Archive | September 2013

Crochet Blanket – Twentieth Stripe

My crochet blanket was put on hold during the warm weather, however I have now picked it back up again and have now reached the end of the twentieth stripe, meaning that the blanket is now two third complete:


Only ten more stripes to go, I would quite like to get the blanket completed during October so that it is definitely done ready for the cooler months.

Tiger Skater at Wedding

On Tuesday Si and I went to a friends’ wedding, as is the case when you are invited to a wedding I felt that it would be good to have a new dress to wear and so I embarked on the making of a second skater dress (the flamingo skater was my first). I brought some tiger patterned fabric from Kitschy Coo (there is an amazing selection of knit fabric is her shop, I have fallen in love with the new scooter fabric).

I made the dress up on Saturday and it gave me an excuse to use my new to me overlocker. The longest part of this dress was the cutting out because I really wanted to ensure that my tigers ran straight over the waist of the dress. I didn’t get it absolutely perfect but I’m actually pretty chuffed with the finished result.


I think the cutting out probably took me a couple of hours and then the sewing only took about an hour, so all in all a very quick make. There is not much to add to what I said about the pattern before, I once again took an inch from the length of the bodice and still feel that the instructions are perfectly written and very easy to follow. It is no understatement to say I love this pattern, I’m already planning my third make with a lovely grey fabric I have in my stash.

The day of the wedding was very sunny, giving a perfect chance for the dress to be photographed outside:

tiger standing

Here is one to see the close up of those tigers:

tiger top

Making the dress up on my overlocker really cut down on the sewing time and the hemming was a breeze (unlike my first skater where the knit fabric was a bit tricky to handle)


We both had a great day (and the bride was in a beautiful handmade dress too). Here Si and I are enjoying the sun:

si and jo

My Knitting Hero

Last week I blogged about my problems with my paperdolls jumper, namely that it appeared to be too small around the arms and this meant that i would have to frog all of my beautiful dolls to correct the issue. Then my new knitting hero commented on my post to say that I should give a go at doing a sample and blocking it to check the amount it changed. I want to say a massive thank you to Lizzy of Lizzylikescake you have saved me a massive amount of work and me falling out of love with the paperdolls….you are officially my knitting hero!!!!


New Toy Renfrew

After my sewing disasters I decided that I would get back on the bandwagon by treating myself to a new toy:


An overlocker!!! I have been thinking about getting one for ages (in fact my mum asked if I would like one for my 30th and I opted for pans instead!) but decided to finally get one last week. I knew that I couldn’t afford to get a brand new one so had a look on eBay, watched loads and then I won the Janome a few days ago. I was very excited when it arrived though the door and couldn’t wait to get my hands on in.

I opted for the Sewaholic Renfrew. I have had this pattern for ages and have no idea why I didn’t get around to using it. Anyway for the fabric I used rest of the flamingo left over from my skater dress . I thought it would be good to try using leftovers because I have never used an overlocker before and if it all went hideously wrong at least I hadn’t ruined a whole load of fabric.

When it came to cutting out it was very clear that I didn’t have anywhere near enough so I also used a bit of light blue knit fabric from my stash. Here is the finished pattern:


As you can see I halved the front to use the flamingo at the top and the blue at the bottom, the back is all blue. I then used the flamingo for the waistband and cuffs to bring the whole top together.

The other change I made to the pattern is that I shorted the body by an inch, in all honesty now that I have put it on I wish I had taken off another inch. I made the round neck version with the three quarter sleeves, I love three quarter length sleeves, I like the idea of long ones but spend the whole time pushing them up my arms.

Once I had figured out how to thread up the overlocker the whole make was very quick, probably about 90mins including cutting out. I love the inside finish that the overlocker gives and I am looking forward to using it again in the future. I am also particuarly happy with my seams and how the match up:


The top is super comfy, great for relaxing weekends. I already plan on making another one in some other fabric I have in my stash.


R is for Robin

Seems as I have been a little off my sewing and knitting I have been working on the superheroes alphabet sampler. It is really coming along and I am so pleased that I took this project on and approached it in a slowly but surely fashion. Today I have finished R, for Robin.


This is one of my favourite ones so far, I love the mixture of colours.

Creative Slumps

I read a lot of other crafting blogs and have read about other people being effected by craft block/low sew-jo etc. and these past few days I have found myself somewhat afflicted with this dreadfulness, hence my period of quiet.

I think I have usually got around my loss of interest in creating stuff because I have projects in knitting, sewing, crocheting and cross stitch running concurrently, so if I lose interest in one I have another three to bury myself in. However this week I have had two projects hit a bit of a wall and this has knocked me somewhat.

So in true honest style, here goes, incident on project one – Sewing:

Remember I was making those trousers for Si? The ones I actually did my first ever muslin for? Here they are:



And from the back:



I finished these off whilst Si was away and literally the only thing left to do was hem them. When he returned I asked him to put them on so I could get the exact right length and horror of horrors…they were about four inches too big around the waist!!! ARGHHH! I was very upset with the whole thing, I spent ages on them and can’t believe that they don’t fit. Prior to this project I have never made a muslin in my life but I did for this one…and it fit! This all happened last weekend and I haven’t touched my sewing machine since, that is how upset I am with myself.

Now I have had a few days to reflect, here are my thoughts:

1) I followed the craftsy class and even though the trousers do not fit I have learnt a huge amount

2) At least they are too big, I can alter them, better than too small

3) I brought the brown cord material as a test fabric for the moleskin ones he really wants, thank goodness I did this

Incident on Project Two – Knitting:

I have been merrily working away on my paperdolls jumper, getting it ready for my self imposed deadline of the 18th September. I have now reached the top of the dolls and have actually started working on the ribbing. That’s right on the collar…final stretch!


On Monday night, after the knitting group I go to I decided that I would try it on.  All was going fine, the body fits beautifully (Kate Davies’ designs are very flattering) the lenght is perfect and then oh no, the arms are too small/tight. Currently the underarm bit is on safety pins (my stitch holders) until I sew the ends in, but if I sew them up as the are I’ll never get my arms into the jumper. The main issue with this is that to sort out the arms I have to frog the paperdolls and they have taken me months and months to finish.

I’m now at that point where I know I have to frog but just can not bring myself to do it, it is all quite upsetting. I will do it eventually because I love the jumper and the colours of the wool are beautiful and very “Me.”

Yesterday I cast on a new project to work on whilst I come to terms with the disaster with the paperdolls. But fret not, the paperdolls WILL get finished and hopefully before 18th September 2014.