Change of Plans

This weekend I was intending to write a blog about my Ripple Bralette and the three new me-made summer tops I wore on holiday. However… it was too warm to wear my new Burnt top and I didn’t finish my Ripple Bralette because I was far too busy doing this…

I did however wear my new teal vest top and I love it!

I’m planning to make the straps slightly shorter for the next one, but other than that I’m really happy with the fit.

Hopefully the bralette will be ready for next weekends blog… but Noodle and his wonky ear are demanding quite a lot of attention at the moment.

He was bitten by another cat and it’s infected so he’s a bit fed up of being stuck inside wearing the cone of shame. We’re so grateful that our wonderful friend Steph got him to the vets and took such care of him while we were away! I don’t know what we’d do without her.

Hopefully Noodle will let me do some knitting today!

Summer Tops

It’s August… and that means that Rowan have launched their lovely new Autumn/Winter collections! Although I’m looking forward to Autumn (always) I’m not going to share my top picks with you yet because I’m feeling much too summery.

I’ve become very aware this summer that I don’t have many clothes to wear when it’s really hot. I have very few strappy dresses or tops and those I do have are either too warm (ie- not breathable fabric) or rather worn and tired.

So I’m on a mission to make as many summer tops as I can before the weather turns cooler and I get distracted by wool and cosy cardigans.

I have a vest top which is a good size and shape for me – so I’ve traced the pattern and I’m planning to make three new versions. One in some leftover teal fabric from my petal sleeved Scout Tee, one using fabric from an old dress that shrunk and doesn’t fit and a third in some rather beautiful Liberty Lawn.

Of course – if I make the first and don’t like it I’ll go back to the drawing board and use a proper pattern!

I also kept seeing gorgeous versions of the Ripple Bralette by Jessie Mae pop up on Instagram and I’ve fallen in love with it!

Above: @a.beagan.handmade @yarn_bard @aleichiaknits

I’m trying to whizz through knitting my Kim Hargreaves Burnt top so that I can cast on a Ripple Bralette and hopefully get that done before the end of summer too!

Which knitting season are you in?!

 

Knit Break

I’ve had a bit of an enforced break from knitting this week. Partly because I had a lot of late night beading sessions working on my wedding top… but mostly because of wrist pain!

I don’t know if I twinged it, slept on it awkwardly or if I’ve just knitted through repetitive strain injury for too long… but it’s feeling much better after not knitting and wearing a wrist support for most of the week. I got a lot of sewing done and I’ve managed to do a few rows over the last couple of days.

Whenever I can’t knit – all I can think about is knitting! I’ve got lot’s of new designs planned that I want to start swatching and while taking part in Me Made May I realised that I’m really short on summer tops.

The new Kim Hargreaves book launched this week and it’s gorgeous! I want to knit all the things! But I’m staying focused on knitting the yarn I have and making garments that fit into my capsule wardrobe.

So I’m mostly dreaming about knitting all of these…

Burnt by Kim Hargreaves from Indigo.

I love the keyhole detail at the back and just happen to have exactly the right amount of Cotton Glace in a beautiful green! This will be the perfect little summer top with skirts.

Beaches by Kim Hargreaves from Echoes.

I’ve had a pack of the now discontinued Siena 4ply in black kicking around for a while and I think this would make a really useful and flattering top.

Sarah Hatton summer top from Simply Knitting magazine.

I adore this top and I’m hoping to have enough Summerlite 4ply left over from my wedding cardigan to knit it!

Tally from Sway by Kim Hargreaves.

Not a summer top as such… but I’m really excited about knitting a coral cardigan to replace my tatty old shop bought coral/orange cardigan!

With all the wedding makes I need finish and work knitting I have to do – it’ll be a miracle if I finish knitting any of these before the end of the year… but I can dream!