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Another Coco Before Clearing the Decks

I just finished another Coco dress.  I bought this coral coloured jersey which was the perfect weight for this dress but I felt was a little bright to make the whole dress in.  So I decided to pair it with this grey jersey and have a go at making a colour block version.  I love it but, unfortunately, forgot to lengthen it this time so I will get a consensus of opinion from family and blunt  honest friends and, if they think it’s too short for me, I’ll have to hand it over to one of the Madamoiselles.  I think you can usually get away with things a little shorter in the summer with bare legs and flats but we’ll see.

Colour Block Coco Dress

(The ombré effect here is due to bad lighting rather than the fabric and my paintwork morphing into different shades)

Only a couple of days to go until the Lladybird and Tangled Threads’ Outfit Along starts so I wanted to finish up some projects I had on the go and start with a clean (ish) slate.

As I explained here this Outfit Along comprises a dress (or skirt) and a cardigan to go with it.  The suggested pattern for the dress is Simplicity 1803 which I already have and had bought the fabric for some time ago and the cardigan is the new one from Andi Satterlund called Myrna.

Simplicity 1803

I’m going to make the one in the bottom right hand corner with the short sleeves and button embellishments.

myrna cardigan2

Here’s the cardi I’m going to make.

There are lots of gorgeous fabric and yarn choices going on and I’ve been watching the Ravelry thread to see what people are choosing.  However, much as I like the bright, patterned fabrics, I’m taking into consideration my lifestyle, location, age, wearing opportunities and going with something a bit more ‘sensible’ or let’s use the word ‘classic’ as it sounds slightly less boring.

OAL fabric and yarn 001

So, these are my fabric and yarn choices.  What do you think?  Be quick and tell me if you don’t think they’d work as I start the day after tomorrow!

I’m sure I will have time to do plenty of other things at the the same time – we have until the end of July after all – and the dress shouldn’t take me long but I only knit in the evenings so the cardigan is likely to be the thing in danger of not being finished so no more knitting projects until afterward.

I just had time to finish off this cute baby jacket which will, eventually, be in my shop as I have lots of plans for more hand knit baby wear but I’ve got to complete a few more yet before I put them in the shop.

Knitted Baby Jacket

I’m frantically sewing up a knitted jacket for myself – don’t you just hate the sewing up part of knitting? – then that will be out of the way and I can cut out and cast on.

Outfit Along

 

 

 

 

 

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Virtual Sewing and Knitting Club

I mostly think of sewing and knitting as a lone pursuit – although I find knitting a bit more sociable as it tends to be more portable and I don’t have to disappear upstairs where my sewing machine lives.  When I was still in the U.K. I used to go, every couple of weeks, to a local craft shop who gave over a table cunningly placed in the centre of the fabric section, to a group of us who would sew together, mostly patchwork quilting projects, in exchange for the vast quantities of fabric we would buy.  I did try joining a group here but found the projects they did a little uninspired and they didn’t seem willing to try out new things.   Three of us rebelled and started a breakaway group which, although it is now down to two, suits me fine and is a little more centred on dressmaking which is also good as that is my ‘thing’ at the moment.

I do like talking about sewing and knitting projects but my weekly sewing buddy is French and, although my Franglais isn’t too bad, it’s just not the same as chatting in your native language.  As most of my other ‘real life’ friends aren’t interested in the ins and outs of it – to say nothing of the lack of interest at home(!)  – I have turned to ‘virtual’ friends in blogland to share these interests and to find inspiration.  I  have never done a sew along or knit along online because I haven’t liked the patterns chosen or have missed the beginning or just never got round to it.  Also, I usually like working at my own pace.  However, I found myself tempted by this one which is an outfit along, a  joint venture by Lauren, sewing diva at Lladybird and Andi Satterlund, knitwear designer at Untangling Knots, this will start on 1st June and the finished outfits to be photographed and submitted on the Ravelry thread by the end of July.

Outfit Along

The idea is to have a finished outfit at the end of two months and this includes a dress and a short cardigan to wear over the top of it.  As luck would have it, the dress pattern suggested, Simplicity 1803,  is one that I have already and have even bought the fabric for.  Mlle. Tialys the elder has already made one for herself and it looks great on her, I’ve just never got around to making my version.

SImplicity 1803

I am going to make the version with short sleeves and a slotted neckline in a spotty fabric.

The cardigan is a new design by Andi Satterlund called Myrna which I have bought, downloaded and ordered the yarn for so, once that arrives, I’m all ready to go.  I might miss out the keyhole detail on the back though as I’m not convinced it wouldn’t look like I’d just ripped a hole in it on some brambles or something.  Apart from that, I love the short sleeves, v-neck and eyelet details and I’m going to make it in a short of linen colour.  I have made one of Andi’s patterns before, the Miette (shown in my post here), another top down cardigan, which was something I’d never attempted before so it was interesting to do and knits up quickly.

