Not much has been happening in the world of craft, but I did managed to finish a few projects.  The first one I am super excited about is the Central Park Hoodie.  I have been wanting to knit this pattern since I first saw it on Ravelry a few years ago, but I never had the right yarn (or enough of it).  And so the pattern, like so so many others, stayed in my queue and taunted me everytime I thought about what to cast on.

Then I found I finally had the magic trifecta: time, yarn, and pattern.  Voila. In 3 weeks I had all my hoodie bits and a week later they were sewn up.  Magic.

I love it, but I have to say, if I were to do it all over again, I would have made it a 36.  I did some investigating on Ravelry and it seems like everyone mentioned that this pattern ran a bit small.  However, I think I like my jumpers a bit tighter, and while this hoodie is cozy, it’s not quite form flattering.  Also, I have a feeling that this yarn (New Lanark) might grow a bit with wear, meaning I’m about to end up with closer to 4 inches of ease. Oh well.

But enough about knitting, what else has been happening?  Oh, just insane wedding planning!

Because I’m a masochist, I decided that I could HAND SEW everyone a goodie bag, and that I could then fill the goodie bags with Scottish related stuff.  Like a wee bottle of whiskey, some short bread cookies, and some other crap.  But this means finding a good pattern and have atting it.   Yesterday I tried out a sample one to see what it would look like:

In my wedding colours! Burgundy/merlot  with black interior and embellished with a cream ribbon in the same colour as my wedding invites (what what for making them all from scratch, bitchez!)

Not gonna lie- it took me forever to make this one.  Mostly because of the small things, like cutting the squares on my ironing board because I don’t have a table. Or changing the thread to match the ribbon before changing it again to match the bag.  So the new plan is to spend a day just cutting. Then just sewing the ribbon on. Then finally I can piece all the bloody pieces together into a bag. Because that? That only takes like 10 minutes.

1 down, 59 more to go!

Once upon a time, having been seduced

by the amazing productions being showcased on Wardrobe Refashion, I went out and

bought myself a sewing machine.

 

I called it a Christmas Present to myself

(never mind that it was still only November).

 

Now, let’s be real.

I don’t sew. I don’t know how. I never had a class, and I don’t understand about 98% of what all the dials and switches do on this bargain Janome I got for £99. That being said, my friend said something once that stayed in my mind. She is an AMAZING seamstress and even eeks out a living by using her mad skillz.  And she used the term ‘renegade seamstress.’

I liked that. Who needs lessons when you have ideas?

Today was totally wet, totally windy, and I totally abandoned my plans to venture outside to get crafty.  A few weeks ago, I went to a fabric store in town and found these little squares of mixed fabric being sold for £2 each. You got 4 squares of complimentary colours and you could use them for….something.  I chose pillow cases.

I am SUPER happy with the blue union jack one I did.

I didn’t follow any pattern or even measure anything.  Just free hand sewing it on the machine.

 

I also tried to refashion Stu’s old jumper into a cardigan for me, but the large, baggy man-arms made it look too frumpy for me. So fail. Maybe if I did actually have some sewing classes, I would have know how to take in the arms and smarten up the collar, but maybe that’s for another time.