Friday, 27 February 2015

On stress, knitting and pain.

Lovelies I've had busy, stressful, glum couple of weeks. Nothing dire but just enough pressure to string me out a bit and surprisingly a big part of it seems to be because I've not been able to knit. I've got a chronic painful tendon issue in my arms that I've finally received the correct treatment for and part of that treatment was no repetitive hand or finger action for a couple of weeks. I really didn't realise how much not being able to knit would affect my ability to mentally wind down and it's kind of compounded. Stress, pain, no knitting, new stress, red wine..... Fortunately I've still been able to sew. Holy shit, I can't even begin to imagine how unhinged I'd be if I wasn't able sew or knit....

Many of you will be able to understand just how wonderfully meditative it is to knit, even simply. Anyway, my lovely arm Physio has written me a 'return to knitting' program (based on a musician's return to practice program - how hilarious yet awesome would it be to find a health practitioner who whips out a knitting rehab program specifically for creaky crafters?!) and my arms are definitely getting better which really is such an enormous relief. 

My aunt forwarded me this fascinating article a few weeks ago outlining the enormous positive mental health benefits linked to knitting, and it's well worth a read. Compassion fatigue, pain, stress, anxiety, eating disorders - so many issues helped by such a simple past-time. I imagine it's hard for non knitters to imagine how it can be so but I can believe it - and I've only been doing it a couple of years. 

In the meantime here are a few newly added gorgeous patterns in my Ravelry queue to share. I'm in the middle of number 4, the Annency Cowl, in a divine charcoal cashmere.... Triangles are SO hot right now!


Ravelry links - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

What's on your needles right now? Give me new patterns and designers to ogle and add to my infinite queue!

Happy weekend and happy health and fitness to all. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Finished - A sassy, slinky, stripey Audrey dress

Sometimes when it's stinking hot you just need a little stripey number that covers what needs covering, reveals what is worth revealing and still fits comfortably after an all-you-can-eat night at your favourite (air conditioned) curry house (seriously I had the best meal of my life at this place. Mostly gluten free, a lot of free-range, very cool - if you live in/visit Melbourne I can't recommend it enough)

Monday, 16 February 2015

Finished - a chambray Granville.

I was delighted when Helene from Stitch 56 wanted to know if any of her bloggers wanted to try the new Sewaholic Granville shirt - up went my hand, into the stash I dove and out came 2 options - some lovely lightweight chambray from Darn Cheap Fabrics or my crazy orange Paisley cat Liberty. I shook them in the face of my beloved and he chose the chambray, sensible chap that he is.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Finished - But I Don't Wear White top

I don't really don't shop for clothes anymore (just shoes!), and so most of my inspiration comes from sewing blogs, the fabric itself or people I see on the street. But I'm still subscribed to a lot of mailing lists from clothing stores I used to shop at, and every now and then I'll have a peek at what's new and shiny in the fashion world.

One of my favourite Australian brands was/is Metalicus - they've built their brand on a range of mostly one-size-fits-all super stretchy but chic pieces, often in gorgeous knit fabrics and trimmed with beautiful laces and silk. 

When I saw the Sabrina top late last year I loved the boxy, slightly cropped shape, and the gorgeous lace trim but not the $130 price tag so I immediately started scheming how to make my own version. Trims are not something I tend to take particular notice of, but at Darn Cheap Fabrics their racks are heaving with amazing fripperies, so I knew I'd find something close to what I was after there. Of course most of the laces were white, and despite really not wearing much white (a conscious choice due to the combination of being incredibly pale of skin and clumsy around red foodstuffs) I didn't have an awful lot of choice in my colour scheme.

I had a couple of metres of white linen in my stash, also from Darn Cheap, coated very subtly in gold which gives it a gorgeous ethereal shimmer. And I was pretty certain my favourite New Look 6808/Laurel mash up would give me the look I was after with a few minor tweaks....

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Finished - a Negroni that will blow your mind....

I wish that I could attach a little sound bite to this post. I feel it deserves a little electric guitar lick - just a few notes; it's that kind of garment.....

It's glamping and festival time at Chez Tragic, which can only mean one thing - a novelty shirt for the husband. Before Christmas I was perusing the internet looking for homoerotic cowboy fabric (as one does) when I happened upon Voodoo Rabbit, a fabric store based in Brisbane, specialising in rockabilly, vintage reproduction and Day of the Dead fabrics. My beloved was perusing over my shoulder, and an Alexander Henry design called Mindblowers caught his eye. This, my friends, is what happens when men go fabric shopping.....

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Finished - A fair proportion of Vogue 8901 in chambray, plus umbrella

It's the first frock of the year - and proof that I can still (pretty much) fit and make a woven bodice AND install an invisible zip. I was beginning to wonder amidst all my slacker 'repeat offender' and 'knits knits knits' sewing of 2014 whether I had it in me. Apologies for the creases. I'd been wearing this much of today and braved our mini monsoon to duck outside for some quick pics. 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

MMXIV - an epic post for an epic year.....

I do love me a wrap up, a retrospective, and generating some exceedingly unimportant statistics and pie-charts. I found my end-of-winter navel gazing post to be very helpful in identifying how to make better choices with my self-made wardrobe, and I am very much enjoying learning what has been successful and not-so-much in the worlds of other sewists' this year.

I love this hobby so much. There's no doubt in my mind that I have moved beyond mild obsession with fabrics and sewing - it is a truly entrenched way of life for me now. Here's a (fairly accurate) pie-chart of my current life: