FO Friday: the Mary Margaret Tam


I love this pattern. ๐Ÿ˜€

I first saw this on the Yarngasm Vlogmas 2016 videos. Kristin knit hers from a lovely pinky-mauve Quince & Co yarn. I was so taken with the lace pattern, and I love the look of tams so I knew I had to cast one on. This hat was inspired (copied?) from the pattern of a hat worn by the character Mary Margaret from ‘Once Upon a Time’ and it was written by Mary Craver.

I had some of my own yarn left from a recent make in my most favourite of my colourways so far, ‘Wisteria Arbour’. It’s a lovely tonal mix of lilac, purple and grey. I was slightly worried about there being too much variation in colour to show the lace but it’s just gorgeous. I was definitely wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I noticed that a lot of people had complained on Ravelry that the hat was too big as written. So I cast on 140 stitches for the brim then increased to the full 168 stitches before starting the lace. However, when I knit it again, I think I’ll just continue at 140 stitches.

The hat is really addicting and I have loved knitting it. I can definitely see myself knitting another one. Especially if it suits me well. I have a history of wearing berets and a tam is much the same so I’m sure it’ll look great. Kristin’s looks awesome on her. Especially with her dark hair.

Details:ย Knit on 3.25mm & 4mm generic 17″circulars. I used 220ย yards of MyMuddlings Fingering in ‘Wisteria Arbour’. Gauge of 6 stitches per inch. My Ravelry project page here.

A lovely pattern that’s a free Ravelry download. What’s not to love about that?

What’s your favourite hat style to wear? Let me know in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚


FO Friday: Bellflower Socks

Morning y’all! I’ve finally finished some knitting and thought I’d share! These are the Bellflower Socks by verybusymonkey.

image_medium2I knit these for the July prompt for the Just One More Row podcast 12 in 16 KAL. Initially I was a bit unsure about the Lace prompt for July as lace socks aren’t my favourite. I was also a little anti this pattern initially. I didn’t have high hopes for still being in the running for the year long prize for the knit-along.

However, once I had a couple pattern repeats under my belt, I seemed to hit my stride. I think the biggest issue I had with the pattern is that it involves a lot of k3tog, sssk, and sl1k3togpsso. If you don’t speak knitter, it’s two types of 3 stitch decreases and a four stitch decrease. On tiny needles with unrelenting yarn it’s quite a lot to manoeuvre.

The yarn I used was just some Bella Baby Superwash Merino 4 ply that I got for $2 a ball at Spotlight. I don’t think I’d buy this yarn again. It’s a very ‘hard’ yarn. It’s not desperately soft with a fairly high twist. At least I can probably rely that these will be a hard wearing pair of socks.

This pattern features a star shaped toe; a technique I’ve never tried before. At first I got it confused with the swirl toe pattern and thought I was doing the wrong thing. But I trusted the pattern (who woulda thunk it!) and it worked out just fine. It’s really hard to get the sock flat toe-on to be able to photograph the star but you can extrapolate from this pic:


See the little purl bumps? They make up the star shape. ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately I cannot count these in my Yarngasm Podcast Box O’ Sox KAL thoughย as they’re not socks for me. Box O’ Sox is a selfish knit-along. ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, my sister has just had her birthday so I think I’ll pack them up and send them off as a gift for her.

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good pattern. Now that I’ve realised it’s not a terribly hard pattern, I would knit this again. Definitely check it out if you like lacy socks. ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks for reading!

P.S. Did you know I’ve started a video podcast? Check it out on YouTube. ๐Ÿ™‚

FO: Mystery Machine Socks

I have a finished object for you today! These are the Mystery Machine Socks by Ariel Altaras. The pattern is a US$5.00 download and can be found on Ravelry here.


These are a fingering (4 ply) weight sock with ribbing, lace and cables. I love them! My Ravelry notes are here.

I knit them from some hand-dyed sparkle Blue Faced Leicester wool. It was lovely to work with even though I don’t really like orange or sparkly yarn! ๐Ÿ˜‰ BFL wool is one of my favourites that I’ve tried so far to work with.

I was a little irked by a purl line that is on one sock not the other but it’s not a big deal overall. The pattern was great, mostly very well written. The charts were in an odd position and I had to keep flipping back an forth over a few pages between the instructions and the chart but I suppose that can’t be helped. There were a couple of points when the charts transitioned from the full diamond lace pattern to the decreases to add in the ribbing again that I found a bit mystifying but I muddled through and I’m really pleased with the result. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading!

FO: L’s 1920’s Dress

So! I can finally blog about this one. I had a photo of L in the dress but I didn’t want to splash her all over the interwebs without first getting her permission to do so. Of course she said yes, and the pic I have of her is oh-so-cute so here’s the post with some juicy internal shots of the dress for good measure.

