Thursday, 20 August 2015

A knitting update

The months are racing by; it is amazing to think we are already well into term 3!  My posts are few and far between and most of that is due to the normal family busyness.  Today I am catching up with my knitting projects and hopefully I will be back soon with a quilting catch up and a handmade wardrobe catch up!

I completed two handmade gifts recently. I knitted the gloves for a favourite brother-in-law and this winter has certainly been cold enough to make them an appropriate gift!  The pattern is Checkerboard Mitts by Helen Stewart and the link to my ravelry page is here.

The shawl was part of the 4-ply shawl club.  It is the Southern Shawl by Truly Myrtle and the yarn is by Happy-go-knitty and is 50% silk and 50% merino.  This was such a lovely pattern to knit and progressed quickly as the body of the shawl is quite simple.  A very good friend is turning 50 this month so I have decided a hand knitted shawl will be the perfect gift for her.  My ravelry page for this pattern is here.

I have also knitted a couple of things for myself.  These slippers were a fun and quick knit, using size 8mm needles and two strands of yarn.  They started off as a strange shape but once sewn up I could see the beginnings of slippers.  I first felted them by washing them in the washing machine with a load of towels and then made them even smaller by felting them by hand.  The pattern is the Moonkoosa boots and my ravelry page is here.  I had some yarn left over so knitted myself fingerless gloves as I tend to have cold hands in winter!  The pattern is called Donegal mitts and my details are here.
I'm now working away on a cardigan for myself which will be very welcome as we are having a cold winter this year!!

Thank you as always for stopping by, I hope you are keeping warm and dry, Wendy xx

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Anemone socks

It is wet and cold here today but I am happy: the fire is glowing and I have hand-knitted socks on my feet!  These socks were finished in June and are the Anemone pattern by a New Zealand designer, Wei S. Leong.  The yarn is Knitsch 100% merino sock yarn which is from New Zealand merino and hand-dyed in New Zealand too.  These are my favourite hand-knitted socks so far because I got the fit just right!

Lovely things:
I have received my second package for the Happy-go-knitty 4 ply shawl club.   This time the yarn I received is a gorgeous plummy colour and I'm making good progress, just working on the lace border.  I have been visiting the Retro fair occasionally and I found some lovely handmade project bags (you can see the spotty one with my knitting) and a cute little shelf.  I am hoping to get this painted and then find a home for it.

Thanks for stopping by here and for your comments, I always appreciate them.  Wendy xx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Altitude shawlette

I have finished the first shawl for the 4 ply shawl club.  It is the Altitude shawlette by Brenda Green, here on ravelry.  This is such a pretty pattern and was quite quick too once I became familiar with the pattern.  The yarn is so soft which is perfect against my neck and face.  It is a 50% merino and 50% silk mix, hand dyed by Happy-go-knitty and the colour is Midwinter night.  I have worn it quite a bit already so that shows I love it!

Some lovely things:

My first lovely thing is the pleasure that flowers bring.  I am enjoying the last of our iceberg roses before they have their winter prune.

My second lovely thing is my coffee table.  It is an old oak table that belonged to my grandmother and I inherited it many years ago.  It has been in a sad state all that time, with a very dark stain and lots of marks and blemishes.  Paul recently finished sanding it back and has given it three coats of oil.  Although some of the blemishes still show it now has a golden glow and I think it is quite beautiful.

Wishing you all a wonderful week with time to do what you love, Wendy xx

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Lark and Flutter

Over at The Monthly Stitch it is Indie Pattern month with weekly challenges and prizes.  This week it is all about separates and I have completed a Lark maxi cardigan and a Flutter Tunic, both patterns were already in my stash and on my to-do list.

The Lark maxi cardigan is a Jamie Christina pattern and I thought it would be a versatile piece to add to my wardrobe working just as well over a dress.  The fabric I used is a cotton knit with a ribbed pattern.  I made the Medium size, view A and made it exactly to the pattern.  It was the first time I used fusible hemming tape and it certainly made the hems easier to manage.  This was a great pattern to use.

The top I made is the Flutter tunic by Papercut patterns.  I had bought the fabric in February with the intention to make a blouse and finally decided on this design.  It is a sheer polyester I bought from The Fabric Store for $15.96.  I had seen this tunic was worn quite baggy which doesn't suit me so I decided to make it a size smaller than my usual and made a muslin to check the fitting.  I ended up making the small size in the shoulders and sleeves and the medium size for the darts and side seams and shortened the tunic length slightly.  I have a favourite purchased top that is a similar shape and it has ties so I decided to copy that feature.  I simply made long ties and then sewed them to the back seam, sewing a cross for extra strength.  I really love this tunic and I have worn it quite a lot already, layering a merino top under it on the cold days, of which there have been many lately!

