Archive | September 2012

Knitting Paper Dolls – Finishing the Ribbing

The other day I started knitting up the Paper Dolls jumper after I re-found the wool for this jumper whilst decorating the office. I have continued to work on it and managed to finish the ribbing at the bottom and start the decreases for the waist.

This is how it is currently looking:

and a close up:

I am so ridiculously pleased with my alternate rib which I have never done before. Working on this project has reminded me why I love knitting on the round, it is so easy to pick up and put down (as long as I am disciplined in marking off when I pass my marker) so any spare minute I have I can do a bit of work on the project. This jumper has seven decrease rounds worked in until the waist I currently have done two so five more to go.

Capsule Wardrobe Challenge – Deciding the Clothes

Back in August I mentioned that I am aiming to sew up a capsule wardrobe, I have already decided on my colour scheme so today I went through my patterns to make a decision about what clothes I would like to make. I thought I would try to use patterns that I already have rather than purchasing a load.


The main part of the wardrobe will be a winter coat, S’s mum has lent me this pattern which I believe she has had since the 1960’s, it is a very beautiful coat and I think it will look gorgeous in a deep purple:

I would also like to make a matching hat and gloves, I already have this pattern in my stash and I like view E:


Now for the clothes, the only thing I have not got in my stash is a trouser pattern. Looking around I really like the Thurlow Trousers by Sewaholic or Colette Juniper  so will have to make a decision and settle on one of these. The fact that Lladybird is hosting a Thurlow Sew Along at the end of October may swing it for me.

Skirt wise is very easy, my two favourites are Amy Butler Barcelona skirts and Colette’s Ginger:

I aim to make the layer skirt from Amy Bulter and Version two from Ginger. That leaves tops, view B of the McCall’s, version two of Jasmine and version three of Sencha:

 And dresses, I am aiming to make version one of the Peony and view C of the Vogue pattern:


This means that when I visit Paris in one week (only seven days, I am counting them down!!), I am looking for fabric for:

Coat lining – I already have the wool blend fabric

Hat lining – left over wool blend from the coat will be used for the hat exterior


Vogue Dress – I already have some fabric for the Peony



McCall’s top

Ginger skirt

Layered Barcelona skirt

Trousers (type to be decided)


When I come back from Paris I will be itching the start the sewing on these eleven items of clothing. I can’t wait to see what fabric I find, I will write up my fabric post once I get back!!



Knitting Paper Dolls – Finally!!

Sometime in 2010 I brought this pattern from Ravelry:

I brought it after I had downloaded the owls pattern that is also by Kate Davies. I loved the paperdolls and despite being very new to knitting at this point I just could not resist the beautiful pattern. I then asked for the wool to make the jumper for Christmas and S’s mum brought me the wool:

The main colour will be the grey with the dolls in the purple and the detail in the reddie colour. The wool then ended up in the back of my sewing wardrobe because try as I might I could not figure out alternate rib and you tube videos did not help me either. Then last weekend as part of the redecoration of the office (all my craft stuff is in there) I sorted through everything and uncovered the wool and decided that I really would give it another go.

Over the weekend I cast on using the i-cord method (Kate gives really clear instructions on this in the pattern), I can not even begin to describe how time consuming this is, but it is honestly worth it because the bottom of the jumper already looks really pretty. I then did my first lots of alternate ribs….and it worked!!!!!

Here is the start of the jumper:

And a close up…check out the i-cord cast on, very pretty:

More Horse Racing Cushions – Huntball and Synchronised

All the way back in April I made some horse racing themed cushions for S, when I made them he requested that I make him some more so that he would have a little set. Orginally he had liked the idea of having a Frankle cushion but decided that because Kauto Star and Big Bucks are jump horses the other one should also be a jump horse and Frankle is a flat horse.

After much thinking he settled on Huntball and Synchronised to add to Kauto and Big Bucks.

I firstly worked out the measurements for the strips and then cut out pattern pieces from paper:


Then I cut out the fabric pieces, for Huntball:


And Synchronised:


I then sew all of the pattern pieces together:


Then added the cushion backs on. Here are the two finished cushions:


Decorating the Office

S and I moved to our flat just over two years ago and when we moved in we made the decision that we would use the small room as our bedroom and the large room as the office (S and I both work from home on alternate days so having dedicated work space was really important). It made sense because we felt that the small room was more than big enough and putting our bed into the bigger room we felt would be a waste of space. However two years on we both feel we still have not maximized the space within the office, especially considering that it is the same size as our previous living room and kitchen combined.

We both felt that the office has essentially become a room with a desk and a lot of clutter so as part of the flat redecoration we had a real thought about what to do it the space.

This is how the office looked on Saturday morning:

We decided that we would use the shelves as a room divider to separate the desk from the rest of the room. These were the shelves on Saturday morning:

This was the view from the door:

Firstly we took Little One to the pet sitter, and then started to empty the room. It was unbelievable how much stuff we had in this one room so emptying it out took over the whole flat and I was pleased Little One was out. We then proceeded to paint the walls:

We then sorted through all of our things, trying to be pretty brutal about what things to keep and what things to donate or throw out and then moved everything back into the office using the shelves as a room divider:

This meant that S now has an office area:

I then covered the old office chair and the futon in green polka dot material for a little seating area: