Friday, July 22, 2011

Dress Up Party

My family and I are going to a 1950s dress up party for one of my uncles birthday. We have been busy getting our outfits ready. When I was home last, I helped my mum and one of my sister in laws prepare their outfits by making some petticoats. One is plain silky material the other has silky material and bridal netting added to give it some volume. I was having trouble finding something to wear for myself. My other sister in law gave me a dress from to modify. It originally had awful selves and was impossible to get on. I changed the top by removing the sleeves and adding straps. I also added a zip in the side. It has been a successful modification and I am looking forward to the party.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

More Dog Pyjamas

We are currently looking after my husband's parent's dog, Junior, while they are caravaning around Australia sampling the grey nomadic lifestyle. When my brother and his partner were recently over for lunch my sister in law commented that Junior had "the poor cousins pyjamas" compared to Buck. I agreed, his old pairs were looking a bit shabby. So I made some new ones and put the old ones in the bin.

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show

On Friday my husband and I went to The Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo. It was fantastic. I loved looking at all the different breeds of sheep and watching the dog trails. Here are some the sheep we looked at.
There were also a small number of goats. There was a great inspiring display of the hand crafts people had made for exhibiting in the competition. I also loved the fantastic variety of craft supply stalls filled with fleece, wool tops, other various fibers, bats, wool skeins, balls of wool, felt, knitting needles, crochet hooks, kits and souvenirs. The quality of the products available was unbelievable. I managed to be very restrained. I only purchased 3 skeins of wool and a few other bits and pieces. I could have gone mad!I am really looking forward to finding the perfect project for this skein of wool and the 2 of 50/50 wool and silk. For now, I am content with leaving them on the dressing table for display and stroking them occasionally as I walk past. I don't know if this is a show I would attend every year. But I am defiantly keen to go back some time.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Buck's Pyjamas

My brothers dog gets cold overnight because he only has short fur. I made him some pyjamas. He looks so cute in them and apparently he loves to wear them. With the left over material I made my brother and sister in law some wrist warmers. The wrist warmers were super easy to make. They are a tube with a thumb hole and some ribbing on either end.