Some selfless knitting – King Cole 4087

So a quick little post today to show you all the completed jumper that I made for the husband. He’s 6ft 3″ – so finding jumpers in the shops that are long enough in the body and have long arms is a real challenge! Perfect when your wife can knit you a bespoke, custom made jumper then. Hmm. He’s been asking for me to knit him a jumper since I learnt 4 years ago and it’s taken me a while to comply…. I mean, knitting something so big, in a neutral colour (at his request) just wasn’t as exciting as knitting fun little things for the girls. So it’s been on my ‘to do’ list for a while. Then I stumbled across this pattern, King Cole 4087, over on Love Knitting. I really liked the shape and texture… and that its for chunky yarn!! So I promptly ordered it along with this […]

Completed King Cole 4087

Grainline love and a Hemlock Tee

Long time no blog! I can’t believe that the last time I posted was back in August… feels like an age ago. A lot has happened in the past 6 weeks including starting back at work in a new job. After 4 years of being at home with the kiddos this has been a big shift for the whole family. I have rather jealously guarded sewing as essential down time – but blogging has really taken a back seat as we all get used to the new routine of life! Hopefully I should be back a bit more now with A LOT to fill you guys in on. Namely a wedding outfit I made in the summer, fabric picks and sewing plans following SewBrum, a finished knit for my husband, a winter coat for my daughter and a bit of a Grainline love affair – which starts us off today. I […]

Simplicity 1206 – Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2

I’m really excited about this post! This is my entry for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge. This is gonna be a bit longer than my usual peeps – so hang in there if you can ;-). Of course you can always flick through the many pictures as they will tell most of the story anyway! I have so enjoyed every part of this project, from dreaming up ideas right through to seeing them realised. It’s been good to slow down my sewing (you may have read the disastrous consequences of me and ‘quick’ sewing in my last post…) especially with the Olympics on in the background for pretty much the two weeks of evenings that it took for me to make this! When I saw that Simplicity were doing a sewing challenge again this year I was so excited and immediately hopped on over to see what the patterns were. I was so […]


7.30pm – Kids are in bed, a whole evening of sewing lies ahead. Bliss! Spirits are running high as I get out my lovely (prewashed – oh yes) viscose fabric destined to become a dropped waist dress of my own design. Using the Sophia top pattern as my base, such a simple pattern this should surely only take me a few hours. I will have a new dress to wear tomorrow. Tumtee tumtee tah. 9.30pm – HOW IS IT THAT I HAVE BEEN SEWING FOR 2 HOURS ALREADY!!! My fabric is fraying like crazy and I’m french seaming everything in sight. ugh. 10.30pm – Sewed my skirt backwards and forgot to grade out the top for my hips. Resew the side seam and barely get away with the scant half inch gained. ugh. ugh. 11.30pm – Gathering the skirt has caused the machine to EAT MY FABRIC. I am no […]