Last year a few of my blogging friends bought kits to make the Alaska hat. I don’t have a kit and I’ve used up some dark grey BFL leftover 4 ply, I’m now using up some left over green John Arbon yarn that will be the trees as well and my Zauberball will be the sky. I’m a little concerned I won’t have enough contrast on the tree, but we shall see.
Back in July I finished my Sunday Sweater and knew I wasn’t crazy about the wide neckline (my fault for not doing the double thickness neck in the pattern). Personally I wear jumpers with a t-shirt under and I don’t like it showing and I don’t like to wear cotton polo necks either.
The point of this alpaca jumper is to be cosy. So this week I picked up the neck stitches and added a polo neck/turtle neck. I don’t mind the super soft alpaca being around my chin, it’s like a built in cowl.
Now its cosy, plus I’ve used up all the yarn which is good.
Such a Winter’s Day #2
My sleeves weren’t long enough and my t-shirt sleeves kept popping out and showing which I don’t like, so I added some more rows to the sleeve and now need to finally get around to blocking it.
I decided to frog 🐸 my Celtic myths shawl and I’m going to weave with that yarn instead. My plan is to make a rectangle and then sew it into a garment.
I have finished Dolores’ kilt although it needs to be blocked to keep the pleats neat and stop the edges curling. I can now get round to stuffing her body and finishing her off now I know how wide her waste needs to be to fit the skirt.
I finished spinning the John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre that I started in January 2020! There’s about 620g of uneven Aran to bulky weight yarn to do something with! I’m not sure what yet. It all needs to be soaked and snapped though as I haven’t been setting it I don’t think. At some point it will all have its own post with photos and meterage etc.
I was really exhausted towards the end of the week and snuggled up on the sofa and watched lots of The Weaver Sews videos. If you sew clothes then I think her videos under her General Sewing Tips and Tricks playlist would still be really useful to watch even if you don’t use handwoven fabric. I’ve learned so much. I did snooze through a few episodes but those pesky adverts between episodes woke me up because the volume is so much higher which is annoying, but that did let me know to rewatch the episode. Me snoozing was not a reflection on her videos, just on how tired I was.
At the beginning of the week I cleaned the carpets and rugs, made soup, picked up my husband from the airport (from his London trip with his mates) and was generally pretty busy…but I guess I over did it as I was so tired on Thursday and Friday. I’ve been having some pretty weird dreams…like a bear chasing me that turned into a huge bird of prey and I actually moved in the bed to crouch down! A couple of days snoozing on the sofa has definitely helped me catch up on some lost sleep.
We went to the beach yesterday for the first time in months which was good. Hopefully I’ll have more energy next week and can get those seascape lampshades felted and made up.
Watching all these videos on sewing handwoven has inspired me to weave some cloth to sew. Once I’ve done the lampshades I’ll warp my loom. It’s been quite a while since I did anything on my loom.
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 12th year, but this is my 5th year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.