On a Roll

Two finishes in one week, I’m really turning my recent trend of making disaster around!

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So, hot off the press, I’ve just finished one of the pair of socks on the left, knitted with Regalia Snowflake (?!I’ve never seen a snowflake that colour)(or maybe it refers to the pattern, but snowflakes aren’t exactly stripey either). So now, along with the pair of the right (knitted last summer in the only slightly better named King Kole Zig Zag), I have 2 complete pairs of socks to post off to my brother. Cos, Christmas presents aren’t actually properly late if they’re posted while it’s still Jan, right?

They’re both knitted with the same free pattern (thanks Fiona) but the for the second pair I used a trick I saw at a knitting group and instead of a seperate rib section, the whole of sock above the heel is knitted in a 3 in 1 rib, as is the top of the main foot (easy to do with this pattern as it’s knitted on 4 needles).  Apparently they stay up better this way (but as these are my first ever sock knits this is not the voice of experience.

As they’re a sort of joke, because my brother is forever darning socks when he comes to visit (maybe its a damning enditement of our hosting skills?) I have made up little cards of spare yarn so he can darn away to his hearts content. And I threw a spare card of darning yarn I found in a second hand shop too.

And because I hate wasting anything, I started a pair of socks for me last summer in plain yarn (with a cable pattern so I don’t get board), the thought being that I may then have enough left over from the 3 pairs to make another pair. So I suppose I better dig them out at some point.

Inspired by this recent spell of finishing, I have ripped open the crotch on my latest pair of jeans, that have been languishing in the naughty corner all month for crimes against humanity with the aim to adjusting them. Next up, the collar is coming off my sweatshirt make, after all, when I said I was aiming for Jumper January, I was kind of thinking for me not Long Suffering Husband!

Righto, better go and find some wrapping paper before I loose these socks again.  Am I the only person still finishing off Christmas presents?

Hobbit Hoodie

I finished a thing! A thing requested my Long Suffering Husband. And it took me less than a month, smashing my Personal Best for LSH sewing. Despite some trials and tribulations along the way. Go me!

It started well. I had been vaguely thinking of making him a jumper/sweater type thing when he shyly asked me if I would make him a hoodie. So, I entered his measurements into Lekala, because at the time they had a free men’s hoodie pattern (but now I get mysterious errors when I try and find it on their site) and I had been meaning to try out this potentially extremely useful source of made to measure patterns (could this lead to the golden grail of perfect fit out of the packet? Spoiler alert, not this time). Taping the pdf together was easy too as he did it! Then the pattern just squeezed onto the leftover fabric from a project of mine – hooray (a project that is currently in the naughty corner, hopefully more on that soon). Surely this was a project that was meant to be?

First up was the whole dyeing/drying/ironing thing that I’ve mentioned before, but just in case anyone wasn’t listening NEVER CUT YOUR FABRIC BEFOFRE DYEING. Trust me.

However, I got through this. With time. And patience. And lots of pins. And ironing. And my new ironing mat. (The only casualty was when I melted my pin box, whoops.) Then it was time to start sewing. I decided to start small, with the hood. I this point discovered that Lekala subscribe to the minimal instructions philosophy. “Sew parts of hood together” it said, with no picture. It’s a 3 part hood. Which way up does the middle strip go? Any markings on those seams? Nope. On the pattern pieces? Nope. Wide end at bottom or top? Does this sew a long for a completely different hoodie pattern help? Nope (not with this bit anyway). Well, a bit of detective work suggested narrow end of the centre strip at the bottom, as the middle of the shorter of the two short edges has a notch, which if at the bottom would line up with a notch at the centre of the neckline of the back. So that’s what I did then.

Next up, pockets, which I used the SBCC Brooklyn Hoodie Sew-A-Long to help with. So far so good. Then I attached my fronts, arms and backs together, all by myself this time, since this has raglan sleeves unlike the Brooklyn, but it was straightforward and everything lined up despite my dyeing related escapades.

Time to celebrate with some more complicization, as he’d asked for some screenprinting. It was nice to be able to do it while the garment would lie flat. (Luckily he decided against an anomite on each side of the hood ala Princess Leia hairstyle).


