Monday, January 28, 2008

Rainbow Dress

So pleased to have finished this little dress for the rainbow child, fits perfectly and turned out even better than I had hoped! She loves it off course!

Pattern my own
Yarn 200grams of Four Bags Full Merino DK dyed by Elissa of the yarn cafe
Colourway Gradient dyed rainbow
Needles knit in the round on Knitpicks Options 4mm

Originally I started knitting this from the bottom up, but it wasn't working to my liking. After having it langushing in my stash for so long I was inspired to reknit top down and encouraged to develop my own pattern; so I did!

PLEASE NOTE: The Rainbow Dress is no longer available as a free pattern.  You can purchase a copy of the very spiffy updated and immensely improved version of the Rainbow Dress from Ravelry, my ozebaby store or by clicking on the side bar.

happy knitting!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This is my favourite cup

I'm joining in on Three Buttons meme game (I would link to the blog but I seem to have lost the toolbar on blogger, what's with that? And when will it come back? ooh, website.. too lazy at the mom to figure html for link) and even though a new "this is" starts tomorrow, I still have to blog about my favourite cup.

I don't drink out of my favourite cup every day, I don't even use it weekly, but it is still my favourite. It was my grandmother's, it's a gorgeous Royal Albert bone china tea cup with pink shadings and plenty of gilding. It comes with a little cake plate too, I loike that. I have a set of four, all with different pastel shades but the pink is my favourite.

Occasionally I'll enjoy a cup of English Breakfast in it, made in her Denby pot, not the same delicacy as the tea cup but a great tea pot just the same!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

summer break just about over

well, it's a sunday afternoon our visitors have left for their big drive back to Adelaide, Lily is sleeping and Andy is in his shed, and I'm just contemplating the last day of my summer break ~ "what job are you on holiday from?" Andy smartypants asked me, "from being a housewife" I told *raspberry to him* He is sooo lucky with his 11/12 weeks holidays a year, he forgets that when you're a mum and housekeeper you don't really get a break from the job you do everyday. enough of that ...

so it's my last day of holidays, I'm relaxing and enjoying some knitting. Something that I really haven't had the chance to do on our break, despite the fact that we were camping, which is usually prime knitting time. It has just been so CRAZILY busy with the wedding preps, wedding and Christmas.

I have loads to do this week, getting back into sewing mode, catching up on emails, and not to mention all the washing I still have to wade through from the camping trip.

Just before Christmas my laptop overindulged in a little bit of the liquid amber. This was not good. He didn't recover and needs to visit the laptop doctor when DH goes back to work. The biggest problem is all the photos on there and my emails. I've managed to access my emails but can't access any emails I received prior to the laptop going kaput, and there were heaps of photos on there that people had sent me for the gallery. I have to see if I can get them back, I'd rather do that than have to ask everyone to resend their photos. But until then, I'll have to put the prize package on hold, as I'd hate to miss any entries. Very frustrating though!!!

Despite the business we have had a good break, and I have heaps of posts and photos to share, funnily enough none from our camping time in Port Fairy. Either we were just too busy or too relaxed to take photos!! Maybe Megsie will have some. You know the only photo I have of the girls in their flowergirl dresses is one a lovely lady sent me. Shall upload it later, v. cute!!!

Oh, and just to finish off... here's Megsie enviously eyeing off my new sewing machine (hehehe)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

a special trade

Finally I managed to send off my half of our trade to Kris from MonsterKnits. you might remember the gorgeous rainbow longies she knitted for Lily?
So this is the little parcel that I sent on its way just before Christmas...

A pair of shorts each for Ellie and Angus; Ellie's from this gorgeous Alexander Henry "tsuyiko" owl fabric and Angus's from Michael Miller's "Surf's Up".  Both are cut from the indigo hemp denim, a really lovely fabric.


A little black tshirt for Angus with one of my favourite fish fabrics appliqued on the front.

A baby doll dress for Ellie, the bodice cut from Japanese Cosmos "cherry tree" and the skirt frill from Amy Butler's Lotus. Two really gorgeous fabrics whose tones work beautifully together.

And I packaged it all in this little bag that I whipped up for Kris to keep small knitting projects in.  I really love the Michael Miller K1K2 fabric I used in the inner.  I covered a button in the same fabric to finish it off. The ieda for this comes from a terrific sewing book Bend the Rules written by inspiring blogger Amy Karol of Angry Chicken fame.