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Finish Or Frog It February!

It has been quite some time since I last posted to this blog. Just over  year in fact and it seems I have been working on the same knitting projects for over a year! My knitting mojo seems to have disappeared, the last 12 months have been pretty hectic with a house move and other things going on that has made me not want to knit. The good news is – it’s back and some of those projects I wanted to frog or finish last February have now been completed and my mojo has returned! So without further ado here are my latest finished objects that were all languishing works in progress.

So Faded Sweater by Andrea Mowry

so faded I cast this project on way back in August 2017 using yarns that took it from a natural un-dyed cream through to a chocolate brown solid. I am really pleased with how the colour transitions worked out. I made the size large and used around  280g of yarn in total in four colourways. I decided to make a split seam hem using seed stitch rather than ribbing along the bottom edge, I really liked how this turned out. However if I make another I would still do a split seam hem but would make the jumper much longer to come down over the hips. There is no shaping in the garment on the body which I really like as I prefer to wear jumpers lose over leggings or jeans. Overall I really enjoyed making this sweater although it took me quite a while. Once I picked it up again it was a joy and very meditative and it flew off the needles in no time. Click here for the link to this project on my Ravelry page.

Hylestad Socks by Evelina Roos

The next languishing project I finished this month were my Hylestad socks. These have been on my needles since October 2017 as I cast them on as Christmas socks for that year! This was the first colour work socks I have attempted and I really like how they turned out. I modified the pattern slightly by only doing part of the leg chart as I prefer shorter leg length on my socks. Also as I am a tight knitter I went up a needle size to do the colour work section on the leg. Even then I have to rip back my first attempt as there wasn’t enough stretch due to tight floats and tension. I ended up turning my knitting inside out which really helped me keep my floats lose enough and give me a better tension. I think they have turned out OK but don’t think I would chose to knit another pair. Click here for the link to my Ravelry page for this project.

Strictly Vanilla Latte Socks

 Another finished object this month is my Vanilla Latte socks that I cast on last September as part of the Strictly Sock knit-a-long hosted by Ali of the Little Drops of Wonderful podcast. Sadly I didn’t finish these in time for the knit along but I do love the finished socks. The pattern is a simple 3 x 1 rib with a short row heel that is just made up from my personal vanilla sock recipe. The real start of this project though is the yarn. I used the Lavender Fairy colourway from Giddy Yarns which was part of her flower fairy club last year and I absolutely love the colours and of course the sparkle in the yarn! The pattern and the yarn for me are a perfect match and these are possibly my favourite sock combination. Click here to see the details on my Ravelry page.

Gramps by Tin Can Knits

The final finished project this month was my Gramps baby sweater by Tin Can Knits. I cast this on for my friend’s Grandson last year, however due to my slow knitting and lack of mojo it is probably too small for him now! I maybe shouldn’t knit for small people unless I cast on a sweater for a 5 year old when someone has a baby – that way they may actually get a garment that will fit by the time I finish knitting it!  😆 Ah well this one will just go in the “future baby gift” basket! I really enjoyed knitting it, there is something therapeutic about knitting baby sweaters as they knit up so quickly, well providing you actually knit on them. This pattern was an absolute joy and I love the way it looks – such a cute garment. I still need to get buttons for it but will get some leather football buttons from my LYS next time I pass. Click here to see my Ravelry page for this project.

These were the projects that had been on my needles for quite some time that I finished this month as part of my finish or frog it February purge. This is something I like to do every year although the last 12 months has seen very little knitting from me! However as there have been quite a few finished objects, that means there will be a parade of new cast-oms coming soon!

Best wishes

Gilly x

New Year Knitting and Shop Plans

Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2018 is upon us already! I don’t ever make New Year resolutions but I do like to take stock of where I am with my crafting and make plans for the coming year.

Current Knitting Projects

so fadedThe main project I am still working away on the So Faded by Andrea Mowry and am just about finished with the body length and ready to start the ribbing section at the bottom. I have decided that instead of adding ribbing I am going to do a split hem and make the back longer then the front. This style of hem appeals to me more with sweaters and I think it will look great. I am also considering doing a seed stitch bottom to help it lay flat.

The way in which the colours are fading into each other is giving a really fabulous ombre effect I just love! What you can’t quite see on the picture here is the bottom colour which is just a plain mocha colour that blends in perfectly.

criss cross cowlThe other main project I am working on is my Christmas Eve cast on which is a cowl. My sock knitting mojo has completely disappeared as it often does so I thought I’d go for a nice simple cowl.

