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Thursday, 20 July 2017

A Blue Millie dress completed.

I finished a blue 'Millie pattern' dress using left over pieces of material I had from patchworking projects. The plain dark blue material was purchased from Ikea, but the spotty material is available in all good patchwork suppliers. Both materials are cotton.

You can purchase the pattern from Frocks and Frolics, see the button on the right hand side. That takes you direct to the website where you can download the pattern yourself. Also available are excellent video instructions, which you can follow from start to finish. Have fun!

This is the 1/2 size, but other sizes are available too.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Dresses for Ruby

I'm loving having a little grand-daughter to sew for and soon we are expecting another one! So exciting. Maren is due at the end of June and she will be just over a year younger than Ruby.
I have been sewing for Ruby and made her three little sun-dresses. The first one is a ladybird dress, green patterned with a red lining. Pattern from Frocksandfrolics.com

The second one is from the same pattern, but with different colours.  Which one do you like the best?

The third dress is a commercial pattern and I've used a teddy bear cotton fabric.

Ruby is trying to walk. She is nearly one year old.  I think when she can walk she will look very nice in the dresses I've made for her. I shall try and get a picture of her in them one day.

Friday, 5 May 2017

A new shawl for a new baby.

I'm never happier than when I'm making things. Recently I finished a crochet shawl for our new grandbaby, due in June. Maren is expected in June, but I don't know when yet so I got on and finished the work in good time.  Sometimes babies come early. Half of our family are across the pond in America so the shawl was packed away in a box and posted off with love.

I can't wait to see what she looks like!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Spinning with merino and corriedale

I am currently spinning with a mixture of merino and corriedale, graduating the colours for the finished garment.  I need to spin another two of these cakes at least to make anything decent so it is quite time consuming.  However, spinning is very therapeutic because it alters my brain waves to beta and makes me feel very relaxed. Add to that some soothing music or a cat or dog at your feet and you're away with the fairies.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Fibre East 2016

We had such a great day at the Fibre East Festival on 30th July. These first pictures are the competition exhibits. The checkered top is a woven piece that Larry made for me. I love wearing it because it is so comfortable. It goes over a jumper and adds extra warmth.  He made it really well.

The purple cardigan lying flat in the next picture is my entry. I spun the wool myself and knitted the cardigan to a bought pattern. I am looking forward very much to snuggling up inside it when the winter comes.

What follows are some of the exhibits from the traders. The garments are all original and beacutiful and I can hardly begin to describe what a feast for the eyes it all was.

Here is a swift in a new design, to me.

These were the stalls in the big hall. It filled up a lot by lunch-time. There were several marquee tents outside showcasing all kinds of roving, prepared wool, fleeces etc.

This is me examining the wares.

Lots of drum carders. They are very expensive, but invaluable for preparing raw fleece into roving. I don't have one.  I think they take up a lot of space and I haven't anywhere to put one. I would like to have one, but it's something for the future, maybe.

Just look at all the gorgeous colours of the yarns!

Handmade bags in unique designs. Yum!

I love the bobbly yarns.

I hope you enjoyed your trip to Fibre East with me.

What am I working on today?

I am knitting for my grand-daughter, Ruby. She was born in June and is growing fast.  I have made two dresses.  This is the first one.  I am rather in love with these purple yarns at the moment and they blend so well together.

I like the yoke on this dress. It's so pretty, but rather an illusion because it is not separate.  It is all part of the same thing.

This is the back view.


This is the second one. Now I need to find a pretty top to go underneath it.

and the baby? Here she is, looking sleepy.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Fibre East 2016

This is where I'm going tomorrow:


and I'm looking forward to it very much. I'm crossing my fingers for good weather because all the exhibits are in marquees and they can get very hot or muddy if the weather's not perfect.

This year hubbie and I have entered something we have made - Larry a piece of weaving and me, a knitted cardigan/jacket, made with wool I've spun myself.  We are looking forward to seeing all the other lovely things that other people have made.

The marquees are always excitingly interesting with so many wonderful colours and textures on display.  I'm hoping to take some pictures to show you afterwards.

We may even get to see some sheep being shorn.