Excuses.

Hello! I have been negligent. What kind of a blogger just disappears and then reappears, but has f*** all to say?  This kind right here baby! Although I have been incredibly busy, I don’t seem to have anything to show for my work just now.* So I will leave you with a random photo and a list of lust; those things that I would like to make right now, if only time and space would bend to my will….

EastLondonKnit presents L'agneau vs. the Pansies

L’agneau vs. the Pansies

I read Making it Well‘s wonderful blog about her sewing and knitting adventures, which is where I learned about Colletterie series ‘The Wardrobe Architect‘.  I love this idea. Like most people (I am guessing here), I am contrariwise in many respects: I love design and work in fashion, but would very much like a wardrobe entirely consisting of uniforms.  Not the kinky kind, not like ‘uniform dating’ type of uniform, but a standard set of clothes I didn’t have to think about but just put on every day.  In some ways, this is what happens. I wear jeans and tee shirts regularly. But I aspire to have a uniform that is more interesting, more, well, stylish. This sartorial angst may have been set off by the seasonal clothing changeover.  I finally put away my winter clothes and got out the summer kit.  All of it.  All of those dresses I haven’t worn in years… So I am going to work through The Wardrobe Architect and make myself the Super Ultimate Uniform which I will use and love forever. Probably. I am in love with so many knitting projects, among them: Svalbard by Bristol Ivy Windswept by TinCan Knits Effervescence Cardi by Olga Jazzy (I have actually started this, and have crazy plans to actually finish it!) Making a blanket by knitting a vintage doily pattern with chunky/bulky yarn and big ol needles. Happy knitting, R.   * I will have, very soon, some new patterns coming out!!

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Doily Project, Part Deux

Good Sunday to you!

This week it’ll be short and sweet–I have to knit a sweater and a gown for a client in the next few days and the feeling of grim determination has set in.  Too many pies, not enough fingers?

A consequence of the work may also be lack of coherence, so I had better just get on with it before no one can understand at all kind of maybe.

Carrying on from last week, I have some working pics from the Doily Project:

I knit a relatively fine-gauge black cardigan to feature this little doily:

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 1

As the cardi was crying out for a collar, I held my breath and cut.  EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 4 sewing the collar down

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 3 positioning the collar

Then I placed the collar, and with a linker (which is  a sewing machine for knitwear) attached neck-trim catching the doily in place.

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 2 linking on the collar

I then hand-sew around the edges and it was done:

 

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 5 the finished collarTa Da!

Please forgive the pics–not great quality, but I think you get the gist.

Next time, coherence! pixels! auto focus!  Promise!

Happy knitting,

R.

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Cardi 1 side

The Doily Project Part 1.

 

Hello!

I have a thing for old stuff.  And hand-made stuff.  And especially old hand-made stuff.

A few years ago I was rummaging around a car boot sale and found a bag of doilies.

If you are reading this, I suspect you know the secret joy of which I speak.  And probably also the mild guilt; you have too much stuff, too many projects to buy this bit ‘o’ frippery.  But I ignored that second (perhaps more reasonable) sentiment.  I bought the lot.

As someone who makes things with my hands, I really appreciate the effort that someone put into making these lovely little things.  To molder away in a damp car park, unloved!  No!  It couldn’t be.  So began The Doily Project.

So now all purchases of fripperies are not only justified, but down right necessary.

Well, that’s not the only reason of course.  I wanted to find some use for the little lovelies. So I knit up some garments to rehome the doilies of yesteryear.

This was my first attempt:

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Cardi 1 full view

And I loved it!  I wear it still.  It has it’s flaws, but in the end, I am pleased with the outcome and the fact that those doilies are being used!

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Cardi 1 det

Til next time,

Happy knitting!

R.