It was my defacto brother in law’s birthday yesterday. A decade landmark. I wanted to add a handmade edge to his present. What better than a hand-knit Peppa?!
I followed this womens weekly pattern and if I’d given myself more time to knit this and actually read ahead I’d've made some changes, like knitting the body in the round, maybe even knitting the arms and legs in round on dpns as well.
I’d've used icord for her tail and I wouldn’t knit the shoes as separate pieces to be stitched on – they have the same amount of stitches, why not just change colour?
Her dress is sewn from some red fabric left over from dolls I sewed for my niece a few years ago, all seams neatly pressed, top and bottom edges hemmed and with a buttonhole for her tail! I also stitched on circles for cheeks as I didn’t have time for embroidery.
She’s a little bit wonky but still recognisably Peppa (once the dress went on!) and went down well at the party. Hopefully she’ll be looked after well in her new home!
I’ve been knitting along with the Ysolda Follow Your Arrow Mystery Shawl Knitalong. I kept up with the clues each week until number 5 which I’m still working on a few weeks later. One of the lovely Irish Twitter Knitters assures me it gets quicker as it goes because the rows get shorter. All will be revealed in due course!
What’s this, an ACTUAL blog post, goodness where has the time gone?! Honestly, I’ve been having lots of real life fun and less computer time – yay for me!! I have lots to share, new stitchings, of the sewn and knitted variety, tonnes of plans as always, and adventures to recap but for today just a short little post to share the AMAZINGNESS that Solvi pinned earlier on that I can NOT get out of my head. I want it. I am going to have to make this happen… behold;
The pattern is for one size (about 40″ around and pretty long) and the whole thing is knitted in the round, with the sleeves done on dpns and added on for a yoke finish that incorporates the whole lot. I’m thinking a lighter weight, (would sock yarn be crazy?) and shorter, and a bit less roomy, like say a couple of inches positive ease and hitting at my hips/around jeans pocket height with nice long but not too wide sleeves… I suspect resizing and reshaping and well knitting the freaking thing would take some effort, a lot of knitting related maths and possibly make me feel like I needed 8 arms, harharhar, but as the title suggests, I HAVE TO HAVE IT.
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!