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Coco is a foxy lady!

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is treating you well so far. I have a bit of a backlog of sewing projects to share with you, starting with a foxy Coco T-shirt.

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Way back at the end of the summer, Girl Charlee contacted me to ask if I would like to try some of their jersey fabric. Having browsed their fantastic selection of jersey prints, the answer was of course yes. I chose a lovely fox print with a fun T-shirt in mind.

You may have seen that in some of my previous makes I have dabbled with jersey (most successfully with the Coco dress), but I struggle a bit with quality. I have had some bad experiences with some very cheap, but ultimately dissapointing, jersey before and therefore I was a little bit dubious about ordering jersey online without first being able to assess the quality. However, I needn’t have worried. This jersey is beautifully soft, and a dream to work with an wear.

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To show off this print, I wanted a simple T-shirt but I didn’t want to have to fiddle around with any fitting issues. So to the trusty Coco from Tilly and The Buttons I went. I have made two Coco dresses before, but this was my first time with the T-shirt.

I wanted a loose slouchy style so I cut a size up from usual and I also added two inches to the length, which is a standard adjustment for me. As usual with this pattern, construction was straightforward and this was a pretty quick make.

My only other alteration was the sleeves, instead of following the pattern, I sewed the cuffs using my favourite attachment style, originally taken from SImplicity 1652. This gives an attractive and neat finish with no visible seams inside or out, although I must confess that I forget how it is done every time and therefore it always involves a bit of head-scratching! Sorry, I realise this is not particularly helpful. If anyone is interested in a tutorial let me know – this might be beneficial to do anyway if only for me!!

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I finished this top back in September (the sun shine is a giveaway!) but the pictures have sat on my camera until now. I love this top and have worn it on regular rotation ever since – I can testify the jersey washes well!

I forsee many more Coco T-shirts in my future, this is fast becoming my go-to jersey pattern. I could do with expanding my repotoire though – what’s your favourite jersey pattern?

Kat xx

Disclaimer: Girl Charlee provided me with this fabric for free in exchange for a review, but all views are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage baby knits: Audrey Hoodie

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Over the summer i’ve been dabbling in quite a bit of knitting for small people, with several friends expecting this autumn. The first of these is the Audrey Cardigan, taken from a book called Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren.

I picked this book up some time ago in a bargain book shop for a few pounds, although you can also buy it on Amazon for slightly more pounds. It is full of a good number of patterns ranging from the 1920s to 1950s, some of which have aged better than others!

I chose the Audrey Cardigan as it was touted as “an example of the quick-to-knit patterns so popular in the late 1950s”.

Hmm.

Pretty it may be, but quick-to-knit it sure isn’t, as anyone in my monthly craft group can testify! The pattern is fairly simple, and the cardigan is knit in one piece with the only seams to sew up being the underarms and sides, however the whole thing is knit in moss stitch which is not the speediest stitch. I was well and truly fed up of this stitch by the time this cardigan was complete!

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The yarn I used was Sidar Snuggly Baby Speckle, a 60% cotton and 40% acrylic blend, in colourway 128 “Billy Blue”. As the name suggests this yarn is super soft but yet feels quite robust, especially knit in moss stitch as it is here.

When I begun this hoodie I was unsure whether my friend was having a girl or a boy. As it turned out she had a little boy, but I personally would still have gifted this cardigan if she had had a little girl instead. Due to the flecks in the colour, I think this would have worked for either – although I am aware that some of you may disagree, and that’s ok.

An interesting feature of this cardigan is the shell edging, which is added in double crochet. My crochet is a bit rusty and so the edging is not quite as neat as shown in the photos in the book – however I think the desired effect still comes across.

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One frustration I had was down to the fact that I am a perpetually loose knitter, and despite knitting a tension square and already going down a needle size, the finished cardigan still turned out bigger than expected. Given this is for a child it’s not such a big problem, as it will just fit the little one at a slightly older age, but I do find my tension an issue. If any knitters out there have any wise words of wisdom to manage tension, I would greatly welcome your tips.

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Despite being a considerably less quick-knit than anticipated, I was pleased with the result, as was my friend to whom it has been gifted. So I wouldn’t completely discount knitting this again in the future – just perhaps with the knowledge than it might be a slow burner!

What’s on your knitting needles at the moment?

