Buttoned Skirt

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I made a skirt!  This photo was taken about a week ago (when there was sunshine) and I actually finished this skirt two weeks ago.

I started making it at sewing group, with help; I probably would still be doing it otherwise!  It originally had a zip, but I decided buttons would be nicer, especially since I got some awesome vintage buttons for my birthday!

At sewing group I cut it out, without drawing lines or planning on paper or anything (not my usual style), just guidence from a friend :)  I even (deliberately) ripped the fabric, which was fun.  After the cutting/ripping I sewed the gather stitches (right term?) and then it was time to go home.

IMG_1854sAt home in the next couple of weeks I followed Tilly’s Picnic Blanket Skirt tutorial, except my skirt was in one piece rather than three, and I didn’t have any interfacing so I used bondaweb.  I managed to sew and cut button holes!  I’ve never been able to do that before, I always cut the stitching.  I had help from a beautiful sewing bok that I also got for my birthday.

The worst mistake I made was that I forgot to put the ruffled fabric of the skirt into the waistband, and then I couldn’t be bothered to re-do it because I’d already re-done it twice.  Instead I used a zigzag stitch to “overlock” the hem, and left it at that.  It’s only me who will be wearing it after all!

I now want to sew a t-stirt, this one from grainline studio.  In fact, I bought the pattern yesterday and I have cut it out, now I just need to find the right fabric!

Cowl Number Four + Owls Progress

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My cowl is finished!  I started it about three weeks ago. However, since then I have messed around with it quite a lot.  I was worried that it might be too big, so I tried changing to a smaller needle, but it didn’t look right, so I pulled those rows back and tried to work out how to decrease it.  In the end I did something similar to this, except that I did the decrease rows every other round, so its more gradual. 003s

It is bigger than I intended it to be, but I kind of like it like that, it’s all drapy and I can wear it indoors.  I’m thinking of making another smaller one, for the winter.  Yes, I am thinking about winter!  I don’t want to be cold this year.

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I finished my owls sleeves.  Bring on the owls!  Actually, I’m thinking of adding another three centimeters to the body, just to make it that big longer.  I’m also going to have to do something about the sleeves, they have exactly the same number of rows (95) but somehow one of them is slightly longer that the other.  I’ll either make the other one longer, or maybe I could block them and make them the same size? Yes! I’ll try that first.

I’m joining in with yarn along today, but I haven’t been reading books for pleasure this week (essay writing) but I’ve still got lots of books that a friend lent me, so I’ll probably try them soon : )

Yesterday I had the house to myself for five hours, so amongst other things I went outside in a handmade skirt and my cowl and took some photos of them (hence the first photo).  I’ll show you my skirt soon, watch this space!

Yarndale

Hi!  I apologise for the lateness of this post, it’s been over a week since yarndale!

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Yarndale!  I was assisting Hannah with her bauble making workshop so I got to be there both days.  Saturday was MAD!  There were so many people there – in the afternoon you had to find slipstreams to get around the place.

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I thought I’d get loads of knitting done but I barely knit anything that was mine, most of the time me and Hannah were chatting to people, pointing them in the right direction and mostly helping them start knitting with dpns.  I was really impressed at how quickly people learned to use dpns. Most of the people who came to the workshop had never used them before, but once they realised how it worked they were off, and quite a few people managed to finish a bauble!  I met some fantastic people there :)

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Hannah spent a long time creating this workshop, winding the yarn, putting together the kits and generaly sorting everything out, but perhape most impressive was the tree!  Sadly I don’t have any good photos of the tree (I didn’t have the camera most of the time), but fortunately Hannah has lots of wonderful photos on her post about yarndale :)

She made loads of baubles, and lots of other ornaments. I really want to try making some crocheted snowflakes like she did – they were blocked with pva glue so they were stiff – they really were so pretty. Thank you Hannah for giving me the oppotunity to come along!

I didn’t spend as much money as I thought I would.  I bought some lovely Blue Faced Leicester and Masham yarn,  some wool tops (white and grey), and some 6.5mm bamboo double point needles; now I can knit my sleeves yay!

Today we went on a guided 6 mile walk around Settle, which was finished with an ice cream; the best way to finish a walk!  Hope you’re all having a good week too :)