Friday, 21 November 2014
Is this a typical shop for anyone else I wonder?
This is what happens when I pop down to my village most weeks and it's why I love charity shops.
I have reached 41 without needing a cutlet frill but you never know.
Hilda the Hippo will be transformed for christmas didyoumakeityourself style.
£3.40 well spent.
Posted by sarah moran at 04:46
Thursday, 20 November 2014
A new gang of bunnies have just been bought to life,
this time they have a pure cashmere body,
felted cashmere face, sheepskin bobtail
and are stuffed with proper wool, from a sheep!
It takes this much fleece to plump them up to feeling like themselves.
My favourite is of course little red tail although it's more like a powder puff.
Not forgetting a tiny - 4mm - hand stitched heart.
Posted by sarah moran at 07:38
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Today was a truly lovely day, I met up with an old friend and had lunch at the gorgeous little
Curious Tea Room.
A pink gramophone, jewel fire and roller skates and excellent food,
my kind of place.
We spent most of the day in the Hermon Chapel talking all things wool.
you name it and it was there.
I managed to de-stash a fair bit, make some fab new purchases and still be up on the deal.
Best of all I met some very interesting people.
Back to sewing tomorrow, no rest for the wicked!
Posted by sarah moran at 10:54
Friday, 14 November 2014
I am much better at knitting than sewing and I don't seem to get much time for it lately, just waiting for the dark winter nights to kick in. I have had a couple of train journeys lately though and managed to complete a couple of already started socks. These are alpaca - with the mandatory 20% something stronger - with a mock cable, toe up, short row. You just cannot beat a pair of bespoke hand knit socks. The yarn is Toft Alpaca which I wouldn't recommend, it's an absolute pig to knit with as it keeps splitting which definitely shouldn't happen for that price.
On the knitting front I have pre-ordered Kate Davies' 'Yokes' book which should be out next week,
I think I may find a Christmas project in there? She is a very talented and inspirational lady, I love to read her blog and have knit many of her very good and extremely well knit patterns.
Last Saturday I went down to London to meet up with a friend I first met in Shetland at In The Loop 2, we also went to In The Loop 3 in 2013 and hope to be going to In The Loop 4 in Glasgow 2015 - highly recommended. I visited the London Guild Of Spinners Weavers and Dyers - her guild - and met loads of very friendly creatives. We then went on to the London School of Fashion for the Conference and AGM of The Knitting History Forum a super way to spend an afternoon if you are a knitter.
At the moment my UFO's are -
1. A secret christmas knit.
2. Fishermans Gansey for my mister, one sleeve to do, the navy is killing me.
3. Modular shetland scarf with yarn I dyed, gets a bit boring, it might be a bag!
4. Cumulus sweater, baby alpaca and silk, started before eye surgery, just need to get back into it.
5. Heartfelt shawl, 4 ply cashmere, an easy but monotonous knit.
A not even started yet but will be casting on for another pair of socks for tomorrows day out at Wonderful Wool Day catching up with another old friend and cake.
What can I say, knitting makes me very happy!
Posted by sarah moran at 07:12
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
It always seems to take as much time to tidy up my studio before I start
as it does to do the actual making.
A creative mess is better than tidy idleness!
These beauties have taken up residence in my Etsy shop.
A vintage linen print backed with a charcoal flecked wool.
They remind me of watching the film in a Delhi cinema with reclining seats and waiter service, in a mall - I didn't even know they had them in India. I went with a great girl I met on a four hour bus journey from Jaipur, I should have been taking a train but protestors where on the line. The bus journey was a white knuckle ride from start to finish, I was in the front seat and expected to be thrown through the window at any point, nobody drives like the Indians. I also expected to see a nice film about ballet!
Posted by sarah moran at 15:50
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
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Sunday, 9 November 2014
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
I have been busy squirrelling away Harris Tweed jackets for my next project.
I always go for the ones that need a bit of TLC.
I got this one last week and took a punt because it had paint on the front and cuffs.
A fabulous green, orange and brown weave.
What a treat to find a little bit of fixing had gone on...
and under the repair someone had really put some effort in.
Found a comb tooth in the pocket lining, every gentleman used to have a comb in his pocket.
Even the pocket had been repaired a couple of times.
The back pleat lining also had some attention from
someone who must have cared about this little jacket very much.
Now it's my turn to have a go at reviving it to it's former glory, in four hours it's been through a few soapy/dirty water changes and I'm going to let it luxuriate in the bubbles for a bit longer!
Posted by sarah moran at 04:07