Monday, November 30, 2009

November

Another month has just gone by in a flash. The last few days have been very quiet around here and I haven't actually logged on to my computer in what seems like weeks....but I am sure it has just been days. I have had a few very relaxing days over the Thanksgiving Holiday and although I try very hard to get into the spirit, for this Aussie it's still hard after 18 years. I have however been really getting into the crochet stars .......

These stars are just really addictive and even slow pokey old me can whip one up in minutes.

The pile was quite small this morning.....but it grew throughout the day.

Getting a little higgledy piggledy on the fence post. Even Mr. VW seemed impressed with these. :-)

Thank you Lucy @ attic24 for guiding us over to the the royal sisters fab tutorial. If you haven't tried a little hooky goodness in the shape of a star, give it a try.....and I guarantee you won't be able to stop at just one.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Untitled

I can't think of a title for this post, words to describe it just escape me. A bit like the words I couldn't say when I was presented with this golden treasure. It very nearly ended up as trash - but I like to think I saved it.
You see there is this older lady that I work with who has experienced some challenges recently and I offered to help her with moving some items. Sadly some days it's a wonder she makes it to work as most days she is quite 'out there' so it was more like me moving stuff and her trying to remember what we were doing. She lost her very elderly mother last year and since that time has stored her mothers belongings in her garage. I met her mother several times, amazing lady who worked as a graphic designer during the '40s and '50s for large department stores. Anyway I'll try not to ramble. Whilst we were moving items she was ready just to throw most of it away, but fortunately she remembered my love of sewing and handed me her mothers sewing box!!! I was speechless! Thrilled she would give me something I consider such a treasure, but she literally said "you'll probably just want to put it in the trash". I have always regretted that I didn't hold on to my own mothers sewing box - unfortunately when she passed there were only so many items I could bring back to the US.
Anyway, enough of the details, let's take a look!
:: One rather dusty 1950ish sewing box! Needs a good clean, but it is in quite fine shape.
:: Loads of lovely treasures inside! Loads of different types of pins and needles and a fabulous box of buttons! Sorry my camera batteries died before I got photos of those -- and they are quite fabulous enough to be a post on their own!
:: Dozens of fabulous wooden spools of thread. I have been admiring these on eBay, so I am glad I didn't press 'bid' on any of them! Oh and I have to tell you, the thread on these wooden spools is so shiny and incredibly soft and silky. It's not silk though, the reels say cotton. I guess it's just a different quality from what we buy these days?
:: Lovely pure wool pin cushion. I was quite tickled when I turned it over to find the original label. I only recently found out that pure wool is the best fabric for a pin cushion as apparently any remaining lanolin from the wool stops pins from rusting. Although I have never had a problem with rusty pins :-)
:: One pair of lovely pinking shears......
:: and another pair of fabulous pinking shears! Super heavy they are, not like the 'new' ones I bought a few years back.
I think what i love most about this sewing box is that it has a 'story'. Something that one day when I pass it on to my children/grandchildren that I will be able to tell them and hopefully they will appreciate as much as I do. Stories just seem to make items so much more of a treasure to me.
PS - sorry for another post with crap photos. there simply isn't a speck of daylight left by the time i get home and weekends just seem consumed by other activities.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Crochet for Technology

Oh this little creation was a real eye roller for Mr. VW. He even shook his head in dismay! I wasn't phased....men just don't get the crochet love.
It only took about three evenings, a few episodes of Fawlty Towers (available here online)
and some rummaging through a jar of buttons for this to come together.
Besides my crochet, I love my little piece of technology.....

and I decided it needed a nice little piece of crochet heaven.
Apparently it needs a little "de-fingerprinting" too :-)

The wonders of yarn, a hook and some simple crochet stitches :: technology meets crochet love.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday Smile :-)

My flu is almost gone (except the lingering cough) and today was a rather good day - for a Wednesday and a work day. I came home to see my crochet basket patiently waiting for me.....it made me
S-M=I=L=E.


I love crochet :-)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Blogger is being a real bugger this evening......after at least a dozen attempts to upload a photo my patience is gone along with today's post. Hopefully Blogger will get it together and service will resume tomorrow.

Monday, November 16, 2009

:: 9 Square ::

Little J has literally dozens of t-shirts - t-shirts from all over the world, thanks to a family in the far flung corners of the globe and our travels. I unfortunately get rather attached to them, even though like most boys they get rather grubby on the front. So upon sorting through them the other day, those which were beyond a state good enough for donation had the backs (which remain clean) cut into neat little 4 inch squares.
The ultimate recycling project has begun!

9 square blocks for a recycled t-shirt quilt!

Most blues, browns, reds and greens :: no girly colours :-( except one heather purple t-shirt.

I haven't started sewing them together yet - still many more t-shirts to chop up yet!
But I had to lay them out to get a feel for this project - so far I am liking it - but not poor old Linus who was tired and desperate for bed. Perhaps this will make him and his three sisters a lovely new bed or a nice picnic blanket for next summer?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Basket Case

Hello! Thank you all so much for your well wishes, they cheered my spirits to no end. My flu has eased up a wee bit, although for a non-smoker I am still hacking like i have a 2 pack a day habit. :-)
Anyway, refusing to write the whole weekend off as a total loss due to illness, this afternoon, probably against my better judgement I decided to tackle some basket weaving. Never done basket weaving, probably will never try it again :: way harder than it looks! I picked up this little kit on our trip to Harper's Ferry a few weeks back and unfortunately the instructions were as clear as mud. I am surprisingly quite pleased with my first effort, as wonky as it may be.
Let's take a look shall we?
Step 1 - the only clear step in the instructions (other than soaking the wood in warm water for an hour)
Step 2 - It only took until this step for my language to become R rated!
Step 3 - Language now back to a G rating level - weaving went remarkably smoothly, although by this time all hope had been lost that the bottom of the basket would ever be square or flat.
Step 4 - No photo......language now so obscene that even I was shocking myself! Inserting the handle and finishing off the top almost caused me to put the entire thing in the bin.
Step 5 - Take blurring photo of finished project! Not too bad eh??? Well the photo is rubbish, but the basket ain't too shabby for a first attempt? Might be useful for numerous crochet hooks and knitting needles?

