With so much to talk about/show, too!
Sorry about the abrupt disappearance – my laptop kinda broke (it was on the side of the sofa when M sat down and accidentally knocked it down with his elbow!) so I had to get a new one and then get it to work (actually I waited and M got it to work!). The new laptop came with Windows 8, which if you haven’t heard much about before, is terrible with things that pop up and slide around unnecessarily. M did his amazing work replacing this new laptop with a Windows 7 system, which I’m more familiar with. And then there was the search for a photo-editing program which almost didn’t work out until V recommended photoscape, which is perfect for the simple photo-editing I do (cropping, rotating, colour/brightness adjustment). Highly recommended if you’re looking for a good and free basic photo-editing program!
Anyway, it was otherwise rather typical Autumn days…
Except that I bought some yarn!
Some ‘fluff’ yarn. I had worked with one ball (more like a wheel though) of these unspun Estonian wool, which apparently is fantastic as reusable diaper covers. The first time I worked with it, I hated it because you have to be insanely gentle with it. The second time I worked with it, I kinda got the hang of it. This time round I bought 2 from the LYS, and then 2 more from a street fair that same weekend. The orange/green one is for little MJK and I have actually finished the knitting – just have to felt it a bit. I’m planning to make one for L and give this woolen reusable diaper a go.
My favourite online yarn shop recently had a sale so of course I bought more yarn… There is this offer where you can pick the shades you like and 10 balls of Debbie Bliss Party Angel goes for only $35. (And if you’re not fond of glittery mohair, the normal kidsilk mohair has the same offer too.) Oh, and did I mention free worldwide delivery?
(In case you are wondering, this is not a sponsored post!)
Anyway, of course I bought some grey ones… I have a grey mohair cardigan that I am wearing to death and I would love to have more grey mohair cardigans in the wardrobe. Well, to be exact, I would like to have many more handknitted lightweight cardigans in the wardrobe… They are just so versatile and useful! Anyway, I also bought some bright teal and light green ones so it isn’t so terribly drab. :D
Since she had some Bergere de France yarn on sale too, I decided to grab some. The Sonora reminds me of Rowan’s All Season’s Cotton… It has a dry velvety touch and I love the mild green. Perhaps a Spring sweater for L? The little khaki coloured one at the back is French merino, which I’ve been wanting to try out for a while. It feels nice, smooth and sproingy on the ball. Looking forward to knitting with that one!
There was also some Norvege in white, moss and dark brown. Nice fluffy yarn with more body than a lace mohair.
If you are wondering about the drab colours this time round, well, I’m trying to ‘man’ up my stash. Earlier on, I found myself having a hard time trying to find some yarn from my stash to knit something for M or L… I have so many pretty beiges, pinks, and other girly coloured yarn. Now that I’m not just knitting for myself, I suppose any new additions to the stash should help balance it out a bit!
Moving on, I mentioned showing some garments I’ve sewn.. Well, I finally managed to get some pictures! The pictures are decent, but oh so gritty (Finnish winters are not going to get brighter any time soon so I guess I simply have to get a better camera!)..
I have a Zara blouse that I quite like. But because it is so translucent, it is a constant struggle to find something to wear under it. I really like the cut of it, even though the armholes are a bit too big (as usual) and it had this elastic band at the hem that creates a pouf-y look. So I decided to make my own blouse based on that Zara blouse. I found a light fabric that isn’t translucent, traced a pattern out of my Zara blouse with adjustment to make the armhole smaller, of course, and also changed the hem to a hi-lo instead of the pouf-y one. I have yet to add the ruffled sleeves but I hope to have time for that soon, after sending my machine to be serviced (it kept breaking my needle or thread)..
I LOVE this blouse so much! I love the print, the fit and how comfortable it is to wear. I intend to make more of this blouse! (But first I have to trace the pattern out again, because L got his hands on it and ate part of it. :S)
Here is how it looks on me:
I tried it out with a belt, too, since the blousey look almost always makes someone look pregnant…
What do you think? Is it better with or without the belt?
And the next garment…
Last September, I bought and wrote about the Stylish Dress book. In Spring I finally got about sewing one of the designs in the book. I even brought this dress to Singapore on my trip… In fact, I sewed this dress so long ago, I don’t even remember most of the modifications I’ve made!
I used a lace fabric, which meant it had to be lined. For the collar I used a different lace fabric, which had to be lined as well.
For the hem, I cut the lace fabric longer so I could sew it to the lining and not have to worry that I didn’t cut very straight, because the lace fabric folds under.
The finished look is…. Rather maternal looking, if you get what I mean! When I cut the fabric I had chosen the size that is recommended for my size. As I sewed and tried it on, I had to ‘shave’ off the sides because it was simply turning out so big, I was swimming in it! I read that the sizes on Japanese patterns tend to run small, so I made sure to check for my size carefully. But I guess the style is just so very loose fitting!
The original design has elbow-length sleeves, but I changed mine to a short sleeve and sewed the sleeve hem together to make a slight pouf.
I look pregnant, don’t I? I assure you I’m not!
I wear it with a belt. Looks so much better with a belt, don’t you think?
The belt saved the dress. Now I’m not sure if I will sew anything else from that book. Well, at least not without plenty of modification unless I get pregnant again!
Something else crafty! I recently tried my hand at making some marbled trinket bowls using polymer clay and guess what? I’m hooked!
It is so easy to make, too! Take a few colours, mix together to create a marbled look, roll it out flat and drape it in an oven-safe bowl, bake it and then finish it, gilded edges optional! (Though won’t you agree that the gilded edge just gives it a nice updated look?)
I also gave the bowls a thin coating of varnish, which I always feel helps the colours in polymer clay pop and gives it a nicer finish than the plastic looking finish.
After a coat of varnish.
Just black and white creates a very natural marbled look.
I made this for my sis, who likes the Little Mermaid.
The dreamy look of the very delicate pink with blue and green swirls with the gilded edge looks so Little Mermaid-esq, don’t you agree?
A bit of an update on L… He is growing a lot and has begun expressing more interest in his mommy’s fascination with yarn…
As well as interest in getting into everything…
Putting anything in his mouth…
All in all, having a nice chidhood (at least that is what I hope)!
Winter is fast approaching Finland. The last leaves are falling and the temperature dipping. Christmas goodies are already in the supermarkets and….. I haven’t got ANY Christmas knitting done!
But I thought just as much (too busy with a boisterous baby) and decided to sew or do something apart from knitting this year. (Apart from M’s present because he had lost the Danish Poro hat, which he really likes! He asked me to knit another one for him and he is currently using his old Blue Wonder hat. I’m planning to knit him another Poro hat and matching mittens!)
And while I’m sending my sewing machine to be serviced, maybe (finally) a cardigan for me?… But first I need to finish L’s wool suit. One day, I will begin knitting for myself again… At least that is what I hope!
And that is all for now. I hope you have enjoyed this post. Till next time, stay cozy and craft on!