Monthly Archives: September 2009

Spinning and Socks

I have finished my first handspun hanks of wool.  Yipeeeeeeeee!!!  One is natural, the other pot dyed.  The colours are actually a little more intense than the photos show, but you get the idea :-). 

'Ocean' Handspun

'Ocean' Handspun

 

'Ocean' Handspun detail

'Ocean' Handspun detail

 

'Ocean' Handspun detail 2

'Ocean' Handspun detail 2

 

'Natural' Handspun

'Natural' Handspun

 I went a bit overboard and ordered a selection of carded fleece from Trademe.   Amongst the selection is a kilo(tee hee) of white Polwarth fleece which is apparently lovely to spin with, and reasonably priced. 

Polwarth Roving

Polwarth Roving

And some coloured fleece may have been looking for a new home too :-).  Tee hee.
Merino & Silk Sliver

Merino & Silk Sliver

Tencel

Tencel

'Earth' Merino

'Earth' Merino

'Wave Waltz' Merino

'Wave Waltz' Merino

The sock knitting is going well also.  I can see why people become obsessed with it.  I love anything miniature, and seeing the pattern appear as you knit is very motivating!  I’m using Opal sock yarn and the new Knit Pick cable I got from Vintage Purls.  The pattern is ‘Beginner Socks, Magic Loop Variation’ published in Liat Knits.
First pair of socks
First pair of socks

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New Designer Collection

'Cutie Pie' Collection - Girl's, back detail

'Cutie Pie' Collection - Girl's, back detail

A wee sneak peek at one of the colourways from our upcoming Designer Collection…………..

'Cutie Pie' Collection - Girl's, front detail

'Cutie Pie' Collection - Girl's, front detail

 I’m madly painting and sewing away at the moment.  Contact me to be added to our mailing list for new product updates.  These will be limited edition.

Rainy days

The weather today has been rather feisty, and the tins have been looking a bit bare after the last batch of cupcakes was snaffled, so Dd and I decided that the best solution was a little bit of baking.  What to make?  CUPCAKES of course.  This time I used the lemon cupcake recipe, leaving out the lemon rind and adding lots of cocoa, tee hee.

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These are the easiest little treat to make with a simple flower tip on the icing bag and a few fairy sprinkles.  Dd decided that she wanted to decorate hers with a mixture of sweet decorations.

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I plyed my first attempt at spinning last night.   The result is hmmmmmmmmmm, interesting.  The fibre (which we are not sure what it is) was very harsh to ply.  There was another wee bundle of roving in the same bag that I was given to spin with, which is so much easier to work with.  A lot softer, and easy to get a reasonably fine ply.  I’m popping these first attempts on here, feel free to laugh!!  They are just so I have a record of how this new obsession started.  I promise to improve.

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The original wool colour.  I’ve dyed one hank and left one natural.

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More super scummy yarn.  This is one of the latest colourways from Vintage Purls.  Colour:  Cabaret.  Oh my, I don’t know if I can unwind the hank.  I keep stroking it and staring longingly into the strands to study the dyeing.  Divine, divine, divine.  If you haven’t got any, you must.  I also purchased a few circulars, so the sock knitting shall begin (again).  Note: NEVER use dpns to knit socks.  It WILL end in tears.

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And the seed raising continues.  This is very exciting stuff.  Really.  We now have many tomato plants, a few lettuce popping through, cucumber, beans plus a garden full of about 40 odd cauliflower and broccoli (I got a bit carried away at the market), beans, silverbeet, buttercrunch lettuce, bok choy, mesculun, chives, parsley, celery, strawberries, potatoes and lots of weeds.  Still to plant: potatoes, carrots, spring onion and tomatoes to re-pot.  I think that’s it??

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A new addiction or two

Tonight is spinning night.  I am going to be joining the local ladies at Robyn’s house and learning to ply the two spools I spun last week.  Apprehensive, yes.  Excited, hell yes!!!!  Progress piccies to come once I return……..

I was lucky enough to see Sable’s beautiful spun wool at Hannah’s last night.  Divine.  The ply was perfect, and the choice of fibres quite inspiring.  Yum, yum, yum.

I’m still designing the new collections for Bib and Tucker whilst finishing off a few orders.  They are looking pretty darn cute, and will be so much fun to illustrate on the fabric I have arriving shortly.  Progress piccies for these soon too……….

The garden is flourishing also.  We have discovered that this new home that we have moved into comes with a resident ‘Mr Hedgehog’.  He’s a charming wee fellow who lives snuggled in the compost bin, and snacks on the multitude of scraps that Dd and hubby pop in each night.  Mr Hedgehog is also quite adventurous.  He plods around the garden, and up the path to his home each day.  I have tried to follow him to see what he gets up to, but he has a camoflauge routine that he likes to practice.  He is very tame though, I wonder if he can see very well?  I hope the cats don’t bother him!

