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Sibling birthday gifts

12 Aug

Just some quick finished objects today which I created for my sister for her birthday.

Some mitre corner napkins with a little bag:

IMG_2082I made this with an Amy Butler quilting weight cotton I bought in John Lewis as  a remnant on a previous London visit.  This fabric was seriously lovely to work with!

I used this tutorial for the mitred corners

I printed the template on to tracing paper and have used it many times.  By the way, I found this tutorial using tipnut – a fantastic place for online tutorials.   I know Helen wanted some napkins as I mentioned I’d made some for my Step-Mother and she said she’d like some too.  She’s also admired the fabric when I bought it so I hope she likes it.

I also gave my first substantial knitting success away!  I finished knitting the Oaklet Shawl over Easter.  I had purchased the wool at the Craft for Crafters event back in January and found the pattern on Ravelry by doing a search of what others knitters had completed with this yarn.  Here is my finished project on Ravelry for this make.

To say this project pushed my knitting to the absolute limit is an understatement,  SKPO – I mean that is seriously confusing!  I also think I have mastered the Yarn Over.  I really enjoyed knitting this and although it doesn’t hold up to close inspection, it is without a doubt the best thing I have knitted.  I made this while cruising down the Canal Du Midi on a family holiday so there was plenty of time for relaxed knitting.  Both my sister Helen and my niece Clementine were eyeing up the shawl which so unutterably flattering to me!  As it was Helen’s birthday next I thought i’d block it and give it to her:

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Over to you:

  • Have you got a favourite napkin pattern for gifts?
  • Do you use Ravelry to find projects for yarn you’ve fallen in love with?
  • Does it make a project more special when you know it is for someone you love?

Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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Stashbusting update: February

24 Feb

Stashbusting Sewalong

I am still ploughing away at this stashbusting business.  I know I am meant to have identified the fabrics I will be using up and I haven’t actually got around to that, erm, sorry.  But I am doing the monthly challenges, this month was ‘making for others’.

February is my Step-Mother Nancy’s birthday and she adores cloth napkins.  I don’t really enjoy making napkins, there is just so much accuracy required along with lots of pressing and they look really easy to the recipient when in fact they take ages to make.    But I know she would really enjoy them, and actually use them so relented.  It also gave me a chance to give my new serger/overlocker a spin using the rolled hem function.

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I wasn’t sure of the best way to corner a rolled hem napkin so I googled and who is the top link?  Only my favourite Craftsy instructor Amy Alan with this free tutorial!

The fabric I used was a two metre length of quilting cotton I bought at a Christmas sale for £5 a metre.  I got eight enormous dinner napkins out of the two metre length (they are 20 inches across which I think is pretty huge).  I made four for Nancy and four spares which will probably end up being given to my lovely sister Helen who was commenting how much she would like a set of napkins when I saw her over my birthday weekend.

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I made a little drawstring bag for the napkins to live in with a stripe of the napkin fabric across it and the drawstring made from a tube of the same material.

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My Dad and Nancy live in the USA so these bad boys were sent off today to Lynchburg, Virginia.  I hope she likes them!

Next month the focus of the stashbusting is: Impending Seasonal Change. Regardless of your hemispherical location, the weather will be changing soon…what will you make? Something fun for the coming spring, or something cozy for fall?  

I am linking this post up with the Stashbusting linky party

Over to you:

  • Are you participating in the stashbusting sew-a-long?
  • Are there any projects you just don’t enjoy making that much?
  • Any ideas what I could make in the March category?

Leave a comment; I’d love to hear from you!