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Eye of the Tiger

I think one of my recurring problems with sewing and knitting is that it takes so long between conception of a garment and actually finishing it, that sometimes I have no idea what to do with it once I’ve made it.

This was pretty much true of my latest creation. A scarf started about this time last year and finished two weeks ago. It was a good six months before that I had the idea of making it in the first place, having had a drink or two one night and deciding to google animal print yarn; to my slight shock, given the amount of fair isle self striping yarn there is around, no one was really making very much animal print. Except for Stylecraft who had made a brilliant (though somewhat acrylic) range called Safari, which sadly had been discontinued in 2012. So I decided I really needed the tiger print version, so set up an eBay search (which I now don’t know how the hell to take off, nearly two years later) sat back and waited. Six months later it succeeded and I became the proud owner of 8 balls of tiger print wool.

So its taken me ages to knit this particular scarf, largely because I was using it as an easy project I could chat through whilst I was at knitting group, which was only twice a month, and working on other stuff at home. & by the time I finished it I was really quite sick of it. The tiger print yarn, although really pretty is so acrylic that its actually quite unpleasant to the touch to knit.

& I didn’t really know what to do with it, my winter coats are bright red and pink (not really my choice, its what was available in the shop that fit, & a present from my mother) so teeming them with tiger print seemed a bit garish, its something I’d have done in previous years, but not really me now…

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Here it is over a bright red blanket and sofa to show what I mean.

So I put off photographing it as I wasn’t sure, & then the weather started getting warmer, & it wasn’t really scarf appropriate anyway, except I decided I absolutely needed photographs, so I somewhat randomly teamed it with my green jacket and a black dress just to get it done, went out to take them, and then was just blown away by what I saw when Jon showed me the fist couple of photos, its accidentally cool!

 

In many ways I’m such an idiot, I was a massive Manic Street Preachers fan when I was in my late teenage years, so I should have known khaki and animal print really go well together, but until I saw the first photo Jon took I hadn’t realised my scarf could look urban and cool rather than just a bit kitsch.

So now I’m desperate to get the matching hat done. I had 5 days at my parents over Eater and I was planning to make a good start there, however I stupidly brought the wrong length circular needles with me (so can’t be bothered to do the entire hat on a magic loop) so I did a jigsaw instead.

Hopefully I will get it started in the next day or two anyway. 🙂

unseasonal knitting and dastardly alcoholics.

So a couple of weeks ago I finally finished the scarf I have been working on for the last 6 months, well, I say working on, actually I mean doing everything I can to avoid having to touch the damn thing, doing two rows and then giving up in disgust and generally procrastinating as much as possible.

Me and k2 p2 ribbing really don’t get on. On the one hand cuz its so repetitive its really really really boring, on the other hand I found it easy to get mixed up so couldn’t have the telly on whilst knitting or get on with it at knitting group or I made mistakes.

Bizarrely, not all ribbing is equally awful, I am currently working on the accompanying hat for with this which is k3 p2 ribbing and that little amount of variation is just enough that I’m getting on with it in a lot more efficient way.

Anyway, the person it was intended for (Jon)  really likes it, & agreed to model it for me. After a period of insanely hot weather we are now having a cold spell, everyone I know had their heating on for a few days over the weekend, so the fleece is not entirely unseasonable.

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Oh yeah, the pattern, albeit a very simple one, was Ribbed for her Pleasure from the Stitch and Bitch book, the wool was Debbie Bliss Donegal Arran Tweed, which I had knocking around randomly from ages ago.

I know I haven’t posted a charity shop haul in a long time, but I had to share this awesome little pair of reprobates I picked up recently for £6.99 from one of my favourite charity shopping locations that shall remain nameless.

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I don’t think they are genuine 18th century. There is no makers mark on the base and the base is very unscuffed and in good nick ,according to the Antiques Roadshow which my parents used to watch religiously as I was growing up, lack of scuff and wear marks on the base suggest these things are modern reproductions. But they are really cute and were £7, so I’m glad to give them a home.

I’m in the middle of making a dress at the moment, and although the instructions are simple (its a Sewaholic Cambie) I’m feeling a bit bogged down as health and life has been such that I’ve only had about an hour and  half to spend on it over the last week. Specially as I am scaling up the waist on a size 16 pattern and have no guarantee the damn thing will fit me when its done.

