Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Shaelyn – beginning of a series

Here is Shaelyn #1.  Thanks to Tricia who blocked it and modelled it (pictures edited by Alice).
And now Shaelyn # 2
This time, I’ve used Faith from Moda Vera (Acrylic, Mohair and Wool).  It makes the shawl fluffy and soft.  Shaelyn #2 seems a bit wider and longer than the first one.
I have been experimenting too and added some beads on the last repeat of the pattern.  I’ve used the ‘Insert as you go’ method.  It is a bit tedious, but the effect is really nice.  The beads are visible on both side, and an additional bonus, it adds a bit of weight to the knit which makes it fall nicely.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Matwork… or why Pilates is good for you :-)


If you know me you know that I like, teach and practice Pilates.  Matwork is my motto:  great abs, perky butts and glamorous legs, you will acquire on the mat.

If you know me, you also know that I am a knitter, and have recently fallen in love with Shaelyn.  But, I never ever block any knit (I know, so sad Aunty! here you need a Singaporean accent).  My excuses so far were: I’m not sure how to do it, and I do not have a large enough surface for this.

Of course, I have a big enough surface for this! Pilates mats, two of them! Perfect!  I can’t wait for the shawl to be dried.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

My 5-minute/5 S$ design wall

It seems that you cannot call yourself a quilter without a proper design wall!  So I NEEDED one.

I did a quick research.  The first one I found was well above S$200 for a bit more than a square meter, with frame.  I was not ready to pay that much.  The second one, a Clover, was S$70.   I did not even check the measurements, I was still not ready to pay that much either.

So here is my recipe for a quick/cheap/small design wall that fit perfectly above my sewing table:

  • a piece of polystyrene foam,
  • a piece of flannel just a bit bigger than the foam
  • some staplers
  • a couple of paper clips
  • some inspiration from there: Oh Fransson!

Design wall


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Monday, 23 May 2011

Memory lane

As a kid I spent so many holidays at my grand-parents, either with my mother’s parents or my father’s.  One of my grandmothers used to have a grocery, and I remember helping her around.  She also used to have her dresses made, and with the excess of fabric, she had dresses made for me too.  Not sure whether it was dresses, or just the one, but I remember a very pretty one: in heavy red jersey, with dark blue details.  I need to find a picture of it, I am pretty sure I wore it for a school picture when I was in primary school!

On my father’s side, my grandmother was a hairdresser.  She ran the salon on her own and while on holiday there, I would help by cutting small pieces of paper for the ‘indefrisables’ (perms), unrolling the ‘bigoudis’ (rolls).  The old ladies(yes, in a small village, her clients were almost uniquely old ladies) loved me and my gentle hands.  But when there were no customers, I would crochet ‘granny squares’.  They were probably not called granny squares at this time.  My grandmother taught me how to crochet them, and we would use any yarn, no matter the texture, thickness or colour.  I am not sure whether it took us just a summer holiday or more to finish all the squares, but I remember the old ladies complimenting my grand-mother for my skills and my quietness; I remember the blanket we made out of all the squares and the over-used armchair it covered.

So I wonder why I have not succumbed to the Granny Squares’ frenzy yet!… This time it will be Hexagons frenzy: I found theses very easy instructions here: one loop short.  I’ve done 4 so far, so quick and it is going to be a great way of using all my left-overs.


Plenty of granny squares on this blog too: Lady Colori.

NB. just spoken to my mum, the Granny blanket had been sold at a car boot sale years ago, and it was huge.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Just pictures

  • Lady February for Lady Gaia -  still need to find the perfect buttons

  • Shaelyn #2 on my needles – who wants this one? Yarn Moda Vera, Acrylic, Mohair and Wool

  • More yarn for another baby project – Sirdar Flirt k, bamboo and wool

  • My kids’ lunch – Tuna melt sandwich from Rachel Allen’s book, Home Cooking; waiting for feedback.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Shaelyn , the shawl that won’t be seen

Shaelyn is finished and gone.  I did not even block it, or photography it.


Shaelyn has been in my Ravelry ‘queue’ for months.  And 3 weeks ago, as I was about to finish my orange top, I instead started MY Shaelyn.

Once on my needles, it went so nicely and smoothly.  The pattern is easy to memorise.  I just had a tiny winy bit of hic-up with the start, and the finish – I was a couple of meters short to finish the last repeat!

This project has made me very HaPPy, even more when I saw my friend’s eyes when I showed it to her.  Actually, my first intention was to ask T. for her advice on blocking it.  But then she offered to do it for me, and from her comments I got the feeling that she loved it as much as I do.  So Shaelyn is going away with her, where the weather is colder than in S’pore.

And as a bonus, I learnt a new trick/technique: Sewn cast off.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

No time to blog

… Sorry… ‘ve been busy recently:

  • kids on holiday for 2 weeks
  • 2 long-ish week-ends
  • a visitor from France
  • a fire in my bedroom (scary!), and 12 men in uniform in the same bedroom at night!
  • some shopping to replace what have been burnt
  • 2 new knitting projects on my needles (was not supposed to start anything until I finished my long standing project)
  • a 10k run to train for

This week, promised, I will:

  • finish my 2 knitting projects
  • cut my 2nd schnibble
  • work on my Japanese bag (lots of hand work -  ideal while waiting for the kids)
  • sew a couple of bears


for the moment, all I want to do is sleep :-)