Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dresses and Margaret Beaufort.

IMAG0107IMAG0106To begin, is an odd kimono/beach thingy that my Mother in Law was kind enough to give me.  Now whilst I am the first to admit that I am of generous proportions, the idea of wearing tent didn't really appeal.  So I popped it on Mavis and had a think.  Several weeks later my cogitations came to fruition and went like this. First; I reshaped the neck. and cut out and shaped the arm holes. Then; I rolled the hem on the  neck and armholes and top stitched with a decorative embroidery stitch. (I do like my Pfaff).  Finally; I cut patch pockets from the fabric cut out of the new arm holes inverted it and sewed elastic to the top seam.  I then lined the seam (the old shoulder seam) with the side seam and sewed them on as patch pockets, allowing the elastic to gather and smooth the line of the dress without loosing the fullness of the skirt.

And voila! A flattering summer dress.


Secondly, after a great deal of procrastination, I finally knitted the button bands on to the Magaret Beaufort design by Alice Starmore.  After which, it was just a case of buttons and here we are.  I'm finding that with the changeable weather, I'm wearing it far more than I thought I would in July!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Button holes

This is a note to me, so please feel free to totally ignore.

In the last week I have knitted not 1, but 2 lots of button holes and to be honest I've been very disappointed in the way that they turned out.  So the last lot got tinked and I started over. after great thought I came up with the following.  A buttonhole that doesn't need tidying.

Row 1 :
k to st before buttonhole. (SSK, K2tog)  Continue and repeat evenly spaced.

Row 2:
P to first decrease. (P1,K1 into st, wrap 2, K 1,P1) Continue and repeat at every buttonhole.

Row 3:

K to st before double wrap. K first wrap into st. K second wrap into next st. Continue and repeat at every double wrap.

Ta Da!

Thank you very much.....

Friday, 3 July 2015

It's Past Mid Summer!


It has just passed Mid-Summer and all the Oilseed Rape has finally gone over.  As a result I'm able to breathe!  A fantastic state of affairs if I say so myself.  Still left with shed-loads of meds a day but I've finally been able to to achieve things, which make me a very happy Yarnspider.
IMAG0054I have, for example, finally finished Jen of Fernhill Farm's Fabulous Romney x Shetland Fleece.  Rather pleased with the results actually.  It was a fantastic fleece to prepare and spin very well shorn, so no second cuts or wobbly bits. Woollen spun, it yielded a lofty light DK (approx).  (I suspect as they have just been shearing, there maybe more if you wished contact them.)    Clearing this has enable me to crack on with the other Fernhill Fleece project and I have just started seriously spinning the coloured BFL x Shetlands for cloth.  This will take longer as I am spinning proper worsted with a high twist for the loom. but it's getting there.  Will blog again once I've plyed the first skein.

IMAG0599IMAG0064And of course, it's the Grass Tennis season. So I have been able actually finish knitting whilst watching.  The first to finally come off my needles, is my Celtic Lattice Vest .   It took me forever to knit primarily because I was only knitting it in bed whilst listing to audio books until I reached the armpits and steeks. It's knitted from the yarn I had left over from my Bee Jacket, but looks totally different! the whole negative colour thing I suppose.  It's going to be very warm this winter though and that is very important.

Right then. Off to more knitting and spinning and lots more tennis!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Slowly but surely.


It's been a difficult couple of weeks here, but hopefully it's finally improving.  The local rapeseed fields have gone over, so my COPD/Brittle Asthma combination is finally settling down and soon I should be back to where I was before. Well, nearly anyway!

So slowly and surely, and with lots of help (and some heavy duty medication) I'm getting back into the swing of things... Earlier in the week I was given a Suffolk-cross lambs fleece.  Now, whilst I had come to the conclusion that I had one more fleece to wash and that would be it, this was a present.  And it would have been rude to turn it down.  So, with my fabulous friend Carol's help it was dagged out and skirted and I popped it into soak.  Anita (wonderful person!) came up and helped me rinse it out and as it was wet already, pop it into the dye pot and look what happened? So pleased at the way it turned out.

IMAG1437 I also finished a pair of socks this week. They fit very well and are made from a lovely yarn (Araucania Huasca (Botany Lace).  But I am not at the moment feeling the love I did when I first picked up the skein. Odd.  Oh well.
As this week was the second week of the Tennis at Roland Garos I also settled down and darned vast quantities of socks.... The Speed Weve really does rock.


Using the odds and ends of multi coloured sock yarn really does make a dull job go faster....

More later.