Hat sucess

I don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited about the return of ‘The Walking Dead’ this week. Since we’ve been watching the series, the boyfriend had taken a real liking to Tyreese’s hat. It’s just a black ribbed hat, so I said ‘No problem I can make you one of those!’.

I can’t remember how long ago I said this, probably a few months back…. I bought the wool back in October after a particularly rubbish afternoon spent with a bunch of young adults who did not want to speak to me. So to cheer myself up, I went and bought myself some lovely chunky black wool, some fat (size 6mm) needles and got cracking on the train home. For some reason I decided I’d do single rib as the wool was so fat. However, I found this really slow progress as all the swapping and changing was hurting my wrists. The mother and granmother have always told me off for knitting too tightly.  I eventually ran into trouble when I tried to work out how to decrease. And I’d dropped a stitch somewhere, so just after Christmas (I’m very good a procrastinating) I decided enough was enough and undid all my work so far, and decided to start again.

I went back to the original pattern I’d seen online and followed the rules pattern to the letter, even undoing work where it looked holey so that the hat was the best it could be! I made it slightly shorter than recommended as the hat my gran made for him was slightly too big, but it fitted perfectly. Hurray!

Here’s my first completed project for 2015 in all it’s glory:

WIll walking dead hat

 

Next up, I want a hat, scarf and gloves for myself which aren’t hideous. I am a fan of berets, but my favourite one has mysteriously vanished since living with the boyfriend. He wouldn’t hide/ throw my things  away would he? Would he???

Since this success, I got very excited about making myself a hat. But I did too much in one sitting and now have hurty wrists. No more knitting for me for a while. At least I can watch The Walking Dead without distraction now…

Dress making

I am finally posting this, two weeks late, eek. I miss the days of having nothing to do aside from sitting already! It was only 10 days ago, but they feel like a distant memory. Anyway, here’s what I wrote on New Years eve:

I am thoroughly enjoying my festive time off. I’ve spent the past few days feasting on chocolate, mints and whatever else the family packed into the amazing picnic basket of joy. The boyfriend had to return to work on the 27th so didn’t get to spend much time with the family, so they made sure he could eat himself happy in our little flat instead. My mother created an entire picnic basket full of treats – all from M&S no less! His ma went one step further and actually gave him some leftovers of food she’d actually cooked. (My mum has somehow managed to get out of cooking at Christmas for the past few years by going to something known as ‘Church’. My sister and I now cook, which makes it a much more relaxing day for everyone) So anyway, most of that food is gone, and with the boy at work all day, I have loads of time to sit and eat. And look at sewing blogs….

I’ve also made the most of this glorious time alone by getting on with some of the projects I’ve started in 2014. The main one being, the dress.

It’s new years eve, and I believe my only resolution this year was to make a dress. And my goodness, I’ve done it.

It’s taken me a number of months to get it finished, but it’s finally complete! It took a lot of patience, and brain power and many wrong turns along the way: I sewed the in backwards and the front inside out at one point, and the neck line is somehow way too high… but the point is, I’ve made it and I am very proud. For a first attempt I’m glad that it even exists.

I couldn’t get any good pics of me in said dress what with the boyfriend being at work and the nights setting in so early, meaning there’s nowhere light to take a good shot, so you’ll have to make do with this as proof:

My first dress

My first dress

In 2015 I will set my sights and standards higher. For both dress making and photograph taking.

I’ve learned a lot from this dress. Using a sewing machine isn’t that scary. Straight lines are hard to do, but achievable. How to get a hem straight, and how to persevere and really got to know the unpicker!

Tutorials I’ve used along the way have included:

Inserting a zip http://www.sewalongs.com/dahlia/install-dahlia-zipper and http://lladybird.com/2014/01/28/invisible-zippers-my-method/

Next time, I’ll be brave and use the zipper foot on the sewing machine.

How to get a level hem:

http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/how-to-get-a-level-hem

I have come up with a lot of questions for the sewing tutor when I return to the dress making class, so I can learn even more on my next project. The plan is to make the shirt dress, but I may become sensible and do another beginner pattern first, just to make sure I’ve got the basics down.

So there it is. My 2014 was officially a success.

In 2015, I will blog about stuff more promptly, preferably in the same year in which the events happened!