Sunday, August 31, 2014

Week 135-136 : First sock

I didn't mean to miss a blog week, but the days just flew by.

This past fortnight I have made a sock. Singular as I still have to complete the second. But it is my very first completed sock and the first time I have constructed a heel. Also the first time I've had to graft stitches (for the toe). That isn't quite so neatly done and better not viewed in close up. I need more grafting practice (and to make myself a cheat sheet reminder so I know which step I'm up to).

I'm very happy with it though. The yarn is Schoppel-Wolle Admiral R Druck in a variegated blue. Learning to magic-loop made all the difference. I had tried socks before but that was with DPNs. The extra needles were fine if I was watching what i was doing but not convenient for my usual 'waiting in foyers' or 'supervising kids' sessions.

I immediately stashed a bit more sock yarn and have cast on another pair.

I finished two hats for my kids. Both are in Madelinetosh ASAP. The colours are 'Sun Rose' and 'Black Walnut'. I still have another two hats in the queue. 'Candlewick' and 'Vintage Sari' colours.

And then finally I saw some interesting jars in my not-so-local supermarket. They have a two part lid which I realised was exactly as I've seen on other "pincushion jars" in pinterst. I bought two boxes (of 12 and got to pincushioning. Its very quick to make when the lid already has the cutout.

These diamond pressed jars are smaller than the others Ive been making for my kids school fete. But I think for a very simplified sewing kit they might be very attractive.

I bought some larger jars as well, they have the same lid (so these are interchangeable) but the glass has a more prominent motif and also capacity measurement lines. I'm not sure if they'll look as good. 

So I made them up and if we end up preferring the smaller jar, I'll switch everything around and keep the larger jars for jam and pickle making.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Week 134 : Book Week Parade

Its Book Week again and my kids have very specific ideas about what costumes they would like to have for the parade.
So it has been a weekend of busy crafting.

Firstly my daughter wants to go as Anna from the movie Frozen.
I bought some cheap acrylic fleece and cut a cape, a sleeveless top and (with some cotton) a simple a-line skirt (elastic top).

The dress form isn't a nine year old girl size, so things aren't sitting very well. 

She painted the 'embroidery' design. Not that any of the fabrics were particularly likely to fray but the paint finish gave the edges a nicer looking weight.

We glued sequins on the cape spots and sprinkled glitter over the top of the paint. 
The real challenge is going to be the two hair braids. Hairstyling is NOT something I have very much success with.

My son wants to go as a wolf monster from one of his adventure stories. Usborne "Quest of the Gods, Shadow of the Storm Lord"

The key elements as far as he is concerned, are a blue wolf head, gold armour and the two swords.

We're not finished yet. I made the base pieces with box card and he painted them. Now that its dry, he has to add detail lines and stick on teeth.

Both costumes have to be finished for Friday's parade.

I haven't done very much other crafting this week. I finished a hat in Madtosh ASAP. This colour is called Cove. I added more stitches and length as its for my husband for those wintery dog walks.

I knit rows on the yellow Sundara cardigan and bought buttons! Little glass ones from my favourite button shop All Buttons in Newtown. I'm a few inches from finishing the body fabric. I might then go straight to the button band and do the sleeves last.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 133 : NY Cape in progress

I am almost finished a Tessuti NY cape. I used their wool knit "double tweeded check" which has worked really well. I had to be very careful of the fabric, it had a tendency to stretch more than a woven.

The wool binding I bought for the edging, in the end, wasn't used. It was the wrong shade of grey and especially when seen with the internal finishing on the hood.

The interior seams were bound with a simple fine cotton/poly bias binding instead (its unlined) and it was such a good effect and colour that I simple continued that for the front.

It has a hood and you can see the binding on the edges of the seams. Its a lovely finish.

I still need to buy buttons (a few on the front and one each to separate the 'sleeve' from the body. I think I'm going to go with a black. I can't find my leftover fabric otherwise I'd consider a self covered button.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Week 132 : Pink hat

Hat number two is finished. Exactly the same as last week's green hat but knitted at a slightly looser gauge with a 9mm needle so its a little bigger.

The yarn is Madelinetosh ASAP in the colour Posy.

Other than this hat, I have knitted on the brown gradient Plucky Bello sweater. I am half way through the second sleeve. I hope to be up to knitting the yoke this coming weekend.