Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas

I'm off for my holidays up to Bundaberg, Queensland. It's dad's turn for Christmas this year. It will be incredibly hot up there but dad's got chickens at the moment so that will be a nice distraction!

I won't be able to do much craft up there at all except for a new pair of socks I'm working on. I gave up on the Monkey socks for now until I get some better yarn that doesn't split and break so easily.

So Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a lovely holiday and remember that Jesus was born to save us from our sins.

Scrapbooking like a crazy lady







Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Gifts are finished!!!

I've finished all the hand made gifts I'm going to make this year.

This is a part mohair scarf for a friend going to China for Christmas (I couldn't figure out how to take a photo of myself wearing a scarf).

Moda Vera Sentiments yarn from Spotlight
6mm needles (I think).
It's a simple drop stitch pattern every three rows.


This is a dragon for my SIL's best friend. It's made from various acrylic and cotton. The pattern is from Crochetville.


(huge sigh of relief). Making things for Christmas gifts is exhausting. It's also nerve-racking thinking about whether or not people will like them. The amount of time and effort that goes into Christmas gifts is just incredible and people who don't do handcrafts don't understand that. I'm always afraid of being seen as a cheap person so I don't really make many handmade gifts. I really, really hate those comments about people offering to buy me garments when they see me making them. Anyway, no need to be so cynical! It's Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Knit 3, purl 3

A Christmas gift for another loved one.

Moda Vera Bamboo/Cotton
Pattern from a Lincraft free magazine.
3.75mm needles.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Photoshoot (with the hottest thing around)

Ha! Had to put that in the title. Since my friend put all these photos into her Facebook account she's been getting wicked comments like the one in the title.








Saturday, December 8, 2007

Beanie Beanie Beanie Baby

A Christmas present for someone very loved.

Project details:
Hot Head
Stitch N Bitch: A Knitter's Handbook
6mm needles
Moda Vera Dazzle (2 balls)

I've found my tiny backyard awesome for photos - great natural light and very lovely, soft grass. It is a bit wet at the moment due to all the rain!


Thursday, December 6, 2007

New Knitty is Up!

Yay! My blog is back to behaving itself. Better yet, we've got fast internet back on at home. I must stick to my 2 GB allowance for the month! :)

So the new Knitty is up. Lots of pretty patterns that are all far too difficult for me at the moment. But here are two that I want to do.

Stardust
Doddy

Lime and Violet have been my constant companion over these first few weeks of the holidays. They are the best to listen to.

I borrowed Stitch N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook, and Easy Baby Knits from Parramatta Library and love them both. I think I'm turning into someone who really loves to look at patterns but not necessarily make garments from the patterns. Maybe it's just the whole thing of looking at pretty things.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Grrrrrr

Something is going crazy-wrong with my blog header and some pictures. I have limited internet access at the moment (fast internet from 3am to 6am) and don't have the time today to fix it (off to teach English today).

I'll get up early tomorrow and fix this. Argghh! I hate it when pictures etc aren't working.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Gingerbread house making

We had a gingerbread house making night at MooreWest a few nights ago. There was an incredible amount of icing - just masses of it!

I made up a digital scrapbooking page this morning from a freebie kit over at BlueBazaar. Check it out!


My house fell over the next day - dodgy $10 Aldi house. The little icing people had their butt cracks showing! Well that, or they've got little chunky legs. At the moment it's all be pulled apart and half eaten. Very, very yummy.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Holidays = cleaning and knitting

Yay!! Exams are over!! *doing happy dance*

I've got a summer job teaching English at a college in the city centre - right next to Tapestry Craft! How awesome is that! I like the stuff they have but the service isn't that great. It was empty on Tuesday and no-one greeted me even even after I wondered around for a good 10 minutes. Ah well. I still love Lincraft and Spotlight especially since all their yarn is dirt cheap at the moment.

So after cleaning the house from top to bottom (it's a mess again already!) I've moved onto knitting.

Here is my Monkey sock so far. It's annoying me. The pattern is not difficult but too difficult for me to memorise and the yarn is splitting a lot. Also I really don't have the right DPNs. I've got three matching ones and I'm using another pair to make up the five needed but the pair are all banged up and scratched so the yarn doesn't slide on them so well. I'm going to keep at it since I've nearly finished the leg on this first one and see how I go.


Jacksie asked on my comments about the yarn for this project. The Sirdar Wonderland is a 4 ply but only comes in 20gram balls. The rest of the ball band info: size 10 UK needles, 100% courtelle. Hope that helps you! :)

The next project I'm working on is a scarf for a friend. *shhhhh* It's a suprise! :) It's made from Moda Vera Sentiments from Spotlight (all their Moda Vera is $2/ball by the way!) and it's 50% mohair and 50% acrylic. Very soft and squishy. I'm using this drop stitch pattern with a few modifications.