Kat x

Owls cardigan

Hello everyone and happy Saturday. It’s been a long and busy week and I am very glad that it’s the weekend. Today I can finally share with you my owls cardigan! Cast on here as part of the owls knitalong, I shamelessly missed my May deadline, although not by as long as it may appear as it also took a bit of time for it to be cool enough for me to be able to bear putting it on to photograph. It has been WARM in these parts! Even when it hasn’t been sunny, it has been muggy. But I now have pictures!

The pattern is a jumper, Owls by Kate Davies, but knowing that I wear cardigans a lot more than jumpers I have made it into a cardigan. This was really easy to do following the instructions on converting this pattern to a cardigan which I found on Ravelry. Jenny WIllknitt has kindly shared her guide to “cardiganising” the jumper and taken all the effort away from this adaption, with great results.

I love the colour of this yarn. It is Cascade Eco+ in Pumpkin Spice, purchased from The Knitting Shop.  It is also super soft and i know it will be super warm come the winter.

This jumper is meant to be knit with 2 inches of negative ease to make it quite snug, but I completely missed this and have made it according to my actual measurements. This is fine, as I like big and snuggly jumpers, but something to bear in mind if you prefer your jumpers more fitted. I also added a good bit to the length so that it just covers the top of my bum, which is my ideal cardigan length. This will be a great addition to my autumn wardrobe where it is not quite cool enough to wear a coat but a chunky cardigan thrown over a dress does nicely (the dress here is my Simplicity Amazing Fit 1652, in case you were wondering).

I don’t think you can see in the pictures, but each of the 20 owls have tiny buttons for eyes. I managed to find buttons which blend in nicely with the colour of the yarn, so from a distance you can’t see the individual eyes; I like this, it’s kind of a surprise when you view the owls close up and this subtlety makes the jumper more wearable. I also decided to only add three buttons to the front of the cardigan, and leave the rest open. I have another jumper in which the buttons are placed in this way, and I really like how it looks.

As I’m sure you can tell, I love this jumper! The only thing I would change if I could is that the buttons pull slightly which you can see in the photos. I have the same problem with my Corrine cardigan as well as some shop-bought cardigans.If anyone has any tips to fix this I would be most grateful.

I seem to be knitting up a storm this year, with three knitted garments under my belt already. And there is no time for a rest; I’ve already cast on the Miette cardigan after seeing so many lovely versions around the blogosphere. My autumn wardrobe is going to be bursting with homemade knits :)

What’s on your knitting needles or sewing table at the moment?

Kat xx

Letitia jumper

Well hello there strangers. How time flies! I can’t believe that it has been so long since I’ve been around these parts. Life happened, as it has a tendency to, in both good ways and bad. The last few months have been hectic and full of ups as well as downs, and sewing and blogging have unfortunately taken a bit of a back seat. To be honest with you, I haven’t really felt like it. But you know what – thats ok. I never want blogging or making things to become a chore, otherwise what’s the point? I knew that eventually my mojo would return, and I think its getting there.

Today I can finally share with you a jumper that has been a long time in the making. The pattern is the Letitia Jumper designed by Sarah Hatton from Issue 42 of The Knitter. The yarn I have used here is a 100% cotton dk yarn from Patons which is actually a beautiful deep red rather than the fluorescent pink it looks like in some of the photos; you’ll have to take my word for it.

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Letitia first popped up on the blog way back in July 2012 where, it must be said, she was looking in pretty reasonable shape. Despite the lace work, this is a reasonably straightforward knit, and the repeating eyelet pattern keeps you on your toes just the right amount. It’s simple enough to knit in front of your favourite TV programme, but with enough intrigue to keep things interesting. I soon finished knitting and sewed her up. I even wore her once. But – there was a problem (in all likelihood with my calculations!) and the jumper came up much too short. There are no pictures, for which I am very grateful as it was not a good look! Slightly despondent, I put this jumper to one side, where it languished for a good while.

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Eventually I decided I really needed to do something, and turned to Google for help, where I discovered this excellent video which shows you a handy method to lengthen a jumper knitted from the bottom up. So off I went, extending the jumper by a good few inches. I tried it on…and still wasn’t satisfied. Fussy me! This time I felt it was too long and didn’t sit quite right. This may have been overly picky, but I knew that if I wasn’t completely happy I wouldn’t wear it, which would have been a waste. So to one side the jumper went again, until I picked it up a few weeks ago. A few evenings of knitting later, and I have a finished jumper that I am happy with and know I will wear. Here I am wearing it over a blouse with a peter-pan collar, I did this almost by accident but I really love this look!

