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Hello! My name is Katie and I live in Australia. I'm a full-time public servant, and part-time crafter, artist, reader, and dreamer. More recently a gardener too.
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KNITTING & CROCHET
Lammily Tank Top


Lammily Dress


So Retro Cushion


Antimacassar


Mini (Test) Monster


Mixtro Monster


Ball Monster


S's Knitted Dino


Smooshy Stripey Scarf
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Autumn Sky Shawl


Chequerboard Scarf
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Geometric TBs
(Set 3)
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Polkadot Coathangers
(Set 3)
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Babbi Blanket
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HorseHead Filet Wallhanging


My First Entrelac! Headband
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Snow Elf Baby Jacket
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Your Chequered Heart Baby Blanket
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Baby Bum
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Rambunctious Roy
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Frankenstein's Toyster
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60s Cardigan
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Katia Tank Top
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LONG TERM
Grannyland Blanket


Squares Couch Rug


Branwell the Brachiosaurus


Rainbow Rug AKA The 20-Year Afghan




SEWING
Gingham Embroidery Table Mat
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Sausage Dog Xmas Ornament
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George & Mildred Softies
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Embroidered Bar Mat
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Sewn Hand Bag
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OTHER
Kimono Lady Needlepoint


Kumihimo Bracelet #2


Mori Brooch
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Hama Bead Two-Way
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WISH Journal
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Kitty Needlepoint
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Island Embroidery
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Yarn Picture
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March 1st, 2015

My February …

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The weather this year continues strange, with only a few days over 25oC this month. Earlier this week, I even noticed that mellow haze which starts to filter into the bright summer sunlight at the start of autumn. Normally I don't start seeing that until late March! I'd be tempted to jokingly call this the Year Without A Summer if I didn't know better. We've had years before where it's been relatively cool and wet in December and January, and then scorching hot in March and April. So, as much as I'd like to, I'm not breaking out my scarves quite yet!



Craft-wise, I've been having a lot of ideas, but not often able to follow up on them. Thoughts of starting a course of study seem even less appealing when I realise that I don't have the time or energy for activities that are enjoyable and relaxing, let alone ones that are good for my career. At other times, I get urges to work on old projects that are still packed. I have to stop myself from buying more materials and starting on a new version!

What I've been sorting ...
I've been getting urges to go op-shopping lately, specifically for some clear glass mugs to serve tea in. I'm acutely aware however, of how much stuff there already is in my house. If I'm not careful, it'll start looking like an episode of Hoarders! So I decided that before I can go op-shopping, I have to choose 20 items to donate in return. I actually managed 22 and Husband quite a few as well. We took them to the donation bin just today.



I couldn't help buying this adorable pen holder when I was at Typo the other day, though.



What I've been reading ...
Earlier in the month, I read Beautiful for ever : Madame Rachel of Bond Street - cosmetician, con-artist and blackmailer by Helen Rappaport. It's a salacious tale, all true, of a poor fishmonger who dragged herself out the slums of 19th-century London by becoming a beautician and promising to make her clients "beautiful for ever". Society ladies paid thousands of pounds for her lotions and treatments, plus extra to guarantee discretion. Victorian society put a huge value on natural beauty, and no respectable woman would admit to using anything other than soap and water. Society ladies were forced to hand over their jewels rather than have their husbands find out about their spending habits. Much dodgier things were also going on at her exotically-decorated bathhouse, and when it was found out, a scandal-hungry public couldn't get enough. A fair portion of the book deals with the court cases that were brought against Madame Rachel, but the author manages to keep this often-dry subject matter light and interesting. Darker subjects like poverty, anti-Semitism and misogyny are sensitively handled. Madame Rachel was a truly vile character, there's no denying it, but Rappaport steers a very neutral path, avoiding either censuring or idolising her subject. I enjoyed this book very much, and I'd like to seek out more from the same author.



What I've been seeing ...
I've really gotten into the Hipstamatic app on my ipod again. There are way too many lens and filter options to choose from, so I use the random function and it often works well. I've been taking every opportunity to take a few snaps -- while waiting in line to order lunch, walking back from meeting up with a friend, at a function centre with a beautiful garden and duck pond. I'm finding this very satisfying. I don't have to wait until I get home to create something; I can just whip out my ipod wherever I am and take a few photos. There's something soulful in taking the time to see things.










