Saturday, 17 July 2010

today is brought to you by the colour green

Off to teach a class wearing new skirt I finished last night.
It is made from a remnant of linen from Armani (posh eh?) and it's shorter at the front than back and has little box pleats on each side and I am liking it much.

Can I say, I am getting a big kick out of finding that most days most if not all my clothes are handmade and I no longer have a single outfit I can pull together that doesn't feature handmade, not a one. LOVING IT.

PS A fabulous friend seems to have found me a knitting machine at the op shop. I can't believe my luck and her generosity! I am unreasonably excited about this since I know nothing about knitting machines at all. It's a singer from 1974 (a 321 if you really want to know). Anyone want to tell me stuff about it? Anything at all??

12 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Your garments are so beautifully made!

Lynne said...

hi,

i'm green with envy that you've found a knitting machine. I had one years ago that I foolishly got rid of. I'm on the lookout for one (and still kicking myself about one I saw for $20 and didn't buy).

Anyway, I have an instruction book and some garment instructions if you're interested in a copy. The instructions are for a 360 Memo-matic (might be a later model) but I think the basics are pretty much the same. Let me know and I'll make a copy for you.

Jodie said...

Oh fween, I love the colour fween...
and I love that vest / wrap. I am fween with envy!

kirsten said...

i have absolutely no idea but i am insanely jealous.
nuff said.

MildlyCrafty said...

Yay machine knitting! I got one off eBay recently, a Singer 313 (pic here) and am slowly learning to use it. Check out the Brunswick machine knitters group on Ravelry, http://www.ravelry.com/groups/brunswick-machine-knitting-novices, it'd be perfect for you.

Leonie said...

The Machine Knitters Guild in Melbourne has a lady who is willing to do one on one lessons to teach you how to use your machine. Apparently she is lovely. If you can't work out how to contact her let me know and I'll ask the people I just spent the weekend with who know her for you.

sooz said...

Thanks Lynne, Amy and Leonie! I've joined a machine knitters group so expect I will be finding out more very soon. Lynne I will definitely let you know if I want more agrment instructions - I understand my machine has instruction book intact, whew! And Leonie, I think I am onto her, if not I'll come and ask for more info.

Michelle said...

What fabulous good fortune! I'm surprised a Canberra person didn't snap it up ages ago (from all accounts it had been there for quite a while).

Am loving the skirt! It's a lovely colour and I love what you have done with the length and sidey bits.

Annie said...

My mum keeps a knitting machine at my house as she has lots at hers, and unfortunately I don't know a thing about them. Good luck with yours.

eeloh said...

has it got a row counter? they're useful. you may be able to pick one up from a singer repairs/parts business. My mum got a knitting machine in the late 60s - she imported it from Japan! that's what I call keen.

mhairi said...

check out your local embroidery, hand knitting group. the adelaide group have a knitting machine subgroup. I think they do lessons and stuff and may be able to help you via phone or net. i think they are based in gawler
http://www.adnet.com.au/knitterssa/index.htm
good luck they are awesome to use

craftschmaft.com said...

Oh love the skirt! I can only dream of the day that every outfit has a handmade element to it.