Month: January 2015

Marion Cardigan

Me n Kat decided to, once again, do a knitted project together, w00t!

This time it was the Marion Cardigan by Andi Satterlund – we are slowly working our way through her patterns, REALLY nice patterns, how can we not?!

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Look, we match !!!!! omg exciting. And there is even a baby.

So I made the size M (I think from memory) and it fits pretty well. I didn’t have to go up or down a size as my gauge was fine.

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The Marion Cardi has pretty overlapping cables down the middle on each side of the bodice and stops at the waist.

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The back is plain but with the variegated Crucci Landscapes yarn it makes it look so much more exciting.

I also doubled the amount of rows of rib because it was weirdly short and in my opinion looked funny.

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I actually left about 10 rows off the bottom (before the rib) so that it would sit on my waist as my waist is really high.. I had the problem with my Mryna that it sat slightly below the waist but would bunch up and look weird..

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(This is just after I had pulled it down but you can see that it doesn’t sit quite right..)

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Aww, close up pic of the cables – my first cable project !!

Ain’t they cool?!

Wasn’t actually that hard to do cables but since they twist and turn, you have to be careful where you’re up to in the actual knitting pattern and in the cables pattern, that got a little confusing at times.

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The buttons I chose are plain matt blue, oh my gosh so pretty. (btw I love this cardi!)

There were supposed to be 5 buttons but of course I shortened the length so only 4 which is kinda odd when you stare at it for too long.. please don’t do that.

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The Marion is supposed to have 3 quarter sleeves but I lengthened them by so many rows because, warm garments with short sleeves, say what?! LOOK AT HOW LONG THEY ARE NOW, they cover all the way up to my fingies, YaY, warm hands for winter!

I went to put another pic in and.. well.. there are no more 😦

Kat will have some tho, go check out Kat’s Marion!!

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Granny Squares 70s blanky

At the start of 2014 I moved from Dunedin to Wellington and stayed with my sis and her famdamily for like.. a month before I found a place.

They were so kind to house me and fed me that I decided to make them a blanket. Of course it had to go with their styles and what their house looked like to start with!

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I used my 101 Granny Squares book and used 2 different squares out of it.

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The yarn I started off using I found in my mums stash and started making it around christmas 2013 because.. that’s what I do at my parentals place – knit and crochet!

I was actually supposed to make this really cool scarf pattern that when you rolled it up looked like a smiley face – hence the yellow and brown. However it had been attacked by moths so I shoved it in the freezer for a day to kill off anything still living inside and then went through and salvaged what I could which ended up in lots of tiny little balls of yarn.

Tiny little balls of yarn = perfect for lots of little things = granny squares, oh yes.

AND the colours are perfect for 70s.

So I found some orange as well and set out to make lots of squares.

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I ran out of yarn pretty fast though so I had to go find some that would be about the same shades. I went to Spotlight and managed to find wool in the orange and yellow (and added in an awesome green!), but could only find the brown in acrylic.

Brown was of course my neutral colour so had to use it to do all the sewing up which I did by doing 3 chains then a single crochet through the border of a square then another 3 chains.

Unfortunately I didn’t really think about the corners of the squares so they ended up all different which you do notice when you look close enough (my bad!)

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I did do 2 different squares – the second type of square I only made single digits of though because I needed to fill in the corners when I ran out of coloured yarn and was putting it all together, looks ok though!! 😀

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Making all the squares took me.. a lot of time.. this thing isn’t even that big, imagine doing an entire bedspread.. ugh

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Making the squares wasn’t the hard part though.. it was sewing it all up. That thing got SO heavy.. and then it was determining where all the pieces went and then when it was all together I had to do the border.

Wow it was heavy by the time I got to the border.. Glad I did do the scalloped border though, it’s so pretty!! I actually asked Kat how she wanted the border done and she said scalloped (I think from memory she did anyways..). So, good choice! Glad it’s over though but it was a fun project.

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A Liebster Award !!!

Friends, YaY !!!

So, back in June the lovely Threading Lightly nominated me for a Liebster Award, thanks!! 😀 Naturally (because I am master of procrastination) it took me months to actually do this.

But here we are! and I was actually planning to do it this entire time, so YaY !

The Liebster Award I had never heard of before, basically it’s a good way for new bloggers to get noticed and answer questions about themselves and who doesn’t like to talk about themselves, huh?!

 

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1. Was there a defining moment that got you into sewing?

Hmm.. this is an interesting one! Had to think back far haha… so, my sister is 10 years and 2 days older than me, so when she started sewing at 21 (I think it was when she got her first sewing machine), I got inspired ..and of course everyone wants to be like their older sis or bro. I started seeing things that she had made and I WANTED THEM.. So I started doing sewing at school and it carried on to after school.. I didn’t get fully into it until this year when I moved up to Wellington and started hanging around all the sewing bloggers (you guys are awesome !).

