Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Well hello there lovelies…
So as you know its the end of June already…when did that happen?

World Cup fever has been and gone for me(tip- a pessimist is never disappointed)and Wimbledon is upon us.
The problem with this… is that is severely impacts my knitting. Oh I get a project out alright,  I hold it in my hands…poised…for the duration of the match because I can’t miss a shot!
I do love my tennis. Shame I’m working the whole tournament cos I booked the wrong week off.

So..knitting.
Still working on the heart eyelet wrap..or trying to.

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Its looking great, I’m really loving the yarn. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this already but its just so pretty and soft.

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I really want several more skeins in several more colours. I don’t have much ‘summer’ yarn really so I’d like to stock up.

In direct contrast to this I’ve realised recently,  as many knitters do, that I have a serious stash problem.
I did well using up my scraps bag on the granny squares but I need to do more.

Therefore I think I will have to do a stashbusting exercise. 
Although this is going to take some planning, it helps that my stash is now in some semblance of order.
More on that story later…

Other Projects

•The navy sweater is in hibernation… for now
• The granny squares I will keep on making as part of the stashbust

Sewing

I’ve done a few no sew tshirt alterations.  I have many awesome promo tshirts from my retail days but they are always mens fit.
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I hate the necklines on most mens tshirts so I’ve been cutting them off for a more feminine fit.
I’ve also made this slightly too big girls one fit better by cutting lines into the back pulling the loops through eachother.
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I fashioned this loose fit vest out of an old skirt.
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I got the method from a Pinterest tutorial, its very loose and I just tie it at the back. It only works with another vest underneath but I do like it.

I’ve made a new Pinterest board for sewing and customization to keep track of all the awesome ideas out there.
Lack of cash has given me this push to make the unwearable…. wearable. I’ve been trying to customise my clothed since I was a kid, I think I’m finally getting good at it! 

The end of an era

So as you may have seen if you follow my twitter or facebook feeds Miriam is finally finished. Its been in a project bag in pieces for so long that it feels a bit odd now its done.

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Its a tiny bit too small but thats due to me putting some weight on since I started it in 2011. Its warm and comfortable though and overall I’m happy with it. Next time I’d make the sleeve cuffs longer.

Just after finishing Miriam I had two weeks off work and we went away camping for a few days, back to Dolgamedd.

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I took with me the heart eyelet wrap, some granny squares and some navy aran with 5mm needles. I didnt touch the wrap but I did start on a sleeve.

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It was totally on the fly using my arm measurements as a guide. I may need to rip it back as I think the initial cast on was too small but I have an idea what I want the finished product to look like. I’ll be getting back to it shortly.

On our last full day there I started joining the granny squares together

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By the time we got home I’d done them all. Then I started on some more, I whipped up quite a few in my first wk back at work.

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I finished my rainbow cushion panel

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And I’m working on a panel in tunisian crochet for the other side…

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I’m pleasantly surprised at how easy tunisian crochet is and I’m looking forward to trying some colourwork with it.

The last 2 weeks  I haven’t done as much yarn work as usual actually- wk before last was my most hated shift 7-3 (because I have to get up at 5am). It messes with my body clock and leaves me exhausted. I could barely stay awake to watch tv let alone knit. 
I’m currently dividing my time between my book, Mad Men, my yarn work and my latest game purchase (Professor Layton & The Azran Legacy)…it takes a bit of juggling!

A patch of blue…and red

Well first I have to tell you,  I’ve finally got Miriams neckband fully cast on!
I’m doing it with a circular needle because my longest needles are made of metal and the work keeps sliding off. I really do hate metal needles.
This is my only 4mm circular otherwise I’d be using a bamboo one.

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Once the neckband is done I only need to attach the sleeves and sew up all the seams. Gosh I hope its wearable.

I managed to repair some jeans today , thanks to an idea that struck me in the middle of the night. I dug out my iron on hem tape and patched up a big hole in the thigh like so…

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I used more of the hemming tape to attach a piece of white cotton on the inside to strengthen it. I think they look pretty good! 

