Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pot holders, trim and a top.

I'm sure you're not at all surprised to see a couple more pot holders for the collection.

And this pink and white one that I can't think of a clever name for (suggestions welcome). It turned out a bit flimsy, so I crocheted a thicker back for it too.

I'm not thrilled with how it turned out, but I think it'll fit right in on the ever growing pot holder wall collection. I just have to decide which side to hang it.

I started to think about my New Year's resolutions yesterday. Every year I write some down and then put them away. A year later I dig them out, only to discover that I haven't really made an effort to resolve any of them.

So yesterday I decided to tackle number one for the past two years; Make myself a piece of clothing.

I grabbed a sheet from the stash and drew a front and a back of a top that vaguely resembled the one I was wearing, and then cut it out.

I stitched it together and then tried it on, cut some off, stitched it back together and then tried it on again.

Then I stitched another bit on to make it longer.

I fiddled around with the elastic and made several more modifications and then wear tested it for the afternoon to make sure it was comfortable and covered my bra and didn't itch or creep.

Today whilst sitting in the car while Bren did a million jobs in Ballarat I crocheted this trim.

I plan to make another of these tops tomorrow or the next day, then sew the trim to the neckline and then I'll cross number one off my list.

Hows great would that be, a resolution in the first week of the new year?

I hope you are still feeling the new year optimism.


  1. You are off to a great start, love the concept, i hope your new top was/is comfortable. I have definitely smiled more, am hoping that i have made some money this week, am busy sewing a little each day, but with the weather here in the hills ...we have had lots and lots of rain and cloud, lovely really, but not very conducive to my early morning exercise the stall :)

  2. Great top Kate!!! Can't wait to see it on with the crochet trim, I'm sure it will look just gorgeous!!!

    Jodie :)

  3. Hi Kate
    Love the pot holders. Maybe when I am more experienced at crochet, I will try and make some for myself. Two suggested names for the potholder: Coconut Ice or Strawberries & Cream. See you next wed, sim

  4. a beautiful top kate ~ such lovely fabric!

  5. Love the top Kate it does look very pretty! I can't wait to see the finished article :O) x

  6. Were you wearing that top today? I kept looking at it out of the corner of my eye! xo ps I like the above suggestion of stawberries & cream for the pot holder

  7. Have been catching up with your posts. Love the pot holder wall, I think it's function is its beauty , it must make you smile every time you look at it. I especially like the blue and white dress with crochet trim, it's a great idea. We've had thick snow here so I am going to wish you a Merry Winter.

  8. Hi! I love your pot holders. I liked that trim you crocheted too. I think you should jump in and do a ripple. I stuck right with it, but it only took me two weeks to do it! Have a great week! Twyla

  9. Love reaching goals!
    Very clever and sweet little top.
    LOVE the rose pot holder and hope we can enjoy a bouquet of them in many colors.
    For some reason your pink & white looks like a lolli to me :)

  10. What a fab top... now that's my kind of sewing!

  11. Next time Bren has a million jobs to do - come and have tea with me while he does them....and bring your crochet too of course!

  12. Well I like that potholder! It looks really vintage to me, like something you might find at a market or something( that's meant as a compliment!)
    And the top looks fab, I can't wait to see it with the trim on!

  13. How fantastic that you have completed your first 2 resolutions for yourself. I think the top looks wonderful and will look especially nice once you add the crochet trim too. I have to agree with the strawberries and cream name too, very apt! Love those potholders, the yellow one is so bright and sunny isnt it! Hope your enjoying the school hols with your girls too.

  14. Gorgeous Kate, can't wait to see it with the neckline trim xx

  15. I can't wait to see the finished top either, it looks gorgeous!

  16. cute top! can't wait to see how it looks it with that trim

  17. That pink/white potholder reminds me of coconut ice.

    Hoping to visit your farm gate on Sunday - save some garlic for me!

  18. Enjoying catching up on your posts and productivity. I love the top and I'm impressed that you got off to a good start with your resolutions (I'm yet to articulate mine for 2010!) Now the test to see if you wear it I guess... the trim idea is gorgeous.
    I wonder posting your resolutions on a blog will make you (and me when I get there) more likely to follow through?

  19. I was eating grapes while i read this and saw that you had hung your top on your very own grapevine. Made me smile. Love your top and want one immediately!

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