered around with her and chatted to my co-workers. Well, this new quilting cotton jumped out at me and I just had to grab a metre of it to add to the stash!


Isn’t it awesome? Kind of a vintage “caravans at the seaside” vibe.

Have a great day and talk to you again soon.

Cast-ocalypse Week Two


Aren’t these just the most awesome fabrics?! I had a friend drive me to the fabric store where I work today so I could say Hello to my co-workers and get a sewing pattern and this quilting cotton was on sale. I had had my eye on it for a while. I snapped up a metre of each in case they sell out before I get back to work. 

I attempted a bit more knitting and crochet yesterday but it was a pain, literally – I had to give up after a few minutes. 

I have adapted to the one-handed life now, and the family is learning what I can and cannot do. They are having to help with cans, jars, chopping, hand washing dishes, vacuuming, etc. I’m getting more comfortable with writing with my left hand.  

Over the last week I’ve read two ebooks and most of a regular one, and watched a season of Imposters on Netflix.

Today the big task that I’ve been procrastinating over for years was finally started. I pulled out the flash drive of backed up digital photos from the fire safe and started to upload them, rename them and sort them into folders for eventual creation of Photobooks. If I can get this job done while I’m off work, I will consider my time well spent.

Hopefully you are all well and happily crafting away. Talk to you again soon.




What gorgeous weather we are having this week! I’m not sure how warm it got, officially, but it’s been in the twenties Celsius, which is 70s Fahrenheit.

Yesterday, after a visit with a friend, I had a bit of time to spare before going to work at 4pm. I wanted to get some exercise in, but also some sunshine, so I multi-tasked by putting on my swimsuit and taking my yoga mat out to the deck along with my resistance bands. Hopefully I didn’t scare any of the neighbours with my flab and downward facing dog! It was hot, as the back deck faces south, and I probably was out there for less than half an hour.

My shift at the store was 4-9pm, and it was really quiet. I wore my favourite turquoise maxi skirt which meant I had to break out the summer shoes…except I should have worn some knee high stockings with them, because in a very short time I had nasty blisters and it was really painful to walk.

This morning was all about errands and this afternoon another frying (sunbathing) session.  Dinner was a rather tasty purple yam/eggplant/broccoli curry, which sounds like an odd combination but it worked well.  And finally a walk with Tai Chi Man to round off all the things on my mental To Do list.

So, to the bag (finally, you say)! I found a fabric remnant at work last night, 0.3 of a metre for $1.35, which has the perfect colours for lining the Autumn bag. I have sewn the lining and pinned it in around the top of the crocheted bag, and started making a strap with Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss). This is the only Tunisian crochet that I know how to do! One of the things I like about it is that there’s no turning the work every row, which is good when the rows are only 8 stitches long.

Do you join in on CALs or KALs (Crochet- or Knit-alongs)? I have mixed feelings about them. I see some wonderful designs but start to wonder whether I’ll stick with them for the duration. There’s the Frida’s flowers blanket, the Last Dance on the Beach one, the Everything is Cool and Groovyghan one. If you want to know more about these, check out the Colourful CALs/KALs group on Ravelry, as they are talking about these three and many others. The Groovyghan one is most appealing to me right now, as I love granny squares, but it started back in January and runs until September. I could catch up, I’m sure, I just need to make a decision (that’s the hard part).

Ah well, back to the hooking. Ttfn

(edited to add link to Ravelry group)


Crazy cat bag has a baby!


I had a second walk after dinner (with Tai Chi Man this time) and, as it was only 9pm  when we got back, there was enough time to make a little drawstring bag to go with the tote. I have a selection of different coloured ribbons from my farmer’s market days (can’t believe that was two years ago, crocheting my fingers off to make stuff for the stall).

I used the instructions from my Weekend Sewing book, but didn’t use the exact dimensions of the bags in the book as I wanted it to work with the fabric print.

Love it, love it, love it! My family has had to put up with me showing them my handiwork today.

I also spent the last four days working on a crochet commission – the Double Layered Braided Cowl. It uses Half Double Crochet in the third loop to push the top loops of the stitches to the front, hence the interesting texture – one set of four shorter strips, which are braided and have single crochet sections added to each end, and one set of four longer strips, braided and constructed the same way. Then the two sections are joined and a button tab and buttonhole tab added. It looks impressive, and more complicated than it actually is.

So you see I haven’t broken my yarn ban, because I didn’t have to buy this yarn – my manager at work provided the yarn and printout of the pattern, and I got some paid crocheting time. No button yet, but I’ll take it to work in the morning and she can choose an appropriate sized button and I’ll sew it on in my break.


And now I must turn in so I get my 8 hours of beauty sleep (yes, I do need it)!

