Showing posts from August, 2015

Introducing my Mobius scarf collection.

After finishing lots of t-shirts, I decided that I needed something to go with them. I often can't find jewelry that I like, but do need something to brighten up my appearance.  And that is easy to wear - I can't stand things that get tangled up and need sorting out.  I like things that are neat and out of the way, so I can function without distraction. So I purchased a few pieces of rayon knit and made a few infinity scarves - the mobius ring type, the never-ending circle scarf.  They only take about five minutes to make.  My scarves are small, as I am small, so I only used about 40 cm width and about 60 cms long, if that.  Accuracy in measurement is not needed with this sort of project, just drape and see what it looks like, and go with that. Okay, so I made five of these in rayon - one shown above, and four below: And I made a couple of casual scarves out of cotton rib knit - these are for cool days for when the knitted neck warmers are too much, but yo

Back to Basics 3 - The Last of the T-Shirt Collection

So, the colour is red!  Yes, Sarah Liz wearing Red - usually I make black, white and navy, with the occasional bit of pink or purple.  I'll bet you never thought you would see me in something this bright :).  Just to show I can surprise sometimes... And, I think everyone needs a red top, for those moments that need red.  You know, when we are feeling less than our best in spirits and need a bit of a lift. The knit is a combed cotton jersey, once again from Spotlight.  I used 1.4 metres, purchased 1.6 at $11.99 a metre.   This was a big splurge - no trying to eek out two tops from 2 metres this time :). I used my TNT t-shirt pattern, Kwik Sew 3766.   There is not much to say about this last t-shirt - those of you that follow my blog know I have made this up a number of times in the last couple of months.  Knowing that my narrower self fabric band works, I used that technique on this t-shirt as well.  I'm in a rush today, so I shall just post the pictures an

Warmer Winter Necks.

 This winter has been extremely cold by Newcastle standards and my neck was complaining.  I don't like long scarves because I get tangled up in them, and find them a nuisance. So I decided to knit a few thick and chunky cowls.  Mostly because I wanted to get the job done quickly, so that I have neck warmers in the cupboard for next winter. The red cowl shown above was knitted out of a chunky something or other found in Spotlight. I think it was Moda Vera Hudson.  It was acrylic and wool, and I fell in love with the colour.  It was knitted on large 7 mm needles, so knitted up quickly.  If you like this cowl, and can find the yarn, the pattern is on the label. It is thick and chunky, and I am not sure whether I like it or not - it may be too bulky for me.  But next year, when the weather is chilly, I will like this, I am sure.  Anything to keep warm :) ***** The second cowl was made out of 12 ply Alpaca and Wool blend - Moda Vera, Tolva.  Found in Spotlight.   It's muc

Back to Basics 2 - The T-Shirt Collection.

As you all know, I am in the middle of replacing all my tatty old t-shirts with nice new me-made ones, a project that was seriously daunting when first contemplated six t-shirts ago. The navy cotton is a combed cotton jersey, purchased from Spotlight, for $11.99 per metre.  I used 2 metres of 112 wide, but did not have matching rib.  And, I have found out I really need 2.1 metres of 112 to squeeze out two t-shirts.  Luckily, wouldn't you know it, I had another piece of this in my stash (cos I stash fabrics that are hard to get in multiple quantities sometimes) and so could cut the neckband strips from that.  A slightly different dyelot but that is okay. The pattern I used was my usual TNT t-shirt, Kwik Sew 3766.   The neckband in the pattern is about 6/8 inch wide folded and finished.  It is cut shorter than the neckband, and when I made this pattern in combed cotton a few weeks ago,  and used the pattern piece, this is the result I got:   All puckered and pul

Thank you for your Birthday Greetings.

 Thank you everyone for your Birthday greetings recently.  I wasn't going to make too much of an announcement about it this year, but Facebook had other ideas.  But I was thrilled with your thoughts. I was also lucky enough to be given this lovely machine.  As you know, I have been attempting to learn to sew with knits this year.  I'm now getting there, and I said to myself, when you are getting the hang of knits, then, and only then, will you buy a coverstitch machine.  It's no good buying a machine if you are not serious about using it.  I mentioned my thoughts to DH, and he decided he wanted to buy me one.  So I said it had to be a combined birthday and xmas gift, because they are not cheap.   I was presented with this a few weeks ago, because DH thought there might be a learning curve involved and that I might want to get started.  And for other reasons, which I shall share later...(mystery!!) The machine is a little tricky to thread, but the tension settings

Back to Basics 1 - The T-shirt collection

Earlier this year I looked in my t-shirt drawer.  It was not an inspiring sight - they are all old and shabby.  So I knew I needed to replace them all, but really was not looking forward to such a tedious sewing job.  I mean, I would rather make something more interesting, but still, we all need those basic, every day garments that you often can't find in shops nowadays in Australia. I used my basic TNT t-shirt pattern - Kwik Sew 3766:   I used combed cotton jersey purchased from Spotlight.  Again, I had 2 metres of 112 wide fabric ($11.99 per metre).  I also had a rib, which although not quite matching, tones in well enough.  That meant I  could squeeze out two tops.  And, as I have learnt - and have blogged about - rib is the best medium for the neckband for this pattern. I was a little annoyed at not being able to find matching overlocker thread for the seams, because I do like to use matching thread.  I had to resort to grey instead, which I know sort of works