February 25th, 2015

Increasing my Stash

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I think I've become a bit of a Bendigo Woollen Mills fangirl. I get so excited every time they release a new yarn. When the new season's shade card arrives in the mail, I linger over it and stroke it. It's a bit sad. More than a bit sad, some might say.

So when they sent me an email saying that their new release wool Bloom could be obtained at a discount price, there was no other option for me. I bought some! Along with some Classic brown and Dusky Blue from the limited edition Colonial 1984 range. I'm planning on using them in a new project that I'll tell you about soon. I think the variegated shades in the Bloom range will also look fab in my Granny Square Galore blanket.
Enough with the babble now. Here they are:



Let's look at that one more time, shall we?:



Yes......
I made it mine......
*rubs hands with glee*

February 22nd, 2015



Today I'm afraid I have to convey the sad news that my favourite magazine is closing down. SBS Feast magazine was where most of my cooking inspiration comes from. Not only did it have many interesting and authentic recipes from around the world, but also intelligent articles on every topic food- and drink-related. It was also a welcome relief from all of the Northern-hemisphere-oriented magazines and websites that are talking about hot stews and baking while we're sweltering away down here!

Summer has properly arrived here in Melbourne, so yesterday I wanted something easy and cool to make for lunch. I turned to the cold noodle dish special from a couple of issues ago for inspiration.



The Vietnamese Lemongrass and Beef Vermicelli bowl looked appealing. I ended up making quite a few modifications to suit what I had in the cupboard, but that's all part of the fun! Instead of barbeque beef, I used sliced Polish sausage, with cucumber, julienned carrot and canned bean sprouts. Husband had the idea to garnish it with peanuts and some fried noodles we had floating around in the cupboard. The dressing was a combination of the beef marinade and sauce from the recipe, with lime juice, fish sauce, chilli, lemongrass, garlic, ginger and some French dressing to add a bit of tang.

It's clear that I'm no food photographer ...



... but trust me, it was delicious!

My intent now is to finish the stalled indexing project that I'd started soon after subscribing to the magazine. Hopefully there will be much more inspiration along the way.

February 13th, 2015

Husband and I have both been having a tough time at work lately, so as a special treat, we decided to visit Cat Café Melbourne again. You might like to see my original review here. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera, and Husband didn't take too many photos with his iPad as he was too busy playing with the cats! But I have a little bit of photospam for you today.

Since our last visit 6 months ago, we noticed a few small changes. One of the staff mentioned that they have changed the cats' feeding routine so they are more active during the day. We certainly noticed this. All of the cats were in the public area, so I was able to tick them all off my list! Some were happy to just be patted while napping, but a couple were more playful -- Waldo in particular was stalked the birds outside the window, before settling down for the world's longest tummy rub with Husband! So cute!
I didn't mind so much that many of the cats were asleep, as it gave me the perfect chance to practice my drawing! I did 2 sketches before it was time to go.
I'll leave you with the photos now!:


















February 8th, 2015

A Box Just for Me

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Ever since I was a kid, I loved receiving things in the mail. I would cut out coupons from the newspaper and send them off to have travel catalogues and any other free item on offer sent out to me. As a teenager I subscribed to monthly book and CD clubs. I subscribed to several magazines and eventually had to cut back because I didn't have time to read them all.



When monthly beauty box subscriptions launched in Australia a few years ago, I signed up to them all! I even started a second blog (now defunct) to review them. I recently unsubscribed to most of them when I realised that I had literally a whole cupboard full of little face washes and body lotions.



I also unsubscribed to the Fashion Box after about 6 months -- what's in fashion at the moment often isn't to my taste, and I ended up giving away a lot of jewellery. I'm still a founding member of the Fresh Stitches kit club though, which sends out a kit for a crochet plushie every two months.



Still, I want more! It seems there are subscription boxes for just about anything you can think of now, from food to underpants. I was particularly eyeing off the Kawaii Box and some of the Japanese confectionery boxes on offer. But I couldn't quite convince myself ... I only like some types of kawaii items, and I can get Japanese food from the Daiso near my work. It's the surprise factor of the boxes that intrigues me, but at the same time I've received too many items in the past that I didn't like or never used.



I got excited recently when I heard there was a subscription box for Mori Girls starting up. I was too late to get the first one, and unfortunately it was run by a single person who wasn't able to continue with it. Still, it got me thinking -- what if I made my own box? I'll get a pretty box, and put nice items in it from time to time. Then at the start of each season, I'll open it up and enjoy the things in it.



