Monday, 22 December 2014

Rag rug in progress

Made from old t-shirts, singlets, turtlenecks, pyjamas - anything stretch-knit that's too worn out to go to charity.
Construction: "Toothbrush method rug"

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Whispering NaKniSweMo

To be an "official" project for NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater in a Month), the project is meant to be at least 50,000 stitches.  I haven't done the maths for this cardigan in terms of stitches, but I did start and finish it in the allotted time.

It's a Whisper Cardigan (pattern by Hannah Fettig from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits). I shopped my stash of (mostly) 4 ply cotton leftovers.  There's also a bit of leftover SeaSilk and some reclaimed Noro Lily Multi dk cotton.
I've also finally got myself a tripod.  So once the garden looks a bit more presentable, maybe I can take some of my FO pics outside in the daylight.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Swatching is usually one of those necessary evils that I do whilst angsting that I'll run out of yarn in the project if I waste it on a swatch.

So it's quite liberating to set myself to a task where the swatch is an end in itself.

I recently got my copy of the KnitSonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook by Felicity Ford.

With Felix's encouragement, we've been "swatch-along-ing" over at the KnitSonik group on Ravelry and she has published a blog post on some of the work we've done.  (I'm feeling warm and fuzzy over the nice things she says about my project).

This is my first "self-designed" piece of colourwork.

Inspired by this holiday snap from the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco.

Sunday, 5 October 2014


I've been getting lots of inspiration this year from the bloggers over at the Curvy Sewing Collective. Much of that inspiration hasn't actually translated into a lot of sewing productivity. There are lots of planned projects floating around in my head, but the mess in my sewing room is awkward to work around.
This week I got up early each day before work and spent half an hour in the room, working on this little top, just ignoring the mess. (If I ignore it for long enough, the mess will clear itself.  Right?)

The pattern is Sorbetto by Colette Patterns.

I made a first iteration of this top back in Me Made May.  I needed to grade the pattern up a size to fit my bust and I did it the lazy half-arsed way by just adding half an inch to the centre front and centre back pieces.  Of course I didn't take into account that this would have a corresponding widening effect on the neckline and the first version of the top, while wearable, threatens to fall off my slopey shoulders. So this time I added half an inch to each of the shoulder straps.  Problem solved.

The fabric is (I think) a remnant of cotton voile.  (I can't remember when I bought it.  I suspect probably within the last 5 years and maybe at Clegs....) It feels lovely, but it would have been too see-through on its own, so I lined the top with some soft navy jersey (bamboo? viscose? it's really super-soft) reclaimed from an over-sized t-shirt I made a few years ago.  I made some bias binding with the rest of the cotton voile to finish the neck and armholes.

Making my own bias binding gives me a ridiculous smug satisfaction.

New top ready for the summer to come.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Me Made May 2014 - Week 5

Monday - Day 26 - Grey polkadot jersey top (again)
#memademay2014 day 26
Tuesday - Day 27 - Black jersey dress (Vogue V1179), Magenta Whisper Cardi.
#memademay2014 day 27, almost there.
Wednesday - Day 28 - Grey pinstripe jersey cardi, re-fashioned skirt.  I think this is one of my favourite outfits for the month.
#memademay2014 day 28
Thursday - Day 29 - Blue jersey top (Vogue V8323) and Damson shawl.
#memademay2014 day 29
Friday - Day 30 - Shift of Focus cardigan
#memademay2014 day 30
Saturday - Day 31 - Black and white jersey cardigan.
#memademay2014 day 31. Achievement unlocked

Achievement Unlocked.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 - Week 4

Monday - Day 19 - Sorbetto top (by Colette Patterns) in purple check (2014) and grey jersey scraps "necklace".

Tuesday - Day 20 - Mabel skirt (2nd attempt) in grey polka dots (2014) - a better fit than the previous incarnation, but I want to try one more time - with modifications to the waistband - before I give up on this pattern. The grey top is a new iteration of my go-to self-drafted pattern from the Japanese sewing book which Y tells me roughly translates as "Remaking Kimono Fabrics" - so of course I make this pattern in jersey - linen jersey in this case, which is quite lovely.

Wednesday - Day 21 - Purple and Yellow Strrripes cardigan and black jersey cowl neck tank.

