Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Creative Space: Cosy



On Monday, as predicted, there was undie trouble. The eldest girl-kid went to school in middle boy-kid jocks and the middle boy-kid wore his bathers. The week began with general disgruntlement from the two aforementioned and poorly hidden bemusement from moi. Meanwhile, the weather has plummeted to frigid sub zero-ness, (give or take a degree) and the undie supply has been a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants, day-to-day proposition. This is because I have ventured out to the clothesline (or anywhere) on a need-only basis. I appear to be hibernating. Certainly not laundering.

I did wander unnecessarily into the world once – in response to a spontaneous and pressing woolly blanket need. Four op/thrift/charity shops and 35 minutes later and I’m entirely ignoring the dirty-undie-etc pile and machine washing my finds to within an inch of their blanketness.



Utterly stage struck by Kate’s blanket dress, my original kid tunic plans morphed logically into a hot water bottle cover. This time of year, seventy per cent of of our house has a default setting for south of Antarctica. Hot water bottles ensure everyone keeps their extremities.



While I am thoroughly chuffed with the ‘cosy’ factor and beside myself with shock that I managed to pull this off during kid waking hours, (simultaneous with bead necklace threading, book reading complete with convincing character voices and finger knitting – but no laundry), there is a small design fault. I could do with a hands free version. Backpack style straps for easy portability.



Next up, cosy blanket undies.

You know where to go for that My Creative Space place.

56 comments:

Erin said...

Your stitching is so even and lovely, and the colours make the cosy seem all the more warm.

Hehe, long underwear made from wool blankets...

beck said...

I'm liking the whole opshopped hottie cover idea, nice one! I have been eyeing off similar blankies in the elegant shops I frequent (MS, Vinnies etc) and have been trying to think of what I could turn them into. Now undies were not something that sprang to mind, but Daylesford is pretty nippy! xo

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous blanket work!

I've got a giant stash for cosy making.

BOB & MABEL said...

Cosy indeed but also super stylish!

Cherry said...

What an excellent idea for a cosy! Our house gets to Sub Zero too - will have to hit the op-shop.

JenMeister said...

I love your neat blanket stitch and the orangey colour scheme is just right! Am I the only one who doesn't use a cosy? I like the searing kinda heat :D

Carla said...

I love what you've done with these...I bought two blankets yesterday on an opshop excursion, but they are getting more and more expensive here. Somebody in Auckland is making coats out of them and selling them for $900 plus!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Your stitches are impressive, so neat and well spaced- I am envious- full marks for you this week.

Kylie said...

It's a funny confession to make but I think I could gaze at your magnificent stitches in that first photo all day... and of course ignore my own washing! Just love it Tania :) Kx

Ruby Star said...

Hehe, looks very cosy indeed. Way to go with the kid wrangling & simultanious sewing, that's what I call talent!

Christina said...

Oooh, those dear old blankets remind me of my grandparents. They had one like that on every bed and now I have three of those blankets. Maybe thse blankets would like a matching cosy too... then I would have to buy a hot water bottle too I suppose. Damn hot gold coast weather.

:)

Jolijou said...

cozy blanket undies!! LOL keep that thought my dear coz you're onto something ruuulllly big here. So much easier than knitting up a pair after all!
xx andrea

Michelle said...

Could use one if those here today! Lovely work, and if the kids complain about the lack of clean undies point them to the laundry.

Cindy said...

Oh I love that blanket pattern! Seriously.
Caleb would love to live at your place, he loves any excuse to be 'restriction free'. That would help in his future plans to have 100 children that he was telling me about last night, it was 100 or 3.

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

That is HOT baby, hot, hot, hot. In every sense of the word!

zofia said...

Sigh, so lovely and cozy...who needs undies anyway ;)

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh it's gorgeous! will be perfect for snuggling up to in this bitter cold...

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your stitching is exquisite and the design elegant . It's another Tania blockbuster .
And your timing is perfect ( except in the Undies , Childrens' for the use of dept. ) . We're freezing in Europe too .Something to do with volcanic ash, according to the more sensationalist press .

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That does look cosy indeed, but mostly I'm blown away by your perfect stitches!

yardage girl said...

Very clever - you must be the neatest stitcherer ever!

Sandrine said...

Oh well if you do not want to do in the laundred on time, you can sure do on the "cosy-genial- op- shopping treasure-transformation!
Every bits is great, the colour, texture, stiches...Hope you all keep cosy now :)x

Fer said...

The kids can always go commando, surely they won't mind if there's such beautifully stitched hot water bottle covers on offer!

handmadehappiness said...

your stitching induces a wow!!!!
so neat x

Stomper Girl said...

Your stitching, Tania! So, so, so beautiful.

I'm not getting out to the clothesline much either, this will surely come back to bite me.

Copper Patch said...

