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Finished knitting the dream, next please!

In my last post I mentioned that I had started knitting my dream outfit and finally after 10 days of hard slog, knitting and embellishing, she’s finished. I spent so much time with this project that I feel I had to give her a name, she became like part of the family (well that’s a bit over the top, but you get the idea?)

This set is from a Sublime knitting pattern book, the outfit itself is called “Little Vintage Christening Set” and was knitted using Sublime Bamboo & Pearls in what I would call winter white. This is a beautifully soft yarn, it literally glides along the knitting needles, and the pattern itself was really easy, basically reverse stocking stitch.

 

I started by knitting some of the 64 little “bells” that were to be sewn on as embellishments at the bottom of the coat and hat, in between finishing off another project and after knitting several parts of the coat, as I didn’t want to get to the end and have to knit them all at once. I had already decided that the outfit wouldn’t be my own without some extra additions and had bought some teardrop pearls which I sewed onto each of the bells, and I was really happy with how they looked.

What I hadn’t realised was that one it was knitted I would have to embroider chain stitch all over it. I was a bit apprehensive to say the least as I hadn’t embroidered onto knitting before and I really didn’t want to ruin my knitting, the yarn is £5 a ball and I had used 7, so it was with trepidation that I got out the embroidery needle, and of course a quick visit to the trusty youtube for a quick lesson!

Here is the detail on the back and sleeves

 

I also decided to do the embroidery etc on each part of the coat as I went along, this helped me visualise how the outfit would look when complete. Of course being me, I decided that I really needed something to make this extra special and ordered some diamantes, I wasn’t sure where they would be used and after a while finally decided that they would be sewn on to the tiny bobbles at the bottom of the coat and hat. They arrived just before I went to my knit and natter group and so I took them with me. I had to buy some beading needles as the holes on the diamantes were so small. Now I am normally the queen of threading needles, but I swear these didn’t seem to even have an eye to thread, I even asked if there was thinner cotton I could buy. Cath, the wool shop owner gave me a needle threader and the whole group set to work trying to thread them, we had one broken needle and everyone gave up apart from Brenda, who sat and threaded all 4 needles for me several times so that I could keep on sewing them on. Brenda even came to live with me until the project was finished…..ok so she didn’t and I did manage when I went home but she was a great help.

Here is the completed front.

 

and the detail on one of the sleeves…

I chose some beautiful iridescent buttons for the coat, you can’t see how they catch the light, but I think they really add to the vintage feel. I also had some woven labels made and of course had to sew in one of those.

 

I also had to knit a matching bonnet, and whilst doing this decided that both this and the coat needed a little something more, so being a real glutton for punishment I decided to sew some silver bugle beads onto the stem of the leaves at the bottom of the coat and bonnet. Thankfully the beading needle came into its own here.

Here’s a close up of the detail on the bonnet

And for those of you who are still awake, the whole outfit together.

The whole thing is really heavy, it took 7 balls of yarn and with the addition of all the bling, its going to take one strong baby to wear this hehe.

I did make this to sell and I know the price of £65 plus p&p might initially put some people off, but involved a LOT of hard work and creativity and not to mention the cost of the materials, I know that someone will fall in love with it and hope that maybe it becomes something that gets passed down from generation to generation. That’s a really lovely thought.

Now, back off to my knitting, happy blogging everyone and thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Knitting Nattering and being featured in another blog!

Well, there’s been a bit of a gap since my last blog, firstly as I’ve been really busy and secondly and most importantly, I cleverly sent all my recent knits to be photographed as I’m rubbish at it and my daughter Hannah is a photographer so it seemed silly not to use her talents.

The most important thing that happened was over a week ago now, my sister Marie makes the most amazingly wonderful cards, and asked me to send her one of my little knitted brooches, which she then used on one of her creations. She told me that it was going to be in her blog and when I read it I couldn’t stop crying, she basically dedicated her whole blog that week to ME , explaining how I’d been ill and unable to knit etc and how I’d started again. I was so moved by the blog itself, but then the lovely comments from her fellow bloggers had me reaching for the tissues again. Why not pop over and have a look at her work at Baileyrosy.com.

Last Friday was my 5th wedding anniversary and my lovely hubby gave me three choices,

1) I could have an outfit of my choice from M&S

2) I could have a piece of jewellery

3) I could go to the Craft Barn at Black Sheep Wools and choose what I wanted. For those of you not in the know, Black Sheep look fantastic on line, the phrase “kid in a sweetshop” springs to mind… and I was lucky to have found out about them via another blogger, who writes beautifully and is very crafty, Hannah Ackroyd

Well much as I love clothes and was sorely tempted by the idea of stocking up on wool, I chose the jewellery and very beautiful it is too, but the next day I asked him to take me to Black Sheep anyway and I would pay, cunning aren’t I?

I wasn’t disappointed, its absolutely amazing, its vast and stocks the most amazing yarns and accessories and has lots of bargains. I stocked up and came away a very happy bunny 😉

In amongst all this I have managed to have some girly time at my local knit and nattter group (nearly typed that as knatter!) on Tuesday afternoons, I’m fairly new to the group but already I’m allowed to wander freely through the stockrooms and I love it. Plus there’s cake and coffee so I’m pretty much sorted.

Time to show off some of the things I’ve completed since my last blog, got my photos last night from Little Hannah Photography  so here goes..

This is 0-6 months and was knitted using Debbie Bliss Prima yarn, which is a mix of bamboo and Merino Wool and an absolute delight to knit with, I think this one of my most favourite knits.

This pretty hoodie was knitted using a basic self striping acrylic yarn and was really good fun to make and very easy, I like to call it Raspberry Ripple.

My final baby item that has been photographed this week is this beautiful (modest aren’t I?) short cardigan in the wonderful “White Whispers” yarn by Sirdar, this being in the whisper of lilac with pink sparkly buttons for a contrast. This was so lovely to knit with as has a slight silky sheen to it.

Besides all the baby items, I decided to have a go at the scarves that the ladies in my knitting group were making and so I made this using Stylecraft Tango Glitz yarn, again it was surprisingly easy but really stylish I think.

and then this one using Rico Pompon, again simple but effective

Well that’s it for now, I’m off to my Etsy shop to list my new creations, feel free to drop in and have a mooch, until next week, happy blogging!

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