Yarnplanner's Blog

Blogging to control yarn and fabric urges

Still on holiday May 15, 2012

Filed under: bits of life,embroidery — yarnplanner @ 3:25 pm

Still looking at things. My boys in the pool.


My (not so) little, not quite five year old playing on the beach front.


And yesterdays embroidery


I’m just playing with stitches, trying to combine them and seeing which ones and what I enjoy most.


We’re on holiday May 14, 2012

Filed under: bits of life — yarnplanner @ 12:39 pm

So some of the time I’m looking at this


And some of the time at this


Lucky me!


A new tack August 21, 2011

Filed under: bits of life,finished objects,Gryff,sewing — yarnplanner @ 9:51 am

My blogging has been absolutely woeful of late and I’m pretty embarrassed about it. But I’ve decided to try something new and blog from my phone.  The idea is to make it a bit more immediate and to use the proximity of the camera to its advantage.

So here goes.

A recent FO. For my boy of course. A simple play mat panel, with pockets for cars (and parachutes and soldiers and planes and helicopters) on the back and ties so it can be all wrapped up and carried about. Like all mothers of four year old boys I am always trying to find ways to keep him busy and happy, particularly when we are out and about.


SIT Name Badge Swap February 24, 2011

Filed under: bits of life,embroidery — yarnplanner @ 2:01 pm

Because I’m going to Sew It Together this year and because it was such fun last year, I am participating in the name badge swap (and anything else I can find time for). I was relieved though, when I was assigned someone with a short name!

Now that I know she has received it, I can reveal the name badge I made for Sandy.

SIT name badge swap

I’m glad she likes it. This sort of crafting does not come easily because I just don’t think I’m creative enough but I did enjoy making it. Thanks to Donna for providing the backing fabric and template plastic (what a great resource she is!)
I’m looking forward to meeting Sandy and all of the other wonderful girls coming to Sydney at the end of March for Sew It Together. I think there are still a few spots vacant if you want to come!


Special February 6, 2011

Filed under: bits of life,sewing — yarnplanner @ 10:12 pm

I have a whole host of blog posts in my head that I just have not found the time to get down but this one couldn’t wait any longer.
When my mother ‘remodelled’ her sewing space recently she found that her existing sewing table didn’t quite fit the plans. My Mum (hi Mum!) needs things to fit and so the sewing table became reluctantly redundant. Except that this is no ordinary sewing table. This has to have been with my Mum for as many years as I have. She can’t quite remember if it was bought for her by her father or by my father but it was a LONG time ago. And it really doesn’t matter to me. Both these men were important to me so, ergo, this sewing table is too. Of course, my Mum is the one that has kept this table with her and used it for all these years and that is the most important thing of all.
sewing table
It is just beautiful. More beautiful since she restained it and brought it back to its real former glory but it works so beautifully for me. A bit longer than my nephews desk that I was using before, it allows me to comfortably access my machine and overlocker and the drawers are just perfect for sewing things.
sewing table
Very shallow and wide so that you can see everything at a glance.
sewing table
A special shelf for threads but I keep mine where I can see them so I need to find a good use for it.

Of course I love it, I love sitting at it and I love that it has history. History that can’t be remade.


I’m back – again! January 27, 2011

Filed under: bits of life,fabric,finished objects,Gryff — yarnplanner @ 3:58 pm

I know I’ve said it before but I really am back this time. Back in the saddle, back in a routine (well soon…) and you know, back.

I have heaps of things to show you but one of the reasons I feel so… back… is that my little boy starts Kindergarten next week. 5 days a fortnight and an extra day with my Mum (thanks Mum). So to get him ready, I have been labelling uniforms (with the fabric I had printed by Spoonflower, with his name on it) and making a set of sheets (with sheet fabric and the fabric I had printed by Spoonflower). I let him choose the print fabric and between rockets and robots, he chose the robots.

sheets 02

In that little pack is a fitted sheet, a top sheet (with robot and name fabric) and a little pillow to which I added some raw edge applique robots.

sheets 01

It took me ages but was heaps of fun. He loves them.

Sorry about the crap photos, they were taken with my phone. I can’t find the lead for our camera!

More soon – I promise.


An amazing gift November 12, 2010

Filed under: bits of life — yarnplanner @ 8:43 am

We’re off on holiday for a week today which is sorely needed in this house. We haven’t had a proper week away for well over a year and with broken collar bones (little boy), broken bathrooms (house) and broken sanity (me), it has been far too long.

Anyway, I couldn’t leave without showing you the most amazing gift from the very talented Donna. You may have seen this post of hers and been amazed at her talent and creativity. You might also have thought “I wonder if she would trade my first born for just a little one of those?” Well I didn’t have to – the lovely Donna made me one of my own and for no good reason, gave it to me as a gift. How wonderful is that? She says it is because I sourced a few Golden Books for her and stood by her side during a particularly awkward demonstration at a craft show (I’ll let her tell that story if need be) but those small gestures did not add up to this:

It is so perfect, the little ladybug and the ship and the cat peeking on the edge of the wing.
Thank you Donna