Jubilee Skirt

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.

New New Years Resolutions

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

Sewing resolutions
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

Sewing
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

Holden Shawlette

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. 

Smokey blue Baktus

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.

Knits which made others happy last year!

I still worry about the quality of my knitting and whether or not I have got it right when I knit for others.  These items made people happy! 

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.