Sunday, 24 July 2011

Guerilla Knitting

In June, I escaped my kids for the first night ever..... yes, my first night away from my kids in 6 years (not including the night I spent in hospital in labour with baby no. 2). I attended a wedding for my cousin in Townsville. It was a quick trip..... just one night away, with a wedding and reception and family breakfast the next day. But it was so wonderful to thaw out. The weather in Sydney at that stage had been COLD. COLD and WINDY. The horrible rains hadn't started at that stage. But the cold was more than I can handle. Townsville was about 24'C and warmer in the afternoon sun.

On the walk from the hotel to the wedding reception I noticed a fancy tree - one that had been attacked guerilla knitting style.

Now, as we live about 15 minutes drive inland, we never see the sun rise over the ocean. Perhaps if I could get out of bed early enough, I would see it. But in Townsville, we stayed right across from the water. It was the most amazing thing to wake up to the sunrise. My sister and I shared a room, and I even asked her if I could take the single bed as it meant that I could open the curtain in the morning and lay in bed watching the sunrise, lol.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

So, it has been a while

I have lots to blog, but will start slowly. I haven't been doing a LOT, but I have been sewing. It is more just school, and a stint of work through June, and now school holidays that has been holding me back. I envy those people that have even one day a week break from the kids. Unfortunately I do not. So any sewing is squeezed in here and there.
And while my lovely daughter is pretty easy, she has pretty much stopped napping..... from 2 hour naps to nothing, just like that. Of course, afternoons are 'difficult' as she is extra whingey and clingy now. Oh well, it will pass in time. And fingers crossed we can get a place for her to attend preschool next year.

In the mean time, I will blog just one of my sewing projects.

The pattern is from Wink Designs. I won a copy of this pattern at Sew It Together, and got to speak to Marina as she worked on her very pretty hexagons.

A month or so ago I realised that Layla had lots of summer dresses, but no winter dresses. She had been living in jeans. And really, who wouldn't in this very cold Sydney winter that we had been experiencing. But really, she did need a dress. I had purchased a few 'stock' fabrics (ones that I had no immediate plans for but I knew would come in handy) from The Fabric Store. For this dress I used 2 denim weight fabrics, which was fine for the dress, but impossible when it came to using it for the ties. I used ribbon for the ties instead.

I realised that I only photographed one side of this dress. I will put up a photo of the reverse at a later date, if I get one. I have a feeling the spotty side will be our favourite.

Please take note of the gorgeous clip (which goes so well with this dress) made by Natalie. Thank you again Natalie.