i finished knitting the scarf and when i tried it on for the first time i felt a bit like i was wearing a big lettuce leaf! perhaps i should make a snail pin - prairie thought this was a great idea. on the photo i used the nearest thing which was a little piece from the climbing rose on the fence. 600 stitches on a circular needle that could have been longer was a challenge but i'm very happy with it and wore it out last night.
last night we had the lantern festival at the children's school. all the children make lanterns, sing songs then walk through the trees and look at the grottos made by the 11 and 12 year olds. it was so pretty with all the grottos tucked in and twinkling and all these beautiful lanterns bobbing around lighting the way.
we made the grotto from an orange box and some chicken wire for the vaulted roof then plastered it with gypsum.
lantern street fashions was open for business!
a collection that mr gunn would be happy with. let me take you through it........
the top two are made by prairie and the vintage flocked skirt by me (i just had to!) we had a lovely time - she was home from school with a rotten cold so we stayed tucked up under quilts and 'ghans and sewed and sewed.
i just love these jeans. prairie felt there should be pants in the collection. by this stage she was really getting into the embroidery. i made the dress - it was accepted by the designer!
you just had to see the back of the jeans! the dress is a last minute rack filler by moi - only just scrapped in i can tell you. the little jacket i made for munk when he first came to live with us - he very kindly loaned it to us for the occasion.
the amoire came from last years club little house - perfect!
if you buy a hat you get a free lollypop from the doll we called kenley. you may have guessed that project runway features pretty largely in our lives - the last series only finished here last week. all the polymer clay work was done by prairie and her friend alicia. they sat by the hour sculpting little things. i just loved seeing what they were going to make next.
the night was a success and prairie and alicia received lots of lovely comments. so many people - adults and children alike said they wanted to live in the grotto and the chandeliers were a hit. i loved seeing the girls faces and the faces of the little ones who stood transfixed.
now to attend to my house which has teeny bits and pieces everywhere! michael thinks i should do prairiemouse - the real blog - the real corners of my home - but i think no - illusion is a wonderful thing!!
i found this pattern yesterday and just had to knit it straightaway (a little interlude from the crow-shay). of course i needed new yarn so i went out pronto. they didn't have the right size circular needle so i had to go somewhere else later. i spied this flannel on sale and cause its getting chilly on this part of the planet i thought jammies. i was looking at it this morning and realised the greens were just perfect. now if you'll excuse me i am back on the needles.
there was actually a patch of sparkling sunshine this morning so i whipped upstairs with my camera to shoot this afghan i made last winter (here in the southern hemisphere). it actually went into service before it was even finished. i, and i tell no lie, would lie in bed, with it in place and crochet another colour as i caught some late night tv. it still isn't actually tied off. it has a bow blue yarn hold the last stitch in place - just in case i want another colour! but...as it is slightly small and a bit too candy colourwise i have started another and when that is done ( i have done 67 of the 100 required squares - photos when there is more sun!) this will go into prairie's room as the colours are perfect for her. its folded in half btw! and, don't cats have the life!
i know, theres already a photo of the baking girl but i miss her so thought i'd tuck in a close up. i think i'm going to have to make one for me too!
and, as i titled this photo on flickr - move over manolo. prairie has a lantern festival coming up - holding the last light before we head into the dark winter months. this year it is her classes turn to make grottos. hers is going to be a fashion shop of course. couture for gnomes. so she started with some polymer clay shoes. the blue ones (marie antoinette inspired) and the green have little heels. the gladiator sandal she thought would be too hard to replicate a second so that one is going to sit on top of a little box. i will post more as she makes it then the finished grotto which will be part of a candlelit walk.
prairie and i went for a ladies afternoon tea to my friend carly's house today. we went armed with homemade rocky road (including the marshmallow - ever since i read 'the gentle art of domesticity' i have been on a bit of a marshmallow bender having never made them in my life before) and a hostess gift.
inspired by the apolline postcards carly bought at bonpoint in paris, i made her this baking girl. carly is a fabulous baker and today was no exception. a light dinner for the girls tonight!
in my seemingly eternal state of sorting out i came across this pencil case that prairie made at school in handwork. they were learning to cross stitch and chain stitch - she was 10 when they did this. the yarn is hand dyed and the pattern was mapped out by her, on graph paper. she appears to have gone off on a tangent - thats my girl!
while sorting through a basket today i came across this little patch i made while i was in seattle last year. i would curl up in my hotel bed, watch some tv and stitch late at night. i bought the felt in a gorgeous little shop on bainbridge island, some thread and at michael's a little pair of martha's scissors which are very very good. what shall i do with it ?
golly gosh nearly two weeks have passed by. the weather is getting cold and wet down on this part of the planet so lots of hunkering down by the fire with my crow-shay! still working on the 'ghan i started at easter and am now working on square no. 50!!! more on that when the weather isn't so uncooperative. in the meantime i have something that i made ages ago for a bff's birthday but only managed today to give it to her. i was wondering what to make her and decided on a doll. years ago i made a family for her including the cat and thought it was time for another. this time just for her. something to remind her to keep reaching for the stars. prairie was the clever clogs who dubbed her 'goal doll'.
the lady diana spencer shot
close up - prairie insisted on choosing the lip colour.
in her red sparkly lingere
i'm off to chop some wood. happy weekending spring or fall!