Proudly presenting: Masterpiece

I made the Masterpiece for my friend Jo last year and had never seen it on her, but today she brought it along and I was sooo pleased to see how nicely fits. In the meantime, I have made my own Masterpiece out of cotton. I finished it 10 days ago and am virtually living in it.

Masterpiece is designed by Jutta von Hinterm Stein and it is a rather challenging project. It is a top down knit, where revers and set in sleeve are simultaneously managed at times… I did plenty of ripping. It’s shape is very tailored, which makes the look feminine as well as formal, which I really like. The edge around the front and collar is seriously something that requires a lot of patience and knitting needles! Stitches are picked up around the edges, then a 4 row band is knitted with mitered corners. And THEN one needs to  pick up the picked up stitches on the back and knit another 4 row mitered edge on the back of the work, which is then cast off together with the front edge (3needle bind off).

Masterpiece is well worth the effort!!!

 

True friends are…

…those people who really want to know what they can do for you and stop at nothing to do it for you, right there and then.

Sue gave me this old (inherited) dress form some months back, it is an adjustable one, so not very sturdy. I would like it to go to a good home, so for the time being she lives in our living room.

The phone rang last night and it was a lovely person in distress, needing her wedding dress in 2 weeks time. She happens to get married to a lovely man who I know from years back… so I said YES CAN DO.

We met this morning and decided on a design and I wanted to get started with making a toile. NO calico, no pattern, no lining… and NO WHEELS, since my car is presently at the panel beaters!

So I rang my friend and she organised a private chauffeur to take me to Spotlight and back home, after spending a good hour there!

I have cut the pattern and realised that the dress form happens to be (without adjustment) this lovely laddies’ size! WOA!

Thank you so much, Sue and Michael for always being there for me, in the right place, at the right time…

 

I Scored Again!

A few weeks ago we went to the Lithgow Ironfest, it was a huge spectacle with people being dressed up in historical clothing, Stempunk gadgetry left, right and centre, battle re-enactment and more… I bought a few raffle tickets and WON! The prize arrived in the mail today – earrings, cufflinks and a necklace from Skav’s Steampunk workshop. YAY! Really pretty jewels!

i also purchased my first quilt vintage treasure in a local second hand shop. Ten of these squares for $10. I could not believe my luck. Initially I thought I would make a big quilt, inserting new squares with vintage fabric, but no – I will leave this just as is, piecing it together, maybe using cream linen fabric in between the squares and a nicely quilted border…

And for the rest of life… “it’s complicated” as a teenager would flippantly comment. Enjoying my work is a blessing, managing a big house can be tedious but gives me deep satisfaction, being surrounded by so many good friends fills me with gratitude.

Colour work Carry On

I have continued to swatch and swatch over the last few weeks, with two aims in mind. Firstly, yes, I do want to wear that Fair Isle jumper I have been dreaming about, and I would like it THIS WINTER. But I also would love to make a nice 4ply jumper for my husband, he has only got ONE jumper knitted by me! Both are huge jobs and I don’t want to get either of them wrong. Not the colours, the patterns, nor the fit!

I have been fairly happy with this swatch, adapted from Kate Davies’ new book, but the colour oracle (Vicky) said the green in the red pattern was wrong. I don’t mind it, but I don’t like the weird yellow/ beige in the brown narrow pattern, in fact, I don’t like the brown either.

I ordered some 4 ply yarns with the justification to get cracking on Patrick’s jumper – and surely among these new yarns must be a shade that will bring my Fair Isle together! I ordered them just as individual shades, since I thought one of them would be surely working for Patrick, but when they arrived, I thought they were great together!

4ply sure is thin! Especially when you knit the linen stitch, which makes these beauties sing! Sadly, due to the slowness of the knitting of a big men’s jumper in this stitch, I just had to dismiss it.

I tried a few other things, just a back and forth gauge swatch and some stripes steeked, but both have been dismissed – the former being too boring and the latter reminding me too much of Where is Wally.

