Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A few of my favourite things

Well, apart from raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, of course.

Can't believe the song doesn't mention an apron made of red apron-printed fabric and a shrine of yarn. Because those are two of my favourite things, and honestly, what's not to love?
As you know, Miss J had a 50s/retro themed Tupperware party last week. So she had to have a frilly apron (yes, Amy, she did, didn't she!). But you know the aprons you can buy these days are somewhat lacking in the frilly department (no idea why!) and since I have a sewing machine, I figured I'd make her one. It's just a strip of gathered fabric with a waistband, right?
Well, yeah, it is, but I didn't realise how much pinning would be involved. And a bit of thread ripping as I ran out of bobbin thread halfway through the basting stitches for the gathering (that always happens to me - grrrr). But the pinning was worth it, it made the sewing so much easier! It's not perfect, not by any length, but for a first attempt with no pattern, I'm pretty darn pleased with it!
Sorry the chair has no waist - it looks better on a person with a waist, as it flares out so nicely (see modelled pic at end of post!).And check out the pocket. Can't have an apron without a pocket! Although, apart from your hand, I'm not sure what you put in the pocket of an apron?

And yes, for the attentive among you, I did mention a shrine of yarn. Here 'tis, in all it's Rowany glory:
Miss J went to visit her family in the UK for Christmas. And she bought me back all of this (thanks SO much Miss J, you are too too good and kind). Lovely Rowan Calmer in Cocoa Bean, Kidsilk Haze in (I think) midnight (gosh this is a fabulous fabulous colour) and 4ply soft in a green which looks better in real life! Now to decide what to make with it all...
Perhaps I'd better have a cocktail...

20 comments:

Bells said...

Be still my beating heart....!

That apron outweighs even what I imagined it would be. I love it! So very clever.

And the shrine. Well, does it really need to be said?

bells said...

ps Miss J should have modelled it....

amy said...

What an absolutely yummy post. I love the apron. My boys like to load up their apron pockets with their cooking tools, spoons and such, but I don't know that I'd do that with my actual apron, which is appallingly frill-less. (It was also free, though.) AND THAT YARN. Did you roll around in the pile after you took the picture? I'd have been tempted.

Georgie said...

Tres, tres chic. I thought one might put one's watch and wedding band in the pocket while one is rolling pastry or sticking sticks in the grapefruit? It's too small for sock knitting....

I lurve those rowan colours. Can I roll around in it when you're done?

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous apron! Thought you might like to see this website where they sell very cool 50's aprons, they have a fabulous red and white polka dot one that I bought James'es mum for Christmas and matching mini ones for the grandaughters - they were so cute!! http://www.smitten.com.au/v3/products/aprons2.html
Deb xx

2paw said...

I love your yarn ziggurat!! How lucky you are!!
What a gorgeous apron which has aprons on it!! Oh you are so right, I always run out of cotton with just a tiny bit to go. It doesn't matter how much I wind onto the bobbin. It is The Law Of Bobbins- mine run out before the end!!

kim said...

Love the apron! It's so June Cleaver, yet not. Of course, I highly doubt June would have been mixing up martinis in her kitchen... Lucky you with all that Rowan!

claudine said...

Oh the apron is fantastic!! What a great fabric to use for it too!

amanda j said...

Clever clogs! Love that last photo!

Alwen said...

Yeah, love the combination of the apron and those shoes! And apron apron fabric, ha! That's great.

MadMad said...

The apron is very cool, and can I just say I love your floor? What a pretty color!

TinkingBell said...

Love the apron and the shrine (love the yarn shrines!)
so fun - especially the cocktails!

Queen of the froggers said...

The apron is lovely and the fabric you used just great for it!

del said...

Oh, the apron is darling! And the yarn, OMGoodness, the yarn.

LOVE that last photo!

Sarah said...

I think blogger just ate my comment!

Just trying to say that apron is a beauty and I love the style it was worn with.

Donna Lee said...

The cooking/gourmet stores here all sell aprons but they are uni-sex and not at all frilly. Some occasions just scream out for a frilly apron. I had one but have forgotten where I put it. I used to keep tissues in the pocket but then I keep tissues in all my pockets.

kms said...

roflmao. you so missed your decade. cocktails in an apron and high heels. fantastic!

knitnthings said...

luv, luv, luv the apron!!!

Kate said...

You've got some 'splaining to do, Lucy! This is brilliant. I'm still laughing. Mix me up a highball while you're there, will ya?

Michele said...

great, great cocktail photo! pure delight. and rowan ain't bad either.