I think this will be good for several reasons --
I tend to order things online implusively, but by the time they arrive, the thrill of the purchase is gone. I put them aside for a long time before using them. I feel bad about this. If I put them in the box though, hopefully I won't feel bad, and I might even get excited again when it's time to open up the box.
Plus, it'll save on packaging materials, carbon footprint and that sort of thing.
Also plus, I'm guaranteed to receive items I like instead of wasting money on things that I won't use.



This is the box I've bought and a few items to get me started. I'm going to put it in a location on a high shelf so that I can't accidentally see what's in it before opening day. More updates then!

February 1st, 2015

My January

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January this year has been an odd one. It's been a lot cooler and rainier than normal -- more like early Spring than high Summer. In my experience, that means that March and April are usually scorchers, but Melbourne weather is notoriously unpredictable.
Much of my focus has been on work, so I haven't had the time or energy to do much else. I do have a few things to share, though:



What I've been making ...
I've been working a little on some clothes for my Lammily doll. I finally wove in the ends on her handbag and even sewed on a decorative button.



In anticipation of hot weather, I started making a tank top, and planning on some shorts or a skirt next. Ultimately, I'd like to write the patterns up and put them on Ravelry.



What I've been cooking ...
Last weekend, inspired by Pinterest, Husband made this amazing pizza pull-apart. It was really quite easy. ... Of course, he knows how to make pizza dough off by heart, so it was easy for him! It's definitely worth making again, so next time I'll document it and share it here. Needless to say, we nommed it.



What I've been drawing ...
I'd been meaning to start drawing again for a while, but recent world events spurred me on to sit down and actually do some. I'm all right when I'm copying from a scene or photo, but when I try to do anything without a visual reference, I'm on much shakier ground. Still, I'll show some dreadful sketches I did at lunchtime a few weeks ago. I found a shady spot down by the river, rolled dice to choose random subjects, and just mucked around with some assorted pens.



What I've been photographing ...
Lately I've been seeing more, in an odd kind of way, or perhaps noticing more, and wanting to capture it. So I've been taking more photos as well. I noticed the softly beautiful rose-pink light filtering in through the bathroom window one morning when I got up, and instead of grunting and having my shower (I'm not a morning person!), I grabbed my camera and took these few quick shots. The colour is not edited in any way.






What I've been picking ...
It's harvest time at Three Eyes House. The fruit trees are ripening and it's very exciting. The apricot was done a couple of weeks ago and we ended up with three bowls full of apricots like the one below. We stewed most of them and froze them for later, except for one portion that we spooned over our porridge last weekend.









Creamy porridge made with milk powder and a little salt, and home-grown fruit, dusted with nutmeg ... I always thought that when gardeners went on about how much better home-grown produce tasted it was a smug cliche. Well, I'm afraid I'm one of those people now, too!

The plum tree has been very prolific as well, with two bowls full so far and at least one more still ripening up. Oranges are still ripening periodically and there are some lemons coming on. As for the nectarine, we have a total of three fruits this year. Husband and I shared one, and it was huge, juicy, and just about the most delicious nectarine I have ever tasted.
(Sorry!)


January 25th, 2015



A while back, I wrote about buying seeds from 4 Seasons, and growing oaks from acorns. Unfortunately, my propagation operation wasn't entirely successful. I worried that I'd have an overload of baby pinoaks on my hands. I really didn't have to worry at all. Not a single one of the 48 acorns that I planted sprouted. I waited about 4 months, just to be sure. Eventually, I dug about half of them out of the peat moss and laid them out to dry, in the hopes that I might be able to use them in craft projects. I left the rest of the acorns in the propagating tray, just in case.



In the tray, you can also see my attempts at growing Japanese Birch seeds. I filled 16 pots with propagating mix; there are about 10 seeds in each pot. I surface-sowed them as the instructions said, and kept them moist. After what seemed like an interminably long time, eventually two grew. (I've pointed out the second one with an arrow in the picture above, as it's still practically invisible to the naked eye.)

My ability to grow plants from seed seems to be quite miserable. I still have unopened packets of False Spirea and Hungarian lilac, and most of a packet of Japanese Birch seeds left, so I guess I'll wait til next Spring and try again.

