August has been busy in the Edinburgh house and the craft room was mostly occupied with guests coming to stay for the festival. Aside from this I haven't actually managed to unpack the sewing machine after the move - and worryingly the plastic casing seems to have taken a bit of a knock in transit … Continue reading The Deadline Dress
Botany Lace is actually delightful but this lovely little cable and lace shawl - 'Dovana' by Ysolda Teague (she of the wonderful and perfect Orchid Thief) - has always prompted involuntary Chekov impersonations and sometimes looped viewings of the Botany Bay scene from Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan. I'd been wanting a yellow textured … Continue reading Botany Lace? BO’tony LACE?! Oh NO!
I have a secret bag that has been getting fuller over the last year or so. No not the stash! It's a bag full of finished lace shawls that have been languishing in need of being blocked. There was even a project I never listed on Ravelry so I have no idea when it was … Continue reading Blocked! on blocking and unblocking the blocking block
It's been I while. I can't believe it's Ash Wednesday already. Pancakes were had last night for Shrove Tuesday including some really quite fabulous savoury pancakes from our trusty vegan cook book 'Peace and Parsnips' by Lee Watson. Although I'm afraid the pancake part was just the usual half a pint of cow juice, 1 … Continue reading Hug a hoodie! Capucine/Capuchin/Capuchon
This project is again using birthday fabric from my mother (aren't I a lucky lady). I was calling these birds cranes but I think subsequently I stumbled across it somewhere online where they were definitely called pelicans and discovered that the design was named 'Ship Shape' (kind of obvious come to think of it seeing … Continue reading To err is human… : Pelican Dress
Now, well done if you remember that I had started working on dress 'R' from the first Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori back at the end of 2015. I had two metres of birthday sheep fabric that was absolutely adorable and remarkably calming. It's such a crisp print but the colours are so neutral and muted … Continue reading Sheep top time: a project from the 2016 vortex
I'm not one to advocate throwing money at a problem. However, my lack of inspiration to knit much of anything, words included, was certainly salved with the arrival of this beautiful yarn. No discounts, no windfalls, just pure excessive expenditure on a yarn that I have in more rational moments written off as just too … Continue reading Wispy Bridesmaid Shrug