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Monday, August 8, 2011

What to do next...



The last few weeks have been incredibly busy. Study has consumed my life, and have returned to working only part-time. The balance is proving to be entertaining, but thankfully so far, so good - with nothing being left behind!

I started to think over the weekend about my next major project - lots of bits and pieces are about, and I do have a "baby project" to finish before the recipient is actually born in September! No photos on that one as I would like to have the pressie make it to Queensland before I post!

The other week, my husband was questioning why I had so many plastic tubs in the dining room, and suggested that I might want to find some shelving for make things look a little neater (and yes, he was right!), so now I have created a 'Fiber Shop' all of my very own. All my fav bits and pieces in there to keep me amused - the trick - to keep it all contained in the shelves!!
One of the batts of fiber from Bendigo - this one is a mix of Wool, Mohair and Silk - amazing browns and blues! I cannot wait to start spinning this, just working out when!!!

I've also been starting to hand sew the Farmer's Wife Sampler. I know a couple of people who are machine sewing this, and have on more than one occasion complained about the sheer number of pieces in some squares (up to 40 little triangles had the effect of yelling, screaming. etc) I stopped to think about the time of when this piece was first constructed (1920's / 1930's) and realised that the home sewing machine would have been non-existent, so in keeping with the tradition, have started to piece some of the squares by hand. So far I am happy with the construction.

The fabric I have chosen is from my stash, and is a Layer Cake by Moda. Cannot remember the name of the series, but it is bright and really fun!


Finally, just to keep that creative brain going.... at the Stranded in Oz shop at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Festival, was fortunate enough to locate this little beauty!

I want to make a shawl out of this -- I have a pattern, and I have every intention.... I have just got to learn how to count a pattern! Two tries so far.... all pulled out due to stupid counting mistakes! Maybe its a third try lucky!!!

Anyway, back to the books!

Have a great week everyone!

Jo

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