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So this jumper really has been a lesson in perseverance, but I am glad I didn’t give up. Sadly (well, not really!) it is far to warm to wear this jumper now, but never mind.

I’m going to leave you with a picture of another long-awaited knit, my owls cardigan, which has been waiting patiently to be blocked for a good month or two now, but look! Progress….

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Blog post coming soon. Yet another weather appropriate make…not!

Kat xx

Lady in Red Coco Dress

Hello Everyone! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and congratulations on my engagement. It’s so exciting and I can’t wait to get stuck in to wedding planning. I’m going home for a few days over Easter and I am going shopping to try on wedding dresses with my mum. I’m feeling a little bit apprehensive as I think I have quite strong ideas about what I do and do not like, and I’m a bit worried I won’t find something I love – hence why I’m starting early! Although I have decided not to make my wedding dress – far too stressful – I am planning to make my three Bridesmaids dresses. I have a few pattern ideas already and I spotted the fabric I would like to use when we were shopping for my ring in Birmingham last weekend – I just hope there is enough of it left when we go back next week!

Aaanyways, while I will doubtless be chatting about my wedding around these parts from time to time, I have no plans to turn this into a wedding blog. Normal service does go on, and today I am pleased to be able to reveal my latest Calico Laine Blogger network made – the Coco Dress from TIlly and the Buttons.

coco1I love wearing dresses, largely because you can put one on and immediately feel put together. On top of that they are often super-comfy to wear – especially when made out of jersey. For this reason I was drawn to the Coco dress. I ordered the fabric, a delicious bright red double knit jersey from Calico Laine, about six weeks ago, keen to get started as soon as possible. I pre-washed it and everything, took it up to my sewing room…and there it sat for quite some time. Opps. What can I say, life happened. However, at the weekend I finally picked it up and boy, what a quick and satisfying make this pattern is! I cut out on Sunday and stitched it up last night, and it was all finished in time to wear to work today.

coco2The only alteration I made to this pattern was to lengthen it by two inches. I had read on some other blogs that it comes up a bit short on us tall laydees, and I’m glad I did because this length is perfect. This jersey is so soft and lovely to work with. I was initially unsure about making a plain dress in such a bright colour, but I decided to go for it and I’m glad I did. This is a really cheerful dress and it makes me smile :)

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One of my favourite things about this dress is the buttons – they are beautiful buttons from Liberty’s gifted to me by one of my bestest friends. I’ve had these buttons for a while and was waiting for the perfect use for them, and this dress is it. They are the perfect way to jazz up an otherwise plain dress and are a pretty good colour match too!

coco4I can see this dress getting a lot of wear. This is one of the few plain coloured garments I have in my wardrobe and it’s just so comfy. J’adore Coco! I can see myself whipping up another Coco or two in the near future, especially with Me Made May 2014 coming up! Last year I managed three days a week in me made clothes and this year I am upping my game and aiming for five days a week. Eeek!

Are you taking part in Me Made May? Are you going to be stocking (stitching?!) up on basics in preparation, and what garments do you think will be your go-to staples?

Kat xx

Corrine cardigan

Hello Everyone and happy Sunday. Phew it’s been a while! I’ve been a busy bee behind the scenes and have a number of odds and sods to share with you, starting with my finished Corrine cardigan.

This project has been on the go for quite some time. It is a simple loose-fit cardigan and the pattern is freely available on Knitty. This is a great beginners pattern as it is very straightforward – if you can do a knit stitch you can knit this cardigan. There is no complicated stitches involved, and not even any purl rows to worry about. Instead the shaping is achieved using the “short row” technique. Basically, you place markers at defined intervals and knit to the first marker, turn and knit back to the start, then knit to the to the second marker and back to the start, and so on. This is a clever way of creating shaping that I hadn’t come across before, and creates a pattern in the finished garment which you can just about see in the back view below.

I used yarn from the Sidar Click range in a lovely variegated shade. This yarn is beautifully soft and I love the colour. The buttons I used were picked up at the Birmingham Rag Market last month. They are quite large, and I think that if I were to knit this again I would widen the button band, as there is some pull here which you can see in the pictures.