I've got a few other projects I want to get done this holidays - including Christmas presents. I'm not sure I'll make many Christmas presents as I don't think that many people understand the time and love that goes into them. My dad would like something though. But he'll have to preface his acceptance by asking why am I knitting? Am I pregnant? (insert mutiple eyerolls).

A shout out to all the Filipinos visiting my blog! Mabuhay!! Nathan's making me a Filo meal this week as I'm feeling a little 'homesick' (but not really since I was born here!). Chunks of BBQ pig with soy sauce and chili! Yummmmm!!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Music - Just can't get it out of my head

Music's been getting to me recently. I love music that reminds me of a good time I had or special memories of an event or time in my life. Last night on 20-to-1 Bert Newton (hate his hair btw) went through the top most songs that 'You can't get out of your head'. Lots of them I didn't know but lots of them were from my high school days - Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Who Let the Dogs Out etc. I *need* a best of 1996-2000.

I also just found a CD from my mission trip to Azerbaijan with OM in 2002 and it made me feel very nostalgic. I didn't like the amount of time I had to spend on the toilet due to all the new food but I did like remembering the great friends I made and the small impact I had on those refugees in Barda (central Azerbaijan).

I had my first experience at spinning there!! This is something that I think my love of fibre arts may develop into one day! :)

I heart Firefly

Monday, November 19, 2007

Reading Hebrew is Hard! :(

3 exams down 2 to go! Yay! I've got an Old Testament exam concerning the texts in Hebrew tomorrow and then Church History on Thursday. After that my brain is free to return to mush through knitting, scrapbooking and TV. Yay! :)

My Monkey sock is coming only - halfway through the third repeat but I've found that this yarn tends to split so my k2togs are all bulky and wispy due to the splitting. Ah well - it's an experiment, as my dad would say.

Here are my current Flickr faves. I need to get a Pro account as I'm way over my 200 photo limit.


1. etsyxxx 2025, 2. catROCKS Waterfall LUXE, 3. Striped Slouch Sac, 4. Untitled, 5. Amigurumi Berry Swirl cupcake bear with flowers, 6. Vintage Scotland Tea Towel Messenger Bag, 7. Vintage Fabric of doggies made into sweet messenger bag, 8. Untitled, 9. thankfulness journal, 10. Yellow, Blue and White Vintage Flowers Headband, 11. Pink, Blue and Purple Vintage Flowers Headband, 12. r&d, 13. IMG_2815, 14. Untitled, 15. Untitled, 16. 15 months, 17. trash flowers, 18. Aqua and Lavender Vintage Flowers Necklace, 19. books in my studio, 20. Christmas ornaments, 21. New pillow, 22. Christmas ornaments, 23. the summitt, 24. A day at the races, 25. pillow 18, 26. Get me out of this stupid basket!!!, 27. Pocket Kleenex Holder, 28. Burnt Offering, 29. boob tubes and tank tops, 30. reversable tote with vintage linen owl applique, 31. ... and I've already made a little pouch to hold them :-), 32. Millennium Park Art, 33. innocence, 34. The Softness of Being, 35. puggle, 36. just in time



1. Briar Berry 2, 2. Loop Bag Brown And Pop (2), 3. Vintage Flowers Necklace, 4. Rad Vintage Calendar Pin ~ December, 5. baby monkey, 6. Twig, 7. Spring Colours, 8. Tie Clutch, 9. Pumpkin Pincushion, 10. teeny tiny!, 11. Untitled, 12. Swallow Necklace, 13. Survivor., 14. little yellow teapot, 15. edge, 16. Pink Heart Necklace, 17. Bright and Cheery...., 18. IMG_2466, 19. Red Doves Necklace, 20. Untitled, 21. Red for Burma, 22. Tiffany's Pincushion, 23. I can sew a rainbow, 24. Cozy, 25. Untitled, 26. Focus on the Furry Bits....., 27. but i wasn't finished, 28. all american, 29. new toy, 30. little toes, 31. Red, White and Blue Vintage Flowers Barrette, 32. Vintage Flowers Necklace, 33. Japanese cherry blossom Pincushion, 34. Untitled, 35. love is colorful., 36. Nature Dance

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sock Knitting Rocks!

So I finished my first pair of socks!! :) YAY!! The only problem is that they are the most itchiest things I have *ever* put on my feet. They even made my hands incredibly itchy. I'm hoping that after I wash and block them that they will be a lot more comfortable to wear. Not that I'm going to be wearing them anytime soon anyways being summer and all!


I've taken to the sock knitting bug and I've started another pair! This time I'm using a real, live pattern from Knitty. They're called Monkey socks and I love them! I'll be using some smaller needles (2.5mm) and some more vintage yarn from my Granny's stash - Sirdar Wonderland 4ply.

