Podcast Episode 34 – ‘Cos I’m Sick!

Housekeeping

Finished Objects

  • Early Autumn by Alana Dakos, my project page
  • Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4 ply, hand dyed by me
  • 614 yards (561m)
  • 3mm (US 2.5) & 3.5mm (US 4) generic 17″ circulars + 3.5mm (US 4) HiyaHiya 9″ circulars

Works in Progress

Shop Update

  • Lovebird Lane Etsy Shop
  • Shop update
  • Trying out a new yarn for my Peachface Fingering with a much larger yardage 525 yards / 480 metres
  • Peachface Fingering Test – 2 skeins available ‘Crazy Beautiful’
  • Peachface Fingering – ‘Over the Rhône’ x 2, ‘Lily Pond’ x 2, ‘Key Lime Pie’ x 2, ‘Neon Speckle’ x 1 & ‘Woodland Party’ x 1

Shop Update – 11th January 2017

This week’s shop update will consist of mostly yarn. I’ve got six new skeins and two new colourways to debut! 🙂 I’m pretty excited about the new ones and I hope you’ll love them too!

My goal for the first quarter of 2017 is to work on my catalogue of pink and red colourways ‘cos Valentine’s Day is in the first quarter! So here I offer ‘Be Still My Beating Heart’:

It’s a lovely vibrant tonal of pinks through reds with a touch of brown. I’m pretty pleased with this one as it was pretty much a splash of this and a splash of that to achieve it! 😀 I’ve written down the formula so it should be easily repeated. I’ll have two skeins of this on my DK base.

The next new colourway is ‘Winterfell’, inspired by a braid of fibre I purchased from Kathy’s Fibres. The colour is inspired by the cherry blossom tree at Winterfell in ‘Game of Thrones’. I’ll have two skeins of this on my Bamboo Sock base.

Lastly for yarn, I have some of my favourite colourway I’ve created so far, ‘Wisteria Arbour’. I’ve knit two accessories in this already (a cowl and a tam) and my current cardigan project is also being knit in this. It’s been very popular when I’ve posted about it to the point where I’ve also had a custom order for it! I love that! 😀 So grab these if you can!


It’s a beautiful tonal mix of lilac, purple and grey. I’ll have two skeins of this on my Fingering base.

Finally, I’ll have three knitted necklaces in the shop. These are such a cool way to add a bit of knitting to your outfit if it’s too hot for sweaters! Wear your love of knitting where everyone can see with one of these awesome necklaces!

So check out the MyMuddlings Etsy Store on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 7pm ACDT to grab your favourite!

Episode 3

Musings:

Crafty Audio Podcasts

Non-Crafty Audio Podcasts

Video Podcasts

Sewing Adventures:

On the Needles:

Off the Needles:

  • Miss Martha pattern by Charlotte Dunning, my project page here
  • mont-royal pattern by tshep, my project page here
  • Gentleman hat pattern by Marjorie Dussaud, my project page here
  • Rosewater pattern by Tin Can Knits, my project page here
  • Antler pattern by Tin Can Knits, my project page here
  • How I Make My Socks recipe by Susan B. Anderson, my project page here
  • Lotus pattern by UptownPurl, my project page here

Newly Queued:

  • Aidez cardigan by Cirilia Rose
  • In Dreams sweater by Veera Valimaki, Veera’s blog 100% Rain for the Knit You Advent Calendar 2014

Etsy Store Update

So I’ve been slowly drawing designs and accumulating bits and pieces for my Etsy store. Nearly there. 🙂 Anyways, spent about half an hour this morning working on some lavender bags that I’m going to be selling. Here’s my finished product:

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I made these from scraps of my Lisette Portfolio dress that I have yet to blog about. I love this fabric so much; it has a lovely retro kind of feel to it. It’s a cotton poplin so it has a lot of body and it worked wonderfully for these bags. I think I underestimated just how much lavender I’ll need if I make a lot of these though. Might have to look into bulk buys. 😉

