Archive: Mar 2015
Oh you guys i am SO SO excited to share this sneakpeek of my newest collection Le Cirque with you today! It has been so hard keep quiet about this over the last few months, and i’m thrilled that i can finally tell you about it! This special collection is a group of 4 easy […]read more
|Chrystal, Patron Saint of crushed testicles|
The evening’s rose ceremony begins with Natalie, Dani and Alysha already smugly holding their blooms because they are the CHOSEN ONES. Hayley leaves without so much as a rap. In one final act of humiliation, the girl who leaves must then stand in front of the Bachelor who has just rejected her and then say something benevolent to him in front of the other girls. To their credit thus far, all of them have mustered up something half-decent to say but let’s see how this develops in future episodes. Sure, us Kiwis aren’t generally into causing scenes, but throw in a little sleep deprivation, a bit of hurt feelings and a few too many glasses of wine at them and see what happens.
Stay tuned for tonight’s episode where there will be lights, camera and definitely action on Chrystal’s first proper date with Art.
Oranges are by far my favorite fruit ever. So one of the things I love most about living in California is not just the accessibility to fresh oranges, but also the celebration of the fruit itself. After all, we even live in a town and county named after it! So needless to say, I was […]read more
|My latest socks|
I have decided to work the feet in a semi-solid hand-dye, finishing them off with Regia toes, as this was the only way the yarn would stretch to a mostly-matching pair.
I have also been working solidly on another test-knit for Josh Ryks. This one is a 3-colour shawl that is going to be released as a Mystery Knitalong – ooh! Shiny!
I don’t get paid for test-knitting, in case you were wondering.
I do it for fun and the excitement of supporting an up-and-coming young designer.
For obvious reasons, I can’t show you any pictures of this one.
Have a 1980’s dance instead:
Buying yarn / fabric / patterns
|Unlikely treasure 🙂|
In pattern acquisition news, my regular ebay search for a long-lost pattern book came up trumps.
I sent my original copy to landfill at least 12 years ago.
It was falling apart and I didn’t think I would miss it.
Ever since taking up knitting again in 2005, I have hankered after a sweater I knitted during my Finals in 1985.
|Sweater of dreams – the angle is not doing it justice!|
I even tried to recreate the pattern from memory, but failed.
This is 3 Suisses 111, Junior Designs, aimed at teenagers in the 1980s.
I can really see myself knitting and wearing these simple boxy garments for everyday wear around the farm. I might reduce the sleeve width… but then again I might not.
I remember how comfortable these jumpers were. I had several of them: a colour block cardigan (below), my favourite jumper with the Irish Rib panel (above), a mohair sweater-dress in green and black (the red and black one above), and two sleeveless popover vests in the lightest fluffiest, warmest acrylic mix yarn you will ever find 😉
Every time I pick this book up it gives me something new to think about.
FL has now been taking the wonder-drug for a year.
His latest Freelite score was 112.4. The month before it was 112. There is that niggling fear that he might be coming off the plateau, but the doctor was keen to say that 0.4 is not a significant increase.
How is he? A little more stooped. (No, not “stoopid”!)
But really? He’s doing far better than I ever imagined, so far into what felt like the unimaginable future.
We are pretty happy!
|I made this exact cardigan in 1987|
I have “an opportunity” to give up my current job. I am considering it carefully. It would allow me to pay off the mortgage and spend more time with FL. I have been practicing frugality to see if we could live on a drastically reduced income… and concluded that of course we could, despite the electricity bill.
So for the time being I am just thinking.
Saturday was the last day of the Amherst Winter Farmers Market. I was happy to provide many of my loyal customers with lamb for their holiday meals in the coming week.
It was also the last chance to purchase the local veggies and apples. Although I am pretty tired of all the storage crops we have been eating this winter, it is still a few weeks from fresh asparagus. This winter I have cooked a lot of turnips. I am pretty much over them but I think I will bring them for Easter dinner at my sisters. I discovered this really great “Turnip Risotto” recipe in an old Mario Batali cookbook. It is a bit of work – lots of fine chopping the results are spectacular. I will include it at the bottom of this post in case you want to give it a try.
Here is the link to our Leyden Glen Lamb Recipe blog where I give you several ways to prepare a leg of lamb. (I’m sending you to the blogger site for recipes as there seems to be something funky going on with my uploading of type on our regular website.) New to the site are:
French Style Roasted Leg of Lamb
Anchovy, Garlic, Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb
The NY Times Wednesday Food Section featured a full page front cover article on leg of lamb for Easter with a recipe similar to my Anchovy based leg recipe. (FYI – this is a classic long-time method of cooking lamb and it is very delicious). See the interesting article here. Hope it helps our domestic sheep industry as American lamb was touted as far superior to imported lamb.
I know most of you don’t live close enough to purchase a leg from our farm. Maybe you can find a local sheep farm to source your leg. I know your local sheep farmers will appreciate it!
The construction of the Davie Dress is pretty simple. The only part that may seem unusual is the neckline binding! Today I’ll show you how the Davie Dress neckline is sewn. I chose a fabric for the Davie tutorial that has a distinct right and wrong side, to make it easy to follow. (And also because it’ll make […]read more
Today, I’m sharing all the details from my felt flower crown from yesterday! I mostly used tutorials from Something Turquoise who was my original inspiration for this project. I just love how pretty and artistic her flowers came out and wanted to make some too! Felt flower making can be admittedly a pretty time consuming craft, but I also think it’s worth it. The moreread more
Inspired by the Something Turquoise’s Felt Anemone flower tutorial, I decided to make my own version. I added rippled tips to the petals and a fuzzy yarn pom center…which is my favorite part! Materials: Felt* Hot glue and hot glue gun Scissors Yarn** *Felt details: I used Shrimp wool felt for the petals (I was notified by the seller who updated her inventory to let me know that itread more
Hello, everyone! After a long absence, I’m especially enthusiastic and cannot wait to reveal the project on which I’ve worked in the last few months. I’ve been itching to work with jersey for a while, which is the reason why the Plantain t-shirt free pattern was released. The enormous success this pattern had, with more than 36000 […]read more
I have a quicker-than-anticipated finish today! I need to make some class samples that I hadn’t accounted time for, plus even though I have the Easter weekend coming up in which I plan to sleep, sew and go to a comedy festival (and maybe do a bit of cleaning), I have designated it to finishing […]read more
Ready for a new La Mia Boutique Review? After my silent review of last month, I am back typing! Thanks so much for your comments! Before digging into the actual patterns let me welcome a great surprise that came with this issue…La Mia Boutique started including tiny tech drawings next to their photos! Not only […]read more