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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Jane Austen's Knits - Fanny's Chemisette - Fall 2012

This is my latest finished project. It's called'Fanny's Chemisette' and it comes from the Fall 2012 edition of Jane Austen Knits magazine.
The pattern is designed by Deborah Adams and can be found on page 112:
I had some handspun (by me) alpaca/silk yarn, which I used to make up the back of the bolero. It is heavy and hangs really well, caught up by the tie at the bottom. I used a crochet tie not ribbon as stated in the pattern.
I didn't have enough handspun alpaca/silk yarn to do the whole bolero and I think it would have made it too heavy so the front is worked in a purchased Sirdar yarn called Escape. I used the DK weight.
Here is the magazine with one of the fronts:
This is the back. I crocheted a picot edging around the sleeves because I felt it looked prettier and I stitched down the collar with large tacking stitches to stop it sticking up and being a nuisance.
The bolero is very comfortable to wear and gives that extra bit of warmth for the evenings.
I recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to make a bolero.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Fibre-East Festival - 27th July 2014.

These delightful black piggies were part of my day last Sunday, when Larry and I went to the Fibre-East Festival at Redborne Upper School in Ampthill. There is a farm on the school where the pupils can learn animal husbandry. The animals were extremely well kept and happy and the pig-house even had piped music installed to keep the pigs entertained.
There was a farm shop, where I bought some fresh eggs and some honey and in the freezer there were all sorts of home produced meats.

Here are some pictures of the fibre festival itself. Larry and I had a wonderful time looking around and it has inspired him to take up weaving!

There was have-a-go spinning for beginners:
There were weaving looms galore.
Lots and lots of yarn. Here I am checking out some wonderful, purple art yarn.
Bales of roving in all natural colours and livid ones too.
Hand-made drum carders:
I was interested in those but they were very expensive.
Just look at these gorgeous colours:
and of course there were sheep!
and a sheep shearing demonstration:
and the fleece was for sale too. I didn't buy one. I am still working on the one I've got!
Have a great weekend, whatever you do!