Friday, 15 May 2015

Coffee Table Update!

It's Victoria Day weekend here...that means a 3 day weekend, which is not as big a deal as when we were working and a stat holiday was a bonus. But, it still means that we take it easy, avoid the holiday crowds, put up our feet and relax, in the belief that Summer is truly just around the corner!

So, what is a knitter to do, on a long stay-at-home holiday weekend? Well, let's look at the coffee table this morning!

I really should finish my Trinity sweater....Rowan Pure Linen
...look at that lustre!

All of the pieces have been knit, the shoulder seams done,
 the neckline is finished.

With a little focus, I could have a luscious new summer sweater
 to wear THIS WEEKEND!

I bought a selection of Swarovski crystals to bead the neckline,
but I've decided NOT to,
ONLY because I think this might be my 'go to' sweater this summer,
and without beads, it is more versatile for my daily life.

It is so lovely, you have to feel it to believe it.

Don't worry, I have another idea for my lovely crystals :)

OR, should one keep going on the swatch that grew into a sleeve, then two?
Yes, I started a swatch for Wave from Kim Hargreaves new book "Echoes".

I was intrigued by using two strands of Kidsilk Haze, and two different sizes of needles to create this gorgeous knit fabric! I just HAD to try it, and now with the magic of interchangeable needles, I have this funny circular needle with two different ends! Imagine that!

On the coffee table are the two latest design collections
I have added to my collection.

Echoes, by Kim Hargreaves
(gorgeous, sophisticated, summer designs in this one)

Once Upon a Time, by Marie Wallin
(fabulous sweaters for children 2-10,
the 4th book to be released by Marie
 in her new independent designer role)

The adorable cowl on the front has little dogs on it :)

Also squeezed on there is my pile of Rowan Spring CAL motifs.
With each motif, I learn a little bit more,
and am gaining confidence in reading a crochet pattern.

 Here are my 6 motifs so far.

I used Rowan Big Wool for these practice motifs,
so that I could see what I was doing.

This exercise is proving most satisfactory.

Finally, my brain is understanding CROCHET!

Don't you think that this is enough to keep me busy all weekend, what with gardening, long-weekend socializing, etc.?  I have to tell you that right now I am resisting the itch to cast on another absolutely gorgeous, amazingly simple shawl/scarf that caught my eye's a long weekend after all!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend, whether yours is an extended version or not!

Happy Knitting,

with Lackie and Daisy by her feet :)

Saturday, 9 May 2015

My Tunic Transformation

Wash and iron your Romper before altering...
while this line dried rather well, it looked much better with a touch of the iron.

For $14, this top has details that I really LOVE!

Sleeve tabs....they seem to annoy me
for some reason...
until I turned the tab around on
gives a more classic finish to the sleeve.

the back piece comes around
and under the meet
the princess line seams on the front
I love the deep pockets that are set at
this same position...not right on the side,
just pushed forward a bit!

First step - cut out the seam that joins the back to the front in the crotch area!
You don't need that bulk when you sew the new front and back seams!

This is the front....there is just enough here to extend the front seam down to the hem edge.
This is the back....when I extended the centre back seam down to the hem edge...there is much more to cut off!

Just sew straight down to eliminate the curved part of the back seam!

You end up with these hem edges....but it is easy just to overstitch them by hand so that they don't show from the right side.

Adding a pair of creamy white wide-legged, linen pants
 gives me a great new summer look.

I've really enjoyed this budget fashion experiment. There is something else in my closet that I'd like to do a bit of DIY alteration to!

Until next time!

Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Sewing
(whatever makes YOU happy!) 


with Lackie and Daisy at her feet
because it is rather hot here today
and it's nice and cool here in the yarn room :)