Thursday, 18 June 2009


I finished the bonnie lace cowl, I managed 2.5 repeats of the 12 row lace pattern, then cast off, blocked, and seamed. I used 5mm needles and rowan tapestry in moorland, which self stripes in blue and sand colours.

Another lemon cake, just two layers of sponge this time, and one layer of lemon curd, and stars for a bit of glitz.

Monday, 15 June 2009

monday is my weekend

I always work right through the weekend, so Monday is usually my day to lounge about at home. Its nice to have some peace, with HH at work, though I often feel like I've bunked off school. Anyway, how to make the most of this day all alone?

a) brunch (because I had a lie-in of course)

basic pancakes with a teaspoon of dijon mustard added to the batter, and poached eggs, and tea

b) a film

Tea With Mussolini ~ gentle 1930s set film

c) knitting

Bonnie, from Heartfelt, I don't think I've enough yarn to make the hat, so I was thinking of making it into a cowl instead, for those drizzly english summer days.

Friday, 12 June 2009

beach bag

Last night we planned a day trip to the beach, and I made me a new beach bag.

This is slightly more sophisticated than the ruffle tote, because the bag and strap are lined, and it has an interior pocket. It took me about 3 hours from start to finish.

Funnily enough, this was also inspired by Gap bags, I especially like their new yellow striped one. But, why buy if you can make it at home?

So, all I need now is the beach...

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Vintage 1940s Makeup and Hair Advice

Fan of vintage style? You absolutely must watch this wonderful tutorial from the 1940s...

Monday, 8 June 2009

mini-engagement present

For friends Dan and Vicky, who just announced they are going to be wed next summer. Vicky was taken to Italy for a surprise proposal, the lucky thing!

Sunday, 7 June 2009


1946 Glasgow made Singer sewing machine. Belonged to my great-aunt Joyce. Beautiful workmanship.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

cabbage rose

I'm trying to rescue my biggest mistake ~ starting the huge triangle shawl from Greetings from Knit Cafe in the wrong yarn. Not aran weight or bulky, but 4-ply. 4-ply king cole merino in a biscuit colour. I started this a few years ago when I was just getting back into knitting. By the time I had 400 stitches on the needles it should have been a huge blanket, but unfortunatley my shawl measured only 18" deep and 35" wide along the bottom edge. I hadn't the heart to carry on, so cast off. Ever since I've been trying to think of something to make with it, to make it useful, such as tote or cushion cover. In the meantime, I thought I might add some blue cabbage roses, using some rowan tapestry from my stash, in duplicate stitch.

Does it look like a rose?

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

desperately seeking...

One quilt seeks binding. Must be silky smooth, straight preferred, colour negotiable. Would like to spend time on sofa watching films, picnics in the park, and general lazing around. If this sounds like fun, get in touch, I need you to complete me.