At this point, I thought I was over the worst, surely it was all downhill from here. Then came the sleeves. I double checked that the pattern was for ribbing (as I was using), not self fabric, it was. So I merrily cut, sewed, overlocked and pressed my cuffs. Only to find out they were terrible The cuff was way too big (see top right above), in fact the whole arm was too roomy. I also didn’t like how narrow the cuff was.

At this point I hadn’t sewn the waistband. So I cut I just used the pattern for the height and made it 80% of the width of the bottom circumference of the hoodie. That looked ok sewn on and there was just enough left to make two new cuffs, slightly deeper and with a much smaller circumference than the first pair. They fit LSH nicely, so then I reversed my previous calculation and divided their dimensions by 80 and then multiplied by 100 to get a new width for the end of the sleeve cuff (you with me here?) (Oh, I also had to unpick the overlocking and triple stitch on the first set of cuffs but the less said about that the better). With a new sleeve cuff opening width decided (marked by a pin in the bottom right photo above) I then drew a new straight sleeve seam, that blended into the original seam quite near to the armpit. We both liked the new sleeves and cuffs a lot better. Phew.


Then it was back to following the SBCC tutorial for tips on inserting the zipper and attaching the hood.


I’m pretty pleased with my construction of this jacket. I think the contrast topstitching works well and I like that I added a zip tag and a hanging hook that match the hoodie thread. And no-one is going to notice that the twill tape neatening my hood/main body seam is actually navy, not grey.

However, I don’t like the fit. It’s too short, especially at the back, and too wide as well – hence the hobbit comment. The adjusted sleeves are good but there’s too much fabric in front of the armpit. All of which I can’t be bothered to adjust, due to screenprinting and topstitching.

I’m giving it a 6/10. It will be worn, I did the best I could, but the pattern is just not the right shape. Which is odd, seeing as how it’s supposed to be fitted to him.I haven’t double checked but I don’t think my entered measurements were that out.

He wants another hoodie, so I’m on the look out for another pattern. Easier said than done! Anyone got any top tips (he wants a full zip so the Finlayson and Avacado hoodies are out) then let me know in the comments.

Also, if you’ve made a Lekala pattern before how did you get on with the sizing?
 

Collagraphs

Last weeks work at my printing class, brought home now dry after my class yesterday. Well, actually, most of last week was spent trying to finish the plate I’d started as homework. I didn’t get it done, so I knocked this plate up instead. (I failed that first plate  as homework this week either – a combination of complicated design and using too thick card I struggled to cut with my craft knife. )

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So, just 3 prints with my quickly knocked together collagraph. I’d taken in some scrap fabric with different textures but was told that it would just come out black. So, I  just used a little fabric, with some cardboard spirals on top and some paste as well which I squiggled in with the wrong end of a paintbrush.

So, the top print, in green, is a relief print. I rolled the ink over my plate and this is how it came out, the spirals on top show darkest. Bottom left is intaglio (in the line), the ink is scrubbed into the plate  with a toothbrush and then the plate is polished, so the ink just remains in the crevices (and in my case the fabric), the rest of the ink having been wiped off. Bottom right is a combination of the two techniques, blue intaglio first, red ink then rolled over the top.

It was interesting to play with the technique, but I think the design leaves a  little to be desired, my fabric motif looks too much like a hashtag for my liking! It got several compliments from classmates, but I can’t help thinking they’re just being polite.

This week we worked some more with collographs. I was disappointed I still hadn’t finished plate number 1 (still on my mental to do list), but I was happier with a last minute cobbled together plate number 3.

I have been trying to do some sewing as well but I keep encountering frustrating issues. I hope you’re having a smoother time of your sewing in January.

 

Dyeing Dilemas

Oh collective knowledge of the internet, you are a useful yet fickle thing.

Long Suffering Husband chose the tumeric option for his hoodie, and after checking that I could just squeeze all the pieces out of my left over fabric (yay, happy dance), I consulted the Wibbly Wob for help on dyeing with tumeric properly.  Cos you know, preparation and that.

