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I haven’t decided what it’s going to be yet!
I just discovered this draft blog post from a while ago – I was ‘cleaning’ up things on my laptop – I can’t believe I missed posting this. I guess at the time my blogging practice was poor or the internet signal failed and I just didn’t remember to press ‘send’ . What a fail!
Well, this lovely piece of patchwork turned into a sewing machine cover. I have been sewing quite a lot over the last two weeks and every time I reveal my machine it brings me a little delight.
I have a Juki HZL-e80 machine purchased a few years ago from World of Sewing in Bromley, Kent. https://www.worldofsewing.com
Yesterday, whilst sewing with a friend – a lovely day spent together quilting – more to follow on my next post about that – we were chatting about what we like about our machines and why we bought them. For me, it was several things – the automatic needle threader, thread cutter attachment, the use of a stop/start button as an alternative to a foot pedal, the fact you can slow the sewing speed down (from hare to a tortoise!), the selection of embroidery stitches, the weight of the machine – at the time it was a huge leap up from my second hand old Singer which had been struggling on for eons! I guess, you can make more with the correct tools. I was so fed up with my old machine grabbing the thread around the bobbin spool and it was clunky and so heavy to move from the cupboard to the table.
I am so inspired by what I see friends make and from the online world, either through blogs or Pinterest (there’s how to lose a few hours!). I have been loving my latest creative weeks – there are not enough hours in the day to sew and to knit! I am between ‘real’ jobs and it’s been marvellous to just enjoy creating and trying to use some of my fabric and yarn stash.
I love to see what others make – even considered eventually opening my own Etsy shop, but that’s a long way off.
At a recent trip to a local craft fair – a recce to see what sells (!) – there was a fantastic textile exhibition. I loved one person’s work in particular, which included a mini hexagan patchwork quilt (no photo here), embroidery of the most colourful kind, and other embroideries on reclaimed antimassacars ! Adding just a few photos – on this occasion real snapshots only.
I hope you like what you see here.
The Ravelry challenge is over today. To finish what I started –
Day 30 – 30th March 2017 – what crafts would I like to learn? There must be a whole host of undiscovered crafts out there, ones I have never had a whiff of! I can think of a few I am not interested in but there must be so many more and I look forward to finding them.
Day 31 – today – end results – two completed baby jackets, both photographed recently, three quarters of a cardigan for me, also photographed in progress – that’s one thing I had really hoped to complete! I have sewn as well as knitted – I made felted doughnuts – 10 large, 10 small, 4 embroidery hoops with freehand machine embroidery and hand stitching, a french stick bag – oh I haven’t photographed that yet – that’s for me to take to our house in France. It’s taken 10 years of saying ‘I really could do with some kind of long bag to keep our bread in! I have semi-sorted my yarn stash, been shocked at how much I had and why I purchased a lot of it. I’ve sold 11 lots of yarn in online auctions and gifted two bags of crafting things to charity. All in all my crafting world at home has been attacked and it felt good.
Spring has sprung here in the UK. Perhaps a lot of this sorting out has been a little bit of a Spring Clean! I made an awful mess along the way!
Busy few days. Inspired by https://shirleycyeung.wordpress.com/ amongst others I have started by first top down knitted item and I LOVE IT ! Having tried once before and failed badly, I choose small, a new baby project from Ravelry.com – All-In-One Sleeveless Baby Top (6 months) & (9 – 12 months) by marianna mel With a little help from a YouTube video on understanding construction I totally get it now.
Here’s a little bit of my progress. It’s small but more projects going on at the same time.
I have also finished another baby top – bottom up construction – needs a little steaming and a button, not as pleased with the button band as I should be, hopefully that will steam out a little.
NaKniCromo on Ravelry.com – it’s take a lot of thinking about my dream project (Day 16) – not sure I have just one, just an image of several. I guess premium yarns, dreams to knit without hiccups, perhaps at least one repeat of an item knit a few years ago. Oh, and of course, the price of the wool would be irrelevant or it would have been free!
