Hello peops, in less then 2 weeks time I shall be boarding a plane to take me to visit my dear emigrated friend (and in a nice turn of events, Summer!). I’ll be staying in Melbourne for approx 2 weeks, with a weekend trip to Tasmania thrown in for good measure, before we head over the seas to Auckland for another week, at the end of which I will have to return to real life, work & next year!
Why am I telling you? I would like recommendations for both Melbourne and Auckland… fabric and yarn shopping, galleries, museums, must sees? Sources for merino by the metre, where I can touch before committing (my icebreaker baselayer is starting to show its age)? Is there a particular area I should hit up if I was pottering about in Melbourne? For example if someone was coming to visit Dublin I’d send them to the triangle that encompasses the Powerscourt Centre to visit This Is Knit, Article, Reubens and then across the road onto Castle Market to Murphy Sheehys, and if they had time off up to Kilmainham to IMMA and the garden of rembrance if the roses would be blooming.
So have you been to Melb/Tas/Auck? Any suggestions?
Remember this picture?
Back in June I went to a Creative Embroidery Workshop in the space above The Constant Knitter. I loved it, came away with a little sampler that I had stitched myself of each of the stitches on the sheet Maria had prepared for us all. I went from the workshop to the hairdressers via Reubens for some threads and later that same day I sat down and started on my Shy Girl and Shy Boy cushion covers from Sublime Stitching. I now have both the girl and the boy completed (since taking the pic below) and am working my way around the borders.
It’s pretty slow going but in that lovely mediative way that knitting is. I varied the number of strands that I was using depending on which part I was doing and it quickly became apparent that I’m rather fond of the chain stitch, but stem stitch, satin stitch, back stitch and french knots have all found their way in there too.
Next step will be to get cushions to go inside and perhaps even a couch for them to sit on!
In 4 weeks today I will be wearing the above dress for my friend’s wedding.
I haven’t fully decided whether it will fall above or below the knee – my muslin and whether I look dumpy and short will determine that… what is it about not being able to see one’s knees that sends you straight to feeling frumpy?!… but either way the skirt will be pegged with a back vent for movement.
I ordered fabric samples from Offset Warehouse and then went ahead and ordered the yellow silk seen second from left (believe it or not there is an incredibly light chiffon to the left of it but it is so fine all you can see are some stray threads in the photo!)
For the contrast yoke I went into The Cloth Shop off St Stephen’s Green, where I proceeded to spend rather a long time standing and staring at a silk organza and a lace. I was there so long I suspect the guy working there was beginning to think I was mental. In the end I went with the lace.
You may have noticed that the silk above allows some light through so while I was at it I got a couple metres of silk habatoi for underlining; the green-ish fabric in the photo below. I plan on basting the outer and inner pieces together and then treating them as one while constructing the dress.
After plenty of time spent mulling it all over in my head I’ve started drafting my pattern. More in due course…
Back in August Molly contacted me to see if I would be up for a Sew Bossy swap. I was and we set a tentative plan, no major deadlines but lets aim to be swapping materials in September. I thought, I can do that…
I was kinda holding out to see if a certain pattern would be released, it wasn’t, so I knew I’d be ordering my other option. Which I eventually did in late September and was awaiting delivery of same when Molly contacted me for my address.
Pattern arrived, I’d gotten fabric beforehand, so I was good to go, I have a little ‘for Molly’ pile in my kitchen and next thing I know all my weekends are busy, I haven’t gotten to the post office AND my package arrived from Molly – ahhhh!!!. I told myself I wasn’t allowed open up my box until I got my side of the deal off in the post. I even left it in work so I couldn’t – what can I say i’m not good with keeping secrets from myself!
Today i was leaving work and it hit me that instead of setting aside time to get a box & package up what I was sending to Molly, a plan that clearly wasn’t working out well for anybody, if I brought her box home I could re-pack it & ship it straight back out tomorrow. So I balanced my precious cargo on my handlebars and set off for home. Turns out not only does my box contain sewing goodies it is also the perfect size for this transportation method, narrow enough to sit between the edges of my handlebars but wide enough for me to control it with fore-arms and thumbs – win win for everyone.
So now I am declaring to the internet at large that I WILL send off my package tomorrow. Fingers crossed the postal service isn’t as lax on the timekeeping front as I am!
When my sewing room went (mostly) back together after the diy marathon there was one job top of the list. Curtains for my niece. My sister had brought her shopping to pick out fabric and she actually chose it herself (in much the same way I would, she kept coming back to stand infront of this particular one!) and I was pleasantly surprised to find neither peppa nor a clatter of princesses looking back at me when I took it out of the bag!
Not much to tell about curtains, I find them boring to sew. I quite enjoy matching up the prints across widths and from one curtain to the next but all those long straight lines… enough already (this is why after purchasing fabric to make 4 sets of curtains for my house I’ve only got 1 done so far!). This pair are blackout lined too which my machine wasn’t overly pleased with but we motored on.
Apart from wanting to follow through on the favour for my sister, I also wanted to get these made so I could stop feeling guilty and avoiding said little person who knew I was making them and I suspect literally thought I was making them whenever she thought about it! They’re now done & hung & everyone’s happy, including me because I can stop holding my breath to see if they hang straight!
After knitting my first pair of socks back in February I hatched a plan to knit more socks. Socks, underwear & technical sports gear are the only things I’ve bought RTW for the past 3 years and most of these (apart from stuff like wetsuits!) are within my ability to make. So I bought more yarn and made a second pair of socks. Then I killed the first pair so I’m in the process of replacing them… knit on smaller needles for a closer fit this time.
In the meantime, I continued to buy more yarn. And much like my music tastes, I like the alternative/indie scene – which in sock yarn translates to the expensive stuff! Some of it I sought out purposely with a pattern already chosen, some of it I just bought – like a 3 month Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock Club, the result of which you see above. I’ve never knit with random dyed yarn before so it will be interesting to see what way my socks and the colours grow from my needles.
This mustardy deliciousness though was bought with intent and will become a pair of lacey, over the knee stockings. If you follow me on pinterest you’ll see I’ve been busy pinning ideas, inspirations, supplies in anticipation of attending my two very good friends separate weddings in December and February. If these stockings turn out like I envisage them in my head they will be making an appearance at the second of the weddings. And I have about 30 odd hours of traveling and airporting, each way, for my trip to Oz in December to work on them! Speaking of which, if anyone knows the definite rules about knitting needles and planes please share… I’ve checked the list of forbidden items and they’re not on it but I’ve heard tell of them being problematic due to their pointy nature.
This last one was neither bought with anything in mind, nor destined to become socks. This is Hedgehog Fibres Sock yarn. I threw a skien in with my club order so that I could see the difference between Sock and Twist Sock and on first impressions and not knitted with yet observations, let me tell you Sock is finer and softer and in this case I think will become a triangular scarf/shawl. As with the Twist Sock its machine washable (unlike the mustardy malabrigo, which incidentially was the fatal flaw in my first pair!) so I like the idea of having a nice fancy scarf I can wear when I’m out & about on my bike that I can chuck into the washing machine instead of putting to one side and waiting for the patience to handwash to kick in!
Knit from a 1930′s pattern, I was pretty much finished this jumper months ago when I discovered that it was too short. I almost ripped the whole thing out but instead went back before it split for front & back armhole shaping, and then started knitting back up. I think its long enough this time, now if I could only find my printed pattern to move on…