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!
I missed a few weeks of The Love List due to being so busy with work so I have lots of nice links for you to look through. People are coming out with the most gorgeous sewing and knitting patterns! I think (hope!) that things will start being a little more manageable now and that I can blog all the projects I have finished in the last few weeks. For now though enjoy The Love List!
- Grainline Studio came out with a new pattern recently. The Lakeside Pajamas are perfect for the hotter months. The pattern is for a spaghetti strap top and shorts. The top has lovely little details like the split back.
- Heidi Kirrmaier has done it again! I just love everything this woman designs. If I had just a smidgen of her talent in knitwear design I would be a happy woman. This latest pattern called Chance of Showers is a light, short sleeved cardigan with draped front. The lace edging and little details she always puts into her designs keep things interesting!
- Another pattern from Grainline Studio this month is the Hemlock Tee pattern. This is a one size, slouchy t-shirt. I have an affinity to slouchy tshirts so this is ideal for me!
- I found this pattern called Rimrock Cardigan by Anna Cohen this week for a slouchy, cosy and comfortable cardigan which is perfect for the autumn months. I seem to be focused on lightweight, summer fabrics and patterns for my sewing projects but for knitting my mind is starting to look ahead to the winter months. I just love this pattern. It looks complicated but absolutely gorgeous. Something you would have forever!
- Sewaholic Patterns came out with the Saltspring Dress this month. It’s a lovely, comfortable sundress, perfect for summer. There is a full length maxi version and above knee length version. Sewaholic patterns are always reliable and have nice details for a lovely finish.
- Another comfy and every day cardigan – Funky Grandpa by La Maison Rililie. I love the boxy shape and wearability of this design. I think I would wear this to death!
Apologies for disappearing for a while. We have a very important project at the moment in work and it’s taking up a lot of time. I’ve also started training for a 5k run, have gone back to Bikram yoga and my sister is temporarily living with me. With all that and having to stay late in work, life just got busy! I’m still sewing lots in my free time but there hasn’t been any extra time for blogging. I have so much to show you! Things should calm down into more of a routine this month luckily.
So back to this long overdue blog post! I took the plunge and picked up my new Bernina a few weeks ago. I decided when I was at the Bernina shop to go with the Bernina 580D. It has the most room to grow with and is the best machine that I could afford. We’ve been getting to know each other over the last couple of weeks and I have to say, she’s an amazing machine.
The stitches are perfect which is such a relief after all the trouble with my Singer machine. Mechanically everything works so smoothly and she’s much quieter to what I’m used to. There’s no crazy jumping around or anything, even with thicker fabrics. It just feels lovely to sew with. I also love how the machine looks. It’s so much fancier to my old machine. This is a serious step up!
The machine came with a spacious extension table, free hand system, carry case and accessories box. It also came with the stitch regulator which seems to cost extra normally. I bought a walking foot as an addition too. I will be having fun collecting all the Bernina feet. The Bernina 580D comes with the standard feet rather than the snap-on ones that the cheaper models now come with which is another bonus.
The touch screen computer is very intuitive and fast. I was concerned that it might be confusing but it’s very easy to use and I feel I’m already up to speed with it. It has a great little feature where you can pick the fabric you will be working with and it will tell you the appropriate needle size to use and readjusts the settings so that the stitches will be perfect. The stitches are grouped by category and it is super quick and easy to change between them. You can program stitch settings into the system, change to another stitch and then quickly go back to the first one again when you need. Really cool!
When I arrived to pick up the machine the dealer said that Bernina were doing a deal on the Embroidery Module which meant that I could get it for less than 30% of what it would normally cost. I intended to wait and buy the Embroidery Module at a later point but I couldn’t pass up a deal like that! I haven’t tried to extensively use the embroidery features yet but I’m looking forward to getting to grips with it this weekend. The machine comes with over 100 embroidery design patterns and it also comes with a USB port so you can extend the embroidery library with Bernina designs or create your own. I’ve yet to get up to speed with but am looking forward to making my own labels for my handmade clothes.
I’m really delighted with my new baby. I’ll have to come up with a name for her. Do you guys name your sewing machine? I have already named my dress form Dolly
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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.