Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rag rugs

1 inch strips. tried to add in corners.

2.5 inch strips. circular

1.5 inch strips - straight lines.
ok really quick cuz im trying to have about 3 different conversations but am taking advantage of mums wifi...

Things ive discovered to be kept in mind when making rag rugs:
- the wider the strips the faster it comes together
- i use a safety pin to hold my strips. i just poke the strip through the hinge/hole.
- make sure you add a few stitches as you go around otherwise it bows.
- making a squared one is easiest if you start with a straight line and zig zag back and forth than starting oval and adding corners. it doesnt ever square up completely it will always be a rounded edge.
- if you snip and rip the strips you will undoubtedly have threads everywhere. deal with it. you can rotary cut them if you want to but i just really cant be bothered.
- no matter what shape you make the first part is always a PITA because its fiddly and it moves. duct tape or safety pins work well.
- overall - just persevere with the irritating bits, its worth it. it comes together really nicely.

i think thats all for now. must dash, being anti social.

Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm baaaaack

Have returned from my cruise with many many photos and a few souvineers. I had a wonderful time and will tell you all more about it later but for now I'm still unpacking and sorting out exciting things like doing groceries.

I will definitely post photos when I upload them but for now, special thanks to Gail who was nice enough to send me a card before I left wishing me fun on my trip. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

what ive been working on

I've been knitting and sewing a lot the last few days. I did 5 scarves on friday. This is the only one i have left because my mother took off with the others. And those are the skirts and one of the scoop neck blouses ive been making, I  have 2 more tops to make before my cruise.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sewing up a storm to get ready for cruising.

This is only a short post and will be devoid of pictures because blogger will no doubt throw a hissy fit if i try to do anything quickly.

Anyway...this week has been full of sewing new skirts and blouses to wear on my cruise and staying warm until I leave. It's been very cold down here and my back is giving me a hard time. Plus I am almost out of internet hours for the moment and cant buy more til after the cruise so will be incommunicado for a couple of weeks.

Also, I taught a friend how to do paper pieced hexagons on monday. She's going backpacking in London in July and wanted a project she could to anywhere. It was quite amusing. I made her the little Origami bag I wanted to try and filled it with hexi fabric and papers, pins, paper clips, cottons and a few spare needles as well as needle threaders and she got so excited.

Anyway, back to my sewing. Will post pictures of clothing and cruising in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


In 10 days I'll be going here (New Caledonia)..
on one of these...
where I'll be doing some of this..

and this..

some of this and...
and this. I might bring..
one of these.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Amazing what you can fit in a 500g postage bag

Now that uni is over *jumping up and down* I was able to go through my baskets and unearth some things to send to QLD for the flood affected. I have 2 baskets, 1 on of WIPS and 1 of finished projects.

So I pulled out the finished basket and sorted out what was to be sold (bags mostly and table runners) and what is to be given away. Normally I work on throws, scarves, beanies, gloves and socks for my local Vinnies group but when I heard there was and appeal for scarves and beanies in QLD I figured I could send a little further.

I removed the blankets from the pile and then squished as much as I could into the post bag. Thats what I ended up with.

Also yesterday I made myself a new outfit. A black flippy skirt and a purple scoop neck tank to take on my cruise. Havent taken a picture yet but I will when I'm all dressed pretty.

Am determined also to finish that darn doormat I started. The rain is making my nice clean floor all wet when people come in. sad :(