Yarn bombing bunting

Yarn bombing bunting

I’ve just sent off this cheery bunting to a fellow blogger for her yarn bombing event this weekend. The grangerange is repeating last year’s successful charity yarn bombing at her GP husband’s surgery in Scarborough. You can read about last year’s success here.

I’ve been reading her posts and admiring the many animals she has been making. All the items are sold off in a closed auction type event and the money raised goes to charity.

Anyway I wanted to contribute something quick and effective.

Crochet Bunting

I used my Stylecraft Special DK stash left over from my 2013/2014 blanket. Read the rest of this entry

I love this one!

I love this one!

Finally something I love!! I’m wearing it today, at work.

It’s such a relief to make something that I know will get loads of wear. It is cool and light and will look great under a navy jacket when it turns cooler. It hardly creases either under my seat belt or bunched up against my desk.True Bias Sutton Blouse

Yes. it’s another True Bias Sutton Blouse. The other 2 I made here and here.  It is my third and I feel I could make these in my sleep now. Read the rest of this entry

One finished, another begun

One finished, another begun

My circles within squares cotton blanket is complete!

Here it is. Well here it is in duplicate as it looked so lovely out in the sunshine.

I kept the border simple, choosing one of the blue colours to highlight the edge.

I’m pleased I stuck to my gradual colour scheme instead of just mixing them up. Read the rest of this entry

A warm red crepe

A warm red crepe

This is my (slightly) belated monthly make for Minerva Crafts.

Regular readers will know I have made a few disappointing items recently, or items that have not performed well through use.

After a little procrastination I finally sat myself down at my sewing machine and produced this in around 3 hrs.

True Bias Sutton Blouse1

It is the True Bias Sutton Blouse. It was a pdf downloaded from the True Bias site. Read the rest of this entry

Crochet on baby blanket

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Crochet on baby blanket

Whilst my sewing demons may have been getting the better of me recently, although last night I did cut out a True Bias Sutton blouse, my crochet has seen no such challenges.

I’ve been working on my latest baby blanket. Crocheted purely for pleasure and for my imminent but ‘not bothered if they don’t sell’ Folksy and Etsy shops.

Before I went away I had run up these. I’ve been using up my Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 stash.

Crochet baby blanket

On holiday I’m always awake before everyone else. Read the rest of this entry

Not sewing update

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I’m still procrastinating about getting back on my sewing machine but I can’t quite put my finger on why.

I need a couple of tops for work and I was even considering going to buy a couple!

After my initial euphoria during Made In May, generally wearing 3 to 4 items each week, I have become a little critical in my efforts.

I think that as I know more, I can see more imperfections in my work.

Some of the fabric I have used (usually the cheaper stuff) has not survived more than a few washes.

Taking a few short cuts has also ended up  with garments not performing well for long.

I keep telling myself that I should just GET ON WITH IT, taking on board all I have learnt in the past year but I’m afraid of spending time on something I’ll not completely be happy with.

I’ll show you what I mean.

I now realize that whilst my chest is ample enough I have a narrow back which explains why many of my item ‘bag’ across my the back of my neck. Mind you, I can now see this in many of my rtw items too!

Dress 11 Burda 7557

I’ve not worn this dress again since it’s first outing. It needs serious adjustment around the neck line and across the back where it gapes. It is something I could easily (but very fiddly and boring!) do but I’d rather start something new. Read the rest of this entry

Testing, testing

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Testing, testing

Just before we went away I had a lovely time pattern testing a mostly hand sewn fabric keepsake box.

When Lynn from her Tialys blog requested pattern testers I was only too happy to oblige. A free insight into making these gorgeous boxes? There was no decision to be made.

So armed with card, fabric and glue I set to work in the garden.


Making up the individual pieces was a lovely project to do in the garden. Read the rest of this entry

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