Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A baby's cardigan

I was asked to knit some cardigans for a soon to arrive babe, and from a list of suggested patterns, this was one of the ones selected. The pattern is Debbie Bliss' jacket with moss stitch bands from the book baby knits for beginners, and it's a pattern I have adored since Linda's kind Grandma knitted it for Patch before he was born. The most adorable teeny cardigan in a camel colour... Anyway, I was rather happy to have a reason to revisit this pattern.

The cardigan is made with the delicious Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, this time in an oh so pretty light pink. The 3-6 month size used three balls of wool. The buttons are from Great Gran's tin. And really nothing more to say about this sweet cardigan - it is great for beginners so anyone can have a go, it uses dreamy wool... and it includes some moss stitch. Love it

Friday, 25 September 2015

My view this week

 I have taken to my bed with a horrible cold. Thoroughly miserable. This was actually the view later on in the week as for a few days I couldn't even bring myself to knit or crochet. That poorly. All well now though, and knitting once more as you can see!

As I was lying there I realised I hadn't shown my new-old duvet. A dream of a duvet cover, a white linen type fabric that has been with us for an age but which had developed a hole. Hexagon patches were just the thing. And then I finally got around to sewing some different buttons along the bottom
All buttons from Great Gran's tin, and happily have survived spins in the washing machine. Simple makes, but they are making me smile!

Friday, 11 September 2015

A summertime wedding

The wedding of the two dearest friends... it was a delight. The most giggly wedding the registrar had ever attended we were told, and most lillyworthy. (A new word discovered during the wedding celebrations, a marker to measure one's successes in the hope of achieving the ultimate of being lillyworthy. Obviously now used to grade absolutely everything).

And so I had just the perfect reason for some makes. Which seemed to mean making enough bunting to decorate a tent - as dear friends camping in our garden - but ended in me making enough bunting to decorate the entire garden. Somehow after completing the ten meters of bias binding purchased for this makes I decided it looked nowhere near enough so unearthed another many metres of white bias binding from a drawer and continued. There just wasn't enough space in the tent to hang it all. And I got bunting injuries too - horrible blisters from the pinking shears. Totally worth it though to see it looking so pretty
Fabrics were mainly gathered from scraps including recent makes, a dress my Mum made me when I was little, leftovers from making a lampshade,  and a few new bits from a rummage in the scrap baskets at Fabric Rehab
I also made the happy couple some new pillowcases for their celebratory camp
Seen here with packages of rocky road, just like a smart hotel. We made a fruit basket for the tent too. Though I think possibly P ate most of both of these things when he went in to join Linda and Ems early the next morning.

It really was a dreamy wedding - flip flops, bubbles, the sweetest chief photographer and ring bearer (P!), yum wedding breakfast in a favourite cafe, a swim in the sea, cream tea in another favourite cafe and home for burgers and chips with champagne. With so much laughter and so many smiles. A truly happy day. Congratulations dearest Linda and Ems

Monday, 7 September 2015

Happy September

Do hope everyone has had happy holidays. I realised that the last time I was here was the beginning of the holidays, which now sounds like we have been desperately busy. Not at all, just enjoying the gentle days with a little busyness too... meeting friends, favouritist people getting married, a holiday to the Netherlands to spend time with my sister and her family, and then on to Denmark. It has been truly lovely. And time for some making too. Not that there are any photographs of things made, so please be patient for a little longer. I shall leave you with some photographs of our summer!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Summer holidays

Summer holidays seem a long time in coming this year, and yet they also caught me by surprise. All those things to be completed by the time the holidays began are now sitting, neglected, and shall most possibly remain so until September. Because I have more fun things to occupy my time... so far these have included treaty cake and coffee time with P (gosh we have actually managed a few of these, which is pretty impressive as we are still only in the first week of holidays) a sail on the river in a friend's boat, some quiet reading times, hexbug constructing, rainy and windswept walks, board game playing including a lengthy Monopoly, and film watching - we went with a friend to watch Inside Out this morn. Patch and friend said they enjoyed watching it, and certainly sat glued throughout. Often this type of film have bits dotted here and there for adult entertainment though this film possibly had a whole theme running throughout for adults to weep at and fondly reminisce, which I'm not sure Patch fully appreciciated. Anyway, a fun way to spend another rainy and windy morning. Reading how we have spent this first week seems more appropriate for an autumn half term rather than summer holiday activity. Oh well, it has done us good to have these gentle days.

