Showing posts with label Dorset. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dorset. Show all posts

Friday, 17 January 2014

Babies, kntting and more...

Hello All!

Its been a bit of a topsy turvy week for me!

Technical difficulties at work, including a badly behaved telephone, pdq and broadband connection was not the start to the week I had hoped for.


But things improved on Tuesday with the announcement that a dear friend of mine had a gorgeous baby boy! (4 weeks early, so a little of a surprise, but perfect!)



Now, as some of you know, my business partner is also pregnant, or rather, I should say, was pregnant, as yesterday she also saw the safe arrival of a beautiful baby boy!



I am sooo excited by these two new arrivals, my knitting needles have been itching to try the new Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and this is just perfect!


In other news, we have also had some rather wonderful Rowan Kidsilk Haze and some more Adriafil Knitcol in too!!


Needless to say, I can't wait to get my needles around this lovely little lot either!

Anyway, baby hats to knit, must go...


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Gosh its Autumn

Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my little blog...

This is easily my favourite time of the year, the colours are stunning, the nights are drawing in and Downton Abbey is back on the TV! Perfect...



And we all know what Autumn means...Halloween (and coincidentally, my father-in-law's birthday on the say day?!?). Those of you that know me will remember my frantic knitting last year to complete a rather large order for pumpkins (14 in total). So this year I am not going to get my needles in a twist and will not be knitting any more.

I do however, have a plenty of other autumnal projects on the hooks, needles and sewing machine...Jumpers, baby blankets, A-line skirts, carpet bags, crochet bunting, the list goes on.

But my current obsession is for all things Fairisle. This website (http://www.exclusivelyfairisle.co.uk/history-of-fair-isle-knitting.php) has some beautiful designs and also an interesting piece on the history of this stunning technique.
I quite like this offering from Rowan Yarns (http://www.knitrowan.com/designs-and-patterns/patterns/land-girls-fairisle-sweater). And now that we stock the gorgeous Rowan yarn at Butterfly Bright, Sherborne, (http://www.butterflybright.com) there is no stopping me, so watch this space to see what I make...


Saturday, 13 July 2013

Patchwork Pride

Well, episode two of my sewing journey saw me returning to Butterfly Bright
For the beginners Patchwork Cushion Workshop! I didn't honestly think I was ready, but Ali assured me I was. 
I chose some fabric that I have had my eye on for a while, a lovely green background with yellow, white and red ditsy flower print from Riley Blake, to contrast I chose red with white mini polka dots from Makower! 

I followed Ali's strict instructions, cut the pieces into 4.5inch squares and arranged them into my desired pattern. The sewing together was simpler than I thought, although I wasn't warned about the ironing part!! (I do not believe in ironing!!) The way the cushion came together was magical, a journey into the mystical world of patchwork, turning it the right way and then filling with the real feather cushions pads completed a brilliant evening...

What will I make next????

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Sew Sew Sew

Well what a brilliant day!
Today was the day I got over my fear and unwrapped my new sewing machine and did some serious sewing!!!
 

Firstly I would like to thank the amazing Ali from Butterfly Bright


www.butterflybright.com for her patience and determination to get me sewing. I took my machine into work this morning and prepared myself for epic failure, but what took place proved rather enlighening. Myself and my fellow trainee Mrs D first got to grips with threading the cotton and preparing the bobbin, once the machines were ready we chose some fabric and had a play with the different settings on our machines. When we were confident (?) with the concept of sewing straight lines and in a circle (harder than it sounds), we move onto making the project of the day - a pin cushion
Fabric chosen 
        
Fabric cut 
Sew pretty design
        
place both pieces right side facing and sew around 3.5 sides

stuff the middle  + sew up the side
Ta da!
To say I was proud was an understatement, I took my machine home and dually repeated the process as requested by my four year old to produce another 'Dolly Pillow'.

See tomorrow's to see what I did next with my sewing machine...
Clue - it involves patchwork!!





Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Upcycled silk scarves

I love scarves! It is one of my weaknesses, I have an entire section of my wardrobe dedicated to my scarves. Woolly scarves, pashmina scarves, silk scarves, cotton scarves, plain scarves, patterned scarves...You get the idea. Anyway, I have noticed in the more exclusive shops (Phase Eight) in my local town a movement towards scarves with pompoms around them...
This particular scarf is available from http://www.phase-eight.co.uk/fcp/product/phase-eight//Floral-Pom-Pom-Scarf/702815000 and is really lovely, however, slightly out of my price range.

So I came up with the idea to customise a scarf. Off I went to the nearest charity shop (Tenovus) and purchased a rather lovely blue floral silk scarf for the princely sum of £1.99...
Then I hot footed it off to my favourite haberdashery and bought some pompoms


And I set to work, I think the end result is rather lovely...

What do you think?