Monday, April 19, 2010

My first granny square without my Gran...

Since I was a little girl, my Gran (and my Mum) taught me about sewing, knitting and crocheting. I have always sewed. I don't know when I learnt to use a sewing machine, I always remember sitting in my Gran's bedroom sewing on her machine in school holidays. They also taught me how to knit and crochet. 
Recently there has been a resurgence of knitting and crocheting at my day job. Friends get together at lunchtime and knit or crochet with their different projects or teach 'the young ones' the skills of the trade! It started off that we made squares for Wrap with Love which were all sewn together to make a blanket that gets shipped throughout Australia and across the world.
Once I got my energy for knitting back and had a few projects under my belt, I turned my focus to crocheting. And here is the result
my first granny square for some time....
It was then added to a collection of squares from people at work and sewed together to make a baby blanket for my friend who was having her first child.
This is it! The baby blanket looks fantastic and is a one of a kind! See my square second row in the middle!
I can't wait to make a whole collection of granny squares and sew them together for a blanket - hmmm another project to add to the list.........

Craft Swap - better late than never

My appalling ability to post on my blog over the last 2 months (OMG has it been that long!) is for one good reason - Mr, the dogs and I are packing up and heading to Western Australia! 
Yes all the way from the misty Blue Mountains of NSW to the salty sea breeze of the South West WA, a crazy 4,048km. 
So the house has been in disarray for the last 2 months trying to pack up the last 7 years of our lives. 
Finding my sewing machine, overlocker, fabric, yarn, my camera and my sanity is all being put to the test. 
Looking at the STUFF around the house that I have been cleaning, boxing up or taking to the Blue Mountains Cancer Help Store it reminds you to think twice about ANY purchase! 
More about the move to WA later.

Here they are the pics from my first DUST craft swap from Feb/Mar 2010.

This is the lovely package of goodies I received from Maddo - a fabulous necklace, 2 pairs of earrings, gorgeous gift tags and a beautiful handcrafted card!

Maddo was nice enough to send me through pics of the skirt I made for her as I forgot to take one before I packaged it up. The skirt goes great with her new red shoes!