food for thought

29 November 2009

I enjoyed this obituary for Alan Peters from The Economist

What mattered most to him was that a piece was simple and honest, that it worked, and that it was good enough to put his name to. If people called it art, all well and good; but his was the ethic of the craftsman.

I am a hopeless woodworker, but the article captures something of an ethic that I aspire to.  Go and read it.


the dragon’s tail

18 November 2009

nettiescarf1:: for swap victim Nettie,inspired by this, using this pattern and mirasol yarn

Sometimes swap projects are a bore, working to a deadline for someone I don’t know, wondering why I signed up in the first place, using colours I don’t like.  Not this one.  The colours and the stitch pattern were an enchanting pleasure, and I didn’t want it to end. I may just cast on another one, for me.


mojo rising?

12 November 2009

My sewing mojo has been missing in action for some time.  Seems like I’m always too tired, too busy, not bothered enough.  Seems like I have too many clothes. Too many clothes and at the same time, not enough.  For instance I have only two skirts to wear to work in the summer time and one of them needs to be held up with pins.

Last weekend I coaxed the sewing mojo out, and gently convinced it that maybe we could work together and make something.  Nothing too hard.  Nothing too complex.  Just another skirt to augment the work wardrobe for summer.

I started here.  This dress was the first thing I bought after six months of wardrobe refashion.  It was fabulous, it’s a cool cotton-linen mix, and I wore it out to cocktails at Madam Fling Flong‘s and felt well glam in it.


It shrank two inches vertically on the first wash.  I was no longer the cutest thing on King St, rather all of King St could see all of me every time I bent over.


So I chopped it off and made a skirt, for summer.  Keeping the big pockets (big enough for a night out without a handbag), pulling the side seams in, adding a zip and some belt loops.

It’s fitting that the first thing I bought after Wardrobe Refashion should end up refashioned itself.  As for the sewing mojo, it was exhausted afterwards, but in such a way that suggests it will replenish itself soon.



A few photos of actual babies modelling actual baby presents.

harper::Miss Harper in the monkey dress

luca:: Master Luca in his hat, ignoring his elephant


:: Master Josh in his jumper, not particularly interested in the bear

Thanks to their respective parents for the pics.