かぎ針編みのための日本語 or Japanese for crochet – Part 2

When starting to feel the crochet itch again, I looked through my Japanese crochet magazines and realised I still didn’t understand them fully. So, on to Part 2 of my Japanese for crochet vocabulary lists!

Japanese (Kanji) Hiragana/ Katakana English
名前 なまえ name
綿 わた cotton
綿100% わた100% 100% cotton
玉巻 たままき wound ball
40g玉巻 40gたままき 40g wound ball
やく about, approximately
約118m やく118m approx. 118m
いろ colour
6色 6いろ 6 colour
並太 なみふと average thickness,
8 – 10 ply
タイプ type
かぎ針 かひばり crochet hook
ごう number
5/0号 5/0ごう number 5
えん ¥, Yen
Japanese currency
693円 693えん ¥693
(approx. AUD 8.50)

See Part 1 here – かぎ針編みのための日本語 or Japanese for crochet – Part 1


Sew 2012 #004: Madly Happy Sunny Dress! And I join The Sew Weekly!

ZOMG!!!! There is a requirement for this post to contain too many exclamation marks as I am just so damn happy!! Look at this!!!

Simplicity 2648 Amazing FitFrom the moment I decided that this fabric wasn’t going to be a doona cover, I knew it had to become two triangle bean bags, a dress and a skirt. Well we’re close to having all the fabric used up! I love love love how this has turned out!

In other and highly-related news, I decided over a whiskey with my cousins that I will combine my Sew 2012 commitment with The Sew Weekly. This is going to be fun fun fun 😀 Check out my profile here – I’ve also written a separate post there with more details about the construction of this dress.

Recognise the fabric much? It’s almost like I disappear…

Grosgrain Fabulous is where you can find the free pattern for the Triangle Bean Bags!

Now off to the gym so I can continue wearing this dress… 😀

Stay happy!!!!!

French Knicker Rescue

Sounds gross doesn’t it. Why would one need to rescue knickers? If you remember that this is a blog about sewing, we then may remember these.

Beverly from redbamsews made the marvellous suggestion to remove the side seams and add some more fabric to the sides. So I did! After that went extremely well, this happened:

Genius I am. Luckily the iron-burn happened at the top end, so these promptly became Hipster French Knickers. But the fun didn’t stop there. Other disasters for this rescue include:

  • Over-calculating the amount of fabric I’d need.
  • Over-estimating the length the waist elastic needed to be.
  • Over-experimenting blindly with the amount of flare.
  • Running out of matching bobbin thread.
  • Running out of ribbon trim.

As you can no doubt see, I have learned something from this French Knicker experiment. What I’m not quite sure yet. Lo, here are the knickers!

Hooray! This picture actually makes them look good. What you don’t see is they actually make me look like a potato and Sweetheart starts giggling whenever he sees me in them.

That aside however, I’m getting more impressed with my stitches and patience when sewing satin! Which is great, as satin is one of my favourite fabrics and I hope to sew a lot more with/in it. Just have a look (and also appreciate the awesome moth-lace ribbon I found a few years ago!):

Somehow I don’t think they’ll be worn much, not by me anyway. Unfortunately they’re just to weird a fit on me.

There will be more French Knickers.

Stay determined!

Sew 2012 #003: Stash-busting Gentle Mini Skirt

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I am busting through my stash in the start of 2012. It’s great! Clearing room for more awesome fabrics 😀

Here’s another skirt from my trusty Simplicity 5259 pattern. I’m cutting through my fabric stash to clear out the ones reserved for this pattern, which also helps the sorry state of my office wardrobe. However I don’t think you’ll see me at this office in this one!

This fabric is from an op shop for $2, so I’m not sure what is is. It’s quite thick, but looks and feels like satin. It was a bit slippery to sew so lots of pins and patience came in handy! There wasn’t quite enough to make a nice long one like The Articulate Skirt so I had to go for a mini skirt. But the length is still quite comfortable, plus I now have an awesome little skirt to wear with my AWESOME boots!

Stay creative

Sewing Re-fashion: Cowl Scarf and Weird Mittens from Cashmere Jumper

It’s summer here in Australia, a lovely mild one but summer nonetheless. I recently uncovered some moth-eaten sweaters, so here is my first item for Morgan Sin’s Seasonally Inappropriate Knitwear Catalogue 2012!

All the way from Chicago comes this lovely cashmere sweater:

There are few moth holes at the back near the neck. The sleeve cuffs became the opening of weird mittens and I wove some hat elastic around them to keep them on. Then I cut the arms and neck off, cutting underarm to underarm so I had a nice tube. Finally I finished the cut edge with a really short zig-zag stitch that made it ruffle and curl most pleasantly.

Sewing Re-fashion: Cowl Scarf and Weird Mittens from Cashmere Sweater

Tada! Now I have lovely matching cowl scarf and mittens I’m not going to need for another 6 months.


Crochet Star Anise Blanket reachs a Felix Milestone

I wasn’t planning another update on the Star Anise Blanket so soon, as I’ve run out of a two colours of yarn and have yet to buy more. It also hasn’t progressed a huge deal from my last update, but in the past week or so the Blanket has gained Important Recognition in our family.

Felix has Accepted the Star Anise Blanket.

Before this week, Felix hasn’t thought much of the ‘Blanket’. Rather, he avoided it like the plague and always walked around it if it were laid out on the floor (which it often was.). But this week, Sweetheart called me away from my sewing specifically to show me Felix’s new spot!

