More Ottobre Kids Design Dresses 04/2014 Issue

Hello everyone,

I have made more dresses from Ottobre Design Kids 04/2014 issue. It’s the sweater dress here. ottobre
This will be the third time I have made this pattern, <link here for earlier makes>.

I used a lovely soft fleece backed yellow knit fabric. This is something I picked up from a car boot sale in Essex last year. I actually finished these in September but they are too big so they have been put aside for next year. I traced the size that corresponded with 4yrs in error – I only realised my mistake after tracing most of the pattern pieces so I just carried on. Surely if its big they can grow into it – better too big than too small I think :-).

I have some shocking pink cuffing/ribbing which I used as a contrast. Though these are summer/spring colours, the weight of the fabric is perfect for colder weather. I used the overlocker for all the construction except for topstitching.

Having made this same pattern SIX times now means it’s a super fast make and they were done in one sitting.

It is very difficult to photograph little children! They were not interested at all in posing for pictures so these were the best I could get to show what’s what with them.

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Funtioning pockets – they are lined with some scrap minions fabric (forgot to get pictures..)

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I am quite pleased with how these turned out and no doubt they will be workhorses just like the other ones – they still wear those ones!

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy sewing!

Hila

XoX

PS here is the YouTube clip from when I finished them….

Burda Downloadable Lydia T shirt pattern review

I made this Lydia T-shirt – it was one of the first downloadable products I ever bought. Its only 79p so it’s a good deal. I cut the size 38 which is my Burda size.

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Burda Lydia #3197 T-shirt

It’s a basic, long-sleeve t-shirt. The main difference with most other t-shirts I am familiar with is the neckline construction. This one has facings – though this picture above doesn’t show the facing version – the instructions are just like for a facing you would find on a woven top. The sleeve is supposed to be set in but I prefer flat construction with jersey fabrics.

I made this out of pure curiosity to see how the neck would turn out. I used knit fusible interfacing for the facing pieces. After sewing them to the neckline I understitched.  I gotta say I am quite impressed so far. The neck line is very neat and I love that it looks good enough to wear with a smart skirt and pass for smart workwear. I will have to see how it performs after a few washes before trying out this technique again though. Have you tried finishing the neckline on a knit top with a facing?

Fabric wise- I used a John Kaldor cotton jersey that I bought from Fletcher’s Fabrics in Leeds Market. Its left over from a Moneta dress I made around the same time. It was an utter delight to work with this fabric; as is wearing it. The comfort level on this top is very high. All the hems were done with a twin needle. Shoulders were stabilised with fusible bias tape which I also used around the neckline so it wouldn’t stretch out.

Pictures…

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Burda Lydia T Shirt
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Burda Lydia T Shirt – back

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Verdict: A solid t-shirt pattern that gains extra points for having a great price point.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time happy sewing !

Peace and love,

Hila

KnitWeek2016 Pt7: Reflections and plans…

Hello again,

Here is my final KNITWEEK2016 post. I wanted to wrap up by reflecting a little and sharing my thoughts. Its incredible to think that I finished all 5 projects in October this year. The question that keeps floating in my head is why did I not manage to finish a single project until I set myself an action plan?

The answer of course was a simple lack of conditioning on my part. What does that mean exactly – let me try to explain using sewing as an example. With sewing I used to be quite bad at finishing projects because I would get excited about a new project. But I had to change my way of thinking about what constitutes a completed project. I used to think it was okay to move on to the next project when all that was left were the buttonholes and buttons for example. But it isn’t actually done is it? I set out a new criteria for finished which at first was as follows: a project is finished when it has been photographed for the blog. What this did for me was to simply remove any shades of grey – I couldn’t photograph a garment without a zip or without the hem done. So in time it became an easy metric in my head to use before starting a new project. After a while the conditioning set in and now I am very good at finishing before starting another project (I can’t imagine doing it any other way now).

Now for some reason I had not applied this to knitting. Perhaps its because I don’t take knitting as seriously as sewing. In any case something has shifted in the last few months and I am keen to do more knitting. So from hence forth this shall be my metric applied to knitting as well (from 2017 onwards of course ).

 Lessons learnt:

In the meantime I have learnt a lot in completing and writing up these posts:

  1. Swatch the cable pattern.That way I can see if the yarn works well with cables.
  2. Read other people’s reviews before embarking on a project to get an idea of any issues (common sense really but I wasnt doing this).