The yarn is a wonderfully squishy MCN by Norah George Yarns in the colourway Atelier. I used 4mm needles and cast on 150 st and just started knitting with a simple pattern from a stitch dictionary. I love the way this is knitting up I should make a really nice little cowl when complete. Hopefully it won’t be long before it is done as I am really enjoying this project.

Still on the needles are my Hylestad socks and a pair of vanilla socks. I just haven’t had the inclination to knit on socks for the last few weeks. I tend to go through spurts of sock knitting and right now they are not high on my list.

Frog or Finish February

It is this time of year I like to take stock of my projects and have decided that I am aiming to finish all my languishing projects by the end of February or simply frog those ones that just aren’t making the grade!

This will also include my coy memory blankets. I am just not feeling the love for knitting on these right now either. Maybe I need to try and rekindle my passion for these mitered square projects or just finally call it a day and frog them. I think the urge for a granny stripe blanket is calling, the squares look great but take an age to knit up! I would be really interested to hear from you if you have decided to frog any of your long terms project. Please leave a comment below 🙂

Shop Plans

I am planning on having a bit of an overhaul in the shop this month. There are a few new designs in my head that I am looking forward to trying out including cat shaped notion pouches and more needle cases. I am also going to be trying our some different shaped bags and some large tote bags.

The fabrics I am using are going to change this year. I am looking at more robust fabrics and designs and even planning on designing my own patterns. There are several themes I like and would love to get them printed on fabric. Mind you my drawing skills are pretty rubbish so I will have to enlist Mr S to do some of the sketching!

So that is enough rambling for now. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope 2018 brings you everything you desire 🙂

Gilly x

Knitting Mojo – Where Did You Go?

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and my knitting mojo is at a bit of a low! With the festive season here I have been spending most of my time getting everything and everyone organised.

No Knitting Mojo

Even though my knitting mojo has temporarily disappeared I have worked on some projects. The main project I have been working on is the So Faded by Andrea Mowry. I haven’t got very far with it I am just about done with the raglan increases and ready to split the sleeves and body stitches. I haven’t even managed to fade my second colour in yet! This is the project I intend o work on most over the festive period along with a couple of pairs of socks.

Over the coming weeks I have plans to knit up a cowl using some rather squishy MCN yarn I purchased from Norah George Yarns. There is a pattern I have in my head which I think will work well. Hopefully this will get cast on in the next week or so.

I also purchased a sock set from Giddy Yarns which I absolutely love! This will also be cast on this week.  Some of the other projects I have planned have all been moved to the New Year! Hopefully I will have more knitting time over the holiday period as I don’t plan on doing any shop sewing till the new year.

Sewtastic!

slytherin make up bag no knitting mojoAt least some creating has been going on in the studio! With Christmas upon us I decided to sew up a couple of last minute presents.

For the Slytherin in my life (well there are a lot of us actually!) I found this great house fabric and made a make-up bag and matching make-up brush roll. Also I made one for another make-up fan in this gorgeous sugar skulls fabric. I like making projects and creating a pattern from scratch. It takes a bit of trial and error but I got there in the end! I always make a prototype out of scrap fabric I have laying around which usually ends up being mine!no knitting mojo

To go with these rolls I bought some rather fancy metallic make-up brushes in gold and silver. I have no idea whether they are good brushes but they look good with the brush rolls!

Over the next week I am hoping to maybe get a bit more Christmas sewing done. I would like to get a couple of Necessary Clutch Wallets sewn up. I would like one in purple cord and the sugar skull fabric. They would also be a great addition to the Etsy shop although these wouldn’t be something I would sew a lot of, just when I feel the urge for something other then wedge bags!

Other sewing projects include a couple of drawstring sock sacks I have been working on. I wanted to do some applique designs using heavier fabric as the main bag fabric. After sifting through numerous templates I settled on a cute cat (who doesn’t love a kitty?)

I chose some cord fabric and lined it with a stiff interfacing to give the bag stability. The faces on the cats were hand embroidered on then sewn onto the front panel by hand. I much prefer hand embroidery as I still haven’t mastered the art of free motion embroidery on the machine! To add a bit of bling I gave the cats a rather gorgeous rhinestone collar! I needed to find a use for the hot fix rhinestone gun I bought and thought this was perfect! 

