Knitting a Remembrance Day Poppy
This Remembrance Day I started my search for a knitting project and this is what I found. This is a special year because it’s the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. So I started to dig in my scrap yarn basket and found a beautiful deep red yarn, a dark blue yarn and a variegated green yarn that complimented each other beautifully then I started to knit.
As I started knitting other thoughts came into my mind and realized I don’t want to forget the freedom I have today was won at a great cost of life. Funny! That knitting a poppy for this Remembrance Day got me thinking about what this little flower should mean to me and maybe with all the turmoil that is happening in the world right now we should pay extra attention to what this poppy means.
This was a wonderful knitting project for me to knit up and I wanted to share it with you all.
Here is the link for the Woman’s Weekly knit & crochet poppy for Remembrance Day (Poppy Appeal). I hope you all enjoy knitting or crocheting this poppy as much as I did.
Lest We Forget
In Flanders Fields
Questions: What are you Knitting or crocheting today, and does it have a special meaning for you? You don’t have to answer, just whisper it to yourself.
Note: I have to say that I crocheted the middle piece of the poppy because I didn’t like the knit instructions and it just didn’t work out right. I just did a magic circle of six chains and increased as I went about three to four rows.
God Bless & Knit On, never forgetting
The Ever Popular toque with a Hole
Whether you call it a messy bun hat, scrunchy hole hat or as I call it the two-hole toque doesn’t seem to matter. This fabulous hat is very popular with women young and old. I haven’t seen a guy with one yet but I’m sure they’re out there. They were first brought to my attention when one of my friends in a CK class suggested them for a project.
Toque: A very French-Canadian word.
Growing up in Ontario just outside of Ottawa, I never heard the word winter hat, ever! All I ever heard was “get your toque on, it’s cold out today”. As a child/teen I watched the hilariously popular group (Bob and Doug Mckenzie) make this word a Canadian house hold name.
A bit of History
The Canadian-English term toque was taken from the Canadian-French word tuque. There hats were also called the French Voyageur cap. In 1870 the word toque started showing in up writing in Canada. Many French fur traders who came to the New World seeking adventure brought with them their own unique culture and mixed with the First Nations. Many of these young men would never make it back to France and they married the women from the First Nations, creating a brand new cultural group called the Métis. These French fur traders had warm woollen nightcaps to keep them warm on cold winter days. Other Nationalities call these hats by different names; such as, beanie, stocking cap and watch cap;but, to me these voyageurs caps look like the original slouchy.
If your interested in knitting a traditional voyageurs cap. Here is a pattern I found on-line called the Voyageur Cap (Pattern 2).
If you’d like to checkout my (The Two-hole Toque) pattern (the brown toque), you can find me on Ravelry under Canadianaknits or Jennifer K. Hanrahan. (free pattern)
Questions: Do you Knit? And do you want to learn?
Slouchy in progress (me)
Jesus, celtic cross
God Bless & Knit On
Finished 1st Irish dance wall quilt
The journey to finish this wall quilt was a long one, and took me just over a year to finish. Even though this was a very busy year for my family, I am pleased with the results and I’m eager to get started on the second and now that I know all of the twist and turns of the first one I’ll be able to bypass a lot of problems I ran into.
What’s on the back of the quilt
There is an Irish blessing and prayer. I’ve sewn a small pocket for special letters from a mother to a daughter.
May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true. And the kindness you spread keep returning to you.
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow. May the soft winds freshen your spirit. May the sunshine brighten your heart. May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you. And God enfold you in the mantle of his love.
From Beginning to End in pictures
Next week after I finish up a dress I started a long time age, I’ll start work on the second quilt. I also have to say that my friend who I’ve been sewing this quilt for her daughters, has been very patient and when I showed her what the final result was she was over joyed. This has made me very happy and I can’t wait to get started on the next one, which will be the last one for me to make.
Question: What is the longest time you worked on a project and finished?
God Bless & Keep on SEWING
Here are all my trappings for my satchel.
I have approximately 2 days to whip this satchel up so last night I fixed my plans in mind and it’ll take 15 min to draw up pattern and cutting up the fabric. Ok, 15 min. to make quick pattern then at least 1/2 hr to cut up fabric.
