Blustery Winds

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A new piece, a new post. The cold winds have started rolling in here, the other day, the only reason we didn’t have any frost was because the winds were too strong… What! But I think I can survive the mystical problem of Irish weather with this. I love cowls! For some reason they all seem to be blue, but the only problem with them is that they are either too bulky, or they don’t cover enough of my face. I find that most cowl pattern are for the cold, not the wind, and believe me that “plus wind chill factor” bit you always here on the weather forecast makes a huge difference!

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The wool is from my first trip at Winnie’s wool café, and let me tell you it is a cool place. Admittedly the wools are not as gorgeous as those at this is knit but they do have drops wool. Which is exactly what this cowl is made from. Drops alpaca to be exact and at only €2.50 for a 50 gram hank it was quickly mine. I used one hank of navy, and another of a light grey. I also used some mystery bright blue alpaca stuff from my stash to line the inside and cover up the colourwork.

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The pattern is quite simple, casting on using this technique, then knitting up in colourwork in the round, the pattern is basically a rotation of 3 stitches in one colour, then 1 stitch in the other, once you work the wanted length you do one purl row, so the front folds over, and then change to lining yarn. Continue down till the lining matches the length of the exterior, then undo the provisional cast on, transfer stitches to another set of circular needles and then use the 3-needle cast off to bind the two pieces together. And finished!

grid_42675_lgThe colourwork pattern.

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You can also look at the project over on ravelry.

Happy winters, may your tea never cool nor you biscuit packet ever diminish!

Knitted Bracelet

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I’ve made myself a new bracelet. My machine is at the moment out of commission… So I needed another craft. I’ve already made a ton of friendship bracelets so I decided to try a new spin, knitted jewellery. I find I’m one of those seasonal knitters. During winter I just want to feel soft strands through my fingers and during summer woven fabrics through my sewing machine. However I do still get the urge to pick up my needles every now and again, and this came to be! The texture is quite cool, not your typical knitting wool but it is! I simply used four strands of regular cotton 4-ply wool, then with size 10mm needles cast on 16 sts, knit one row, then cast off. After that some jump rings and chain and finished! There may be a slightly less slap-dash post on the construction in the future but for now I’m gonna sit and watch the Glastonbury festival on BBC.

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Tweed stitch

Stitch of the month logoDSC_0362As per promised, the stitch of the month. This month the stitch is tweed stitch. This is a bit of an odd one to make up but the end effect looks pretty cool. The book I found it in said that it should be used for homewares but I think that it’s really too cool for that. The stitch is a bit like a weave which means that it’s very rigid. I’d reccomend to go up one, possibly even two needles sizes. For example if the wool usualy uses size 5mm knitting needles knit this stitch in size 6mm or 6.5mm knitting needles.

DSC_0353This stitch is worked over an uneven number of stitches, in this case I made up the sample over 21 stitches.

You knit the first stitch as normal.

DSC_0354For the next stitch bring your yarn forward

DSC_0355Then slip the next stitch purl-wise

DSC_0356Then bring the yarn to the back of the sliped stitch then knit the next stitch as normal. Repeat these steps for the knit row

DSC_0357For the purl row begin with purling 2 stitches. Then bring the wool back

DSC_0358Slip the next stitch purl-wise

DSC_0359Then bring yarn forward then purl the next stitch. Repeat these steps for the purl row

These two rows make up the pattern. The stitch knits up so that the piece is wider then the length when the the number of rows and the amount of stitches equal.

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This is 21stitches by 21 rows

Enjoy the stitch if you have any questions you can leave I comment. Hope you find this useful.

A gift

DSC_0321It’s that time of the year again. When all the bloggers either slowly make their way off the internet or are, posting far more reguarly. Can you guess which one I am? I have been really busy since I last did a post. I ended saying that I had a week of internship at John Rocha. The week was amazing, I got to work on actual pieces for the boys 2014 summer collection for debenhams. I also got to meet John Rocha himself and I got to see his daughter and wife. The main person who gave me work for the week even said he might want me back for summer! I was head-over-heels for the entire week. Even though I had a few coffee runs and managed to mess one up I would be so excited to go there again. In case your wondering who John Rocha is here is his website.

DSC_0324Back to the gift. I have been so busy the last week that I nearly forgot about my friends birthday party on Saturday. She had asked me if I could make her a bright coloured case for her ipod because the screen is kinda falling apart and she keeps losing it in her bag. So I made her this. I have actually used the fabric before in a summer dress but I don’t have any photos up because by the time I could take photos it was way too cold, it’s a lightweight linen-cotton blend I think. I re-inforced the linen with stayflex and also put in some wading. I also lined it with a soft plaid fabric which I also used for this.

Iron the interfacing onto the onto the outer fabric, then sew the outer pieces with the wadding together, making sure the outer fabric pieces are facing each other and the wadding is facing you. Once you’ve sewn the seam turn the piece inside out so that the outer fabric is facing you and the wading is inside.

Next, sew the lining pieces together, right sides facing each other. When you have that done leave the piece as is and put it into the outer piece with the wading. Stuff it in so that the seams are facing each other.

Lastly line up the top seams and sew them together using either bias-binding or ribbon. Then iron and you have a new case.

Sorry if the instructions are a little hard to understand but I didn’t take any photos while making it. If you do have any questions just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

If I don’t post before christmas I wish you all a very mery christmas! If your looking for a cool decoration look no further then Jen’s narwhale plushie, or if your a knitter and you want a last minute gift, check out Andi’s gorgeous free patterns.

Curved hem tutorial

As seen in my last post, here is my tutorial for making a curved hem.

You need: Top pattern pieces, tracing paper( grease proof paper works too), tape measure, french curve, pencil and paper weights of some type, I used coins( not nessecary but helpful)

This step isn’t necessary but it gives the top a good drape if you’re using a fairley lightweight fabric like silk or lightweight cotton.

Word of advice that I soon realised, the top looks much more flattering when the top piece has  a shorter less curved hem then the back piece.

Just a note to say that for the back a lengthened more curved hem works better.Thats it!

There are more pics and info in this post. Hope you like it, send me pics if anyone uses it.