Monday, May 31, 2010

I can do that...

After much head scratching and an imminent need for a very stiff drink....I've finally worked out how to turn a word document into an image file.
I am an old dog with a limited capacity for new technological tricks!
So, you'll forgive me for feeling a little pleased with myself!
Anyway, the whole purpose of the exercise was to get the poster for the Winter Indoor Market into a format I could actually post here in blogland.
And here it is. Amazing!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rainy afternoon

It's been dark and gloomy and wet all day here today.
I'm happily snugged up on the sofa with my knitting (yes, more of it).
These afternoons bring back a memory from childhood of a cosy house with all the lights on in the middle of the day, board games, and not having to do anything much because the weather means you can't go outside.
Well, not without jumper, scarf, hat, coat, umbrella, proper shoes...
All too much trouble really.
Lets just stay in with the fire going, read the paper, knit a bit more...

Friday, May 28, 2010

In between the knitting

I'm enjoying a little lull between markets.
Nothing in my diary until the Winter Indoor Market down here on Queen's Birthday weekend.
Apart from the knitting, it's given me a chance to have a good look at my stock and catch up on some things that were getting a little low in number.

These little scarves are a delight to make if I've got a bit of time.
I think I may possibly be a frustrated quilter.
I do love working out the combinations of patterns and colours.
This green toned one my favourite from the fresh batch!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


So far, May has been all about knitting.
I've been knitting indoors and out.
Knitting while waiting for dinner to cook.
Knitting after dinner while listening to the television!
I'm dreaming yarn, and stitches, and scarves!
Just as well I like it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Unexplored territory

I've been working in virgin territory today.
I've never done children's wear, but Tana asked me especially if I could add some fabric to some shirts she'd bought for her two girls.
It's been fun dipping into my fabric stash to find something good for a 10 year old, and slightly terrifying finding something for a 12 year old!
Best of all, I got paid with Tana's home made yo-yos.
Time to pop the kettle on!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Greyhound Sunday

It's a greyhound kind of Sunday.
Lazing about, getting up late.

A good morning coffee out of my favourite mug.
A gift from my friend Pia.

Lusting after this to add to my collection!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Working on the market

Preparations for the Winter Indoor Market are coming along nicely this week.
I always find the first week or two a little bit stressful, worrying whether we'll have enough stallholders to make a market.
I'm starting to relax about it a bit today, we're nearly at the minimum number we need, and there's a few more coming back to me, and a bit more than a week to go until closing date.
It was such an enjoyable day last year, it's good to look at a couple of photos to remind myself.
And, all the money raised from running the market goes right back to the lovely old Mechanic's Institute Hall to help the old girl keep herself nice!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Reasons to be cheerful

What a great weekend.
Maribyrnong Makers Market on Saturday sitting next to Pia and Michelle.
Running into an old work friend not seen for ages, and a visit from Jen and Louise.
Good luck with that cardi Louise!
Lots of chat and laughs and Autumn sunshine.
Shirt & Skirt market on Sunday with Pia in more gorgeous weather.
Laughing like a silly teenage girl with Fiona and Jacquie over some pretty lame double entendre!
Still chuckling about that.
Picking up my special doily pocket skirt from Jacquie, and wearing it today.
Arriving home to an email from Anne, who has made me blush by naming Frankie & Ray as her blog pick of the month. Thank you Anne, you're too kind, and now I'm feeling the pressure!
Looking forward to Queen's Birthday long weekend, and hosting Pia, Fiona, Michele, and Mel at our Winter Indoor Market.
Good start to the week indeed.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Charcoal long sleeve Frankie & Ray t-shirt ©
I've had so much lovely new fabric arriving lately, it's proved impossible not to start using it straight away.
I love the excitement of seeing how something new turns out.
Well, that's when it actually turns out the way I thought it would!
I have been asked from time to time for proper long sleeved t-shirts, as opposed to the 3/4 sleeve style I usually favour.
I'm a sleeve puller upperer, so I love a 3/4 sleeve.
But, it seems there are lots of you out there who love the snugness of a sleeve around your wrist!
And seeing as the weather is finally looking a little like Winter, what better time to introduce these new shirts than at this weekend's markets?
On Saturday you'll find me at the Maribyrnong Makers Market...

And, on Sunday, my last Shirt & Skirt market with Pia until the Spring!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Winter has arrived down here on the coast.
Just in time to welcome back our Irish friends who've been right round the country on their motorbikes.
In their words, they've been 'baked, boiled, steamed, fried, and frozen'!
Like complete maniacs we all went out for a bit of sight seeing yesterday in the freezing rain.
Still it was worth getting out of the house for a beautiful walk in the rainforest, and a visit to Blanket Bay in the Otway National Park.
There's a beauty in wild weather down here.
I don't have any more excuses for not getting back to my workroom this afternoon...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A day at the races

The old bloke and I are just back from a weekend in the city.
We took up a rare invitation to members to go to the Committee Room at Flemington.
The course was gorgeous, and almost deserted, on a perfect Melbourne Autumn day.

The betting ring is a bit of a blokes' domain.
Hope they had a win!

I enjoyed looking at the roses, and the horses, and I think I fancy at least one of these for the garden!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yes, more fabric

Another gorgeous parcel of fabric in my post office box this morning.
A fabric I used a couple of seasons ago, and one I thought was gone and finished.
So, I was very pleased to find some in a new colourway. There's lots of coral pinks, pale olive greens and greys in this one. It's beautiful.
I've definitely been on a bit of a buying spree, my fabric stash is looking nicely topped up, but I really must stop buying and start sewing!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Is it cold in North Melbourne?

I'm knitting, knitting, knitting, like a Nanna on too much coffee (or something stronger)!
Lots of warm and cosy neckscarves.
In great colours and soft wool.
Ramona tienda will have more scarves in the next day or two, once I get this parcel off in today's post.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Post, fabric, and lazy Sundays

I picked up this exciting parcel from the post office on Friday.
I was having such a rushed day, I decided I would save the pleasure of opening it until I had the time to savour it properly!
The girls at Ink & Spindle printed this pattern for me in a special colourway - and I love how it's come out. Thank you ladies!
I know exactly what to do with this one, but for now I'm just enjoying looking at it.