Sunday, 19 April 2009

Easter Eggs


Easter has come and gone in a whirl of chocolate. I went to Tasmania to see my father, and took my pysanky egg decorating paraphenalia with me. I had forgotten how time consuming they are, and only managed to finish two of them. The one above is based on a pattern from an excellent book called Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs with Wax and Dye by Jane Pollak wich has some stunning designs, all beautifully photographed.


The one above was a design from the same book, somewhat simplified. The egg was a light brown one, as opposed to a white egg which I used for the first one, and it gives the whole colour scheme an earthier feel which I rather like. Ukrainian eggs usually have quite a lot of black on them, but this time I didn't have any black dye, so my eggs turned out much more colourful then I probably would have made them otherwise.



This is the sweater I have been working on, Sweetheart from Domiknitrix by Jennifer Stafford. I decided to sew the bow on afterwards using duplicate stitch, which works much better for me, but is also incredibly time consuming! Just one more tail of the bow to go, and then I think I will re-do the neck ribbing and make it a little bit longer as it has a tendancy to curl up as you can see in the photo below. It's just a little thing, but I know that if I don't fix it now, it will annoy me every time I wear it.

Here is the beginning of my latest project, Cherry by Anna Bell, which is a shortsleeved cardigan with a small, subtle all-over cable pattern. I'm using RYC Cashcotton, which has actually been discontinued. It's a lovely soft yarn, made from a combination of cotton, plyamide, angora, viscose and cashmere. I wanted the coolness of cotton but something that would keep its shape a little better, and when I saw this photo of Cherry on Two Swallow's blog, I was smitten with the colour, so I just copied her! So far it's been nice to work with, although it leaves little angora hairs on my black top.


Here are the goodies I received in the Blythe Spring Swap from my swap partner JennyCouture. Two pretty dresses with matching tights, plus some other goodies, including two Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, which the Wolf fell upon and devoured. You can't get such delicacies here!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Coat-Dress


I wish I had some crafty pictures to show, but I've been knitting baby socks all weekend, and haven't finished anything else. There are lots of projects teetering on the brink of completion, but nothing quite yet. I couldn't resist showing off my newest purchase though, which is this amazing coat-dress which I bought on Saturday from Subterranean in Northcote. (Apologies for the hopeless photo, it was not very nice weather outside). The cut of it makes me suspect it is late 1940s or early 50s, as the shoulders are quite pronounced. It is very grubby and will need to go to the drycleaners and have a few small repairs made to it, but it is beautifully made, with silky binding inside the armhole seams. The label says "Luise of France", and it is a medium weight faille, probably rayon. It fits like a dream, and I think the soft pink is quite flattering, and will go nicely with grey or black.