Monday, December 5, 2016

Peel Forest Scarf

Peel Forest is an easy knit, described by the designer as, "a pretty scarf with a leafy design leafy lace edge that is reminiscent of the mountains and the trees in the area, and garter stitch for easy knitting in front of the telly or the fire on a cool night. It has been designed to make the very most of your 100g skein. Included in the pattern are instructions for weighing your skein between sections and row repeats to ensure that you have the smallest of nuggets left after you’ve bound off."

I made my version from Woolganics yarn, which is nice and soft for a scarf, using about 240 metres of yarn. 

The knitting was easy and I would highly recommend this pattern. While I don't particularly like the colour for myself, I think it would look lovely in a different shade for me. 

Maybe when the weather cools down....

Style Arc Cara

I finally got on the off the shoulder bandwagon on the Style Arc Cara top.

I was really looking for a top to see me through some hot weather and this fits the brief!

The pattern is a easy sew and didn't take long to tape together the pdf, cut and sew.

The fabric is a lovely cool rayon purchased in Hong Kong (so wish again that I had more!).

The only change to the pattern was adding one inch to the bottom hem. It is not because I am tall, but because I prefer a longer look and less likelihood of showing my midriff.

If I make this again, I will add elastic into the front band and tighten the back elastic a touch.

I'm not exactly comfortable with the off the shoulder feel so I wore a singlet underneath to help ease myself into it.  I did get a comment that I looked "nice" and I did feel rather 'modern'.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Little Butterflies

I love how I can dig out old patterns and knit them up again. The Ravelry website is a great place for storing them and I may have them all tagged by ply, type and gender/age. Using some delicious Woolganics yarn, five year on from my first Little Butterflies, I have knitted up another little cardigan, this time in a size  6 months.

Below is the version I made in 2011.

First made in 2011 Another little knit, this time in a teeny tiny newborn size - so cute and so quick to finish. I knitted this mostly in the hours waiting for surgery and I'm not a particularly quick knitter so I hope this shows how easy this pattern is to follow. You probably can't see from the photo but the top of the cardigan features little butterflies which are knitted into the garment. Hard to explain, but easy to do as you knit along. A must-do knit for any little girl, and this one goes up to size 10. Highly recommended! The pattern was again designed by Tikki (Georgie Hallam) and uses Fibreworks hand-dyed yarn.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Six years of Milos

It has been six years since I knitted my first Milo. When you look on Ravelry, it must be one of the most popular knitting patterns sold on the site. It is still one for my favourites. It is a quick knit, great for baby presents and nice when combined with Woolganics, a soft Australian wool.

There is a knit-a-long for boy vests over on Ravelry, so I picked up the needles and started with a newborn size. I think I should have used the smaller needle size for the top section to keep more in proportion with the length. I guess I have just forgotten how teeny tiny newborns are.  I was going to go all fancy with the blue (Bendigo Wool leftovers), but in the end when with some simple stripes. I love the combination.

That wasn't enough for me, so I cast on another and was a bit more courageous by adding robots. My colourwork isn't the best but I think still looks okay.

Cute photo added 2018 after this was gifted.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Moto Maxx Pants by Love Notions

It is trackpants time! For Mr K, I made the pants of the Moto Maxx set by Love Notions in size 10. I omitted the pockets and cuffs and didn't reinforce the knees.

Here is the description:
The Moto Maxx Pants & Tee set is fun and versatile! The two piece set includes a tee with short, long and layered sleeve options along with hemmed or cuff choices and a contrasting yoke. The fun moto-inspired pants can be made from a variety of fabrics, from stable knits to stretch wovens. The slim-fit pants feature reinforced knees with two layers and a fun stitching detail. The pants also feature slash hip pockets, back pockets, a wide elastic waistband and the choice of cuffs or a regular straight hem. If you love the fit but want a quick sew, also included is a plain front pant option. They make great sweatpants using sweatshirt fleece or dress them up by using stretch denim or twill!
The two piece set comes in sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 14.

The pants are nice and snuggly warm. I think the description is very accurate in that they are slim fit. If you want a looser fit, I would do as the pattern suggests and size up and adjust the length accordingly. Next time, I think I would size up for Mr K. 
The fabric is stretch fleece from my stash. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Terra Treasures Long Beach Board Shorts

I have a number of patterns in rotation until Mr K reaches about size 12. And then my options will be much less. Are any pattern designers hearing me??????

I had some left over blue denim, so together with a gifted cosmos cotton sheet (or was it a curtain?), I made up another pair of Long Board Shorts. The blue denim is left over from another project (yet to be posted). This time the shorts are in a size 9. Yes, I made them last year in size 8, and then again this year in a size larger. The size 8s are still very much loved and the fish get lots of comments when they are worn out. The previous pair (the fish) are down the bottom of this post.

The only difference, apart from the sizing, is that Mr K insisted to have the elastic go all the way around the waistband. Yet, the other pair were worn without this and as per the pattern (with a flat front). Go figure.

