Progress on the dressmaking has been slow.  The big problem is that I have taken another 'insect hit' and my immune system isn't enjoying it at all.  All I want to do is sleep,  I only have to attach the frill and sew the hem, my little assistant keeps telling me to 'get on with it'.  (This mountain seems insurmountable!)

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I did pack up 8 comfort dolls and get them ready as a donation for sick children.

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And I am knitting, quite successfully, my jumper for 2023.  But, this will be months in the making.

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And I am beavering away trying to solve the design problem of the lids for my pin cushions. I'm just not happy with the finish.

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New Knitting Book

I can see a million new swatches on the horizon, well maybe not a million but lots.

My sister sent me a new book as a present.  "Book of Fair Isle knitting" by Alice Starmore.

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I had mentioned that I wanted to learn how to do this method of knitting correctly and that it would be one of my goals for 2023.  I had knitted sweaters for my children with these patterns when they were children but I had just come up with my own methods, which I am sure wasn't right.  The jumpers looked quite good, but I know I didn't do it the right way and back then I didn't know of any books to look at, I knew nobody who could knit these patterns  and there wasn't any internet to Goggle it.

So I intend to start at page 1 and read every page and I will try to knit a swatch of every pattern.  There are a number of new techniques that I will have to master as well so I think that knitting swatches will be the way to go.  I'm looking forward to this new adventure and when I feel I am proficient enough I would like to knit this jacket.

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Nothing like setting a high bar!

Thinking about a new 'long-term' project.

I like to have some easy hand stitching to take to Guild, Patchwork meetings.  I do have a box of hexigons, that keeps being added to but I was looking through my design journals and came on this quilt that I had drawn.  

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It was inspired by a painting from the "Floating Life" exhibition back in 2009.  The artist was Gulumbu Yunupingu, a first nation artist from Arnhem Land.  Her painting is about the Universe and when I think about the universe I think, stars.

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(I lived in Arnhem Land and got to know some of these people when I was teaching there, so these works have a very special meaning for me.)

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Then I was watching an episode of "The Last Homely House" where Kate was also planing a long term project for hand piecing and her work was all about stars also.   She had found a template on the blog Wild Olive for a plus sign, that looks a bit like a star, and I was wondering if this would work for the design I had drawn back in 2009?

I think that I will have to print out that template and make a trial small quilt to test my idea.  It might work, it might not.

New Knitting

All the omens are looking good for starting this new piece.  Starting with the guage swatch.  The recommended needles worked perfectly.

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This is Sarkle by Kate Davies.

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It has such a pretty design around the neck.

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I am not using the recommended wool, rather, some I bought from Bendigo Woollen Mills, hence my delight at the guage square working so well., sometimes that doesn't happen when you change the recommended wool.

There is no rush to get this finished and I intend to knit at night, when it is cooler, and listen to audio books from my Internet Archive site.  I'm staring with Fairy Tales.  Now, I know that sounds silly but I have found an audio book that has a whole lot of stories I have never heard before.

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I listened to the first story whilst swatching, "Tom Tit Tot".  It is a Rapunsil type story but instead of a dwarf it has a small dark creature with a long tail.  I think that could be a medieval imp.  These originate from Germanic faith and stories ( Saxons?) and the imp was a small lesser demon.  These were not necessarily always evil.  Imps were often mischievous rather than evil or harmful.

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I remember seeing this one in the Lincoln Cathedral you can read about him here.


I have finished the place mats and will deliver them to the Meals on Wheels people today.  This was all from a fabric scrap bundle I bought.  I had to buy fabric for some of the binding and the wadding was from left overs.

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I have also finished the neck warmer to go with my hat and mittens.  These have been made from repurposed wool.  Waste not want not.

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And I am  making my Xmas dress.  This is made from a polished cotton I bought from the Fabric Store.

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I got out my best scissors to cut into this fabric, Oh joy Oh bliss!!  There is nothing like beautiful, sharp, well balanced dressmaking scissors.

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And the fabric is beautiful to sew.

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And I am stitching some Kogin pieces as gifts.  (I can't show those in case the recipients put 2+2 together.)