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Showing posts from April, 2014

Sewing FO - sun hat

I present to you a 'vintage' baby sun-bonnet. It was mine as a baby, and I'm reasonably sure that my dolls wore it too. It's now coming in useful for my own Small Human in the glorious sunny weather we have had recently.  But it's always useful to have more than one. I used the original bonnet as a template, & whipped up a second one in some leftover camouflage fabric. It just took an hour or two. Of course, I had to add just a little hint of girlie, with some pink gingham ribbon around the outside... and some pink gingham lining on the inside.  She even keeps it on sometimes, as she seems to realise the wide brim keeps the sun out of her eyes.  The other half has been referring to this hat as 'Little Soldier on the Prairie' - seems accurate!
I intend to make another one or two in plainer fabrics, so that they will go with any outfit we might have on her. I've recently been watching 'The Great British Sewing Bee' so have found it strangely …

Baby garments (or Lessons in Swatching part 2)

I spent most of the month of March knitting two cardigans for the small human. Being rather small, these garments should not have taken so long to knit, only I chose to ignore the swatching process. 
It seems that my tension, and therefore my stitch gauge has somehow changed all of a sudden. I was a slightly loose knitter & almost always got gauge using a needle one size smaller than recommend in the pattern.
Pattern: Harvest by Tin Can Knits Yarn: Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran Button: From my mother's button jar. 

This cardigan had about 3 false starts.  It began as a more complicated pattern, but I was in the mood for a simpler piece of knitting.  I first started to knit the pattern as written; then chose to re-knit several times to avoid staggered stitches at the neckline, and when I realised the garment would be too small.  I checked my gauge somewhere along the knit & realised it was tighter than required by the pattern. I did like the resulting fabric though, and…

Lessons in Swatching

I realise that I have written very little about knitting lately. This is largely due to the fact that most of my knitting time has been spent working up swatches, experimenting with colour & pattern.

Now that I've settled on colour it's time to do some calculations, only I forgot to write down which sized needle I used.... Oops.

The lesson here is to always write things down because;
1. I will not remember the needle size and
2. I will probably put the needle back in the needle case before I get around to measuring it.