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Knitting finished object:
Angel Face Turban by Amy Appel knit for the #rockabillysummerkal hosted by herself and Casey Maura of Carey’s elegant musings.
This is a one skein (well 55g) fingering weight project and great fun to knit and wear. Perfect to protect pin curls or just to add a little vintage flair to your life! The yarn I used was from the gorgeous Beth of Beehive yarns- go check out her shop she sells beautiful yarn.
You can find the pattern on Ravelry. If you would like to be friends over there I am littletailoress.
Knitting works in progress:
Old Romance cardigan by Joji Locatelli, a romantic lace sleeve cardigan reminiscing of 1920s knits but with a modern twist.
Mine is knit with my Pearl Button colourway on my Alpaca Silk base which you can find in my Etsy shop when I have shop updates. The best way to find out about the timing of these updates is over on instagram where you can find me as @littletailoress.
Vanilla socks knit on 2.25mm 9” chiagoo needles, the 9” needles take a little getting used to by I am enjoying them now My normal method of socks is the magic loop
Two at a time method on 32″ needles.
I use Judy’s magic cast on and the fish lips kiss heel. The yarn is my ‘Soup At Sophie’s’ colourway on Alpaca silk cashmere with a contrast toe in Golden Pippin and the heel and cuff in Peony. See note above regarding my etsy shop and shop updates.
Blossom shawl by Mandarines, this beautiful pattern can be found on Ravelry and looks so 1930s and graceful to me.
I plan to knitnit in Herbsblatt Regina yarn (beautiful German hand-dyer!) in her Speckled egg colourway on merino silk singles with my new colourway Maybe Baby on merino silk singles.
So Faded Pint sized for Jack- pattern by Drea Renee Knits on ravelry- I plan to use Madelinetosh Plunge on their sock base and my Fortune Teller colourway. The pattern runs from baby and she also has a very popular adult sized version of this top down raglan jumper.
Pin Wheel quilt in a fabric collection called Breakfast At Tiffanys
No particular pattern followed just basic pin wheel blocks.
Baby bibs to send to Jessica of the JessicaRuthKnits podcast- one of my favourites to watch. She is hosting a charity drive for her local maternity home, making baby items for the women there who are in a bad situation or fighting addiction etc… if you are in US you will receive a skein of indie dyed yarn in return for your donation. Go watch her podcast regardless- she is a gem.
Eve dress from Sew Over It and the 1930s Button Dress pattern from Decades of Style. Fabrics picked out are both by Atelier Brunette.
Podcasts mentioned: Knotty Knit Wits- a must see. Two of my favourite people on this planet and I’ve never even met them in real life! Hehe. Hilarious and wonderful. Casey maura- a wonderfully inspiring soul who has been a inspiration to myself and many other vintage loving sewists for many years now.
Lovely Jessica Ruth Knits- see above. Yarn Hoarder- Amber is so knowledgable it’s impossible not to learn something from each episode. Plus she has fabulous hair!
Books books books!!
‘Trials of the earth’ by Mary Ann Hamilton
‘Orphan Train’ by Christina Baker Kline
‘The Lake House’ by Kate Morton
‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier
‘The Girl in The Photograph’ by late Riordan
‘How to Catch a Frog’ by Heather Ross
Ylang Ylang oil
Tuft woollens- amazing soaps and balms etc… for yarn and knitters! The scents are to die for!!
Thanks all so much for watching and I hope you all agree hat the camera is miles better!! Yay! See you next episode
Yesterday as I was heading out the door at golden hour for a stroll with my husband and the boys I realised that I was wearing two of my recent makes and thought – hey, here’s a wacky idea, why not try and take some blog photos!
This is my favourite time of day, the light right before sunset makes everything just a little bit more magical.
This is my liberty print blouse that was inspired by a little Zara smock I bought in the early Spring. I loved the shape so much- especially those frills!-and felt the need to recreate it in some of my all time favourite fabric- liberty tana lawn. It’s the summer cloth that dreams are made of, soft and light and floaty. Obviously their beautiful prints speak for themselves, this simplistic , sketchy floral one just sang 70s romantic to me and needed to become this smock.
The blouse it was based on has embroidery on the yoke so i replaced that with some pinktucks for this floral version just to add a little interest to that area. I think it adds to the vintage, Laura Ingalls Wilder feel of the piece and helps to balance out the main feature- those oh so frilly sleeves!
I used french seams for the whole garment for durablility and hope to wash and wear this into oblivion.
We are so very grateful that this little flower meadow is on our daily dog walk, wild flowers are one of my favourite things on earth.
Jack is certainly always happiest out and about in the woods, I hope he keeps his love of nature and the outdoors- maybe if he does the two of us combined will be able to finally convince my husband to go camping!
The weather has been a little crazy here just recently, slightly like whoever is in control of it has been having pretty severe mood swings. We have had days of stormy winds- the kind that give you an uneasy underlying sense of impending doom. Whole days of heavy rain that make everything a wonderfully intense green and then glorious days like yesterday with warm sun and a gentle cool breeze, just right for cotton blouses and woolen shawls, especially as the day progresses in to dusk.
This is my Boho Blush shawl designed by the goddess that is Drea Renee knits, you can find her many gorgeous designs on ravlery. It’s not only one of my favourite knitting projects but also now one of my absolute favourite possessions. I knit it up in my own Little Tailoress Yarn in my Blowing Smoke Trio which is a set of three skeins of yarn in three intensities of grey that knit up to create a gradient or ombre shawl. This is on a 100% merino base and is baby bunny soft. The pattern includes brioche stitch and feather stitch and lots of simple garter stitch sections too. I knit a lot of this shawl while watching The Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Netflix, I loved that show- it was horrendously gruesome but the beautiful scenery, houses and clothes cancelled that out entirely and it was gripping too!
This is a moderately large shawl, it used nearly three skeins of yarn, around 275g or so including those tassels. My normal habit of ‘just one more row before bed’ resulted in a few late nights once I was into the full wingspan when you have over 400 stitches on your needles and each row takes a good 20 minutes, hehe. It never got boring however as the little brioche and lace sections interspersed throughout kept up the interest.
Tassels and sunsets forever.
Thanks so much for reading and for those of you who haven’t already be sure to pop over and find my knitting, sewing and crafting video podcast on YouTube to see more of what I have been making.