Saturday, May 29, 2010

Molly's Foofy

In reading the Crafty Mamas Forum last week I found reference to this The skirts looked so good I wanted to try to make one plus the cooler weather has really inspired me to knit lately. So I looked through my stash of yarns and found I had a variety of different types feather, boucle and others I also managed to buy some odds n ends from the op shop. I had to buy some round needles and I had trouble getting the size I needed I paid and downloaded the instruction from Yarns in the Farms but I adjusted things along the way. I did the tension test Knitted a swatch with some yellow machine washable 100% yellow 12 ply. I measured Molly's waist ( sigh so tiny) It said measure how many stitches in a cm and x it by that to get the number of stitches to cast on 66cm = 132 stitches, Anyway I knitted this on the straight for a few cm's  When I had to use a smaller ply I knitted two yarns together ie; I mixed an 8 ply with a 4 ply Also If I had to use a synthetic thread I made sure I used a wool combined with it . I think if I was the the whole thing in a laundry bag it should be ok as the wool I used stated it was machine washable.Then decided to add a flounce as the needles I started with were only a 4 and my larger round were a 12 There was a considerable difference in the tension So I only increased every 10 stitches for a couple of rows and thought the flounce was wide enough. I cast off very loosely and as I found the tension difference in the 12 ply was very loose with the needle size changeover I threaded a ribbon through that row for extra effect

                 I threaded a black ribbon through the holes in the waist rib and threaded some glass beads on the ends I have to say Molly loves it and was very happy to show it off                                  

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gangsters at Boonooroo

Last Night May 22nd Boonooroo Bowls Club hosted a theme night Gangsters and Mafia This so far has been one of my favourite nights I had the loveliest time sourcing costumes for the family in op shops and making myself a 1920's style dress complete with long gloves feather boa and headdress. My daughter Molly went as Machine Gun Molly a famous bank robber from the fifties My daughter Sian and her Brother Matt were general mob members. They all had a theme of black and red I didn't plan it that way but it seemed everything I found for the costumes fitted that colour scheme. Just great Luck! My partner Troy was the official Machine gun man he mad great machine guns out of bits of pipe and wood an painted them black Originally they all had adult owners apart from Molly's However they were quickly snapped up by all the kids at the club and were a wonderful source of play for them for the rest of the night Of course we had our resident muso James Taylor ( Yes the James Taylor!)  We are lucky enough to have him play at our clubs theme nights as he lives locally

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Exhibition in Maryborough

I was invited on May 10th to see an exhibition by a group of Maryborough artists and craftspeople who make the most amazing sculptural dolls I was permitted to take photos so I have made a small slide show in the previous post to highlight some of their lovely work All the dolls are impeccably made with great artistic flair and attention to detail.

The exhibition is showing art the Bottle Brush Gallery at the Maryborough Information Centre on Gympie Road Tinana

Dolls with Attitude