Sunday, December 31, 2017

Puppy Paws







The pads are a mix of crochet, embroidery and needle felting.  The second photo is the real dog's paws, the ones I am trying to make.  Not quite there, but coming along.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Underdog



Literally.  I am making a dog and I will be needle felting onto this crocheted one.  There have been a couple of versions, but this one looks dog-like and stands.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Japanese Knitting Book

  

  

Can't go to Sydney and not go to Kinokuniya.  Only bought one book this visit, a Japanese knitting book.  I thought this might help with learning the chart system of Japanese knitting since they are smaller patterns.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Glass Domes

  

  

  

I received a glass dome for Christmas, so all the domes got a wash and a re-arrange.   There are too many for the chest of drawers they are on so three were moved onto another cabinet.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

And Some More Reindeer, Finished

  



  

The group of six reindeer that I was working on are finished, and just in the nick of time on Christmas Eve.   All but one has been gifted and off to their new homes.  The last little one looks a little sad, but then had a big adventure on his way home from Sydney to Melbourne.  I received a lovely glass dome for Christmas and it worked very well as a travelling capsule for the little one.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Gift Wrapping

  

  

This year was toadstools. I made the toadstools for the window at Can Do Books last year. The were around the bottom of the tree the gnomes were on. They are little crocheted toadstools on clips. Non-shiny green tinsel was the perfect ribbon to clip these to the gifts.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Missing Reindeer




I got a message from my friend yesterday that I sent a reindeer card to her Mum and forgot to put the card in. I concede that I am quite capable of doing that, forgetting the card, but I don’t think I did. I was so pleased at receiving a card from them because I had misplaced their new address and I wrote out the envelope and walked around to the post office to post it, I didn’t even take my handbag, just some change in my pocket. I think I would have noticed an empty envelope because the scarf made it lumpy. But where could the reindeer be?  Hope he is having a nice time wherever he is.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Jo's Reindeer



I finished one of the six reindeer and he is off to his new home with my friend Jo.  I will be trying to finish the other five in the next few days.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

And Some More Reindeers



In various stages of making.  One needing antlers, ears, a nose and scarf, one body nearly sewn, one ready for sewing and three needing leaves on their trees.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

And Back to the Reindeer



Finished the embroidery and beadwork on the houses and presents, now working on the trees and leaves.  Two are ready to make up into reindeer.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Cards

 

  

The Reindeer Army of Christmas Cards.  This year I made my cards out of reindeer.  I photographed front and back of the reindeer, printed on cardstock, made wrapped wire antlers, glued the head with the antlers sandwiched in, and made a scarf.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

And Some More Reindeer



Managed to do quite a bit yesterday.   Trees made and sewn down, windows cut (not in the picture), doors cut, presents cut, knitted or crocheted.  They are all pinned, so now to sew and embroider.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Swift Cover

    

  

I finished the crocheted bag for the new wooden swift.  The yarn is from Fibresmith, their own hand-dyed.  I wanted a bag that would separate and protect the parts but be all together.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Little Puds



Today is the last Sit&Stitch for the year at Can Do Books.   Thought I would take something along.  They are little truffles in the shape of plum puddings.  Basically cake and chocolate.

Monday, December 11, 2017

One of the Reindeer



Not sure if I showed all the reindeer as I made them this year.  This one was made early.  He is a large felt reindeer with a large blingy buckle, crocheted belt and several pom poms on his long skinny scarf.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Swift



  

I bought a new swift for helping with winding skeins of yarn into balls.  I had a wire one that clamps to the bench or table and I have been fighting with it long enough.  It would fall off the desk or the little clamp that holds the umbrella bit up would fail and the yarn would slide down and loosen or fall off.  So I bought this Amish-style wooden swift.  It sits on the table, no clamps and spins nicely.  The pegs are adjusted to fit the size of the skein.   It all pulls apart for storage.  Just need to make a bad to hold it all.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Anniversary



Today is Piers' and my 33rd Wedding Anniversary.  We originally got together because of knitting.  We were both in the Navy and living at the WRANS quarters, Greenwich House in Toorak here in Melbourne.  I was a cook in the Navy and was working at Greenwich House.  I had a duty weekend coming up and nothing to knit so I asked the residents if someone would like to buy the wool, I would knit them a jumper.  There were two takers, one was 6'6" tall and very broad, and Piers.  I said sorry no to the first and got my knitting patterns out for Piers to look at.  We got to know each other and chatted while I knitted.  The photo is of Piers in his first Joyce Jumper.
My Mother-In-Law tells the story that when she heard the cook was knitting Piers a jumper she said her boyfriend would be very happy about that.  And Piers said there was nothing more than chatting and knitting, nothing for the boyfriend to worry about.  When Piers said I was knitting him a second jumper, she said her boyfriend really wouldn't like that at all, Piers said "I'm her boyfriend now"
Happy Anniversary Piers, love you lots and lots and lots. xx

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Last Night's Dinner

  

Homemade flatbreads, a series of dips and some chicken.  The flatbreads are easy to make but require a little bit of planning as it needs time to rise.  They are so much nicer than bought ones and so worth the effort.

Little Square

I have had such trouble with this square and have restarted a few times.  It's just a simple knit/purl pattern, mind mush be wandering...