Step 6 -Place one cute swedish mouse in basket and realize it is the perfect house for this little mouse. :-)

Toodles! I'm off to bed early in the hope I can shake this flu in time for my Monday work morning.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Mouse in the House

Excuse me if my head seems in a bit of a muddle or low, my week has been emotionally challenging and now I have come down with the flu....hopefully of just the standard variety. So, thankfully today is Friday and have assured myself that those people in life that make hurting peoples feelings a sport for their own enjoyment will get their comeuppance :: either in this world or the next :: and I will eventually get over the flu. Sorry just had to get that off my chest - the first bit that is, not the bit about the flu. Hopefully medicine will get the flu bit gone.
So, what has brought me a little cheer this week???? A Swedish mouse and some dotty tins! From my lovely trip to the big blue & yellow on Saturday.

Aren't they fab? Perfect I thought for those tiny balls of wool I refused to throw away and my other sewing and woolly crafty bits and bobs.

Isn't she sweet? I love the adorable fabric of her ears and stripey sleeves!

I won't tell you the look on Mr. VW and Little J's face when I picked her up and plopped her in the basket :: I didn't know eyes could roll completely round like that?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday

Just a very brief post today. Sorry, I know you are all sitting poised on the edge of your seat waiting to hear about my trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday :: he he he :: Thank goodness you are not, because this post has to be lightening fast today. Here's how my Tuesday has gone so far:
1. Lost mobile phone charger - found upon sitting down at computer to set up a newly purchased replacement phone with charger!! Fortunately a new phone was the same price as a replacement charger and I don't not live and die by my mobile like some.
2. IPOD died = My beloved IPOD corrupt and un-restoreable. It has been my daily at work savior these last two years - sounds kind of antisocial, but trust me it's not - my work area is isolated from everyone else so there is little chance of chatter.
3. Christmas Cactus bloomed!!!! Yippee there is something good about today!!! I have had this little beauty almost 13 years and on a very rare occasion it blooms. Not due however to my loving and tender care :: it rarely gets water, has been knocked over by the cat and heaven forbid even cooked when left on a hot steam radiator!
So to leave you on a positive note....some lovely photos of these stunning pink flowers.




I am off to bed now, before something else goes wrong.... :-)
PS - sorry about the crap photos....no natural light by the time I get home from work.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

From the Needle to the Hook

You may remember from just a couple of posts ago that I thought I might dip my toe in the knitting pool. Let's just say, it's a good thing i stepped in at the shallow end! My first red heart turned out quite nicely, it was time consuming, almost three nights for one red heart.
Time consuming that is as compared to crochet and took more concentration than I think I am capable of. The knitting needles, metal shiny pink things gave me some grief. So I thought I would try some bamboo ones. Ohhh they were so lovely to knit with! So much softer (if that's possible) and easier on the hands. So another two nights of me clickity clackety with the needles in front of the telly and a lovely blue heart appeared.
I was quite delighted with my blue and red heart. Excited to lay them side by side.
And I believe my the exact word out of my mouth were WTF? Now, being relatively new to the knitting world, I assumed that metal and bamboo needles of the same size would produce similar sized items when using the same pattern. Apparently I was wrong. No amount of stretching and ironing was ever going to make them the same size.
So I picked up my trusty hook....
And started adding a few rows of crochet.
And hopefully with a few more rows, they will be two lovely pillow covers for my sofa.
Mr. VW chose the colour combination for the blue heart on our long (2.5hrs) journey yesterday to the big smoke of Pittsburgh. A long over due visit to that wonderful blue and yellow Swedish emporium.
More about that tomorrow......

Friday, November 6, 2009

Finally Friday - It's Done!

It's done! The dust bunnies have been multiplying under the sofa, the beds have been left unmade, the vacuum remains silent in the corner, dinner is burning as I type and I have spent my day hooking with great fury to finish it :: finally :: the crochet love blankie is complete.

The weather blessed me with a chance to take my photos outside.
I L:O:V:E this blanket, I loved every second of making it and it is beautifully warm and snugly.

It has pride of place on the back of the sofa.

And here is a little peak at the project I tried so desperately hard not to start before the blankie was finished.

More on this new project tomorrow. I am off to tend to the burning smell wafting from the kitchen. :-)
Happy weekend folks!
P.S. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my blog, they are very much appreciated!

The Final Round


Happy Friday folks! I hope everyone is well and enjoying their Friday. Little J and I are enjoying a lazy day at home - no school :: no work. The sky is blue with fluffy white clouds and we still haven't made it out of bed! :-)

The final two purple rounds are complete on my crochet love blankie.
And here it is! The final round of my crochet love blankie. The yarn isn't my exact favorite choice, but has my craft bank account has been frozen by my accountant (aka Mr. VW) until I use up some of my stash, I had to use what I had. Mr. VW works on the theory if you buy it, you should use it - he doesn't get the enjoyment out of admiring fluffy balls of yarn or stroking gorgeous fabric and just looking at them.

Now don't get too excited, I am still working on the fancy edge.
Hopefully this will be finished by the end of the day.......hopefully. :-)