There are aspects of knitting I need to gain a better understanding of:

  1. Fit and how to adjust for a great fit
  2. The different cast on and bind off methods available.

Current plans

For now I am doing a little bit of stash busting by knitting some accessories. I finished the Craftsy Knitalong cowl and have started on the hat.

I bought the Andrea Wong Craftsy Class on Portuguese knitting about 3 weeks ago. I started Portuguese knitting 2 days ago and already I can see that it’s how I will be knitting – it’s so much faster and the purl stitch is so easy. I am still learning how to control the tension but I will do a separate post on this.

2017 Knitting plans

I have a tentative queue of knits I definitely want to make :

The Portland Pullover

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I love that yoke

Coda by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

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I am taken by those raglan sleeves

Stonecutter by Michele Wang

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This is a power up project if I get round to it

These new projects require yarn – so once I get through a bit more of my yarn stash I will treat myself to some yarn , one project at a time.

What are your knitting goals for the coming year? Have you knit any of these 3 patterns before?

Thank you for stopping by and until next time – Happy Knittng 🙂

Find here links to my knit week 2016 posts

KNITWEEK2016 POSTS

Part 1: Organising my knitting stash

Part 2: Chuck Sweater

Part 3 : Antler Cardigan

Part 4 : Miette Cardigan

Part 5 : Marion Crdigan

Part 6 : OWLS 

Peace and love,

Hila

KNITWEEK2016 Pt 6: Owls by Kate Davies

Hello again,

This is an epic post for me because I actually started this project in October 2014! It took me 2 years to finish it!

Some background: Owls is an insanely popular pattern on Ravelry by Kate Davies. It’s actually one of the first Ravelry downloads I bought because it uses a chunky yarn. I thought that it would be a quick knit <oh the irony>.

I wanted it in red, Hayfield Bonus Chunky shade 977 Signal Red to be exact. Since I was just beginning I bought a cheap acrylic yarn. To be honest at that time wool scared me.

I knit my arms too long and I had to unravel a half done yoke when a friend mentioned the irony of completing a make you know you are not going to wear because of a known error that can be easily fixed by ‘tinking‘ – I hate it when pals are right! After sulking for a  few days, I came round and set my timer. Surprisingly it only took 30 mins to get back to error point. I used a Russian bind off on the neckline. The cable pattern was very easy to read.

The yarn is acrylic so its machine washable. I enjoyed knitting with it actually. The colour is a an amazing fire engine red that if I got lost, a rescue helicopter could easily see me. I love it!  I messed up my underarm grafting again despite my best efforts. Its perfect on the 4 grafted stitches but the holes were much bigger than that – there are gaping holes that I tried to ‘sew up’ but to no avail. In the end my ‘Done is better than perfect‘ mantra kicked in.

I just washed and dried it instead of blocking since its acrylic. I learnt from my Antler experience that I dont need to fuss with acrylic yarns when it comes to blocking. Its warm and lovely to wear.

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OWLS Sweater
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Back View
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‘Holes’ under my arms.
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I love the yoke
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The back view of yoke with neck shaping
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Love the combo with my Birkin flares
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OWLS Sweater

Looking at fit – It has a good fit overall but I may have messed the back shaping as that’s ended up lower than my waist. I think I just knit to my prefered length with little regard to what was going on in the back. When I make this again (and I will) I need to change where those darts go or possibly move them to the sides – I am not 100% behind them. Oh and there was no way I had the patience to find and sew approx  32 buttons.

Best feature of this for me – the owls yoke. I love how they wrap around my shoulders. I can see why this is a popular pattern. No if only it hadn’t taken me 2 years to finish it!

Its been a marathon week for me catching up with my knitting blogging but I have enjoyed it and thank you all so much for reading, liking and commenting. I will be back with one last post tomorrow but until then, Happy Knitting.

KNITWEEK2016 POSTS

Part 1: Organising my knitting stash

Part 2: Chuck Sweater

Part 3 : Antler Cardigan

Part 4 : Miette Cardigan

Part 5 : Marion Crdigan

Peace and love,

Hila

KNITWEEK2016 Pt 5 Marion by Andi Satterlund

Hello chums,

Welcome back to my KnitWeek2016 series of posts. Part 5 is my Marion cardigan in mustard.  First I want to say thank you so much for all the helpful comments  on my previous post where I mentioned knitted garment fit issues. At least I know where to start now with all the resources mentioned.

Marion is a seamless and cropped cardigan with 3/4 length sleeves. The body is knit in one piece, starting with the upper back. The fronts are picked up from the back cast on edge, and everything gets connected when the underarms are cast on. Sleeve stitches are picked up from the armholes, and short row shaping is used to create set-in sleeves.

So, I have made this cardigan  before <link here>. It will always have a special spot in my heart as the first knitted garment I made for myself plus I learnt so much when I knit that first Marion. I still wear it – though mostly on weekends now due to the pilling. When I finished the first Marion I was determined to do it all again but perfectly right the second time.

Somehow other projects got in the way  but around June 2015, I decided that I wanted a yellow cheerful cardigan to go with the many navy blue items I was sewing up. This yarn also happened to be on sale at Loveknitting.com. Its called Drops Paris:  a soft but sturdy 100% cotton yarn. I was sold on this line “Spun from multiple thin strands, it creates a fabric which is breathable and cool to wear on those warmer days“. So I bought 6 balls in mustard. Its out of stock at loveknitting.com now but I did a quick google and found it at woolwarehouse.com.

Here is a copy of my Ravelry Project notes:

20 June. Cast on the small size. Last time made Medium and felt a bit loose. My gauge was off by half a stitch but I wont let that bother merelaxed. Hopefully it turns out ok. So far so good.
5 Aug 2015
Halfway through the decrease set. Going slowly due to lack of time.
20 Aug 2015
Argh! The armhole too big. have to unravel so I can repick at armhole using the smallest size. The yarn seems to grow with weight.
22 Aug 2015
Ok so I calculated I need to pick 46 stitches at armhole.

It used up 6 balls of yarn exactly. I was very excited when I started this project and it knit up relatively fast but I had issues with the yarn. I seem to recall that its quite a heavy yarn – I mean as the fabric grew – it sort of dropped a lot from the weight of the yarn. And it looked  droopy. I  really worried that the rope cable would not be distinct – it wasn’t a fun yarn to do cables with (I guess that why I should swatch the cable pattern as well – I made a swatch but just in stockinette). Initially the armhole came out far too big so I had to unravel and recast using the size for the smallest armhole. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. There is a cable chart and written cable instructions – I cant read cable charts so I really like that about Andi’s patterns.

Again I lost steam around the time I bound off and it stayed in its carrier bag until October. Once I picked it up again it took me 30  mins to weave in all ends and set up for blocking. I wet blocked it and that transformed it. The yarn looked completely different once blocked. A note on this yarn – it had a lot of colour run and I had to drain out the water about 4 times before it ran clear.

I love it but I wont be knitting with this yarn again. It wasn’t as joyful an experience as I have had with other yarns. I checked out what other people use this yarn for and it looks like its mostly great for home interior projects, like tea towels, blankets and toys. Its a case of using the wrong yarn for this project. It doesn’t feel nearly as nice to wear as my brown Miette either – again because the yarn is not as soft.

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The fit isn’t too bad but there is still that swayback issue. It looks like I will be getting a book …or 2 and throwing myself into fitting knitted garments. Someone mentioned Amy Herzog and I have looked that up in the library and unfortunately they have none. Looks like it will have to be either Amazon or Craftsy. And in future I think I will sew buttons on the dress form for more accuracy.

I still really like this pattern and will be casting another one next year but I want to get the fit spot on next time. I like that the first one has so many errors in it but this one is a huge improvement. I am excited to knit the 3rd one – surely it will uber…..?

KNITWEEK2016 POSTS

Part 1: Organising my knitting stash

Part 2: Chuck Sweater

Part 3 : Antler Cardigan

Part 4 : Miette Cardigan

Thanks again for stopping by this little corner of the interwebs. Until next time Happy Knitting!

Peace and love,

Hila

 

KNITWEEK2016 Pt 4 : Miette Cardigan by Andi Sutterlund

Hello,

On to my fourth knitted garment. Its another Andi Sutterlund pattern called Miette Cardigan. Miette is a free pattern download available on Ravelry. It is a cropped cardigan with 3/4 sleeves and eyelet details. This was my first go at doing some lacework in the sense that I used yarnovers for the first time.

