Sunday, 20 October 2013

I've Been Knitting!!

Hi all, hope each and everyone of you are feeling good today. Weather is a bit miserable here but hey-ho - we can still find things to smile about.
Like maybe how I declared not so long ago that variegated / self-striping / colour changing yarn didn't appeal to me in the least. Only to then become quite intrigued by it and mooched the online yarn shops, checking out what's available. There was one that caught my attention, not sure exactly why this one in particular, but for some reason the colours and the promise of the 'fair isle effect' made me fancy having a go at making something - just to see how it would turn out. I know, I just completely contradicted myself!!

I actually didn't order any at the time. It was August and quite sunny and warm and not so much the weather for chunky knitting yarn. BUT THEN I had to make a mad dash over to Barretts in St Neots (the nearest actual store to me that sells Stylecraft Special DK) as I needed some more to finish off the blanket I was making for my daughters birthday. And low and behold there was this exact yarn I had been coveting online in the sale bin!!! I couldn't help thinking it was destiny so I bought 6 balls (any excuse, lol)

I felt that it would work up best knitted rather than crochet, although I am tempted to have a little experiment to see how it would look with crochet stitches, and settled on a scarf for the winter. As I never like the 'wrong side' of stocking stitch I chose to do a wide rib of knit 3, purl 3. Simple as that. My knitting skills don't take me much further than that anyway but I also think it would be pretty pointless doing anything fancy with this type of yarn, it speaks for itself right?

So back and forth I knitted, simple and satisfying and I marvelled how the stripes formed all by themselves - magic! I did wonder if the stitch count was crucial to get the best effect, and if so I don't think I was spot on but still liked the slightly random stripy look I got.

After I'd used up 5 of the balls I bought I decided to stop as the scarf was long enough for me, intending to make some wrist warmers with the remaining ball hopefully. I have to say it's worked out really well and is a lovely scarf to wear, since the weather has turned grim I've had it on a few times.

I'm glad I opened my mind and had a go at something different for me, I've now got a fab scarf and really enjoyed making it too. I think it's great to be able to experiment with all sorts of different yarns and fabric to see what comes out, it's half the fun :o)

'till next time...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Have It All Wallet

Hello, hello hello - hope things are going okay for you right now?  Having time to sit and read through my blog list is becoming a bit of a luxury at the moment, and I'm not as up-to-date as I would like to be. When I do get a minute I'm often inspired and amazed at all the fabulous creativeness going on in the world and appreciate bloggers sharing their makes for us all to ooh and aahh over.

One such occasion recently was when the lovely Jessie aka MessyJesse blogged about the wallet she made for herself from a pattern from the Straight Stitch Society via and I simply could not resist buying the pattern myself and having a go at the have it all wallet!

and actually I had a go at making 3 :o)

one for me

one for eldest daughter

and one for daughter no 2!!

I was unsure I could make as good a job as Jessie had in sewing so neatly but the pattern is excellent with good instructions so this certainly helps with finishing up with something that looks quite professional - even if I do say so myself, mwahhh

I'm rather chuffed at how they turned out - I've surprised myself really!

It was fun choosing the fabrics for the inside and outside - but I guess you could use just one fabric as well.

I love this Michael Miller 'french post' fabric - I've had it for ages and still have a decent amount left. It's probably my most favourite print - closely followed by anything cherry print of course :o)

Just had to have a go at making this cute wallet, easier than I thought it would be. I'm thinking it will make a great Christmas present...

'till next time

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Strawberry Summer Bag

We might be saying goodbye to summer here and waving as it leaves by the backdoor, but I thought I would try and extend the memory just a little bit longer with my little strawberry bag. The story starts with the latest issue of Mollie Makes and this bag pattern which caught my fancy to make:

It's a great shape don't you think? and the pretty doily on the front is so sweet. I had just the fabric in mind that I'd seen for sale in Singers in town so, while out and about yesterday a picked up a metre for the job.

I love the strawberry print and think it's quite Cath Kidstonesque. The small rose-bud print is something I've had for a while and was delighted that it worked perfectly for the lining and this green yarn of no purpose could now be used for the doily - happy days!!

But then I heard a tiny cry from a half forgotten purchase "wouldn't we go so well with that fabric combination?" and I couldn't disagree that the bag handles bought many moons ago for half-price were a match made in heaven and I just had to use them. But the bag pattern has it's own self-fabric handles - so it's no good any more! and besides the instructions say it needs to be photocopied at 400% which I was finding impossible to do on my little printer, so sorry - services no longer required :-(

So last night, after the dinner,bath,bed routine was over I played around with some pattern paper and made a shape I hoped would work well as a little summer bag. I also crocheted a flower motif in the yarn to see how it would look.

and today, instead of doing things I should've been doing I made up my bag - from start to finish, and am happy with the way it's turned out.

I was really on a mission to make this and I can only think it was because I needed it done before autumn really hit with pumpkins and witches hats and black cats. It needed to be finished as the last whiff of summer leaves our nostrils and we still have slight memories of flip-flops and shorts, although the memory is dimming I hope the luscious plump strawberries evoke enough to make you smile...

and in my urgency I did forget to consider any inside pockets that I like to have but think I probably can attach a loose flappy one without too much difficulty at some point.

I think the pattern could be tweaked a bit to improve the shape at the bottom of the bag but otherwise it's turned out pretty much how I imagined. I will still make the Mollie Makes bag (if I can figure out the 400% enlargement issue), and I think I will do it in gingham as in the picture - it will make a good yarn bag me thinks...

It's funny how sometimes you can start off making one thing, and it ends up becoming something a bit different - but something it's meant to be :-)

'till next time...

PS: I'm tempted to get some more of the fabric to make a summer skirt for next year too, maybe...