Friday, 26 January 2018

Shirt dress plans

Now this post was meant to go up at the begining of the month before I kept working on my purple dress but for those following me on instagram you'll have seen a lot of these photos before. Though probably not the whole story all together.

I realised as I was looking through dresses that I like that I love a shirt style dress. The only problem being that I have always been a little afraid of them as they have buttons! Which means I need to do button holes!!! Of course the only way to get better is to do them so that is what I'm going to do.

 I have the perfect fabrics for making a couple of these dresses, so we shall see how it works out.


These three patterns were already in my collection and I keep finding myself wanting to buy more despite the fact that the kwik sew and cotton and chalk ones look almost identical from the technical drawings!! I am drawn to clothes that come in nicely at the waist as it's the smallest part of me.
                                                                              
This was also pushed along by the fact that  I was going through my fabric drawers and pulled out a bag with some purple fabric, a pattern and some other miscellaneous stuff. ( I found a pair of scissors I've been missing for 4 years!)  That project was never intended to be put away for so long!!!

 Has anyone else been around long enough and have a good enough memory to remember this fabric? I was very excited when I got started with this project....

 I did have an interesting challenge as I taught myself how to put on a collar... it's surprisingly easy though I don't think it's the neatest work ever....

And here is where I'm currently up to. I need to add the sleeves and the ruffle on the bottom. Also make the tie for the middle. Also need to add button holes and buttons. Please excuse the background and out of focus photo I had to use the kids bathroom mirror as no one was home to help with this photo.

But this was 3 weeks ago and the project has stalled again just because my craft room is so hot I really don't have the energy to go in there at the moment. Hopefully I will get this done in the next couple of weeks but we shall see.

Once this one is finished which pattern should I make? I think the chai is calling my name first.... 

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin
  

Monday, 22 January 2018

Crochet blankets update

I have shared both of these projects at one time or another last year but here is where they are currently sitting and what I've got left to do.

To start with my rainbow ripple blanket using lincraft cake yarn. This photo is not entirely accurate as to how much is left on this blanket. I want to finish the rest of the third skein but it's not the ball sitting there. There was a knot in the yarn so I cut it and restarted the yarn then had to frog a bit because I made a mistake. I have about 1/2 a skein left so I'm really trying to push through and do this. My friend is overdue so I really need to get going.


I will have one more skein left which I am thinking of using to make beanies for my friend and her baby like a mother/son set. Maybe .... it really depends on my energy!

Then this one is kinda more urgent. This friend had her baby at the beginning of the month. I never claimed to be on time! Thank goodness for summer. I love working on this blanket but it got put away in the middle of my stress of uni last semester. It's a scene from Nightmare Before Christmas that I designed. I'm just working a corner to corner crochet pattern using 12 ply marvel acrylic.

This is another one where I will eventually share the pattern with you guys but it will take a bit of time. I need to get my computer running my cross stitch program again I never put it on my new computer. I will have to do that eventually.

Anyway I wanted to show you guys where I'm currently sitting with these two blankets. They should be done sooner rather than later but we shall see what happens, this is me!

Have you noticed 2 posts in a week? What is happening? I'm slightly organised :D

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Friday, 19 January 2018

Tardis Face Cloth

I finished this face cloth when we were camping between Christmas and new year. Of course I then proceeded to not be able to get a photo of it until this morning when I decided enough is enough and I needed to show everyone.

So quickly before dashing to work today I managed to capture pictures of all my recent face cloths.


Don't they look so pretty folded there on my quilt? I will start by saying a disclaimer I haven't bothered to block any of these and because they're all for me probably won't at all. Also I'm sorry the tardis is done in purple! I found the blue yarn after I started making it in purple.

But moving on here are the face cloths I've made in the last month.

This one you've seen this pattern from me before. It's the Grandmother's Favourite and it's such a simple design I just love doing it as I don't need to think!

 The next one is a Christmas lace pattern that I fiddled a bit. I added more repeats of the pattern and a wider edge but I also made a couple of mistakes as I was learning how to read the pattern as I kept getting lost when I would put it down. Once I worked it out it looks great :D But since it's for me the mistakes make it mine.



And lastly I have the Tardis Facecloth.

I used a cross stitch pattern that I found and fiddled it and changed the proportions so that it would work as a knitting pattern. I am happy to create this as a graph if anyone is interested? I probably will create a graph but the speed with which it happens will depend on the amount of interest.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year. I am planning to post more this year but we all know about the plans of mice.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

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