Summer Sale – Day 4 – Christmas Berets

Posted on 4 June, 2014

The 4th design to go on sale is the combined Christmas Beret patterns.
This ebook will be reduced to £1 on Thursday 5th June (UK time).

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You have to add the £3.50 ebook to your cart for the discount to be automatically applied.
(The discount will not work if you add the three beret patterns individually to your cart).

Happy knitting x

Summer Sale – Day 3 – Beloved Rose Bag & Beret

Posted on 3 June, 2014

The 3rd design to go on sale is the combined Beloved Rose Bag & Beret patterns.
This ebook will be reduced to £1 on Wednesday 4th June (UK time).

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You have to add the £3.50 ebook to your cart for the discount to be automatically applied.
(The discount will not work if you add the bag and beret patterns individually to your cart).

Happy knitting x

Summer Sale – Day 2 – Shoji Bag & Beret

Posted on 2 June, 2014

The 2nd design to go on sale is the combined Shoji Bag & Beret patterns.
This ebook will be reduced to £1 on Tuesday 3rd June (UK time).

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You have to add this £3.50 ebook to your cart for the discount to be automatically applied.
The discount will not work if you add the bag and beret patterns individually to your cart.

Happy knitting x

Shuttermonkey’s Summer Sale

Posted on 1 June, 2014

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Over the next two weeks, I’ll be running a summer pattern sale.
This pattern sale will run from Monday 2nd June until Sunday 15th June 2014, and as the picture says, I’ll reduce a different design to £1 each day.

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The first design to go on sale is the combined Forget-Me-Not Shawl & Beret pdf.
This ebook will be reduced to £1 on Monday 2nd June (UK time).

You have to add the £4 ebook to your Ravelry cart for the discount to be automatically applied!
The discount will not work if you add the shawl and beret patterns individually to your cart.

It is currently 11pm on Sunday 1st June in UK, so it is only an hour before the discount will be valid!

Happy Knitting xx

Layer Cake Sampler QAL – Part One

Posted on 15 April, 2014

Over the last 8 weeks I’ve been sewing blocks as part of the Layer Cake Sampler Quilt-Along (QAL) hosted by Amanda of Material Girl Quilts.  This is the first time that I’ve taken part in a QAL and I’m loving this one so far!  Amanda releases the layout for 2 blocks on a Friday.  There will be 20 blocks in this quilt and so far I’ve made 16 of them.

IMG_0265 blogFor this QAL, I’m using a Sweetwater Pure Layer Cake that I’ve had for about 18 months now.  It’s been patiently waiting for the perfect quilting project to come along and this is most definitely it!  I’m also using Moda Bella Solids fabric in the Moda U Brown colour.  This QAL requires 2 layer cakes (one patterned and one self-coloured), but I bought a couple of metres of the Bella Solids fabric and cut it into 10 inch squares myself.

Each block is made using 2 self-coloured and 2 patterned 10 inch squares.  I’ve changed this slightly and have used my patterned, dark brown squares as self-coloured squares as I didn’t want three chocolate coloured squares in a block.  Each block is started off in exactly the same way by making 16 half square triangles (HST).  Amanda has a very good tutorial on how to do this on her blog.  After making your 16 HST, they are arranged and pieced together to make a 16.5 inch block.  How you arrange these HST determines how your final block will look.  Here’s the blocks that I have made so far:

Block 01 Block 02 Block 03 Block 04 Block 05 Block 06 Block 07 Block 08 Block 09 Block 10 Block 11 Block 12 Block 13 Block 14 Block 15 Block 16

It’s amazing just how different all the blocks look.  There are only 4 more blocks to be made and then comes the fun part . . . piecing them all together with sashing, cornerstones and borders to make a quilt top.  I’ve been putting my blocks together week by week using Photoshop so I can see how my quilt top is coming along.  Here is how it looks so far:

QAL04I’m going to be using some of the teal coloured Sweetwater Pure fabric for my cornerstones and binding, but I still haven’t decided what colour to use for my sashing and borders.  I have both cream and brown coloured Sweetwater Pure fabric, but I’m not sure where to use these colours.  This is how the final quilt would look alternating where I use my cream and brown fabrics:

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I think I like the brown sashing best, but I also like the brown border!!  Or – I could make the sashings and borders all the same colour and my final quilt top would look like this:

FinalQAL4I have another couple of weeks to think about it before I have to decide.  What do you think looks best? xx

Lady Grey

Posted on 25 March, 2014

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This is my recently completed Lady Grey coat from Colette Patterns.

I’ve been making this coat on and off (more off than on) since September 2013 after taking a Tailored Jacket Course at The Stitchery in Glasgow.

The description of this coat from the Colette website describes it as follows:

Short wrap coat with princess seams, perfect for between seasons. Has a very wide collar, 3/4 length sleeves that look wonderful with bracelets or long gloves, and fullness at the hem. Coat is fully lined. Closes with one internal and one external button, and includes wide self-fabric tie belt.

My coat is more of a winter coat as I have used a heavier weight fabric.

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My main coat fabric is a wool/cashmere blend and I’ve lined my coat with a grey coloured china silk.  I bought my fabrics from Mood Fabrics while I was in New York for my 40th Birthday last August.  These were a pretty big purchase for me, and it took a couple of trips before I was brave enough to actually buy the fabrics.  Any excuse to go back, eh?

Now that it’s finished, I absolutely love this coat! It’s just a shame that I didn’t finish it sooner so that I could wear it all winter long.  While at the Tailored Jacket Class, I was taught A LOT of tailoring techniques, and I mean A LOT!!  I did use these techniques when making my jacket, but a few of them I have removed/replaced.  I pad stitched both my lapels, but after a lot of humming and hawing (and weeks of the jacket lying unfinished), I re-cut my lapel pieces and added them to my coat without this pad stitching.  The lapels just didn’t sit properly with the pad stitching, and also I felt that it would look silly if I decided to add a button hole and button onto my lapel pieces later . . . you know, for buttoning up during winter to help keep the cold out.

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A couple of the things I love most about this coat are the princess seams and all the top stitching.  This is the first time I’ve sewn something with princess seams and not only do I love how the seam sits against the body, I just love that name for a seam too!  I love all the detail that the top stitching along my seams gives . . . although my poor wee sewing machine may not agree with me there.

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As you can see from the two photos above, I didn’t put buttons on my coat.  Instead I decided to go for big, stud fastenings as the buttons will never be seen underneath the belt anyway.  You can see my china silk lining in one of those photos too.  I did want to go for a nice bright pink or purple lining, but the girl from Mood advised me that that wasn’t the done thing.

IMG_0580I love this big collar, the three quarter length sleeves and the fullness of the coat below the waist.  It is a very flattering shape for me to wear and I wish I had got some photos of me wearing it on its maiden voyage out for dinner last night.

IMG_0570bIf I were to make this coat again (which won’t be anytime soon), I would make my lining slightly longer and I wouldn’t add the pockets.  My pockets are made from the china silk lining fabric and are very delicate.  I won’t be putting my phone or keys in them for fear of tearing the fabric.

In the meantime, I hope to get a little bit more wear from this jacket during the spring months before the weather gets to warm.  Oh, who am I kidding?!  I live in Scotland.  I’ll probably still be wearing this coat mid-summer knowing what our weather is like.