Friday 17 May 2013

A birthday, some new toys and a little inspiration.

Goodness me, it's been over two weeks since my last post.......... Ooops!

As many of you may already know, I have been rather poorly over the last few months and still have to juggle the good days (when pain is low) and the bad days (when all I can do is sleep). Since I'm unable to work at the moment I have been making the most of my time by reading craft blogs and seeking out inspiration from other makers and some beautiful new books I have recently acquired.

Yesterday was my birthday - happy birthday me!

I'm absolutely rubbish at asking for things so this year my husband got me to save weblinks to anything I liked in a special folder on the computer so that he knew what to get and could help friends and family decide what to get me too - GREAT idea! I don't feel awkward for asking and I know that people will be able to get me something that means a lot to me - in my case that's knitting books!

This year I also added a sewing machine to the list and a fantastic sewing book that I came across thanks to Kollabora (I LOVE that site). I didn't want anything too fancy since I am basically a beginner.

My tick list consisted of these main points:

  • Cheap
  • Suitable for a beginner - easy to use!
  • Fairly lightweight so that I can move it on my own. 
  • Basic range of stitches covered.
Thanks to my husband and Beldray, we found just that.......................

As a little treat on my birthday my husband took me to a fabric shop so that I could find some delicious fabric for my first official make on the new sewing machine. I found some beautiful material on sale - £5 a metre!

To start though, I thought I'd start with some fabric my husband's great aunt (Auntie Pat) gave me to play that I could practice my stitches and measuring skills :)

Pinning my seams

Beautiful floral fabric from Auntie Pat

Neat little side seam

Here is a link to the skirt I'm going to make:

I'm so glad to have my hobby to keep me company whilst I'm at home. I'd love to hear if any of you have a new projects on the go.....??

I'll be back soon with some updates on the skirt :)

Love and best,
KnittyNora xx


  1. Happy birthday! In my opinion, you received the best present ever. Good luck with your new toy. Can't wait to see what you make :)

  2. Thanks Madalynne.

    I've been busy looking for suitable patterns and wondering where to begin :) I've had a go at the one hour skirt and just need to get some photos together. I'd really like to make a dress for the summer.....hmmmm....will keep looking for patterns and inspiration and keep you all posted :)

    KnittyNora xx