Sunday, 24 April 2011

Argh! Sunshine!

Well, this week MimaPants took part in her first craft show. Which was all very lovely and pretty. However a word of advice - if you live in a tourist area like the New Forest, do not do craft shows on sunny days. No bugger turns up! Ah, well. Off to the beach!

Here's a free crochet pattern to stop sand getting in your phone:

Hook size 6mm, chunky weight wool

Chain 31 or twice the width of the phone
TC in 2nd chain from hook and along. Ch1 turn

Keep going in rows of 30 TC until your work is twice the width and the same height as the phone (about 4"x 7" for the average Smartphone)

Fold in half and DC down the long side and across the bottom. Sl st and finish.

Decorate with hearts, flowers and motifs if you're feeling clever :)

Happy Easter

Friday, 15 April 2011

Buttonholes are scary!

I hate buttonholes. Fiddly little mushties that I'm convinced I'll mess up, meaning all my hard work has to be binned. Not worth the hassle, I say to myself. The last time I sewed a button hole I was fourteen and working on a dress for Textiles. Needless to say, despite producing a beautiful child's gingham school dress, I was given a C because I didn't write it up well enough...

Except, sometimes you have to confront these things. I work with adults with a range of additional needs, and my key resident needed his pyjamas fixed. So, after work the other day, I brought it home to tackle. I have no options. He wants buttons on his pyjamas. Not a zip (also a source of consternation for me). Not poppers, which I'm quite happy with and enjoy doing now I have my lovely pliers that do all the work for me. So, today, I tackled button holes.

Easy as pie! I don't know what I was worried about! The sewing machine did it all for me, I just had to tell it when to start and stop. I have defeated my horror of The Button Hole.