A silk scarf

So I made a scarf, but now what do I do with it? I don’t usually wear scarfs, but I’m quite enamoured with the sweet nautical print of this little silk remnant.

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The fabric came from an estate sale, in one of the fabric bundles I’ve talked about before.

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There’s not much else to talk about when it comes to scarfs. I stitched a hand rolled hem. It’s my hands down, favourite type of hand-stitching. There’s something magical about the way the stitches disappear as you pull the thread to reveal a perfect, invisible hem. I shared a brief video on Snapchat (username: lilysageandco) when I was making the scarf. There’s already a million and one tutorials on hand-rolled hems out there so I won’t be re-inventing the wheel here. I found this one┬ávery clear (but save a few minutes of your life and fast-forward to the 3 minute mark before you start watching).

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I paired my new scarf with a bit of white on white for the photos. I get a surprising amount of wear out of my bamboo jersey, off the shoulder top. The white jeans are Citizens of Humanity (thrifted and modified from a boot-cut style) and diy distressed with a cheesegrater and razor.

Knitting not to be

So for the sake of full disclosure, I really feel that I should share my knitting progress. It started off with a bang. And I really, REALLY want to love knitting, especially with all the amazing inspiration coming through on my blog roll. But I suspect my patchy knit-work is going to be limited to road trips.

But I did manage to complete a few little projects. Check out the beanies and scarfs on this lot (note: a yellow beanie and unfinished scarf is missing from this photo). I should also mention that this photo was taken about a month ago on the first day we arrived in Kansas, to mountains of snow and below zero temperatures. And yes, my stubborn children are not wearing shoes or gloves…or coats!

 
After my delirious success at finishing a beanie, I decided to start out on a more ambitious road, but perhaps it was a little above my skill set. I downloaded a design off Ravelry to make a little dress for my littlest one, the Maxi Top by Elena Nodel It started well…
 

 
But it is a bit of a mess. Just look at all the holes in it. The underarm section is pretty messy too. I just couldn’t work out how to do some of the stitches in the pattern. The striped scarf was much more fun. I was freestyling stripes, having just figured out how to change colours without tying knots in the yarn. But I have to admit that this one is unfinished because I just got bored. I
 
n any case, since my sewing table is now back in action, the knitting has lain delightfully dormant for the past few weeks. But I won’t throw it away yet. I plan to salvage both articles in a few weeks when we head off skiing for the Easter weekend. I’m wondering if I can stitch those holes closed or maybe sew some beads/sequins/buttons over them…I love a good challenge! ´╗┐

Graduating to circular needles and Purl Bee beanies

Through sheer perseverance, I am actually beginning to enjoy this knitting malarkey. I’ve just finished my first beanie. And yes, I am super proud of myself. It’s real beginnersville here!


Thanks to you guys, I’ve also discoverd Ravelry. It has become my go-to for all things knitting. I searched for what looked to be the simplest possible beanie pattern by Purl Bee, and yes, it was simple, but also a great hit with Miss Four. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the type of yarn and stitch tension right, but I don’t really mind the ‘homemade’ look for a beanie (although I’m sure it would look better with the starting point at the back!). It was also my first go using circular and double point needles.


I’ve got a few more little beanies and scarfs to knit for my other girls over the next week or so (I’m preparing for a Kansas Winter, or what remains of it). And after this, I have a more ambitious project planned! 

But before I sign off, I must confess to another splurge necessary purchase. In the after bask of having completed my first real knitting project, I convinced myself that I was worthy of some better knitting equipment. A Knit Pro carbon circular needle kit is on it’s way to me in the mail. It took me absolutely ages to decide what type of needle I should get and in the end, my choice basically came down to the needle sizes in the kit (those that I don’t already have). I had no idea you could choose from bamboo, plastic, metal or wooden needles. What type of knitting needles do you use, or wish you had more of?

 
And if you are wondering what 60kg of vacuum packed sewing paraphernalia looks like…
 

 

This is my important stuff all packed up and ready to hit the runway. Oh, and it doesn’t actually include any of my clothes. It is merely the important things….fabric, patterns, select notions, and my Pfaff! How do I manage this luggage haul you ask. Well, that is what three little girls come in handy for…believe it or not, their luggage allocation is still 46kg each, which I am carefully managing of course….mwah ha ha…