Friday, 10 April 2015

New Season

You could be forgiven for thinking that I had given up blogging for lent. Or even that I had given up blogging for ever! But, not so! I will not bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that things have felt a little like everything has been shaken up like a bunch of feathers, which are landing- in slow motion as feathers do- in slightly different places. This is positive, and not as dramatic as it might sound,  but could pave the way for significant changes...

Anyway, I thought I would take you on a quick pictorial tour of some of the things I have been up to over the last few weeks:

There was the Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia where I taught some workshops. They were mostly simple little bitesize projects which could be made in an hour.

Felt roses, which my students sculpted beautifully

Really easy knitted daisies

Sashiko pincushions

On the design front there has been:

Theme & Variegations Cowl in Fyberspates yarn.

My designs for Yarnbox in an amazing merino/silk blend

Darling Bud which I finally completed

Vita which was in Knit Now

Under the Frost which appeared in Interweave Crochet

There was this bumper crop of felted bags, made to my Tote Chic pattern- with a few impressive customisations along the way:

...and I haven't even mentioned arm knitting yet! 

Beautiful arm knitted scarf- well done Wendy! 

Over the last couple of weeks I have been delighted to be able to spend a little time working on Operation Hand Made Me- my desire to switch to mostly hand made items in my wardrobe. This has also pushed me to clear out a load of things I don't need anymore, which always feels very cleansing. 

I made this Kandinsky Cardigan from the most beautiful Rowan Fine Art Aran wool. I don't know if you can make out that the buttons are tiny ceramic birds, in a range of colours. 

I've sewn quite a few basic bits and pieces too: some simple shift dresses like this one, which are so easy to wear. Raglan shoulders make them super comfortable, and of course there are pockets in the side seams!

And some shift tops like this one. I only had a small amount of this fantastic Liberty print and I have been wondering what to do with it for a while. Now I know what to do with all of those small-ish pieces of fabric, as this is a really wearable top which can be made in an evening. 
And would you believe it, we are having a tiny glimpse of sunshine here, and I was actually ably to take my cardigan off for a few minutes yesterday?! Definitely a moment worth capturing in a photo. 

Happy spring to you :-) x

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