Thursday, December 11, 2008


My one and only piece of Christmas knitting this year!

Time has more than got away from me this year, and quite frankly, for the majority of the year, life has been a bit of a challenge, taking energy at an alarming rate and leaving very little to spare.

Rather than beat myself up about it, I have given myself a break from a crafty Christmas and taken the simpler route of purchasing simple, thoughtful gifts.

A couple of personalised dressing gowns, a favourite CD, a really nice bottle of red wine...

but I saw this pattern and it begged me to make it for my SIL's father - a Reiki master, generous soul, and all-round good guy. I'm going to tie it round the neck of that really nice red!

It is a relaxation eye mask - filled with rice and a delicate amount of lavender, ahhh... It provides a pleasant, grounding weight over the eyes during meditation and helps calm the mind. I think he'll love it.

Now, away from Christmas, as I'm sure everyone is up to their eyeballs in it!

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments about my Wallis. Through your eyes I can again see the elegance and glamour that attracted me to the pattern in the first place.

A few of you asked about the tea bath, too. I've been popping things in a tea bath for years now - my first attempt was out of necessity. The bra I wanted to wear under my wedding dress only came in white and was very visible under the dress. A dip in tea turned it the perfect shade for my skin tone and immediately made it invisible under the dress. I've been converted ever since!

All I do is make a brew of tea (to dye Wallis, I used 4 cups of strong tea), add some salt, and pour it into enough water to cover the garment. Make sure the garment is thoroughly soaked, to assist in the even uptake of the colour.

I left this in for 30mins, checking it after 15mins to see how much colour had taken. Really, you can leave it as long or as little as you like.

I haven't found the colour to fade out much in previous things I've dyed this way, and even if they did, it's quite simple to just repeat the process.

so there you go - a simple and effective way to take the edge of a colour (or tone down a white bra!!)


Rose Red said...

Nice - I like your attitude to Christmas! And I'm sure the om pillow will be very popular (not to mention the wine!).

Madge said...

Don't you love it when you find the perfect gift for someone? Your Om Eye Mask certainly fits the bill, and is a great giftie!


Bells said...

Very good and sensible approach!

And thanks for teh details on the tea bath. I'm very keen to try it!

PrincessPea said...

I've not seen this pattern before - I love it! Lavender pillows are such a luxury, and I love the Om being stitched into the pillow itself. Thanks for the inspiration!