I used a yarn bought from loveknitting.com during a sale (its no longer available now though). Red Heart Niki is an aran weight knitting yarn which is 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool and machine-washable. Its a dark brown colour, the yarn itself feel very lovely and soft.

Here are my Ravelry Notes…..

16 May 2015. Need a cropped cardigan for my summer dresses. Cast on 47 stitches. Making the smallest size.
Using Red Heart Niki Aran in brown.
12 June 2015. Body and one sleeve done. Struggled with purling in the back. 3 balls of yarn used so far. Hope to finish by July.
16 June. Right button band started. Must finish by Friday….Neck band row 2. Just realised I dont have buttons
23 June
Finished. Waiting to get buttons then will block.

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Blocked and buttons sewn on :-).

So I finished this cardigan in June of 2015 and its been sitting in its Morrissons carrier bag until October when I decided to get my knitting house in order. Over a year!!! Argh! I know that I lost steam (again) and got excited to cast on a Marion cardigan. Then I just forgot about it. Not cool Hila.

Anyhow I finished this off so long ago I cant remember exact details except to say that it knitted up quickly. The finished item didnt look like much but when I blocked it I was pleasantly surprised that my eyelets weren’t nearly as bad as I thought.

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Miette Cardigan with my Sewaholic Renfrew top and knit pencil skirt
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Miette Cardigan
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I seem to need a swayback adjustment here too.
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Miette Cardigan – I like the eyelets
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Miette Cardigan
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Miette Cardigan

I like it despite an obvious mistake with one sleeve. Its very comfortable and keeps me warm.

KnitWeek2016 Posts

Part 1: Organising my knitting stash

Part 2: Chuck Sweater

Part 3 : Antler Cardigan

Thanks for dropping by! Until next time – happy hooking!

Peace and love,

Hila

Knitweek2016 Pt 3 Antler Cardigan by Tincan Knits

Hello again,

Welcome to Part 3 of my KnitWeek2016 wherein I share my knitting adventures for the past 12 months or more. Today I am sharing this cardigan made for my middle child. He is a wee little 4 year old who just started reception. As a summer baby I was unprepared to send him off to big school but he seems to have settled in just fine. I actually started making this cardigan for him way back in April 2016 and I had finished most of it by early June. All that was left was grafting the underarm stitches, weaving in the ends, blocking and buttons. I lost steam and procrastinated while I got excited about starting on the Chuck sweater.

After getting my knitting act together it took me less that 2 hours to finish everything and setting it up for blocking. I wet blocked it but in hindsight given the yarn is 100% acrylic a steam blocking would have been sufficient and faster. As it is I had to wait 3 days before it dried and I could sew on the buttons.

I used some yarn bought from loveknitting.com during one of their sales. Its called Red Heart Aran. To be honest I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this particular bottle green colour. Its not something I would say is in my cannon of loved colours. Still at least the yarn is machine washable which made it a perfect candidate for kids knitting.

I bought this pattern when Tincan Knits were having a half price  sale so it was a bargain given that this pattern has kids and adult sizes. The yoke cables are what attracted me. There something about how they look as if they are getting smaller in size.

After swatching, I got the correct stitch gauge with size 5 circulars. The instructions are quite well written. My only complaint is how small the font size is. I am used to a large font size which makes it easier to mark and cross off rows etc. A minor complaint to be sure, but I do like my instructions easy to read without having to squint (one would prefer not to help the wrinkles along you see).

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Antler Cardigan – Tincan Knits
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Antler Cardigan – Tincan Knits
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Antler Cardigan – Tincan Knits
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Antler Cardigan – Tincan Knits
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Antler Cardigan – Tincan Knits
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Antler Cardigan -I love the yoke.

It knits up very quickly IMO. The body is knit up to underarms first. Next the sleeves are knit up before being joined to begin the yoke. The cable was quite a pleasure to knit as it repeats so after a while I had it memorised. I got carried away and made the arms slightly too long for him but he will grow into it. The yarn was ok to work with – I cant complain much. My underarm grafting on this is a bit of a dogs dinner. I started off trying to follow a tutorial but quickly got impatient and just ended up literally sewing it instead of grafting. I have learnt my lesson and improved on it with the next project that required underarm grafting.