So, to summarise what I gleaned from the collective wisdom of the internut:

Tumeric isn’t a dye its a stain. It is a dye but it’s not substantive. It can be substantive. You should only use it in cold water. You should use it in hot water. Use cold water but hot gives a deeper colour. You don’t need to use a mordant. Use salt as a mordant. Use vinegar as a mordant. You can also use alum (no idea what that is or where to get it) but that gives a different colour. The results will fade. Or they won’t. Wash as usual. Only cold wash. Only dry in the shade. Only dry indoors.

Whats a person to do?  Well, first I cut the pieces. Which in retrospect was not a good idea. (And later on, with even more hindsight, I decided it was an even worse idea. Seriously, don’t do this). Straight after I cut them I panicked that I hadn’t pre washed the fabric (uh oh, should’ve done that first (especially as I’ve just made myself something from this same fabric so maybe that’s not prewashed either)), but even if I had definitely pre washed it the whole dyeing process ends with washing and could potential stretch the pieces out of shape so I don’t recommend this. In my case I just crossed my fingers that the fleece back process had somehow “set” the fabric and resolved to treat it gently (what else could I do now I’d cut it).

Anyways, first up I put them in the bath with warm water with washing liquid in it for a couple of hours with some minimal gentle swishing. Then I drained the bath and let them soak overnight in cold water to rinse. My theory is that after all that any sizing in the fabric was now washed out (hopefully) and it would take the dye better. Oh, and I discovered that the plug had helpfully drained the water overnight all by itself. Thanks plug, I think.

Next up I soaked them overnight in vinegar and water to premordant the fabric. (Get me with my technical use of the term premordant, it’s almost like I know what I’m talking about). I have no idea if this is necessary or helpful but I figured it couldn’t hurt and I still had a big bottle of elderflower vinegar knocking about (from a failed elderflower wine attempt a couple of years back) that I only usually use for unblocking drains (with a little help from some bicarb) so it was basically a free process. By this point I had abandoned the bath for a big plastic tub that normally houses my scrap knit fabric as it needed less water and wouldn’t leak. Plus I figured that I don’t care if the inside of a scrap fabric tub ends up yellow but the rest of the family might be a bit miffed if I dye the bottom half of the bath! (Spoiler, I have still managed to dye the bottom of the bath yellow in the rinsing process.)

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So, a day and a half or so after cutting my fabric out I started the dyeing process. I did not use good practice, I  hadn’t weighed or measured the tumeric in my test piece, or my fabric before wetting and I had no idea how to calculate how much to use. Instead I bought a 400g pack of tumeric because it seemed a sensible amount (the smaller pack looked way too small, the next size up was 1kg which was frankly a ridiculous amount). I mixed all of it (why not) into a paste as best I could in my biggest pyrex jug before filling the tub to about half full with the paste and warm water from the shower. After a quick mix, I submerged my fabric, holding it down for a bit at the bottom to get rid of the air. Once it all stayed underwater of its own accord (rather than random bits floating up to the top), I left it for several hours, stirring and resubmerging a couple of times to try and ensure evenness. (Oh, this whole process was just so scientific it was untrue).

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I think I probably used too much turmeric as when I came to drain and rinse my fabric there was powdery turmeric suspended in the liquid and on the fabric which I’m guessing means that the water was holding all the powder it could (if that makes sense, I’m wishing I could remember more chemistry now). I think that might be what dyed the bottom of the bath yellow.

It took a lot of rinsing. An awful lot of rinsing. I also left the fabric soaking in washing liquid and water to help try and get some more of the turmeric out. Then I rinsed some more, soaked in cold water, rinsed again. Dyeing, it would seem, is not an environmentally sound process water wise, at least mine wasn’t. In the end, I settled for the water being mainly clear and figured I could wash the thing again once it was done.

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So, what to do with my wet yellow fabric? That’s precut and I don’t want to stretch. Well, after some thought I laid the pieces flat on old towels and rolled them up, which is how my mum used to dry delicate knitwear. That was yesterday.

