Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Knitting took hold

It started when the cat got sick a few weeks ago. I woke at 3am on Sat to the sound of him vomiting and that was the end of my sleep as he continued alternating between vomit and diarrhoea ( thankfully this was in the litter box) and I cleaned up after him. After a trip to the vet the next day, armed with cat electrolyte and a large weekend call out bill, I decided to go through the knitting box for a tidy up.  I came across a partly knitted cardigan I started for myself two winters ago, I'm not sure why I stalled as I had done the hard work in the yoke and all the increase and decrease rows were done.  Anyway in between hourly syringe feeding the cat I picked up my cardigan and started knitting. 

The cat proceeded to get sicker and to top it off so did our daughter. Come Sunday morning my husband took our cat back to the vets for a very expensive vet hospital stay ( iv fluids/ antibiotics...) and I went off with our daughter to get treatment for her croup ( keen to avoid her a hospital stay - we've been there before).

The short story is I spent 4 days inside looking after the sick occupants of our home, in front of the fire and I got back into knitting. Yesterday, 3 weeks later,  all members of the household well again,  I cast off and finished  - the pattern is Madelinetosh - Tea leaves . I opted for a short sleeved version with 3 buttons instead of two. I used a Noro wool/silk mix.  Now I am a bit ambivalent about this cardigan - it's maybe a little bit hippy for my current taste and it's just a tad big - but after 2 years in the making I can live with that rather than a re knit.

( oops I reduced the Picture  size to put on the blog just a bit much and now all is blurry )

That's why I prefer to sew, so much less time invested - so much easier to move out of my wardrobe.

On the wardrobe front - 2 other tops I have made, drafted off a favourite hoodie I have and given a cowl type neck. In light stretch these 2 tops have been in constant rotation - I am thinking of making a plain one too.

Both are super long , like the original, so great for winter as a layer under heavier tops.

But now knitting has taken hold I have the urge to put sewing aside for a while.
As per normal I have too many options , the following are on my list:

A simple vest for G, wool in her choice - purchased last year and yet to be started.

A hat from this book, purchased today in a weak moment when buying needles to make the vest for G. ( randomly - I could only find one of the correct size despite turning the house inside out). All the hats in this book are beautiful and good stash busters for scraps.

This knitbots book has several things I like, from Quince and Co - I especially like the jersey at the top and the draped cardigan at the bottom.

Lastly I like this cowl from the Molly Makes magazine - also from Quince and Co

I am going to need back to back winters for the next 5 years to get anywhere near knitting all these - sigh.

While I debated the next project we made the most of the warm afternoon and headed outside.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

The Disco Dress

Friday night was the school disco.
Georgie has little silver rabbit shoes she wanted to wear.
I had a vision of a silver dress/top to go with them, slightly Abba.
As we walked up to the school hall, she stated she didn't want people to stare, or to stand out.
Now this  was not a wall flower type of dress, so I said  that sometimes it was fun to stand out,
that being an individual and not the same as anyone else could be good.
I thought to myself that this dress was either going to make me the coolest mum ever
or she would never ever let me make her anything again.

After the disco I met her with her bag for a birthday party sleepover
as I buckled her into the birthday girl's car with her 6 little friends, one girl said
" I like Georgie's dress , its really cool", and another chimed in
"Yeah - it's really cool , where did you get it?"
My Mum made it for me she replied proudly.
Long may Mama made clothes remain cool!

Friday, 30 May 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Simple Wardrobe pieces

In the process of cleaning out my wardrobe I looked at what I wear the most, items that last for several seasons before they wear out - my basics and realised most of these were simple pieces in plain colours.  Not buying anything for a year was a challenge in Singapore - I did fall off the wagon just a little bit - I wandered past a Camper shoe shop with 50-70% off and it was too hard to resist.

I have had my eye out for a pair of black flats for summer, I had saved a few on pinterest with ankle strap, but I have narrow feet and hadn't found a pair to fit. I saw a pair exactly the same as one on pinterest at Camper for 50% off and they fitted - enough said.

Leather lined and super soft - I've worn them twice before winter has really set in and I am back to my basic black boot. I'm really happy with these though as they are perfect for work - flat and comfortable.

I then had a little sewing binge and made myself 2 tunics, one in the Chambray I bought in Singapore

I used Vogue 8805 ( I moved on from the staple dress and back to this pattern!) with a few modifications. I made the neck a bit lower ( I know it still looks high and I cut it down 2cm) and as a result the neck opening is bigger so I gave up in the button in the back and cut it in one piece like the front so it just pulls over my head. I put patch pockets on to copy the Toast one I liked.

Version 2
In a stiffer grey cotton, I wore it all day before taking the picture so it's a bit wrinkled but you get the idea. I've been wearing them with tight, boots a scarf and cardigan. The 3/4 sleeve works for me , I find a longer sleeve gets in the way unless it's tight fitting.
Then I taught myself to crochet again
Simple seems to be my theme - cotton dish clothes
My plan is now to copy a couple of my favourite knit tops as the originals are in constant rotation and starting to look a worn. I have also been eyeing up a dress pattern Anna Dress. I have one full length black dress which I have had for about 10 yrs and thinking maybe it's time for something new.