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A little sewing, repurposing garments, a little quilting, a little musing

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Been a little productive, craftwise, in the past few days, sorting fabric and playing with repurposing some charity shop bargains.  I have ideas to make new summer tops and a pair of culottes.  Having cut out two commercial paper patterns, realised I am so inbetween sizes and  thought about past disasters  I am jigging those patterns so finished garments will hopefully fit me in the right places.  I am not the body size or shape I wish I was (oops! too much good living and too much time spent sitting!)

So I bought a huge men’s shirt for less than £3.00 – am cutting it up. I llke the fabric but it has a stain on it so bought it for the fabric not the garment itself.  I have also taken apart a gorgeous broderie anglaise dress I had two years ago, it had a huge snag on the front (grrr, the washing machine ‘ate’ it!).  I have chopped into it to make a sample fitted top, making sure the darts are in the correct places, then will use it as a sample as a pattern.

I bought some beautiful linen trousers too.  They were made for someone with the longest legs ever – so I have rehemmed them to fit (I actually have long legs but these were ridiculous!)   Also a blouse, which was too short in the body, I added a trim to the bottom and voila – perfect for me.  In fact I wore this combo to work yesterday – so can’t show it off as it’s now in the laundry pile – will show off pics next time.

So, for a pic today …. I have chosen one of a bag I made for a friend last year.  A little quilting, lots of fun I had one Sunday afternoon.

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Thanks for reading my blog post(s).

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2017 Plans to knit and to sew and to create not just think about it !

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I just read Jenny Stilwell’s blog and it made me think how I didn’t keep up with my own 2016 plans. https://jensewsandknits.com/author/flickchickknits/

I quote ‘Sewing has really fallen by the wayside in 2016 and in the coming year I will be sewing a minimum of 4 hours every week. This will be put in my calender as a normal appointment and I plan on treating it as a work date so cannot be cancelled unless I am away.’

What a great idea.  I have often felt guilty to put my creative time above other things and although I have crafted a lot over the years, I have never formally made time for it unless it has been at a club outside the home.  I have for 2 years given myself ‘me time’ at a lovely craft and coffee club on a Thursday morning – it’s a great meet up of like-minded crafters and we have crafted together and sunk many a cappucino whilst putting the world to rights.  However, it isn’t intense crafting time, distractions are indeed welcome and indeed meeting the others during that time in part is for companionship and inspiration is plentiful.  I do not give up my Thursday mornings unless there is an emergency! However, I just don’t seem to get enough actual crafting done some weeks.  I shall seriously think about popping formal crafting time into my diary just like a work appointment.  Thank you Jen, I feel almost like I have had permission to do so!  Thursdays may become the day for myself and my needles, be it knitting or sewing ones.

Saying that… I haven’t been idle since 2017 began.  Last weekend I made the most gorgeous baby blanket.  I loved it! I loved the yarn! I loved the pattern! I love the finished item!  I feel I have found delight again in knitting.  I have knitted for years, have many WIPs, have had successes and disasters, but this one project was such a pure pleasure to make. It was quick, it worked, it is a gift ready well before the gift date. It is the first of many new projects for 2017.

 

 

 

Knitted Wristies

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I just thought I’d pop a little knitting pattern on here.  These wristies were a little project from 2013 – I made several pairs for myself, a good friend and my sister in law.  I feel the cold a lot – so I love to keep my hands toastie, especially when driving and gloves with fingers get in the way. My good friend Jess was working at a primary school and needed a pair to keep her hands warm during winter playground duty, so gratefully received her pair.  And my sis in law commutes to London by train – BR trains aren’t always warm so gloves/wristies can be absolute necessity on board some days.  All in all fairly quick projects, gratefully received. 

 

The wristies have a scallop 4 row pattern, are knitted on straight needles , then sewn together with buttons for show only and a hole for your thumb to pop through.  I used a British 100% pure wool – Woolyknit Diggle DK.  These are very warm and cosy, practical for keeping your arm warm without compromising grip when your fingertips are needed.

 

Materials:  50g/122m Double knit yarn – I used Woolyknit Diggle DK, Pair of 4mm knitting needles,  10 small buttons,   Sewing Up Needle

                                               

 

Abbreviations/Special Notes:

K= knit

P = purl

K2tog = knit two stitches together

YO = bring yarn over before working next stitch (towards the knitter, not away from her/him)

St = stitches

 

Left Hand

** Break off 1m of yarn and keep it safe for future use. You will need this when making thumb hole halfway through wristie.

Working from the main ball of yarn, using appropriate needle size to yarn gauge, cast on 52 st

 

Pattern :

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, *(K2tog,) x 2, (yo, k1) x 4), (k2tog) x 2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2

Row 4: Knit

 

Work 27 rows of pattern  finishing on a Row 3.  **

Now you make the hole for the thumb.  Knit 6st.  Cast off 9 sts . Knit to end.

Next Row: Knit to cast off stitches. Using spare yarn (first instruction for each Wristie!), cast on and knit 9 sts. Knit to end of row.

 

Continue as before in pattern, starting with a Row 2. Work 27 rows of pattern for double knit, ending on a Row 4.

Work 6 rows in knit stitch only.  Cast off loosely.

 

 

Right Hand

** Break off 1m of of yarn and keep it safe for future use .  You will need this when making thumb hole halfway through wristie.

Working from the main ball of yarn, cast on 52 st

 

Pattern :

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, *(K2tog,) x 2, (yo, k1) x 4), (k2tog) x 2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2

Row 4: Knit

 

Work 27 rows of pattern finishing on a Row 3.  **

 

Now thumbhole row.  Knit to last 15st. Cast off Cast off 9 sts. Knit to end (6 st.)

 

Next row: Knit to cast off stitches. Using spare yarn (first instruction for each Wristie!), cast on and knit 9 sts .  Knit to end of row.

 

Continue as before in pattern, starting with a Row 2. Work 27 rows of pattern, ending on a Row 4.

Work 6 rows in knit stitch only.  Cast off loosely.

 

Finishing your wristies

Fold each wristie into a ‘tube’ (imagine it on your arm/hand), cast on edge overlaps cast off edge (the 6 rows of knit only are on the underside).  Pin to help you mark button positions. Sew a button on each scallop through both layers to hold the wristie together.   5 buttons per wristie.