Finally I am settling on the dark turquoise with a vertical stripe achieved through knit – purl pattern. I think… (swatch not available yet).

 

A Grand Day Out

I have had a very cultured weekend – and am very happy about that. It just goes to show that despite tiredness after a hard weeks work, it really is worth going out and / or mingle with friends and family.

Friday night, after my daughter’s basketball game (in which she scored quiet a few points 😻), I dropped her off home, gave her some money to order pizza and zoomed off to the Bondi Pavillion to see The Catholics. My husband decided we are not seeing enough life music, and he had booked tickets for us and a few friends. It was a grand jazz gig with a few familiar musicians and we will be back for more!

I did my shopping routine on Saturday morning. Now, I am a random person in many aspects, but one thing just NEVER changes, and that is the fact that I will be – no matter what – every Saturday at 8.30 am at our local shopping center in order to get a good car park. First I do my Aldi shopping, then the fruit shop, the butcher and fishmonger. Quick dash to the car to unload, then Coles. I am solid with that routine. I enjoy it. I write my shopping list on Thursday night if I have to. I love a teenager to help, but I am good on my own. This weekend Patrick came, and that was lovely.

So we made Guinness stew in the slow cooker and had family for dinner. And somehow I had some hours in the afternoon to do some serious knitting and for Sue to drop ’round and for us to catch up over a cup of tea and some awesome nut and honey muffins.

And then there was still the Sunday to enjoy! After a lovely breakfast with the young people in the house ( Patrick took himself to an all day band workshop), I took the pooches for a walk. On the off chance I rang my old boss Wendy, checking if she was walking and she was just that minute walking along my house on the golf course path! 😉. So I joined her and her friend and dog, we spotted a Powerful Owl in a nearby tree and had coffee at Wendy’s house. I then sprinted back to our house, suddenly being very conscious of the time, ordered my daughter to check the dogs for ticks, jumped into the shower myself and took myself off to a arty date with my fellow surfing buddy at the Art Gallery of NSW.

We joined a guided tour for the Olsen exhibition, which was just brilliant and also saw the Warhol before Pop. Now, I saw both exhibitions last weekend, and am so pleased I went back… they both are brilliant in their own right. Sadly I took no snaps of my favourite Olson works (the frogs….), but here is some amazing early Warhol for you…

As if all of this was not enough to be happy about! The heavens cleared after all these weeks of rain and we enjoyed a wonderful sunny stroll in the Botanical Gardens! 

When I finally returned home in the late afternoon, I threw together a meal that reminded us very much of our time in Nepal: cauliflower stir fry with paneer, tomato and peas. YUM!

And to finish off the weekend, those of us who do not have exams tomorrow went to the local cinema to see “Hidden Figures”. What an inspiring movie about some awesome and courageous women…

I am feeling truly blessed, and despite all this activity, very well rested… I hope you all had a good weekend! X

 

 

Surfing 101

Get in the water. Search for wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wait for a sweet little wave, paddle for your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get up, Stand up…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look kinda cool ok kinda cool for a split second.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oops, wobbling already… the fun didn’t last long enough ☹️

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wipeout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So do it again and again…

Well done.

 

Colourwork

I have had these beautiful yarns forever, Rennie from Scotland. My former boss bought a few shades for me when she attended a conference in Aberdeen, geez, that must have been in 2010 (!) and I ordered more shades to make a stunning fair isle knit. I never got beyond the sampling stage, because I was so preoccupied with making the most perfect jumper or vest in the world.

There is so much to consider! Not just the pattern, and the colorway, but also whether I have enough of each colour to maintain the pattern throughout the entire garment. So another question is, whether I will supplement the Rennie yarn with other odds and ends in order to make an authentic fair isle. And then the gauge! Some of these samples where knit flat, some in the round and then steeked, I used different needle sizes…

I finished a jumper yesterday, with a bit of colourwork (waiting for the photographer to return from school today to organise a photo shoot), so I have got second wind to really give it a go. Watch this space…