Archives for the month of: October, 2011

I love rainy days (except when I’m camping). I can hunker down in my studio creating things, without experiencing any of the guilt I might feel on a sunny day. On those days there’s always a little nagging feeling that I should be doing something else like sorting out my garage/shed, weeding my garden, getting some fresh air or something else that’s good for me. On rainy days I can snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea, knit a few rows of the sweater I’m working on, or plan lists of future sewing projects.


It’s been pretty damp this week, so I have enjoyed participating in KCWC, and have these to show for it. As usual my list of projects was far too long, but I’m really happy with what I achieved, and so are my kidlets!

What’s your favourite thing to do on rainy days?


I made some Thanksgiving napkins yesterday, while the turkey was roasting in the oven. I’m thankful that I found all the fabric I needed in my fabric stash. I sorted out my fabric cupboard a couple of weeks ago, and organized everything by colour, so I was able to put my hands on all this orangy goodness really quickly.

There are a lot of really good tutorials on the internet for making napkins, here are a few of my favourites:
make your own cloth napkins at skip to my lou
these next ones are all from the purlbee, I love the variety of styles she has made.
handsewn napkins (these are great for using up all those tiny scraps you can’t bear to part with)
linen thanksgiving napkins
spooky cocktail napkins (love the zigzag detailing on these)

If you start right away, you can make some for Halloween….I’d love to make some in this:

Once upon a time I used to make clothes for my children.  Then I started my own business making clothes for other people’s kids, and since then, besides an annual birthday T-shirt, their clothing has been store-bought.   My daughter does at least get the chance to model some of the dresses I make to sell, but my sons aren’t really in to cross dressing (except my middle one informed me yesterday he wants to be a princess for Halloween, but that’s another blog post).

So, I’ve signed up for the kids clothes week challenge. I’m hoping to make at least 3 pairs of PJs, and my middle son wants a shirt made from this:

Every autumn I pick up the knitting needles again, and last month I embarked upon this adorable cardigan which I fell in love with initially, but have recently started to hate as I have had to undo the cable pattern too many times. At the weekend, when I was working in my local gift store/coffee shop, I got chatting to a customer who was knitting as she ordered her coffee, and she told me about lifelines. I had never heard this term in relation to knitting before, (pardon my ignorance all you seasoned knitters out there), so at the end of my shift I dashed home to google it and found this fabulous tutorial. I have tons of little dental floss samples from my dentist, and I have now found a use for them….and I will be able to continue on my quest to complete this cardigan THIS fall, not next!