This makes three pairs of Long Beach Board Shorts so far! Not my most used boy pattern, but getting close. 

It has been a while between finished projects but another crafty retreat over a weekend provided the opportunity to knock over a few projects. These are the Terra Treasures Beach Long Board Shorts.

I love this pattern comes in up to size 14 so I have quite a few years of use left in it, unlike other patterns that only go up to size 8. I love that the designer recognises that boys and girls are different shapes so has both options in the one pattern and you cut according to gender.

The piping adds a bit of zing. These were cut in size eight so a touch large for Mr K just yet and he hasn't been in the mood to be co-operative and model. Most (all days) he prefers just to wear his plain blue school shorts. Maybe if we have a special occasion he will dress up a bit for me?

I hope to be back one day with modelled shots!

The first pair is using fabric from Spotlight (still available August 2014).


 Second pair using quilting cotton from



The cross stitch on the front is one of the (many) stitch options on my sewing machine.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Busy Boys Shorts by Pattern Emporium

It is a new year and time for a new pair of Busy Boys shorts. This time in a size 12 to allow room to grow. Fabric was purchased from a destash.

This fabric (actually a cotton curtain or sheet) was gifted to me as the giver just knew it would be perfect for Mr K. His eyes lit up when he saw it and his first question was, "it this for me?".

The pockets feature the machine embroidery design "Sky Compass" from Urban Threads. I combined with some left-over blue denim (purchased from Hong Kong) for the pockets and yoke (not pictured, currently hiding under the t-shirt). 

Here is the space fabric, now made up as my third or fourth pair of Busy Boy shorts. These are made in a size nine for Mr K, who is nine. He still wears the size eights and they are getting a bit tight.

A pretty cheap pair of shorts - just the cost of the thread, elastic, pattern (which has been used about four times) and time.

I have kept the original post of my second pair of Busy Boys below, so you can see how the shorts look made up in different sizes and fabric.

It seems that I did have another pair of the Pattern Emporium Busy Boys Everyday shorts in me!

This pair, still in size 8 for Mr K, are made using the Going Coastal fabric by Michael Miller combined with some astrologically themed fabric from Spotlight (I thought the blue and white went well with the orange).

This time, I added the side pockets with a pocket tab and button.

I also realised that I had been omitting the topstitching down the front, but this is also a bit of my personal preference. I really prefer this topstitching best when there is a front fly. Anyway, Mr K didn't care or notice. Maybe next time?

I have maybe one or two more pairs of shorts to make to replenish his supply. I have moved onto a different pattern though....


I was not successful in pattern matching at the side seams but at least I did get the crabs lining up along the bottom. And I did have a minor heart flutter when I thought I had cut the shorts out upside down but then remembered I had checked and the pattern is two-way! I should have lined up the crabs better on the waistband but I was struggling with limited meterage and, to be honest, the thought didn't cross my mind until now. This is why I prefer to work with a more random print! I do love this fabric though and it will be perfect for Australia Day.


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kekya Lou Garden Party Wristlet

Kekya Lou Patterns, now called Michelle patterns, offer a cute range of purses and bags. This is the first time I have used her patterns and I made a Garden Party Wristlet.  I couldn't see the pattern offered on her website now. It is made for a child and the approximate dimensions are 18cm x 8cm x 15cm. The instructions came with photos and were designed for a beginner sewer.

This had been in my work in progress pile for a long time. It is now finished and ready for gift giving during the year. The outer fabric was purchased from Spotlight years ago, and the lining was from my stash.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Alpine shorts by Terra's Treasures

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I can't resist a boys' sewing pattern with a point of difference. 

Let me introduce the Alpine shorts by Terra's TreasuresHere is the pattern description: 
The Alpine Trousers are a structured well fitting pant. They feature a flat front with elastic back waistband, side and back pockets and optional faux fly. Also comes in Shorts length. 

The main fabric is from my stash, a drill originally from Spotlight, with the contrast fabric from a previous project scraps. This fabric was gifted to me by a friend quite a few years ago (yes I keep fabric for a while, including scraps).

The shorts were an easy sew. Mr K's verdict are that these are comfy. My only tip is to check the pattern and instructions before sewing the faux fly version. These are the flat front version in size 10 (Mr K is aged nine and these have some room to grow).  

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Mother's Heart - first finished knit of 2016

This may be the first finished knit of 2016, but that was just because I had to wait for buttons to arrive. I wasn't really that quick in getting a project off the needles.

This is a cowl using the pattern "A Mother's Heart" by Kate Eades using Colour Adventures wool. I love this wool, it is lovely to knit with, but oh so expensive now our dollar has dropped. I ordered it a couple of years ago through a Ravelry co-op.

The features I like about this cowl are that it has buttons, so I didn't need to knit a large number of stitches in the round. You can leave it unbuttoned and wear as a scarf, or button up and wear as a long cowl, or doubled over. You can also triple it for your child to wear. It was an easy knit and I will definitely knit it again.