First up, my gorgeous sister in her dress (sorry for the quality, it’s off a phone – it’s the best we could get):

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So pretty right?!! And those legs, ugh I wish! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now that you’ve seen the outcome, here’s the blood, sweat and tears behind it (only half joking! ;)). As I’ve previously mentioned this is a pattern hack of the Colette Laurel. I basically cut it off at the same points on the back and the front pattern (after a bit of trial and error), created a waistband, then widened the skirt section to allow enough fabric to gather.


As the lace was see-through (obviously!) I underlined it with a similar colour lining. Oh the hours of hand-basting those layers together. I did initially try to sew it by machine and that was an EPIC fail so out came the unpicker and some bright thread (for contrast so I could remove it all when finished) and needle. Once the two layers of each piece were joined as one, I then sewed everything together.


I was originally going to sew it all with French seams but found it was just far to bulky so I reverted to normal seams and finished them on the overlocker. My overlocker was not playing Mr. Nice-guy so the finishing doesn’t look too nice unfortunately. I have since put the overlocker in for a service; hopefully that will help. But what did look nice was my hand-picked zipper and hand sewn bias edging! ๐Ÿ™‚


Now, be gentle on me. All these stitches were done by hand and I have never done this before! Having said that, I think I did an awesome job and was really pleased with how it turned out. Having never done a hand-picked zipper before, it took a little wrangling for me to get the hand positions and the garment laying the right way before I got the hang of it. After doing it once, I don’t think I ever want to install a zipper any other way! ๐Ÿ™‚ I used Tasia from Sewaholic’s wonderful tutorial, it can be found here. It’s just so much easier to make sure the zip is straight and in place when you are going slowly by hand. Obviously on the bags I make, I will still machine sew the zipper because you usually don’t have much fabric to deal with and it’s a straight line to sew but for clothing, I think hand-picked is the only way to go.


I especially wanted to do all this sewing by hand so that I could attach the zipper and the bias edging only to the lining and the stitches wouldn’t be visible on the outside of the lace. The thread I chose was a perfect match for the lace colour so you can’t even see the little stitches on the lining through the lace unless you look really hard. It blends wonderfully.


After all the stress, tears and long hours making this dress, I think it was all worth it as L was so happy with it and I think it’s the most adventurous thing I’ve made to date! Me? Doing a pattern hack?!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just to see how happy my sister was with this dress made it more than worth it and I think she looked AMAZING!

So, what do we think? ๐Ÿ™‚

WIP Wednesday

So, my WIPs this week have mainly consisted with working on my sister’s dress for her AGM on Saturday and some knitting and crochet.

Here’s L’s dress so far:


You may remember that I was doing a pattern hack on the Colette Patterns Laurel. After being very despondent about this ever being finished and actually being good, I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out. ๐Ÿ™‚ย All I need to do now is hem and apply bias binding to the neck and armholes. Unfortunately due to my overlocker being a douche, the outside looks WAAAAAYYY better than the inside. I think perhaps I need my overlocker serviced or maybe a new one as Mr. MyMuddlings suggested. Love him. โค

The lace on this dress is so pretty. Everyone who saw the lace when I was buying commented how lovely it was. We initially were going for a different lace that was a little more gypsy-esque but I saw this one and suggested it instead and I definitely think we made the right choice. ๐Ÿ™‚


On top of working on this dress I have also been working on some crochet and knitting.

The crochet I’ve been working on is Freshstitches‘ Blair the Ghost Bunny amigurumi. She’s just adorable! You can find my project page on Ravelry here. All I have left is the little ghost costume to do. I’m about halfway through this.

In regards to knitting, I’ve mostly been working on my Ishbel shawl by Ysolda Teague (I think you’ll only be able to see this link if you’re a Ravelry member). I’m making it from some lovely soft and drapey viscose fingering weight yarn I picked up cheap at Spotlight. They’ve had tons of great yarns on special lately and I’ve been stocking up. I got a few different colours of the viscose yarn and also quite a few balls (one colour enough to make a sweater!) of some superwash wool from Panda. Love sales at Spotlight! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see my Ravelry project page for Ishbel here.

Good news too that after having my birthday a couple weeks ago, I was given a Spotlight voucher and also some cash so these have been put towards purchasing fabric to make up some of the items I blogged about for my Summer Wardrobe a few weeks back. From what I have purchased I will be able to make two Renfrew tops (in black and green), Tania culottes, Cascade skirt and a bonus item of a Colette Patterns Zinnia skirt. I will be making version 1 of the Zinnia in a black rayon shirting. Can’t wait to get started on these items! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. I’ve finally put some of my handmade things up on Etsy. You can check them out here. I’ll have more up next week when I’ve finished the dress!