Monday, October 20, 2008
Overlock (serger) the edges.
Draw a line 2cm from the bottom edge of your cover (the zip will go in this edge).
Put a mark 8cm from each edge. This will be where your zipper starts end ends.
Using your normal stitch length sew from the edge to the first mark 8cm along.
Stitch backwards for 3 or 4 stitches and then forwards to the mark again.
Change your stitch length to the longest you have and continue sewing to the next mark 8cm from the other edge.
Change your stitch length back to your usual setting and sew forwards 3 or 4 stitches then back to the marker and then forwards again to the end of the fabric.
Press the seam open. The better you press it at this point the better it'll look when it's finished.
Mark your fabric on the right side 8cm from each edge.
Starting at the first mark, sew down one side to the other mark. You should sew quite close to the zip but not super close.
Then pivot the fabric again and sew along the other side of the zip to the mark.
So, put the needle down and lift the foot and using your unpicker unpick some of the basting stitches and 5cm or so of the stitches that cover the zipper. (see note)
Press all the seams open. Go on, I know it's a pain but it'll give you a better finish.
Chop off the excess zip at both ends.
Here's how I get it nice and square.
Arrange your cover so it's in roughly this shape then stick a pin into the seam and check that it comes out right in the seam at the bottom. Push it back up through the seam again. This should line them up perfectly. If you have a cutting mat with a grid (or graph paper) you can check that it's all square by putting the point on the darker 5cm mark and then making sure the sides cross the 5cm intersections. Umm that's kinda hard to explain, see the notes on the photo.
Mark all the corners this way then stitch along the lines.
Give it a really good press and then put your cushion inside it!
I'm using the 50cm feather cushions from Ikea. They're only about $8 (AUD) each and very comfy.
Note that if you can get a zip with a zipper pull that sits really flat and which locks down into place it'll look even better.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I stitched most of these blocks at the annual Amitie stitching weekend. Three days of hard stitching, chatting and eating lots! All meals were provided and they were very good and very generous serves so I feel like I might've put on 5 kilos. This week I'm going to have to be extra good, gym every day and no cake, chocolate, chips etc. I was good last night, I declined the apple pie and ice-cream I could've had.
It was a great weekend but I'm glad to be home too, I was exhausted yesterday! Strange given that I was sitting on my butt the whole time!
Friday, October 03, 2008
Gotta run, brekkie's ready.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The winner of the Sensis Social Responsibility Award (which is for demonstrated leadership and contribution by a business to the environment, people, education or the community) at the Telstra Business Awards was Etiko. Etiko makes fair trade sports equipment, shoes and clothes.
What was really amazing was that while Nick was speaking about the reason behind Etiko the whole audience went quiet and actually listened to him, up til then everyone had continued talking though all the speeches.
I think they're doing an amazing job so just wanted to give them a plug. Please go and have a look at their website.
Friday, September 19, 2008
I just finished getting my hair done for the Telstra Small Business awards tonight. My husband's business PaperCut (they develop Print Control Software) is a finalist! So exciting! I'm so proud of him, he (and his business partner and staff) have worked really hard to build a world class product over the last 5 years. Love ya babe!
You can read about it here if you're interested. http://www.papercut.com/blog/.
I will post glamourous pics of us all dressed up tomorrow.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
It was really hard to tell if they were cooked enough in the centre because you take them out while they're still soft. After these had cooled for a few mins I could tell they weren't cooked but I'd already put the next batch in. I put them back in the oven after the others were done and they came out OK. I couldn't resist having a nibble while they were just sitting there. :)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It sounds interesting:
Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.
So put your computer down and watch TV! :)
Monday, August 11, 2008
I had my bag making class again last Thursday. We're free to make whatever we like now (using the skills we learnt making the first bag) so I'm making a clutch out of this red leather, Japanese fabric and possibly one of these buttons too (aren't they beautiful!). The leather is really soft and I was hoping I'd be able to sew it at home but the feed dogs leave marks in the leather and my machine finds it a bit tough to sew through multiple layers so I'll just leave it til class.
I bought the buttons at Buttonmania and while I was there picked up these ones as well.
I also found this brochure for the Nicholas Building Open Studios which sounds great. I googled it so I could give you a link to more info but couldn't find any more than was on the brochure so I've scanned it for you. Click the link to view in Flickr then select All Sizes to see the largest size so you can read it.
(Please excuse the ugliness of this post, I usually use Flickr's "Blog This" function because it formats the post nicely but when I use the same HTML through Blogger it just doesn't seem to work. Grr.)
Saturday, August 09, 2008
There's a vertical pocket on the side that sits against my body so I can reach in and get my purse with my right hand without taking the bag off my left shoulder. So handy when shopping!
