What’s in a name?

Well, it’s day two of the Me-Made-May and I am beginning to panic about finding enough handmades in my wardrobe to last a month! I went for a trawl last night and have got quite a few things, but not many suitable for work. My menfolk, on the other hand, are doing quite well from my “sweatshop”!

Today I have outdone myself – I am wearing 5 things that I have made!

Photo on 2-05-13 at 8.01 AM #5 I have on some socks that I knitted on my double-bed knitting machine, Elle pants in brown cotton/lycra, Susan top from StyleArc in merino stretch, a cardi that I knitted from a Jo Sharp pattern, and a bracelet that I made at the Perth Craft Fair a couple of years ago.

Photo on 2-05-13 at 8.14 AM #4

I am reduced to taking photos in my office using Photo booth on the Mac. Hence the mess! However, it’s a reasonably efficient way of taking low-quality photos of oneself.

Socks from Mexicana stretch cotton – knitted on double bed knitting machine

Elle pants from StyleArc from brown cotton/lycra blend – bought from Potter’s in 1/2 price remnant sale

Susan top from StyleArc in grey Merino stretch fabric bought from Global Fabrics in Dunedin NZ

Jo Sharp cardi – hand knitted

Bracelet made of twisted wire and glass beads made in a class at the Perth Craft Fair in 2011

My favourite thing is to make things for my family and on a recent visit to Spotlight I spied some fabric that I thought Archie would like for a shirt. Unfortunately there was only a metre and I require 1.9 for a shirt. However, the lady serving said I could have it for $2 – how could I resist? Archie, of course, loved the fabric, so I have spent the last two evenings jigsawing a shirt out of it. With some cunning cutting and adding lining material, I have a shirt!


It’s a bit hard to see, but this is the body pieced together with a cream silk interfacing and inside yoke and under collar also being made out of silk. There’s a nice symmetry to this because the silk is out of my stash and it was left over from making Archie’s Christening robe. I will be finishing this on Saturday so Archie can doubtless wear it out on Saturday night!

More on this later folks.


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