Love the hottie cover. You kids aren't too young to learn about going Commando :o)

Caroline said...

How many arms do you actually have? Amazing work for "kid waking hours". If you make undies out of a blanket you could also stitch something across them. The word "itchy" comes to mind, for example.

Tracey said...

nice, makes me feel warm just looking at it.

Chicken Willow said...

That stitching is unbelievable! So perfect. I love it.

Fruitful Fusion said...

It's gorgeous and the stitching is so wonderfully neat!

Karen said...

I would die a happy woman if I saw a blgged photo of woolly blanket undies.
Just imagine the itch factor on those babies...

Catherine said...

A great idea and it looks so nice and cosy. Your blanket stitch looks so neat.

ecoMILF said...

looks yummy-cosy- love those colours- so 70s. xo m.

CurlyPops said...

Oooh I spied about 6 of those blankies on my oppy jaunt on Tuesday.... you know I have to go back now don't you (even though I don't actually own a hot water bottle)???

PottyMouthMama said...

I am really, really hoping you own a copy of this book: http://www.amazon.com/Terrible-Underpants-Kaz-Cooke/dp/0786819243

m.e (Cathie) said...

now look what you've done!!
We are all going to try to find those blankies & make undie cossies, you know that!!
if i spot anyone diving for them at an oppie I'll know they spotted it here first :)

Nycole said...

Love it - you continue to outdo yourself! and that blanket stitch is immaculate.

june at noon said...

What a great blanket, love the colors! They'd made some fine undies, I think. ;)

Posie Patchwork said...

Could your stitching be more perfect?? Who cares about the under pant crisis, when you can stitch like that, just amazing!! Love Posie

the textured leaf said...

Im so with you on the undies saga. It wont work as well with older teenages mind you. They are like undie nazis!

Sally said...

Ace as! Cosy indeedy and super cute too. Lovely.

Little Munchkins said...

Great idea for the hot bottle cover. It's soooo cold here too, in fact I am shivering as I type this!

Your stitching is very neat too, no way I could do that.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Great idea and lovely execution. Another creative and entertaining post.

Ritax

Countrygal said...

Oh those stitches are sooo perfect! how on earth do you do that...I feel rather clumsy now...sob! Great work.

Madeline said...

Awesome! I don't even have an excuse for why the laundry fails to get done, yet the crafting continues. Oops! Good thing my husband is a kind fella who just gently reminds me when he's hit the bottom of the undie supply.

heather said...

your stitching is so pro! i want to try that. i've yet to do a blanket stitch by hand. crazy!!! and you know what's funny we spell cosy with a z. i didn't know it could be spelled with an s. cozy cosy. is it the same word, i am wondering now....

yes, i do need to give myself a break. sometimes i just can't figure out how. but if people keep reminding me, i will keep looking and trying for a way. i guess the first place to start would be with the way i talk to myself!!!! i love you heather, you are amazing and brilliant and truly excellent. even when you are feeling messed up. it's all a part of it. there. i'm working on it.

oh, my word veri is: imess. i a mess. yep. a good excellent mess who talks nice to herself.

Mary said...

Super neat stitching Tania. Very impressive considering it was done in 'waking hours' as you put it. Must be the week for undie shortages. Lucas has been wearing Mandy's for the past 2 days because I can't be fagged doing the washing. Maybe today will be the day.

teddybearswednesday said...

Gorgeous and amazing stitching !
Similar scenario over here re undies/clothes line/too cold.
xo

Amanda said...

I am enjoying the look of this, bet it is super cosy :). Agree with you on Kates's dress too.

Leonie Guld said...

Why didn't I think of this...DAH!!! ITS BRILLIANT!!

flowerpress said...

Put me down for a pair of the blanket undies. In fact I might need a whole track suit of the stuff!

crzylady said...

WONDERFUL! Don't suppose you can teach me how to START a blanket stitch.. every time I do it my first and last stitch is a mess..

love the colors.. I would use that as my pillow every single night.

Melanie said...

Hot water bottle V Wheat bag. Please discuss. (!) My kiddos like the wheat bag option - I grew up with the hottie. I do so love your cozy, and your blanket stitching is sickeningly neat. Jealous!

Tina said...

Wow--I don't own a hot water bottle but I think I need one..the cozy is beautiful and stitching sublime and my bedroom is freezing at night :)I might need to go shopping for some blankets, a bottle and brush up on my sloppy blanket stitch. Yours is gorgeous.

Tina

Kate said...

Eeeewwww, itchy blanky undie bundies.
I was sure I'd find some sort of blanket dress here today but if you have a finished blanket project then you win, mines probably still a month off.

Linda said...

so gorgeous and sooooo neat you have really inspired me to use up some of my blanketing in this way....one day...maybe this winter.....maybe another, my list is getting so long and I am so good at procrastinating

ingrid said...

Now that really does look fabulously cosy!