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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Cabin Shirt

This is how I spend my days, staring at the walls!
I had a bolt of really old french brushed cotton shirting, 
it's got a red and white stripped selvedge but I couldn't think how to incorporate it.

Monday, 20 June 2016


I jumped on the Stopover by Mary Jane Mucklestone bandwagon.
Knit in Lettlopi.

Super easy and quick knit. 
The only modifications I made were no waist shaping and some short rows at the back neck.


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Blueprints For Sewing Cabin Pattern

I made myself a little Cabin from Blueprints For Sewing over the weekend.
I have worn it and I'm not sure it's absolutely my thing as a dress in this fabric 
- I think I might prefer it in needlecord or denim -  I may shorten it. 
It is a great shape to wear and the pattern and instructions are brilliant.

The fabric is Oxford, Alice In Wonderland Liberty Tana Lawn from  Shaukat - buy online they really don't want to serve customers in store - or visit the many shops along Goldhawk Road.  
The contrast fabric is an old linen tablecloth, I knew it would come in handy.

I love the roomy inverted back pleat and the weltless pockets, 
who knew pockets could be so easy yet look so good?
I'll be making another Cabin and those pockets are going on everything from now on.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Just A Glimpse of Summer

The sweatshop has been in full swing, 30 assorted zip pouches and totes in a fab neon rubber 
- they really are that bright - 
despatched to their new home, I think they are off to a festival.

This kid I know is just about done with his exams, any more laid back and he'd be horizontal. 
 This him waiting for cake at Oak Tree Farm Rural Project project after a volunteering stint.

Thursday, 2 June 2016


My holiday project finished and blocked at last, the pattern was a joy to knit but the casting off lace edging was a pig, just plain old boring!

Just a little bit twinkly.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Berlinknits Sweater

I finished the Berlinknits Sweater by Isabell Kraemer before I went to Florence.
I may have to make another, it's so warm and comfy - no seams -  but lightweight.

Knit in Jamieson's Spindrift with a bit of Kauni I bought in Copenhagen about 10 years ago,
 before it was even a thing.

This pattern has German short rows,
 I'm a big fan of short rows - sock heel and toe - but had never done this type before,
my new favourite.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Vintage Florals

I love a good bit of vintage floral fabric and I found a fair bit at the Textile Society Fair in March. 

I got some fabulous pristine unused bark cloth,

some bark cloth curtains - now up in my studio,

more pristine bark cloth in a deep red

and some pristine linen.  
I will confess I've already cut in to the green for a holiday tote that served us well, 
it can be spotted in the previous post on a train trip to Prato.

What I've been desperate to do is get some more of it made up though.

I've just listed this on Etsy.

Vintage Sanderson linen.

Handmade, every raw edge bound, corners mitred.


We took to the Tuscan Hills for Easter,
we've not been before but will be going back soon.

We took a train to Prato to the Museo del Tessuto, what a treat.

This place was recommended by our guide and I don't think we would have been aware of it without her advice.  Beautiful costume and magnificent machinery for anyone remotely interested in textiles, I learned a lot.

The best gelato in town was on the other side of this bridge, 
needless to say we crossed it every day we were in town.

The Museo di Palazzo Davanzati was another recommendation we would have missed 
and it was one of our favourite places in Florence.
The interior decoration was exquisite.

Lucca by Jared Flood is almost done,  the border is taking as long as the main part of the shawl.
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was an excellent accompaniment to the many charts, beautifully written by Joanna Canon and superbly read by Paula Wilcox.

The Uffizi was a big let down due to a couple of extremely large Japanese tour groups, I can't imagine they'll ever look at those millions of photos again and they just dominated the more popular exhibits.  If you are looking for some good art in Florence there are better places to find it.

I seemed to only be interested in the paintings with interesting textiles.  Madonna and Child with five angels, 'Madonna of the Magnificat', Botticelli circa 1483.  Leonardo da Vinci under direction of Andrea di Cione detto, The Baptism of Christ, 1470 - 1475.  

We always like to wander the backstreets, you never know what treasures you will discover.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Liberty Linden

Liberty sweatshirt/fleece fabric that I got from Goldhawk Road a few weeks ago,
£20/m rather than £50!
Linden by Grainline Studio.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Hand Spun

I am lucky enough to know many good spinners, 
they are excellent people for a knitter to know.

I knit this up from some hand spun from my friend Chris.  I had a few skeins and no idea of a pattern but a rough idea of what I wanted.   I just worked out my gauge and then with a provisional cast-on did a couple of rectangles - the back longer than the front - sewed them up, added a few rows to bring the neck line together and then picked up the provisional cast-on and knit down for half a dozen rows.  at the bottom.  Very basic but just what I was aiming for and of course being from the hands of a very clever spinner it is extremely light for the amount of warmth it traps.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Going For Gold

 I couldn't resist this print.

In Copenhagen at Christmas I made my people walk miles to a good fabric shop - I.T.A Textiles - they were rewarded with a comfy sofa while I managed to find some Chanel wool.

I have been desperate to cut into this for a Lotta Jansdotter Pilvi of course.
This time I think I'll leave it unlined so that the two sides of the weave can be admired.

Now I just have to go somewhere nice to wear it, or not!