Aug 272014

Sometimes nice things happen.  Such a thing happened to me.  A gift of an Ashford Knitters Loom & Stand.  I’ve been wanting to try weaving for a couple of years now, and now I’m off and flying with it!

I started small, a little scarf which I gave to the Father in Law.  Made with Tekapo Yarn.  It came up lovely.


He’s thrilled with it, so that’s always a good sign.

I quickly warped up a second scarf for the Husband.  Cleckheaton Country yarn, in 8ply, black and white.  I got a little fancier with this one, and added a second colour.

Second Scarf


This one finished up about 24cm wide, and 230cm long (plus fringe).  It suits Husband, and he loves it.  This in itself makes me happy.

I am thoroughly enjoying weaving.  I see a lot of it in my future.

Jul 272014

For those of us who have enjoyed the exploits of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, it’s been hard to watch them leave the show.  As much as I’m looking forward to the new direction of the Twelfth Doctor, I would have liked a couple of more adventures with his predecessors.

Doctor who has not only been a TV show over the years, there have been books, radio/audio adventures, animated features, and comic books.  More material for the fans of the show to devour.

Tenth DoctorEleventh DoctorNow Titan Comics have released two new series, within the Doctor Who universe.  Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor.  They can be bought at most comic book stores, I got mine from Kings Comics in Pitt Street, Sydney,  or if you prefer a digital copy, then head over to Comixology.

I’ve only recently rekindled my love of the comic book, first with the latest Serenity: Leaves on the Wind series, and now both of these lovely Doctor Who series.


Jul 182014

Well, the pattern is traced and ready to go, the fabrics are washed, and the accoutrements are all bought. Still no movement on the actual assemblage of the bag, but I have been cross stitching my little heart out.

I started the Police Box sign on some black fabric, with what I thought was “waste canvas”.  Turned out it was twisted canvas, and I could not remove it from my work without shredding the stitching.  So I had to start over with black aida fabric, which required a little recalculation and recharting of the pattern.  It has, however, come up a dream!  I have also found some proper waste canvas, which I will use for the windows on the blue fabric.  I had thought about stitching a Seal of Rassilon on the back of the bag, but then I considered just how much the bag will rub against my clothes, I have thought better of it.  Instead, I have stitched a Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver for one of the side panels of the bag (using the waste canvas on the blue fabric).

Cross Stitch

I have recently obtained the printable fabric, so now I’m on the hunt for a good, clean image of the “Pull to Open” sign on the front of the TARDIS.  A lot of the ones I can find are either the wrong typeface, have shading, or just aren’t clear.  So the search continues!

I really should get on making my “plain” test bag, so that I’ll be ready to go with this when all the embellishments are finished.