Ruby Slippers

Well everyone needs a pair or two.  I am still cursing the day I walked away from the most beautiful Ruby Slippers I have ever seen.  I have searched high and low for a pair of these shoes seen and tried on in Russell and Bromley of all places.


Still I now have a pair of something even better – Ruby Slipper socks.

Comfy and for wearing around the house when I get home from work and I am home.


Skies are blue

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. 

Beccs is a fabulous pattern by Isabell Kramer.  Lovely easy knit with a cable running down the front, no fastenings.   I knitted this for my mother in law who needs a bit of blue skies at the moment.  


The Yellow Brick Road

We must all follow our own Yellow Brick Road and I am definitely going to try this year to follow my heart and do the things that make me and my family happy.

This lovely cowl – Millwater by Beth Kling does just that.  The pattern is very simple and easy to follow.  I used Posh Martha Aran, a truly lovely squashy yarn and fab to knit with.  The colour is really sunny and joyous and I can’t to wait to wear it tomorrow to brighten up my Monday blues.


Emerald City




The wool came from Artifibers from San Francisco, sadly now closed.  The mix of the yarn is mohair and silk and the weight makes it sit nicely on my shoulders.  A lovely shawl which I wear a lot.

“Even with eyes protected by the green spectacles, Dorothy and her friends were at first dazzled by the brilliance of the wonderful city.”

Jubilee Skirt

A couple of months ago whilst browsing in my favourite charity shop, I came across a 1970’s handmade maxi skirt.  I think the material may have been a tablecloth as it felt like either linen or cotton drill.  I took it home washed it to get rid of any whiffs and marks and then unpicked the seams.  I used my skirt block to cut a simple A line skirt which stops on the knee.  After sewing the side seams and trying on I found that there was one slight mark to the front.   To hide this, I am going to use the same flower from a scrap, satin stitch around the edge and applique it to the skirt attaching it with a beautiful red button.  Here it is ready to be cut out.

New New Years Resolutions

Last year I listed a number of knitting and sewing projects I wanted to achieve for 2011.

Knitting list –
Did not knit dress – sold the wool I had stashed
Did not knit the lace weight shawl – sold the wool I had stashed
Did knit more berets but no more fetchings

Sewing resolutions
Did finish my full circle skirt which I love to wear
Did not make another frock
Did make a shift dress from Liberty material which I wore all last summer
Used three of my patchwork hexagons to decorate a bag

Knitting resolutions 2012
Finish my Vitamin D
Knit a dress

Make a Jubilee celebration skirt out of reclaimed 70’s fabric
Make another 50’s inspired frock again out of vintage 70’s fabric
Knit/sew or crochet together my wonderful pile of knitted squares from a blanket swap for two blankets for my garden