All in all this is a simple knit, although I must admit that I did get a tiny bit bored towards the end because it is literally just knitting up and down! Another great thing about this pattern is that the sleeves are knit by putting stitches on hold, knitting the sleeves and then picking up the body stitches later, so the only seams to knit are at the bottom of the sleeves. If you’ve been dabbling in knitting for a bit and want to branch out to your first garment, I would definitely recommend this pattern. I am pleased I stuck it out as this is a great cardigan and perfect for the spring weather we are currently experiencing.

I do have a bit of news to share with you and well; the boy and I went away for a lovely weekend in the Lake District at the end of March, and while we were there we got engaged! It was all a bit spontaneous, were were walking around one of the many lakes in the vicinity and he asked me if I wanted to get married. Of course I did (and do!). I wanted to wait until I had a ring to share the good news, and while I don’t quite have it yet, I did pick one yesterday when we went shopping in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.

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Obviously I’m biased, but I think this is quite possibly the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. I was debating whether or not to get a coloured stone and when I saw this ring I knew it was the one. Sadly I couldn’t take it home with me as I have to wait two weeks for mine to be made – I’m so impatient but I suppose two weeks is not too long to wait for something that I plan to wear for the rest of my life.

Wedding plans are still in the early stages, we are thinking April next year, probably somewhere in Derbyshire. We want something quite informal, laid back and very us. I’m not so keen on the term “DIY wedding” but we do plan to do a lot of it ourselves – for me this is one of the most exciting parts! I can’t wait to put my own (our own!) stamp on things. So exciting! Any hints, tips and wedding blog links would be greatly appreciated!!

Kat xx

 

Starry-eyed Anna Dress

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. Mine has been a relaxing one full of sewing, knitting and baking – I feel rather productive! Unfortunately my hayfever seems to have started even earlier than usual this year – one of the few downsides of moving to the countryside it seems, so I have been extremely sniffly – ah well not a lot I can do. Other than that it’s been a lovely weekend, and to top it off I have a new dress to show you!

For February’s Calico Laine blogger network made, I have finally jumped on the Anna dress bandwagon. This pattern is the brainchild of the By Hand London girls, and there have been many wonderful versions of this pattern popping up all across the blogosphere ever since it’s release last year. Mr KK bought me the pattern for Christmas (there may have been a little prompting) and I’ve been looking forward to making it ever since. For this dress I choose and purple cotton with small white stars on from Calico Laine. This is a much smaller print that I usually tend to work with, but I think the subtlety of the pattern really lets the shape of the Anna dress shine.

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I did try to take some outdoor pictures of this dress, but the weather is so horrible it just wasn’t working…

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I’ve mentioned previously my aim to conquer to FBA, and I was all ready to have a go on this dress, however when I looked at the measurements it turned out not to be needed on this particular dress. I’m not going to pretend to be upset. The construction of this dress was pretty straightforward. Anna’s kimono sleeves are built into the bodice which means no fiddling around inserting sleeves – winner! I decided to do a fully lined bodice rather that the dreaded facings, and for this I used the remains of my Goldhawk Road grey cotton silk, although sadly there was not enough left to line the skirt too so I left this unlined. I am most likely to wear this dress with a slip anyway. I made up the lining insertion as I went along, which resulted in a bit of of botched job – it was only afterwards that I stumbled upon By Hand London’s ANna sewalong post giving step-by-step instructions for inserting a full lining – doh! The pattern calls for an invisible zip, which always makes me nervous, but it actually went in pretty easily. For some reason it’s not quite as invisible as it could be, which may be down to the fact that the zip does not quite match but this is just laziness on my part. It’s still one of my best zip insertions to date!

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Even though I made a muslin, I was worried all the way through this make that it was going to be too small in the bodice. Luckily it has turned out pretty much perfect. I had to be picky I would add a bit more ease to the side seams next time, as there is a bit of pulling, but it isn’t too bad. I slip stitched the hem again – I’m not usually one for hand sewing, but it does give a better result. I also have my overlocker back in action, thanks to the lovely Claire who gifted me some overlocker thread, which means I was able to finish everything nicely, although French seams are still my true love when it comes to finishing. For the skirt I did a mixture of the two, overlocking the raw edges and then turning and stitching. This solves the problem I sometimes get with French seams where threads peak through the seams on the right side of the dress.

