The China Cow

Showing off my creative talents, or lack of.

Granny’s Knitting Lessons

Had a knitting lesson with my granny today. She showed me an easier way to cast on using two needles together so you don’t end up with the stitches too tight. It’s great, I just end up with the second row to tight now! Ah well, another attempt tomorrow. I will get there eventually!

Just cast on for the first time. Stay tuned for more!

Just cast on for the first time. Stay tuned for more!

Finished my apron (only took me a few hours to make after a little sewing machine drama).

Finished my apron (only took me a few hours to make after a little sewing machine drama).

Tacking

After last time and the disastrous bias binding I decided to tack before machining this time around (thanks to my granny’s advice). I used a bright thread to make it easy to spot afterwards. Fingers crossed for some first attempt hemming this evening!

Not arty but still super cute earrings I bought today!

Not arty but still super cute earrings I bought today!

Adjustable Apron

Found this amazing site with lots of comprehensive instructions and patterns. Going to make this apron as it will actually be useful, and it is by far the best pattern I’ve found.

Making Things.

So this summer turned out to be a bit of a non-starter. I was supposed to get fit. I didn’t really. I was supposed to lose some weight. I didn’t really.

What I did do was get out the sewing machine, the scissors (and a saw!) and start being creative again. I bought a sewing book about 2 years ago and never made a thing, but out of pure boredom one weekend I decided I would start. 

I would love to get into dress making but I think I’ll get to grips with the sewing machine first. Considering it took me four attempts to do some simple Bias binding I think I need a bit more practice before I make something wearable!

I was very pleased that I didn’t saw my own hand/leg/arm and managed to make a quite simple but smart peg board for my room at uni. Have hung it up at home and it looks very nice!

Check it out Peg Board

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—Eleanor Roosevelt