Monday, 27 June 2016

Woolfest 2016

Our annual trip to Woolfest was brilliant as always, we set off at half six in the morning and got home at midnight stopping off to eat at The Bitter End, what a treat. 

 I purchased many interesting things big and small but my fastest ever Woolfest project is the Merchant and Mills  Trapeze Dress from CoolCrafting. 
 I'd been considering this for a while but took the plunge after trying on their sample, always useful.   I made it up while the Saturday night football was on, just in a fine needlecord with a tiny bit of stretch as a test run for the Manx Loaghton tweed I picked up at the show.

Miss Belle always comes with us and I was under pressure to finish off her new cardigan which I'm happy to say she loves.  Mary Rebecca by Ellen Mason , a beautifully written pattern
 - I have also knit one for myself in red - both in Shilasdair from the very well stocked 
 Ewe and Ply in Shrewsbury Market Hall.

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.