Tricky Little Stitches

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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.

 

 

 

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Back from holiday….but I was a busy knitter

Well I’ve been off to North Yorkshire for a wonderfully relaxing holiday with my hubby and my teenage son. Funnily enough and not at all planned (hehe) I just happened to “find” the most amazing wool shop in the town nearest to where we were staying. If you get the chance pop in to www.craftsofthirsk.co.uk either the website or the actual shop, which is run by a lovely helpful couple. My initial reason for popping in was to see if I could find some King Cole Galaxy yarn in dk, this has sequins running through the yarn and which I thankfully did find along with a lovely pattern and I used these to make this pretty baby bolero which I think would be lovely for a wedding, christening or other special occasion…

In between our lovely days out, usually early in the morning or in the evenings, whilst keeping one eye on The Olympics, I managed to finish off the project I took with me, this was knitted using Sirdar Crofter dk, only one 50g ball made this pretty 0-6 month baby jacket. I just love the colours…

I also made a cute little mouse to match and stuffed it when I came home, its sitting on the shoulder of the jacket.

Before I left for holiday and in between the packing for us all, (as we all know boys don’t pack,) I managed to finish the little cardigan I started at the end of my last post. I think it’s so cute and surprisingly it didn’t involve the use of a cable needle.

I also took some Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn with me that I bought from my local knitting shop, and using the same pattern as the little fairisle type jacket above I made another 0-6 month jacket, and finished it with a pretty heart shaped button. This yarn is so lovely to knit with as it just glides through your fingers and has a lovely sheen to it when finished.

Baby Bamboo Pink S/S Jacket 0-6 months

On another of my trips to the wool shop in Thirsk I came across the beautiful Baby Speckle yarn from Sirdar and another gorgeous little pattern, it is quite expensive yarn but once again it’s a dream to knit with and the results were well worth it, I almost finished this before we came home and got the buttons back here and finished this off within a couple of hours of being home, after all who needs to unpack?

Again this was knitted in age 0-6 months. I just wish I could shrink my grandson to fit this…but since I couldn’t I decided I had to knit a little something for him. I’ve only just finished it and will take some photo’s for my next post.

I also managed to knit another of my little crowns, this time in silver with pink beads, but again no photo’s as of yet since it’s hard to get it to stand up!

So as you can see it’s been a busy week, I had a wonderful holiday, did lots of lovely things like hold an owl at a falconry centre and sampled some lovely beers at the Theakstons brewery in Masham, met lots and lots of very friendly people and ate lots and lots of lovely grub. Now it’s back to reality, but at least I’ve got lots more nice yarns and patterns in my stash which I’m sure will soon be knitted up and photographed for you all to see.

I hope to add all the above to my Etsy shop in a short while, why not pop over and have a look. www.etsy.com/shop/trickylittlestitches

Thanks for wading through all the pics and I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

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