So my little one loved it on the first day he wore it but has decided he doesn’t like it now and refuses to wear it “because it doesnt have a zip“………..mmmm……..While I appreciate his candour, I did feel like pointing out that I spent a lot of time on it. Instead I just shrugged and walked away. I think its like with food – I will have to keep offering it to him at least 20 times before I can get a result.

Anyhow I am pleased I finished it finally (in October). I like the cabling enough to want to make it again.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs. I will be back soon with another knitting project – I have been getting my knitting house in order.

KnitWeek Part 1: Organising 

KnitWeek Part 2 : Chuck Sweater

Peace and love,

Hila

 

KnitWeek2016 Pt 2 Chuck Sweater by Andi Sutterlund

Hello again,

Moving on to Pt 2 of my KNITWEEK2016 series of posts in which I share all the knitting I have done in the last 12 months. I kicked off Part 1 with a post where I shared how I organised my yarn stash, patterns and supplies. The rest of the posts will be the actual garments I knitted up.

So here is what I like to call my purple haze Chuck sweater. I started knitting this for the OAL2016 hosted by Lladybird and Untangling Knots group. It was meant to go with the denim Holly-burn I recently made. Unfortunately I didn’t finish it within the 2 month OAL timeframe. Still its better late than never.

The yarn is one I have never worked with before. Its called Bernat Sheepish by Vicki Howell that I bought online from Deramores over a year ago. Deramores no longer has it online though. Its an acrylic wool blend medium weight yarn that is 70% acrylic, 30% wool. I liked that it can be machine washed cold. I chose the colour Magenta (ish) because, well I love purple.

I didn’t get the gauge with the recommended size 5 needles so I went up a size to 5.5 and the gauge was spot on. It was annoying having to do 2 swatches but worth it in the end.

I knitted the size SMALL based on my bust measurement.

The instructions were very easy to follow. This is something I have come to expect from Andi’s patterns. In fact they have spoiled me as I have found other instructions not as well written. What I also like about the pattern is that the cable pattern is provided as a chart and a written instructions. As someone who doesn’t yet understand cabling charts I really appreciate this.

I used the long tail cast on and I really like how it looks. I managed the cabling quite well and made only one mistake that required unraveling a couple of rows. For the sleeves I bound off using Jenny’s super stretchy BO. Its comfortable and doesn’t feel tight. For the neckband I used a new to me BO technique called the Russian bind off using this YouTube tutorial. It looks very neat but quite stretchy though not as stretchy as the BO on the sleeve – then again the neck on this pattern doesn’t need a lot of stretch as it goes over the head easily enough.

In the spirit of doing things properly I actually wet blocked for the first time and I must say I am converted. It wasn’t as tedious as I thought it would be at all. I checked out this YouTube tutorial and followed it to the letter. I bought some cheap foam pads on Ebay and some T Pins. Using the correct tools makes such a huge difference and I am glad I invested in these tools. In total they cost £12, so its not too bad.

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Chuck Sweater 

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Overall I am very pleased with this make and I expect I will be wearing it a fair bit. Its warm and soft and such a lovely vibrant colour. The pictures don’t do it justice. At first I wasn’t that keen on how this yarn was knitting up – its got this fuzzy/lofty look to it but once I got into the groove it was okay. I was also worried that the cable definition might not look as good because of the lofty yarn but I was wrong – the cables look fab IMHO.

Looking at the pictures and analysing fit, it looks like I may need the equivalent of a swayback adjustment? An perhaps a smaller size especially at the bust? Any advice and an honest opinion on fit will be much appreciated. Its an area that I need to work on. Is there  a book I can get on fitting knitted items?

I still have 1 ball left of this yarn and am thinking of making some simple fingerless mittens to go with it.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time Happy hooking 🙂

Peace and love,

Hila

 

KnitWeek2016 Pt 1 : Organising the Yarns, Supplies & Patterns

Hi guys,

The first of my posts in KnitWeek2016 begins with organising the knitting stash. I began in earnest in early October. I think that most of us in the sewing and knitting community are more of producers than consumers (only in the sense that we consume tools and raw materials to make an item rather than just purchasing an item ready made).  As a consequence we collect tools and materials for production. With that comes the challenge of keeping organised. Luckily my knitting stash is much (much) less than the sewing stash so the task of organising it didnt seem too daunting.

