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A Good Yarn / More socks
« on: December 21, 2020, 12:48:46 PM »
Inspired by @b15erk I thought I would try knitting socks.  Until now I have only knitted rectangular things since I learned to knit at the start of the first lockdown so this was something of a challenge.  These are cuff down socks from a basic pattern in Kate Atherley's Custom Socks book.  My family call them my Fungus the Bogeyman socks but I think they're just jealous.


I was going to try toe up socks next but I can't get my head round german short rows.  Does anyone know a tutorial that shows how to do german short rows with English rather than continental style knitting?

In the wardrobe / Ottobre Biker Jacket
« on: April 16, 2020, 16:45:14 PM »
I finally finished the Ottobre Biker Jacket in purple  :o faux leather.  It is from the 05/2017 issue which is probably my favourite issue - I've made three things from it so far and other 3 are in the planning stages.

I picked the jacket  pattern to use up a piece of cheap faux leather and to cure my zip inserting phobia.  This pattern has six zips.  The pattern went together like a dream - except for the fabric - it wouldn't pin, press or hold a crease.  It melted under a warm iron,  stretched as it sewed and broke three needles.  I would have had more joy sewing heavy duty bin liners.  However as long as no-one inspects the topstitching too closely I am cautiously pleased with how it turned out ( and zips are surprisingly easy after the third one).

Dolls and Toys / April's Wardrobe
« on: January 03, 2020, 18:09:11 PM »
When I took a load of donations to our local charity shop I picked up an Our Generation doll.  I'd never seen one before - no children in the family. I rather fell for her especially her glasses and wonderful hair colour so she followed me home.

I thought I might try to make an oufit a month for her just as light relief from make clothes for me.  It seems like a good way of using up some of the scraps I can't bear to part with.

Here she is after a good wash and detangling of her hair. Her clothes have been washed and pressed as well.

Her socks are badly stretched out so I might start by making her a new pair!

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