Saturday 31 October 2015

Natalie's quilt

A couple of weekends ago I decided this quilt had been dragging on and I was in danger of loosing interest.  That thought spurred me on to get more blocks done and I am feeling pleased with my progress.  I now have only one more large basket block to make and then six mini baskets before I can start piecing it together ... it suddenly feels achievable!  The first photo shows the latest blocks I made and then all the blocks together.

After today another month is finished!  Here are some of the happenings for October:
From three chooks to two, our girls are getting old and not laying
Josh's team won their 5 aside soccer tournament
Getting a window seat installed
After a lazy winter I'm walking again, 40 minutes to get around our local lake
Our Charlie had a birthday
Colours of my latest knitting project
Apple and pear blossoms, hopefully we will have our first fruit this year
And progress made!

Thanks as always for your visit, happy weekend to you! Wendy xx

Tuesday 6 October 2015

A homemade wardrobe

One of the disadvantages of making my own wardrobe is the difficulty photographing the finished clothing in use.  Being in front of the camera is not my favourite thing to do however photographs of clothes being worn show better how they fit.  I have a backlog of handmade clothes that haven't made it to the blog but I managed to get some photos this week while family are on holiday.

The first outfit is my Hetty cardigan designed by Andi Satterlund.  The yarn is New Zealand made Outlaw yarn in worsted weight and is made of 45% wool, 45% Alpaca and 10% Possum.  The possum gives it a soft fuzzy halo and it's really comfy and warm.  The dress is actually a top pattern and I extended the length to just below my knees.  It's the Akita top designed by Colette from their Seamwork magazine.  The fabric is a polyester (I think) from Spotlight and was gifted to me by a friend.  I am really happy with this outfit and I'm starting to think that simpler shapes suit me best?!  The necklace had cream beads so I bought green nail polish and painted them to match!

Secondly, I'm wearing an Undercover Hood by Papercut patterns.  I have made the hooded version for Charlotte so I knew the pattern was quick and easy.  The back, sleeves and ribbing are made from a really lovely merino  I bought from The Fabric Store and then a printed knit for the front.  I loved Susan's cowl so I used the same pattern and made one to coordinate with my top, using Cascade 100% wool (ravelry page here.)  I tend to wear these with my jeans or a black skirt.

Well, that's a tiny catch-up!  I hope all is well with you, Wendy xx