Alterations: Lengthened sleeves
I finished my Bloomsbury Jumper by Svetlana Volkova over the Christmas break when I had a few weeks off. It’s a great seamless, top-down pattern with lots of lace detail to keep you interested but not too much to overwhelm. I really enjoyed making it and never got bored – in fact I got a little bit addicted to this one
Since the pattern calls for worsted weight yarn, it’s really cosy and a great jumper for wintery, cold days. I used Madelinetosh Worsted Weight yarn in colourway Rose Amethyst. It’s a gorgeously rich and bright purple colour and when it arrived in the post I jumped around in delight because I knew it would turn out great in this pattern which I had in my Ravelry queue for a really long time! The colour varies from a pale bluish purple to a bright pinky purple and is really beautiful in person.
I made the sleeves longer than the pattern called for since I’m tall and always have trouble with sleeves being too short. That’s the great thing about making your own clothes! You can be sure that it will fit exactly how you’d like. I’ve been wearing this jumper to death since I finished it. You may notice some bobbles have formed which is always going to happen with wool. I think though that Madelinetosh yarn tends to stand up to wear pretty well compared to other yarns I’ve used.
I’m really happy with how my Bloomsbury Jumper turned out and really can’t fault this pattern. I enjoyed every minute of knitting it which can’t be said about every pattern. I do think that the thickness of the yarn probably helped. I like to see a project moving quickly so that I feel like I’m making progress. Have you been knitting lately? I see lots of sewists on twitter taking up the craft and I think it’s great. Knitting is a lovely past time and I think it’s a bit more relaxing and social than sewing. I often feel a little isolated when sewing since my sewing room is upstairs. Whereas knitting is portable so it’s a great one for craft meetups and you can knit while sitting beside a loved one watching a movie
I finished this Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt a few months ago. It really has taken me that long to blog about it! I’m delighted with how this turned out. Megan Nielsen really designs great, wearable patterns. It’s perfect for work or the casual day since it’s not very dressy and comfortable enough to wear all day. Plus it has really big, full pockets – very functional and great to keep my hands warm in the cold.
The skirt looks a little crinkled in the photos since I took these photos after wearing it all day. I think the fabric holds up pretty well to wear though. It’s a bottle green gabardine from Abakhan Fabrics. I purchased the buttons from The Cloth Shop in Dublin. Like all Megan Nielsen patterns, the Kelly skirt is a really quick make and a very straight forward pattern.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. I took 3 weeks off work and I’m just back from a week skiing in Soll, Austria. I haven’t had such a long break since college! It was the perfect beginning to the year ahead. Shortly I’ll be starting a Pattern Drafting and Dress Design evening course with the Grafton Academy in Dublin which I’m really excited about. I have lots of knitting and sewing makes that I have ready to post and I’ll be sharing my projects and knowledge from the course as well.
Now that the weather is getting colder I’ve been getting more into my knitting projects. Last year I made the Rose Red Hat by Ysolda Teague as a Christmas present for my sister. I had always intended on making another since it’s such a wonderful pattern. This week I finished my own version and when we went for a walk in St Anne’s park in Dublin I took the camera to get some photos.
The hat is knit from the centre out using the i-chord technique to start. The pattern then is very straight forward and is a good pattern if you’ve already done some lace work and cables but want to take things up a level. Since it’s a small project as well you can see your progress very quickly which is fun. A few months ago I went to a workshop with Ysolda Teague and was really impressed with her knowledge and commitment to the craft and to wool making. Her new book The Rhinebeck Sweater is a collection of patterns by Ysolda and friends to celebrate sheep and wool.
I used yarn from my stash for the Rose Red Hat. It’s Malabrigo Rios in Plomo. It’s a gorgeous plummy grey colour that works brilliantly with my navy winter coat. I think I’m going to go and buy more of this yarn to make a matching scarf and maybe mittens as well!
Have you guys started your winter knitting projects? I’d love to see what you’ve been making so let me know! Also thanks for all your lovely comments and well wishes on my engagement to Mike. We’re so excited about the future!
Carol Feller and Lisa from This is Knit have teamed up to set up the Irish Yarn Club! Carol is an Irish knitwear designer who blogs over at Stolen Stitches. You can find her patterns there as well. This is Knit is one of my favourite shops in Dublin and definitely my favourite craft shop. The staff are lovely and the shop contains beautiful hand dyed yarns from Ireland and abroad. They also host lots of classes and workshops. I’m super excited about this collaboration!
So what is the Irish Yarn Club?
‘This Club showcases the very best of Irish hand dyers through an exclusive selection of yarns chosen by me and Lisa from This Is Knit. Every two months, starting in January 2014, you will get an exclusive pattern emailed to you and sent to your ravelry library. You will also receive the recommended yarn (a 100g skein of 4ply / fingering weight yarn in a colourway exclusive to the Club) from a different Irish hand-dyer each time.’ StolenStitches.com
I’m so excited about this! It’s not just open to Irish knitters as well. International knitters can sign up as well and the yarn will be shipped to them. You can sign up here! Are you going to be taking part?
Hi everyone! I’m sorry for the unscheduled hiatus. It’s been a crazy couple of months but I’m back now with the latest from The Love List and have lots of projects ready to be photographed and blogged about. There are a number of reasons why I’ve been AWOL the last while. Firstly work got pretty busy and never really stopped being busy, then we heard that my boyfriend Mike is being moved across the country for work so there was lots of organising required for that and then I got engaged to said boyfriend, now fiancee! So needless to say it’s been an exciting, eventful and crazy couple of months. So with all of these things going on and traveling back and forth across the country, my blog fell by the wayside. My routine was totally out of whack and I’ve found it hard to get back into the groove. Now that I have a bit of a routine again I’m able to get back to it and I’m so glad to do so
So with that said, here are my favourites from the last few weeks. Hope you enjoy The Love List!
- Sewing Cake’s Red Velvet Dress is a gorgeous pattern. It looks like the perfect dress that can be dressed up or down and since it’s for a knit fabric will be so comfy as well. She’s also doing a sewalong during November!
- Check out this cute Chunky Crochet Bunny Hood pattern by Erin Black! It’s such a cute idea and the pattern is sized for toddlers, children and adults. Since it’s made with bulky yarn it would come together pretty quick too! A Christmas present perhaps?
- The Dandelion Dress and Top pattern from Disparate Disciplines is a lovely shift dress. The lines of the dress and darts look like you would get a really great fit
- With the weather getting colder, I’ve started looking out for nice scarf patterns lately. This one by Debrah Peterson called Drew is a lovely design which has a short and long version. I think I would go for the long version since when wrapped twice you can see the contrast of the patterned and the plain sides! Since it’s a double knit it will be super warm too.
- Woolly Wormhead on Ravelry is hosting a Mystery Hat Knitalong during November! Each week she’ll release another part of the pattern until you see the final result! So much fun! I’m getting my yarn for this already
- Colette Patterns have come out with what I think is one of their cutest patterns. The Zinnia skirt is really lovely. It’s a beginner pattern and has optional pockets, pleats and works with lots of different fabrics. It only has 4 pattern pieces too which means it’ll come together really quick!
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I'm Stephanie and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I love sewing, knitting and generally being creative. I'm on a mission to create my own handmade wardrobe. I will be sharing my projects and inspirations so stick around for handmade fashion, DIY and tutorials.