Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year (nearly)

I caved. :( I bought 2 dresses and a necklace with the gift vouchers. It's kind of like a present, so I don't feel too guilty. Plus it is new year's eve.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

I can't believe Christmas is over! I did have some clothes for Christmas which has managed to supress my urge to buy some. However the sales are starting and I did have vouchers for Christmas...does that count? Plus it's my birthday in January. Oh what to do...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Wardrobe Refashion 2007

I found out about Wardrobe Refashion in a knitting magazine and as I have to save for the wedding though it would be an ideal opportunity to finish off all my WIPs, and sort out my wardrobe and finally have a go at the Built by Wendy sewing book and patterns I bought months ago! I will try and keep an accurate record of everything i refashion, make, knit and wear.

My first outfit was a Batgirl outfit for a fancy dress party on Saturday. And considering I haven't sewn for years I was quite impressed. It wasn't out of this world - but it did it's job and cost very little! Genius.

I am currently in the middle of Christmas gift knitting - so can't see that I'll do much refashioning before Christmas but I do have a few days hoiday I can take from work, and have a dress I want to adjust for my work's Christmas party...so we shall see!!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Pledge

The Pledge

I MiniRhi pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoated, recylcled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftyness brings! Signed MINIRHI.


I have signed up for 2 months - but hope to go a bit further as I am getting married in June and have a LOT of saving to do!

Visit the Wardrobe Refashion Blog

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Cheesecake

I did finally make the Christmas cake. And it does look lovely! And smells fabulous. As from tomorrow it will be due a weekly feed to keep it nice and moist for Christmas.

Today is my first Saturday with nothing planned. So M and me are going to have a romantic meal in. I have mini cheesecake in the oven as I type, and once the rugby finishes (Wales V S Africa) we're off to Tesco to get food for dinner tonight. Garlic Prawns to start, followed by Savoy Cabbage with Duck Breast and orange & honey roast carrots. Then cheesecake. I'm really looking forward to it. :)

Monday, November 05, 2007

More Brandy

After a busy day at work I didn't fancy trying to negotiate trollies at Tesco...so I haven't finished my cake tongiht...I did cave and add another 3 tablespoons of Brandy to my dried fruit though. More tomorrow...

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Christmas Cake

I have started the Christmas Cake making process today. I am making three this year, one for my fiance who doesn't like marzipan (yes, strange I know!!), one for my mother-in-law, and one for my mum. I love making Christmas Cake - but I don't enjoy eating it. I love the smell and it is definitey the start of Christmas for me so...

I currently have 500g of Currants, and 200g each of Sultana's and Raisins soaking in 5 tablespoons of Brandy (though this doesn't look enough to me, so I'll probably add another one or two later!) and this will rest until after work tomorrow. An easy beginning, I know, but essential to keeping the cake moist. By the way, this recipe is partly based on Delia Smith's Rich Fruit Cake - but I tend to use a different recipe each year and will add as I go along. (One reason for adding it to this blog is so I can see how I made it!) The quantities above are intended for an 8" round or 7" square tin. Though I am making 2 smaller ones from this quantity. The third I'll probably make next week.

7 Weeks til Christmas...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Donna Wilson's Knitted Creatures

Simply Knitting magazine features Donna Wilson's site in their latest issue. What a great site! I love the knitted creatures - especially Ginge who reminds me a bit of my cat!

Definitely want to have a go and toy knitting....

Monday, September 24, 2007

WIP

And here is my current WIP. "Ultra Femme" from 'Stich N Bitch Nation' page 123. It's fab and would have been great for the Summer, but as I have missed that gap I am now on a mission to finish so I can get on with my Christmas Pressies!





My First Jumper

Although I finished my jumper nearly a year ago...I have finally got around to posting a photo. Excuse the naff photography! I do promise to improve.



Friday, September 21, 2007

Been a while...

I can't believe it has been 5 months since I last posted!!

I have lately been looking for knitting inspiration online and have come across so many wonderful knitters blogs I was inspired to revisit mine. I haven't done a great deal of knitting over the last few months but with Christmas coming up and all the inspiration and we have sky installed in the house now I am looking forward to spending the night in the house with some good tv and a cup of tea/glass of wine! Unfortunately my camera is broken at the moment so cant post any photos, but will add updates when I get the chance.

Currently on my needles is a pink top from one of the Stitch n Bitch books, which I started over a year ago. I recently finished a scarf for a christmas present and plan to knit another (i dont want to mention recipients in case they find this!) and a doll for my neice, and some toys from www.mochimochiland.com which are FABULOUS!! Oh, and some cupcakes too!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Crochet

My attempts at crochet. The orange rectangle was my first attempt and it went from there. It is quite different from knitting and I'm not entirely sure how to hold the yarn properly...but it's nice for a change.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Start again!

I have worked out how to transfer my posts so here they are!

I decided to have a go at crochet last night. I have just finished a doll for my sister's 21st and have a sleeve left on my pink top (I will finish it, but it needs concentration and work is crazy at the moment! I need no-thinking-knitting.) So as my second attempt at crochet I managed 2 granny squares - 1 that looks pass-able; 1 that's all wonky and I have no idea why, and a flower.

I was pretty impressed with myself!

for beginners

Starting to knit can be quite daunting. There is so much to learn and the thought of starting a project like a jumper can be a bit overwhelming (unless it's just me!) which is why i ended up with a whole lot of scarves. But when you get bored of scarevs, knit wrist-warmers or wrist bands. It's a great little project - faster than scarves, and led into my first designed project.


Firstly following the 'Geek' wristband from 'Stitch n Bitch Nation' by Debbie Stoller.






This led to my 'Boy & Girl' design - in several colours, and on different needle sizes.

And the wonderfully simple - stripes!

They need very little yarn and took me about 3 hours from cast on to bind off - and a cup of tea in the middle! [All wristbands are done in Rowan Cotton Glace on 2mm or 3mm needles. I just knit until i can wrap it around the wrist it is meant to fit, bind off then matress stitch together.]

The first stitch

The first thing I ever knit (knitted? Knat?) was...suprise, suprise...a scarf! It was a very long scarf...about 11 foot. I'm only 5ft tall, so I could wrap it round my neck twice and still have both ends practically touching the floor.


As a first project scarves are definately the way forward, and i have made several scarves! Most of which I wear, some have been experimental exercises. I am a big fan of the shorter scarves that can be worn like a tie. They are more wearable and faster to knit! Add buttons or use fancy yarn to get a scarf for every outfit.












In a more experimental fashion, scarves are great for trying out new stitches or patterns, colour changing and other techniques. Although, i have to admit i don't wear this one so much. I do recommend trying it as a 'freestyle' exercise.




Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mini Me


I bought Claire Garland's 'Knitted Babes' ages ago, and finally got round to knitting one. Unfortunately she has no clothes yet...

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Stitch

Been a while...I have even started other blogs!

http://the-stitch.blogspot.com/
Is about my knitting

http://brynrhosyn.blogspot.com/
is about my garden

The Stitch one didn't get too far and I was hoping to move the posts from there to here, but i can't. I have started knitting a top from 'Stitch n Bitch Nation', can't remember what it's called, but it's pink and involves some new techniques. Will post photos soon. I hope.

Bryn Rhosyn is the name of my house and me and Matthew are currently working on the garden, all progress posted there.