Tag Archive | hat

The lady vanishes

So I knew I hadn’t posted for a bit, but I didn’t realise it’s been nearly three whole months since I posted anything.

Partly it’s because I got ill, which wrote off August, then September was spent holding the fort because Jon was going for a promotion (which he’s got) and spent every weekend either working on his job application or interview practice, so I ended up having to do a lot more house jobs and cooking during the week instead of sewing. In the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on stuff, but although very straight forward, it’s a larger project than I tend to do these days so it’s taking multiple weeks to finish. 

However I have finished this hat for Jon…..

It’s another Bobeek hat, Jon liked my Red hat so much he wanted his own model. 

We went to Loop in Islington, which seemed a good idea at the time as John Lewis and Liberty are not amazing for masculine coloured chunky wools.

Jon chose the wool, it is Misti Alpaca Chunky in colourway M620. It was a bit pricey at £15 a ball, but according to how much yarn you need according to the knitting pattern, it should have been easy to do from one ball. So that doesn’t work out too bad for a luxury hat (it’s 100% baby alpaca)

Of course I needed more than one ball. Luckily it was by a respectable amount rather than like one row or something, but it’s now a £30 hat. & my knitting is not up to the quality needed for £30 hats. Grrrr!

It has also come up a bit larger on the top bit than my other two versions. The band is ok and the right size, but I think with it being slightly thicker yarn it’s a fatter hat than the other two were. Luckily Jon likes this, & likes the hat, so it’s all good. & he’s accidentally chosen a stunningly fashionable colour, so he’s really happy.

Next up for knitting is a pair of wristlets and a neckband for me out of Cascade heather, am a little apprehensive about this as it will be my first time playing with cable since I took knitting lessons.

In other satisfied customer news, heres a picture of my Mum in the Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress I made her in summer…..

Mum really likes it.& now she is thinking of getting into sewing again (she was awesome in the 70’s) to make her own versions.

Anyway, I’m aiming to have the dress I’m working on finished for Halloween, so I shouldn’t be absent for as long a time next post. 


This evening I made a hat…..Image

It is a total rip off of this one from Angelic Pretty


which apparently is from last year.

I am really happy with my version,(though looking at the inspiration, mine might need more rhinestones) except I got the hat base from Barnett Lawson and they have changed the shape of their mini top hat block slightly or something , the one I bought before has a tilted crown that splayed out slightly at the top and was far more elegant, this one just goes up and down, which is not as pretty.

However on reflection I may have got my previous hat base from the Millinery Centre in Victoria instead, so I might have to go back there some time and check..which is a pain cuz there is absolutely nothing else in Victoria…I do think their hat bases are cheaper though, which is never a bad thing!

Anyway.close up of the hat….Image

It ended up with a Hello Kitty on it cuz that was genuinely the only appropriately sized toy I could find.  Whatever happened to tacky miniature teddy bears? I tried tescos and the pound shop and the slightly seedier rip off of Clinton Cards in Catford and Hamleys in central London and nothing, the world used to be crawling with them..has the mini teddy bear gone extinct?

Also today I put the clip on a bow I made ages ago to go with my Ghastlies print dress..


It does not look majorly impressive, but the struggle I have been through to try and find hair clip blanks has been truly epic! For about a year all the haberdashers have been out of them, and every time I asked  kept suggesting Superdrug would do them, which really they don’t. So I am totally glad one of them finally has them in again!

In other news, it would be nice if it stopped raining!