Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Habu Happy

Habu Happy, Happy Habu, sounds like some sort of special day, do you think? Some of you may know that I have been coveting Habu for some time. I think my first introduction was perhaps via Nora, I know that wherever I first saw it, I immediately began googling obsessively. The more I saw, the more I desired, stockists over here are few and far between but eventually I ordered a skein of Stainless Steel Silk from K1 yarns (and this l
ovely pattern, which has been added to my "must make pile"). The yarn arrived, I gazed, I stroked, I stalked the internet once more and eventually decided to order a bit more........ I ordered from Purl, such a great service, arrived in less than a week.

I am still doing a lot of gazing and stroking, this stuff is so pretty and I am nurturing a new obsession for concerning Habu, it js centred around these SKIF patterns. Of course there is also this gorgeous jacket and indeed at least a dozen others.

In the mean time, I have started on a Kusha Kusha scarf, pattern available here. My, this is strange stuff to knit with, but so much fun. I keep pulling and twisting at the strange fabric created, it is so very strange to me. Stocking stitch scarves normally bore me silly after the first few centimetres but the fascination of this keeps me going.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sweater love

The Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts is finished. I used entirely the wrong yarn and had to mess about a bit to get gauge but I love it all the same. The first time I have made a sweater in the round and I must say I am quite converted. I shall have to look into translating future patterns to be knit this way, it was lovely not to have to seam and as for the sleeves, heaven. No seams and raglan shaping have made for beautifully fitting sleeves.

The pattern is really good, the shaping and neckline are so flattering.

I used Artesano Alpaca yarn which is much lighter than the prescribed Cash Iroha but lovely to wear. I will certainly make another, in fact it is all that I can do to stop myself making another one immediately, my wardrobe would only be richer for one in each colour.

The other new technique for me was the turned hems, I love these, so neat. I got creative on the sleeves and used cream for the underside.

I do however, have a current unhealthy obsession with this pattern. Has anyone seen a real one? I have been googling like mad but to know avail. I really love it, I think about it in the middle of the night, I even rather like the green of the one in the pattern picture. However, I costed it in my local yarn shop and it is about ninety pounds! Of course it is sort of a coat.... but still, it is a lot, I think I would like someone else to knit it first, so please if you see one out there do tell me.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Something blue

I am not sure what I was thinking when I picked up this particular colourway. I was in a rush, there were only a few colours to choose between and this seemed better than the others. I went out to buy brown yarn, but I guess blue goes with brown....

Still, I think I like it. Well, in a certain light I like it. I love the pattern and in fact I bought the yarn and took these pictures a week ago and the knitting is almost finished, indeed probably will be finished tonight so I guess if I really do not like the colour then I can always knit another one.
Hmmm, yes, it really is very blue....

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A handbag thing

I have never been much of a shoe person. For most of my late teens and early twenties I wore steel toe cap Dr Martin boots or big heavy motorcycle boots. I teamed them with strange net skirts and velvet dresses and thick black tights and fancied myself as looking like Madonna I suppose. The comfortable boot years rather spoiled me I am afraid and comfort in shoes has been a must ever since. In recent years I have begun to embrace uncomfortable shoes a little more and my collection of towering heels is growing but shoes are still the afterthought of the outfit and I do still love a boot. On the other hand, bags are certainly not an afterthought and the money I have saved on shoes has been well and truly spent on bags. I spend a great deal of time and effort hunting down the perfect everyday bags and I especially love pretty evening bags.

My return to sewing has produced several bags so far and of course there are also more than a few knitted bags amongst my collection. These two bags were sewn for a recent trip to Chester Races, as usual I left things to the very last minute and they were hurriedly sewn the night before, one black, one white because my decision on what to wear was even more last minute and this covered both options.

Grace Kelly was in my head when I made my drawings, and a browse through one of my Japanese Craft books produced something close to what I wanted. I used very stiff interfacing and boning in the handle. The bags are made of off-white linen and black silk and decorated with some of my precious vintage buttons, so ridiculously hard to make myself use those buttons! I am so pleased with how they turned out, for once exactly as I imagined and hoped. They are now decorating my bedroom along some of the rest of my collection. Incidentally, as you can perhaps tell from the attached ticket, the white bag went to the races in the end although needless to say, 5 minutes before I needed to leave I was still tossing up between two choices, I do wish I was more decisive....

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Can you hear it?

Listen hard, that's right, .....silence. Isn't it lovely? I do miss them and have been quite tearful as I wave them off, especially as this is the start of Tilly's full time education and very much the end of an era for me. No more babies in the house, my children are both very much little people now, full of opinions and questions, information and emotions. Still, the silence is good.

Everywhere the signs of autumn are drawing in, the mornings a little crisper the nights arrive a little sooner, the apples are ready and the leaves are beginning to colour. I am spending the week cleaning the house, how does it get so dirty over summer? Blitzing children's bedrooms while they cannot protest and catching up on dusty paperwork. Next week I will begin to settle into my own new routine, with Tilly at full time school I hope to have time to ease back into my pottery. It has been so long and it will take time to find my way again but it is good to be returning to clay.

Of course knitting and sewing will not be forgotten. I finally finished this sweater for Dylan, The Weasley Sweater from Charmed Knits. A well written pattern which is sized right up to adult. I made the Medium size but added a little length. I added ribbing to the bottom and the neck which seems to have worked well and I changed the H for a D at the request of the boy. I did use the prescribed Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed which was nice but could easily be substituted for any number of yarns. I strongly suspect I will make this sweater again, perhaps without the initial, but as a basic sweater pattern it is great. Easy to adjust and the fit seems reliable.