Thursday, 29 April 2010

Bag It

I needed a bag, the posh one that the other half gave to me is getting worn and grimy due to the daily pounding it was getting, so I thought I'd better save it by making an everyday bag made from a durable and washable material (no prizes for guessing the type of fabric I chose!). This is sample one - poor Bernina struggled, going over 6 layers of denim at times made the stitching a bit iffy in places.
I am going to have to face the fact that I now need to get an industrial sewing machine and a bigger studio to keep my growing collection of sewing and knitting machines and other paraphernalia in! (jokes!)

Friday, 23 April 2010

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Physic Garden Knitting

It's getting warmer at last, we haven't got a garden or balcony, so on Sunday we went to the Chelsea Physic Garden and sat in the sun, well me in the sun, other half in the shade. He tackled a challenging sudoku and I added a few rows to my knitting. I'm using a stitch called Ribbed Garter Stitch, it seems that I have a thing for rib patterns at the moment, is that because I am a city lass and am more comfortable with vertical lines? Mmmmm.....

Friday, 16 April 2010

Bernina in Town

My sewing machine collection has grown. Today I bought this Bernina Minimatic, it's probably about thirty years old and is the exact model we had at school! I've been peeking at it every time I walk past the local sewing machine shop, I had to go in and stake my claim. It has made me so happy! It makes such a lovely sound when you sew with it - so different to my clunky plastic machine.
Bring it on Bernina!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Baby Blast From The Past

I made these a few years ago, the baby is now 18, the denim settee cover much older and passed on to a friend. Happy birthday Barbara!

Sunday, 11 April 2010


I still haven't spent time in my studio apart from popping in to pay the rent! But I have finished the last scarf I showed you, as I finished the third ball of red wool I got a hankering to use a different colour so I popped into Peter Jones and got a ball of Royal Air Force blue as a nice contrast as well as buying wool for the next scarf! As I was finishing the scarf it reminded me of some two-colour pencils that I bought for the girls from The Frick Collection in New York a while back. They are very similar to the ones I used when I was very young - I thought they were brilliant then, especially when they'd been sharpened down to the very last double-ended inch.