Thursday, July 22, 2010

My creative space: knitting my thoughts

A sneak peek at something I'm working on for the wedding. It's been a week of progress, the band is booked, mum's friend and colleague will take some snaps, and I successfully exchanged my dress. It's all coming together...

Running parallel to the knitting is lots of napkin making, and maybe some table runners if I get the chance. I'm eagerly awaiting my parcel from the vintage sheet swap - I'm sure some of the fat quarters I get will have a temporary life as napkins, before they become a quilt.

Lots and lots more creative spaces over at kootoyoo.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wrapped in love: first arrivals and crochet hearts

Inside 12 weeks now!

In the past week I've started having that 'it's really happening' feeling. The wedding, of course, but also this project. Our invitations will go out (as soon as I can work out why the yellow printer head isn't working), and I've had a glimpse at what the tree will look like with the arrival of the first parcel. It's very exciting!

Here's a sample:

Now don't panic if you haven't started, there's plenty of time. But if you're starting to think timelines, I'll need all of your gorgeous creations by 17th September - that's 2 weeks before the wedding. Just something to keep in mind.

For some inspiration this week I've started exploring the love theme a bit more. I've thought about knitted hearts, about crocheted hearts, about poetry and quotes about love (and how to knit them). I'm working on something, but it's a bit of a secret...

In the meantime, what do you think of these pics I found?

Image from here

Image from here

Image from here

I even found these... there are actually a surprising number of knitted 'anatomical' hearts out there in cyberspace.

Image from here

Image from here

How's your knitting and crocheting going? Would you like to crochet a heart? I'm thinking lots and lots of hearts would look fantastic on the tree. In red or pink. There's a great tutorial here, but lots of others around too.

We could have a bit of a lesson at the next crafternoon - you should come! At the Brunswick Green again, on Sunday 8th Aug, at 2pm (edit: this session has been postponed until Sun 15th Aug, same time, same place).

Monday, July 5, 2010


I signed up to sooz's usefulness swap, and my swap parcels arrived this week - it's always exciting to get a parcel, but a parcel filled with hand-made goodness is something else.

There's something a bit anxiety-provoking about a swap. There's the will I/won't I get it finished anxiety. But worse is the performance anxiety. Have I put enough work into this? Can you tell it took me hours or does it just look slapped together? What if the stuff I get back is better/has more work put into it than my stuff?).

And yes, (sorry sooz), I submitted late (well, after the friday deadline but before monday's mail, as luckily sooz lives nearby. So technically still late). That's one of my potholders - I didn't even get a chance to take photos of anything else.

But it all worked out and I got some gorgeous stuff back, including a gorgeous bookmark from Nikki, a sweet gift pouch from Kym (great idea!), a empty wheatbag from Ellen (ditto great idea), an appliqued bag from Mands and a lovely soft cotton washcloth from Dee. I hope my contributions cut the mustard...

Wrapped in Love: knitalong wrap-up

Just under 13 weeks to go...

My apologies it's taken so long to get this post up. Thanks to everyone who came along on the 20th, it was a fun afternoon at the Brunswick Green. Surprisingly (or not), knitting at the pub in the inner north of Melbourne is certainly not edgy (but who's trying to be edgy?!). Who knew barmen in Brunswick can knit socks? Without a pattern.

"I just follow the instructions my mum writes me".

Aside from knitting barmen we had granny squaring, crochet flowering, french knitting (or knitting nancy - it's amazing the look of recognition you get when you bring start explaining knitting nancy to anyone older than about 50), lots of garter stitch and some very determined unravelling of an op-shop jumper...

We might even have another session - on Sunday 8 August. I'll book the corner spot this time!
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