Saturday, August 28, 2010


My recent trip to the craft store saw me bring home some:
zips, ric rac, interlock, buttons and some dye.

I've never ever done any dye-ing before so I read up on a few posts about it.
Most of it sounded pretty straight forward. Heat up some water, dissolve the dye and add the fabric. I normally feel very apprehensive before starting anything and therefore procrastinate every single project before I actually get started. This time I thought I'd bite the bullet after a few days of seeing the dye on my table.

Here's what I did with the dye : Rit Dye : Colour Mauve.

I pre-washed her cardigan in warm water and rinsed it in hot (no softener!)
Then I dissolved the RIT dye in 2 cups of boiling water into a 2ltr bucket.
I added 3/4 cup of salt (it said 1 cup but I was running out) and added 1 tablespoon of Radiant laundry detergent (as per the instructions on the packet).

After more swirling I boiled more hot water and filled up the bucket almost half way.
You want the water to cover the item but not wash out the dye colour.
Then I dumped in the wet cardigan and swished away. I initially thought I was suppose to swish for 30mins but after reading it again it said "until you get desired colour" up to 30mins.
Ahhh, well, that makes more sense.

At first it was a deep purple colour and looked rather lovely. I wanted a pinkish hue though. I swished for about 10mins though, checked on the roast, swished again and then ran some hot water to rinse it out in the sink.

It says to rinse until water runs clear but I doubt that would happen and wanted to save water so I rinsed until it was a light purple colour (the water).

I took it out and decided to dry it on an old canvas apron and use pins to lightly block it into shape. I warn you that this is NOT the way to BLOCK. This is my way of blocking on the fly.

A proper way is from this tutorial from Alicia Paulson. She makes it look so much more fun and professional.

So, I left it to dry in the shade and I keep peeking on it every now and again admiring the colour in the lace work. It's more of a purple than pinkish-mauve colour on the packet.
However I like it and it goes with this dress I just bought for her.

I could see that there was a slight colour variation where the different coloured wool was used. It seemed that the difference in beige-ness of the wool did affect the way the dye took to the original colour. It's a design feature (thanks Cherri). A mark of a mama-made item.
So now I just have to crochet a little beige flower and add some pearl buttons and it shall be revealed. In time for a Spring birthday. Yay.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rumpus House

I went into work a few weeks ago and told my boss that I was coming back to work.
He was fine with it as I have made a career out of having my babies and working part-time.
Plus I work in government so they have to allow me back.

I told my team leader that the house is a mess because well, we don't have a Rumpus Room.
"Oh it's a Rumpus House" he said. We laughed as we both have kids and know what it is like.
I'm not sure if you're familiar with the term but a Rumpus room is just for the kids to play and let loose without cluttering up the rest of the house. A Playroom if you will.

So I sat here at my desk with a slightly bashed up laptop thinking about how time slips away most of the day. How my stomach turned at the thought of dealing with people and managers at work again but how lovely it is to bring in some much needed income and have some time away to think about other things than dirty nappies, laundry, cleaning, cooking and dust.
I am currently awaiting an old summer edition of Ottobre and plan to buy some zips for a gathered clutch.

I decided that I didn't like the junk that [we]hubby is storing in the computer/craft room so I moved it around and took some down. I'm not sure where to put the rest. I don't have storage boxes and our garage is rather full. Hmmmm. Maybe it wasn't a good plan after all. I am sure I am one of the 9/10 people who don't know how to pack up and organise. I need an Ikea person to sort the room out.

Well that made my head hurt so I made brownies instead. Thanks Betty Crocker. You rock!
This Fudge Choc Chip Brownie rocks! It's chewy in the middle and the chocolate taste is fantastic. Next time I will make up two boxes instead of just the one.
This fabulous dish was last night's dinner. It's from the recent Australian Good Food magazine. All it is is spinach, toasted pine nuts, cream, seasoning, tinned tomatoes, chicken and mushies. Yummm. The kids didn't really go for it but trust me, it was deeee-lish.

Well my little baby is growing up so fast. She is 10months already!
She is commando crawling and eating everything I put in her mouth. Not bad for someone who only has two bottom teeth. We all love to cuddle her and kiss her until we are satisfied which really never happens. She is still waiting for something mama-made. Bad mummy!

I'm going to test out some Red Velvet Cupcakes for a Holy Communion this Sunday so I'll let you know how that pans out. If they are good I'll have to make some for Little Miss turning 4 in September!!!
Hope your life is full of fun, craft and love too.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Better with a flower

While there is about 5 spare minutes in my household I am sharing the almost finished product.
This cardigan is based on EZ's February Baby Sweater. It's the cutest design doing the blog round. I am only about 5 yrs behind or something.
Anyway, I had a lot of assistance with getting notes for sizing as I made this up to fit my almost 4 yr old. It just fits her with no growing room so Baby J will get a wear out of this next winter at least. It should have had an extra lace repeat across the back for it last through a growth spurt.
My Ravelry notes are here.
I am saying it's almost finished because I really need to dye this.
As per my previous post I had to use a different colour as I couldn't find the same colour when I ran out of yarn. I used almost 4 balls to make this up. There's some left to make cute crochet flowers.

It does look better with a crochet flower though however, I was going to dye this pink so I'll need a crochet flower in it's original colour.

But it still needs blocking and a dye job.
I really loved kniting this although I was rather impatient.
After a few inches of the lace repeat I understood how it worked out and knew where I had gone wrong as I was going along. You do need to concentrate or you'll muck up the lace pattern. I knit the sleeves in the round with dpns and they were fiddly and I didn't count my rows so one sleeve is probably a bit longer than the other. I also forgot that you have to knit a knit row where you would have a purl round (when knitting the in the round) so the left sleeve is wierder than the right. I don't think it's noticeable though. At least she may get some spring time wear from this. I can't wait to make it in a baby jacket though so looking forward to that.
Next up I have decided on a baby jacket which will be sewed up. Love instant gratification.
My time's up. Must head off and finish a few house chores.
Ooooh I must get my hands on this jewellery kit at etelage. They're located in Newtown and right near All Buttons Great and Small so I think I'll have to make a trip there this month.
Catch ya later.