These bags will be in the shop probably in the new year. There won’t be many of them though as they are pretty labour intensive. I did enjoy the drawstring bag making process though and think I will look at making a few more sock sized bags this way. It is unlikely that I would make larger bags with a drawstring though, that is a personal preference 🙂

Shop Update

As I have mentioned I am done sewing for the shop for this year now. However I will be making some items for a shop update in January. The Interchangeable knitting needle case was extremely popular and sold our really quickly so I will be making a few more of those. Some will be in the flamingo fabric although I couldn’t get the same pink fabric to go with it, I did get something very similar though that will look great. I also have some gorgeous pink unicorn fabric with a contrasting pale grey that I think will make great cases.

Over the last few weeks I have been looking at different fabric suppliers and have found some really amazing patterns. Most new fabrics will be woodland themed as this was a popular choice when I asked about bags. I have also got some rather adorable cat fabric and have some sheep on order! Sourcing fabrics is one of my favourite parts of the making process, I’d love to hear from you what your favourite patterns / themes are. Leave me a comment below or you could still enter my giveaway bu commenting on the giveaway post which can be found here. Entries for the giveaway end on the 31st December 2017.

That;s enough waffle for now! Happy crafting.

Gilly x

 

 

 

A Bit of Knitting, Yarn Acquisitions, Project Bags Shop Update

It’s been a busy few days since my last post. There has been quite a few new project bags been made and some other items for the shop. It seems though I have lost my sock knitting mojo 🙁

Off The Needles

knitting projectsAt last I have finished my worstead Boxy by Joji Locatelli! Well when I say finished, the knitting is done and it is blocked, I just have a few pesky ends to weave in! Once I have managed to sit down and do them I’ll get Mr S to take some better finished object pictures!

I really loved knitting the sweater, I used Cascade 220 Heathers which is 100% Peruvian highland wool and is really soft and squishy. I don’t think this style of sweater suits my body type though and I don’t think it is a style I would wear often. That being said it will make a most wonderful cosy sweater to layer on extra cold days, especially for dog walking! As much as I really enjoyed knitting it I doubt I will knit another.

On The Needles

knitting projectsAs I cast off the Boxy I immediately cast on the So Faded by Andrew Mowry. This is a fingering weight sweater in 4 colours. I decided to go for a fade from cream to mocha with a little aqua in the middle! My only concern when it come to blocking will be colour bleeding. The dark brown and aqua is a knit picks hand painted stroll and fro past experience these yarns leek a lot of colour when blocking. I am thinking I will have to “dip” block by just putting the lower half of the sweater in the water until it runs clear before I submerge it all. If any of you have any suggestions on how to prevent colours running I would appreciate it if you could leave a comment below.

I am also still working on my Hyletad Socks by Evelina Roos. It seems I have developed a severe case of second sock syndrome with this project. For some reason I just can’t seem to get motivated to finish it! I think I am going to have to sit down with a Christmas film and these socks!

Yarny Acquisitions

So it’s the season of giving and also buying yarn! Well technically this lovely yarn from Stranded Dyeworks wasn’t actually a purchase! This was gifted to me by the lovely Lorelei Eurto of the Handmade by Lorelei podcast as part of #getyouryarnwishesgranted on Instagram.  This is the Vintage Christmas colourway in the Paradise base. I think I am going to knit a cowl with this as it is too soft and squishy for feet!

Another acquisition is this gorgeous sock yarn from Peggy May Yarns in the Jingle Bells colourway. I love the subtle Christmas colours in this yarn, it is going to make some gorgeous Christmas socks. This will probably be my Christmas Eve cast on this year. I am on the look out for a nice Christmasy themed textured sock pattern for this. The Vintage Fairy Lights pattern by Helen Stewart is looking like the favourite option right now.

I also purchased a sweaters quantity of Cascade Heritage fingering weight in the Strawberry Cream colourway. The pale pink really appealed to me and had to come to live in my stash! There is a plan for this yarn, it is probably going to be the Light Rain by Joji Locatelli. I love the style of this sweater and after seeing Tracy of the Grocery Girls Podcast wearing one she had knit I fell in love with it! That being said, loving the finished object is one thing. knitting up and getting a large fingering weight sweater knit up is another!

New Project Bags and Shop Update

Other then knitting and acquiring yarn I have been busy making up my final batch of project bags for the shop for this year.  There are 5 new design styles of large bags in the shop and a couple of medium sized bags. I have also sewn up an interchangeable needle case which is in the shop. Providing there is a demand for these I will make some more up for the shop for the new year.

project bags

My favourite of the new designs is this tea time fabric with the contrasting pink. When I bought the fabric initially it didn’t appeal to me and I used it for prototypes. However as I have been using it I have decided that it will definately be a staple shop fabric. Every bag has a different pattern placement and looks different. I also made the interchangeable needle cosy prototype with it which is now my go to needle case.

