A Christmas forest and a pattern

When I was in Melbourne recently I bought some baker’s twine to knit some Christmas trees. I have since discovered similar twine in Spotlight and there’s also quite a lot on ebay. I have included the pattern in PDF form, with the choice of knitting it flat and sewing it up, or knitting it in […]

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handknitting, Knitting

Elizabeth Zimmerman seamless yoke sweater

Kate from fabrickated recently threw out a challenge to participate in a knitalong for the Seamless Yoke Sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book “Knitting without tears”. As I had the book I decided to join in and had a fossick in my wool stash for something to knit with. What I came up with was a […]

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Knitting, Travel

ANKESTRiCK Holsten jumper

I knitted the ANKESTRiCK Holsten jumper through the summer in anticipation of winter (typically), and I knitted it from some Panache baby Alpaca/merino that I had in my stash. I originally bought this wool for a vintage striped jumper that I was going to knit and I had one ball of blue and one ball of red […]

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Knitting, Machine knitting

One Year One Outfit: doily dress

When I set out to make my One Year One Outfit last year, I was totally determined that it would be something I would wear often, and what happened is that I’ve made something that, although wearable, probably won’t be worn too often – doh! Let me start at the beginning though. When I was […]

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handknitting, Knitting, Travel

Lorelle jumper

I was inspired by Kate from fabrickated to make the Lorelle jumper by Kari-Helene Rane (check out her swoonworthy patterns on Ravelry). Kate’s jumper is much more elegant than mine, and I need to point out that this is the first jumper she’s knitted – ever! My jumper proved really hard to photograph. I made several attempts as […]

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Knitting, Travel, vintage pledge

1978 cabled jumper

I managed to knit myself a jumper for our trip, using a pattern from a vintage Vogue knitting patterns book that I bought for 20c in an op-shop – the patterns range from the 1920s to the 1980s; this one is from 1978. As you can see, it has pockets! I didn’t coordinate mine with pyjama bottoms […]

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Knitting, self-drafted, Sewing, Stashbusting

Travelling outfit

One of the problems with travelling from a warm climate to a cold climate is what to wear in that transition between countries. I chose to make some trousers from my knit trouser block which I used to make my One Year One Outfit trousers. I teamed the trousers with a funnel necked top made from […]

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Knitting, Machine knitting, Sewing

Knitting trousers,

I have to say at the outset that the prospect of knitting trousers filled me with a certain ’70s nostalgia, as well as dread, but I really wanted to experiment with cut-and-sew, and trousers seemed to be a good choice. I let the natural roll of the knitting finish off the trouser cuffs, but might […]

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Knitting, Sewing, Stashbusting

A line skirt block

During one of my pattern making classes at Workspace-FADS we all decided that we needed a good A-line skirt block. Now I think that Vogue 1247 is the quintessential A-line skirt. I love the shape and the fact that the pattern is pretty easy to hack. However, I think that this one might become my new […]

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felting, Knitting, Stashbusting

More adventures in felting

I have previously blogged the boots  that I made for Mark and alluded to the fact that I had made some for myself for the One Year One Outfit challenge. They look rather Rastafarian with those felty fringes, but I really like them. They are knitted, then the fringes woven in with a crochet hook. […]

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