Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Knitting with the Doctor!

I started this knitting project in December with the idea of giving the mittens as Christmas present, but I didn't finish them until now. I didn't want to type posts noting my progress so that it wouldn't ruin the Christmas surprise, but the mittens are now with their new owner so I can finally share the excitement and the frustration of mittens.

I'm now in love with Ravelry.com and that my boyfriend is a massive Doctor Who -fan so imagine the excitement when I found this fantastic pattern for blue police box mittens on Ravelry. Hurrah! And it said suitable for beginners of fair isle knitting which I definately am.

Yarn and needles ready to go 

Yarn was easy enough to find as we have a nice little yarn shop called Pitsi ja Palmikko in town. I used Sandnes Garn Sisu yarn in blue (5937) and gray (1032). It's a bit thicker than the yarn recommended in the pattern, but using slightly smaller needles seemed to keep the size in check. 

I had done a tiny bit of fair isle knitting before, but I not really looked into it properly. And every time I have done fair isle knitting I've made up how to keep the yarns from getting untangled as I went. Needless to say this didn't work with this pattern, so after a few not so even rounds of the pattern and quite a bit of frustration I decided it would be best to look into it. I found this Youtube Video by CottonCloud which was really helpful. I have to confess that I didn't even know there was an English way of knitting and that it is different from the continental way until I watched the video. Luckily there was a video tutorial explaining English knitting so I learnt a new thing!

After I figured out the English and continental ways of knitting fair isle became a lot easier and quicker to do. Though it seemed that my knitting got neater during mitten number two so it ended up being a tad smaller than the first one, nooooo! I could face doing a third mitten so I ended up unravelling a bit of the first one and making it smaller by starting the finger decrease earlier. That also means the pattern isn't identical on both mittens, but I think I can live with that.

The finished mittens

What is the plural for a Tardis? 

I'm pretty pleased with the result and I will try some more fair isle knitting in the future. I also found some amazing  Tardis sock and Dalek mitten  patterns on Ravelry. I may have give these a go as well, but I promised to knit my mother some socks first ...

Timey-wimey and spacey-wacey for now dear readers.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Pattern envelope = make-up bag!

This isn't strictly sewing related, but I had to share my new make-up bag with all of you lovelies! It's a make-up bag disguised as a pattern envelope, how twee is it?

It's from a line called Needle&Thread by the UK company Disaster Designs and I'm madly in love with it. I think the button detail on the zipper is too cute and I love, love, love the skirts on the patterns. I did wonder if the pattern is a real one or have they just made a mash-up for the make-up bag, but a quick search didn't return any results

Disaster designs also have a gorgeous over-night bag in the same line, but sadly it seems to be sold-out in most places, but the make-up bags are available at so go grab your own and show your love for patterns!

Over&Out for now dear readers.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

New Year, new sewing projects!

And a good time to write lists of all the wonderful things to make this year. So joined the list-making people and I dotted down a few ideas I've had floating around to keep me motivated. I'm also hoping to spend more time sewing and crafting this year and typing up more blog posts. I'm sure I've said that before, but hopefully our martta-kerho will  keep me on track.

And here's my list for this year:

Yep, I wrote it in the "long" list section, but I'm feeling optimistic ,D I was originally inspired to come up with a list of what I wanted to make when I came across a sewing challenge in Anna's blog Ompele oma onnesi a few months back, but making lists seemed more suited for the new year than for November. The challenge is called 52 weeks of sewing where you pick 52 items/techniques/materials and make them in the next 52 weeks. I think Burda Style and Sew Weekly have hosted these types of challenges. But I'm somewhat slow with my projects as you know so I'm not even going to pretend I will get 52 projects done in 52 weeks. And really who has time for that unless they're doing sewing full-time? And when I started thinking about the whole thing I couldn't quite come up with 52 items I would want or need. I'm not keen about making things just for the sake making them (ha, I hear you say...) so here's a shorter version of the challenge.

So have you written sewing lists for this year? And how many items are on your lists? And Happy New Year to you all!