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Today I unrolled the hood pieces, which were still damp, and decided to iron them dry. I thought I’d just check they were the same size as the pattern piece. The first really wasn’t and I stretched it back into shape, pinning it to the ironing board using the pattern as a template and then ironing carefully. I cursed myself for my stupidity, this could be a very long and unsuccessful process. Happily the next two pieces were pretty much the right size, so maybe there is hope for my sanity and this hoody yet.

So, now we have a slightly damp still, slightly turmeric smelling, hood. But the LSH seems pleased.

 

 

 

 

Monoprints

For my Christmas present I treated myself to was given a printmaking course. Last week we started with monoprints, mainly with collage.

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Mono prints are one offs, but you can have fun reusing the plate and changing things around and having a new design with the ghost of previous ones underneath. First off I played with some decaying leaves and seeds I picked up near my house.

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Later I had fun with strips of paper. I was inspired by curve stitching but it ended up more like pik-a-sticks.

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This image was created by tracing an enlarged photocopy of a seed onto the the back of some paper that was lying on an inked plate. The mottled patches are where I was leaning on the paper whilst drawing.

It makes a nice change from sewing and the 3 hours of studio time means I have to finish and tidy up, no half finished projects lying around cluttering up the house!

So far we have only been printing on paper. The inks aren’t fabric specific and I don’t think my fabric inks are thick enough for this technique. The inks will print on fabric, there’s some fabulous printed bunting in the studio, but I don’t know how it would wash and I think it would be a bit stiff for garments. However, there is at least one other person interested in fabric printing so we might do some experimenting.

Have you been doing anything different this week?

 

Complicization

An over familiar story of my sewing: Have a simple idea, think “ooh and I could do a, b and c as well with that”, start project, realise I can do d, e and f too, change project further, get overwhelmed by project, put it on one side (in the Box of Broken Dreams*), have a simple idea for a new project, and so the cycle begins again.

Or to put it more succinctly “Complexify: to make more interesting by adding details and fussy techniques” (thanks Alla for the definition).

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I think I am over the hump with my first January jumper and I still have 13 days to finish it. Woo hoo. So obviously I’ve started complexifying the next make to redress the balance. My Long Suffering Husband has requested a hoodie. I think I have enough fabric left over from my jumper (actually must check that now that I’ve got him to tape the pdf together). But I don’t really want matching coloured tops (we’re not that kind of couple). So I experimented with natural dyeing some of the scraps with suff I had around. The strip across the bottom is the fabric as I bought it. The colours don’t show too well (the problem with natural light photo’s is that you kind of need some light to be getting through the clouds and rain), that colour was described as latte by the seller, but I would call it camel. The middle sample at the top is coffee, my original idea, and so fitting for my caffeine addicted husband. It’s hardly changed the colour at all. My research says leaving it in longer might help.

The left hand one is beetroot juice (doesn’t everyone have several cartons of out of date beetroot juice lying around ?). Which shows more but is still quite subtle. Last night, when they were still wet (and hence darker), that was his preferred option.

Finally on the right is turmeric, no surprises there. It’s definitely the most interesting colour and today he’s edging towards that.

My worry is colourfastness, some quick internet research says that none of these dyes need mordants, which I find suprising. But then what do I know. Also I believe the tumeric may wash out over time.

Speaking of which, I found out about this Dye Work Along (thanks Dangerously Alice) today, which looks interesting. Back to the complexification again! Not sure I have time to do this “properly” right now (another of my downfalls that leads to complexification, although one I have well and truly shaken when it comes to finishing knit fabric at least), but the book looks like a good thing to put on my birthday list (and my screenprinting course will be over by then).

Ohh, speaking of screenprinting, I have my homework to finish for tomorrow, a hallway to finish painting and my tax return to do.

I shall leave you with a shot of my Long Suffering Husband (he seriously has some patience to put up with all my projects) piecing the pdf of his hoodie pattern together, as this caused a mild stir on the stashbusting group.

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His thoughts on the matter “well, I want you to make me a hoodie, why wouldn’t I tape the pattern together?”.