This feels like a rather a long rambling post so I’ll wrap things up here. See you soon and happy crafting.

Gilly x

 

Project Bags, A New Product and an Almost FO

It’s been a busy few days in the studio, I have been going through my fabric stash and doing all the cutting out for more project bags.

Project Bags Update

There will be one final shop update in the next week or so which will be the last this year.  This update will include quite a few large sized bags with PVC wipe clean bottoms. There will also be some medium 1 to 2 skein project sized bags and maybe a new product.  I have been planning bags and fabrics for 2018 and have some ideas for some new project bags and designs.  The giveaway on my last blog post is still active until the 31st December 2017. So if you haven’t left a comment yet, please take a look and you will be entered in the draw to win one of my bags.  Click here to go to the post.

New Product Development

project bagsI have also been working on a new product design for a knitting needle case.  My choice of knitting needles are interchangeable needles. I really love the Knitpro sets, however I don’t have a suitable storage solution for them. So I decided to design a case to store them and came up with a design that I think works really well.

interchangeable needle caseThe design was inspired by my new diary! It has a fold over cover secured with a magnetic clasp which made me start to think how that style could work for a needle case.  I worked out the size and cut a prototype out of paper to find the perfect dimensions then went ahead and cut some fabric. The case has pockets either side one to hold the needle tips and the other  holds the wires.  I made a double layer to hold upto 12 sets of needle tips and 4 wires.

interchangeable needle case

The Knitpro needles also come with tightening keys and stoppers so you can hold your knitting on the wire.  I decided to add a zipper pouch to the middle of the case to store these and also other notions.

Overall I am really pleased with the finished product and will be making some for the shop soon.

On The Knitting Needles

I have been quite monogamous in my knitting lately.  The most knitting has been on my Worstead Boxy by Joji Locatelli.  It is almost done with only a few rows left to do on one of the sleeves.  Once it is finished and blocked I will take pictures and post about it in more detail.  I have enjoyed knitting this project but I don’t think it is a style that really suits my body shape.  That being said it will be amazing on cold winter evenings and I am sure it will be well worn.

Also still on the needles are my Hylestad Socks by Evelina Roos.  These have been put a bit on the back burner due to the Boxy.  The fist sock is complete and I just need to fight of the second sock syndrome for the next one.  This is the same for my Tea and Jam vanilla socks that have been languishing for a while.  For me sock knitting happens sporadically, I have period of knitting loads quickly then I procrastinate and don’t knit any for ages.

Well that is enough rambling for one day!  I am aiming to blog more frequently and still intend to film a podcast at some point.  It is just a case of finding a quiet moment and the courage just to go and do it!

Till next time, happy crafting 🙂

Gilly x

 

 

Project Bag Market Research Giveaway – Closed

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Thank you to all participants in my first giveaway. All of your feedback has been really useful and much appreciated. The winner has been selected by random number generator and contacted.

 

It’s been busy in the studio the last few weeks sewing up bags and being distracted by the return of the knitting mojo!

This post is a little different, I have been sewing up project bags and planning some new products for the new year. I would love it though if I could get some feedback from knitters or crocheters on the type of project bag you like.

knitting project bagIt would be greatly appreciated if you would comment on this post below and let me know what type of project bags you prefer. For instance do you like wedge bags, pyramid or box bags? Do you prefer zippers or drawstring bags? Also I’d love to know what type of print you like on your fabrics and whether you think pockets are useful 🙂

As a token of my appreciation I will giveaway one of my project bags by picking a post using random number generator. Depending on the number of comments, I will look at doing this by the 31st December.

I look forward to reading your comments and getting some different types of bag on the sewing machine 🙂

Many thanks

Gilly x

Sweater Fetish and a bit of Bling

It’s been a while since my last post, I am not sure where the time has gone! I have been planning to start a video podcast but just don’t seem to get the time to sit down and record. I’ll need to get more organised for this so watch this space 🙂

I have been a bit under the weather over the last couple of weeks, I just seem to keep getting one virus after another! It could be worse though and I am now on the mend.

Works In Progress

So as far as knitting goes I am still plugging away at my Worstead Boxy by Joji Locatelli I have finished the front section and just finishing off the back with shoulder shaping left to do then it’s just the neckband and sleeves. I hope to get this completed in the next couple of weeks. As the weather is getting colder it will be nice to have this over-sized sweater to snuggle up in.

