Sometimes it gets quiet here because I’ve nothing crafty to talk about. But sometimes it gets quiet here because I’m too busy with the crafty stuff! I’ve been running around doing stuff so much lately I barely get to use my computer these days! We’ve been busy with packing for the move – my strategy is to do it bit by bit so it is easier on L and us, just a couple of boxes every week, starting with the things we do not need at the moment. Apart from that, I’ve been busy with sewing and knitting.. The birthday vest didn’t make the birthday but maybe it will make it for the wedding anniversary.😛
I also did some dyeing with some friends here recently. I went and got a second-hand pot for it (because I cannot justify wasting a perfectly good new pot for the occasional dyeing) but I’m not sure how I like how it is serving it’s purpose. I was in a rush to get out of the thrift shop (a restless L in tow) and did not see that it was an aluminium pot. The pot I used in Singapore was a stainless steel one and somehow I felt the yarn took up the dye so much better.
Here are some of the yarn we dyed. We tried out a gradient method and I love how it turned out!
The intense violet faded out to white with a marbled effect. This is AP’s yarn and I cannot wait to see how it knits up!
This is mine.. I did a manual gradient for mine, using the same colour. I really like the silvery lavender of the lighter shade. The pinks were experiments with koolaid. I was initially planning to use the pinks with the purple, but have since decided to use white with the purple. AP and I were planning to knit Sky Isle, with modification to knit it top down instead of bottom up. I have started mine but already have to put it on hold because of 3 rushed projects slotted in, 4 if I include the anniversary vest. Hopefully I don’t forget about this before I’m done with those projects… Once we are settled after the move and I have a proper place for my craft stuff, I really have to round up all those forgotten, wild and loose WIPs! I hate being this disorganised.
So I managed to take modeled pics of the finished double gauze dress. As you can see, it is fitted at the underbust, then flares out to an A-line skirt. The back fits very well. The bust gapes a little, but thankfully I’ve remembered to include a little insert. The 2 pockets are very handy, even if they do not hold much weight. Its nice just to put my hands in sometimes! I am glad that I did so much adjusting and trying on with the tissue cutouts before actually cutting the fabric for this dress. It really helps to check very well before cutting anything when it comes to sewing, which is a lot more unforgiving than knitting!
Here are some pics of the vest I whipped up a couple of weeks ago. It is still unblocked as I’m waiting to block it along with the anniversary vest. This vest was a cold case project – it is an updated version of my first ever (and only) published (in a magazine) pattern – Rose Red. It had been such a long time since I wrote that pattern and I hope that I have since improved at this designing/pattern-writing thing. I’ve noticed quite a few erratas from the printed version and intend to make a better version in both design and pattern, to be available in the near future. It is such a simple and quick knit – I finished it in a couple of days despite running around like a headless chicken most days.😀
The hat and vest together. I like how this vest, in this colour, works well in Summer outfits as well as Autumn and Winter ones.
Back view of the vest. I forgot to mention before, but the pattern I modified for the hat is the Starlight doily by Julia Hart.
So there was some sewing going on… Not garments this time, but baby quilts!
Yes! More baby stuff…
I practiced my free-hand machine quilting on these 2 baby quilts. I’m not really pleased with how the quilting turned out but it at least does the job of keeping the layers of patchwork, quilting and padding in place. So anyway, on this one I quilted a design of waves, currents and clouds, with a cable-y border that you can see very clearly. All free-hand and very ‘organic’.😉
This is the second baby quilt. Same as the first, freehand quilting that looks terribly organic.😛 I really like the prints of the fabric used in this quilt. The cheerful pink flowers on an aqua background is just the right amount of girly!
The quilting on this one is not so terrible that I won’t show here… I quilted a design of flowers in the center, flanked by 2 leafy vines, flanked by some stones. Border was some doodle-y line that reminds me of hearts.
Despite all that amateur quilting, the backing (which is the same one fabric as the ‘binding’ – I used my favourite self-binding method) is an absolutely delicious fabric. Soft, light, silky… Did I mention soft? I mean it! It is this fabric that I originally bought for another project, then changed my mind. I hope the babies will enjoy cuddling and snuggling up to this quilt, despite the hot Singaporean weather. Bad quilting is not visible when a blanket is all scrunched up, snuggled and cuddled.🙂
Another sewing project. Much more simple this time, more at my level.
It is a cover for a baby-carrier – a request from my sis. This is the tutorial I followed. I used a printed canvas, rather than quilting cotton fabric, for this so it will hold up to the tugging of snaps better. I did manage to mess up a bit with this straightforward project – I placed the elastic on the shorter side so it looked rather strange rolled up. So I went in with a seam ripper, unpicked and re-positioned the elastic. So if you do make this, be sure to check you have the right side before sewing on the elastic.😉
All these sewn projects are currently winging their way to the tropics as I type… SX, QQ and PS, if you’re reading this, don’t read any further or you’ll be spoiling your surprises.😉
So, since I was sending a big package, I decided to send along the Christmas stuff…. Yes, in August! I am not a commercial Christmas fanatic but to cut the story short, I had extra space and decided to send along some simple Christmas cheer in advance, so my friends (the mommies) get some treats too, and not just their lovely little babes.
I sent them a packet of Glögi each, with English directions on how to prepare this very Christmas drink. I designed it and drew the cards with watercolour and marker. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull off glasses of beverages in watercolour, but I am surprisingly pleased with how it turned out! I didn’t quite get the hang of drawing Christmas-y designs in August, as you can probably tell from the summery blooms included.
On the other side of the cards, I decided to push my luck and paint some deers… This one didn’t turn out that well, as you can tell.😄 It was looking pretty awful and I tried to salvage it with line shading with my marker… It helped a bit. Then I decided to try adding some highlight on the deers’ faces. Hmm.. We have a chinese idiom for these sort of behaviour, literally translated: Draw snake, add legs.
Thankfully, only one side of the cards need to be facing up at one time.😉
Have you ever added legs to a snake painting (literally)?
That is all for this week. Have a lovely weekend!