 

2. What has inspired your blog style?

To be honest, don’t think I have a blog style, I just type how I talk. Or at least I type as I say things in my head, so you guys are getting a front-line view of my mind, enjoy it 😀

Although.. in saying that, I don’t add in all the mass loads of tangents.. except maybe sometimes you get a few of them… :-/

 

3. At the fabric store, do you usually know what you are buying or do you like to browse?

I used to browse, this is a mistake, a big BIG mistake where I end up with negative money and too much fabric that doesn’t fit in my flat.. Now I tend to know what I need when I go in.. unless it’s the remnants bin, REMNANTS FOR THE WIN AWWW YEAH!

I have managed to find things in those remnant bins to make so many creations, whoop whoop! Bellatrix Blazer being one of them, that was probably one of the happiest days of my life.

 

4. What was your biggest sewing mistake?

Ah.. sewing my coppelia cardi, seriously screwed that one up. The sleeves to the front when it was supposed to go on the back and also they were the wrong way around and I attached them to the bottom of the front piece instead of where they were supposed to go and then I probably managed to attach the front to the feet or something ya know, that’s how screwed up it was. This is why markings are AMAZING.

 

5. How much fabric is in your stash?

I have about 6 boxes of fabric and a bin of remnants/miscellaneous stuff.

 

6. What is your next sewing project?

I have a a Sylphide blouse cut out and ready to go (for the past few months) for the Monochrome month on TMS in July. The fabric is cotton poplin with birds on it.. well most of it is, I ran out so had to use some poplin black with white polkadots, so it might turn out to be too much and then I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand it!

I also have a Seamster mens hoodie which I started in August for my friends birthday.. in August.

And my Reglisse dress from October.

And I have a Papercut Circle Top cut out too..

Hmm.. maybe I should finish some things first yeah?

 

7. Which item from your bought wardrobe would you most like to be able to replicate?

Definitely my big blue jacket with hood. It’s lined. It’s blue. It’s big. It’s got a hood. It’s cozy. It’s flattering. It’s now slightly too big.

Good thing is, Juliet told me about the Pavot at Deer and Doe that I can make which is a real nice pattern (she has made one also, though I don’t think it’s posted yet). I even found the best wool blend fabric for it at the Fabric Warehouse pop up sale and some lining with DRAGONFLIES all over it at Spotlight. This jacket isn’t lined. But it WILL BE and it must have a hood also.

Pavot Jacket – Deer and Doe

 

 

8. What is your favorite sewing-related gadget?

This is a hard one. I definitely like Lucy, she makes me so happy.. However, my rotary cutter (since being introduced to them at the start of the year) has saved much rage and heartbreak as I’m sure my scissors would have caused at cutting out fabric.

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Lucy

 

9. What is your favorite place you have traveled to?

Amsterdam.

I lived in London when I was 20 for a good year and on my 21st I went to Amsterdam with a few friends. It is gorgeous over there and everyone is so lovely. I originally thought my favourite place was Venice but then I went there and omg it smells and there are SO many tourists EVERYWHERE. Amsterdam definitely has a better vibe, and canals!

 

10. What other hobbies/activities do you enjoy besides sewing?

I also knit (as of earlier this year) and crochet which I taught myself a few years ago.

I like to hula hoop when I have the time and energy and feel like I should get away from the inside world. Thing is, the inside world has my sewing machines SEWING MACHINES, PEOPLE!!! You understand…

I also like Friday drinks with friends and organising and planning things but not actually doing the things that I’m planning – Procrastination 101.

 

So I’m supposed to nominate people now, which is also a reason why I left this post for.. ya know.. half a year.. I actually have no idea who to nominate who hasn’t done this already (awkward)………..

This Side, or That Side?

In 2013 I was making these reversible bags to raise money to move to Wellington (or just spend it on Friday drinks – my bad !).

So anyway, I was making these out of curtain or upholstery fabric that I had in my stash because for some reason I had quite a lot of it…………

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I don’t have many pictures but this is one of the bags I made.

It has a long shoulder strap and a pocket on each of the fronts .. I tried to match the pattern quite well so.. good luck finding it 😛

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Not sure why I’m showing you this actually.. but I started making this post when I first made my blog, so may as well finish it, right?

YaY bag !

I made one for my sis for her bday too and she uses it for her knitting, seems to be working quite well.

I think I managed to sell about 7 of these.

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2014 Summed up

I’m writing this post just to reflect on what I’ve made through the year and what I like and dislike and so on and so forth. It might not be very interesting but it’s more for me than for you! 😀

I’ve been sewing since high school but I haven’t really been making much.. if that makes sense. I did lots of applique type stuff and just pissing about mostly. 2014 was when I really started sewing for myself and of course when I started knitting.

After making all these things for myself and wearing some of them and not others.. I think I’ve figured out what I need and more importantly, what I want.

I LOVE CROCHET. Especially little toy animal amuragami things. I have made a few for the 2014 Christmas secret santas too, including a turtle for a tree decoration and a dinosaur for a workmate – so much fun and they are so cute!

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Crocheting is definitely a keep.

