Sunday, 25 February 2018

My first time sewing with knitted fabric

I've been sewing for a little while now and thought it was high time I tackled knitted fabrics! Which if I'm perfectly honest I had been putting off because I thought they would be too tricky. Anyway I knew I had a nice piece of cotton jersey in my stash which I wanted to use so I ordered this book which I thought would help me.

And the book was very useful. If you are a beginner to jersey which I was then it recommended 3 of the 20 patterns to try first. So I chose the Kinder cardigan which I thought would be a really good transitional garment to have in my wardrobe going into Spring.

I traced out the pattern pieces and then carefully cut out my fabric.

I really took my time sewing up my cardigan and I didn't have any problems at all. I was both relieved and excited when it was finished. And here is my finished Kinder cardigan and I could not be more pleased with it.

My jersey fabric had some subtle stripes in it so when I cut out the cuff pieces and neckband I cut them out horizontally instead which I think works really well as a nice contrast.

I particularly like the short length of the cardigan and it is so comfortable to wear. I already have plans to make 2 more which I hope to share with you shortly.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x

Friday, 9 February 2018

Granny stripes tea cosies

My latest make is these crochet granny stripe tea cosies. I am taking part in the zeensandroger podcast granny crochet along and I shall be entering these.

I used the granny stripes tea cosy from this book which I already had on my bookshelf and had not yet used.

The yarn I chose was Deramores studio dk which was from my stash.

The colours I used were frost, sky, lapis, blue velvet and indigo.

By using both a pattern and yarn from my stash for this project I am also joining in with Lynne Rowe from the wool nest with her use it own lose it 2018 campaign.

This was a really enjoyable and quick make and something I have been meaning to do for ages. Both of my tea pots are in constant use, the smaller one for one cup of tea and the family size one.
The blue and white colours on my tea pots determined my yarn colour choice and I am really pleased how they both turned out.

This has now got me thinking of more colour schemes and perhaps seasonal tea cosies might be nice. Watch this space.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Making serviettes from vintage pillowcases

My weekend plans included some household sewing for a nice change. I fancied making some fabric table napkins using some oddments of fabric from my stash. Recently I have been using up my paper napkins and I do not plan on buying anymore. Instead my aim is to have an assorted pile of pretty hand sewn napkins that I can use, wash and reuse again.

I began by measuring a standard shop bought napkin which was 45cm by 45cm square. The yellow floral fabric was part of a pair of vintage pillowcases. I carefully cut down each side seam on both pillowcases which left me with 2 long pieces of fabric measuring 156cm by 46cm. This meant I could make 3 napkins from each pillowcase and there would still be fabric to spare.

I used a rotary fabric cutter and a ruler for cutting out my napkins.

I also cut out some more napkins from fabric left over from previous projects. The mustard fabric on the left had been used to line a bag and the yellow centre fabric was left over from the ironing board cover that I recently made. I also still had a large piece of that left over so I decided to hem it and make a new tablecloth at the same time.

Then I was ready for sewing them up. Using my rolled hem foot I stitched a thin hem around each side. It was really relaxing sewing and I finished all the napkins yesterday and today I finished the tablecloth.

And I'm so pleased with how they turned out and I will definitely be making more in the future. A great way of using up oddments of cotton fabric or pillowcases!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x

Thursday, 1 February 2018

January indoor colours

I cannot believe that it is the first day of February already today. The month of January has flown by and how was it for you? January traditionally is not my favourite month as here in the UK it is Winter. Also in January there are often lots of cold grey days, you hardly see the sun and the days are very short. However this year I have really enjoyed January and I think its down to the little things that have made me very happy. 

Just before Christmas I purchased 2 amaryllis bulbs from my local garden centre.  I planted them up and put them in our kitchen and to my delight they both produced 2 sets of flowers! I have since been reading up on them and I want to try and keep them growing so I can plant the bulbs again in December. I'll let you know how I get on!

We had family over for dinner who gave me these beautiful flowers.

I added a touch of Spring to our living room with grape hyacinths and normal hyacinths that I re-potted into pretty bowls.

To try and keep winter colds at bay I tried out a soup recipe from a new cookery book . I made the cannellini bean, red lentil and chilli soup. I liked it so much that I have made it several times already.

I finished knitting my eve-river socks that I cast on at Christmas Eve. It was my first time knitting lace socks and I thoroughly enjoyed every stitch of this project.

For me January turned out to be a busy month for crochet alongs. I took part in the Olannand magazine  criss-cross shawl cal. This was a lovely shawl pattern and it worked up really quickly.

And finally I am also taking part in the woodland blanket cal which is based on Autumn colours. I am really enjoying adding the rows of different colours and this is great TV crochet as you can memorise the pattern quite easily. I started this a week later than most people because I wanted to finish my socks and shawl first. But I hope to have this finished this month.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time

Yvonne x