Cataloging the yarn

First I emptied out all the yarns I had and proceeded to catalog them all on Ravelry. I have been in awe and super impressed with how incredibly useful the Ravelry stash feature is. If you enter all your details correctly it will show you which patterns can be made up with the amount of yarn you have for a particular yarn. Also seeing what other projects have been made using that yarn in your stash is so useful for giving you ideas when you are in a rut, or if like me you cant remember what you bought the yarn for :-). So now all my yarn is cataloged and my gosh it feels good. If you would like to have snoop around my stash you can find it here <link>.

Yarn storage

I like to have my stash visible so I dont forget what I have, seeing as I am more of a more of an out-of-sight out-of-mind kind of person. The 80L plastic tub I use is great at keeping out yarn eating bugs, as well as keeping the stash visible.

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All my yarn stash in this 80l capacity plastic tub

So then while I was at it I thought that much as I like digging out all the 29 stash items I have, I wanted to easily browse what I had without having to unearth them all. So a simple idea formed to have strands on a page with name and details. I used a laminated card with a hole punch to make holes for stringing yarn samples through and voila – my yarn directory! Its kept in the same binder as my knitting patterns.

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Yarn sample catalog page in my knitting pattern binder

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Knitting patterns

Next up I sorted out the patterns I have – printed and bought (Eeeeck I actually bought a couple of patterns from an actual bricks and mortar shop when I started knitting before discovering Ravelry). Anyhow those were neatified and filed in the binder.

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Knitting patterns stored in plastic sleeves

Knitting tools and sundries

Next up my knitting tools – I have loads of circular needles, crochet hooks and DPNs. These were more challenging to organise. On the one hand I needed to have them all together but at the same time I need to look through by type quickly….for now my solution was to have them all in one old shoebox. I will be thing about how to improve on this.

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Knitting and crochet tools in separate freezer bags within one shoebox…

I now enjoy the yarn in my collection rather than feeling overwhelmed by it. Having said this though I do realise I need to do some serious yarn stashbusting over the next year.

What are your favourite yarn stash organising tips? I will be back tomorrow with another knitting post sharing a finished knitting project. I actually finished some knitting projects guys 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace and love,

Hila

Ottobre Kids Design 01/2014 : Funny Faces Dresses and T shirt

Hello again,

I made some more dresses for my little people. In particulr my twins.

I bought the cotton jersey from B&M Fabrics in Leeds. For the pattern I used an Ottobre Spring 2014 pattern called Funny Faces.

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Ottobre Design Kids 01/2014

They came together very quickly. I like how the hem is faced – it adds a lovely weight to the dress. I found the neckline a bit too high and had to trim 1cm off the neckline.

They are zany and the girls love them. Unfnortunately I didnt have enough fabric for 4 dresses but I managed to squeeze in 3 dresses.

Sewing the scraps together yielded a T shirt. The T shirt is the same pattern as the dreses just without the skirt attached. I used black ribbing cuff material that I got from B&M Fabrics.

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Ottobre Design 01/2014
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I get why they both like this one best
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Middle boy agrred to model the 3rd dress 🙂
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The hem detail
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My fave hem finish here. So lovely.
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T shirt from scraps sewn together
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Zigzag stitch around neckline
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It was hard getting them to pose but this was the best posed shot 🙂
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And then they just didnt bother..TuTiTu is more fun.

The only other problem was that both girls really wanted the hot air balloons dress and there was a fair amount of crying. Which has made realise that I cant make their clothes too different otherwise its chaos (now you know why parents of twins dress them alike:-) Incidentally when I found out I was having twins I was very much like “ Yeah I am not going to be dressing them alike – I want them to be individual” Lols -doesnt quite work like that!). As it is there is a fragile truce based on taking turns to wear the hot air balloon dress.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Peace and love,

Hila

PS Here is my Youtube video from when I completed them

Sewing Plans…..sort of…ish….

Hello again,

So I have been mulling a bit on my sewing plans. This last week with the sewing goddeses smiling upon me has meant I have been doing what I like to call intuitive sewing – which roughly translates to sewing without a specific plan. It rather entails stumbling across a fabric and thinking this could go with that other thing I am making and then I immediately cut it and sew it up and I look for some more fabric that could make something to go with the thing I just made previously…and so on….

