Friday, April 22, 2016

Pyjamas and Another Hat

We are having a couple of deep autumn like days with a temperature drop and some scattered rain, which immediately gives me this vision of knitting on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate. The thing is, that vision brings the guilt, too. Life-cannot-be-this-good guilt. Sewing is more like working while knitting is more relaxing related. So I've limited knitting to night time only when I can do it quietly and not have our next door neighbor knocking on our door because of the chugging machine.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

More Knitted Animal Hats

Since I made the Koala Hat, C has been wearing it a lot, in the mornings before leaving for school and straight after school. It's end of summer/beginning of autumn here, so the days are still quite warm. She runs around in knitted hat, very often wet headed drenched in her own sweat.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekday Bits

I'm probably the last high-tech driven person. I was still very happily using my blackberry when everyone else had changed to touch screen phones. I don't know. Chasing after the latest technology is not my style. I'm quite laid back in that area. If I was thrown back 50 years when there was no computer or smart phone, I would be just fine.

Having said that, I surprised myself when I decided to get an Apple Watch two weeks ago. I got a new battery for my old watch at the beginning of the year but in less than 4 months, it stopped working again. I had been contemplating whether or not to get a new watch a while, so when my old watch died, I took it as a calling. Plus, with our medical aid policy, I could get one "for free". Pourquoi pas?

Remember I mentioned that I started the active rewards programme and now I get free smoothies/raw juice for being active? Well, that novelty was wearing off quickly. The goal was clear and my intention was there too, but what had I to lose if I wasn't being active enough? I was not to get a smoothie for free. No big deal. I needed a bigger motivation. I always need a big motivation to exercise. I mean I like the idea of it, a lot, but to drag myself to the gym from sewing is almost like wasting time. At one stage I used to have the gym subscription and a weekly yoga class outside the gym. It's silly because the gym offers tons of classes, including multiple yoga classes a day. But psychologically it made me think all these classes were free. For me, attending gym classes was very inconsistent. On the other hand, I never missed any outside-the-gym yoga classes because I felt I had paid extra for them, and there's a pricetag attached to every single class. That's such an illogical motivation but it worked.
What's the big deal with this watch besides time telling? Well, it's like an exercise policeman. If I reach my weekly goals for two years, I get to have it for free; if not, there's a weekly penalty that will be contributed to the cost of the watch. So, I will be paying it off in the coming two years, with my sweat, literally. Do I need such a high-tech watch? Definitely not! I have the bluetooth off and not using majority of the features 95% of the time. But not paying weekly penalty is a solid motivation, so much more than free smoothies.....
Until the next bigger motivation....

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Slow Fashion Linen Shirt

A whlie ago, when H&M just landed in South Africa and opened their shop in the V&A Waterfront, all I could hear was people oohing and aahing over how reasonable the prices were. A pair of denim shorts only sells for less than $9, which has to cover the fabric cost, labor, shipment, salesmen's salary, the shop rent itself and profit. How is it possible? I am not going to say the garments are poorly made, because they aren't. Big stores like H&M have strict quality control. But the concept of fast fashion scares me. Is it the equivalent to fast food?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Koala Bear Knitted Hat

"Mommy, can we knit?" Sure. I get excited hearing requests like this. So I dug deep and eventually found my knitting needles and some yarn. I showed her a few stitches, with that popular "In through the front door" chime. She looked at me, very puzzled, "I think I'm going to do finger knitting instead." That was last week. In the same week, we found this book Animals Hats by Vanessa Moocie. Totally swoon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mini Felt Creatures

I'm losing it. Needlepoint work? I had never thought I would tackle handstitching for a whole bunch of little animals. These guys were supposed to be part of our school holiday projects between C and I. However, as I mentioned in the previous post, we didn't manage to do a lot of planned activities. This task has inevitably fallen on my shoulders, now that C's back at school. And to be honest, as much as it is great to involve a child when crafting, doing it solo does speed up the process.