How did my attempts to grow plants from cuttings go? It was mixed, but at least more successful than the seeds. Here we see a fuchsia cutting that I took when I was pruning the bush. I took several, and this was the one with the thickest stem. I was worried the stem was too thick and it wouldn't take, but it seems to be doing quite well.



Well, I think so. At first all of the leaves dropped off, but then roots grew and new leaves and flowers soon after. A similar thing happened with this geranium cutting (excuse the rain-stained window and cat toys!):



I say cutting, but it actually broke off accidentally and I stuck it in a jar. I really need to get around to potting these up soon.

I also took quite a few cuttings when I was pruning the magnolia tree (this was several months ago now). I had a lot of fun going through the branches and cutting them down to likely candidates. I put most of them on the bathroom windowsill:



I don't think this was a good location. None of them did anything, despite my loyally topping up the water every day for months. Perhaps they didn't get enough light through the frosted window? This one did a little better:



After several months of wondering if I should give up, it eventually grew a leaf. But it's very low down on the stem and there are no roots! So I'm not sure if potting it up is a wise idea.

At least Crazy Potato can always be relied on to grow like crazy!:

January 17th, 2015



Today I thought I'd try something new, which may turn into an occasional series -- if I feel like it!

Husband has become increasingly addicted to board games in the last few months, and to ease me into it as well, he bought me a couple for Christmas. We didn't have time to play them straight away, but our wedding anniversary is in early January, so we had a board games day to celebrate. I thought it would be fun to review them, from a beginner's point of view. The first one I'll be looking at is Junior Monopoly My Little Pony.



The Game:
It's Monopoly, the classic money-making, property-buying board game, but simplified for the kiddies, and with the adorably cute My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic TV show theme.



Features:
Instead of the normal, boring Monopoly tokens, players play with one of four pony figurines. The properties are represented by ponies from the TV show -- I've only seen the first season, so I didn't recognise half of them. But that's not important in order to play the game. When a player purchases a pony/property, they are issued with a property card and they place a Rainbow Token on the space where the houses would go in the adult game. Each player has 8 Rainbow Tokens. Presumably this is to limit the number of properties that any one player can buy, giving everyone a fair chance. (Technically the game is no longer "monopoly" then, but it doesn't really matter!)
Instead of the Treasure Chest, money is placed inside the the Book of Harmony, and instead of Action Cards, there are Cutie Mark Cards. The currency is in Heart Dollars.



Gameplay:
The gameplay is very similar to normal Monopoly, but with modifications to make it simpler and faster. In fact, when played as per the instructions, it only lasted 10 minutes. There is an advanced version with a few extra rules for older players, but this didn't seem to make much difference length-wise. Husband and I made a couple of modifications to make the game go longer and give a more satisfying experience. We gave ourselves 30 Heart Dollars each instead of 18 at the start. Also, we kept finding that when we landed on the Book of Harmony, the book had no money in it. There are two Book of Harmony spaces and two Cutie Mark spaces on the board, so there's an equal chance of landing on either one. We arbitrarily decided that one of the Book of Harmony spaces should be a Cutie Mark space instead. That way, there was more chance of there being money in the Book of Harmony when we landed on the space.



Pluses:
++ The game is simple enough for even young children to understand.
++ It's much faster than the original, so children won't get bored so quickly. (Or adults with short attention spans, for that matter!)
++ The bright, colourful design of the board, cards and Book of Harmony box is fun.
++ The pony figurines are fun and innovative to play with (though see the minus below!).
++ Many elements of the TV show are represented in the game, like the Cutie Marks and the Book of Harmony.

Minuses:
-- One huge Minus that I noticed immediately is that there are only 4 pony figurines. However, there are 6 core characters in the TV show -- Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash are missing! And they happen to be my two favourite characters! So I was pretty peeved right from the start.
-- Played as-is, the game only lasts about 10 minutes.
-- The instructions were a little confusing in that you play with ponies (i.e. the player's pieces), but you also buy ponies (i.e. the properties).
-- The Heart Dollars are very boring. They're printed in black and white only, which is at odds with the bright, colourful design of the rest of the game. Not only that, but they only come in 1s. Denominations of 2 and 5 in different colours would have been great. Also, they're made of that clingy paper that's very hard to separate. So counting out 15 or more 1s becomes even more annoying.
-- It's difficult to tell the different-coloured rainbow tokens apart. I also wondered why there are property cards as well as rainbow tokens. The property cards don't have any essential information on them, just a picture of the pony. It would be just as easy to keep track of which player owns what, just from the Rainbow Tokens alone. It seems to be double-handling. But perhaps the cards are still included to get younger players used to the concept for when they play the adult game later.
-- Why is there a jail in a little kids' game?? Even the picture of the jail cell is exactly the same as in the adult version of the game. They could have made it school detention or something more kid-appropriate.