Here’s a pic of one of the bag styles that I’ll be selling too:

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This one isn’t my design but the Buttercup bag by Made by Rae. Rae very generously allows you to make and sell items from this pattern (once you’ve bought the pattern which includes two sizes unlike the free pattern). I think it’s a great way to support cottage industry by making a licence available for people to sell items made from your patterns so thank you Rae! 🙂 This bag in the picture was a birthday present for my dear friend S. I love ladybirds and when I saw this fabric I knew I needed to buy some! I love the minty green lining too. And in case you’re wondering, S loved the bag so birthday present success! 🙂

Now I’ve just got to make more stock so I can open my store. 🙂

FO: Vogue V1179

Okay so this has been finished for a little while but I have yet to post it. I know, I know, I’ve been very slack. I’ve had heaps going on in the background some I can share (keep reading) and some is a bit more personal but my good intentions are always there and I’m working really hard to be a bit more regular with my posts.

So this is my first Vogue V1179 (I say first because I already have fabric for my next one!):

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Sorry about the facials, Mr MyMuddlings must have caught me whilst talking!

I’m sure you’ve all heard how comfy this dress is? There a so many all over the interwebs. I discovered this pattern while reading Karen’s blog. I think she’s made three now?

Anyhoo, I cut a straight size 20 with no alterations. I used a combed cotton jersey I purchased from Spotlight. This stuff ain’t cheap! I was surprised that most of the jerseys (100% cotton ones anyway) were all above the AU$15/m mark! I see the prices some of you guys pay o/s (like in London at the Walthamstow Market & Goldhawk Road! SO CHEAP!) and wonder why we don’t have those type of prices in Oz. I needed 3 metres of this stuff to complete the dress. I originally purchased 2.5 metres and found it wasn’t enough so I had to go back and buy more. Grrr. Thankfully they still had the end of my same bolt there so I purchased the lot. Looks like a Renfrew tee is in my future for summer!

I didn’t have any clear elastic so I just used twill tape to stabilise the shoulder and the selvedge of the fabric to bind the armholes. I used my new Singer 160 with a straight stretch stitch to construct and then my overlocker to finished the seams. I didn’t have a twin needle so I just used the same straight stretch stitch to hem the dress. Although I’ve read the armholes can be a bit high for some people, I don’t find them to be a problem.

The one thing I do have to rant about with this pattern is all those bloggers (Karen included!) that say this dress is quick to make. I don’t know how!!! Maybe it’s just my inexperience but from cutting to hemming (I’d traced the pattern a previous day and also pinned the fabric to keep it on grain) it took me about 8 hours to make. Plus pinning 3 metres of fabric (AGES!!!) = a very LONG make! Although, I suppose only two days worth of work. But not the one evening’s work, in-between cooking, getting kids to bed etc that others made theirs in. Ah well, I’m pleased with my effort and even more pleased with my comfy, cozy dress! Despite the work, I’m looking forward to making my second one out of the navy jersey I picked up also at Spotlight when they had their big sale a week or so ago for only AU$6/m. Although, I think I’ll make a size smaller next time.

So now to some background stuff.

You might have noticed that my blog is now a .com address! I’ve purchased my domain so I am now http://www.mymuddlings.com! 🙂 Yay! This is one of my first steps to building my blog and following my passion. PLUS, I have created my business card for my new Etsy store! I’m soon to pull back from my day job and spend more time focusing on all my handmade items. I’ve had so many people (both friends and strangers) see my stuff and tell me I should sell it and that they would buy it. I’m also looking into cottage industry licences to use other people’s patterns and beginning to design my own patterns and adapt ideas I’ve gathered from all over the internet. I’m starting small with bags and stuff first and hope to move onto designing my own clothes and hopefully selling them. It’s all very much in it’s infancy right now but the idea is there and it’s building everyday with new ideas. Nothing is in my store yet, but rest assured I will let you know when it is. Wish me luck!

P.S. Anyone in Adelaide know anywhere to get good, cheap-ish fabric? I’ll love you forever! 😉