Monday, July 9, 2012

Wyreena Goodies

Once again I have been very lucky to be able to display (and fingers crossed possibly sell) some of the things that I have made at Wyreena Community Arts Center in their gallery.  This time I have tried to mix it up a little and make some new things. A little bit of crochet, knitting, sewing and with my new love of power tools, some crochet hooks.

Here's a sneak peak at my window display.

If you are in the area please come on down and have a look (they also make the best coffee there too).


Some of you might have noticed there has been a little bit of action on my side bar lately.  I have finally set up and Esme Rudy Facebook page.  Here I am,  So if you prefer to follow things via Facebook this is now an option.  At the moment I know it looks a little messy on the side bar but hopefully soon I will get to tidying it up a little (my slightly OCD side of me is horrified at how it looks, all code like and not one bit pretty or neat, deep breaths and small steps at a time).

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hook'in Goodness

Over the past few weeks I have been making a special little project, this time not for anyone but for me.  And not for a specific purpose in mind but just to see if I can actually do it.  I have been out hunting and gathering (well maybe not so much the hunting, but definitely the gathering) and I had several attempts at it by myself but just couldn’t get it right so I had to enlist in the help of a friend.  I am very grateful to this friend as he lent me something I think most of the male species hold very dear to their heart... he lent me one of his power tools.  And as my Dad said he must trust me very much as I think men don’t even like lending their tools to other men.  So one afternoon with a bit of guidance (and Little O being babysat) I busted open this baby and had a go and I think I’m addicted.

I don’t even know what this tool is but I love it, it cut, sanded and polished all in one and the tiny little polishing tools made my life so much easier.

And here is the finished product.

I actually made my own crochet hooks (picture big smile across my face).  I am very impressed with myself that I have managed to actually make these using a power tool and have come away with all my fingers and toes still intact.  I’m the type of person who gets paper cuts from opening a book (yes that actually happened).  So now I am in two minds about whether I oil them in some way or just leave them as they are. They are made out of eucalyptus so I’m not sure what would be the best for them.  But then I do love the look of the natural wood. Decisions, decisions...


Oh, if you are interested in having a go at making your own,I found this link on Pinterest.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A little bit of pink

I love making stuff for other people especially when I know that they really appreciate.  In the past I have mentioned that I have made a few things for a friend of mine, J.  A little while back she asked if I could make something for a little girl, something that was pink.  Now I’m not a pink kind of girl.  Growing up the only colour I wanted my bedroom to be was blue and as soon as I moved into my own house with Mr C the first thing we did was paint our bedroom blue.  So I saw this request as a bit of a challenge. There are so many different pinks out there it can be a little overwhelming.  I think I went through all my stash several times and still couldn’t decide on a pink.  In the end I did manage to find a colour that I liked (and maybe because it had a slight tinge of peach in it that I felt ok with it).  So all this talk of yarn you must be wondering what it is that I made...

... a cute little beanie and cover set.

I think the little bow just finishes it off nicely.  A nice little find in the fabric stash.

Again I seem to be having trouble with my images.  I take the photo the correct way but for some reason blogger decides to turn them when loaded and I can't figure out how to reset this, does this happen to anyone else?  So sorry for the neck pain.

I must give my friend J full credit she was able to give me good guide lines on exactly what it is that she wanted otherwise I could still be here swooning with ideas of what to make.  J was able to lead me to this pattern for the cover and the beanie pattern was found here.  Both patterns were such a breeze to follow and they really came together quite quickly (although I kind of got a little distracted watching Tru Blood while making the beanie as I managed to do 2 rounds before I realised that I had forgotten to go through the back loop only, whoops!).

I love the feeling of a finished project but I love even better the thrill of a new one, now what next?


*** I was just going through my photos and found this...

A nicer way to view them, less stress on the neck :-)