Exams are going well - I've done 2 of the 5. I should be doing Hebrew right now - I need to be able to exegete about 8 passages from Deuteronomy and 1 and 2 Samuel. Argghh! Hebrew is much harder than Greek. :(

Friday, November 2, 2007

First sock

This is my sock so far. It's only about 5 inches long and needs to be 8 inches but I think I'll stop at 7 inches. I don't want it to go all the way up to my knees!

I'm using 4 DPNs (double pointed needles) that I nabbed from a 99c auction on eBay (with at least 5 other sets too!). The yarn is some from the stash I got from my Granny when she passed away: Sirdar Octo 8ply 80% wool, 20% nylon.

I'm using Silver's Sock Class which is so great with all the pictures. KnittingHelp is great with all those videos too. I'm still trying to work out if I want to knit continental (left hand like crochet) or English (right hand). At the moment I'm sort of throwing the yarn over the needles but not holding the yarn with any good tension in either hand.

I'm really enjoying this project but my finger tips are getting very sore from pushing the needle tips. I don't think I'm doing that part right because I've never heard of sore finger tips from knitting.

The only problem is that this is very distracting and I have still done no work for the upcoming exams at college. Ah well. That's what STUVAC is for I guess!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Flickr Faves

I've been thinking a lot about what makes a blog nice to read and what makes it interesting enough to come back to over and over again. I think I've come up with a shortlist of what's needed:

1. Regular posts
2. Photos
3. Interesting excerpts from daily life
4. Short, bite-sized, sections of text
5. Tutorials (for craft blogs)
6. Nice links to other interesting sites.

I'd like my blog to be interesting and come-back-able. But my biggest hangup is writing about personal life as I still find that a bit difficult to do on the internet. We'll see. I'd like to show people who I am and what I do and in the process inspire people to be more crafty and creative.

Anyways, here are my current favourite photos from Flickr.

1. teeny tiny!, 2. Untitled, 3. Swallow Necklace, 4. Survivor., 5. little yellow teapot, 6. edge, 7. Pink Heart Necklace, 8. Bright and Cheery...., 9. IMG_2466, 10. Red Doves Necklace, 11. Untitled, 12. Red for Burma, 13. Tiffany's Pincushion, 14. I can sew a rainbow, 15. Cozy, 16. Untitled, 17. Focus on the Furry Bits....., 18. but i wasn't finished, 19. all american, 20. new toy, 21. little toes, 22. Red, White and Blue Vintage Flowers Barrette, 23. Vintage Flowers Necklace, 24. Japanese cherry blossom Pincushion, 25. Untitled, 26. love is colorful., 27. Nature Dance, 28. fit for a gnome, 29. This is actually her HAPPY FACE, 30. What you see is what you get!, 31. spooked, 32. Munsell merino 150, Rainbow, 33. Stolen Painting: Fear of Being Forgotten, 34. Chinese Pipe, 35. Untitled, 36. a little thanks

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Stuffies and a matching purse!

I've been trying out a few free tutorials I've collected on the web and also trying to use up some of my fabric stash. I don't really buy a lot of fabric at full price. I try to get a lot from op shops, Grapevine (op shop at college) or markets and such. Or when Spotlight has a huge sale, like NOW! :)

I made up two of these kittens from Amy Butler. Nathan says they don't look much like kittens. I tend to agree. They do look like animals at least.



Then I had a go at a tutorial from Craftster.org that I've had saved for such a long time. So long that the poster had deleted all her photos and I was left with only written instructions. Ah well - I figured it out! :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Moo Cards Swap

I've joined in on a swap over on BlueBazaar and am a little too excited to wait till mail out day to show what I've made.

The first time I heard about Moo Cards was over on Flickr. But it seems they are also in the scrapbooking world sort of like an ATC (Artist Trading Card). The Moo cards are only 2.8cmx7cm big. They are like little mini works of art.

Mine are digital since I find that the easiest to do collage with. I just love mucking around with my little PSE2 program! :)

I've got to make 8 of these but they only really took about 15minutes each so I could make heaps and heaps so easily! Love them!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Who wears fingerless gloves?

I've been working on these for a looooong time. I've completely finished one and need to seam up the other one. One is significantly larger than the other which is a little disturbing but all the lacework discourages me from fixing it up.

Now I know two people in the whole entire world who would wear these - my mother-in-law and Karen. That's it. Is there anyone else out there???!!!


I also made this up the other night from an old pair of Nathan's jeans. It's for my new Greek New Testament. It's an awesome Bible because it has all the words that appear 30 times or less down the bottom of each page with their meaning. This is great because by second year at Bible college you are supposed to know all the words that appear 30 times or more in the New Testament. So rather than hunt through my lexicon/dictionary all the less frequently appearing words are at the bottom of the page! It's odd the things that excite academics, isn't it! :)

The Bible has got this nice leather cover but I tend to scratch leather rather easily hence the cover. I think next time I make one I'll make it with some heavy felt so that I don't have to hem it.