Summer’s Here!

Its been utterly glorious (bar the odd rainy day) for the past month๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž. Rain or shine though, either is good for a day of sewing.

I’ve got a few new bits to show you. Firstly I re-made the Classic Mens Tshirt for A in a better quality fabric. It turned out great! It fits and has survived several washes. I learned a few lessons from the last one too (add extra length for one!)

How nice is that green space dye?!? We’ll just call the other one a practice tshirt eh?

Second I finally used my lovely blue stretch crushed velvet. I had dreams of making a sweatshirt out of this but didnt have enough of it. So instead I made P4P’s Cross My Heart cami. I just opted for the basic version with a v back, and without any extra decorative straps. This was because I’ve never worked with this kind of fabric before and I didnt have a surplus. I think it turned out pretty well.

Its a teeny bit too big so I might grade between two sizes next time. But it still looks nice on.

Lastly I’ve just finished my first Cocoon Cardigan. Another P4P pattern which I’ve had my eye on for a while. I chose the tunic length with 3/4 sleeves and patch pockets.

This has been a little adventure. It all went perfectly until I came to hem the sleeves. I let the iron get far too hot and melted the end of the sleeve. Cue me cutting 2 1/4 inches off each sleeve and adding cuffs to get the length back! Now cuffs are on option in this pattern but I didn’t have enough fabric to make the size required ๐Ÿ˜ฃ I basically made them as big as the scrap fabric would allow and hoped for the best. I’m more than happy!!

Saved!! The sleeves sit exactly where I always yank my cardi sleeves up to! And check those pockets!!

I’ve also discovered the overlock stitch on my machine. The seams on this cardi looked so messy because of the number of fabric layers but not now….

I’m definitely converted!!

Finally I went fabric shopping today. Here’s a taster….

You might spy a familiar fabric there, I couldnt resist buying some more ๐Ÿ˜‰

Til next time

Happy Crafting โคโคโค

The Roads Go Ever On and On….

What a fantastic weekend, got inย  bit of reading, some gaming, some yarncraft and a good rambling walk!
I finished my Sidney Owl, he’s looking fantastic

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He was great for getting in some new techniques.
I’ve learned how to k1b (knit one below) and do chain stitch (for the eyebrows)

On Sunday evening after the rain cleared up we went for a walk to Royden Park.

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As soon as we approached the water the ducks came over, they left with much quacking once they realised we didn’t have any food!

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We walked around the waters edge to the other side, every time we stopped the ducks would float over to us trying to get fed!

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Then we ventured into the forest

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After a while we came past some farmland and these little beauties

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We climbed through the brush and got right up to the fence to give them a little stroke. They were so adorable and very friendly!

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By this point we weren’t actually sure how far away we’d gotten from where we started.ย 
Got the GPS on my phone to lead us home!

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We ended up about 50 yards down the road from where we’d begun. Think we basically went round in a big circle. It was a really fun evening and a good couple of hours well spent! Plus it culminated in sunset and a pint in the beer garden!

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