 

 

 

 

 

*All credit to my Sewing Fairy Godmother for coining this phrase for where all the abandoned projects end up.

Getting moving

Well, the circular scarves were well received. Although there were rumblings when The Boy realised he had one and his sister had two.  Anyway, they wore them matching sides out to go out on their bikes this afternoon. And I realised that their dad was wearing a similar circular scarf thingy that I knitted a while back.

Lovely man. He took them out so I could do some sewing. I’m finally making progress on my first January jumper. Pattern rubbed/drafted from an existing one last night. Cut this morning and started sewing this afternoon. I even think it’s going to fit. Hurrah.

In other news, I experimented dyeing some of the offcuts with things I had around.

Too many ideas, not enough time.

I hope you had a suitably relaxing and/or productive Sunday.

Mid Jan

So, after nearly managing an impromtu and frankly not really thought through attempt to blog every day for the 12 days of Christmas, things have been a little quiet around here.

Partly that’s due to the running, which I have been managing 5 mornings a week. Well, I say running, I’m still walking for a large part of my route and yesterday I was overtaken on the running bit by someone who was definitely walking! Good job I’m not remotely competitive. Mainly I’m just impressed that I’m actually getting up at silly o clock to go out (as would anyone who has shared a house with me and knows my love of hiding under the duvet until the last possible minute) –  anything else is a bonus. Anyway, amongst other benefits, my pre breakfast walk/jog/run has led to an earlier and frankly more sensible bed time for me. Which combined with a resurgence in trouble settling the boy to sleep at night (though thankfully we’re no where near as bad as this has been in the past) has rather squeezed out my evening sewing time.

Then there’s my sewing to do list. Vying for top place are Sort Out The Hot Mess That My Latest Jeans Have Become (some seriously unflattering creases have appeared just as I was about to do buttonholes and beltloops – currently they’re waiting to be tried on again to see if washing them has magically fixed this issue, I’m not holding my breath) and Make Something Warm and Longsleeved For Me To Wear – which I have seem to have built into an overcomplicated Thing in my mind, possibly due to the expense of the fabric involved. And yet I have promised myself that I’m going to finish at least one jumper in January. So faced with the seemingly impossible task in the time I have I haven’t been sewing at all.

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I have however been knitting. I’m trying to blast through sock number four of the two pairs that I was making my brother for Christmas (yup that’ll be Yuletide 2015) so that I can send them off. Heel turned now, hurrah. Just 72 rounds to do before decreasing for the toe of which 5 are done. Gosh sock yarn is fine isn’t it. I’m beginning to think there might be as many stitches in a sock as a jumper knit in thicker yarn.

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Aside from that I started an introduction to printmaking course, which is 10 half day sessions (one a week). It’s not specifically for fabric printing, but one of the other people there was teaching the screenprinting course I went on last year (she’s doing it as personal development funded by her work) and we were wondering about bringing some fabric paints in to experiment with. In the first week we were mono-printing, but all my work was left at the studio to dry so I can’t show you yet. So instead, here is a picture of my hallway wall, which I’m in the middle of giving a fake tan too, also known as painting it gold. (A kind of spur of the moment decision that resulted from giving the hallway a spring clean and realising just how mucky the walls are. I was a bit unsure at first but it’s growing on me and at least there is now a wall in our house that isn’t magnolia).  Coat one is on, trying to find the time to do coat 2 in daylight with enough drying time before the kids reappear from school is proving tricky!

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Finally, tonight I have done some sewing! The boy actually fell asleep while I was settling his sister (this is unheard of) and as my husband is out, so I can be as antisocial as I like. I celebrated with a little easy sewing. Three short circular scarves / headbands / earwarmers /whatever made with left over scraps. Which weren’t on my to do list but my daughter was upset that I wanted to put the one that I made her for Christmas in the washing machine (just cos it had a large chocolate stain on it, Mum’s are so fussy) so I thought I’d run another one up in the scraps from her Christmas dress. I paired it with the last of the stripey knit from my mystery bundle, which is lovely and soft and subtle enough not to shout at the other print.  Whilst I was at it I used some more leftovers, teal and flower fabric to make another one too, which has come out a little tight for me so that will be for the girl as well. So then I decided I better make the boy one so he didn’t get jealous, especially as there was a little more stripey knit left. So now I’ve made three and the flowers and stripes are all gone from my scrap knit tub.

