Thursday, 16 April 2009

Sewing, skeining and STUFF!

Here's what my floor looks like after this weekend's frenetic sewing activity.


I've been making a patchwork dress! Inspired by these amazing dresses, I thought I'd make my own. I used the bodice from a Simplicity pattern, and made up the rest. Mind you, after a few days of sewing patches together and struggling with seemingly endless gathering, I did think more than once, "hmm, I could buy one of hers and save myself the agony", but once I'd worked out the import duty on something from Australia I made a cup of refreshing tea and carried on stitching and gathering.


And here it is. I just have the hem to do and a belt to add. Crazy dress! Mind you if you know me you'll know this is completely in character. In fact, it's made from offcuts from other dresses I've made (padded out with a couple of FQs I bought with my vouchers) so you'll have seen all of it before! I'd take a pic of it outside in the garden with me prancing about modelling it, but I can't take a self portrait properly, and my assistant is temporarily indisposed.


He likes sitting under my desk while I work. (I am reminded of the fantastic under-deskness of my last job - we all had a treasure trove of stuff under there, but never a dog! I still carry on the tradition of Crap Under Desk, you'll be pleased to know!) Except it's not great when I'm sewing as I need the foot-room for the machine control (in the right of the picture). He doesn't like that and sulks on the landing instead. Anyway. I'll get round to making Mr Yaffle take a picture of me wearing the dress of craziness one day :-)

Shop news!
I've got a dyeing day tomorrow and over the weekend so there will be some new colours going up on the site by early next week. Also, I've been re-skeining some existing colours to give you a better idea of how the colours work with each other.


This one is Paintbox


And this one is Stargazer.  I've re-skeined just one of each colourway so you can see how it looks. The pics will be up on the website today and tomorrow.

And finally. I hope you're not eating your dinner. Here's today's mystery object...


Yup, folks, it's raw wool...! There was loads of it strewn across the fields yesterday when I took the dog out, so naturally I picked it up and put it in my bag. No-one was around to look apart from the odd sheep so I saved myself some face ;-) Trouble is, I have no idea what to do with it really. Or why I picked it up. Mr Trebus strikes again...I think, given the abundance of mud and vegetable matter in there, I can't see myself washing, carding and spinning such a small bit. Hmm. If only it was more attractive, or sweeter smelling (and if only you too could enjoy the aroma!) I'd be half-tempted to spin it...but for now it's on the bird table!!


  1. That dress is beautiful! And I can't wait to get a new job so I can buy more of your yarns :D The colours are gorgeous!

  2. *makes grabby hands*
    Your yarns are so beautiful. I really am going to have to learn to knit socks...

  3. Ooooh love the dress. Interesting to see the skeins - I've seen pics on other sites of yarn like that, and wondered what the difference was between theirs and yours. Just the winding then! Good to see the colours swishing together, just makes me want them all the more!

  4. Loving the dress - I can see that it will suit you well ;)
    Maybe after a few more walks with Dylan you'll be able to gather enough freshly hewn sheep's wool to spin and knit the gnat his other 2 pairs of socks (at least I think gnats have 6 legs??) Ref, yarn-sausage incident from earlier post...
    Meanwhile the yarn's looking lush - I am getting the hang of starting my first sock with strawberry laces x


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