Spring has begun to spring here in the UK and I have very much had spring cleaning fever (by that I mean clearing out all the junk that none of us needs). It started off as quite fun but I am now at the point where I have had enough and the house still does not quite look like I would like it to. Hey HO, I shall persevere.
With As part of my Spring clean I decided to tackle my clothes. To be honest I am a bit fed up with my clothes. I don’t know whether it is an age thing or I have not updated recently but I just don’t feel excited by many of my outfits now. Sorting through them I did notice that I have a lot of greeny/browny coloured clothes. I always thought that I was quite a colourful person but it seems not. This is something that I will have to consciously address over the next few months.
I did sort out quite a few things to get rid of (including some smelly running tops that my husband will be so pleased to see the back of). As May is rapidly approaching along with the challenge started by Zoe called me-made-May where you pledge to wear your handmade and upcycled clothes as much as you declare, I decided to take photos of the things that I have made so that I can truly see what clothes I have ready for the May challenge. (Last year I thought that I would have made loads by now…..)
This was my first ever knitted item that I made when I was a teenager. It is incredibly warm and only worn when I want a bit of comfort.
This poncho was the first item I made on my return to knitting.
This Angel wings ‘Bolero’ is a favourite of mine. Nice and warm but not too bulky.
This falling leaves jumper looks amazing on.
This is a wrap dress that is the first item of clothing I made from cloth as an adult.
My first pair of trousers.
A jersey top.
I also have 2 pairs of socks, a scarf and three shawls. I wear the shawls the most.
At the end of last year I thought that I would manage to make 1 item of clothing a month. I have failed on this target so far although I have a cardigan that is nearly finished (buttons and ends) and another one well on its way. I also have the pieces cut out for another jersey top so if I get my skates on, I am not that far off my target after all……I have just not finished one a month.
Unfortunately the title says it all. As I said in the last post I was a bit unwell last week which meant normal activities was enough for me. That, along with a family birthday this weekend has left very little time for sewing or knitting. 😦
The time that I had to sew has been spent trying to get a twin needle to work. I was left with this:
As you can see, I wasn’t successful.
The knitting has not been going well either as I needed to be able to concentrate. The illness has meant no running has taken place either.
With a busy week ahead at work I doubt that I will have much to report on. I fear I may be a bit quiet this week. The only upside is that my breathing is returning to normal so I may just be able to get back running again which is just as well as the marathon is getting closer and closer.
I hope you all have a happy week and that I have something to report soon 🙂
Last week something really exciting happened on Twitter. I noticed a link to instargram by a friend Truly Myrtle. I clicked through and saw the most beautiful shawl. What is more she designed it herself. I was feeling a bit cheeky –
Conversation on twitter.
How lucky am I? The e-mail come through really quickly and I got straight online to order the yarn required.
Having ordered it I then had a panic – it would not come in time! I decided to phone the shop Meadow Yarn and try to upgrade my postage to a faster service. You know what? The lady was SOOOO lovely that she offered to do it for me without charging me any extra as her random act of kindness for the day. I was totally gobsmacked!
The best bit of all? IT CAME 🙂 I was so grateful that I phoned the lady straight away to tell her that it had arrived. The Yarn is soooo yummy:
Wasn’t this project just meant to be? I really hope that I enjoy knitting this. It has a quick turn around so look out for updates :). Oh and I will so be visiting Meadow Yarns again!
Test knitting means that I challenge myself to learn new techniques without really thinking about it. I agree to make the piece and then do whatever it takes to be able to complete the item. My latest test knit hadn’t even got started before I had to (admittedly re-) learn how to do a provisional cast on using a crochet hook.
It is not a difficult process but one that means you work from an edge that can be undone and added to at a later date.
This is what it looks like once you have started with the yarn you are knitting with:
The provisional cast on with the beginning of the pattern.
Looking good so far 🙂 There will be more ‘firsts’ for me on this pattern coming up!
When I finished my latest knitting project I realised something:
The night I finished the project I was happy to have finished but the morning after I felt quite sad as I realised that my much-loved, go-to project that I could pick up easily was finished.
Luckily for me my next project has already been decided and I picked the pattern and yarn up today. Many of you will acknowledge that I am feeling happy to have a new project, something that is particularly highlighted as I have the added excitement of not being 100% sure of what it will end up looking like. This is because, as like the last project, I will be knitting the first ever version. I love this and feel so, so privileged. It is a bit sad as it means that I am unable to share either with you for some time but be sure, I will when I can.
This is the yarn that I have just finished knitting with.
The colour has not come out in this photo, it is a lovely purple colour and it is lovely to work with so I am very excited to be working with more of this yarn for this next project.
Another thing that I like about knitting up things for the first time is that I get to try out techniques that I have not come across before. For the last project I had to wait right until the end to try out the new technique but it was worth the wait. It was the centre double decrease.
This shows you how to do it should you wish to know. It is a really great way to decrease quite heavily in an even way.
As for my next project…..well this is new for me right from the start as it is colour-work! I shall keep you informed as to how I am getting on. Meanwhile any tips for me?
I always admire posts on blogs that show a round-up of the best bits at the end of each month. So that is what I have decided to do for this, my last post of 2013. It may take me some time but I am quite determined. I hope you will enjoy it:
My first go at tunisian crochet.
My first crochet beaded rope – a long wished for project.
My first published pattern.
I completed the Cambridge half marathon in blizzard conditions.
A mini arugurumi project completed.
A beautiful lace knit shawl.
My first piece of jewellery that I sold through my shop.
I spent a lot of time learning about how to take great photos and then edit them to make them even more perfect!
I ran my first ever marathon.
My first ever pieces of handmade jewellery – the beginning of a new journey.
I had a go at felting.
My first bespoke project for a ‘client’.
I started a love affair with kumihimo.
I covered my diary in broomstick crochet.
My upcycled bag.
I was a Spartan for the day Aaarrrroooo.
The crochet project at the Botanical Gardens where we crocheted plants.
My son completed his first project.
I made my very first pair of socks.
We made sonic screw drivers for the Darlek visit to the children’s school.
I ran 4 miles less than a mile from my house..
I knew that it would bring back a lot of memories for me. I think that I had the most awesome 2013. I am so hoping that 2014 will be as amazing. I am already excited about a couple of things that are on the horizon so do stay tuned.