FO : Sack Boy (Little Big Planet)

Project Details
Sack Boy, from Playstation 3's Little Big Planet. Pattern by Alan Dart, in Simply Knitting (available online)

Yarn: Patons Jet, in a brown colour. 1.5 skeins. And black stash yarn used for making the eyes and the mouth.
Needles: 5.5MM needles

Comments and Mods:
Very easy to follow pattern by Alan Dart, and if you follow the pattern, you're pretty much guaranteed the results. The only changes I made was to use yarn for the eyes instead of shank buttons as the shank buttons I bought were too small for the massive head that sackboy had, and I pretty much winged the construction of it rather than follow the instructions. Besides that, easy, fun, quick pattern with great results. My bf loves it :D

Knitting on the PS3

Besides my "homely crafting", I have always loved going out, having a coffee with friends, shopping, discovering new haunts and discovering new knick knacks. However, since my bf took up his job as a mine engineer, we have based ourselves in a fairly sleepy town (approx 30 000).

While my work whisks me away for 1/2 of the year, the other half is usually spent coming back and forth from my "home town" and my current town. While in my current town, my bf often worries that I will get easily bored, and often stocks up on things that he thinks will keep me entertained (little does he know how much knitting and sewing can keep me occupied)..

Late last year, he (like many other PS3 owners) discovered Little Big Planet. He fell in love with little Sack Boy so much he decided that *I* needed it too. Not being an adventure gamer myself, I played for about 1 hour and have never touched it since. That said though, the other half has certainly taken to the game.

So in secret, I've started knitting him a little Sack Boy. It's almost done, except for the finishing and then i'll leave it nicely by the tv with the PS3 game. I don't often knit for him - but I do hope he likes it :)

New Yarns for New Projects

I have been a little bit busy organising my shelving for my knits, sewing projects and other crafts for my little craft room. Unfortunately, my room is on hold for the time being as we have a houseguest with us and we are unable to move things around without busybodying around. 

So, in an effort to provide hints about my NEED for a craft room, i have been stocking up on goodies with a view of indicating how much extra room i need, and how much a craft room would alleviate this need. Cheeky i know.. hehe . But amongst my purchases:

RYC Cashsoft DK:

Online Merino 150 (a 5ply of baby merino)

Jo Sharp Alpaca Silk Georgette in a Musk Colour (a wonderful blend of Alpaca, Silk and Merino... Bliss)

Unfortunately, I have no idea what I actually want to do with them .. :S

Time for a meme

I saw this over at Liz's blog, and it looked like fun so stole it. Thanks Liz! The idea is to bold what you've done, and leave out what you haven't.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (not a rock band, but in the orchestra/flute choir)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (albeit a highschool one haha)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (does my lemonade store count?)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (not allowed to...)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (my cousin who was stuck underneath a gigantic floatie with his head underneath the water for what seemed like eternity. Nothing heroic)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant

WIP: Golden Vintage Cardigan

It seemed like only yesterday I was complaining about the ugliness of the green cardigan (aka Golden Vintage Cardigan), yet despite that, I have actually finished it.. :S Unfortunately, cardigans I actually *want* to finish are still languishing. Why? I have no idea.. but perhaps it has to do with my disdain for the colour, and the need to just quickly use it up no matter what. 

Anyways, I figured a WIP shot/post would be necessary rather than jumping straight into the FO post (which will need to wait anyway because I haven't sewn on buttons yet). 

But for anyone who is wanting a quick easy classic cardigan to knit, I highly recommend this one. Easy to follow instructions, DK yarn (not fatly knitted, nor painfully thinly knitted), and a design that is easily worn and dressed for.. 

PS. The other green/teal cardigan is being knit willy-nilly. One back, one sleeve, and now a front. I'm trying to keep the 4 ply boredom interesting :p (and I also got a new lens for my birthday so trying it out on different camera shots)

FO: Zooprint Grey Tunic Pocket Dress

People that know me know that i love whimsical, cute, girly things. Whether that is ribbons, buttons, cute prints, styles, anything.. i love whimsical things!

So when i discovered this grey zoo print fabric , I just *had* to have it. Not knowing what I wanted to do with it (again!), and coupled with the directionalism of the print, I bought 4 metres. In the end, I made a little shift dress , with pockets, and sleeve gathering... and Of course, i still have about 2 metres left. But that's okay, because I originally made this dress for my sister (and ended up liking it so much I kept it)... so I could use the extra fabric for a little top or something else for my sister.


Not the best photos - I'm borrowing my boyfriend's digital camera, and my shaky hands don't match well with it :(

Project Details:

Pattern: Simplicity Project Runway 3507

Fabric: Main: 100% cotton - grey animal print. Yoke: Dark Grey Drill

Notions: Thread, Make your own buttons.


Don't go by the pattern sizing, go by your RTW dress size. I made the one that suited my measurements, and it was HUGE. I had to downsize the dress and it ended up being my RTW dress. 

I would've liked to have put a zip in it as well, but I made this dress in one day so that I could wear it that day, so no zip. It's a little stiff to get out of, but not too bad..

Rowan 45 Preview

OOOh i love new season time. New magazines, new books, new yarns. It's a fabulous time to be knitting ;) Here's a look at the new Rowan 45:

2008 Knits

Oh what a dismal year... :(

Here's hoping for a better 2009 :)