We’ve had terrific weather here in Sweden which this year perfectly coincided with our vacation. But now, those 4 weeks are over and apparently also the good weather. I have made some progress on the cardigan. Joined the sleeves and body to start the yoke yesterday. Not much left. However, as I realised yesterday in a book store, I miss reading. So I got my self a new book – One hundred names by Cecilia Ahern. So now I’ll split the commute between reading and knitting, while any spare time at home will be earmarked for sewing.
I’m planning a 6PAC (6 Piece Autumn Collection) together with a whole bunch of people in a Swedish Facebook group and wanted a cardigan in knit fabric to suit my plan. I will post my plan when it is finished. I looked around the interwebs quite a bit to find patterns I liked. As there seems to be others looking for patterns as well I thought I’d list the patterns I found plus I can easily find them myself since I only ordered the first three.
Jag har gått med i en grupp på Facebook – Sy garderoben – med en plan – där vi ska planera och sy en minikollektion, en s.k. 6PAC. Det är riktigt kul att planera och jag kände snabbt att jag ville ha en kofta i trikå med i min plan. Jag har letat runt endel efter mönster och har nu beställt tre. Då fler verkar leta efter koftmönster tänkte jag därför lista de jag hittat. Plus att jag lätt kan hitta dem själv när jag vill beställa fler.
Inspired by Sewing cake, two boxes came home with me from the latest trip to IKEA to use as project boxes. The idea is to put everything for a project in the box for easy access as the project progresses. In this box I’ve placed everything for the mei tai. The pattern is pictured in the book seen in the lower left corner. In the other box are the fabric and pattern for the next Renfrew.
Jag blev inspirerad av Sewing cake och köpte två lådor när vi var på IKEA i veckan, två vita Kassett. Tanken är att förvara allt till ett pågående projekt i lådan så man inte behöver leta efter något och därmed kan använda sin tid mer effektivt. Hoppas det funkar. I den här lådan ligger allt till den mei tai jag tänkt göra och i nedre vänstra hörnet av bilden syns mönstret jag tänkt använda. I den andra lådan ligger mönster och tyg till nästa Renfrew.
Keeping the stash small is hard work. Two friends are having babies and we wanted to give them something. As DH is very kind and supportive he agreed that me sewing some gifts was a good idea. We found some awesome fabrics for the wee ones, fishes and racing cars. The most recent plan is to make blankets and so we also got some yellow velour for the “wrong” side. I’m also making a mei tai because Mini wants to be carried a lot and is getting rather heavy.
Med en mycket förstående make så tyckte han så klart det var en bra idé att sy något till vänners kommande småttingar. Vi hittade jättefina tyger med fiskar och racerbilar. Nu har vi nog bestämt att det ska bli en huvfilt och dregglis så vi köpte även lite velour till baksidan. Det andra tyget skall bli en mei tai för att bära Mini.
My first Renfrew top. Am definitely making more. Next I want to make a Renfrew with a cowl neck in the left over turquoise jersey from the Eva dress – if there is enough fabric.
This fabric was purchased with a dolman top in mind. I cut the fabric and basted the shoulder seams to fiddle with the neckline. But it just did not look good. The fabric was not drapey enough and just had to wait for my Sewaholic Patterns to arrive. It was put together rather quickly. Since the fabric had already been cut for a dolman top there really weren’t room for sleeves. It’s not a perfect fit but for a first top it’s ok and I have worn it to work under a cardigan. I am still a bit worried that a seam will break or something when I put on a garment I’ve sewn. But it’s getting better.
Pattern: Renfrew by Sewaholic (link to pattern)
Fabric: wavy stripes printed cotton jersey from Stoff och stil
Thread: polyester from Stoff och stil
Size: 8 graded down to a 6 at the hips
Modifications: skipped sleeves and simply pressed on some stay tape, folded and stitched with a twin needle.
Notes: In hindsight, I clearly did not check the measurements properly before tracing the pattern. Sure my waist is a bit wider than size 6 but there is 10 cm of ease at the waist. In a garment in knit fabric I never wear clothes with that amount of ease. So for the next one I’ll do a size 6 at the waist. I’ll measure the pattern to make sure it’s not too small. It’s a lovely pattern with great instructions – just make sure you read in the right place.
