Monthly Archives: June 2013

the fluffy vest…

I love it.. I love it!! Look at it, in all it’s fluffy glory! (Sorry for the shameless selfie..) This was such a simple (but time consuming) knit, and I pretty much made it up on the go. As much as the final product has won me over, I will admit, that for someone who lives for instant gratification, this was pushing the boundaries of my patience. Maybe, if I didn’t have four other things on the go at the same time, I could have completed this a little earlier.. I’ll never learn..

Anyway, if you’d like to make a fluffy vest to impress friends and strangers alike, you can print my original pattern here. This pattern has not been tested, so use at your own risk! 😉 Please, feel free to share photos of your finished vests too, I’d love to see them!


cross stitch progression…

Oh, it’s been so long! I’ve felt very unproductive this last week.. Even though I see a lot of progress after a night working on my cross stitch, I still feel that it is taking a while. I’ve finished two characters, and I have two more to go.

The Cheshire Cat has made his appearance! Look at him, with his tail in the air and that massive grin on his face! He is missing a black nose and some detail, because when I went to Spotlight to buy the 17 different colours I needed, somehow I forgot to get black! It doesn’t matter though, I’ll just continue with the other characters, and fill in with black later.

Once I’m done with the characters, I was thinking I should put an iconic quote from the story underneath them.. Something like “We’re all mad here” or “Curiouser and curiouser”.. What do you think? Does it need writing, or are they fine on their own?

sneaky peek…

In my regular fashion, I have several UFO’s (Un Finished Objects) laying around, crying for some love (for example: 1. granny square cushion 2. bf’s knitted tie 3. fluffy vest).. I really do try hard to finish what I start, but I just get so excited and distracted by my next project that I often leave the others behind..

Anyway, I may as well show you what I’m spending my time on at the moment (in-between reading A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow that is..). It’s cross stitch! My mum did cross stitch when I was a kid, and I always wanted to join in, but it is rather time consuming and my childish enthusiasm used to dwindle rather quickly.

I’m doing a rather simple pattern, four characters from Alice In Wonderland. I’ve only completed the Mad Hatter at the moment, so you’ll have to wait and see which other characters I’ve chosen!

The June long weekend is upon us, so maybe, just maybe, I’ll have some time to work on my poor, neglected UFO’s…

diy… block colour tee

This is the simplest way to add a little something to your basic tee. If you can cut and sew in a straight line, you’re already half way there!

1. Grab two tee’s of the same make and size. It might help to pre-wash them too, just to get any shrinking issues out of the way.

2. Place one shirt on top of the other, and pin them together under both arms and at the top of the shoulders. 

3. With the shirts pinned together and laying flat, pin a straight line from one side of the shirts to the other. My line is about 4cm under the seam of each arm. Doing this means you can cut both shirts in the same place, at the same time. Cut along the pinned line, through both shirts.

4. Grab the top of one shirt and turn it inside out. Get the bottom of the other colour shirt and slip it inside the top, and pin it together. The right sides of both pieces should be facing each other, and don’t forget to pin the side seams together to get a really professional finish. Use as many pins as you feel necessary.

5. Run the raw edge through your sewing machine using a medium to long zigzag stitch. My machine is in dire need of a service, and we had a few disagreements along the way, but we got there in the end. 

6. Press the seam down and you’re all done! 

There you have it! Two colour-block tee’s that look great with jeans or a cute skirt. If you feel a little weird having two tee’s that are almost twins, why not gift one to a friend! This is seriously so simple, and took around half an hour. Why not give it a go, I’d love to know how yours turn out.