I love everything about this dress – the pattern, the fabric and the fit. I foresee more Anna’s in my future – I am especially looking forward to making the maxi version for summer. I have also seem some great versions which have a gathered shirt, which also suits this pattern.

I’ll leave you with a few out-takes including the one where I decided to do a thumbs up just a little too late…

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Happy Sunday everyone!

Kat xx

Swinging sixties top

Back before Christmas I spotted this wonderful cotton print on CalIco Laine’s Facebook page, and immediately knew that I wanted to use this fabric for my second blogger network make. I love this fabric, the retro print has a sixties vibe and it makes me smile – just the thing to beat the winter blues. Because this is such a busy print, I wanted to pick a simple pattern which allowed the fabric to shine. I had in mind to make a top with a contrast yoke and when I remembered Amy’s lovely top made using New Look 6148, a plan was born.

There are many different pattern variations, but I decided on a simple sleeveless blouse with contrast yoke. This is a nice simple top to make with no fastenings, which is great for those who, like me, avoid zips wherever possible (I was pleased to see from Marie’s recent post that I’m not the only one!). I was a bit concerned that this might make it difficult to take on and off, as my head is rather on the large side (no tittering at the back there!), but I needn’t have worried as the neckline leaves plenty of room. There is a LOT of ease built in to this pattern so I recommend taking a good look at the finished measurements before cutting. I went by the finished bust size, leaving a few inches for maneuver, and I reckon I could have still gone with a size smaller. I graded up a few sizes at the hips which was a good call as any smaller here would have been a problem. I bought two metres of the print fabric and I probably could have got away with at least half a metre less, although I love this fabric so much that I am glad to have some left over.

For the main section of the top there are just three pattern pieces, which means that it comes together pretty quickly, even if like me you decide to French seam everything in sight. I must admit to getting a bit confused by the time I got to the neck binding, as for some reason the binding piece was not large enough to go all the way around the neckline, so at this point I stopped following the pattern and made the rest up as I went along. Thankfully this seems to have worked out! Plan B was to use bias binding from my stash to finish the neck and armholes, but the roll of black that I could have sworn I had was nowhere in sight. Instead I resigned myself to plan C: making my own. Producing handmade bias binding is an easy albeit quite boring exercise but luckily for me there was not too much required on this occasion.

This top is the perfect example of when frosting can also work as cake. It may be a fun and colourful print, but paired with a plain skirt as shown here, or a pair of trousers, this would be absolutely fine to wear to work (in my workplace at least!). Who says you can’t have cake and frosting at the same time??

Although I love this fabric, I think that if (when) I make this top again, I will use material which has more drape such as a cotton lawn, which would make it lighter and more summer appropriate. Also there is a tiny bit of pulling on the side seams around the chest which I realise means that I probably need to do an full bust adjustment. I know, I know, I keep putting it off, but I am determined to conquer the FBA and this will be the year. There we go, I’ve written it down, now i’ve committed! I would love to hear reassuring noises from those who have conquered the FBA, and if anyone has any top tips I would love to hear them. I think it’s the thought of slashing my pattern pieces that scares me the most!

Kat xx

Simplicity Amazing Fit 1652

Back in September the lovely people at Simplicity got in touch to ask if I would like to choose any of their patterns to feature on my blog. I often struggle to fit dresses and I had heard great things about the Amazing Fit collection of patterns, so along with a shirt dress (more on that in a later post) I chose this dress:

Simplicity 1652I intended to sew this dress up much quicker, along with one more, in time to complete my 2013 sewlution of making two everyday, work-appropriate dresses. However, as often happens, life got in the way. I moved house in October and my life was consumed with packing and boxes and unpacking and even more boxes for what felt like a very long time. By the time I was finally in a position to start work on this dress, it was December and I had made peace with the idea that I was not going to complete my sewlution. But I was still going to make this dress!

I used a lovely cotton that I bought some time ago from Fenwicks in Leicester. I’m not a bit fan of facings so instead I lined the bodice and skirt using a gorgeous silk cotton I bought from Goldhawk Road. I know that many other bloggers have raved about this lining – I can tell you that all the accolades are justified. It’s beautifully soft and feels so luxurious. Because the pattern calls for facings I winged adding the lining. For the most part this worked out ok, but there was a fair bit of head scratching to start off with. I debated whether or not to add the sleeves and I’m glad I did as I think this makes the dress slightly more wearable for winter.