I am also still knitting the Hylestad socks by Evelina Roos. The first stock is now finished but I have acquired a case of second sock syndrome! I intend to get this finished by the end of the month though as I am keen to cast on my next pair!

Knitting Plans – Sweater Fetish

So I am still on a kick to knit all the sweaters! The only problem I can foresee is that the next few I have planned are all fingering weight and with my knitting speed I could be knitting these till the next millennia! The one I am planning on casting on by the end of the year are listed below.

Next up is the So Faded by Andrew Mowry. I am hoping to get a full sized version out of 4 skeins. I have decided to go from a plain cream to a dark brown fade with a bit of aqua in between.

Also planned is Light Rain by Joji Localtelli. I have ordered some lovely Cascade Heritage yarn to knit this one in a light pink colour. It may take a bit of time to get here though, it’s coming from the US. I am really looking forward to casting this one on.

Other knitting plans include finished everything currently on my needles! I like to clear my needles at the end of the year where possible. I always go into frog or finish mode and have frogged a few projects already.

Bling Bags

sweater fetishSo apart from the knitting I have been merrily sewing up a few more bags but I think my new favourite ones are the Christmas ones that have a very bling lining! I love this gold fabric and wanted to add a bit of bling to my project bags!

I am also planning of developing product ranges to include rhinestones to make some really nice bling bags and have been working on some designs which I am hoping to get into the shop early next year.

I’d love it if you would comment to let me know what you think about the gold bag lining. I would also love it if you could leave a comment letting me know what you think about a range of bling bags with rhinestones and maybe a lovely shinning lining. Is it just me that loves a bit of bling?

Till next time, happy crafting 🙂

Gilly x

 

 

New Cast On and a Shop Update

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since I last posted, alas not all crafty. I can’t quite believe it is now mid October but the weather here has been very summer like! I wish the British weather would get it’s act together and decide what season it actually is!

Knitting Works In Progress

Since I last posted alas I have no finished objects.  I did get round to ripping back the gorgeous Hylestad socks by Evelina Roos sock and have now re-knit the leg and am happy to say the adjustments I made have worked and the sock will now fit over my heel! It just means I am not furter on with them then I was before!

knitting works in progress

I have however finally cast on my  Boxy by Joji Locateli and am really enjoying this knit.  This sweater does involve what feels like miles of mindless stocking stitch but it is just what I needed right now and I’ve made quite a bit of progress this last week.  I am loving the fabric of the yarn and the colour is deliciously neutral!  I would love to knit the fingering weight version of this but I honestly don’t think my attention span would take it although I do favour “vanilla” projects in general.  I think this is mainly because when I sit and knit I like to relax and not so anything too taxing on the old brain cells!

Other then the Boxy I didn’t manage to get anything else cast on this week, however I did decide to frog a few languishing projects.  I had been knitting the Tempting by Jenna Adorno in some Debbie Bliss yarn but I just wasn’t feeling it so it went to frogsville. This was the second attempt I had knitting this top and the second time I’ve frogged it! I really like the look of the top but am not sure if it is the yarn or the endless ribbing I am not feeling the love for, either way this one is now in permanent time out!

I still have plans to cast on the So Faded by Andrea Mowry in the next couple of weeks and am also planning on knitting another pair of colourwork socks based on the Hylestat  pattern but using a snowflake colourwork chart instead. We’ll see how that pans out very shortly!

Shop Update

knitting project bag

We have been busing sewing away in the studio and have had a fairly big shop update which includes some Christmas themed bags and some larger project bags. I have acquired some PVC fabric which I love and have added this to the bottom of some of the bags to give the bag a bit more stability. I usually use my knitting bags by sitting them on the floor and knitting pulling the yarn from in the bag, I though the PVC bottom would be better to keep clean especially with all the dog hairs my floor seems to accumulate! I have also added some larger sized bags suitable for 3-4 skein projects. I had tended to stick with smaller project sized bags but had the need for some bigger ones!

Click on the photo for more information or alternatively click here to go direct to our Etsy store. We have a sale on our Halloween bags until the 31st October.

If you have got this far, thanks for hanging on in there 🙂  At some point in the not too distant future I am planning on creating a knitting podcast, I just haven’t got round to organising myself just yet!

Happy crafting!

