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10 April 2011 @ 07:00 pm

Since I last updated I have been working on the most important project of my life - my son :)

I'm now twenty-seven weeks pregnant with a little boy. The first trimester was horrible and I don't think I created anything at all, but I'm slowly getting my mojo back.

I've knitted a retro vest and I'm now working on a knitted blanket to rival the stupidly expesnive ones fromMamas and Papas.

I've been meaning to post this for a while, since Seamstar is the best website for fabric:

Now I just need to find the perfect fabric to kit his nursery out...
Current Mood: creative
22 October 2010 @ 08:17 pm
Wow, it's been a long time since I updated.

Since I last posted I have started a raw-edge circles quilt and a wall-hanging for my bedroom. The wall-hanging is almost done but needs the lettering (it's going to have our names and the date of our wedding) and then obviously the quilting, but I've only just bought the fabric to do it with.

Buying the fabric turned into a hazardous experience thanks to the gorgeous selection available from www.seamstar.co.uk From setting out to buy one type I ended up with a bundle,a couple of mini bundles, some ribbon... it's not my fault!

Hopefully once the lettering is done I can get back to my hexagons. I've left it for a while as it's been too hot to have that much fabric on my lap but I think I'll be glad of it now it's turned so cold!

LiveJournal won't let me upload photos again. What a rubbish post, and made worse by lack of photos.

08 June 2010 @ 09:28 pm
I made a cat.

But I've run out of photo storage so I need to find my photobucket log-in... hmm..

In the meantime I'm going to try DPN knitting again as I found my sock! I promised Nick he would have a pair by our first anniversary as I bought the needles and yarn on our honeymoon, but as usual I just want to get on and make toys...
22 May 2010 @ 07:51 pm

Once again, I don't think I have too much to report. I only have a few weeks to finish my assignments for my PGCE and working full-time whilst trying to get this done is proving problematic.

Obviously, it's easier to motivate myself to sew than to write though, so here are the couple of things I've worked on:

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18 April 2010 @ 09:26 pm

Having my first full-time job (and having to cope with food intolerance issues during the first few days) means I haven't had a lot of time for crafting and also means I haven't had the laptop out, so here's a dump of everything I've done recently.

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07 April 2010 @ 01:27 am
I felt poorly last night and ended up laying in bed feeling miserable, so when it started again tonight I just decided to stay up and make a monster.

I didn't plan it out so it's a bit of a mash-up but it's not a bad effort for a beginner. I still can't get my seams to match up though so wonky stripes abound! Not only that but he has very wonky arms and ear-things because I'm still fairly useless with a sewing machine.

I'm getting much quicker though!

LiveJournal won't let me upload my photo (boo hiss) but I will add it later.
06 April 2010 @ 07:48 pm

I just saw the most amazing dress: www.dressaday.com/2009/10/finally-tetris-dress.html

I keep wanting to brave making a dress for myself, but my sewing machine skills are not up to scratch yet.

One day I will make something as cool as that Tetris dress!

My quilt is coming on nicely but I suspect it may slow down quite a lot when I start my new full-time job on Monday. I hope I'll be able to settle into a nice routine of sewing in the evenings after I've got used to the hours, but I don't expect it to happen too quickly!

Here's a photo of it at its current state:

Most of the fabric is from www.fabricrehab.co.uk and www.seamstar.co.uk 
05 April 2010 @ 07:44 pm

I need more practice using my sewing machine and I love making toys, so I thought I'd start small and make some sock monkeys. I had no idea how addictive they'd be though! I made my first last night and now I have three sitting beside me.

I'm not very good at getting the stripes to line up (although by the end of the third one I had the arms aligned properly!) but I'll keep trying.

The monkeys look quite cute but I do have plans to change them so they don't look quite as basic. I might even knit a jumper for one.

I do want to make various other animals and monsters too, and have even ordered a book (every hobby needs a book to accompany it!), but I don't know when I'll get time to make many more after I start work next week.

L-R: Sid, Charlie, Dodie.

Charlie came first and is Nick's. Sid came second and almost didn't have any ears. Dodie came third and is for Carla.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
04 April 2010 @ 08:27 pm

This is my crafty blog. I had one at blogspot but I couldn't really work it properly and when I lost my log-in I just couldn't find a way around it. If you're interested my Diary of a Novice Knitter is at www.soozywoo.blogspot.com You can also find me at Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/people/soozywoo

I learned to knit when I was young. I nagged my beloved Nan to teach me and she eventually gave in, bought me some red plastic needles and taught me in her car while my brother was at his gymnastics class. I made one scarf (or so I called it) which was too big for Sindy and too small for my baby doll, and then I didn't knit anything else.

She died a long time ago but I decided to learn again around 18 months ago, largely because I wanted to honour her memory and pass on something she gave me. I hope I'll pass it on to my kids and their kids too.

I learned to sew when I was at school but I was never very good at it. I was never very interested in it. My Mum generally did my home economics homework for me as I was all fingers and thumbs. Then I decided I wanted to make a patchwork quilt like the one my Mum made out of my old dresses, so for christmas she bought me a quilting book and a sewing kit and my husband bought me a sewing machine. I'm quilting by hand but I'm slowly learning to use the machine too.

One of my earliest memories is of my great Aunty Marion's Singer sewing table. She didn't have a machine by this point so I just used to press the peddle and watch the wheel spin around, but I would love to see something like this again:

I really hope to own one some day. I expect my husband to surprise me with one when I'm old, because he's cute like that.