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March, 2012:

All Quiet on the Crafting Front…

Quite literally in fact because I’ve lost my voice. Occasionally I have a bit of a raspy whisper but that’s about it. Plus I’m trying to avoid speaking so that it can heal. I’m taking throat lozenges and lots of hot drinks to help it along too. This all stemmed from a nasty sore throat cold bug that I’ve had over a week. Before today I’d not touched my knitting at all so I have nothing to show today.

So it’s not the best blog post but I have to keep my commitment to blogging every Monday. 🙂 This afternoon I started the colour work section on She’s Electric, yet again, and hopefully I’ll have something to photograph soon. 🙂

Competition update – I used a random number generator to choose the winner and I have contacted her but haven’t back yet. I’m hoping my email hasn’t gone into her spam folder!

Making Monday – Flo-Jo Boutique

Doug, my other half, lives in Bristol so I visit the city quite a lot. There are tonnes of vintage style shops selling second hand clothes and crockery etc. or vintage influenced stuff  but one new store is very, very unique.  In fact I’d been waiting excitedly for weeks for it to open every since Doug had noticed a coming soon poster on the window. It’s the Flo-Jo Boutique and Haberdashery,  it opened on Friday, and I was able to pop in on Saturday.

Window display featuring a fab fifties ensemble

It was raining so I was only able to snatch this quick shot  of the window display on my camera phone.

Some of the bolts of fabric

From the left are several bolts of oil cloth featuring some very cool designs including my fave – cherries.

Bicycle bags made from the oil cloth are just above the bolts

You can also see some of the Michael Miller and other designer fabrics on the far right. They also have fat quarter packs.

Knitting kits and some machine knitted bags next to some cute little cases


Some of the ready made clothes plus various notions on the shelves

That little dresser/shelving unit contains all sorts of fabulous things including packs of lingerie elastic dyed by the Flo-Jos themselves – I’d looked in several places for cute elastic for making petticoats and had come up blank so it was great to find these. There are also all sorts of needle sets including some well designed “pebble” sewing needle sets. Behind the little girl, on the back set of shelves, are pick and mix buttons plus various ribbons and ready made cushions.

More ready to wear items including knickers! plus vintage notions

On that rack on the left were aprons and I think some tops. The suit case is full of vintage style knickers and you can also buy kits to make them. The table had all sorts of lovely old gloves and things draped around it as part of the display but in the dishes are vintage notions including lace which are for sale.

The other room contains the tables for their workshops plus some gorgeous tea dresses for sale as well as some more bolts of cloth.

Workshop area with a tea dress in the background


Now of course, I could not leave there empty handed. As if!

Cherries and polka dots!

I love both cherry print and polka dots so there was no way that I could resist a fabric that featured the two! It’s 100% cotton, £6 a metre and and I bought three metres. I also got a pack of the aforementioned lingerie elastic – the black hasn’t shown up very well but it’s lace like the white one above. I also picked up a spare machine bobbin and a pair of metallic green little scissors. You always need more than one pair of scissors and they were only £4.50.

Will I be going back? Most definitely! While the stock may not be on the scale of Fabricland, what Flo-Jo does have is very well chosen. I’d not seen any of those fabrics, even the cheaper cottons, in Fabricland and I love all the ribbons and notions. I really want to buy one of the needle pebbles despite not actually needing one, and I want to get some of the oil cloth. What for I’m not exactly sure, I could make another shopping bag or use it to cover my dining table. The cherry print I purchased has halterneck dress written all over it which means I will have to sharpen up my bodice fitting skills. 🙂

Oh, and I’m not really sure if buying something counts as a making Monday but there’s not been much making here in the last week, just more ripping out of the colourwork section of She’s Electric. If at third you don’t succeed…




Copyright and this Blog

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the internet and the question of whether if something is online if that means it’s automatically in the public domain. There are also some horrific tales of people’s work being used without their consent, and to make matters even worse, sometimes being used inappropriately.

So although, I’ve always had a copyright statement on my blog I’m just going to reiterate it in this post. Anything on this blog, unless clearly marked otherwise, is copyright Marie Irshad. That means that no one has the right to copy or reproduce any of the content on here without first seeking permission from me. Just because something is on the internet doesn’t automatically mean that it’s in the public domain.

Not Much of a Making Monday…

…because I spent most of last week cleaning and tidying the house. I finally began the coordinating colour waistband on Saturday night but I had to rip it all out today because I’d made a mistake while reading the pattern.  I’m still not completely sure if I’ve got the first few rows right but we shall see. I’d far rather rip out a mistake and begin again than try and live something that doesn’t look right. Yep, I’m picky 😉

Here’s a badly lit photo



And a reminder that there’s only one week left to enter the competition! 🙂


Making Monday – Productivity

After I finished the TDRC last week I thought I’d have lots of time to work on She’s Electric but I’ve been so busy that I’ve only just finished the second ball. I am, however, just a few rows away from the really interesting part of this cardi – the part where I add the contrast colour and pick up a cable needle 🙂

Almost at the Waistband

And here’s my contrast colour – Lorna’s Laces Bullfrogs and  Butterflies in the Get Knitted colourway. Update – Actually this shade is Bitter Sweet. It’s just a little similar to the Get Knitted colourway. I knit a cap in it in 2005.

Contrast Yarn for She's Electric

I don’t know if Get Knitted still carry their own shade but I have it in Shepherd’s Sock, Shepherd’s Worsted and in lace weight mohair. I suppose you could say that I liked it…;)

I’m on leave all of this week but I’m mostly doing spring cleaning so am not sure how much crafting will be done. But I’m spring cleaning because I’m more productive when things are tidy and organised. I’m neither naturally tidy or organised so I have to give myself a push every so often! It’s worth it though 🙂