Tuesday, 26 June 2012

In Alice’s suitcase–Part 1

Alice is in Australia for a week, visiting her God-mother and her God-daughter and the boys. I’ve put a few things in her suitcase.

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  • A cowl for MP’s Bbs’ daddy, so he does not get cold when he goes working in Winter (no picture of this one, but after blocking, it looks like a gigantic boxer)
  • Another cowl for the Mummy, for the same reason (no picture either)

And there’s more to come, so you now understand why we had to buy a big suitcase.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Where I’m being selfish and mainstream

Yes, this is about me!

I finished quite a number of projects recently, including an orange knit that I started for myself more than 3 years ago.

I’ve so many things I want to start on my ToKnit, ToQuilt, ToSew lists… but I’ve decided on something totally different:  I’m starting a project for MYSELF! Yes, selfish I know and I don’t even feel (too) bad about it.

Vitamin D, it’s been all over Ravelry for the past year (1214 projects), and now I’m jumping in the band wagon.

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It is not as bad as the Lady February (12086 projects, 4 of them being from me, like this one or this one)

I’m OK with this too! The kids can call me ‘mainstream’ all they want, I will ignore them and keep knitting away.

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Once I’m finished with this I want to:

  • knit socks
  • knit a cable cardi
  • knit another wrap cardi
  • knit a few scarfs/shawls
  • quilt my 3-year old mystery quilt
  • finish my 6-year old very scrappy quilt
  • quilt my 7-year old ribbon embroidered quilt
  • sew a couple of tops to go with my new pair of jeans
  • take Japanese cooking lessons
  • take baking lessons
  • make time for a couple of hours at the spa
  • organise my pictures and make fantastic photo albums
  • organise my craft supplies/sewing area
  • start a mini-garden on my balcony
  • refurbish an old cabinet I rescued
  • sew some new table-clothes
  • read all the books in my reading list
  • make time for more Pilates
  • Get running seriously

…. did I forget something?

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

A guilty looking cat :)

… and an approved, test drove quilt.

Yesterday, when I finished quilting this top, one of the girls mentioned that it was surprising that Lao Shi was not sleeping on it yet.

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She was just waiting for us to look away.

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A few more stitches on the binding and it will be finished.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Mother-Daughter club

It’s Monday already, and we are already in June… that’s the trouble when you live in a country where there are no seasons.

I’ve been working on my Vintage Squares quilt.  This quilt measures 130x130 cm (51”) which is an odd size when it comes to get the right amount of batting: either you’ve got to buy a large one and therefore be happy with a lot of waste or use this clever method (thanks to my friend who showed me this).

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It also works for backing although you must make sure to use small print otherwise it won’t look look nice.  The full instruction and calculator can be found on MultiPatch.com.

Top, wadding, backing were sandwiched together, square test done, and off I go, quilting happily… until I ran out of thread. Annoying…

Anyway, I made good use of my spare time and went running… with my partner, with Alice; we started running together when we arrived in S’pore, but then she got bored.

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She did actually run! But she has also received a reading list from her school.

We ( I ) have decided to have our own ‘family/mother-daughter’ book club.  And I am so excited.  I love her reading list, there are modern, contemporary authors, different nationalities (a few French, but I’m not sure whether she/we should read them in French!).

Here is part of the list, in Goodreads.  Have I mentioned I’m excited!

Now back to the revisions’ table, ‘we’ have Latin and Maths today.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Happy Diamond Jubilee

I know my passport says I’m French.
I know I leave live (thanks Marie Pierre for the spell check) in S’pore.
But honestly, at the moment I would love to be at home in England.  I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of parties in the street where we lived.  I would have loved putting nice flowers at my windows, Union Jack decorations…
Oh well, today I backed for the Diamond Jubilee Summer Fete for our School: a Victoria Sandwich with berries jam and butter icing (recipe from Mary Berry – Fool proof cakes, probably the baking book I’ve been using the most) and some Jubilee Cupcakes with more berries jam and more butter icing (recipe from Jamie Oliver, in Jamie issue 29).
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