I'll write about my adventures in sewing, pattern design, fabrics, notions, sewing books, magazines and the lessons I've learned from my Mother along the way. I'll be adding Knitting as well now that I have my own knitting buisness.
Wrapping the wrap Dress up from Calgary to Nova Scotia
Finding the time is making the time! After putting my new sewing room together I made the effort to finish this puppy up and I’m pleased with the result.
From Beginning to End
I’m happy to say, finished! Sewing this dress took a long time with many interruptions along the way. I’m only guessing 4 years it took to finish this dress. I started a knitting business, homeschool for my youngest, took on a large wall quilt job, moved across Canada and the general hub-bub of life. My intention for the next dress is a shorter time of creation from start to finish.
Hemming the Dress
Hemming the dress proved to be a bit more challenging than expected. First problem the hem is straight across, so I’ll be changing that for the next dress which will not take 4 years. The second problem was something I forgot about early on and as the years progress it slipped my mind and didn’t surface until the end when I was hemming. So, the problem was up front where there are two layers and the underlayer was too wide at the bottom and as you can imagine this was not good! Fixed it to my satisfaction.
Next Wrap dress will be Black
I’m looking forward to starting this dress and finishing it up much, much sooner. Since I have the pattern altered and I will also make necessary adjustments concerning the hem I’m sure it’ll take no time at all. Also I’ll be changing sleeves to a cap ones.
I’ve decided to design a new apron, not because I’m bored with my old favorite but because it’s like sewing a new dress. The fun in playing with colour, fabric and details, like fancy stitching is too irresistible to ignore. I’d seen many different aprons over all different kinds of platforms and was consistently drawn to the cross-over utility apron.
The fabric is 100% cotton that I’d use for quilting or a summer a-line skirt and was bought at a cost of $3.99 per m. luckily there was 2 meters left on the bolt and with a bit of fiddling I was able to create this cross-over apron. Its not a colour I would usually pick up for myself but what is one to do when the fabric calls, buy me!
Dimensions and Fit
This apron has a very generous fit and the ease is 25 cm over my 94 cm upper bust line with the cross-over included. The main part of the apron is 120 cm X 85 cm rectangle and the straps are 50 cm X 20 cm, and I would say this is a medium fit.
As you can see I’m playing around with decorative stitching, a leaf pattern and I encourage you to play with different coloured thread as well. When I was first learning to sew in my early teens, thread was not to be seen and always the same colours as the fabric! I disagree, have fun and play.
This is a very roomy apron that will fit small to large sizes depending on your own personal measurements, you may have to adjust the pattern a bit for your perfect fit. I shall continue playing with decorative stitches and I will add a pocket with the leftover fabric. This is a two-sided apron so there will be a pocket for each side.
One day while walking my son to school I passed by a friends house and there she was knitting a shawl. On closer inspection of my friends shawl I instantly fell in love with its simplistic design and I had to knit one myself. It took me a further three years to find the yarn I’d knit it with and a trip out East to Nova Scotia before I could start knitting.
This is a beautiful asymmetrical shawl that shows off the verigated yarn beautifully. The mini steps add a fun element that doesn’t distract from the overall look to this shawl.
Mineville, Nova Scotia Yarn
Mineville Wool Project
Super Sock 80/20
2 skeins = 690 m/754.6 yds.
Machine wash (super wash care)
Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, found on Ravelry
Question: Have you knit this shawl yet?
God Bless and Knit On
Thank you everyone and have a great day knitting or crocheting.
A few months ago I received a beautiful prayer shawl from the CWL (Catholic Women’s League) as a present for all the fabric and yarn I passed on to these very talented ladies. Since I started to pack for my up coming move I raided my stash of fabric and yarn and have put it to good use through the CWL.
I know loving and prayerful hands worked on this shawl. I even highly suspect that Father Jonathan blessed it for me. For me it is a beautiful work of craftsmanship and my first crochet shawl.
I shall put this prayer shawl to good use.
Question: Have you made someone a prayer, blessing or meditation shawl?
Now, when did I start this journey? I believe it was Spring 2017 that a friend asked me to design two Irish dancing wall quilts for her little dancing girls. It is now Spring 2019 and both girls are happy with their wall quilts, and this makes me happy as well. A project of this magnitude took me a long way from where I was. Many life events have happened along the way; some of them being quite sad while others have embarked my family right across the country for a new start. My family has come so far since starting these wall quilts. My first boy is finishing his first year of High School and survived while my second son is finishing his second year of home schooling and I’ve survived. Now I just have to get the move under my belt and its smooth sailing, at least through the summer. Then a new school year begins.
Down memory lane
I’ve had to put my sewing blog on hold just to get some things finished and there is still a long list of things I have to do for the move. So this post shall be short and sweat!
This Christmas I decided to start the task of finishing up projects that I’d started far too long ago to remember dates. There are many projects and I’m sure this will turn into a New Years Resolution, and unlike many people who avoid NYR at all costs. I don’t because whether I finish them or not I still make a dent in any resolution I embark on. This years resolution will be enjoyable and of course I received more yarn for a Christmas present. I don’t think of resolution as a unpleasant task. Instead of writing a list of tasks that have to be done this year, I write a list of things I have done. Do you see the difference. I learned this little trick from a friend of mine at a mothers group I have attended for many year now, and I’ve used it ever since. In fact these women helped me with my little Café Knitting business.
