Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Chasing Rainbows by Boo Knits. This is my first project for this year's Boo Challenge and I feel like I'm starting the year with something of a bang! I've wanted to make a great big, very bright Chasing Rainbows for a while and this Juniper Moon Farm Findley Lace yarn is just bright enough as far as I'm concerned. The beading on this shawl is only on the lace border and it's a while until I hit that section seeing as how I want this shawl to be nice and big but I've picked out some nice subtle beads to add a hint of class to proceedings...
DROPS 174-22 otherwise known as Riley. As usual with DROPS this pattern is a wall of almost nonsense which my previous DROPS experience allowed me to translate in to something approaching sensible directions. At least I think I think I have, I won't be too confident until I've finished the neckline because that bit was extra perplexing. I've got about 12 feet of boring khaki ribbing to suffer through until I get to that point though so I'm not going to worry about it any time soon.
Sewing wise I've just cut out all of the pieces for a Deer and Doe Bleuet dress. I'd had my eye on this pattern for a while because I was completely in love with the little bow at the back, but something about the sleeves was putting me off.
Heather dress in fleece backed jersey really soon, in fact I'm super cold right now and I'm wishing I'd already sewn that up. Have a word with yourself past Hannah!
Monday, 8 January 2018
Yarn: Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace in Wine Gum with size 6/0 Miyuki beads Metallic Forest Green Iris. Model: (At her own insistence, I might add) Felicity
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
As it's the beginning of a new year I am naturally looking ahead to the projects that I want to complete this year as well as those that I don't really want to complete that I really should (sweater for Stu I'm looking at you!). This year is probably going to look much like last year, at least knittingwise as after successfully completing the Boo Knits 2017 challenge with one shawl to spare I decided to go ahead and sign up for the 2018 challenge. It's very similar to last year's challenge to knit 10 Boo Knits shawls in a year except that this year we need to finish 11. I finished 11 in 2017 and I still completed many other projects besides so I'm thinking this shouldn't be too hard. Here are 2017's Boos in all their glory.
Unfortunately I did have one left uncompleted which won't count for either challenge. I finished knitting it today, 2 days after the deadline. TWO DAYS!!! So hopefully I'll have that blocked and blogged by the end of the week and hopefully by them I will have decided which shawl I'm going to begin this year's challenge with.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
June arrives tomorrow and with comes the OAL, or Outfit Along, which is a really fantastic challenge that I love to take part in. The idea is to sew one garment and knit another to make an outfit.
For the last two years I have knit cardigans and sewn dresses and this year will be no different. If this took place in winter then I would probably sew jeans and knit a sweater but for this time of year I'll stick to dresses and cotton cardigans. This year the official patterns are the new Untangling Knots cardigan Anaheim and the By Hand London Kim dress. I'm really loving the cardigan and I'm going to knit that but I'm not wanting to make the dress so I spent a bit of time perusing my pattern collection to find the perfect dress for this cardigan.
In the end I settled on Colette's Hazel dress. I've made it twice before and really like it but I've been wanting to make one with stripes for ages to really make the most of the seaming on the bodice. I've chosen a black, white and green striped cotton which i hope will look super and for the cardigan I've gone for a simple black cotton because it matches my fabric and also because little black cardigans are so useful for me. I can't wait to get started! The OAL runs from tomorrow until the end of July and I hope to be finished long before then and maybe even complete a second outfit. We'll see how it goes though.
Sunday, 7 May 2017
I've been wanting to make a shirt dress for a while and I have several patterns in my stash, but I started with this one because it is relatively simple compared to some of the other I have. I decided to make the sleeveless version of this for several reasons. Firstly because it will be nice for the summer but also easy to slip a cardigan over if it is chilly, secondly because it would be quicker to make, thirdly due to the sleeves too tight issues I've had recently and lastly because I just prefer the look of this dress without sleeves.
With regards to size I ended up choosing the size 10 which is the size I'd used for Nancy and Heather. They'd both fit fine everywhere instead of the sleeves but I wasn't sure if that was due to a larger amount of ease included in those looser fitting patterns. This looked as if it might fit closer so I considered sizing up but ultimately stuck with the 10. I'm glad I did because I would even say that this is a shade too big. It certainly doesn't nip in at the waist as much as I would like so I need to have a look at the fit as a whole before I make another to see if I need to size down or whether to just bring the waist in a little.
This was a very quick and simple dress to make and I'm really pleased with how it looks, except for one tiny little error that I made very early on in the process. Can you see it?
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
The fabric is a sparkly jersey with a loopy pile on the other side, it's not quite as warm as what I'd traditionally think of a sweatshirting but it's kind of sweatshirty if you know what I mean. It's actually lovely and soft, sometimes glittery bits can make a fabric a bit scratchy, but this is not like that at all. The only really problem I had with it is that the loopy bits on the back do unravel a bit so my cutting table needed a good sweep when I was done.
This one fits much better, it is still close fitting but there is a bit of room in there to wear something underneath. Somehow I managed to cut the waistband on the cross grain meaning that it has very little stretch but this just make getting the sweater on and off a little more awkward than it should be! Other than that I'm really pleased with this and it will be a really nice cover up for spring to throw over dresses and higher waisted skirts for cooler days and evenings.
This was a really quick little project, I think I made both of these tops on successive afternoons and that includes assembling the PDF. So, great as both a wardrobe builder and also for when you need a quick win to get you back into the swing of sewing. It's definitely getting a little warmer here now and it's usually about now that I start to slow down the knitting and pick up the sewing a little more so it's been nice to dip my toe back in the water with a few quick little projects.