It’s as if it were made just for him. But then again, don’t we exist and the house was built just for him? Certainly seems so!

Morganisation with Free Printable Sewing Pattern Envelope Template

Through all my experimenting and winging it over the years I’ve accumulated quite a few “self-drafted” patterns. At the moment they’re all rolled up in a big mess at the top of the cupboard, some yet to be taped.


To fix this problem, I designed my own pattern envelope and I thought it was so cute I have to share it! It’s a bit smaller than the commercial pattern envelopes as I wanted it to fit on an A4 sheet for easy printing at home.

As I do, I got a bit carried away and designed some more for you! Download your favourite design and print away!



When you print set Page Scaling to None, or depending on your computer just print at 100%. This will make sure your envelope doesn’t get shrunk when you print it. Also, there’s an optional page 2 with each design – if you’d like to have a nice pattern inside the envelope, print them double-sided.

It’s pretty simple to make up the envelope, but here is a quick tutorial on how to stick them together. You’ll need:

  • Sharp craft knife
  • Steel ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Glue
  • Pens or pencils

After you’ve made sure you’ve got them printed on the right sides, set up!

Cut the rounded corners with the craft knife.

Then cut all the straight edges with the knife and ruler.

Tada! You should have something like the above.

Then, using the BACK of the craft knife blade, VERY LIGHTLY score the paper along the 4 white dotted lines. Don’t cut through the paper, you just want to define the fold line for a crisp fold. Notice that the back panel of the envelope is about 1.5mm shorter than the score lines at the top and bottom – this is so it will fold together nicely.

In order, fold the back panel, side flap and bottom flap over to form the envelope. With the back panel closed, glue down the bottom flap then the side flap.

Fold over the top flap, or the opening flap, and envelope DONE!

I recommend letting the glue dry before you put your patterns in else it might pop open. In the meantime, you can label your envelopes and perhaps draw a little picture to help you remember what they look like!

Aren’t they cute! I wonder how many I’ll use… How many will you use? 😀

I’d love to hear how you organise your patterns, be they sewing, knitting or whatever – How do you do it?

Stay happy!

I’m a Liebster Blog Award Winner. Yeah!

I wasn’t planning on a post today, but when I woke up to this in my inbox I felt I had to pass it on!

Laura of AboutGoodness has very kindly awarded my blog Pins and Patience the Liebster Blog Award! Thank you! I’ll save my acceptance speech for the awards night.

To use Laura’s words, Liebster is German for “dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.” Aww, shucks.

However, it must be told this isn’t the first awards game I’ve been invited to – Jennifer of Mother, Beader and Coffee lover… shared nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award which was also delightful – but I’m still trying to work out if I’m the versatile blogger or if the award itself is versatile… perplexing.

So here I’ll incorporate the two awards.

Here I give my five Liebster Awards:

  • The Selfish Seamstress – Loving Elaine’s style in sewing and entertaining writing!
  • Stitch me Softly – Elisalex’s sweet sewing style and her photography is always beautiful.
  • redbamsews – Beverly is an experienced sewer reviving her passion, and has offered me some great tips on my own projects over the past months!
  • Idle Fancy – With Miss Mary’s laid back vintage sewing style it’s always a pleasure to see her latest projects.
  • Sophistique Noir – Every time VictorianKitty posts one of her gothic outfits my heart melts with how gorgeous she is.

And now for 5 random things about me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

  1. I can read upside down.
  2. I like to collect change in the bottom of my handbag.
  3. I prefer my drinking water at room temperature.
  4. I used to collect gumnuts as a child.
  5. I would like to collect gumnuts as an adult.
There are rules for receiving the Leibster Award, but as I subscribe to point of view that rules are actually strongly recommended suggestions I will continue my life if they are not complied to. But here are the rules if you would like to carry on 🙂

Rule #1. You must acknowledge the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
Rule # 2. Give this award to 5 other bloggers. Please let them know through a comment on their blog.
Rule #3. Post this wonderful award on your blog.
Rule #4. 
Bask in the glory bestowed upon you and appreciate all the amazing bloggers out there.
Rule# 5. Enjoy and spread the good vibes around.

Hoorah for us!

Sew 2012 #002: The Articulate Pencil Skirt

Finishing touches complete, here it is! The Articulate Skirt!

I am over the moon the results of this skirt! I have made quite a few of these now and while I was making it I thought I could do it with my eyes closed. Then, when it came to hemming, I realised I hadn’t finished the edges of the back vent… Oops! No biggie, there wasn’t much to unpick!

This is also my first attempt at pattern matching. The diagonal stripe of the fabric only went one way and I didn’t realise you have to turn the pattern piece to make them match up how I wanted… fortunately there was enough fabric to compensate for this mistake! The front and back seams match mostly perfectly, which was most important, but not the side seams. Still, very happy with the result.

This fabric is a bit special so it was important to get it right. My mother bought it back in the 1980s with intent to make a tablecloth, but that never happened. It has a few age spots from being in storage for so long but all in all very good condition. Today, it’s a super comfy pencil skirt! I wonder if she’d like to borrow it… 😉

So, why call it The Articulate Skirt? Because it turned out exactly how it looked in my head! 😀

Yes I have pink fluff on my shoe and I’m not sure where it came from.