Final Comments:
I know there are a lot of entries under the 'Minus' section in my review! But I do think that, with a few modifications, Junior Monopoly My Little Pony would be a very fun game for both adults and children. Husband suggested getting some better play money to put with it (you could use the money from the Monopoly game if you have it, or any other kind of tokens or even real coins). I would like to try and get Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash figurines to complete the set.
Husband and I both decided that the game is worth playing again, perhaps as the appetiser to start off our next board games day.

January 11th, 2015

Hello 2015

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I always have mixed feelings about this time of year. It's bright with newness, with the promise of change. The calendar ticks over and starts again. Soon there will be sweet cakes eaten at Chinese New Year, Autumn Leaves Viewing as the weather gets cooler, the regional eating and drinking fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest, the excitement of planting time in Spring, and finally Mince Pie Season rolling around again. It really doesn't seem that far away, and it's exciting.



On the other hand, this time of year is traditionally the time for New Year's resolutions. Just the thought of them makes me shudder, and yet at the same time I'm fascinated by them. I always check other people's lists with morbid curiosity. Are they sensible or wildly optimistic? Easily measurable or hopelessly vague? Positive about the future, or just an excuse to beat up on the self of the past?



Usually by this point, I've already given in to the urge to make resolutions of my own, and I'm just looking at other peoples' to get some kind of validation. Then I look back on all of my past failures, like the year I resolved to practice piano once a week, and I didn't do it, Even Once. And the year I resolved to learn to throw a pizza -- it sounds like a heap of fun and may probably only take a single afternoon, yet I never did that either!



Then suddenly out of the blue, I remembered the Indian concept of four rooms:
“There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional, and a spiritual . Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.”
-- Rumer Godden


I definitely tend to spend most of my time in the mental room. This is inevitable at work, and with many of my hobbies -- reading, writing, watching documentaries on TV, designing knitting/crochet patterns, etc. Aiming to spend more time in each of the other rooms and make my life more balanced really appeals to me. So instead of setting concrete goals for myself that I might fail at or become disinterested in, I will just list some things I wouldn't mind concentrating on at some point -- no pressure! Quite a few of the things fall in more than one room, so I've listed them in each place where they seem appropriate.

physical: stretching/yoga; making sure I don't sit too long at work; lunchtime walks; using my cross-trainer; walks/exploring in my neighbourhood; bushwalking; dress in Mori Girl more often; continuing to wear clothes I like and sew more; doing Princess Time when I feel like it; get another tattoo

mental: read more books than last year; design some knitting/crochet patterns; blog more than last year; continue with Ralph (my weekly to-do list)

emotional: processing; fractal flowers; being more honest with my emotions; being my own Big Sister

spiritual: stretching/yoga; processing; bushwalking; dress in Mori Girl more often; get another tattoo

things that could go in 3 or all 4 rooms, really: finish unpacking my house, at least to the point where I can start using my library and hobby room properly; being more mindful; drawing; working in my art journals; visiting places that inspire my creativity; going on some kind of retreat; cooking new recipes; working on craft projects, preferably finishing at least one long-term project



Work is going to be very busy in the next couple of months, so I might not get time to post much. I'll see you when I see you.

December 31st, 2014

2014 in Review

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2014 was another whirlwind year. If it weren't for my obsessive need fun hobby of making lists of everything I do, I probably wouldn't remember what happened at all. I also realised that I never did a wrap-up of 2013, but at least I can easily pull most of the statistics from that year to compare.



2014 Statistics (2013 statistic in brackets)
Books finished: full-length: 9 (22) ; short & manga: 11 (30)
Books currently reading as of today: 9

Craft items started: 9 (7)
Craft items finished: 4 (3)
Craft projects currently in progress as of today: 44

Blog posts: 17 (26)
Pinterest pins pinned (approx.): 15,000 (7,000)




When I think back on it, 2014 can be characterised by hiding: shrinking, withdrawing, going within to escape. I went out less, I posted less in my blog, I even read less books. The things going on inside my head were too distracting for me to concentrate on my beloved books. Though I'm pleased to see that I did a little more craft.



