Monthly Archives: January 2015

not a good start but a better second plan

You know how I mentioned that I was considering remaking an existing garment so I’d have a newer one to wear to a party? Yeah, well, I didn’t do it. There was no time. Too many of life’s little interruptions are already interrupting the smooth run of the year. No big deal. The intention was a good one but sometimes other priorities override the best of intentions. That’s why I have a couple of respectable dresses in my wardrobe. They’re old – we are talking considerably older than YoungB – but they were good quality when new and I wear them so seldom that people think they’re new. 🙂 Even Dr B has made that assumption about one of them!

That was the outcome of my first half-maybe-a-sort-of-plan project for the year. Moving right along, Youngest Niece has asked me if I would make her another cowl for winter. She offered to buy the yarn and pay me for my labours, which I greatly appreciated. Her birthday is coming up, so I think I can use that as a very good excuse for getting busy with my crochet hook and not worrying about payment; though, as I say, I truly appreciate her offer because it’s a recognition that there’s time and effort involved as well as yarn. The caveat might be that if, for instance, any of her friends would like such a cowl because they admire hers so much, I would expect them to pay. With that in mind, I intend to keep a rough tally of how many hours it takes. It will be several bus trips, I promise you.

Yes, it’s a crocheted cowl. I made her a green one some years ago and she loves it but finds that it’s not a colour she wears with much but black. However, she would wear a white cowl with most other garments in her wardrobe. That’s me sorted for commute crafting for the next couple of weeks, I think, if I can remember quite which of the many designs I used for her original cowl. The beauty of crochet, of course, is that it doesn’t require quite so much arm space on a crowded bus. I have ordered some yarn from my favourite supplier and it’s on its way; but that will mean I don’t make an immediate start. Her birthday isn’t for another three or four weeks. That’s bags of time, I tell you, absolutely bags; probably enough time for me to knit her an accompanying beanie, so long as I stick to a plainish design (not TOO many cables and stuff).

Anyone wanna bet how quickly that plan also gets derailed?

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Posted by on January 18, 2015 in Crochet, Knitting, Sewing


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but it wasn’t an entirely no-sew Christmas

Promptly pressed into action

Promptly pressed into action

Because Youngest Aunt and I both worked on Christmas Eve, we decided that we’d be too tired to enjoy our usual Boxing Day lunch, traditionally held at her place. Therefore, we had it on the following Sunday instead. I was reasonably happy about that for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which was that it gave me a couple of extra days to make her Christmas tablecloth! I generally sew tablecloths with narrow hems but I made these wide because she’ll use the cloth on her outside table and my reasoning was that a wider, thicker hem would give the tablecloth weights better gripping surface and yet minimise the likelihood of their tearing it.

Fabric a-fluttering

Fabric a-fluttering

The fabric is duck, sturdy and good quality as well as suitably bright and cheerful for festivities (even Dr B likes the design on it). What’s more, it was out at sale price. I wish I’d bought more but there’s enough left to make a runner for one of Youngest Aunt’s other outdoor tables. Next there’s some Christmas fabric that was intended for a runner. That will eventuate, but because of Eldest Niece’s not having a dining table and all that – though she does have a breakfast bar, it seems; but she assures me she eats on the run, so even festive napery might not play a big part in her life – it’s folded and put away for another day.

Also fluttering is a red-and-white check fabric that turned into a small tablecloth for the card table that YoungB uses in his cabin. I bought that some while back, but it’s taken me till now to put two hems on it. That fabric was also out at sale price because it was the end of the bolt and there’s a couple of flaws in it. The resulting tablecloth looks quite acceptable and does the job and I can assure you that YoungB won’t mind a bit that it’s less than perfect. He probably won’t notice unless I tell him!

Love hearts, as they say, for a lovely young man

Hearts for a lovely young man. I elected to use what’s probably the wrong side of the fabric as the right side of the tablecloth because I liked it better.

I struggled to fit the sewing, I admit. It wasn’t difficult work – straight hems, no curves at all – but finding the time and a clear space on the table, not to mention somewhere to lay out the fabric so that I could square it up properly, almost defeated me. A larger table would help with space for the squaring, but it would also be simply somewhere else for things to go that shouldn’t.
If there’s any real New Year’s resolution lurking anywhere, it might be in my intention to keep my sewing table as clear as I possibly can – that is, keeping my sew-zone as a no-go zone for everything but sewing because if I don’t, it will be a no-sew zone instead 😉


Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Sewing


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and in 2015, what I’ll do is…

What we watched on our TV; image from the City of Sydney’s 2014 Sydney Fireworks

Happy New Year. We watched the early version of the fireworks with Nonna.

Every year, I end our Christmas letter with a hope that the coming year will be filled with peace, good health and prosperity; and may 2015 be such a year for all of us.

I can truthfully say that, on present indications, ours will certainly have some wonderful moments: YoungB will return from his year abroad and there’s to be a wedding in the family. I’ve resolved that I’ll do more sewing and knitting this year. You know I’m not good at plans, because they’re all too frequently derailed by events well beyond my control, but it can’t hurt to aim for a better level of creative activity. As I say, I’m much nicer and considerably less frazzled when I have a piece of knitting in my hands.

The first event of note will be Middle Aunt’s 60th birthday. Celebratory attire might require that I either make something or refashion an existing garment. The latter holds more appeal. There are several items in my wardrobe that no longer fit but, because of my rushed and shoddy sewing, can’t be given away. If I were to pull them apart, very carefully, who knows what I might end up with?! That will do for a first not-plan or non-resolution for the year. 😉

If you have plans for this year – or if you don’t make plans, if you have a to-do list or some vague ideas of what you reckon you might achieve – all the best with bringing them to fruition. Cheers and warmest wishes for a fulfilling year. 🙂

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


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