My first socks!

I’m wearing my first pair of own made socks and I love them!

Here a few quick shots just as I was walking out of the door…

I’ll post details and better photos later

I’m now working on a long-paused WIP – the Old Shale Shawl free pattern. I had stopped it long ago when I discovered a blatant mistake in the stitch alignment, but have since unraveled back and restarted knitting. Some old pictures of the shawl, which is pretty much as it looks now:

All is good! Have a lovely day!

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Good evening, dear readers!

Good evening, dear readers!

More reuse ideas were thought and some even undertaken. Thus, we shall report back to you on the current state of affairs and hope you will enjoy the reading.

We wish you a very pleasant weekend. Baaaa

Curtains: In the pursue of a draught-free home, this time I looked at the kitchen window. I had found a nice lined curtain, which could be reused with a bit of alterations – though, it turned out that the width was too small when mounted. Back to square one, I looked in my stash for some fabric: there was a white/blue cotton cut, which previously must have been something else – I think it was found in the flat. Although considerably lighter and un-lined, it could fit the bill if used double. First, I hand-sewn the fabric in a double fashion (in the end it was only partially double, in the upper section). Then I made the hanging bits out of some vintage labels and attached them; I wanted to use the proper curtain hangers but they wouldn’t fit with the wire, so I added metal rings. It’s not perfect, but it’ll do and keep out cold air during the night hours. 

kitchen curtain finished and hanging

Kitchen curtain finished and hanging!

detail of the hanging bits

detail of the hanging bits

the window as it was before

the window as it was before

sewing the labels as hanging part

sewing the labels as hanging part

another one down... many more to go!

another one down… many more to go!

label bunting

label bunting

hand sewn

hand sewn

finished!

finished!

Shirt: Reading this post by the Fringe Association gave me an idea for a reuse. There is this very good quality shirt that has been sitting around for a while. My partner had it tailor made while on a trip years ago, but has since gone up a size (or two) and thus it was stored in the closet.

the original shirt

the original shirt

I have been toying with the idea of making my own folk blouse (or something similar) after reading The Vintage Traveler’s post and seeing some great vintage items (out of my budget). I have a crash on bohemian/folk blouse style (also see this one). The shirt details are too male to lend themselves for a folk blouse, plus embroidery is not among my arts. I will see what to do – still working on ideas. To be continued.
Lavender sachets: with all the woolly items in the household, I thought it sensible to put in place some measures to (hopefully) prevent some pesky creatures joining in. I am going to make lavender sachets of various types:
  • Reusing some old swatches: after blocking and lining them, some closing device will be added and dried lavender seeds will be poured in; these won’t be particularly fancy, but will do the job just fine.
  • Making some lavender kits: in my previous post I mentioned a kit acquired at the Christmas fair, so this isn’t actually a reuse…
a collection of random swatches, awaiting to be reused

a collection of random swatches, awaiting to be reused

... and a vintage tea towel that could become the lining

… and a vintage tea towel that could become the lining

big bag of organic lavender

big bag (1kg) of organic lavender

Surely it would be much easier to buy ready-made sachets, but I would like to have a more natural product and save money (ready-made quality ones can be rather expensive). I’ve sourced some organic seeds in the past and they were really nice – they even offered some UK-produced lavender.

With the holidays soon here, there won’t be much time to focus on these projects. This is a recurring issue: too many ideas and too little time (or something)… Am I doing something wrong? I wonder if I should change my approach and focus on fewer things. I admire those who seem to have a steady output and not have many ideas “hanging” around.

Boot toppers

I love wool

I love wool!

While the River Pebbles cowl is queuing for washing, another quick and fun project has been turned into a FO.

Furry Welly (Boot) Toppers

Furry Welly (Boot) Toppers

These Furry Welly Toppers will come handy in wintery times, and although I don’t own a pair of wellies myself, they will be used on my other boots. More info about the knitting kit is on the Ravelry project page linked above. The yarn is pure British wool, a tribute to Wovember.

Furry Welly Toppers kit by Erika Knight

Furry Welly Toppers kit by Erika Knight

To sew them up I will use the kitchener stitch, so I can practice it.

I am planning more small projects: it’s fun to see a result within days, gives variety of knitting and prevents WIPs going into hibernating state  🙂

Recently I have practiced a healthy stash enhancement exercise, which lead to a wide variety of vintage yarn (mostly pure wool) to play with in my projects – a few gratuitous images, just because… The next, though, will have to be some stash tiding up!

Bernat Astrakhan vintage wool

Woollybear Yarns Wool Bouclé cool gray Woollybear Yarns Wool Bouclé yellow

Samsyco DK Wild Rice Samsyco DK moss green

Bellmans Chunky Crepe blue Twinfold DK purple

♥ ♡ ♥ Ribbons ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡ ♥

I very much enjoyed reading Martha’s recent post on ribbon love and upcycled storage glass jars. By coincidence, I had just ordered some ribbons myself and they just arrived.

With excitement and joy, let me show you the little group that is going to join my small but happy Ribbons family. There are six of them: 4 embroidered (Strawberries, Forest Friends, Best Friends, Farmyard Animals) and 2 grosgrain (Bunting and Buttons).

New members in the Ribbons family!

New members in the Ribbons family!

They just arrived :)

As they just arrived 🙂

I ordered them from Blooming Felt and they have been promptly and flawlessly delivered. They even added a kind hand note on an upcoming event: the Knitting and Stitching Show in London, 10-13th October. If London is not a convenient location for you, there are further appointments: 31st October to 3rd November in Dublin, and 21st to 24th November in Harrogate (full details here). I’ll probably visit, although I’m not entirely sure that it’s a wise idea from a student financial perspective!

Buttons and Bunting

Buttons and Bunting

When my budget allows, I’m planning to add further members to the Ribbons: a German Etsy shop, FreuleinStephi, offers amazing ribbons produced in more than a century old traditional looms in Germany. Mind you, quality always comes at a price, but it’s well worth!

Best Friends and Farmyard Animals

Best Friends and Farmyard Animals

Strawberry may be (not sure yet) integrated in my knitting WIP Lazy Sunday bag. I’m also planning to add some crochet leaves made adapting the LOTR inspired leaf clasp  free pattern (Ravelry project page).

Strawberry and Forest Friends

Strawberry and Forest Friends

Speaking of crochet, I just remembered an old crochet FO of mine: a border I made on an Austrian table cloth that a friend kindly gave me – sadly the HallTex factory in Tirol that used to produce those high-quality fabrics has now gone. Sign of the times? hopefully a trend that is reversing. Let’s keep buying local products 🙂

An old FO: table cloth with crochet border

An old FO: table cloth with crochet border

that was made years ago, when I lived in Tirol, Austria

that was made years ago, when I lived in Tirol, Austria

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