Thursday, June 25, 2009


How cute is this?!

In the latest issue (July 3009) of Notebook Magazine, Sydney knitter Janine Flew gives instructions for this cute hot water bottle cover. This easy pattern (for those of you who can knit!)has no shaping and, as it is made in one piece on a circular needle, there is only one seam to sew up – along the bottom edge. Instructions are given for a tasselled crocheted cord, or you could make a knitted cord instead, or simply tie it with a ribbon. Knitting with thick yarn means the cover works up really quickly and can be made in a couple of evenings.

Here's how to make a chunky knit

hot water bottle cover

What you will need:
3 x 50g balls (we used 14 ply Bouton d’Or Laika in colour 612 Velouté)
1 m ribbon, 2–3 cm wide (optional)
6 mm circular needle, approx 40 cm long
blunt-ended wool needle, for sewing up
7 mm crochet hook (if making the tasselled cord)
measurements: 38 x 22cm; to fit standard hot-water bottle

tension: 14 stitches and 18 rows per 10cm, over stocking stitch (check out this link if you're a non-knitter like me - it' a how-to-knit guide) thumb casting

How to...
1. Using the long-tail (thumb) method, cast on 60 stitches fairly loosely (for the hot-water bottle cover, we used about 70cm) and place a marker to indicate the start of the round. Making sure the stitches on the needle are not twisted, join to form a round – to do this, simply insert the right hand (RH) needle into the first stitch on the left hand (LH) needle and knit it as normal.

2. Continue knitting around until work measures 25cm and the body of the cover is finished. (Note that you are knitting in a large spiral; slip the marker from the LH needle to the RH needle at the end of each round.)

3. At the 25cm mark, to create the ribbed neck cuff, start the next round in a knit 2, purl 2 rib and continue working in the rib around the needle until the piece measures 29cm.

4. Once you reach the 29cm mark, you need to work the eyelets for the tie into the neck cuff. Work this round in a knit 2, bring the yarn to the front, purl 2 together pattern until you reach the end of the round.

5. Once the eyelets round has been knitted, return to working in the knit 2, purl 2 rib. (Note that in the first continuation row, you will be working the first of each pair of purl stitches into the front of the stitch made by bringing the yarn to the front of the needle, thus completing the eyelets.) Continue working in the knit 2, purl 2 rib until the piece measures 39cm. Cast off loosely in the same rib pattern and fasten off yarn.

6. With the right side of the work facing out, sew up the bottom seam using an overcast stitch, passing the needle through the loops of the cast-on edge from one side to the other. Weave in all ends neatly on the wrong side of work. To finish, thread a tie or ribbon through the eyelets, insert the (empty) hot water bottle into the cover, pull tie tight and finish with a bow.

7. Tasselled tie
Using a 7mm crochet hook and two ends of yarn, make a crochet chain about 1m long. Fasten off, but don’t trim the ends yet. To add a tassel, cut four lengths of yarn about 15cm long. Using a crochet hook and two lengths of yarn, pull the centre of the doubled lengths through each end of the cord, then pull all loose ends of yarn through the central loop. Pull tight and trim ends to desired lengths.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


This is clever + cool. It took 3 months of planning, 4 days shooting and 6 000+ post-it notes.

See how they did it here. Filmed by Jay Tseng and edited by Bang-yao Liu.

(via Black*Eiffel)

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I was recently tagged by Psych Babbler who referred to Ersa. who said anyone who wanted to take the 30 questions tag could, so I thought I would (because I couldn't think of anything else at the minute). So, here goes:

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? My hair needs straightening!
2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now? $162 (went to an ATM yesterday and haven't spent anything yet!)
3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR? whore
4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone? a guy that wants to hook up
5. What is your favourite ring tone on your phone? old fashioned telephone ring
6. What are you wearing right now? black leggings, white sweatshirt, white socks
7. Do you label yourself? not really
8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own? lots of different brands - not one favourite
9. Bright or Dark Room? dark room with some candles
10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you? intriguing
11. What does your watch look like? haven't worn a watch for ages
12. What were you doing at midnight last night? thinking about work the next day and what time I have to wake up
13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say? "Got a job at last. Will become a southern belle in Atlanta Georgia. Yall hear me now."
14. What’s a word that you say a lot? hello??!! (gotta have the right inflection)
15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse, family, children) My dog, Dudley - by the way he looks at me!

16. Last furry thing you touched? Dudley
17. Favourite age you have been so far? early 30's
18. What was the last thing you said to someone? See you tomorrow!
19. The last song you listened to? The Blower's Daughter by Damian Rice

20. Where did you live in 1987? In Petersham, Sydney
21. Are you jealous of anyone? Very occasionally
22. Is anyone jealous of you? Not that I know
23. Name three things that you have on you at all times? my phone, my glasses (unless I've lost them - again!) and my house keys
24. What’s your favourite town/city? I'm naming 3 - Sydney, NYC and Paris
25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it? To my girlfriend who is living in LA (the same one that just got a job in Atlanta Georgia) - about six months ago
26. Can you change the oil in a car? Absolutely! I come from a rev-head family!
27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her? Can't remember
28. Does anything hurt on your body right now? My left shoulder
29. What is your current desktop picture? Alternate between Dudley and girly flowers
30. Have you been burnt by love? Absolutely - many times ;)

Thank you Psych Babbler!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Some time ago I made a friendship tagbook for a good friend of mine who moved to Melbourne. We spent a wonderful weekend together in her new home town and I put together this little memory keepsake to remind her of the fun times we had. Needless to say, she loved it!

So, this week it would be fair to say that I'm hooked on memories of good times shared with friends. To see what others are hooked on this week, have a peek at hooked on fridays.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Don't you love it when you find a dress that is just 'you'? It's the right colour, the right gorgeous print, the right fit, it's just well . . . right.

I haven't worn it yet as it's been too cold lately. I hope it looks just as good on as it does on the hanger . . . mmmmmmmm . . . . we'll see. I bought it from Yoshi Jones - a sweet clothing store in Newtown. All the clothes are originals, designed and made in Australia using a mix of contemporary Japanese and vintage kimono fabric.
Oh, and I love the graphic on their website:

Saturday, June 13, 2009


We celebrated mum's 70th birthday over the weekend. It was a surprise dinner party for 17 people at my house. It took a whole lot of 'lying' by my brother, nephew and myself to pull it off!!! But pull it off we did.

. . . the table is set . . .

. . . the mood is created . . .

. . . the flowers arranged . . .


. . . mum is a little overwhelmed . . .

. . . happy birthday to you . . . happy birthday to you . . . happy birthday to . . . .

. . . time for a speech . . .

. . . and some more sweets . . .

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Sydney is freezing! For the last couple of days it's been between 14C and 16C during the day and about 10 degrees colder at night. It's real indoors weather even though it's quite sunny outside. I've been sitting by the fireplace every night this week. It's so warm and cozy.

But despite the cold wintry weather there are some beautiful flowers still blooming in my much-neglected garden. They are a gorgeous sight in these cold, early-dark days.

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Monday, June 1, 2009


Now that I'm in renovating mode - {yet again!} I decided to spruce up the hallway. I know, I know, I'm supposed to be concentrating on my bedroom . . . and I am. This is just a little distraction (one of many because I have a uni assignment due on Friday!)
Anyway, I finally bought a runner for the hallway. It fits perfectly and I love it!

This is the view from the bottom of the stairs to the front door.

This pic shows the runner from the front door to the stairs

So . . . I had to work on a new tablescape

I need to put new photos into the frames!

I love my venetian mirror

This is the view of the entrance from halfway up the stairs

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