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Been playing with the sewing machine…


Hello!  I know, I know, again I have been a terrible blogger and have not blogged for far too long, but life, work and workshops got in the way!  Here’s an update on what I have been doing: starting my christmas knitting.  Obviously I’m not going to post photos or details of that on here!  And I got my beloved sewing machine out again for a little girl’s birthday and made this:

It’s a washbag with a tissue packet and cover inside it (tissue packet idea taken from sewing.about.com), and it cost pennies to make.  The total cost of materials was about £3 and I have most of them left – some cotton and some waterproof material, plus a cord, so I think everyone might get shower caps for their birthdays!  Or I might must make a raincoat!  All from Abakhan in the Northern Quarter, for you Mancunians out there.  The washbag was made to go with the pink spotty suitcase my boyfriends bought for her, which he then had to use as his hand-luggage on the plane to give it to her.  Which would have been fine, except he was travelling for a concert and has the misfortune to have a gold cello case…

I’m planning on doing more sewing in the next few days, want to make some nice summer clothes and accessories, I’ll post pics!

Been sewing some yo-yos


It’s been a while since I’ve posted, life has suddenly got a bit mad!  So, the jumper is still going..!  I’ve needed something quick and easy to do to compensate for the slow progress of the jumper, and so I’ve been doing some sewing.  This was triggered by the fact that I have completely sorted through my bedroom, and let me tell you, it looks like a palace!  A quite small palace, I’ll admit, but I really like being in there now because it’s so tidy and relaxing.  So, I decided it needed things on the walls, so I have started to make a wall hanging.  Out of my old pyjamas.  Well, they had shrunk so much they were unwearable, and I liked the pattern.  This led me to dig out other old clothes that are not fit for anyone to wear, even in bed.  I found a red t-shirt.  And further digging has thrown up a purple nighty I had when I was 15 with ‘night party’ written on it.., and some black velvet left over from some trouser legs.  Here are some of the yo-yos I have made out of the pyjamas and t-shirt:

I’m going to sew them together into a heart-shape for my wall, and if I have any left over I will make matching cushion  covers.  I have quite a lot already – 29 –  and that’s only from the pyjama top and t-shirt, I haven’t started on the trousers or other fabrics yet.  Lots to do!  More knitting updates over the next few days!

What’s your craft and why do you like it? Comments here please…


Well, you can see from my quasi-manifesto in my ‘about’ page the reasons why I love knitting.  You can also see I dabble in other crafts, but knitting is my main one.  What is your craft and why do you like it?

Yet more sock stories


Hmm, maybe I should rename this blog the sock blog.  Just thought I’d post a little pic of another ‘sock rescue’ I did for Christmas.

The centre flower was a purple sock made into a fabric yo-yo.  And then there is a layer of scrap lace, a layer of fabric I had left over from a ‘trouser rescue’, then scrap felt and finally more lace.  This one is a brooch I made for my housemate.  but I liked it so much I think I might have to make myself one!

Frilly jumper update:  I have started the sleeve shaping!  It’s a jumper that is knit in one piece, from the back up to the sleeves and then back down to the bottom of the front.  More pics in the next few days!

The Sock Rescue Mission


I have a bag full of socks who have lost their friends.  I help these socks to find new friends by turning them into other things (they are knitted items, after all).  Uses for socks that I have found include: as a stuffing for a pin cushion, to turn into flowers to embellish things, and most recently to turn into an iPod cover.  Here is the result:

This was made from an insulated sock, so it protects the iPod quite well, and the ribbing at the top keeps it safely inside.  The roses are made from some scraps of fleece I had left over from Christmas crafting.

Arty shot from the side:

Sewing Machine Repairs


My Grandparents gave me my Great-Grandmother’s sewing machine a couple of years ago.  After a handful of disastrous sewing machine lessons at school I wanted, with some trepidation, to try again.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity… except it didn’t work.  Knowing nothing about sewing machines AT ALL, I scoured the internet looking for a manual, and how to solve the problem I was having, which was that a) it wasn’t sewing and b) when it was sewing the top looked really pretty but when you looked underneath the fabric it looked the sewing-thread-eater-of-doom had come along and mangled all the top threads, and the bobbin thread was nowhere to be seen.  Experienced machinists will know that I was experiencing tension problems, and after several weeks of not being able to sort it out the tension problem was by no means just in the machine anymore.  Anyway, it turned out that the thread on the tension disk screw had gone, and so the discs were no longer being pulled against the side of the machine, instead stopping just short of it.  So after much deep thought and a repair job later we came up with this: (we being me, my boyfriend, Dad, flatmate and just about everybody else who was fed up with hearing about how my sewing machine didn’t work)

Apologies for the poor photo quality, I took these ones on my iPod today and it turns out the grainy quality isn’t just due to the anti-glare thing I have on the screen.  As you can see there is now a piece of cardboard in place to essentially extend the side of the machine.  Tada, it works perfectly again!  Here is another picture of my pride and joy:

I don’t know that much about it apart from that it is a Frister and Rossmann (obviously), and is a K model with red lily decals, so hails from about the 1920s.  It also takes needles that went obsolete about 50 years ago, which are now very hard to come by and very expensive.  So I have bought myself a new machine.  New being a slightly questionable word as it is a 1902 Singer.  But it takes modern needles.  And it was only £15, so a bargain!  I will take photos of that when I have set it up – I need to get more bobbins for it and a new bobbin-winding -rubber-wheel-thingy.

Anyway, so why am I posting about this today?  I had to do repairs on my Frister again.  Somehow in the course of my Christmas sewing I knocked a nut off it that helps to hold the bar in place that holds the handle in place when the machine is in use.  I have looked high and low for this nut and can’t find it anywhere, I’m afraid it might have gone up the hoover.  So, today I decided to remedy the situation with some superglue and a bone bead a friend gave me.

It doesn’t look quite the same but I think it goes with the porcelain handle quite well, don’t you?