I just don’t seem to have been able to gather steam in my sewing or knitting this month. I had the carpel tunnel surgery just before Christmas and rediscovered that I am really terrible at not being able to do things for myself, at relying on other people or asking for help. My preference will always be to do things for myself by myself and I can’t see that changing. Wonderfully my right hand now does not fall asleep (although I do still have stiff knuckles and trigger finger in my index finger most likely from knitting I’d imagine) so I can knit for longer when I do pick up the needles. I don’t know why I’ve not been sewing much, I imagine it’s got something to do with my body dissatisfaction at the moment (failing is not the word for my lack of exercise and healthy eating this month, apathy would fit better) and the fact that I don’t seem to be able to find time to work on it.
Saying that, things are progressing very slowly and I do have some FO’s of both craft to show you so things are progressing.
First FO of the year was Citron
This is an incredibly simple knit, you just increase and decrease a lot to make the ruffled bits. I didn’t bother blocking it as I thought it might end up ruffle-less and having spent all the time knitting them I wasn’t willing to risk it. This knit was made infinitely harder by the yarn I used. It’s the colour changing yarn that is advertised on Ravelry a lot. I got a skein that was faulty, which sounds odd for yarn! The yarn is made up of 5 single strands of cotton, over time the strands change one by one to the new colour which is what gives it a graduated effect. The strands are all wound at the same time but for some reason my skein did not unwind that way, several of the strands unwound faster than the others which meant for almost constant adjustments and tangles. I actually had to cut the yarn twice as the tangles got so bad and within minutes of resuming knitting the problem began again. I am in no way blaming the seller as her products are used by a lot of people with no issues and she very kindly refunded me when I let her know that there was an issue with this skein. I bought another colourway at the same time and it’s going to be a long while before I get up the courage to knit with it!
The only change I made with this pattern was to not knit all of the final ruffle as I ran out of yarn. I kept weighing what I had left until there wasn’t enough left to do 2 full rows and then I cast it off. I’m glad I made this, despite the yarn issue, and I do like the way the yarn changes although I kind of wish there was a bit more solid grey at the end but it came out the way it did due to the sheer number of stitches in each row!
I finally hit the sewing room last weekend for the first time in forever. I have a nice stack of projects that I’m looking forward to working on just not the time or the mojo to get to them, it’ll come back I’m sure, it always does!
First up was Simplicity 2863 which is an out of print Built by Wendy pattern (I got my copy on Ebay).
This is a really simple fast make. I did change the construction order as it didn’t make sense to me to try to add the tabs after doing the side seams, far quicker to do them while you can have the garment flat! The fabric is a really drapey knit from Boyes. I like this fabric so much that I have bought 3 separate pieces so far and if it’s still on sale next time I go in there I will buy another length, grey and black stripes are never going to be dated! I made a size smaller than the pattern suggested that I needed as the amount of ease it allows for is slightly comical and it fits me just fine.
The buttons are old ones from my button box. You can wear the sleeves up or down (or fold them rather than gather them). I am sure I will use this again when I find some more drapey fabric and there is a dress on the pattern that I would love to make, keeping an eye out for fabric for it. I got the Sew U knits book for Christmas and am looking forward to trying some of the patterns soon.
Next up are the first pair of pyjamas for the year using Kwik Sew 1556 for Piggle.
I got this fabric from Fabricland in Brighton probably 2 years ago now I think (I shall be visiting next month and hoping their prices haven’t gone up too much since I was last there). I have the same print with a cream background for Jim. I can get away with making the summer pyjamas earlier this year as both boys are going up a pattern size which means there is no worry of them growing out of them before getting to wear them. We had a fabric choosing where they both claimed bits of fabric from the stash and now I just need to get on with it. I have another pair for Piggle cut out ready to go so hopefully they will get made up soon. Next on the sewing table are the half done Lisette trousers I abandoned a few months back.
I want to get back to the Knit/Wear project soon too, I have a photo waiting for a post so hopefully I will get to that soon. Knitting wise I am working on a few things at the moment. I’m doing a dog jacket for my sister’s lurcher/border collie cross Moss who is very cold at the moment. She’s been wearing t-shirts that Piggle has grown out of so I’m making her a nice warm jumper from some acrylic. I’m doing the leg holes at the moment so it shouldn’t take too much longer I hope. Never thought I’d make one of those! I am also working on my Coleus shawl, in fact this is the project that I’ve worked on most this year which is why I’m about to start the second and final chart. It’s not hard lace and I’m really enjoying it. The other thing I’m working on is Grenadine which I’m making in a lovely pinky orange Rowan yarn which I got for 99p from Kemps. I cast on for this as soon as I got the yarn and then it sat there with 4 rows done for a few months. I have been watching La femme Nikita (yes, I know I’m about 15 years late) and have really gotten into it and Grenadine is really good knitting for tv viewing, a little counting but not so much that you can’t laugh about what they’re wearing and how big their hair is and how high their waistbands are! I’m trying to throw in a few rows of the Granny Stripe blanket here and there but it’s very slow progress (plus I keep losing my 4mm crochet hook, I must have bought 5 of them now). I appear to have just slipped and started a crochet scarf with some Circus yarn too, it’s a very simple pattern and I’ve had the yarn too long for something that simple!
Right, going to go and try to keep the momentum going, I’ve achieved all kinds of jobs this weekend that have been waiting to be done forever and I don’t want to stop now!