Third time’s the charm. At least that’s what I’m hoping for. Many years ago, I bought a whole bunch of Drops Paris in white during the summer sale. I started making a double breasted cardigan with moss stitch bands and a cowl neckline- it was a very popular pattern a few years ago. But it was put away after finishing the body. After finishing the princess shawl I took the cardigan out of it’s bag and tried it on. Just awful. Did not suit me at all.
I cast on for top down wrap cardigan during a weekend road trip. But after a few rows on the body it was obvious that it was too big. Some searching on Raveley later and I am now working on Drops 127-16. It’s a basic bottom up yoked cardigan white eyelets and rib in the yoke. Keep your fingers crossed this will work.
On the way home I bought a sewing magazine the summer issue of Ottobre kids. Hoping to make some gifts for two babies that will arrive in the coming months.
This is what is in my fabric stash. I’m hoping to keep the fabric stash small in contrast to the yarn stash.
Bottom left: also a jersey from tyg.se. Not sure what to make but couldn’t resist buying some.
Right: wavy stripes from Stoff och stil. Have cut the fabric to make a dolman top but the fabric is too stiff and doesn’t drape well. Will make a Renfrew instead.
When I started surfing the Web for sewing related information earlier this year, Sewaholic and her patterns quickly emerged as something I’d like to try. However, I prefer to shop from European shops. Both due to time but also cost of postage.
I was planning on buying from a UK based company, but the other day it occurred to me that I could check for the pattern in Sweden. A quick Google search later and three Sewaholic patterns were ordered from Fagert. Very quick delivery!
I joined the Princess and the pea mystery shawl KAL with start in February. With enough yardage I decided to cast on for the large (there were 4 sizes). For the first two weeks I had almost finished the clues on time. But as March drew closer I had to continue on the gifts for Mini so it went on hiatus for about a month. It still took two months to finish knitting the last two clues. I came close to ripping it out and making a smaller size. But I’m glad I didn’t – it’s perfect.
Pattern: Princess and the pea by Lily Go (Ravelry)
Yarn: Twinkle 4 ply from easyknits.co.uk in Frozen lake colourway
Needles: 3.5 mm Addi click lace
Start: February 7 2013
Finish: June 2013
Note: For some reason I thought it would be a crescent-shaped shawl, like she did for last years MKAL, and weren’t too pleased when I discovered it was not. But it is a really nice shape. Doing the large just means you repeat the same pattern, so it was a bit boring to knit. The pattern includes very nice photo tutorials.
I have yarn from easyknits that’s been sittin’ in the stash for over a year – very soft but don’t have a clue as what to make with it. So this was the first time knitting with one of his yarns. Quite nice experience and this particular series (twinkle) has a superb look to it – it sparkles! Sorry for not catching it in the photos. The yarn bleed out a lot of colour while soaking it – will do a vinegar rinse when I have the time. I should also reblock the thing, because I did not have the time to pin it but just laid it out on a towel pulling on each point.
I made it on time! We went to DH’s childhood friend’s wedding last weekend and I just finished the dress the night before we left. It was a wonderful wedding and I really like the dress. It was a bit scary to wear something handmade in stretch fabric. What if a seam would break…But it didn’t.
Pattern: Eva Dress from Your Style Rocks
Thread: Polyester from Stoff & stil
Started: May 2013
Finished: June 6 2013
Details: I used zig zag stitches for all but the hems. For the hems I used a twin needle. Used clear elastic for stabilisation of the back neck and shoulder seams.
Notes: Even for a beginner sewist like myself this dress is not too difficult although I bodge up the back neck facing on the second attempt. Tried to make it neater the second time but it ended up turning over. Since I made a hole in the fabric the first time I left it like that. The pleats in the back gives it a nice figure without too much work.
Wearing a knit dress is something new to me. It felt really nice and the fabric bounced as I walked. Like to try making one in a heavier fabric.