Monday, 23 May 2016

Me-made-may 2016 week 3

Monday 16th May and Wednesday 18th May: Caramel cardigan. Blogged here

Thursday 19th May 2016: Bloomsbury jumper blogged here

Friday 20th May: leopard scarf (unblogged)

Sunday 22nd May: Simplicity 8084 dress by Mimi G (I will blog it soon)

Monday, 16 May 2016

Me-Made-May 2016- week 2

Monday 9th May- Vogue 1287. I thought I had blogged this dress but I hadn't. I did blogg a yellow jersey version here. This version is made from a some sort of poly/viscose mix which is nice except it has a slightly odd but not unpleasant smell when wet. 

Tuesday 10th May- georgette cowl neck top. Blogged here

Wednesday 11th May- blue mohair/silk knit top. I made this top up as I went along. It is basically shaped like an uppercase T with no waist shaping or anything complicated. It is made from Rowan kidsilk haze and was very cozy for a spring day. I wish I had made it baggier, especially the sleeves, which would have been avoided with a bit more planning. The edging is done in moss stitch with the yarn doubled. The rest is single strand stocking stitch. 

I failed the rest of the week. Spent the weekend doing DIY in some old splattered jeans.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Me Made May- Week one

I have not sewn much in the last two years and didn't take part in MMMay inn 2014 or 2015 and my me made wardrobe has shrunk depressingly. Thinking back to MMMay 2013, it is sad to see that quite a few me mades have passed over to the other side. More room in the wardrobe for new stuff! 

Round up of the week. 

Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th: Red linen skirt 

Thursday 5th- Vogue 1287

Friday 6th- Self-drafted jersey dress and wool book bag

7th May: Simplicity 2250

8th May: Simplicity 2186

Friday, 15 April 2016

Baby Kimono

I'm having quite the knitting moment. I made this little baby Kimono for my gorgeous new niece. The pattern is by Elizabeth Shaw and is available for free on ravelry. 

The yarn is some acrylic DK I bought about three years ago. I don't have any more details as they have been festering in my yarn pot, but it should make a nice light summer cardigan. 

I made a size medium. The pattern was straight forward and knit quickly. It is finished with a couple of simple pearlescent buttons. 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Hobbywool Alpaca

I recently visited Riga in Latvia where I came across a beautiful shop in the old town called Hobbywool selling yarns and handmade lovely knitted goods. I didn't have room to bring many things back, but I did buy 4 skeins of black alpaca, light finger-weight yarn. Once I returned home I decided I wanted more and they were kind enough to send me another 6 skeins in the post. 

Currently leaning towards making a Smaragd jumper by Svetlana Volkova, available on ravelry. However the sun is out today so I might start some summer knits instead. 

Yellow and Grey Caramel cardigan by Isabell Kraemer

I have just finished my Caramel cardigan. I made a size medium using Rowan Superwash DK. Six balls of gold and 3 balls in shale, bought on offer for £3.60 each from John Lewis online. The pattern was very easy to follow, it is available for free on Ravelry. I lengthened the sleeves slightly, although I might shorten them to bracelet length to make the cardigan more of a jacket. I have fastened it with a broach for now, but I plan on adding gold popper fasteners down one side. 

The wool is very warm, but I was slightly disappointed with the yarn as there were joins in the middle and some fluffy lint. Not sure Rowan is what it once was. It did iron well and looks nice now it is finished. 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Family knit: Caramel cardigan

Woke up to a (very) light dusting of snow this morning and decided to use it for an excuse for a (very) lazy day and starting s new project. I am knitting Caramel by Isabel Kraemer, a blanket style cardigan. The pattern is available to download free from Ravelry and is very popular. My mum and sister are knitting along with me and I am trying to resist the urge to rush ahead.

We are all using Rowan pure wool superwash DK. I have chosen gold and shale, using the gold at the top with bands of grey near the bottom. I haven't fully decided  which bits will be grey, but I really like this (much copied) version by Kleinformat. 

Monday, 11 January 2016

Silkwings' crocheted sheep

I started this sheep on New Year's Day. I never imagined that I would knit novelty items as I never saw the point of knitted carrots and the like. It turns out I was wrong, probably not about the carrots, but that I would and more surprisingly enjoy knitting a toy.

I saw this pattern on Pinterest and was instantly taken in by its cuteness and bemused expression. I bought the pattern without even realising it was crochet and no idea what amigurmi was. Luckily I like a challenge.

I found the stitches, including the bobble stitches relatively easily. I found it difficult to know where the rounds began and ended on the fleece. I couldn't decide how to incorporate the slip stitch and chain stitch at the end of the row. For the head, I skipped over the slip stitch from the row below, and did the slip stitch and chain stitch into the previous chain stitch. I think this means I had an extra stitch in each round, but I found it was easier to see what I was doing and count my stitches. I used a paper clip to mark the chain stitch. 

When I moved onto the body I was more confident and started doing it properly (at least I think so) and skipping over both the slip stitch and chain stitch. 

I made a practice head and realised I needed to maintain tighter tension for the face and legs etc, so I didn't end up with large holes that the stuffing would poke through. 

The pattern was excellent, with lots of pictures  showing how to do the different stitches and sew it all together. It is designed by Kristi Tullus and can be downloaded on Ravelry here

I stuffed the toy with wadding. I embroidered the eyes as it is for a newborn. I used two balls of Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK in snowdrop and one ball in zinc. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Dyeing to be different

 Excuse the cheesy title, but today I want to discuss dying woolen clothing you have knitted. Part of the appeal of knitting your own garments, for me at least, is that you can spend time perusing (and if you are me, squeezing) balls of wool in the shop to ensure you have just the right yarn.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Bloomsbury Jumper

I cannot believe it has been a year since my last post, although if I think about it it does feel like a year and not too surprising as I have swapped sewing for DIY, Equally creative, but a tad dustier. 

I have however found time to knit a few things, most recently this Bloomsbury jumper by Svetlana Volkova which I downloaded from Ravelry. The pattern has a lace panel down the back and lace sleeves. I like how the sleeve lace comes across the front of the shoulders creating a round pattern on the front that echos the curve of the collar.

The pattern is knit top to bottom in one piece. Having always knitted bottom up, I found this quite unnerving to begin with and I couldn't understand what I was doing at all. At the point of realising the arms are knitted completely seamlessly I was fully on board and convinced of the benefits top-down knitting as I hate sewing up; although I am not quite a convert yet.

This is a great pattern and since I didn't know what I am doing it is a testament to the instructions that I did not make a mistake. I knitted the extra small as I wanted to to have negative rather than positive ease so it is tight fitted rather than skimming. For the sam reason I did not wet-block it as called for, instead I gave it a light press.

It is knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, which makes it lovely and warm. The only issue is deciding what to wear under it that both shows off the pretty lace pattern, without letting a draft in.

I will definitely be making another, perhaps in Rowans super fine merino aran.