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Knitting – ALSO so good to be able to wear stuff that I’ve made – love it! But have to be more careful about my tension and length so they don’t turn out like my tiny little Hetty cardi.

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Main thing I learned about wearing knitted/warm garments is that I need them to be long sleeved or I probably won’t wear them. Goodbye Hetty!

However, my Marion can stay (post coming soon).

Now for the sewing stuff. I learned a lot about what dresses I will wear. Mainly because I would much rather wear jeans.

My favourite dress is my Alameda by Pauline Alice. It is super comfy, the perfect length and has pockets, POCKETS !!! A bit gapey in the arm holes but I can live with that. It’s also a nice neutral colour without too much crazy pattern happening.

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Ah.. patterns. I love patterned fabric. It’s the stuff I’m most attracted to in the store and I just beeline straight for it. I don’t like wearing it though. It’s too much. Or maybe it’s just my pattern choices.. hmm..

I really like my Bluet as well. I don’t wear it as much though because the pattern just puts me off (although I LOVE the pattern – is so pretty yo!) and the puffy sleeves made me angry. I changed the sleeves to be flat and took off the pink binding on them and now I wear it way more.

Puffy sleeves = NO!

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Oh.. my coffee dress. I actually hate you. Not my style at all. the skirt is too straight. The arms are WAY too tight. Although it is a perfect length.

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My cherries dress is awesome, way too short though and possibly too tight. Way too tight around the arms as well so I don’t generally wear it much unfortunately, especially cause I put A LOT of work into this one.

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JUNE!

I made so many things in June, I went crazy.

I’m not gonna picture these though cause this is getting REALLY long.

Basically I love my Lady Skater (except that it gives me electric shocks when I touch metal, sigh). Ah.. plain colours are so good.

I didn’t like the Tiramisu because too long – but then I cut it shorter (just above the knee) and wear it all the time!

La Sylphide – such a pretty pattern and material but WAAAAY too short so I have only actually worn it once.. hmm…

And my Bellatrix Blazer is too tight and I don’t wear it, sigh, I was so proud of that one too.

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My Reglisse!!!

I actually do love it. But I haven’t worn it yet (except to the halloween party I made it for) because I haven’t finished it yet (such a slacker!). I will probably make it shorter as well and I need to fix the elastic because it’s a little bit bigger than the waist band it fits into (my bad!)

eeeeeeee, that’s all my dresses!!

Skirts.. I don’t wear much.. so I probably won’t make many more of those. Although I LOVE my Petal, I currently do not have any tops that go with it.. *sigh*

My Ensis tee’s I love and my Coppelia Cardi is amazing. I love these. I need more. MORE !

What I find most I wear out of my wardrobe are my Ensis Tee’s, jeans and cardi’s.

I need to make jeans, JEANS !

All up:

Warm garments must have long sleeves. (Knitted cardigans)

Puffy sleeves are not good. (Bluet)

Sleeves must not be tight. (Coffee dress and Cherries dress)

Straight skirts are not good. (Coffee dress)

Skirt length should be just above the knees. (All dresses)

Plain colours are VERY good (Lady Skater)

MAKE JEANS and more t-shirts!

The Hetty Cardigan

Several months ago (SO behind on blogging cause lazy), I made the Hetty Cardi by Andi Satterlund.

Actually, I made it at the same time as Kat made hers and after an awesome high tea at Petone we took pictures by the beach!

In fact, you can kinda tell how behind I am on my blogging since my hair is now shoulder length.. uhem..

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ANYWAYS! The Hetty!!!

I made this using the Crucci Landscapes yarn found on the Skeinz website.

It’s 75% wool and 25% alpaca and SO SOFT so I can actually use it. Oh, and naturally, it’s 10ply since all of Andi Satterlund patterns are 10ply.

This is the same yarn I used for my Mryna in my OAL Outfit Along in July.

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The Hetty is a beautiful pattern with lots of eyelet detail which is easy enough to knit up, although I think I went back several rows at several times so.. maybe not that easy?. However it was only my second cardigan so.. gimme some credit yo!

Honestly, I love the pattern, I love the neckline looking at it here but I HATE THE SHORT SLEEVES. Oh and also it’s way too tight and too short.

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So for these photos I actually pulled it down constantly trying to make it look better but it only just covers my bust. In saying that, that was my fault because I did make it shorter since my Mryna was just slightly too long and bunches at my waist.

However for the amount of rows I took out I didn’t think it would be THIS much shorter.. hmm… note to self – try on cardi as it’s being made.

I just put the below photo in cause oh my gosh I look happy!

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The other thing I didn’t do was check my gauge. Considering that I had just made my Mryna and it was knit loosely I’m quite surprised that this turned out this tight. As in.. the buttons keep popping open haha

This pattern did teach me that I don’t look short sleeves on warmer garments though. Usually I overheat so if I’m gonna be wearing any woollen then I want ALL of me covered otherwise my hands are gonna get cold and then I get sad. And then I generally get hungry and then I get hangry cause that’s just how I roll.. I’m always hungry. mmMmm cheezles.

 

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