Well after my lovely cabled poncho, I really fancied a nice cabled cardigan and I looked all over Ravelry for something which fit the bill. You know cabled, worsted weight , the perfect cardigan to go with everything! Of course as I was properly looking I couldn't find anything. So I ended up casting on yet another poncho( now, typically, I have found loads of gorgeous cardigan patterns). This time it is Indigo Frost a lovely top down design by Isabell Kraemer. It has a pretty slip stitch pattern which should be really easy, unless like me you don't read the instructions properly and end up wrecking it. I didn't notice at first until I posted a picture on Instagram at which point it became glaringly obvious!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
|Azrael photo bombing!|
I have always knit and sewn for my brood. Having a girl and then boy/girl twins meant that there have always been lots of opportunities for all types of clothes and I have been lucky that they have always been really receptive to the idea of things made by Mama. The trouble is for boys there comes a time where there is little to no choice in sewing patterns ( very little in the way of knitting either). So most of the more recent sewing has been for the girls. That is about to change as the boy is now 15 and fits comfortably into men's wear. Yippee!!
Just before the end of school he went rummaging in my fabric stash as he wanted something to cover his AMP . It isn't what I thought he would go for, it wasn't what I would of chosen indeed the fabric has been in my stash for at least a decade as it was bought for a disregarded project.
So off he went with the fabric and the scissors coming back a while later triumphant. Really proud of what he had accomplished "Mum what do you think? I love it looks great!"
Then he said the words I love to hear...... " I'd love a shirt in that". I literally rushed to find a pattern online before he changed his mind. I chose the Colette Negroni Pattern and traced out the small ( he is growing lots and honestly this size probably won't fit him for long.)
Now I had never made a man's shirt before indeed I hadn't really thought about the construction the yoke is very interesting. Fell seams were definitely a new one on me and I would definitely say I need more practice luckily the fabric hides a multitude of sins!
I had forgotten that I love the Colette patterns there is so much detail. My mum actually thought I was reading a book as the instructions were so comprehensive. Also the shirt has been made literally hundreds of times over the internet and there are lots of hacks out there which means it is never going to get boring. After I finished I found Male Pattern Boldness had done a sew along many moons ago with loads of info about shirt making. you can find it here
|Don't you just love the red against the black and white?|
I did fairly well on the pattern matching. The pockets are perfect although I didn't do the pocket flaps as one I thought the fabric too fussy to warrant them and two matching the pockets nearly drove me crazy!! The fronts aren't quite matched but again the fabric is so fussy I doubt anyone but me will notice.
The boy is very happy with it, I thought the fabric might be too warm for the summer but it travelled last week with him to Belgium . Worn by itself and with a tee-shirt underneath
Anyway until next time
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Mario and I had a day out to Uppermill a while back and we stopped at WoolyKnits to have a wander around. They had the Hannah poncho made up and I was instantly smitten, it is unusual for me, these days as I have so much yarn stashed, to buy a knitting project on a whim but Mario liked it too, helped me chose the colour. I don't usually wear/like blue unless it is in the form of Jeans but the sample was in blue and I was assured it looked good on. I loved it even more when he bought me it as a early birthday pressie. So I cast it on as soon as I got home. The pattern had a couple of mistakes when it is setting up the pattern, but was fairly instinctive and it made good TV knitting. The yarn is lovely and sheepy( I just love that smell)and it produces really nice cables that pop. It was knit on a 5mm needle with a 4mm at the collar.
Realistically I am a bit of a cold person and I was unsure that a poncho would really keep me warm enough as I have a tendency towards a coat at any opportunity. I needn't of worried, although might not be that practical in the middle of winter it is perfect for summer evenings and slightly windy days. It also seems to have enough lanolin in the yarn to sustain against a slight shower. I know, I have tried it out.
I haven't actually put anything else on the needles since I finished it but I am thinking I could do with sticking to the 5mm for a while as there is something very satisfying about how fast it grows.
Anyway till next time A x
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Well the last couple of weeks have been interesting! The two unfinished dresses in the picture have both had a traumatic start!
A poor little magpie baby fell down the chimney, not only could it not be saved but it brought decades of soot down the chimney. Bags and bags of it! It covered everything,every surface, every book , my sewing machine and my sewing projects . It has taken about two weeks to get rid of the soot. The dresses were temporarily sewn together( yuk what a filthy job) and chucked in the washing machine. Luckily all of the soot has gone but so have all of the markings. They just don't seem as exciting anymore and I can't quite bring myself to pick them up again.
Till next time A x
Sunday, July 03, 2016
This post is all about the florals!
Last weekend,we were lucky enough to be invited to celebrate the wedding of two of our good friends Allyson and Paul. Early on Allyson had said she would love it if her guests dressed with a vintage flavour. O and E both thought this was a great idea and started poring over all my patterns and books. O was quite straight forward in her choice. She liked this, from the sewing bee book.
She liked the spotted version but then saw the flowers and decided on that. I had to get the pattern copied, which I did at staples ,they were very good but had to copy it onto quite stiff un welding paper as they didn't really have anything suitable. I traced the smallest size for her and then took it in!
I pretty much followed the instructions to the letter and she was very happy with the result.
E chose a version from gertie's ulitmate sewing book, she had seen a version on gertie's blog but when it came down to it she had a lot of changes in mind.
She wanted straps not a halter she wanted a double circle skirt but short! I was a little worried about the size as I had heard mixed reviews online about the sizing. Luckily it wasn't a problem. I then followed most of the instructions from the sewing bee version as I just felt the expense of the habadashery wouldn't be worth it in this instance ( she might not wear it again).
The skirt nearly drove me crazy ,I nearly gave up and the hem seemed never ending but she was really happy with the result . So I guess it was a win. What do you think?
Monday, June 20, 2016
Till next time when it is all about the floral!
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Well what a glorious week we have had here in Yorkshire.
The sun is shining , it is warm and if this was a video you would be able to hear the most exquisite bird song.It is also the end of the first week of Mmmay16 and I have to say, I have really enjoyed myself. My promise was to wear something handmade each day during the week. I have surpassed myself and managed 6 days.
I was planning on taking selfies but it turns out not only am I terrible at it, but actually have to stand in the bath in order to see anything. I think I need to put a full length mirror on my wish list.
Day 2 The Honeybee cardigan
Day 3 The Ultimate Pencil Skirt and Liberty fabric blouse,
Day 4 The Kate Dress and Audrey in Unst Cardigan
Day 5 Audrey in Unst again
Day 6 Sarah Shirt
So the first week has taught me that I probably don't think about what I wear enough. I own a lot of blue greens. And I definitely don't have enough clothes for summer handmade or otherwise.