I decided to try and do an outdoor photoshoot for the Knickerbunting. Some of the rocks on the Tour de Yorkshire Route called to me.
But… the hills were too steep and shadows got in the way
And the wind got in the way
Time for plan B – a studio shoot!
Knickerbunting at Alternatiba Todmorden
Knickerbunting at Summer Re-Considered and Christmas Re-Considered events in Shipley – organised by the amazing Re-Considered
I was a bit grumpy when I made this and it didn’t fit. Naziya gained them as an unexpected boon. The lesson here was learned: measure first. Always.
I love making presents best of all.
For John’s “unbirthday”, I decided an apron was needed.
Lacking time to get to a shop that sold patterns, I went to the internet and found this tutorial by Indestructables.
I bought some fabric from the ever-reliable Halifax Borough Market, and off we went.
Geiger wants to help
The pattern, as it turns out, was really easy to follow. Pressing the pieces into shape before starting was a genius move, it saved much faffing later. I’d recommend it to sewing newbies or more experienced sew-ers – I think the adjustable straps / neckline was a very clever move.
I decided to add a pocket, as I’m a clever clogs, and Michaela at the Sewing Box got the posh embroidery machine out for me – the Soup Dragon needed something splendid.
50p each from an antique warehouse in Burnley. How could I resist?
All I need now is someone who wants me to knit them one in silver-grey yarn so they can pretend to be a knight in chainmail.
Also, I must confess: they had a complete knitting machine with all the accessories and the instruction booklet for £30. I really don’t need a third one – but I could not resist.
Third time lucky – maybe I’ll actually make something with this one?!
Winter is when I tend to knit as well as sew. There is something warm and cosy about it.
This is a hat for a baby jackaloupe. If you don’t know what a jackaloupe is; go away immediately and watch the Pixar short film ‘Boundin’.
This is a cardigan for me in chunky wool. Very satisfyingly quick to knit, and very warm.
Last but not least, Philip has challenged me to make him knitted some shorts. I couldn’t find a pattern, so I’m using a sewing one, tension squares, and maths. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Although I made a mistake – I thought I had enough fabric for two. But I got it wrong, I have enough fabric for four hats.
Fox print hat; anyone? It’s waterproof!
I also made the kimono / dressing gown I’m wearing. Another rubbish photo though – must try harder!