Thursday, 26 March 2015

World's slowest knitter and dotty socks

I finished the dotty socks I started way back in November, it's about time. But not only am I slow knitter it also took me a good few weeks (read a month) to take pics of the finished socks. Tut, tut me. I've heard that people finish socks in a weekend, I'm defo not there yet, but at least I did finish them, so hurrah!

Finished dotty socks



The socks were fairly easy to knit even if I still need a bit practice with fair isle...The pattern was simple enough to follow and I used my trusty heel instructions from knitty.com which is brill. Occasionally I think I should learn to turn the heel in a different way, but that works so well so why bother.

I noticed while pressing the socks that the second one is a bit bigger than the first one, maybe I shouldn't have left a month between doing them. Luckily you can't notice it when wearing the socks, I'm fairly sure the other sock will stretch anyway though maybe when knitting my next pair of socks I'll remember not to have a months gap in between.

I'm pleased with the result, cause who doesn't need dotty woollen socks? Also woollen socks are warm in the winter and cool in the summer (or just the right temperature for my freezing feet) so I quite happily wear them all year around.

I'm now going to go and work with other types of knits. Dots out.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

C'est un Plantain shirt!

So now that I have Bernette up and running it isn't hardly surprising that my next project is one made out of knit fabric. This also counts as not one, but three items from my long list of sewing as I had Plaintain t-shirt on the list, trying out a new indie pattern company and finishing UFOs (that's unfinished object in craft-speak) so hurrah!

I downloaded the Deer&Doe Plantain t-shirt pattern sometime when it was released some time last year. I remember seeing several amazing t-shirt made from this pattern pop up on blogosphere around that time, have a look at Deer&Doe addict's blog to get a better idea.  The pattern is to be easy to customise, add a bit of pleather to make it chic or add hearts as the elbows patches to make it cutesy, dots to keep it dotty...the possibilities are endless.

I was feeling a bit brave even without a working serger so I cut the t-shirt from a flimsy jersey ages ago and then I got cold feet so it's been sitting in my UFO pile since. The folded pattern pieces looked somewhat interesting when I found them, but luckily the fabric wasn't too, too creased even if the pattern pieces are.

Folded neatly you say..?


I finally dug the pieces after our trip to the UK and decided to give it a go. I was amazed at how easily the shirt came together, the serger works like a dream and my trusty Singer didn't have any problems when I added the elbow patches, but it did skip a few stitches when I did the hemming, grump.  The instructions on the pattern were clear and simple, which is always good. I'm definitely going to look into other Deer and Doe patterns, I'm quite tempted with the Airielle blouse and Anemone skirt.

My finished Plantain shirt.


I heart elbow patches.


I'm pleased with the shirt as it's turned out to be wearable even if there is some room for improvement on the stitching, but hey it was my first project on the serger!  I'm sure I will use this pattern again. I didn't do any adjustments to the pattern, but I did end up taking a teensy bit off the shoulder as they seemed to hang quite low, but that's just probably my narrow shoulders for you. I'm going to make a quarter sleeve version of this, I might also higher the neckline a tad as this feels a bit low as it is.

Over&out for now dear readers.