A couple of months ago whilst browsing in my favourite charity shop, I came across a 1970’s handmade maxi skirt. I think the material may have been a tablecloth as it felt like either linen or cotton drill. I took it home washed it to get rid of any whiffs and marks and then unpicked the seams. I used my skirt block to cut a simple A line skirt which stops on the knee. After sewing the side seams and trying on I found that there was one slight mark to the front. To hide this, I am going to use the same flower from a scrap, satin stitch around the edge and applique it to the skirt attaching it with a beautiful red button. Here it is ready to be cut out.
Melinda who lives in Santa Cruz is a very talented dressmaker. She has recently started to use vintage tray cloths and lace to make beautiful cushions. If you live in Santa Cruz, go have a look at her lovely work.
Last year I listed a number of knitting and sewing projects I wanted to achieve for 2011.
Knitting list –
Did not knit dress – sold the wool I had stashed
Did not knit the lace weight shawl – sold the wool I had stashed
Did knit more berets but no more fetchings
Did finish my full circle skirt which I love to wear
Did not make another frock
Did make a shift dress from Liberty material which I wore all last summer
Used three of my patchwork hexagons to decorate a bag
Knitting resolutions 2012
Finish my Vitamin D
Knit a dress
Make a Jubilee celebration skirt out of reclaimed 70’s fabric
Make another 50’s inspired frock again out of vintage 70’s fabric
Knit/sew or crochet together my wonderful pile of knitted squares from a blanket swap for two blankets for my garden
Another little shawlette in a half circle shape. I used some Smoothie Sock yarn for this in shades of khaki and watermelon and red. The Demiluna (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/demiluna-shawl) shawl is a lovely shape to wear over a summer jacket.
I chose Holden to knit this beautiful bright summery yarn a generous yarn gift from a fellow knitter. The wool is Knitting Goddess 4ply sock yarn which has cashmere in it. An absolutely lovely yarn to knit with and a very quick pattern to knit. I tried to leave the pattern at the bottom unblocked to keep the ruffled shape. I really love this and can’t wait to wear it.
I love this time of the year as suddenly one week into February the days are getting longer and the sun is up earlier. On the way to school, I spotted lots of signs of spring with new buds on trees and snowdrops in gardens.
Last week I finished a present for my sister – a Blue/Grey Baktus. It seeemed to take a very long time to knit. I used J C Rennie 100% lambswool bought from my current favourite wool shop in Crouch End called Nest. I finished the ends with some beads, the centre bead is a large laborodite and there are smaller faceted laborodites and grey pearls at the ends. This wool washes and blocks so beautifully.
They are all repeat favourite patterns, from the top – Slouchy beret by Sandra Alice, Cranford Mitts by Jane Lithgow, Owlings by Kerrie James, a second slouchy beret, Vintage beret by Sarah Hatton and I heart pompoms by Karen Borrel. All these patterns can be found on Ravelry.