More importantly – one of my new habits (that I am trying to form) is making sure that no remnants are left – if the left over bit is large enough for a top its gets cut immediately or if it is leggings for my twinks it gets cut and anything left over insufficient for a garment gets chucked. A very good thing for how it is depleting my stash slowly.

Anyhow I digress – the purpose of this post was to pull together my thoughts on what I want to proactively achieve over the next few months.

  1. Pattern Review are doing a One Pattern Many Looks contest which I have decided to enter. In the past I have excelled at such a challenge based on how I did at IPM 2015 and 2016 One pattern 2 ways contest. See here the Giselle Maxis I made in 2015 and the Carme blouses I made in 2016. I haven’t yet picked a pattern but my cogs are turning. You can check out the PR details here.
  2. I found out about the Little Red Dress Project over on Youtube – its not limited to vloggers – its just how I first came across it. Its a challenge to make a red dress in time for the Christmas holidays. I am realising that red looks good on me and I want to add more reds in my wardrobe so this is great for me.
  3. Separately I want to make another pair of jeans. I have bought the Mimi G pattern during the Simplicity sale. I have the fabric and I just need to trace the pattern.
  4. I signed up for Stitching Santa run by SewChet which I am quite excited about. To shake things up for myself I decided to go with knitting instead of sewing. This is my first time signing up.
  5. I need to catch up on my Burda Challenge 2016 – I have done 8 garments to date but I really need to have a total of 12 (one pattern/month) to justify the subscription. I didn’t renew my subscription when it ended in August but I actually really like Burda  patterns. Their fitting is pretty much perfect on me and they have some fun designs, so I would like to have a 12 month subscription for next year. My Burda makes so far here..
  6. I have enrolled on the free class Fall 2016 Knitalong on Craftsy. Its focusing on knitting 3 accessories over the fall months : a cowl, a hat  and fingerless mitts. The idea is one item for each month of fall. The class is free and it includes the 3 patterns. I am liking it so far since starting my cowl.

So those are some of my loose goals for the coming season’s sewing and knitting. In the meantime – I have been going through my fabric and pattern stash selecting ones that I will never use and taking them along to the Sew Up North meet up on Saturday 4th November. I cant tell you how excited I am to be going even though I know I am not going to be buying fabric (actually I have a teeny tiny £20 budget) but still I cant wait to meet everyone who is going to be coming and help out in any way I can. Plus just to soak up the feeling of being in the company of  like minded individuals. More details over here at RedWSews.wordpress.com.

Is there anything else going on in the sewing community that I have missed?

Until next time – Happy Sewing! I will be back soon.

Peace and love,

Hila

 

 

Autumnwatch

Hello chums!

I interrupt your regular broadcasting to take a walk through the last vestiges of colour in my autumn garden. I started off just puttering around the garden then ended up spending all of Saturday working in the garden. Totally unplanned but there was something very satisfying about digging and pulling out weeds, getting sweaty and smelly finishing it off with a nice hot bath at the end of the day. The time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life rejuvenates me.  It is so rewarding to spend time in nature.  There’s nothing quite like getting so close to the earth that I can smell the fresh soil, notice the small insects and textures of the organic particles that provide plants with nutrients to grow. Its mind blowing when you actually consider how a seed turns into a plant, that in turn provides us with beautiful flowers and delicious nourishment.

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A squirrel with some of our sweetcorn

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I love these fushias

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Another fuschia bush
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I think these are wild geranium

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I dont know the name of this bush but its colours are so vibrant
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There were tons of ladybugs around.
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Some Japanese Anemones
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The last onions pulled from allotment that were curing
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My blueberry bushes turning colour
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Leaf fall from our conker tree
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The Japanese Acer tree
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The pond
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Some last petunia blooms – I grew these from seed.

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I have been working on a herb garden and this is what I have grown so far from seed – 2 Parsley varieties and some thyme. Chives didnt take and basil died off.
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Digging out a bush. We decided to grass over this area so had to move the rose bushes and gladioli. I hadnt planned on garden work and just worked all day in my normal clothes :-). 
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The eating apples
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Autumn fruiting raspberries

While gardening also produces beautiful flowers, I get a such great sense of satisfaction when I grow my own vegetables. Though this year has not been good harvest wise (apart from onions and garlic) I do not measure our success by the bounty it provides but by the peace of mind and connection to earth that  can be achieved by spending just a few hours gardening.

Do you like gardening too?

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace and love,

Hila