Saturday, 22 November 2014

NaBloPoMo - hooked

Well, dear readerly chums, we are drawing to the close of the week of closures. This penaltimate closure did not come from Dutton's for Buttons. And it was not inspired by a chilly chest. Todays closure is another older garment that was suffering from "Flappy Front".

I'd always intended to put buttons down the front of the jerkin, but when push came to shove they didn't seen to enhance the garment. Adding buttons also ment that there was a very definate right side, which I was hoping to avoid. For a while I was wearing it with no closure, but the fronts would fly open and plaster themselves to my arms. The original pattern doesn't include closures, and I've come to the conclusion that this is a design flaw.

These pewter claps seem to fit the bill. They are a nice detail on the plain side, but if the patterned side is out, the jerkin can still be hooked closed and looks like it's just sitting that way. A few people asked me if I picked these up on one of my Norwegian trips. I wish I'd had that much forethought, as they're readily available in their charity shops. Infact they came from Purl Escence.

I can't wait to get this back into regular rotation in my wardrobe. It's my most successful sew this year.


Friday, 21 November 2014

NaBloPoMo - star struck

In this paper bag is a signed copy of Stranded Colourwork Source Book by Felicity Ford. I don't even know where this paper bag is anymore. The book was on my Christmas list, so The Hairy Man squirrelled it away before I could even flip through the it. The anticipation may be too great. I might just ransack the house when he goes off shore. By the way: I MET FELICITY FORD AT THE KNITTING AND STITCHING SHOW IN HARROGATE TODAY!

The Out Laws just looked at me blankly when I raced back to them flushed, clutching a brown paper bag, and gibbering about having met a knitting celeb. Unfortunately for you, I can't tell you about the contents of the book, but if you visit KnitBritish, Needled, and Ysolda you might start to understand why I'm so excited.

The Out Laws and I were having a ladies day out at the Knitting and Stitching show. This is the third show I'd been to the year, so the trip was more about family, and finding new inspiration. Here are a handful of the things that piqued my interest.

We came across The Great Wall of All the Jameson Colours fairly early in the day. So my resistance was still quite high, and I managed to avoid grabbing the nearest Scottish lady, and squeeling "One of each please!" When I spoke to FF she was pointing to individual colours in her swatches and referring to them by number, from memory like. I wonder if she has one of every colour....

These last two pictures from the Royal School of Needlework's exhibition. This depiction of the Princess of the pea is just charming. The pea is in there, but isn't so easy to spot in the photo. The picture of the rabbit below is an exercise in shading. Can you believe that's needlework? You can see every hair! I also think this might be a good inspiration picture to try out when I finally get The Stranded Colourwork Source Book on Christmas day.

It's nice to come home from an event feeling topped up with new ideas. Where are you finding you inspiration this weekend?


Thursday, 20 November 2014

NaBloPoMo - buttoning koa

It's been quite some time since you saw the finished Koa Cardigan. Back in June I was calling it unglorious finishing. Since then three things have turned this knit into a glorious success.

Koa has had another trip through the dye bath. The colour is still uneven, but it is now a lovely rich green that doesn't show well in photographs. One of my chums says I look like I'm covered in moss, and it has been dubbed the Hobbit cardi.

I've been wearing this reasonably frequently as it gets colder, but had stopped because my front was starting to get chilly. Phenominal how a bit of cold can inspire a buttoning session. Here you see more swag from Dutton's for Buttons. I think the deep blue/purple looks well with the green. And my front is no longer chilly.

Having warn this for a wee while now, I totally love it. The fit is great, and the contiguous method is such a beautifully tailored way of setting in a sleeve. There is enough structure over the shoulder so that it doesn't sag and lose its shape over time. The button band detail is very smart, and I love that my arms are free while the rest of me is quite cosy. This is a favourite for wearing indoors, especially with that lovely possumy softness.

There is more closuring goodness to come, and I am saving an extra special marathon project till last. Perhaps saving is not quite the right word. It is drying at the moment, and I want to take some extra nice photos of it, so you will see just how gloriously finished it is.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

NaBloPoMo - button attachment

I've finally managed to tear myself away from those hats long enough to attach some buttons! These are the first of the swag from Dutton's for Buttons. And low the sun issued forth just as the stitching was completed, so there are actually decently lite photographs.

This is the third Busy Aunty Raglan Henley, and I am finally completely happy with the proportions. This might be a pattern in the making. What do you think?

The yarn is Fyberspates Vivacious DK, which is superwash. I have an experiment going with the original swatch and the washing machine, and shall let you know how that goes at a later date.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

NaBloPoMo - it doesn't get more exciting

There isn't much exciting to report here today. By the time 8 am rolled around I had already made a 120 mile round trip to drop The Hairy Man at the airport. I put my head down for a quick power nap, and woke up at lunchtime.

This afternoon I got on with an alteration job. I only get these jobs every now and again. They mostly come in during the pheasant shooting season, which says something about my customer base! This was a straight forward sleeve extention. I'm not keen, but apparently leatherette is the way to go for sleeve extentions on shooting jackets.

I've been to the allotment, and now it's nearly tea time. And tomorrow I'll post about something fibre related.


Monday, 17 November 2014

NaBloPoMo - spinning community

I'm still reelling a bit from a really marvellous weekend. It would be more marvellous if I had remembered to take a picture or three of events. Well I do have a couple of pics but they aren't all that inspiring. This should be some sort of goal for future posts - inspirational photos.

Saturday was the monthly meeting of the York Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers. Joining the guild has been brilliant. They really are a gang of like minded folk, and love to see what everybody had been working on. This month we had a great talk about the difference in wools from different sheep breeds, and the opportunity to try quite a few of them. This is where I'm really kicking myself regarding the photo thing. The speaker had set up a wonderful display of little sheep made out of yarn spun from about ten different breeds. It was nice to be able to handle them all.

We had a number of new folk this month. One of the things that has really impressed me about the Guild committee is the effort they put in to make new members feel welcome, and to make sure they get something out of their first few meetings. This month I showed some new folk how to drop spindle. It made me think that I should have a stash of cheap spindles to give away. One of the other members showed me how to use a support spindle. Her husband makes beautiful spindles, so she might also have sent me home with one.

Then yesterday I ventured north of the moors to commune with more spinners. L was gifted an antique spinning wheel, and wanted to see if we could get the old girl going. Fortunately I'd been swatting up on my wheel machanics before I went, and recognised her as a double drive straight away. She only really needed a drive band and some oil. We had a wonderful afternoon with food, and wool, and knitting, and spindles....

I'm still a bit dizzy from a whole weekend communing with spinners, so shall leave with the spinning efforts of L's rather charming seven year old. I think he did rather well.


Sunday, 16 November 2014

NaBloPoMo - meet the models

These are the lovelies that have been kindly modelling for hat parade. On the right is the terrimundi, where The Hairy Man throws all the loose foreign change which comes home in his pockets. And to the left is the large container of Jelly Babies, which I chomped my way through over the weekend. This was rather satisfying until I discovered that The Hairy Man had gotten a large container of Liqourice Allsorts for himself, and I luurve Liqourice Allsorts.