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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Harris Tweed Old and New

I love this colour combination, why be dull?
A bold yellow leather with a bit of jade Harris Tweed.

Can't go wrong with a bit of contrast stitching.

I was confident that this was Harris Tweed when I bought it from a textile fair last year, but I hadn't had a good look at it until I was searching for something to make a coat with today.  I had completely missed the stamp because it was folded.  Chuffed to bits that I do know my stuff!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Real Marigold Hotel

I have just watched The Real Marigold Hotel and screamed when I saw my Rambagh Palace.

I didn't have time to use the pool in the guest house, too busy exploring.

What I lacked in my Hindi I made up for with Sherbet Lemons
while visiting the ladies of the SEWA cooperative.

I was in here for only a few minutes and the fumes were a killer, probably literally.
All the men in here were young.

This gentleman had been working at his Indigo pot for 45 years.
For me these pictures are the difference between 'cheap' and 'proper'.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Mass Production-ish

What an excellent year 1972 was.  This Harris Tweed was made up in to a jacket for a very slender and extremely tall gentleman, as I don't expect to ever come across such a singularly unique body I made it up into many small things after it had a good old soak of course. 
 I also came across some brilliant hand woven with seemingly every colour under the sun. 
 I can never understand why people choose plain things?

January has been very busy behind the scenes,
 many projects on the go,
 first shop order out of the door,
 lots to upload to the Etsy shop if I ever see daylight 
and a pile of socks that are thankfully off the needles
 because I have Raggsock yarn that is desperate to be knit up.
 I might be a convert to the chunky stuff!

Saturday, 16 January 2016


I have a basket that I put all of my darning/fixing/needs a button  or just needs finishing stuff in, it was getting a little bit out of control, mostly with little jobs that only require five minutes.  I put a new zip into a pair of my favourite jeans that had been waiting for about six months - this may be my greatest achievement to date!  I found a bag with a very nearly finished pair of thrummed mittens for Louis.  One was complete and the second just needed the decreases at the end and a thumb, I've got no idea why I gave up on them, something better must have come along.

 Somebody will be pleased.

Alpaca socks from a very well known yarn label, not cheap, and they had a hole after a couple of wears.   I love a bit of darning but not on nearly new socks.  I've learned my lesson.

I didn't have anything for the job in a remotely similar colour so I went for the good old Woolworth Mending Yarn, sixpence well spent.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Normal Service...

...resumes, what's normal?

Back to school and work sadly.  I completed my holiday knitting in 2 flights and and excellent 13 hour audiobook, The Lords of The North by Bernard Cornwell,  The Last Kingdom got me hooked.  Of course plenty of Darts.

Void by Melanie Berg. 
I knit it in 6 days over the holidays
Knit in a couple of skeins of undyed Alpaca and some rather lovely bright yellow Alpaca from Border Mill that I purchased at In The Loop in August.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

We popped over to Viking country for the Holidays.

Miss Belle living it up in Charity Shop Chic - sheepskin waistcoat a fiver from the rag market,
Stella McCartney overcoat scouted out in a charity shop by a friend with a very good eye 
and a £2.50 leather handbag.
  She spent some of her Christmas Krone on a vintage fur muff that put her gloves to shame, toasty.

Louis sporting a Baa-ble Hat - with monster pom pom - designed by Donna Smith for Shetland Wool Week and carrying a very useful Shetland Wool Week bag.  
He is also wearing theTardis scarf that I knit him..

Out by the sea we definitely needed the wool for warmth.  I like to get my wear out of a hand knit, Miss Belle has been wearing this hat since she was two, that's eight years and a few more in it yet. We christened it the 'Dora' hat after Dora the Explorer all those years ago, I think because it's the same pink as her t.shirt and I didn't want to buy her an acrylic Dora one,  anyway it did the trick and it's still her favourite.

The Tivoli was fabulous as always, who would have thought 
a one hundred year old wooden roller coaster could be such fun,
I think they rode it about a dozen times, I could only manage it twice.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Paris Toujours

A fab shawl from a Ravelry pattern,

4 Skeins of Baby Llama.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Lucky Harris Tweed?

The last couple of Harris Tweed for this year.

A super 1950's tweed with Clover or shamrock 
and some little Scandi birds on a ladies 1980's Harris.

My lovely assistant earning his keep at the weekend.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Vintage Barkcloth

The last shop make for 2015.
 A gorgeous piece of 1960's pure cotton barkcloth, 50 years old and still going strong. 
All packed up ready for Rode Hall Farmers Market tomorrow.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Brand New Harris Tweed

Obviously I love my vintage Harris Tweed, the older the better, but recently I have discovered the new stuff.  I bought a frocks worth whilst I was in Glasgow in the summer and more recently I acquired this bold red, red, white and blue, from Shawbost Weaver over in the Isle of Lewis.

I've had a new assistant helping me in the studio and this is what we've come up with.
 Harris Tweed and denim, the perfect combination.

 I was very excited  this morning at the arrival of my latest Harris Tweed from Christina .

Obviously the yellows are mine!

Monday, 30 November 2015

The Happy Lion

I can't resist a good picture book and this is one of my favourites, The Happy Lion's Rabbits. 
The original book was The Happy Lion, they were written by Louise Fatio but more importantly illustrated by Roger Duvoisin.

I found this waistcoat a while ago, it's a bright red wool moleskin, beautifully made with a fair bit of hand stitching.  I thought it would be a good canvas for a bit of embroidery.

The Lion ends up with so many rabbit friends that he has to give them away.

Here he is with just a few of his little friends.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Harris Tweed Visible Mending

A bit more Harris Tweed embellishment.

In the shop and ready for next Saturday at Rode Hall Farmers Market.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Multi Coloured Harris Tweed

Decisions, decisions.

Which colour combination to go for?

All of them.