Day 17 – Dream Tools – I favour Knit Pro Symfonie needles, rainbows even when knitting with boring yarn! Day 18 – Technique I would like to master – I would like to be more adventurous with cables, though at the moment I have so much I want to knit that I choose more simple patterns that seem a lot quicker than the fantastic complicated cables I drawl over. Day 19 – More Yarn or Less yarn – More yarn, always more yarn of course. I am working on reducing my stash, whether knitting it or selling some to buy more.
Day 20 – Today – Favourite Tip or Trick – It’s ok to rip something back, don’t consider it wasted time, consider it a learning curve. Also, mattress stitch, once learned I have never gone back to running stitch or oversewing seams.
And a little sewing – remember the last post – beige and pink circles with sewing pins. They turned into these doughnuts! And now they are available to purchase at a little lovely cafe, The Teashop at Downe, Kent. I hope customers popping by for a tea and cake will fancy taking a Calorie Free/Sugar Free cake home for later!
So as you see, a busy few days here.
I have had more time recently and what have I done with a lot of it! Wasted it! Why is it that the more time one has the less efficient one can be? I aim to do better during the next few days. Works in progress – Love this Cardigan – it’s growing steadily. I now have 2 fronts and this much of the back of it. Schoeller and Stahl Meribel is great to work with.
Another project – this time to make a little ££ – they’re going to be calorie free, sugar free, look edible (but won’t be), available in a shop near me soon. More to follow another day …
And Rav Challenge NaKnicroMo continuing, slightly not on the same time zones, but
Day 13 Fave Tool – KnitPro Symfonie needles, prefer the straights but use interchangeables too – occasionally the screw comes undone though, which makes a knit frustrating.
Day 14 Share My Progress – see above, ML181 Love this Cardigan – I LOVE THIS CARDIGAN
Day 15 Dream Craft Storage – I look at Pinterest often and see all these lovely work and hobby stations and despair at mine sometimes! I take inspiration from those with traditional storage, dressers, wooden storage with twiddly fixings, yarn and fabric in colour co-ordinations or complementary patterns or gauges. For basic storage – this would be good, and simple
I would love a yarn and fabric combo like this
Mine is more like this
Whilst functional is just not pretty.
Must get on, yarn to store prettily and projects to finish. What’s on your pins or what are you sticking with needle and thread?
Day 8 – popped a pic on Ravelry.com, can’t put another on a fellow member of this group’s blog post, so here’s a mini post from me. Today, in my sitting room, knitting a bit, and this is where I usually prefer to wield the needles. My ‘helper’ is Mercury, one of my moggies. His sister, Matilda, escaped the photo session. And Yes, I like teal but it wasn’t until I brought home this yarn purchase that I realised I might just ‘disappear’ into the furniture in future when I am wearing the finished cardigan!
Schoeller and Stahl Meribel – Shades 19 (the teal one) and 4 (the navy one). I decided to knit this
Pattern ML181 Love this Cardigan Ravelry.com. Meribel’s great to work with , it’s soft, it grows quickly on big needles, it sheds a little but not too much. I made the first front in speedy time. I began the second front. I usually compare the two as I go along, especially when there are colour changes or shaping – but I didn’t this time. (Why?? I can’t actually answer that!) I measured the two against each other only when I reached the armhole shaping and realised I’d not done enough stripes on piece two (how did I miscount when the stripes are in bands of 2? I know my 2 x tables!) and the pocket was placed too low down. Duh! So I had to rip down a couple of hours of work, undoing this slightly fluffy yarn whose fibres cling to each other, and started reknitting, surrounded by teal fluff.
We knitters know ripping is quicker than knitting! Ripping is satisfying to me only if it doesn’t mean it’s a current mistake than needs fixing quickly. I really want to finish this cardigan to wear this season and I have so many WIPs that this was a little ‘treat’ to myself. Dare I carry on today for a while or do I need to switch to a much more pressing time restrained project (eg. a friend’s baby may arrive soon and he/she needs something to wear much more than I need to add to my own wardrobe)? I guess my knitting time today will be shared between the two.
And before I go – Meribel, France, not been there, just quoting yarn name vs place name. I wonder why ‘Meribel’ as Schoeller and Stahl is a German yarn brand. Just wondering …
Here’s how far I got to last night, pocket back in, stripes of the right number. Bye for now. Got to go, got to knit!