Happy Garden Lady

Happy Garden Lady

Coast peplum blouse
$110 – coast-stores.com

Yves Saint Laurent leather tote bag
$2,620 – farfetch.com

Rose earrings
$23 – pret-a-beaute.com

Hat Attack ribbon hat
lespommettes.com

Long Time, No Sew! Pyjama Pants Will Fix That

Happy Gardening Pyjama Pants

PANTS!!! I sewed ’em.

I owe the existence of these pants to Shandii of ShandiiCrafts. Not only did she give me an excuse to go to the fabric department store to buy new fabric, she also taught me how to make these up in the space of an afternoon! And all she asked in return is I show her how to add pockets ❀ Thanks Shandii!!

After choosing some stretch cotton sateen, I dug out my fading-fast RTW pyjama pants and followed Shandii’s instructions. She was right when she said these were so easy!! I resisted the temptation to add fancy cuffs on this pair just so I could get these finished right, but will try something on the next pair.

I added the pockets, not just because I was showing Shandii how to add them but because POCKETS ARE AWESOME. (Even if I did sew them on the wrong way first and had to unpick them. Note to Shandii: skip that part.)

Finally I would like to voice my appreciation for Instagram filters. It may be the latest fad, but the above pic looks awesome when you consider it was 10pm-post-three-hours-in-the-garden-fixing-sprinklers-and-trimming-branches. They are Happy Gardening Pyjama Pants.

Stay Creative!!
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Lovely Cotton Stole – Crochet Gone Vintage!

Lovely Lace Cotton Crochet Stole

I bought this cotton yarn over a year ago, when I was first exploring fabulous yarns. I bought it online just to see what it was like. Well I loved it. But Inspiration had not struck so I didn’t buy more and I stayed in my stash all this time, until now!

A few weeks ago it was a friend’s birthday, and all of a sudden I knew what had to be done. I looked in my stash for an appropriate colour, but all I had was black! And good thing too, because I don’t think this could have turned out any better.

After some hunting, I found this Japanese crochet pattern on Ravelry and got to work! Once I started on the fringing, I worried there wouldn’t be enough yarn to complete it, and it turned out I was right. I decided instead to do one row of single crochet all around and I think it actually turned out much nicer. And you know what else? No pair of scissors ever touched this yarn. All I had was 3 inches left to weave in and that was it! My modified version was the perfect fit for this ball of yarn!

Clearly it was all meant to be. My friend loved it!

Stay creative
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Grey Crochet Cowl for Him or for Me

Grey Cowl: Close Up The Yarns

I’ve had such an urge to make crochet things these last few weeks, which is strange because I can’t wear any of them when they’re done – it’s just too hot!! I think I’m craving the peaceful repetition of hooking stitch after stitch, which could also explain this cowl made completely in single crochet.

Grey Cowl: Flat

I can imagine Sweetheart and I sharing this one! It’s a great unisex style. I’ll wear on those days I don’t feel so girly and Sweetheart can wear it whenever he likes πŸ™‚

The twist was semi-accidental. I knew there was a possibility of it happening but I didn’t know how, and I think I wanted it to happen anyway. It certainly looks good to me. I also learned a new stitch on this scarf: crab stitch! I was looking up how to finish an edge without doing a lace or picots, and this fit the bill.Β This is great how-to tutorial on Woolly Wonder.

Grey Cowl: Close Up

Aah single crochet, how you ease my mind.

Stay calm!
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Mystery Scarf No Longer A Mystery – Completed Crochet Project

Mystery Scarf Flat

I started the Mystery Scarf back in March 2012, and finished in December! It was an impromtu buy, I loved the wool and wanted a project to fill some inspiration gap, so I wasn’t sure what it was going to finish up as. But now that it is finished, I am very much in love!

Mystery Scarf Detail

The only thing I think I did wrong was my blocking technique. I’m new to blocking and for this springy woolly yarn I probably shouldn’t have squashed it with the iron. Oops, live and learn. I’ve since learned the proper non-quishy technique and I was amazed – it really does seems to work like magic to me! πŸ˜€

Being an Australian Summer around here, it’s totally the wrong season for modelling scarves. Perhaps I’ll suck it up and put the air con on for an Inappropriate Seasonal Knitwear shoot.

Yay! Stay creative
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Happy Holidays and a Merry 2013!

Wool Dreams

Odd now that the holidays are over I can finally make time to update you on my crafty exploits! Hoorah!

While December was by far my worst-posting month, I did get pretty crafty towards the end of 2012 again, and even made it to 24.5.5.5 Sew 2012 wearable items! (Three were still in progress as of 12am 31 December 2012…) Which in fact gets me past the half-way point of my goal to sew 52 wearable items in 2012! Pretty awesome effort, considering the year also included a promotion at work, an interstate move and unprecedented stress levels :/ I have lots of photos to take πŸ™‚

In the meantime, the holidays were very relaxing. Sweetheart gave me some new alpaca yarn πŸ˜€

A Rouge Vegetable!

I found a rouge vegetable in the ex-vegetable patch.

Pool View

We watched the New Year fireworks from our balcony.

The Twelve Apostles, Victoria Australia

And went for a drive to the Twelve Apostles. Very beautiful but slightly misleading.

Stay tuned, 2013 will be even craftier!