Gilly

An FO and a New Obsession

Well we are now at the end of September and I have no idea where this year has gone!  My knitting has been in a bit of a shlump at the moment but I think I have finally got my mo-jo back. This is largely due to my latest finished object and a whole host of knitting plans for the winter.

Finished Objects

knitting project shawl

Hurrah! I have finally finished my Sprite’s Fen Shawl! Although I love the finished object it was definately a slog. For whatever reason my brain could not handle the lace! I have yet to take some better photos of the finished item but it is beautiful. The lace is really delicate and I love the pale green colour. This being said, I think it was the shawl that has temporarily ended my shawl knitting spree! The photo show slightly the lacey lovliness, but I will do some better ones later.

A New Obesssion

So with this project finished I thought it was time to cast on something very different to a lace shawl.  So what could be more different then a colourwork pair of socks! 

knitting plans colourwork socks

I decided to knit these for the Festive Sock-along which is being hosted by Amy of the Stranded podcast.  She had knit a pair of socks based on the Hylestad socks by Evelina Roos and I thought they look fabulous.  So I bought the pattern and merrily cast on.  I decided to not follow the pattern completely a written but to do a variation and I am really pleased with how they look.

However there are two problems which I though I might encounter.

  1. I naturally knit with a very tight gauge.
  2. It’s colourwork that makes your gague tigher then normal

See where I’m going with this?  Yes they look great BUT I can’t get them over my foot despite knitting on a needle a size up!  The main issue is my gauge.  I realised it looked a bit tight about halfway through and worked on loosening my gauge and making my floats really loose.  This worked as the bottom half fits fine and is surprisingly stretchy for colourwork!

So this lovely bot of colourwork will be ripped back and started again!  I think I just might go up to a slightly bigger needle for the leg.  I also read somewhere that knitting colourwork inside out can help with gauge which worked for the bottom half but I think the whole thing needs to be inside out on the next attempt!

This hasn’t put me off, I absolutely love the pattern and who can resist such a lovely pair of socks?

Knitting Plans

So with shawl fest well and truly over for me, I have decided that this winter my knitting plans involve a lot of sweaters! I have a few projects in mind inlcuding a worstead Boxy by Joji Locateli. I didn’t have enough sweater yarn in stash for this so I have purcahsed some cascade 220.

Next planned is a laceweight sweater which is Purls in a Row by Suvi Simola. I had yarn for this in stash as I planned to knit a lacey cardigan. However after the Sprite’s Fen lace fall out I decided something a little more plain was in order! I am looking forward to getting started with this project, it looks great.

The third sweater I have lined up with yarn in the So Faded by Andrea Mowry. I have had this ready to cast on for quite a while but decided to wait until some of my WIPs were finished or frogged.

Finally after watching episode 46 of the Grocery Girls pocast I have added the Light Rain by Joji Locateli to my list of sweaters. Tracy was wearing one she had knit and it looked amazing. I haven’t got yarn for this yet but am thinking a lovely aqua or teal.

 

 

Not a lot of knitting!

It’s been a wile since I last uploaded a blog post mainly due to my knitting mojo not returning yet!  I am still pretty much working on the same projects as before, I think that shawl with all those stitches has put me off picking my needles up!

necessary clutch wallet

However as I haven’t been in a knitting mood I have been doing rather a lot of sewing! Apart from the bags for the shop I have been wanting to sew up this great wallet and had some great fabric in my stash.  The pattern is the Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Bags. I used a cerise cord for the outer fabric and a matching printed denim for the contrast both purchased from my local fabric shop.

This pattern is a great make and although it looks complicated it was actually a fairly easy make. The pattern instructions are really clear and make the process really enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to stitch up a wallet. I needed a new wallet and really liked this one as it has room to store your mobile phone and a lippy! Great if you don’t want to take a bag out with you. There will more of these in my near future and I plan to sew some up for the shop. I am planning on stitching some of these up with a PVC fabric with contrasting cottons to see what effect that gives. I think next time I will add a wrist strap and D ring to make it easy to carry.

Also new this week is the arrival of a new sewing machine! I have been planning new projects utilizing the embroidery features, watch this space! I am also planning on doing some dress making and have purchased McCalls M6462 dress which is a simple construction with only a few pattern pieces. Just the type of dress to get me back into dress making! Once I have found the perfect fabric I’ll post my progress on here.

In other news, nothing much has been going on! I have been on a bit of a health kick of late and poor Prince is finding himself exhausted with all the extra walkies! He doesn’t complain too much though.

So till my next post – happy crafting!