Saturday, 30 April 2016

Mr Fox Scarf

Hi there!

I haven't posted in a while but I have been busy. Mainly I've been sewing basics, like another pair of Vogue 9067 pants, (see previous post) this time View E with a tapered leg that I will try to get around to photographing and posting .. not ground breaking territory! But this is. I am doing my first ever crochet project that I can't wait to finish and wear. I mucked about with crochet as a kid - my mother was speedy and prolific - but I found it confusing and never went on with it.  There is also the fact that the terms vary from country to country. I am going to stick to the UK ones and I'm learning to follow patterns properly but  I was determined to make the Mr Fox pattern designed by Bee's Knees Knitting

My beginner efforts are here..

I had help from a Learn to Crochet book I bought while buying the yarn but even so, for his nose and head I ended up making it up as I went along, following the general shape, working with two threads rather than the three like the pattern says. I'd never turned around before let alone joined sections  but I am learning more with every stitch, enough to tell you the pattern is good, all variations are due to my er..creative.. efforts. If I started again now he would look more like the author intended but I am not undoing him.

Yarn- I went to Lincraft and Spotlight looking for 'fox' coloured yarn and found this rust coloured 'Harley BBB' in Lincraft but there was no decent black or cream in that brand so I bought Cleckheaton California 8 ply in Black and Butter Cream for the accents. It's beautiful but a slightly looser twist and is and harder to undo, (there was a lot of undoing, especially starting off the legs) but I'm getting there.

I'll show you Mr fox when he is finished, draped around my neck. I'm sure he's got dozens of perfectly made cousins around the world but I love him anyway!

Happy creating,

Monday, 4 April 2016

V9067 Pants

Hey It's Autumn!

Even though the days are still warm the morning air is cool and fresh. In my quest to sew what I need and use good fabric I bought some black pure linen from the Fabric Store and I've run up the wide pants from V9067 Vogue Five Easy Pieces link to pattern.

What about Vogue's beautiful new website? I like it!

I pre washed and ironed the linen and cut out the pants. I'd already adjusted the  pattern posted here   The leg looks very wide on the envelope photo but it is actually a true straight leg and the width is not overwhelming, even on my not very tall body. I added the pockets from View E and used strip of leftover lining material turned to the inside and stitched to make a casing for 1" wide elastic rather than a self waistband. The loose style in linen makes for a good between season garment, already a favourite to dress up or down.

One question though, I might take the pants legs up a bit more, maybe just a centimetre. What do you think?  (Edited to add I did take them up 2cm.)

Edit: Jan 2017. I have replaced the previous photos of these pants with this one which shows them a bit better.

Happy to have cooler weather!