Monday, 6 October 2014

Dot mad knitting

Autumn is here and there's more than a hint of colder weather to come in the air so it's time to dig out the knitting needles and start making socks! (I will attempt to make some epic fair isle Cthulhu mittens at some point, but I wanted something easier to begin with.)

I found this rather yummy purple yarn a while back, which I of course added to my stash. It's Novita's Seitsemän veljestä and I think the colour is one their seasonal ones. I was toying with the idea of some sort of fair isle pattern,  but then I realised I don't have dotty woollen socks, so that was pretty muched sorted. I know you're all wondering how is that even possible? Believe me I'm stunned too.  After the realisation I took out a notebook and dotted down a few pattern suggestions.

My professional (ahem) pattern  (and the first version underneath) 

OK, maybe calling that a pattern is a bit too much. It's mainly a few scribbles on paper, but it helped me figure out the spacing and how big the dots should be. I was going to make the dot bigger to begin with, but it didn't look right so I went for option no 2. The needles  I'm using are 3 1/2 (european, I know the sizing different in the UK and US) and I have 48 stitches divided onto 4 needles. 

Sock no 1 in the making 

The first sock is coming along nicely as you can see. I think I'm going to make a few more rows befor starting with the heel. I'm going to continue with the dots in the front and maybe purple toes, but we'll see how they turn out. I'll post photos of the finished product once I get there.  Ovet&out now dear readers. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Love at first stitch - Delphine skirt

I got my copy of  Love at first stitch by Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons way back in May, but only just got around finishing the first project from it. I have to confess that I started the Delphine skirt almost straight away and got quite far with it and then I just stopped. The almost finished skirt sat on my dress form for most of the summer waiting to be hemmed. I blame my lack of sewing mojo (I should share the project that destroyed it), but it's finally done now and I'm really pleased with the result.

The book really is as awesome as the reviews say. There are 8 different projects in the book, each adds new skills to your repertoire, you can see all the projects at Tilly's blog. They are lovely, aren't they? I want to make all the projects from the book. As mentioned above my first project from the book was the Delphine skirt which is a simple yet stylish a-line skirt. Surprisingly enough I have a few black skirts in my wardrobe already, but some of them have started looking drab so this seemed like the perfect solution. The skirt is also long enough that I can wear it to work which is always good.

Love at first stitch and pattern pieces

I enjoyed making the skirt, it was fairly straight-forward and the instructions are so well illustrated that. I had to do a slight sway-back adjustment to the waistline, but that was simple enough and fits better now.  I just wish I would have noticed it before inserting the zipper rather than after, but then what would a project without spending some time with the seam ripper be? The invisible zipper was surprisingly easy to set (both times), we like.  I also ended up taking in the side seams in a bit cause the skirt looked a bit too wide when finished, but it still has the 60s style playfulness.

Black Delphine skirt and channeling Tilly

I'm definitely going to make another Delphine, probably a dotty one, I just need to a find the right fabric first. If you've seen any please point them in my direction, ta. I am very tempted to order the crazy hipster deer dotty fabric Tilly used, but I'm not sure that would be too weird/stalkerish. Anyhow I'm off to plan my next project, there is a good chance that it will be something from Tilly's book...Over&out for now dear readers.