May 31, 2011

Summer is for sewing

Filed under:Crafty Sites,Sewing — Aileen @ 08:00

You all know I have a penchant for embroidery. Last night, I decided to return to a few handkerchief projects I had started when snow was still falling!

Spurred on by The Summer of No Pants project over on Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!, I dug out a summer dress I started sewing before Christmas. It’s the Roundabout Dress by Anna Maria Horner. I’d left it to one side because I managed to sew on the pockets the wrong way around! So yesterday, I fixed that and all I need to do is hem it.

It covers a lot of firsts for me: lots of gathers, a v-neck, putting in a lining when there wasn’t supposed to be one and pockets. It didn’t turn out perfectly but I’m really happy with the gathers and how I got the lining in. When I get it finished off, I’ll show more pictures. Albert is one step away from saying out loud how much he dislikes the fabric! So far I’ve gotten, “Wow, that’s a lot of… flowers?” and “It looks like you made it yourself”. This amuses me because the fabric, I must have bought about ten years ago and I wasn’t about to go buy new fabric for a design that I was unsure would even suit me! Given our record for summer weather, I will probably end up wearing it only twice anyway.

If you’d like to jump on the summer sewing bandwagon, check out Grosgrain’s Free Pattern Month. At least one free pattern a day for the month!

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May 30, 2011

Vado, ma dove?

Filed under:Cardigans,hoodie,Music,Shawls,Stash — Aileen @ 12:48

It has been constantly one thing after another since my last post. There has been knitting interspersed but not an awful lot, unfortunately. So shortly after my last post, I got to play for National Music Day. Directly after that, the violin duo I played in won the Elsner cup for Duo playing at Dublin Feis. Between that and Easter, I spent trying to recover a concert I had spent the last six months organising in Viarmes, France. My violinist decided to… not do the concert… with less than two weeks’ notice. I have a flautist friend who wanted to go instead, so all was not lost, apart from my Easter holidays which I spent learning an entirely new programme!

We travelled to France over the May bank holiday weekend. My point of contact was the lady who heads up the town twinning committee for Viarmes with Tubbercurry (which is where I’m from). She was nothing less than utterly amazing in her organisation so I knit her this shawl in the delicious Blue Sky Alpaca Alpaca Silk.

It was a much easier knit than I expected it to be. I used three skeins of the Alpaca Silk and although it was already far too warm there for her to wear it, she loved it.

When I got back from France, I was busy playing for my students’ practicals in the IT, in NUIM, for end-of-term concerts for DIT Chamber Choir and of course, my own Masters recital! Through all of this mayhem, I was receiving my monthly installments from the Hedgehog Fibres fibre club. One package was this…

…and another was this, with its own matching draw-string bag…

I’m saving them all for the Tour de Fleece!

Like I said, there has been sporadic knitting. Although I am finished with college, I still have more exams to play for in NUIM and to compound my stress levels, I agreed to be rehearsal pianist for La Traviata for the next two weeks. I just wanted to start things that I knew I liked. Like another Heather Hoodie.

And another Audrey in Unst.

I can tell you now that there won’t be much time for knitting over the next two weeks but I’m going to post photos from the rehearsals to keep you guys up to date ;)

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