This satchel took just!! 2 long days sewing, approx 25-30 hours and I had so much more I’d like to have done.
I’ll be designing a pattern for this one and I already have a smaller one in the works.
What I love:
Size of satchel
Ribbon placement around zipper
Straps & buckles
How I sewed the top bit with zipper.
What needs work:
Different colour of raspberry red front flap buckles fastenings, or a the same colour for shoulder strap for consistency.
How I’ll work all buckles and strap.
Longer front flap about 4 inches longer.
The D rings need to be the correct size to fit the straps and I also need to add a tension-lock.
Well I spent three weeks on a road trip trying out my first proto type satchel and so far I’m please with most of it. Next week I’ll draw up a second proto type with all my corrections.
Do you have to make your ideal bag because you just can’t find one you like?
God Bless & Keep Sewing
On the last Lap
Last night I finished the sandwiching of all the layers together. Now all I have to do is a bit of touching up and the binding, and I’ll use a white satin for the binding. An Irish quote still has to be chosen for the back of the quilt but that can be done later. To give you an understanding of the size of this wall quilt the diameter is 1.6 m. I’ll put 5 tabs evenly across the top half of the quilt and we’ll find some ornamental hooks to hang on my friends wall. Looking at the quilt now I believe I succeeded in creating the stained glass window look, to be sure it was a big job but very satisfying. The next one will go much faster because I now know what to expect and how to deal with all the problems I ran into with the first quilt.
Question: Do you quilt?
God Bless & Sew On
My Practice Basket
A Small Start
This basket only holds three skeins of yarn but it is a great start.
About a year ago I started to see an over flow of yarn in my living room and decided I needed to tidy up a bit. I went basket shopping and wasn’t happy with the selection. Then I started to find knitted and crocheted baskets on Pinterest and this is my first basket and I’m very happy with the results and now that I have the basics, I’ll be able to create bigger baskets for more yarn. I’m not sure if I’m creating, order in my house or just more room for yarn?
I found the pattern through Pinterest that lead to Ravelry. The designer is Elisabeth Pardue, Chunky Basket. And this pattern is free. This is the same yarn I used for the boho style flip-flops.
- I used this yarn, different from her suggestion: T-shirt, (5) Bulky, BERNAT Home Dec. Spice verigant.
- Hook: 8 mm
Questions: Are you an avid basket maker? Is this how you organize your yarn? Do you knit or crochet them?
God Bless & Crochet On
Having fun hemming
This is a beautiful Grecian style bridesmaid dress, that needed to be hemmed, both layers.
Practice Makes Perfect
Well! As perfect as you can make it. Early on in my 30’s I took several sewing classes. Starting from the beginning of how to sew, fitting to designing; simply, because it had been many years since my mother had sat me down at her sewing machine. One teacher in particular challenged us to be come the sewer we envisioned; To be a (Slap dash Sally or a Persnickety Pricilla), I chose Priscilla. So my first order of business was to practice with the rolled hem presser foot and twin stretch needles and lets not for get the fabric.
Rolled hem presser foot
What a great invention! Once I got the hang of working this presser foot it was a dream to work. I spent some time working with the scrape piece I cut off the bottom of the outer sheer shell of dress. It’s a bit of a fright when you start sewing the rolled hem and get a inch in then ask yourself am I sewing from the right side? Nervous laugh! My inner sewing ninja must have kicked in because I was sewing from the correct side. Take time to read sewing directions concerning a presser foot you haven’t used in awhile. I’ve found rushing in only ends in mistakes and frustration, nor do I want to rip out stitches from this sheer fabric. The best part about this rolled hem presser foot is no pressing.
I chose my Fiskars, the sharpest ones I have and what’s best they have a flat bottom edge. This is good for cutting a straight edge, as straight as you can get it.
The Rolled Hem
Well I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. No prepressing/stitching just a wonderful rolled hem presser foot that did everything for me and in less than half the time.
Question: What is your favorite presser foot to work with?
God Bless & Keep on Sewing