Crazy cat bag V1.1


A blissful home day today, with the only other occupant a sleeping teen! A neighbourhood walk, a bit of laundry, some kitchen and bathroom cleaning, and I felt like the ‘work’ was done. So off I went to my sewing room and whipped up another cat bag. (I noticed that there was some more co-ordinating fabric at the store – can I resist?)

This one differs a little from the first one. It’s about the same size, approximately 18 inches square, but the handles are six inches shorter to fit better as a shoulder bag which doesn’t dangle too far. Also, I incorporated the handles in the top seam when joining the outer fabric and lining, and it makes for a much tidier finish, with the raw ends hidden.

Instead of one pink pocket inside, there are two large kitty pockets, about 10 inches square. I think this will become a favourite bag very quickly, not just for yarny projects but for anything bulky that I need to carry.

I found some cute little ‘handmade’ plaques in a drawer, one of which I sewed on my friend’s bag (because I haven’t given it to her yet) and one on mine.

Future sewing plans include making one or more drawstring bags with this cat fabric. And I will soon be able to show you the crochet project I’ve been working on this week as a commission.

Well, I can’t sit around here yakking all day, I have to make soup for dinner. I hope that where you are, you’re warm and happy and enjoying your crafting.


Crazy cat bag


A refreshing change from the crochet posts – sewing!

I had a thought to make something for a friend’s birthday and spotted this crazy cat fabric at work the other day. It’s perfect! (She is a crazy cat lady, after all.) I bought two metres so I could make TWO bags, one for her and one for me.

I had a quick look in the clearance aisle and found some bright pink fairly heavy fabric for the lining, and added some pink webbing for handles.

The cat fabric is striped in such a way that all I had to do was cut across following one of the printed lines, neatly dividing it so that I can make a second bag out of the second half of the width. I added a pocket to the inside and squared off the bottom corners. I’m rather proud of how the bottom of the bag came out.

Certainly not a professional job, and I will do certain things differently the next time, like shorten the handles a bit and incorporate the ends of the webbing into the top seam, but I think my friend will like it.


Productive day


It turns out that when I actually stop procrastinating about getting into my sewing room, I can be quite productive. The first thing I made today was this no-sew vest, inspired by one that a co-worker was wearing recently.

All it takes is a metre of 150cm wide fabric (about a yard of 60″ wide fabric). You fold it so that the selvedges match up, and even up the cut edges if you need to. Then measure your back – mine is 14.5″ – halve that, and that’s how far from the fold that you make your cuts for the armholes. Best to have a rotary cutter and mat for that. From the top cut edge, which will become your collar, you measure 6″ or more, and cut down from there to make armholes that you can put your arms through. I ended up with 8″ slits.

I also trimmed off my selvedges as the pattern stopped before the edge and there was undesirable writing printed on it. If this idea works well for me, I’d like to make a few of these to brighten up a basic black top/black jeans “uniform” for work.

I’ll add some photos with captions which will hopefully explain the method better.

On hanger in my sewing room - front

On hanger in my sewing room – front

On hanger in my sewing room - back

On hanger in my sewing room – back

Spread out on couch for best view of fabric design

Spread out on couch for best view of fabric design

Draped on couch

Draped on couch

Folded in half as if for cutting armholes - armhole slits are near top right of the fabric in this photo

Folded in half as if for cutting armholes – armhole slits are near top right of the fabric in this photo


Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky in four colourways

Stylecraft Harlequin Chunky in four colourways

Bonus! Sale fleece - buy 1 metre, get 3!

Bonus! Sale fleece – buy 1 metre, get 2!

Bonus! Remnant from work. More Hello Kitty!

Bonus! Remnant from work. More Hello Kitty!

First batch of Stylecraft Special DK

First batch of Stylecraft Special DK

Stylecraft Special Aran for a future blanket

Stylecraft Special Aran for a future blanket

Second batch of Stylecraft Special DK

Second batch of Stylecraft Special DK

All of the new DK together

All of the new DK together

Woohoo! Two yarn deliveries this week. Deramores sent my order in two batches as some of the yarn was back-ordered, but maybe the mail was moving faster than usual because it didn’t seem to take long for it all to arrive. Not only that, but I brought home two pieces of Hello Kitty fabric tonight. One is a small remnant that was marked down at 75% off, the other was on sale for Buy One, Get Two. Both fleece.

Our family is going to Wild Play tomorrow. The boys have been warned to be ready on time, as I have booked and paid for it online. Sunday, Tai Chi Man and I are attending a class, and Monday is Labour Day and blissfully free.

After that, we will have to get used to a new schedule, as ds2 starts at the local college.

Happy weekend, everyone.