Myrna CardiganThe Myrna Cardigan by Andi Satterlund

You don’t have to do either of these patterns for the Outfit Along – you could choose different dress and top patterns – but these will be the ones featured on Lauren and Andi’s blogs so, if you need any help, these would be the ones to go for.  I love them both and already have the dress pattern so an easy decision for me.  I don’t really need help with either pattern (I hope!) but I thought it would give me the push I need to finally get that dress made and, more importantly, I can feel as if I’m part of a sewing/knitting community where I can discuss any problems or little triumphs without getting the glazed look in the eyes of a less interested audience  – or at least I won’t be able to see it.

Have you ever participated in a knit along or sew along before?  If you are a beginner, would you consider it to get you started?  If you are experienced, would you go for it for the same reasons as me or have you got lots of ‘real life’ sewing friends you can bore to death chat to about your projects.

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Finished One Frogged Two

Not a Scandinavian local football match result but a record of my knitting progress over the past few weeks.

Warning: Knitting heavy post but for the non-knitters amongst you there are some pretty pictures and I will attempt to be vaguely amusing.

As my Mum was here for Christmas, on her own for the first time since my Dad died at the end of November, I was determined to forego my usual sewing activities and Etsy shop tending and devote myself to her entertainment which involved walking slowly and aimlessly around a few shops, watching a couple of omnibus editions of Eastenders – a lot can happen in 3 hours you know – and, of course, knitting.

Sirdar Crofter Chunky JacketFlushed with success by this recently finished Sirdar jacket which was a breeze to make in a yarn* that is super soft and a pleasure to work with, I decided to go all ‘independent designer’ and had a look on Ravelry for some likely pattern candidates.

I love this one from Kate Davies but think it might be devilishly difficult.  However it is definitely in my queue as I just love that braided design she’s created, the shape of it and everything about it really.

Kate Davies Braid Hills Cardigan

Encouraged by lots of successful projects undertaken by members of Ravelry, I decided to buy two patterns by Andi Satterlund – well, more accurately, I bought one as the other  is a generous free download – ordered in the wool/yarn and waited for my Mum to arrive with needles poised.

This is the ‘Marion’ and is the one I paid for.  Another interesting cable pattern and I like the cropped design.  New for me, it is knitted from the top down so you knit the back then pick up stitches from the cast on edge for each front panel – no sewing up to do at the end, hooray!  All was going well until I had all three pieces joined on the same needle and then I nearly went cross eyed trying to keep the cable pattern on each side accurate whilst also following the decreasing rows.  Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to do it whilst watching the Eastenders omnibus.  I don’t normally watch any soaps but, I must say, even when it is only on in the background it’s impossible not to get drawn in when there is a cat fight involving one woman throwing the Christmas turkey at another, people forming a human chain to help somebody move from one house to another just across the street (as you do)  and the arrival  of an English bulldog called Lady Di .  Ah well, after many ‘unknitting’ episodes, I have given up for the moment and taken it all back to the point where I just have the back on a stitch holder and I will attempt the front panels again when I am feeling calmer.  My one will be dark red by the way.

marion by Andi Satterlund

Meanwhile, Mum cast on for the free download ‘Miette’ from the same designer and was often to be heard muttering (well, alright, cursing)  away as she tried to keep all the stitches present and correct on circular needles which she isn’t used to.  In the end she squeezed all the stitches onto regular needles and started to progress.  Once I got fed up with the tortuous cables above, I cast on for my version of the ‘Miette’ and, up to now, not wishing to tempt fate, it is going well.  Hopefully I will be able to do a ‘reveal’ in a week or so.  Here’s a pic of the Miette by Andi Satterlund – my one will be in a mustardy colour – if you click on it you will be taken to her blog where you will find the free download button.

miette

The second frogging was done a little while back and I am ashamed because it is a ridiculously easy pattern and yet it all went horribly wrong.  It is done in a cotton yarn and in garter stitch throughout.  However, every single split stitch and fault was startlingly evident and, also, I couldn’t get the gauge right because the combination of the yarn and stitch seemed to make the knitting all stretchy and weird and so it is now back in ball form in my queue.  Has anybody else had problems with this boat neck sweater from Bergere de France or is it just me?

boat-neck-sweater-pattern-

To put your mind at ease, when I finally do crack this pattern, I will not be wearing it with teeny, tiny polka dot bikini bottoms – oh that I could!

* Sirdar Crofter Chunky

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