I’ve been knitting this sweater since forever, by which I mean, April or May this year. It’s enormous. But then, it’s for a giant.
I am not a giant. I’m a normal-sized person. Thankfully my stepdad was a better model than me!
This is the Vika sweater by Brooklyn Tweed. I obviously ended up making up (unintentionally) the central cable motif, but at least I was wrong consistently. The main thing here is the yarn. It’s phenomenal. It’s Studio Donegal Aran Tweed, and I got a 2kg cone of it for around £80 from Springwools. So that works out as like £45 for what I used for this gigantic creation – much better than the roughly £400 it would have been using the suggested yarn! And this Donegal yarn is some of the best I’ve ever worked with – I’ve been looking at all the other colours and trying to decide what to make next.
I will say that the pattern was very hard to follow, despite being relatively easy knitting. It was written in such a way that it kept tripping me up; very verbose and confusing. Anyway, I got there in the end – but it was frustrating, especially considering the cost of the pattern.
It was my stepdad’s birthday last month and I made him a foxy tote for carrying his sketchbooks.
Pattern is self drafted. Outer fabric is Japanese linen-canvas from M is for Make, inner is Cotton + Steel that’s been in my stash so long I can’t remember where it’s from. Base is from a furnishing fabric remnant I got at John Lewis. Strap webbing was left over from this project, and is from Ray-Stitch.
So now that it’s March 2017 I should probably have already posted about all the crafting that kept me occupied up to Christmas. Last year I did individual posts for each item (!). This year it’s too high a hurdle for me, as evidenced by my already infrequent blogging.
En bref, Christmas 2016:
- 1 duffel bag
- 2 baable hats
- 8 zip pouches
- 1 fleecy bonnet
- 1 fleecy raccoon gilet
- 2 eye patches
- 2 scrunchies
- 1 knitted scarf
- 1 lavender sachet
- 1 tote bag
Here are some pictures:
Mochi Moon Bunnies by Cotton + Steel is just adorable. So I dutifully purchased a couple of metres assuming that in due course inspiration would strike and the perfect project would come along.
Last week was my stepdad’s birthday. He’s been going to weekly art classes for nearly a year, and I thought I should add to his growing collection of tiger-themed accessories this birthday with a pencil roll. Whadya know, the moonbunnies hopped right out of my fabric box and onto the sewing table. I think the bunnies and tigers are getting on remarkably well here.
The pattern is self-drafted, and I lined the pencil roll with a layer of felt for padding.
The tigers are also Cotton + Steel, and the yellow cross-hatching is by Carolyn Friedlander. I bought a fat quarter of it from the Village Haberdashery last winter and had the perfect sized piece for this left over after making a pouch out of it as a Christmas present.
This year I only bought one Christmas present – and it was a bit of an afterthought anyway. The one bought present was a pack of 6 Le Corbusier notecards, for my dad to send me letters with, purchased from an awesome little shop in Abergavenny called FortySix. Incidentally, they also had a big book of treehouses from Phaidon, but I resisted the temptation and turned my energies towards my own gingerbread treehouse instead.
Here’s what I made for people:
- A dress
- Several ties
- Two bobble hats (the pompom was added later to one…)
- Change purses
- A reversible bow-tie
- A pair of socks
- A shawl/collar thing
- A skirt
- A long scarf
- Coffee cup sleeves
And here are some photos of the above:
I’m looking forward to being able to make some stuff for myself, finally! And get a move on turning some of the stacks of Liberty fabric I’ve accumulated this year into clothes, especially now that the Spring/Summer 2014 collection of prints has now launched. Luckily, I don’t truly covet any of the ones I’ve seen – so far!