Thank you for stopping by here and for your comments, I always appreciate them, Wendy xx

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Myrtle and Mary Rebecca


Let me introduce the two latest additions to my handmade wardrobe: Myrtle and Mary Rebecca.

Firstly, Myrtle is a Colette Patterns design for knit fabrics.  I have had this pattern in my stash since it was released in July last year so I am pleased to have finally used it.  The fabric I used is a rayon knit bought on impulse at a Spotlight sale for only $22.48!  I am so pleased I got the fabric, it was easy to work with and has such a nice drape.  I made the medium size and added a couple of inches to the length of the skirt.  I didn't manage to match the stripes on the bodice side seams very well but I am so pleased with the matching on the skirt side and back seams.
The only alteration I made was to omit the elasticated waist.  The way the casing for the elastic is made takes length from the skirt and I just didn't want it any shorter plus I wasn't sure the elasticated waistband would suit me.  So my dress is more shapeless than the pattern picture but I like it with a belt.
This was a quick and easy make, taking only about 2-3 hours and the instructions were very easy to follow as Colette Patterns always are.  I would definitely recommend it.

Second is my Mary Rebecca cardigan.  This was a quick make too, taking just over 3 weeks, helped by the 10 ply yarn and 5 mm needles.  The yarn is 100% wool by Quince and Co. bought from Holland Road Yarn company.  It was lovely to knit with and is so warm to wear.  I made it exactly as the pattern apart from lengthening the arms by 2.5".  I stabilized the button bands with gingham ribbon by using this tutorial here.  Mary Rebecca is another pattern I would recommend, nice to knit and I love the look and fit.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend, Wendy xx

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Natalie's quilt

I have three more finished blocks for my Natalie's quilt that I started and blogged about here.  To be honest these were made before Dad's hospitalization but I got them out today to motivate me to continue with them.  Please excuse the wrinkles, they have been packed away for a while.

Some lovely things:
I thought I would share some lovely things I have come across or bought recently.  The first is a lovely package that came in the mail last week.  I joined the Happy-go-knitty 4 ply shawl club which runs May, June and July to expand my knitting skills.  Each month I receive a hand-dyed yarn, a shawl pattern and some extra goodies.  May's package came last week and as you can see it is on my needles already.  The extra treats were these gorgeous cat stitch markers and some yummy Frooze balls which is a healthy but treaty snack (they didn't make it to the photo!)

My second lovely thing is my new stepladder, an old one that has been given a new lease on life with a gorgeous spotty top.  A new shop has opened nearby called Home and it is full of vintage/retro goodies as well as crafts and clothes made by local artisans.  I had been thinking we needed a stepladder and this one is just perfect.

Thank you for all the kind comments about my Dad.  It is such a pleasure to see him regaining strength each week.
I hope you all have a wonderful week with plenty of time to do what you love, Wendy xx

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Knitting, knitting, knitting

It has been a long seven weeks since my last post.  During these weeks I have been kept busy fitting in hospital visits to my dear Dad who has been sick all that time.  There have been many difficult times but I am so thankful that Dad is now home and recovering well.  I feel blessed by family and friends; I feel blessed by God's mercy.

Knitting has become my thing to do at the moment; it's so portable and comforting.
A friend had a gorgeous baby girl at the end of March so I knitted the cardigan and hat for her.  The cardy is a free pattern on ravelry called the Puerperium cardigan and I knitted it in Outlaw yarn, a NZ yarn made of 90% alpaca and 10% merino.  It is so soft and smooth, perfect for a little baby.  I had yarn left over so knitted a matching hat using the Baby Hat with Top Knot pattern which is also free on ravelry.  I didn't have quite enough yarn so finished the top knot with cream angora.  I waited until my friend's baby girl was born before choosing the pink gingham buttons and purchased the little pink toy to go with it.

The sock pattern is called Anemone socks by Wei S Leong.

The lavender knitting is the Lyttelton shrug, a pattern by Kate Davies.  It is rather unseasonal knitting but it was on my list before the weather turned cold!  I am quite close to finishing this one but unfortunately ran out of yarn so am waiting for another ball.

The last project is a cardigan called Mary Rebecca and I am hoping this will make the perfect winter cardy.  I am using a Quince and Co yarn, 100% wool from America which is soft and squishy.

Thank you so much for stopping here, I am sorry I haven't visited your blogs recently.  I am hoping to catch up with that this week.  Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday, with much friendship, Wendy xx