Behind the cut; a Polly top, some quilting blocks and some waffle. Not actual waffles, sadly. I don't have any.
Anyway, AGES ago, I started making a third Polly top. I did something weird to the back and ended up taking about an inch out of the back. In some ways, this has helped the fit; it no longer gapes quite so much, but because it was an error that I was correcting, it all came from one side, and so one arm hole is wonky.
I then had to put the sewing machine away for a while, and didn't bother finishing the second arm hole or the hem until the weekend just gone.
But it's done now. The fit still needs a bit of tweaking, but it's pretty much there, and now I have a pretty summery Polly.
The fabric is some lightweight poly-cotton from Minerva that cost about £3 a metre at the start of the year. It's not great, and I had some hilarity doing the basting seam for the hem because my sewing machine HATE sewing through thin fabric. Tension woes all over the place I tell you. But it seems to be ok now.
What else is going on? Knitting. There's always knitting. Lunchtimes are knitting times (although this week they've been reading times. The Woodcutter by Kate Danley. I think I'm enjoying it; a little rushed, a little pretentious, but entertaining enough, and it has the Wild Hunt in. That will sell me on most things).
I dragged out the three knitting projects the other day to prove that I have a theme. An issue, possibly even.
I only seem to knit in shades of blue and green. Granted, I made a mauve cowl and a red cowl last year, but that's it. Everything at the moment is blue or green (or both).
The green shawl is on hold as it's a faff to work on anywhere but home. The Hitchhiker is my current travel project because it's easy. And the scarf is for my step-mum; originally it was for her birthday, but I screwed it up, got annoyed with it and shoved it back in the cupboard. When I pulled it out the other day I found that I hadn't actually screwed it up too noticeably, so I'm not going to frog it.
In a moment of madness (spawned by a moment of madness many months ago), I bought Simplicity 1292. This is a kids pattern for novelty hats, and I bought it for the unicorn hat pattern.
And then I found a unicorn hat pattern. So of course I was going to buy it.
Sadly I'm going to have to scale it up, as I have a stupidly large head, but I cut the pattern out, I just need to dig out the scraps of blue fleece from the spare room.
It's been washed and doesn't seem to have shrunk too badly.
There's some dark grey as well, which I might make the first t-shirt out of to check fit (I'm wildly between sizes)
I have some gorgeous jersey with deer on, which I plan to make into a raglan shirt, but I need a plain grey to match it, which is causing issues.
I also appear to have been quilting. Or at least making blocks. I don't know why. I always said quilting was going to be the line I didn't cross.
I was messing around with scraps and this happened.
There is actually a reason behind this; I fell a little bit in love with Purl Soho's Agate quilt design, but not for me, for a friend; she's always cold, and I still have a load of skull fabric leftover from her squid, so I thought I could try making her a quilt for xmas. We'll see.
And finally, fabric samples.
There're some boring grey bits of jersey for matching to deer fabric, and then there are these...
The two peacock designs are me having terrible brain weasels. The slightly more green one is a poplin, while the blue one is a gorgeous soft lawn. Sadly I'm not sure either of them quite have the weight I need. I want to make a chlamys for my odyssey character, to match the new blue dress I plan to make before the next event.
And this post ended up being SO MUCH LONGER than I meant. I ramble, have you noticed?