Thursday - Day 22 - Magenta Whisper Cardi (2014) - Newly finished and blocked.  My first cardigan knit in laceweight (Marta's Yarns Magic 2 ply merino).  So light but quite warm.  Since I still have heaps of laceweight in my stash I'm planning on trying a Strrripes cardi in this stuff too.

Friday - Day 23 - Striped "paper crane" jacket, adapated from Pattern Magic 2 (circa 2008).  Again, this pattern was designed for a woven fabric - with a more "architectural" feel.  Making it up in some gorgeous grey/black/blue striped jersey gives a more fluid and comfy result - fastened with a bull-dog clip (one of my favourite fastening tricks).

Saturday - Day 24 - Red "Monday Morning Cardigan" (2011)

Sunday - Day 25 - Shalom cardigan (2010).

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 Week 3

12 May:  Tried out a new skirt pattern - Mabel (by Colette Patterns).  This one is a size too big and a lesson in not sewing in a hurry - I managed to place the back of this skirt upside down (ie:  I discovered the waist band notches at the hem....  oops...)

13 May:  Orange Vitamin C cardigan (I think the pattern is actually called Vitamin D, but the colour....) and blue Draupner shawl/scarfy thing.

14 May: Grey polkadot jersey top (I've made 4 or 5 tops using this pattern - this is the original.)

15 May and 16 May:  Had a cold and didn't leave the house.  Snuggled down in my handspun Garter Yoke Cardigan.

17 May:  Dinner with the girls.  Second attempt at the Mabel skirt.  This one is the right size, but I will try some modifications to the waistline on the next version. Purple Goodale cardigan.

18 May:  Purple Goodale cardigan (again).

At just past the half-way point, I still have 4 or 5 cardigans that have yet to make an appearance.  This includes my just-completed Whisper cardigan which I finally got around to blocking this morning.  I'm missing wearing some of my ready-to-wear clothes.  My me-made stuff doesn't always feel sophisticated enough for the office although I think I get away with it thanks to a "let's just humour the eccentric library dragon" ethos.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 Week 2

5 May: Colonnade shawl knit from handspun (2009)

6 May: Grey pinstripe jersey twinset (2012?) and Aibhlinn cowl (2004)

7 May: Red jersey jacket (2011) (daytime); Sari fabric and red raw silk tunic (2006) (evening)

8 May: Grey Goodale cardigan (2012)

9 May: Shifting Focus cardigan in "Norway Spruce" (2012-2013)

10 May: Red jersey jacket (2011) (as per 7 May) and handspun Garter Yoke Cardi (2010)

11 May: Drifting cardigan in grey and blue stripes (2011)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 Week 1

I didn't get around to signing up for this "officially", but I had this idle idea that I would attempt Me Made May this year.
My pledge is to wear at least 1 me-made item of clothing each day of May.  (Socks don't count as I wear hand-made socks everyday anyway - especially now that the weather has turned cooler.)

So far:

1 May - Aurora Damson Shawl (2010)
2 May - Black/White/Grey jersey jacket. (c2010)  I don't have any photos of this.  Must remedy that.
3 May - Simple Purple-ish Shawl (2008), Garter yoke cardigan (2010) - see 4 May.
4 May - Denim skirt - converted from old jeans (2013);  T-shirt - pieced from thrifted jersey knit scraps (c1994); Garter yoke cardigan - Knit from handspun coloured fleece (2010)

Sunday, 27 April 2014

2014 remade

I interrupt the blogging silence to make a record of my 2014 knitting project - to remind myself that I do have a 2014 knitting project.... ahem....

2014 Remade: Making projects from reclaimed yarn.

First up is the Sediment Scraps Blanket which I started on ANZAC day.
Two days later and the thing has grown like Topsy and churned through a bucketload of yarn (which is good, because I'm running out of yarn storage space and it would be a slippery slope if... well...).  Lots of leftovers; bits and pieces too small to be useful, but too substantial to throw away;  small lots of yarn that I bought over the years with no prospective purpose in mind; some fuzzy mohair from C's mum's de-stash; and running through it all, a strand of emerald green Patons Zhivago which I originally used to make a Clapotis about 10 years ago.
The result is a little bit like a scrappy patchwork quilt as I can look through the blanket and spot individual yarns which hold meaning and memory for me.  The knitting is really addictive as it goes so fast that in a short amount of time I feel like I've made a real dent in the stash.