An interesting few days

Lots of exciting things have happened this week……

Dd1 and Mummy

Dd1 and Mummy Dd2

The lovely Hannah surprised the girls and I with some birthday slippers 🙂 :-).  They are the snuggliest, most comfortable wee slippers I have worn.  Dd1 LOVES hers, and Dd2 looks so cute in her weeny little pair.  THANKYOU HANNAH.  You are very generous.  Now go and knit something for yourself!!

 

I have managed to mutilate the Cadence Rose Sundress I am currently knitting.  Hmm, the lace looks very strange doesn’t it?  I think I’ve skipped part of a row somewhere and the pattern has jumped :-(.  Ummmmm, Sheeeerrrrryyyllll, guess what I’ll be turning up with on Tues?!!  (Sheryl is our little Tues knitting group’s beloved knitting surgeon!).  Here’s the progress anyway.  In the meantime, I’m onto knitting socks, bwaa haa haa haa haa.

Cadence Rose Sundress

Cadence Rose Sundress

 

Lizzie and I have been dabbling in a little seed raising.  Soooo much fun!  If you haven’t build up the courage to try it, just give it a go.  It is extremely easy, kid friendly and really exciting seeing little plants sprout.  The growth over the past few days has been amazing.  I must admit that I have been wandering out to the glasshouse several times a day to see what has come up.  There is an abundence of tomatoes, a few purple dwarf beans, a couple of cucumber and a few lettuce.  There are still quite a few little seeds that need to pop through, so we’ll see if anything arises over the next few days.

First Attempt at Seed Raising

First Attempt at Seed Raising

 

I met the most lovely lady yesterday.  She was the contact person for spinning on the local arts council website that I first phoned on Weds.
She invited me to a spinning evening next week, and then phoned yesterday and offered to come and introduce me to spinning!  How nice is that?!!
She was here from 1.30 until 4.30 (yay, Dd had a sleep too:-) ), and I learnt to spin!  The first lot is rather amusing, but the second bobbin is a lot more even.

Spinning Setup

Spinning Setup

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And, more cupcake making.  I had a good reason this time (besides the fact that they are just the yummiest, most delicious little parcels of sugary goodness).  It was Mum’s birthday on Thursday.   As we couldn’t make it then, we had a little afternoon tea today.  I made double chocolate and the trusted lemon butterfly cupcake recipe out of my new cucake recipe book that me ol’ mate Rachael gave me for my birthday.  The lemon cupcakes are fabulous, the chocolate are like little rock cakes, tee hee, boo hoo, hoooooooo.  Oh well, they are still sort of edible given that I overcompensated and smothered them with chocolate frosting and fairy sprinkles.

Double Choccy & Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes

Double Choccy & Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes

 

Finally for this evening, our beloved wee tomato plants that have been lovingly cared for on the windowsill are venturing out into the glasshouse for the first time tonight.  Grow strong.  I promise to buy you some tomato food this week :-).

Beloved wee tomato plants

Beloved wee tomato plants

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes

Does anyone know whether there is such a group as ‘Cupcake Addicts Anonymous’?, because I think I have developed a fetish.  These little parcels of sugary goodness are SO addictive, and the wee sprinkles in the cupboard keep calling me to scatter them over some fresh butter cream icing, arrrrgggghhhh!

I’m thinking the next batch needs to be chocolate based.  Lemon and orange are fine but cupcakes should really be chocolate shouldn’t they??  So, share your cupcake recipes with me pleeeeeeaaaassssseee.  The more sinfully chocolatey the better :-).

Here we have a wee piccy of my first batch, this was for Dd’s birthday a few weeks ago.   Let’s just say the icing etc has become a little more controlled since then!

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The reason for all this cupcake madness is because one needs to properly research the items that they are painting.  And as one of the new Designer Collections will include cupcakes, I HAD to try them didn’t I??!!  Tee, hee. 

Speaking of cupcakes, here’s a prototype of an ‘All in One’ I’m looking at making.  What do you think?  This design is called ‘cupcake’.

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Sock Knitting!!!

Ahh, I have finally given in and am now a true knitting geek, I knit socks (bwa haa haa haa).  But really, who could resist?  Look at the variety of scrummy wool that is available, and the equally scrummy patterns and combine that with my obsession with miniatures (of the dollshouse kind, not that I have time to make any now that I have two little ‘helpers’), and it is hardly surprising that I am travelling down this slippery slope to ‘knitting nerd’.  Come and join me!!!!

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This is the wee precious that I will attempt to knit………….

Silver’s Sock Class by Kristin Bellehumeur

I have a ball of  Opal sock yarn, and am going to be borrowing the lovely Sheryl’s dpns tomorrow at knitting night.  I’m very excited really, I feel like a child with a 50c mixture!!  Watch this space, progress piccies will be appearing (don’t hold your breath though, I am SOCK KNITTING, it will be a slooooooooww process).