One thing I did manage before the end of term was some end of term makes... this year it was more of the foldover clutches for all. Firstly more inspired by skirt as top's foldover doily clutch tutorial with you & mie's leatherette accent

 All fabrics from the piles - and this is the end of the leatherette so must find more. The barkcloth clutch is one for me, made from a treasured small piece of barkcloth. I decided to use coloured plastic zips on some rather than metal zips as the only jeans zips I could find locally came in navy. I do prefer the look of a metal zip...

And then a very simple foldover clutch, very much inspired by a pattern in issue 13 of love sewing magazine, named the foldover hexie clutch. Certainly want to make myself one with Liberty hexies, but for this one yet more fabric from the piles and a vintage mustard button. I liked the idea of yellow top stitching too, but so wish I had hidden those pesky extra stitches at the side. 
Which reminds me, I have a much used version of the one above which I made for me as an absolute necessity with a new bag. No photograph of that one yet, so I shall have to dedicate another post to yet another foldover clutch. And I found a piece of cannot resist barkcloth during a pop to fabric rehab this week, so there shall be even more. 

Oh, and not all the lovely staff in Patch's class received one of these - not sure Dan would appreciate a clutch so we made a huge pile of rocky road. Yum. Your delightful gift of veggie marshmallows have been put to delicious use, Linda and Ems. I may just have to make another pile for your next visit

Friday, 17 July 2015

A Purl Bee gathered skirt

I was so excited to sew this new pattern from Purl Bee... in fact the very day that I first saw the pattern I went and purchased intended fabric. Sadly that fabric has been added to the pile. Washed and ready, but not yet used. And possibly won't be for this skirt. This is the gathered skirt for all ages - so summery! Sensibly I made a test skirt first which is still unfinished as it is looking rather unflattering. Maybe something miraculous will happen in the finishing steps, but I'm not sure I have found my go-to easy adult skirt. Anyway, more of that another time (when you may, or may not, get to see the finished make) and this pattern is certainly a nice addition to the sweet girl's skirts list
 All that gathering... sweet for a girl, maybe not so for an adult. It is the construction of the pockets that make this skirt so lovely, though I think I prefer a simple elasticated waistband rather than the separate waistband in this pattern. Maybe next time I could combine a lazy days and these pockets - it would mean adding side panels to a simply gathered skirt but it could be done. Because it would be worth it for those pockets
Oh, and another thing is that Molly's Mummy mentioned that this skirt is a bit short, so it may be worth adding an inch or two if you too prefer your little girl in a longer style.

Pockets just had to be some of Lizzy House's cattitude (purchased from eternal maker last year, sadly no longer in stock) for the cat loving Molly, and happily for me using something from the pile. But of course nothing suitable to go with, so a trip to fabric rehab resulted in this gloriously ditsy fabric... which I can no longer remember the name of and it doesn't appear to be on their website... OK, stopped this laziness and have retrieved fabric from the threatening to topple pile, and I believe it is Sevenberry's ditsy on white.  Ditsy florals and kits... perfect. Happy birthday, Molly!

Friday, 10 July 2015

The second foldover clutch

 Just as the first one (see here) though this time not so nice fake leather purchased locally - I really do need to find a better supplier of this - and zipper tabs made from bias binding which was easier. Still satisfying to make, which is good as I have another one to show you and then four more planned for those teacher presents, which I really must make a start on...
A quick post today as still somehow catching up from the week spent tending a poorly P when nothing more than administering Mummy cuddles seemed to happen.