February 14, 2013

Be my Valentine

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sewing,Shawls — Aileen @ 12:02

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Woodland Stroll cape finished! The perfect buttons thanks, as always, to Rubanesque.

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February 12, 2013

An FO, a WIP and a review

Filed under:Finished Objects,Hats,Reviews,Sweaters,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 12:42

The FO! A quick garter stitch hat using a basic $2 pattern I found on Ravelry for worsted weight. I used up old cashmerino aran leftovers (grey) and some essentials soft merino (orange).

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I had about 10 cm of grey at the end so that’s a win. Still have 2.5 balls of the orange though.

The WIP! It’s navy, it’s big… It can only mean one thing: a jumper for my Dad.

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Considering I only casted this on yesterday, I’m doing ok. The yarn is Tivoli Celtic Aran super wash. They’ve changed this yarn so it’s not quite as Brillo-pad as before. Only another 12″ of body to go…

The review is of a neat little book I got the other week. It’s called ‘Cast on, Bind off: 54 step-by-step methods’, by Leslie Ann Bestor.

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It’s a neat, square book that would fit in most handbags. The inside covers have a really quick and clear index – cast ons inside the front, cast offs inside the back. And, as you can see, it’s spiral bound!

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Each cast on and off is divided into a section, such as all-propose, ribbing, decorative, temporary, etc. each section has a nice preamble and illustration for possible uses.

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Each method is clearly described with photos for each step.

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I paid about €13 for it from the Book Depository. It’s a really good, concise reference that has made me reconsider my beginnings and endings!

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February 9, 2013

FO: Carrot Chuck

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sweaters — Aileen @ 19:20

This languished while I completed Christmas knitting but once I got going on the sleeves, it was quick to complete.


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Pattern: Chuck, a download I found through Ravelry. It was about $5. Definitely worth it.

Yarn: Rico Essentials Soft Merino. I bought this from the Constant Knitter but I think This is Knit stock it too. I bought 11 balls but I only used 8.5.


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I didn’t make many adjustments, just made the body and sleeves a bit longer. The pattern was really clear and easy to follow, including the charts.


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I tried a new super-stretchy bind off for the cuffs and neckline. It works well but maybe a little too well for the neck. I think I might do the cast off again for a tighter finish.

All in all, a straight forward knit and a colour I don’t usually wear!

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February 1, 2013

Tús an Earraigh

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sewing,Skirts — Aileen @ 11:10

By Irish reckoning, today is the beginning of Spring… Just because we say it is doesn’t necessarily make it so, but it’s nice to think it anyway. With that in mind, please disregard the fact that I am wearing leggings and socks in the photos; it is too cold for mere tights today.

This skirt came about quickly. A combination of being sick of being sick all the time, working the rest of the time, cold weather and feeling exhausted all the time. I went to Murphy Sheehy’s for lining and came away with this and a beautiful muted plaid which I hope to make this weekend.

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Pattern: Ginger by Colette. I didn’t think I’d make a third one but going through my skirt patterns, this was the best match.

Fabric: 75 cm of heavy weight wool. It has a thick weave but is very soft to the touch. There are flecks of purple, cream, white and blue throughout – this is true love. I used a white acetate I had leftovers of to line it and a zip I found in the drawer. So, just the cost of the fabric then, €18.75.

Nothing really of note in the construction. I spent as long getting my overlocker to do a rolled hem for the lining as sewing the rest of the skirt.

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You can see that I used bias tape for the hem. I started out by making bias from a few leftover scraps but it turned out far too thick to use, so I found enough leftover binding in the the drawer to use instead.

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I was a bit of a smarty pants and measured very carefully before putting in my zip. I still basted it in but managed to avoid the usual misalignment of the waistband seams.

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That’s it! I finally have a skirt to go with all my dark navy, grey and purple sweaters.

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