Hopefully that’s broken my sewing duck (is that even a phrase?) and I will soon be showing the jeans whose boss and turning out jumpers like there’s no tomorrow. After all, we are actually getting winter temperatures now.  Oh and finishing sorting and counting my stash.

What’s your half hour sewing fix?

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 11th Day I got some sewing done!

So, aside from sorting out my stash, I also need to sort out my piles, which are loosely stuff to finish (often abandoned due to sewing difficulties), stuff to mend and stuff to alter.  And by sort out I really mean tidy up, see what’s there, put any stray bits of fabric with them away and then make a big effort to end the year with a smaller number of things in piles than I started with.

I had grand plans to do sewing of things from these piles over Christmas and I have managed a little. I found time sitting around talking with visiting family was good time to spend unpicking triple straight stitch in jersey, a job that gets left as I hate it, but is more social than going into another room and getting a sewing machine out!

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First up, something that didn’t even hit the pile but just got done straight away. The other day The Girl put on a t shirt that I made her a while back and while it’s still wide enough it’s getting a bit short and was flashing skin everytime she lifted her arms. So I asked her if it would be ok if I added some matching lime green ribbing to the bottom. She more than agreed, she said it would be an improvement. One job, quickly done then! (I didn’t unpick the original hem, just pinned the folded rib underneath it and triple zig zagged it down).

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(I made her try those trousers on to see if they still fit. They don’t. There is no point replacing them at the moment as The Girl still Wont Wear Trousers).

Next up, my Style Arc Amy Top, which I put on the refashion pile as I kept wearing it (love the fabric, very comfy, wears well) and then seeing myself in the mirror (not at all flattering). I took it in quite a bit at the sides so it’s less tenty, straightened the bottom (so it’s less, look at my crotchy), added a black knit band (which I’m thinking would be better wider but I was getting raised eyebrows from The Man when I mentioned what I was doing and buckled) and folded the cowl in on itself and tacked it down.

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Before shot

It is definitely better taken in, but it’s still tight on my bust which distorts the thin stripes and isn’t a good look. And while the cowl is a bit better like this, I’m not totally convinced. But I don’t really know what else to do, the neckline is a very low and narrow U shape that I’m not sure would look good with ribbing at it and if I tried to alter the neckline it would end up  a huge hole. So I’m leaving it like this for now, to see how I feel. At least it’s not quite so unflattering if I end up reaching for it in the drawer and I am very short on long sleeved tops of any kind.

Finally, something I finished. About this time last year Iwas lurking this blue triangle foxy fabric online, then it sold out. Later, when it came back in stock I decided I had to have it. But when it came I was disappointed. I should’ve realised that the 100% cotton label meant not as stretchy a knit as you’re used too. And the print makes it feel a bit still and syntheticy. Still, I started a top in it (a Coco I presume as I have that pattern but I honestly cant remember now) and used some matching orange fold over elastic for the neckline. But the neckline looked naff and the top was too tight in the arms (so surely it is a Coco as I wasn’t expecting there to be fit issues). It has laid on The Pile ever since, waiting to finish being unpicked and resewn.  Infact, one side had been and I think the visible marks of the previous seam in the fabric were putting off further effort (you can see them in the middle shot, that’s after seaming).

So, some more unpicking, some resewing, I tried it on, and, well, it was a smidge tighter than I’d like around the biceps but qutie wearable and somehow the neckline finish looks much better on. So I hemed the sleeves (check out top right photo that The Boy insisted on taking of my handy work) and the bottom hem and you know what, it’s growing on me. Which is wierd, unworn, I prefer the green and black stripey top and would automatically reach for that. But once on, this is more flattering I think.

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So, todays lesson for me, it’s worth bothering finishing things, they might turn out better than I assume.

