A piece a Week – This Tuesday Come make a Sock Monkey at the Mountain View Public Library

Coming up this Tuesday at the Mountain View Public Library is Sew Sew with FabMo and I will be hosting a sock monkey workshop in conjunction with this years animal for Chinese New Year. We were brainstorming at the last sewing event and we wondering what could be a fun project for the new year ? Downtown Abbey and tea cosys were an option but then we thought Year of the Monkey and Sock Monkey it was! The class is free so anyone who is available this Tuesday evening from 6:30pm can register at the library website BYO crew socks. 
Time to repurpose your socks for the New Year!
Another piece I worked on this week were PJ pants for my Mum in Australia. She loved the fox with a bandana fabric so much I am making a pair for her birthday this week! 

Custom designed Super comfy PJ pants

Finally the kids went back to school and it was all on and back to reality and I had to set up for the Arts Focus Art Show at Mountain View City Hall. The show is up for everyone to see until the 21st January where we have our reception at 5:30pm.

Our 6 weeks of Sewing class with a pillow, stuffed animal, pipe cleaner doll, LED Cuff, Hat
and lots of Fabric Collages

Lots of Fabric Collages, Pipe Cleaner Dolls, Tassels, an LED Cuff and some embroidery
Plus our group projects 2 Quilts to be hung

A piece a Week – A cosy warm Handspun Merino Cowl

I love to knit using bulky yarn and before I know it the knitted piece is finished and I can be snug and warm. Thing is, I am a lizard who grew up in a tropical climate so the cold does not agree with me. Sure it is great to get bundled up and wander around but the sun is the best place for me! 
This week I started this cowl when we were driving up to Elkhorn Slough and completed it watching a favourite show – Downtown Abbey. So it was then time to block it to see the stitch detail. This is the Vite cowl found on Ravelry. As this is a colored yarn maybe the stitches of the grapevine don’t show that well but boy is it warm. The cowl is doubled and when the sun is shining in the afternoon I can just let it hang.

A bit of stitch detail

Doubled and cosy!

I also hung the Art Show with the Arts Focus Sewing team at City Hall on Friday and what a collection of interesting pieces by the kiddos – we have our reception coming up next week and that is when the kids can get their pieces back! 

The group quilt and a pillow, hat, fabric collage and embroidery

The other group quilt – kids will do a square each and a one of our team will bind and back it together

A collection of all the projects including a stuffed animal!

Another Ramen joint has opened up downtown so I was very excited to go on the weekend after a trip to the Farmers Market! The vegetarian ramen was yummy as well as the seaweed salad – oh I could just eat the wakame – yum.

Vege Ramen with eggplant – yes!! 
A super cool fit out at this place – Noren at the tables was a nice touch as well as the fancy bathroom