Early start on Handmade Christmas Projects
Because I’ve been a crafty person from a young age and have spent many a long night finishing up presents before Christmas morning. I decided that these little fellas would be great gifts to all the avid readers in my family, now the only problem will be keeping it a secret.
The Linen Stitch
This is a wonderful stitch to learn and incorporate into any project. About 5 years ago I started a project called the Mania scarf/wrap. Basically I cast on 600 stitches and you can go as many rows as you’d like, I suspect about 4 feet wide. I used fingering weight yarn and 3.5 mm circular needles and as you can imagine it was an epic project. Well I got bogged down with a mistake right in the middle at st. 300 and I’d gone a couple of rows before I saw my blunder. Well as you can imagine being a perfectionist can be a good thing or just plain bothersome. That being said I wasn’t going to unravel my work or go back at least 1000+ stitches so I did the most sensible thing and I shoved it to the bottom of my knitting basket for later consideration. Now coming back to this year, I’ve made the NYR of finishing or making a dent in knitting projects. Knitting these linen bookmarks have encouraged me to dig out the mania scarf and once again start knitting. I will not be bothering with fixing my blunder and instead will just start the next row off correctly because in the long haul of life this little mistake will not affect the course of my journey and I’ll just have get over my perfectionist self and knit on.
Here is how I knitted these Bookmarks up: 2 Row Repeat
C/O 11 stitches and I used the cable cast.
Row 1 (RS): K1, *wyif slip stitch purl-wise, K1; repeat from (*) and making sure your last stitch is a knit.
Row 2 (WS): K1, P1, *wyib slip stitch purl-wise, P1; repeat from (*) and knit last stitch.
Work these 2 rows for desired length, or about 7 inches.
Break yarn, tie off, weave in ends, block and start reading.
Needles & Yarn: 3.75 mm DP needles, and fingering weight yarn.
Gauge: Not really important.
The linen Look
This stitch is basically a stockinette stitch with wraps on the front of your work creating the illusion of linen. The wrap is always on the right side as you can see all the little bars going across the rows.
NOTE: what is WYIF (with yarn in front) & WYIB (with yarn in back).
Working the (wyif) on RS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you bring the yarn towards you (wyif) then slip the stitch, then you’ll put the yarn back to knit next st.
Working the (wyib) on WS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you will put yarn to the back – away from you (wyib), slip stitch, then bring yarn to back to the front to purl next stitch. Because you start the (wyif & wyib) at different spots on RS and WS it off sets the bars on the RS of your work creating a linen look. I hope this explanation will help you whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned knitter.
Question: What stitch has been the most difficult for you to get your head wrapped around? Mine has been the linen stitch, and knitting these bookmarks have helped a lot.
Most Recent Bookmark finished
These little guys are a bit addictive, and don’t they just brighten up a book. I’m even looking at unfinished projects wondering would I have enough left over yarn to whip a bookmark.
Keep Calm and Knit On
Thank you, I always enjoy sharing my knitting with all of you, until the next project.
Like most people who knit and watch period pieces on Jane Eyre, Elisabeth Gaskell and anything Jane Austen. You’re sure to find something to do with sewing or knitting you can’t help falling in love with.
Eyre of Romance a Jane Shawl
This is what happened to me when I watched the 2011 Jane Eyre movie. I fell in love with Miss Eyre’s shawl. And much to my delight someone created a pattern called Eyre of Romance by: Kay Meadors/Natural State Knits.
The Yarn for my Jane Eyre of Romance shawl
The LYS in Prince Rupert
I picked up two skeins in Prince Rupert from a lady who had never knitted before and decided to leave the B&B she had been running for 10+ years to open a yarn shop. If you ever find yourself in Prince Rupert look for the yarn store formally known as (Costal Fibers LYS) this is still the website name. Its new name is ( e’Kletik trading Crafts & Workshop) FB page. Where many other crafts and classes can be found; yarn, knitting, crocheting, felting, furniture, artistic sign painting, aromatherapy and kids crafts. As you can see this was a fantastic store to walk into. Owner and operator is Christy Allen. Everyone in Prince Rupert was very happy to have a yarn store come to town, and Christy has done a beautiful job filling the store with a wide variety of yarn from Canada and internationally.
Website: is Coastal Fibers and Facebook PG: is e’Kletik
The yarn I chose for this project is a lighter weight then what was called for in the Eyre of Romance shawl. I used a 3.75 mm needle for fingering weight yarn. This changes the gauge so my shawl will be a tad bit smaller. Yarn: Fino Délicate + Resplendissante. Colour: Coraline, 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% soie/silk. Yarn amount: 115g/4oz & 370m/400yds. By Julie Asselin Fino and she is based in Quebec, Canada. This yarn is the colour of strawberries and is so soft.
The Eyre of Romance Jane Shawl: by Key Meadors/Natural State Knits. The yarn she suggests is DK weight with a 5mm needle.
How do you find your projects? Yarn first or pattern first or a bit of both?