Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sewing Machine Cover Makeover

I love all those gorgeous quilted sewing machine covers out there, especially the one made by my friend Ros over at Sew Delicious see it here. However I do like that I have a hard cover, since I am banging things around all the time.

So I decided to give mine a little washi treatment.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Tri Coloured Knitted Bed Socks

As you know those concrete floors we painted in the lounge room have been a freezing cold nightmare. So much so that it was time to knit some nice warm woolly socks. These are so toasty on the feet and you can use your scraps.



These socks are great for the beginner who is ready to learn a few shaping techniques. They will fit both Elizabeth and I her being a ladies size 9/10 and I'm an 11 Aus and US sizes are the same for shoes. However they would fit most average feet, there is a lot of give in the wool.


You'll need

3 different coloured balls of 8 ply
5mm (US Size 8) knitting needles
4.5mm (US size 7) knitting needles
darning needle to sew the seams
Row counter

Using the 5mm (size 8) needles and the pink wool cast on 40 stitches and work in k1,P1 rib until it measures 12.5 cm (5 inches).

Change to 4.5mm (size 7) and change to black wool and knit 10 rows stocking stitch starting with a knit row (right side) ending with a purl line
Change to white cont in stocking st knit 6 rows end with a purl row
change to black knit 10 rows stocking stitch
Change to pink continue in stocking stitch for a further 6 rows
change to black knit 10 rows stocking stitch
Change to pink continue in stocking stitch for a further 6 rows
change to black knit 10 rows stocking stitch
Change to white cont in stocking st knit 6 rows
change to black knit 10 rows stocking stitch

Shape heel
Row 1(RS) K13 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 2 and all foll (WS) purl
Row 3 K12 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 5 K11 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 7 K10 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 9 K9 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 11 K8 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 13 K7 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 15 K6 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 17 K5 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 19 K6 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 21 K7 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 23 K8 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 25 K9 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 27 K10 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 29 K11 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 31 K12Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 33 K13 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 35 Knit across ALL Stitches

Row 36 P13 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 37 and all foll (RS) knit
Row 38 P12 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 40 P11 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 42 P10 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 44 P9 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 46 P8 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 48 P7 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 50 P6 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 52 P5 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 54 P6 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 56 P7 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 58 P8 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 60 P9 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 62 P10 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 64 P11 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 66 P12Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 68 P13 Wrap Next Stitch and turn
Row 70 Purl Across ALL Stitches

Beg with a knit row, working in stocking stitch and Black wool knit 10 rows ending with a purl
Change to white cont in stocking st knit 6 rows
Change to black knit 10 rows stocking stitch

Shape Toe
With the Pink wool
Row 1 (RS) K7, K2tog,K2, K2tog tbl, K14, K2tog, K2, K2tog tbl, K7
Row 2  and all following WS purl
Row 3 K6, K2tog,K2, K2tog tbl, K12, K2tog, K2, K2tog tbl, K6
Row 5 K5, K2tog,K2, K2tog tbl, K10, K2tog, K2, K2tog tbl, K5
Row 7 K4, K2tog,K2, K2tog tbl, K8, K2tog, K2, K2tog tbl, K4
Row 9 K3, K2tog,K2, K2tog tbl, K6, K2tog, K2, K2tog tbl, K3
Row 11 K2, K2tog,K2, K2tog tbl, K4, K2tog, K2, K2tog tbl, K2
Row 12 Purl
Cast Off

Obviously it's socks peeps so you need to do that all over again, unless you only have one foot.

To finish
Weave in your loose ends
You can steam it flat, I'm kind of lazy when t comes to socks and just sew the seam. Start at the toe and sew the leg seam using mattress stitch. Then finish it off by sewing the toe with an overcast stitch.

Then start modelling your latest socks like Elizabeth did.


Some out takes, she's such a dag! She's wearing her religious pj's not the holes, we call them her holy pants. I keep tossing them into the rag bag but she keeps rescuing them, apparently they're "the best".


DIY Delight or Disaster? You'll feel like Jo and the girls from Little Women when you start making socks. Even though you will love it, you can't help but throw your knitting needles down in a huff just to be like Jo, total delight! Also for me, this is the first sock pattern I have designed myself so if you knit them, please send me a pic or give me some feedback.

Mel xo

Friday, 25 July 2014

Look What My Thrifting Fairy Godmother Brought Me!

My thirfting fairy godmother was clearly showing me lots of love in June.

First my local place was having a 50% of sale so when I saw this pillow, clearly hand made with all of that cross stitch I just couldn't help but buy it, and for a $1 someone spent way too much time for her to get all dusty.


This plate was too much at $6 but for $3 I have just the thing I want to make with it, fingers crossed it doesn't break!


I love these old fashioned alarm clocks score at $3


Elizabeth has a bit of a bird thing for $1 each I thought these would be perfect in her new room.


I nearly had a heart attack when I saw these, I truly believed that I did have a fairy godmother, $5 how freaking fantastic are these going to be with a little paint. Seriously why would you get rid of these LOVE!!!


But the item that had me hugging it and whispering to Elizabeth in an excited voice was this OROTON bag for $3.50, for those of you not into bags or aware of this brand, this bag, when in store was $350 dollars. Ask me how I know, back 3 kids ago I bought the exact same bag in white which was lost in a move. I also had previously purchased the larger bag in this range in black and the matching wallet 12 years ago which I still have to this day. There was not a mark on the bag I could not believe my eyes.



See miracles can and do happen!

Mel xo
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