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I also popped a cute little heart on the back pocket but that’s just for decoration.

I don’t know how this repair will fare after washing but there’s only one way to find out! 

I can sing a rainbow

So its been a couple of weeks since my last post.  Unfortunately I’ve been suffering from a nasty cold and havent felt much up to anything.  I dragged myself into work all last week knowing I had some time off coming up and now I’ve finally started to feel human again.
I’ve got a few new projects to share though, those of you who follow me on fb will have seen some of these.

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Firstly I’ve done another cloud cushion, this one is blue & grey. I’ve got virtually no stuffing left so for now its in the spare room. By the looks of these pics it’ll need another press before I finish it!

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I also went on a fabric hunt to some local charity shops. I was on the look out for clothes and  bedding with a nice print or unwanted fabric stashes. I found this amazing kids tshirt which I’ve turned into a cushion cover!

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How awesome is this superhero pop art print?? The tshirt was £1!!

I’ve started knitting a  wrap with my yellow bamboo yarn. Found a fab pattern for heart eyelets here . I’ve done a 6 heart repeat with 3 sts of garter each side. The plan is just keep knitting until its big enough!

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I’ve had an idea about recycling this sweater. I made it because it was an easy no shaping project but I’ve since realised it just doesn’t suit me..plus its a teensy bit too small. I’m thinking of turning it into a cushion cover. I would basically sew the bottom up, leave the buttons on each side as they are. Then I’d have to take the top of the sweater off. This may involve cutting it and catching the stitches or I may run it through the sewing machine and then cut off the excess. Either way it makes a really comfy cushion, its currently wrapped around one!

Staying on the theme of cushions I started crocheting one the other day.

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It started out that I would do a whole panel like this but now I think this will be one half of the panel with the other half in vertical stripes. I’m not sure about the other side yet, I may use fabric. What do you guys think? 

I’m on cloud 9

The balaclava is done!

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Its been a while in the making but I did it.
Now I’ve just got to post it off.

Haven’t done much other knitting whilst I’ve been powering through this project so Miriam still lies unfinished. ..I WILL complete it this year.

I did however whip up a tension square to test some bamboo yarn and then turned it into this adorable bow!

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I love making use of my squares this way. I don’t know if other people keep theirs but I just note down the tension in my book. I got to test the yarns washability too as I dropped the bow into some melted butter whilst baking! Oops!
I hand washed it and let it dry naturally in the sun. The butter came out nicely and the bow holds its shape well now its been blocked. Haven’t decided whether its a hair clip or a brooch yet.

Sewing

The Great British Sewing Bee is nearly over. I’m totally loving this years contestants. My money is on Chinello, her freehand approach and creative flair is inspiring! I’ve been constantly in awe of her skills. I also loved Lynda, so sad to see her go!
Last weekend I made use of my small fabric stash and whipped up a four layer suffolk puff brooch. In the centre is my first attempt at a fabric covered button. I had a union jack heart leftover from my GB tea cosy project in 2012 which I’ve covered in blue gingham cotton.

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I’m really happy with how it’s turned out and I think my handsewing skills are improving.

I mentioned last time that I have fabric for cushion covers on standby. Well I took the plunge and made a cloud cushion from my Liberty sewing book.
Now I don’t have pattern paper nor could I be bothered going to the library to get the template printed and enlarged.
So I traced the small version from the book, taped 6 pieces of A4 together and enlarged the small clouds measurements by 400%. I cut out my cloud template and pinned it to my fabric.

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I cut out two cloud shapes, one in blue and one in white.
I decided to hand sew the cushion partly because I was scared of wrecking my fabric in the machine.
I need a bit more practice at machining, especially curves. So I used backstitch,which I am now proficient at!

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I had a bit of problem with the seams once the cushion was the right way round but a good press with the iron soon fixed that. Very important I’ve learned, press press press!
Et voila…
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Its the comfiest pillow ever.
I’m going to make a few more in different colours to pile up on the bed. So pleased!!