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

2016
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.

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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.
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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.


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. 







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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).

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 BACK
 Second pair using quilting cotton from Fabric.com

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BACK



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


Friday, June 3, 2016

Tiled beanie

The weather has finally turned cooler so it has become more enjoyable (and relaxing) to start knitting again.

This is the latest off the needles, a free pattern called "Tiled Beanie". It is available from this website: http://www.woolfeast.com/blog/vintage-purls-yarn-and-free-pattern

The sizing was off for me, I think because I knit tighter with colourwork. It fits DS#2 a bit better than DS#1 but not by much.

Here it is anyway, complete with a styled look.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Horizons Alpine Trousers courtesy of Hong Kong

It only took two days from the time of landing back from Hong Kong, to wash, cut and start sewing up the fabulous mustard denim sourced from the Sham Shui Po fabric district. I will blog more about the trip separately, in the meantime this post is all about the trousers....

Here is the link to the pattern if you wish to purchase (no affilation here):  http://newhorizonsdesigns.com/product/alpine-shorts-and-trousers/




Mr K has a shortage of clothes lined up for winter, so a new pair of long pants was a must. I have made the Alpine pattern by New Horizons (formerly known as Terra's Treasures) before using the flat front version in the shorts length. This time I went for the long version with the faux fly. Tip: Cut on the solid black line for the crotch once you have attached the fly to the pattern pieces (I had to contact the designer to confirm this as it wasn't clear to me in the pattern and I always check before cutting!).

Here is the 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. Make them with contrasting fabric for an even more fun look. Also comes in Shorts length. Great for boys! Sizes 0-3m 3-6m 6-12m 12-18m 18-24m 2t 3t 4t 5t 6 7 8 10 12 14 16 included.

The pattern itself is very straightforward. I like the faux fly and that it comes in up to size 12. Mr K finds fly zippers and buttons annoying so a faux fly is perfect.

The mustard denim is a great colour and comes from a street vendor in Sham Shui Po. This was his fabric "shop" on the pavement.


The seller had little understanding of English. Prices and lengths were communicated via calculator. It was closing time so he wasn't all that keen to sell, however it was also my last stop for the day so I persisted and he handed me his long ruler to point out the fabrics I wanted. Of course, they were right at the back and he used a little step to pull them out of the pile. Nothing like climbing on a pile of fabric!




The piping came from a 'real' store around the corner or so, which was chock-a-block with trims.

To jazz up the pants, I added two designs, Blueprint Cogs and Clockwork Skulls from Urban Threads and embroidered using my Janome 10000.





 I used a little pop of colour on the inside side pockets.




These are size 10 for my nine year old Mr K.  There is plenty of room in the length and some space in the bottom/crotch area to fill out during the next year or so.

P.S. I won't tell you how much this denim actually cost except to say that the machine embroidery designs were the most expensive part of these pants!


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

Lazy Days Hat

23 January 2016 
Nearly five years later, and another Lazy Days Hat. This time for Mr J.  This is in the large size and Mr J is six.


10 February 2011

A Make it Perfect Lazy Days bucket hat to build up the hat stash. A easy sew, a bit fiddly to get the edges to match but nothing that I couldn't conquer. Great for using up some left-overs, and Kaiden was very impressed that it matched his jacket.

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Looking at this photos - where has my baby gone? This is a little boy and one who is nearly ready to go to school!

Fabric: From Sewco, left over from jacket
Pattern: Make it perfect Size Medium

Pattern review here.

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.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's an endless summer...endless summer bucket shorts

I am always on the lookout for something a little bit different in boys ' clothing, and I couldn't help myself when I saw the Endless Summer Bucket Shorts by RabbitRabbit.

Described as, "Featuring contrast side panels and waistband; large projected pockets and a slim, yet comfortable fit and professional top to toe construction, these long line shorts will be perfect for Summer adventures."

The Endless Summer Bucket Shorts are designed for light to medium weight woven fabrics and feature twin topstitching.

I used poplin donated to my stash by a friend, together with leftover cotton drill from other projects. As mentioned by the designer, this is the perfect pattern to showcase coordinating fabrics.

The fit for my nine-year old (made size nine) was pretty good. Instructions were clear, although these shorts do take slightly longer than other designs to make because of the curved pockets and top stitching.  Somehow I haven't made the leap to twin needles and I instead do twin topstitching by doing two separate lots of stitching. This, of course, makes it a longer than really necessary project!

Mr K liked the shorts and while he doesn't use the pockets for collecting stones and sticks (yet), they do have a practical element. The shorts come in up to size 12, which means plenty of sizing for my boys and make the pattern a good investment. I can definitely see another pair of these in our future!





Sunday, January 3, 2016

The first for 2016 - Banyan Tee Shirt

My first project for 2016 is a Banyan Tee Shirt using the pattern by Figgy's. It is described as a 'relaxed fit tee'.

Figgy's have a small pdf pattern range for children, mostly girls. Here is the pattern company blurb from their website:

Figgy's is a creation stemmed from love, passion & dedication. What started with the idea of a sewing company and one single pattern became the acclaimed Patterns by Figgy's and transformed yet again into the company that it was always meant to be; Figgy's. We create simple to make patterns with modern style and contemporary taste that won't be out of style in a season or two. Alongside those attributes you will find well written instructions, professional illustrations & the security of knowing that each of our patterns has been tested by professional and non-professional sewists. There is an African proverb that states "It takes a village to raise a child" and at Figgy's it is no different. Here is who works and lives in our village.


I cut the Banyan pattern out earlier in the year in the maximum size (8 -9 years). The fabric was purchased in a mixed lot of boy stretch fabrics directly from Korea. It was through a Facebook group, and I removed later removed myself from the group to prevent future temptation :). 

Six months later...the tee shirt is sewn up and the verdict is in. At the time of cutting, Mr K gave it his thumbs up but now it is is thumbs down, ' people will laugh at me Mum'.   

Fortunately, Mr J does love the fabric so the tee is now his. He especially loves the pocket.


It was a simple sew, although because I don't sew tees often and the neckband fabric didn't have enough stretch to fit the neckline so I had to unpick and recut. In the end I don't like how the neckline has turned out as I think the fussing and unpicking stretched the fabric. When I look at other finished versions, the neckline also doesn't lie flat so perhaps this is the relaxed look?

Would I recommend buying the pattern? The pattern is OK. Tees aren't my favourite item to sew so for me, I wouldn't get value for money from $10 for this pattern (I won this pattern through a blog giveaway).

My thoughts on sizing. The sizing runs on the small side. I would add length to all sizes. 

The fabric is cute and was easy to sew and being 100% cotton it should be nice to wear. The fit is a bit large for Mr J but he loves it and it will get wear, even if it is around the house. The neckline isn't sitting properly in the photo and I only had one chance for a photo so this is it.....