My current work in progress:

Beadwork, by Jade Starmore, knit from Wendy Guernsey, using 2.75mm needles.

Archives for April 2017

Wendy Used to Knit

I’m thinking about changing my online name to Wendy-Used-to_Knit.

It’s not so much that I’ve gone off knitting, more that I’ve rediscovered sewing. I am now knitting maybe one night a week and the rest of the evenings are devoted to handsewing doll clothes. Here are some recent creations.

Stays for Felicity:

And the back:

A dress for Molly:

A dress for Samantha:

And a dress for Kirsten:

And Loki is keeping up with his nap schedule!

Happy Birthday, Loki!

Today is my sweet boy’s sixth birthday!

So far today, he has had his little nose kissed several thousand times and has been told what a good boy he is around 100,000 times.

I did very little knitting over the past week. What I’ve been up to (among other things):

A dress for Felicity!

I think she likes it.

And a dress for Molly:

Both of these dresses I sewed by hand rather than by machine. More time-consuming, but a lot more satisfying!

In the comments, there was a request to see the fabric I’m going to use to line my Aspen coat. Here it is:

And here are the buttons:

I am working on the last sleeve, so some progress is being made.

Sleeves

All the sewing I have been doing has put a big dent in my knitting time, but I did finish the first sleeve of Aspen last weekend.

I am planning on lining this coat: I am going to us Liberty Tana Lawn for a nice lightweight lining. In order to do this, I need to construct a pattern for the lining. What I have done is to lay the blocked pieces of the coat on brown paper, and cut around them to create pattern pieces.

The sleeve is lying on top of brown paper which makes a nice sleeve template.

I am going to do a deep inverted pleat in the center back of the lining for ease of movement. I’ll hem the bottom of the lining so that it is about even with the top of the ribbing, and it will hang free — I’m not going to attach it to the ribbing around the bottom, just around the neck and down the side fronts inside the ribbing, and at the armholes. I’ll tack the lining in place in a couple of spots above the sleeve cuffs.

Do I sound like I know what I’m doing? Yeah, only time will tell.

I still have this sleeve to complete:

And then miles and miles of ribbing for the neckband and front bands.

But I’m not in a hurry.