As for the blog, the majority of what I did post this past year has been about gardening. It's not surprising really, as my garden is my delight and my refuge. (Also a source of heartache, but worth it, as any gardener would agree!) With all of my art and craft supplies still packed from moving house, and most of the rooms filled with boxes (some literally!), gardening was just about the only creative outlet I had.



Eventually I got sick of waiting to be unpacked, and just went out and bought some more craft supplies! I started a new blanket using Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn. It's become my favourite brand as it comes in 200g balls, so it's great for larger projects.



I really hope it takes me less than 20 years to finish this one....




And, just because I feel like it, the first Annual Apartmentcat Favourites Award:

Favourite Book of the Year: Neil Patrick Harris : Choose Your Own Autobiography (I got it for Christmas, so it only just scraped in!)
......Runner Up: I also enjoyed the short story Head and Shoulders by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as read by B.J. Harrison

Favourite Movie of the Year: I really enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph and Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Favourite Blog of the Year: Stylebunny (It was a tough one to decide, but I have to love a family where a salami is a perfectly acceptable Christmas present!)



December 28th, 2014



For this month's summary, I think I'll just do a run-down of the craft projects I've been working on lately, as it's been a while.

Firstly, the finished --
I made a bubble cup carrier a few weeks ago. Having decided I needed more bubble cup in my life to make me happier, I located one a couple of blocks from my work. It's not far, but carrying the cup is awkward and, being a warm day, the ice half-melted before I could get it back to work. Solution: make a carrier with handles which hopefully will insulate the tea as well and keep it cold. It works pretty well!





Ever since my Lammily Doll arrived a few weeks ago, I've been a bit doll-oriented. I have a long list of clothes and other items to make for Emmy. I started out simple though -- a handbag:



Er ... the bag was supposed to be finished by now,
but it only needs the ends weaving in and perhaps a button deco,
so I'm calling it finished!


I adapted the pattern from a Barbie doll pattern on Ravelry. Lammily and Barbie are both 1:6 scale dolls, so though their clothes aren't interchangeable, any accessories, furniture, etc should do for both. The same goes for Blythe dolls, and I'm really coveting some of the adorable Blythe satchel bags on Etsy right now!

Now for the not-yet-finished --
Knitting has taken a bit of a back seat to crocheting for me in the last few years, but some items just look and feel better with a knitted texture. Plus I had a strange urge to do basketweave stitch. So I dug out a half-finished ball of fuzzy Caressa and started making a doll blanket for Emmy:



I started making it before she arrived, but if I'd been able to measure it against her, I would have made it a bit wider. Maybe I'll just add a border on each side.

I'm also crocheting a dress for Emmy as it's Summer here and I'd like to see her in something cool and feminine. It's slow going as I'm making it from scratch and writing everything down as I go, in case I want to make it into a pattern later on.



I've really been taxing my brain trying to remember and/or figure out how dolls' clothes are made, the fastenings used and best designs for getting them on and off easily. What have I gotten myself into?




What I Got For Christmas --
I've already packed away most of my goodies (very out of character for me!) before taking any photos of them. I did though, make a list on my listography, if you're curious enough to see a boring, photoless list.

December 24th, 2014

Doll Things

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Even before I received my Lammily doll, I was trawling through online places to source accessories for her. When Emmy arrived, I suddenly remembered that I'd bought this playset from Ikea about a year ago:



Okay, yes, I tend to make impulse purchases, but it always works out in the end! ... Well, in this particular case anyway. Most of my stuff is still packed from moving house, but by happy coincidence, I found the playset a couple of months ago. It was meant to be, I'm sure. So Emmy now has somewhere to sit and relax:



I am interested in making dioramas sometime in the future, and this colourful modern furniture set would look great, I think. Especially with the miniature books and potplants that I've been coveting on Etsy.

As soon as I started playing with Emmy's clothes, taking them off to measure her for the dress I'm making, etc, I realised that I'd like somewhere safe to put them her clothes. A wardrobe or hanging rack. And somewhere for her to sleep as well. Oh, this could get elaborate!

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