Until then, I leave you with an oreo cupcake. I didn't share this either. I regret nothing.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
The Sculpture in Context exhibition is on at the Dublin Botanic Gardens now, until October 17th.
I quite enjoy wandering about the Botanic Gardens any day of the year, but really enjoy keeping an eye out for the sculptures - especially the almost-hidden ones on a stroll through the garden.
Of course, the textile works have an extra special place in my heart.
Prophecy by Mette Sofie Roche
Uproot by Marika Miklosi Manning
I managed to wander through the Palm House when the sprinkler system had just been switched on. The beautiful light on a sunny day was worth the soaking.
Small Breaths by Margaret Tuffy
Monday, September 8, 2014
A number of weeks ago, I was presented with a skein of Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Heathers, and a challenge to knit something 'cowl like' in less than two weeks.
The yarn is beautifully cosy, drapes wonderfully, and has the most wonderful subtle heathered appearance - too subtle to capture successfully on camera (unless you actually know what you're doing with a camera!). After some experimentation with this baby alpaca yarn, I realised that a little lace would show it off nicely. Existing patterns on Ravelry were not speaking to me, and so the Dapple Cowl was born!
The cowl is knit in the round and features a lace panel surrounded by stocking stitch. It uses one skein of the Herriot Heathers and is long enough to wear as a hood over your head too, for particularly chilly days.
The pattern is available to download now for free.
The yarn should be available in This is Knit in the coming weeks!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
During the recent warm weather I've mostly been dressing the small human in loose light dresses & leggings. I picked up this little frock in H&M recently, and figured the construction was simple enough to imitate; raglan sleeves with an a-line body and a little bit of elastic at the neck & sleeve to gather. No buttons, no zippers.
There were pleats & darts on the front of the original blouse that I kept in the fabric; it's extra room for air to circulate on warm days. Though, now that the dress is done the weather has turned cooler! I'm delighted to make something useful out of damaged clothing; I've still got some scraps of the fabric left that may become bunting or patchwork eventually.
I haven't posted about knitting in a while; I'm working away on quite a few too many things at once, as usual. I've just picked up Rialto 4ply for my next planned project; Hansel by Gudrun Johnston. I'll be combining existing stash with the new yarn, and joining in with This is Knit's Hap-along... once I get a couple of other ongoing projects out of the way.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
My niece has just turned four. Her most favourite thing at the moment is to 'be' Elsa from Frozen. So I thought she might appreciate an Elsa-coloured cape to swirl and flounce in.
I used the Reversible Hooded Play Cape from Growing up; Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee.
I thought long & hard, & dragged out most of the fabric stash before settling on a red corduroy bought years ago combined with an aqua blue satin-ish fabric from Murphy Sheehy's, convinced that shiny fabric would be more 'princessy' in the mind of a 4 year old.
I am a very inexperienced sewer; I have never actually used a commercial pattern before, but I found both the pattern and written instructions clear & thorough.
Luckily, the fit of the project is not critical and I ended with a wearable cape. Though the only available model was far from impressed with being asked to sit or stand still....
For the record, I did try it on, and I am tempted to sew an adult sized version. I look forward to making dressing up clothes for my own little one when she is a little older.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
''She was the strangest girl that Tommy and Annika had ever seen. It was Pippi Longstocking, going out for her morning walk.
This is what she looked like:
Her hair was the colour of a carrot and it was plaited in two tight plaits that stuck straight out. Her nose was the shape of a very small potato, and it was completely covered with freckles...
Her dress was quite odd. Pippi had made it herself. It was supposed to have been blue, but there hadn't been enough blue material, so Pippi had decided to sew on little red patches here and there. ''
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgrin.
Pattern; Poppy by Ysolda TeagueYarn; Patons UK fab DK for the body; Sirdar Snuggly DK for the hair & dress; DK weight scraps for patches on dress, and sock leftovers for stockings & boots.
Unlike many toy patterns, this doll is knitted in the round, in one piece, with stitches for arms held on spare yarn, much like say a top down raglan jumper. Brilliant for someone who doesn't enjoy seaming about a million little pieces of knitting!
My only deviations from the pattern were for the surface details;
I stitched & knotted individual strands for the hair **to allow plaiting, and added a few freckles across the face. I also added a couple of duplicate stitch patches, and knit separate long stockings with boots (I had knit stockings as part of the legs but they were much too short).
Mr Nilsson. And I really want to get another copy of the book just so I can read it
*My Small Human received two knitted bunny toys and The Velveteen Rabbit for her first birthday from her auntie; I admit to stealing the book + matching toy idea.
**Massive thanks to Sue for providing the perfect orange yarn from stash for that!
Friday, June 6, 2014
I've been working away on a couple of projects over the last month or so with specific deadlines, and the last week or so has been spent sewing, grafting, weaving in ends. All the fiddly little things that are necessary to finish a knit properly.
The final project looks much neater thanks to a photo tutorial recently posted on Ysolda's blog; Technique Thursday -weaving in ends. It's one of those simple-but-brilliant tips that I didn't realise I needed to know, but has improved the look of my finished items since. I do love learning!