I tend to post my crafting on Instagram, these days, but it takes up so much of my life/keeps me sane that it's silly not to post more of it, here. This project, though, I didn't even post on Instagram until after Christmas, as it was a present for a friend and I didn't want … Continue reading The Golden Herringbone Cape
"Handmade Plenty" is my theme for the next 5 years 😊 I've never really made a vision board or given myself a theme for the coming years, before, but my dear friend Kim ( @fatpurplefigs ) does it every year, and after the stripping bare that was 2017, I thought I'd give it a go. … Continue reading Handmade Plenty
FINISHED!!! My knee may be fractured and I may be in a fog of painkillers but I can always knit! Pattern: "Big Old Coat"Yarn: Rich Alpaca from @bendigowoollenmills in Rich Dusk (DK/8ply, 1800m/1975yds)Skill level:Advanced (knitting & patience!)Time: approx. 250 hours! Come say Hi on Ravelry: @Darsidhe (http://www.ravelry.com/people/Darsidhe)
I wasn't going to go but I'd been looking forward to, and saving up for, the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show all year, so I went and I'm glad I did. I cuddled some lambs and kids (the goat kind) and picked up the looms I'd been saving for from lovely Libby from Ashford New … Continue reading Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show 2017
I've always wanted to spin my own wool. A childhood friend's mother used to spin and I could watch her for hours - it seemed so magical the way she teased a seemingly endless thread from a mass of fairy-floss. Her hands were always soft, too, she said it was from the lanolin. When my … Continue reading Learning a new, ancient skill.
At last I've finished this short-sleeve jacket! In one way it's only taken me about 2 months to make but I bought this yarn - a lovely Noro lamb's wool, silk, and cashmere blend - in a Tokyo wool store with a friend, in 2009. I thought I'd never like the heavy stripe in the yarn but once … Continue reading Finished! Short sleeved, knitted jacket!
I've long loved these little #sewing clips but I'm truly appreciating them now as I try my first shaped collar and in a stretchy knit! They hold tightly enough to be placed right on an edge, fold, or hem and (assuming the seam is wide enough, this particular one isn't) they have a clear 'bottom' … Continue reading Favourite Things: Clover Magic Clips
Today I'm tidying up my threads tin and actually enjoying the process because of these awesome thread and bobbin organisers from smartneedle.com which I discovered via the quilting community@massdrop The 'peels' curl around threads so they don't unwind (even my overlocking spools!), the 'bobbinis' do the same for bobbins and the 'tulips' insert in the … Continue reading Favourite Things: Peels, Tulips, and Bobbinis!