Wednesday, 25 December 2013

I will be back with regular posts and lots of lovely sewing and knitting in the new Year!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

A Wednesday WIP - Miette

Hello all,

How are you?  Ready for Christmas?  I'm still ploughing away through my Christmas sewing and knitting, I can't wait til the 27th when I can start showing you what I have been up to!  

Something I can show/talk about is the progress on my Miette cardigan.  

As you know I'm using this wool for it: 

And I think I told you I bought some bamboo circular needles from eBay? Well they were a bust.  They actually are bust,  broken, kaput and it happened half way through a row on the yoke grrr!!  So I transferred the whole project to a pair of straight 5s until I could get some new metal circulars and then moved it all back over. Phew it was a bit time consuming and has meant I'm not as far on as I would like to have been by now. 

So as I write this I am up to row 23, nearly at the point of breaking the yarn. The yoke and body have 99 rows inclusive so as you can see I still have quite a way to go! 

Despite the needle breaking issue I am really enjoying this project so far.  I've never actually knitted an actual piece of clothing for an adult so it's a great learning curve.  The internet has some fabulous resources for help with this particular project and I am using this tknit along from Today's Agenda to keep myself right.

In line 25 it says:
Row 25 (WS): Break yarn, CO 10 on right needle, purl across live sts on left needle, CO 10 on right needle.

and while I thought I knew what to do there I wanted to double check so I simply typed the instructions into google and found another lady had asked the same thing so If you get stuck too here is a great link explaining what to do. 

Now a sneaky peak of another Christmassy goody that is also a WIP but that's all I can show for now. 

As soon as Christmas is past I intend to power on with my Cynthia Rowley dress and get full steam ahead with Project 2014.  I also have a review of the Ohhh Lulu Grace panties pattern to share with you. 

Friday, 13 December 2013

Super busy and sick!

We are all sick in the Bug and Squish household so apart from Christmas presents being slowly worked on I've not had much chance to do any sewing but I have been out on a couple of driving lessons in my little car Siouxie.

I said recently I'd do some 'getting to know me' posts so here is a little story which should give you some insight into my mind.  

This was a conversation I had with my driving instructor the other day.  Discussing the road markings for roundabouts.

Me: so go with the markings written on the floor and if none left for straight ahead.  Wait a minute how weird is that? In the house we have a floor right and a ceiling. Outside ceilings are called roofs so you'd really think their would be another word for floor for outside right???!

Julie:  eh yeah Gemma their is, the ground!

Me: oh my god so there is!!! 

Days later we discussed this were laughing and I said 'oh my god and roof has the same letters as floor except the L that's well spooky. 

Julie:  looking at me like I have 2 heads

Me:  looking like my mind has been blown with enlightenment.

Not til I was relaying the whole thing to My husband did I think.  'Oh dear floor and roof aren't the same so that's not spooky at all!' 

Lol poor Julie having to put up with this!

Please tell me I'm not the ony person who says stupid things like this? Gem xx

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

A little treat for you!

Don't worry I've not forgotten you all, I'm just so busy working away on things I can't show you 'till after Christmas Day at the moment. 

In the meantime I share with you a little treat from myself, The Hubster, Bug and Squish.

Click here  to enjoy!

Bye for now, Gem xx

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christmas has taken over!

Oh Christmas present making has taken over my evenings! Normal service will resume soon! 

In the meantime I can show you this:
the wool I chose to make my Miette , what do you think?

I also picked these up for Christmas pressies but I can't show you what I've made til after the big day boooo!!

Do you make your Christmas pressies?  I'm trying to do it myself or support handmade, just hope my pressies are well recieved!

Ok peops short and sweet for now but I will be back soon! 

Thank you, Gem xx

Monday, 2 December 2013

My underwear drawer . . .

is filling up quickly!

What do you think? 

A review of the pattern used will follow in the next couple of days!

Please note that this is a pattern that I paid for, I am in no way affiliated to the  origin of said pattern and therefore will offer a straightforward and honest review. 

Bye for now folks, Gem xx

Cynthia Rowley Muslin Take 1!

For about the last week I have been working on my first ever muslin for this dress.
I blogged about it here I am determined to make a good job of this so a muslin seemed essential and thankfully I went down that route because . . . . 

the first one came up too small.  Now I'd love to blame the pattern (hehe) but essentially what happened was, I took my measurements, decided on the size, then cut the wrong one oops! 

Although the size was incorrect this muslin was not a bust as it allowed me to practice drawing out my pattern

and practice making darts

Onwards and upwards to the next version!

Oh incase you are wondering my muslin is made out of a fitted sheet I bought from Asda and removed the elastic from. I will definitely be buying more of these!

Next version coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by, Gem xx