Sunday, May 30, 2010

Winter is here, though it's a few weeks early!

It's been very cold here! The cold weather is completely compatible with knitting, and hot drinks, and pastry treats hot from the oven, which makes me happy :)
And is completely incompatible with washing, which, if I'm being honest, really stresses me out. There's something about dirty washing that gets under my skin, not that it annoys me, but I just can't relax if I see it. The sight of the bottom of my washing basket brings a great relief to my being, but I don't see that sight very often.

In knitting news, I've bought some foam alphabet blocks to be able to block my knitted items more effectively. And I love these blocks! So much so that I blocked this scarf, which was finished about 1-2 years ago but never blocked. 100% wool, approx 5-6 ply, lovely to knit with. No idea of the brand, but I bought it at the Easter Show one year. The pattern is Branching Out from Knitty.

In new FO news, I finished a large size Ishbel shawl in 4ply BWM Luxury in Purple Storm as a gift for a friend. The best part about it is that she's worn it 3 different times in my presence since I gave it to her- definately a way to make a knitter happy!

Have been doing some other gift knitting but can't reveal that yet ;)

And finally quite an old FO to show you. I was a part of a shawl-wool swap on a forum I frequent, and here is what I gave my recipient :)
The wool is BWM Luxury 4ply, dyed with food colouring and Koolaid. Along with that, some fat quarters of 100% cotton fabric and some strawberry chocolate.

And here is what I recieved!
Some yummy dyed 4ply 100% wool, more undyed 4ply wool and some colourblending pens- I was very excited to recieve my package :)

A slightly better pic of the wool colours- very nice!

And now, off to make a hot chocolate and snuggle under a blanket- yay for winter!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sewing, yes that's right, sewing!

I've dusted off the sewing machine... It's certainly been awhile since I sewed anything.
Inspired by Nova at her blog NewlyMade ( I've been sewing some clothes for my kids. And loving it- it feels so good making things that are useful and cute and that take not too long (but more on that later...)
So in order of making...
Some fleece trackpants (size 3) for my girl, flowery fleece from stash.

Some more trackpants, this time for my boy. Both size 2, both fleece from stash.

Some more pants for my boy, but these ones are pretty special. Firstly, they're upcycled from pair of brown cord-ish pants that my husband didn't want anymore, secondly, they're fully lined in yummy stripey knit from stash, they have pockets from a very cool animal print I've been waiting to use... And they took me about 3 hours!
But I really really like them.
Some action shots... They look alot better in real life than in these photos. The bottoms are rolled up as they're a little long, but you can see the lining anyway :)

At the bottom of a slipperydip!

Clearly we went to the park today :)

Tonights effort was a challenge in different ways, but I'm very pleased with the end result.
It's my son's 2nd birthday in 2 days (how is he 2 already!) and my daughter (age 3) had decided that for his present, she wanted to give him a DJ Lance suit (from Yo Gabba Gabba, a favourite in our house at the moment) as she herself has DJ Lance glasses and a hat.
So as I didn't have orange fleece, off we went to the fabric store. Some stash cotton knit was added to the mix, and some double-sided interfacing, and some binding and appliqueing of said cotton knit. The resulting suit, while not technically a DJ Lance suit, is a cool orange size 2 tracksuit, and even though different parts were quite fiddly, I'm glad I persevered with the 4ish hours it took from pattern tracing to final stitches.

Forgive the late-night shadow across the photos.

Back view of pants.

Closeup of star and neck-binding.

Star on the back of the pants.

I've been in retro orange-and-funky-patterned-tracksuit mode all night - if only I had enough material now to make one for myself!
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