It's very roomy and the straps are quite wide so it's very comfortable to carry when it's full. I like it!
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The course is 6 lessons and we've only had three so far so we can use the rest of the lessons to make whatever we want. I'm trying to decide what I want the next one to be like but it has to be really simple and we haven't learned how to do gussets so I'm having trouble visualising what I could do. I think I'm going to have to go on a reccie in the city to look for inspiration.
More pictures here.
And check out my latest op-shop purchase here.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
She said I could have it if I wanted it, so today I turned that lonely scrap into a lovely new pencil case for myself, I've needed one for ages, I keep losing or forgetting my pens when I need to take them somewhere. The back of it is a beautiful cream macro suede that was from a upholstery fabric sample (mum has hundreds of these, she was given them when a shop closed down).
I also went to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool show but it's a bit late to blog about that now isn't it. I've had a nasty cold all week so haven't felt like posting about it. I'll just say that I had a great time looking at the lovely yarn and patting the animals, two of my favourite pastimes :) you can see some of my photos here.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I'm trying to start a toe-up pair of socks but having trouble with the figure 8 cast on and with my guage and it's really shitting me actually. I love knitting but I always have trouble with starting a new project, it's so stressful choosing the exact right yarn, colour, size, etc etc. I'm tempted just to do the socks from the cuff down but I don't want to run out of yarn like I did with the Jaywalkers and have to buy a new ball which would be from a different dye lot. You can see the very different toe on one of the socks. It doesn't bother me too much but I'd rather it didn't happen regularly.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Notice the little swing hanging from the tree? I think it's pretty cute, if I do say so myself :)
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Anyhoo, Pip's recent guide to being a better blogger has motivated me to get off my bum and link to some of my favourite blogs:
- Chocolate & Zucchini, it's very dangerous to read this before dinner time
- Offbeat Homes, great if you like architecture and quirkiness
- Fail Blog, some of these are a bit wrong but they make me laugh and that's what you need sometimes (and that's why my favourite TV show is Funniest Home Videos)
- The Happiness Project, I found this via Linda's blog, it's so interesting that you can choose to be happier, check out the post on how not to nag :)
Friday, May 16, 2008
I first heard about this book someone's blog (but can't remember who!) and it sounded like my kind of book. I love to know how and why things work the way they do and knitting is no exception.
So I borrowed this from the North Melbourne library on Wednesday (Box Hill library also has a copy) and I've finished reading it already.
The book is 255 pages and is divided into three sections, Fibre Foundations, Making Yarn and Ply Me A River and a fourth section at the back that has resources, glossary, recommended reading etc.
I found the first section, Fibre Foundations, the most interesting. It's all about the different types of fibres, where they come from, their properties and what those properties mean to your knitting. For example, Cashmere comes from the Cashmere goat and is sooo expensive because each goat produces only about 170-227g of of fibre each year! The fibre is very light weight, 30% lighter than wool, and very warm, 8 times warmer than wool, and it's not as elastic as wool. It has relatively short fibres which mean it will pill more than some other yarns because the ends of the fibres work their way out of the knitted fabric and get tangled with each other. Interesting, isn't it?
The second section, Making Yarn, is about how yarn is spun, dyed and a bit about various places to get your hands on it, eg fibre festivals.
The third section, Ply Me a River, is the biggest section (163 pages) and is devoted to the different types of yarn plies and patterns for each type. I only skimmed this section. The patterns were OK but my Ravely queue is already long enough :)
I summary, I highly recommend this book! I'm sure it will help me make better yarn choices when substituting yarns in a pattern (actually I don't think I've ever used the recommended yarn!), and I just like to know these things too :)
Monday, May 12, 2008
Off to make another for myself now.
I think I didn't put enough yeast in, never mind, I will try again!
I went to a SnB on Saturday. It was in Ringwood East and organised by Angela via the SnB Melbourne group on Ravelry. It was so nice to sit around drinking coffee, knitting and chatting and the girls were all very nice. If you live in the area I'd highly recommend coming along to the next one on May 24th.
And have you heard that June 14th is World Wide Knit in Public Day! Some of the girls on Ravelry are organising a KIP, possibly at Fed Square so take a look at this thread if you're interested in coming along.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Ever since then I've been pondering this question, I used to like thinking about it on the way home, squished into Melbourne's overcrowded trains full of other people thinking their mysterious thoughts.
So far my pondering has led me to the simple conclusion that the purpose of life is ... to be happy, whatever that means to you.
What do you think?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
This used less than 1 ball of yarn and was quite quick and fun to knit. I love how it turned out. The cable stitches really stand up from the background and the slip stitch edges are very neat.
And it’s lovely and warm too.