Im also feeling a bit skint as I have finally found a plus sized fashion company that sells stuff I actually want to buy and I don’t really have a budget for clothes 😦 One of the annoying things about sewing ones own stuff is that although in many ways it allows one to stay true to a personal style, when stuff you like comes into fashion it is really difficult to react quickly to it. In this case its all the witchy, Stevie Nicks style Strega stuff. Even if it wasn’t beyond my sewing capabilities I am not finding chiffon or much stretch velvet on the market stall to play with, and even if I did, by the time I’ve done something with it the moment will have long passed.

Its one of those things about growing up actually, when I was a student my clothes were all in fashion having been acquired over the last 2-3 years since I stopped growing. I used to look down on ‘adults’ who were not fashionable and wonder why they didn’t care about having cool stuff, and be like ‘I’ll never let myself get like that’. Of course as one gets older one realises the importance of having a personal style over blindly following whatever Topshop, or in my case Camden Market dictates is in fashion this season. but even if stuff you like is fashionable at the moment, there is absolutely no guarantee it will fit you, the Strega stuff has been a youth/alternative trend for about 3 years, this is the first year it has hit the plus sized ranges, already making me out of date. & there is no guarantee that at the requisite moment you’ll actually have any money to buy stuff. Which is not that we are short of money by any means, but having ones own flat and grown up responsibilities means that money has to go on things like a new stereo as our old one conked out rather than clothes. Its also rather hard to justify frivolous clothes purchases when one already has a full wardrobe, & even these days a relatively well developed Lolita wardrobe, or at least one that fills the purpose given how rarely I actually get to wear it. So basically I am feeling somewhat sartorially frustrated.

Of course what I actually need to do is get sewing, even if it is not the garment I’d imagine it to be in an ideal world, having new clothes finished always makes me feel a little better.

So that means not whinging on here and getting on with stuff.

 

tops, scarfs and neverending ilnesses.

Well the last 3 weeks have been pretty much a write off! I haven’t actually had any germ in particular, though that may be about to change as Jon is off work with the nastiest fever germ I’ve seen in a long time, but I’ve been knocked out with Chronic Fatigue and fighting things off for the last few weeks which has pretty much stopped my xmas sewing plans in their tracks.

However I have finally finished the top for my friend, which got sent off last week…

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Its just another basic sewaholic renfrew top, as I have made several before (here, here and here amongst many) and although my friend is really happy with it, making it has taught me there is no way on earth I can do commissions for a while yet. There were a couple of little imperfections my friend hasn’t noticed yet (so I’m not going to say where they are incase she reads this! (evil laugh!)) which are no big deal on something you make for yourself or even as a gift I suppose, but if I was to sell stuff I’m still not quite accurate enough. A large part of that is from my new sewing machine being a large amount faster than my old one though so hopefully I’ll improve the more I use it. However the complete lack of being able to stick to any kind of deadline (This top took me about 10 months from first getting the idea) is a massive issue I really can’t get round at the moment, so I’m just going to stick to sewing for myself.

Even then deadlines can be tricky though, I have had to abandon my idea for an xmas lolita dress till next year as I’ve just been too ill, and I set myself the goal of cutting out the fabric for my Regency dancing dress before xmas and have only managed half of that as I’ve been so unwell (and having Jon off work this week hasn’t helped!) I am very worried about that actually as I have to have it finished for the 25th january which ordinarily would be an easy goal, but with me being as ill as I’ve been I’m going to have to have a contingency plan I think!

One thing I have finished finally is my scarf…

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photos taken along the river walk between Catford and Sydenham, hat made by the friend who is getting the jersey top, coat from the mens section of TKMaxx, trousers from M&S, lighting courtesy of it being really pretty late afternoon this time of year!

Picture of the scarf upclose so you can see what the pattern and the colour is under normal lights…

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It was made using Debbi Bliss Riva wool and a pattern from the same Riva pattern book my shrug came from.  Although I had knitted garter stitch scarves before, this was my first attempt at a proper one, and i must say I had no idea quite how long scarves actually are till I had to knit one. This is about the same height as me. Obviously it therefore took forever to knit. It looks really wobbly as it rolls up terribly even after I’ve blocked it, it is straight though and I have no idea how the hell they got them looking so flat in the pictures in the pattern booklet. However it is really really useful and I am in the middle of a matching hat, which I hope to have a good go at over xmas whilst I’m at my parents.

Anyway, as its only a week away, the chances of me posting anything before that are very slim, so everyone have an amazing Christmas! 🙂