 

 

So after cataloguing my sweatshirt/jumper fabric, next up are my knits.  Most of these were in a neatish pile in my cupboard but I sort of colour coded them when photographing and have put them back that way.

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Multicoloured wierd thick spongey knit stuff with quite a lot of lycra or similar in I think. It’s not neopreme, but it’s not normal knit fabric either, somewhere in between. I made leggings with this (which are a bit small, due I think to it’s super elastic nature) and  used the leftover on a t shirt for The Boy. Then I bought more as I was obsessed at the time with making a wrap dress from it, specifically the Gillian Wrap Dress from Muse patterns. Not sure why as I don’t wear wrap dresses! Anyway, there are two largish pieces.

Turquoise loose knit cotton with lycra – left over from my prototype tunic dress and also a cardy for The Girl. This stuff is lovely and snuggly but doesn’t wear well, or maybe that should read doesn’t wash well as I notice from rereading my old blog posts that it’s supposed to be dry clean only fabric (like that’s going to happen in this house). So I’m not quite sure what to do with it.

The Magenta next to it is the same stuff, bought before I realised that the turquoise didn’t wear well. I’m vaguely wondering about making a drapey cardy with this.

The purple was bought this year, its quite a thick knit and is slightly sparkly. I’m thinking a long sleeved top for me but bought a bit extra as it’s lovely stuff (I resisted the dark grey/black they had too and I’m now thinking that would be good for the contrast bits on the wrap dress I’m not going to make as it’s a similar weight).

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In this pic, first up is some burgandy cotton knit I bought for making leggings for the girl to wear to school instead of tights but I didn’t notice when buying online that its 100% cotton so isn’t very stretchy and therefore not very good for leggings. Not that that stopped me making a couple of pairs.

The next two are quite slinky knits so right out of my comfort zone (thinking on my experience with viscose, although they’re not viscose) and both b0ught this year. But I loved the bark effect print on this one – very autumnal and would go with the magenta knit in the pic above? I need to figure out a pattern though.

The black and cream circles I resisted buying, then it turned up in the remnants bin and my resolved crumbled. Maybe I should use it to muslin up something for the barky one?

Finally, some nice neutral 😉 orange good quality knit, already eaten into to make the boys Christmas t shirt.

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Next up, some aztek inspired pale blue and grey knit that has been earmarked for a long sleeved top for the boy for a while.

Then the super cat fabric, which I fell in love with, didn’t buy, it sold out, I felt sad, then it came back and I caved. I also have some “plain” co-ordinating turquoise cloud fabric without super cats shown at the top. I’m trying to work out if I dare make myself a garment from this. Otherwise my niece will probably end up with something. Currently  I’m leaning towards lining a hoodie with it (see, it would go with my black sweatshirt fabric. But that would make it an extra precious make, so I might need to muslin the hoodie first which would mean buying more, less precious fabric. Arrgh, I’m incoragible! And I cannot possibly justify buying more sweatshirt fabric till I’ve used some of what I have!).

The next one is recently bought and earmarked for a dress for the girl, probably for her not to distant birthday as I didn’t use this at Christmas.

Finally a metre of lovely slightly abstract large floral blue stuff, which is going to be a t shirt for me.

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Last up, the stuff I’ve just tidied out of my dining room into the cupboard upstairs. There’s some good quality black jersey on the left, which is earmarked to be a t shirt for me plus extra for general usefulness (it’s been eaten into already, mainly for this dress).

Some lovely puffin knit, which definitely isn’t too ridiculous for me (even though the print scale is fairly large). I keep being about to make me a t shirt from this, current thoughts are another Maria Denmark Kimono T shirt (but with less bodged FBA this time).

Some left over grey jersey from leggings I made, which I’m sort of hoping to make into a t shirt for The Man, not that he’d appreciate it. And some green jersey, which I also have plans for for him, even though it’s not very stretchy. Oh and it has a piece hacked out.

All in all that brings my jersey in at around 37 square metres, enough to make some t shirts and things with in 2016!

I’m slightly scared now as I seem to have about 2ce the amount of wovens as knits in my cupboard. Maybe they just don’t pack down as much??