In the picture about it looks like the zip is gaping – in real life it sits fine but I do have a confession to make…in an attempt to take pictures of this dress in natural light there may be some pins holding the dress together in some of these pictures(!). Even so the light isn’t brilliant but it’s the best I could do on this gloomy day. These pictures were taken in a rare break between rain showers by my long-suffering boyfriend! Oh and in case you were wondering, yes I was freezing!!

Being a perfectionist, I like the inside of my makes to look as neat and tidy as the outside. Partly because of the addition of the lining, and partly because I didn’t stop and think about how I was going to do the seam finishes until I was well into making the dress, I have ended up with a bit of a mish-mash on the inside. For me, French seams are the ultimate seam finish but for most of the skirt I didn’t think about this until I was past the point of no return. Also, as much as I love them, sometimes life is too short to sew everything twice, especially for a skirt like this which has 7 seperate pieces – that’s a lot of seams! Sadly my trusty overlocker is also out of action at the moment (my own fault, I need to get around to buying some more thread!) so I used a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to go over all of the unfinished seams. If you don’t have an overlocker, this is a great alternative – the main thing I missed was the cutting function which makes the seams extra neat for that professional finish.

I’m really, really happy with how this dress turned out. The fit is spot on and I love the fabric. I’m pleased that I took the time to add additional touches such as the full lining. I also slip-stitched the hem for the first time EVER (usually I’m too lazy to do this!). It was worth it though for a good finish. This is the first everyday dress that I have made and I can see it getting a lot of wear. I may have failed on my Sewloution (and for this I grovel to the mistress of the jar for forgiveness) but I ended up with a fabulous dress – so it’s all good!

Looking back on 2013, I was shocked to discover that this is the first dress I have made since August 2012. 2012!! Given that I would wear a dress every day if I could, I find this hard to believe. I think perhaps it’s because fitting dresses can be a daunting prospect. However this make is proof it can be done and so I have decided – 2014 is going to be the year of the dress!

What are you hoping to make more of this year?

Kat x

FO: Andy the Owl

Hello everyone, here I am back from a lovely few days away at a spa, and with a brand new finished project to show you! Those of you who are regular readers of my blog will already know of my love of owls. They seem to be very “on trend” at the moment but I have collected them in various guises since I was very small and used to dress up in a brown poncho and flap my “wings”! I’m not really keen on the fact that owls are now “in fashion” and am secretly waiting for them to fade out so I can be unusual again…and so I am not tempted to purchase everything in owl shape I see in the shops!! Given my slight obsession, it was never going to be long before some of my feathered (or in this case, not so feathered!) friends started popping up around these parts. So with this in mind, I would like to introduce you too…Andy the Owl!

He was so named because I sewed him together whilst watching Andy Murray storm to victory in the tennis to claim a well-deserved gold medal. As I type this, I have just watched him win a silver in the mixed doubles. Isn’t the Olympics addictive?! Go Team GB! My boyfriend is displeased with the lack of alliteration in the naming, but I am currently drawing a blank at British Olympians starting with an O!

The pattern for this cushion come from a bumper pattern magazine/booklet called The Ultimate Knitting Stylebook, which I would highly recommend…there is so much I want to knit from here! I started knitting this on my commute to work a few months ago, although when it came to the coloured front it became too big to transport so I knitted the rest in front of the TV. This project was an opportunity to practise working with colour including intarsia and stranding…many a time I got all the balls of wool in a tangle and had to stop to unravel them! However, this did make for a nice neat wrong side, as you can see in one of the pictures below.

I also had a chance to practise my crochet skills for the front frills…it has been a while since my crochet class and I have not done any since then, but I was pleased that I was able to pick it up again quite quickly, once I had translated the instructions!

This was a great project to use up scraps of wool I had in my stash from other projects. Because of this I used wool of different thicknesses which has resulted in a little but of tightness around the eye area in particular where I was also stranding behind – however hopefully this is not too obvious! You may also notice that Andy is looking a little flat – this is because I ran out of stuffing, so poor Andy will have to wait until next weekend when I am able to pick up some more, but I just couldn’t wait to share him with you.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Anyone else out there enjoying the Olympics? It is so easy to just sit and watch it all day long – I am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow where it will be so much harder to get my fix!!!

K xx