June 26, 2011

FO: Anna Cami

Filed under:Finished Objects,Sewing — Aileen @ 14:57

After some… issues with my machine, I finally got this finished off. It’s the ‘Cami’ view of the ‘Anna’ Tunic pattern by Amy Butler. I made the dress before Christmas so I expected this to be easier than the first time. It was but I still had a few issues. All user error, I assure you!

The material is a white cotton with a matt white, small floral print. It is a little bit curtain-y but worked well for this top. I think I used about a metre and had about half a metre of lining left over that I used for lining the body.

The yoke is lined with fabric so you could choose not to line the body if you didn’t want to. The button loop closure works really well for this pattern. Unfortunately I was dozing a bit the day I sewed the loops into the yoke and managed to sew them onto the wrong side. I suppose it wouldn’t have mattered but I quickly realised that I could just flip the loops inside out. They don’t lie quite as nicely as they originally did but it’s not noticeable.

I found the top stitching around the yoke tricky enough and ended up with one or two small tucks. If you look closely around where I stitched at the back opening, you can see where I had a bit of a wobble due to the sudden thickness of fabric from the button loops, but you have to look really closely. I wasn’t expecting that to happen so I’ll know for again!

The buttons I got in Amsterdam that time we were on our way to Thailand.

So, these user errors! I have to say I found hemming the darned thing the hardest part of all. Because the shape is quite A-line, I was getting an excess of fabric and it took very careful manipulation and tacking so that I avoided tucks. I expected the same from the lining but it was no problem. I did have a problem with the lining because I managed to cut the back piece too large. I just couldn’t get it to fit into the yoke properly so I ended up having to gather it slightly and ease it in. I also had a problem with the fit of the yoke across the arms. I don’t have a seam allowance guide on my machine and I ended up sewing nearly a 2cm seam by accident. I didn’t realise until I had the yoke completely finished, at which point I really did not feel like taking it all out again. My mum suggested that I let it out a bit at the underarm to relieve it. I’d already trimmed the seam allowance but I was able to let it out by about half a centimetre. I didn’t think it would make much of a difference but it really did.

It looks ok with a cardigan over it, too.


January 19, 2011

FO: Heather Hoodie

Filed under:Finished Objects,hoodie,Sweaters — Aileen @ 08:44

This wasn’t in the mood to be photographed with its buttons closed properly today, so excuse the sloppiness.

Pattern: Heather Hoodie from Knitscene, Fall 2009.

Yarn: Twilley’s Purity from This is Knit, in the colour Clay, 9.5 balls.

I love this yarn. I’d never used it before. It’s pretty soft for such a sheepy wool and it blocks out wonderfully.

Needles: 5.5mm.

This is one of those great layer pieces that you can use pretty much all the year around. During the snow over Christmas, I wore it all the time over a lighter handknit sweater.

The only thing I’m a little annoyed about is the hood. The way it’s written is absolutely perfect. I just got bored and decided I was finished with it two inches before it was properly done. It’s a bit tight when I put it up but it keeps my neck really warm the rest of the time.

Buttons were from Knopenwinkel in Amsterdam. I’m thrilled to finally have knit a sweater worthy of these buttons. Such happy memories!


December 16, 2010

FO: Damson and a few other bits and bobs

Filed under:Cardigans,Embroidery,Lace,Shawls,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 11:57

My silence here has been entirely due to a good thaw and my being able to get back on two wheels again. There was much rejoicing. Something tells me that this is to be short-lived, though, as we are to expect yet more snow over the weekend. Oh well! Let us make hay ride bikes while the sun shines – and knit wool while the snow falls!

Here is my Damson.

Yarn: Cashmere lace from Hedgehog Fibres in Nutmeg.

Needles: 4mm knitpicks interchangeables.

The yarn was nothing short of a treat to work with. And the colours! When I wound the skein, I thought that there was rather a lot of green in it but the overall effect is really lovely.

It is extremely warm and light so needless to say, it’s been getting a lot of wear these days. The pattern was straight forward and would probably make a good beginner’s shawl.

I finished my Heather Hoodie in double-quick time. It took a few days to dry fully from blocking but it was definitely worth it. I will talk more about it when I get some modelled shots.

The buttons I got a long time ago in Knoppenwinkel, Amsterdam. Happy memories!

There was wool on special in Lidl last week so I got a bag of brown sock wool – four 50g balls for something like €3.99! – and cast on for a pair of legwarmers.

I’m really not into the ’80s throwback fashion that’s been ongoing but they do seem like useful things. Sometimes my knees get cold on the bike and sometimes my ankles get cold when I’m sitting in the evening.

Are you noticing a trend with the brown? I can’t stop myself. I have officially fallen in love. I even acquired some yummy Cushendale DK wool in this fabulous peaty colour to make a cardigan.

I have been memorising a Prokofiev sonata the last few days and have found it hard work on my hands. I have begun to realise the importance of appropriate rest so I took up some embroidery. More handkerchiefs!


September 23, 2008

A long snorkel home

Filed under:News!,Stash,Travel,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 08:44

Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao are renowned for their diving and snorkelling so the day before we started our trek home, we decided to take a day trip to Ko Tao and go snorkelling. I assumed I’d probably only see a few fish but let me tell you – those waters were teeming. I saw big silver fish with yellow spots, tiny luminous blue and green ones, big shoals of zebra-striped fish that swarm around you and you get a faceful of fins… and just once, I saw three cuttlefish that I initially mistook to be squid. The coral reef was just as spectacular – stuff that looks like shrubs, massive mushroom-like ones and big clumps that look like the hair of a sleeping giant. The whole time I was in the water over the coral, I could hear a constant crackling, like rice krispies.

Saturday, we came back to Samui and started our trek home early Sunday morning. We flew Samui to Bangkok to Helsinki to Amsterdam, overnighted in Amsterdam, and continued on via Waterford to Galway. I got the train back to Dublin last night and so here I am! Back in my slippers with a proper cup of tea ready to show you some of the other things I couldn’t photograph too well whilst on the road.

The first order of business is those buttons I got in Amsterdam. Aren’t those pink ones so zany!

I did a silly amount of swatching last week. I wrote three patterns, two of which are with test knitters (did you ever hear of anything so fantastic?) and one which will hopefully be coming your way by the end of the week. I’m still working on something that I saw in my profound boredom in Helsinki airport. Apart from that, I have been working on Heidi’s shawl. She’s getting married in October and I’m knitting a shawl for one of her bridesmaids as a present.

I’d better get ready for work. You know the new branch in the Powerscourt Centre is now open? To the best of my knowledge, it’s open Monday to Saturday, 10-6, with lunch from 215-245. Can’t wait to see it myself!


September 16, 2008

Ko Pha-Ngan

Filed under:News!,Plans-Ideas- Designs,Travel — Aileen @ 11:45

We’re here until the end of the week and to be very honest, there has been a lot of lying down and looking up at coconuts. I’ve been working on some patterns that have been hauting me – I finished two today and should have another finished tomorrow – and have been thinking about something entirely new, too. Amsterdam gave me a very surprising amount of fodder! (I think it is because we visited a few museums – what a great excuse to wander around after somebody’s sweater unnoticed!)