Sunday, June 5, 2011


I was going through my yarn drawer the other day, looking for a quick, easy, satisfying little project to hook up after the mammoth effort that was the Dolores, when I came across 6 balls of scrummy Moda Vera Cupcake yarn in Aqua.

I bought them awhile ago from the sale tub at my local Spotlight for $1 each - bargain, yay! 
I just love LOVE the colour, and the yarn (50% nylon 50% acrylic) is so soft and bungee and squishy. 

I decided this would make a perfect cowl. 
So I jumped on Ravelry and searched for free (I'm cheap like that) cowl patterns. After searching through all the patterns I decided that the Convertible Cowl was exactly what I was after.
Fast forward a couple of days and this is what I've got.

Juuuust not sure if I like it.........
 I was expecting/hoping for something a fair bit more snug around my neck.

It's designed to be worn as a hood if so desired too, which is great, I just don't know if I'd ever wear it like that though?

But I did wear it into town yesterday and it definately kept me warmer than I would've been without it!

So what do you guys think, frog it?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

little vintage style

This last week has been somewhat of a doozy.  We have our fair share of crappy days in this household but I generally avoid blogging about them.  
But this week it's the story behind the pictures, so I decided to share!

On Tuesday this week I had both my girls at home.  Miss A came down with a fever last Friday, which developed into Tonsilitis over the weekend. 
On Monday night, at 11pm to be exact, Miss B woke up covered head to toe in welts, some as big as the palm of my hand, and scratching like mad. 
An obvious allergic reaction to something I knew (thanks to her history of allergies), but what??? 
I gave her anti-histamine but an hour later she was going almost mental with the scratching. 
It was upsetting to watch her because there was nothing I could do to make it better. 
So off to the hospital we trotted. 
Two hours later (by which time the welts had finally resolved thanks to the anti-histamine) the lovely doctor came out to see us and tell us I'd done all the right things and sometimes you just don't know what causes these reactions...............
So, home again, home again, jiggity jig and we got to bed at 2.30am. 

Thankfully we all had a nice sleep in on Tuesday morning. 

Seeing though Miss B and I had had abit of a rough night, and seeing though Miss A was under the weather with Tonsilitis I decided to just go with the flow on Tuesday.  So when the girls requested to dress up in their "olden days dresses" as they call them, I happily obliged.

I've been admiring Ingrid's little vintage style posts over the past few weeks so decided to join in with hart + sew and photograph my girl's in these circa 1970's dresses handed down to me from my mother-in-law.

These dresses are not just saved up for rainy (or in this case sick) days, they do often wear them out. 
Last year when Miss A's school had a mufty day she chose to wear this dress to school.  I can only imagine what some of the other mum's were thinking!

Miss A
The tag on this dress reveals it is a Woolworths brand dress.  All cotton - it feels like flannel, very warm in winter.  It has sweet little pink and purple flowers all over and is trimmed with lace around the collar, waist, sleeves and skirt.  It has a ruffle collar and a panel of smocking around the waistline.
Miss B
This dress is also Woolworths brand and is a cotton/polyester blend.  Definately a summer dress.  The print is little pink and orange flowers.  It has a lovely peter pan collar and lace trim down the front.
Miss B is wearing a vintage cardi, also passed on to my girls by their Nanna.  I do believe this was made by my husbands Aunty on her knitting machine.........

Now please tell me, don't they look sweet?!