Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Stocking

For a long time, I have been interesting in sewing. My dear friend Kylie told me that it was fun, and much quicker than knitting. So, when my Mother In Law bought me a sewing machine for Christmas, I was quite pleased. It's a super cute little Elna, called "Sew Fun". It makes me smile whenever I see it's bright, happy colours.

My very first project was inspired by Christmas stockings that I saw in the window of Simply Stitches, my local yarn store. The one that I liked wasn't available in pattern anymore, so I chose this one instead.

So this is the finished product. I am ridiculously pleased with how it turned out. Of course, because it was my first project, I had a lot of help. I'd like to thank Faye from Simply Stiches for her help with teaching me how to use my sewing machine and her help with assembling the stocking. I'd also like to thank Patricia for her help with sewing on the chequered edging..... the part that almost drove me to tears!

I've learnt alot. How to use my machine, how to do blanket stitch (properly), how to do stem stitch, the joys of vleisofix and pellum and cutting material on the bias for elasticity. Ah, another addictive hobby. :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

We're Moving House

[Borrowing this from Kylie]

Well, it's that time of year again where we have to move. All my knitting, crocheting, sewing and beading stuff is stashed away in my suitcase and we're off to sunny Townsville for a month. Never fear, I shall return with plenty to show off. Bye for a while.

Love Kelly

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gail a.k.a Nightsongs

I finished knitting Gail!

Pattern: Gail a.k.a Nightsongs (Ravelry)
Yarn: Handmaiden Fine Yarn Seasilk (4ply)
Needles: 4.5mm Knitpicks Harmony 80cm long circular
6 Repeats of the body pattern knitted up
Skill Level: Intermediate

I started knitting this in July and she hibernated for a long long time, because I basically got it in my head that it was too hard to do. Well, I inserted stitch markers so that each repeat (or leaf) was marked and then it became a lot easier. I also joined a KAL in the Aussie Shawl Knitters group on Ravelry and that motivated me a lot. I knitted this shawl with a centre stitch because I didn't like the look of the double yarn overs in the centre and I am pleased with the end result. I would knit this again.... just not immediately. I think I need a break from shawls for a little bit.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


This is a Birthday present to my Mother in Law. She loves it! It took me a few hours to put together and it was a lot of fun. For the first time in a long time, all of the beads that I used cam from my stash. That means that I didn't actually need to buy anything to make it! Woohoo!

Here's a picture of my two favourite boys having a quick jam session. Aren't they adorable? :)

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