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It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve been inspired to blog post. Maybe it’s because I tend to knit more these days than work on other crafts, of course I have my podcast and Ravelry as my main platforms to share all that. I decided if I’m going to continue my sewing adventure then I should share my more detailed progress here and make truly good use of my blog.

Above are a selection of photos I took of my most up to date progress on my current sew work in progress. It’s the York Top by Seamwork Magazine, I got this pattern free and I found it via a post on Pinterest sharing it’s availability.

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Given the information on the pattern to use a light to medium weight fabric I chose medium weight cotton. Thus far I can already tell it’s more suited to a lighter weight fabric with more drape. I’m a newbie sewer and we learn as we go but it all seems glaringly obvious to me now; my bust is larger than the model and secondly the medium weight fabric is hanging off them like a sack of potatoes. As seen above in the right photo.

I’m not sure this pattern really is for me or my shape after I’ve gotten halfway through the sewing, so I’m going to make a few alterations in hope of making a more ‘me’ styled garment that I will wear and feel comfortable in.

  1. First thing to think about is altering the fitting of the top, especially under the bust and maybe add in some waist darts into the front and back to remove some of that excess unwanted fabric.
  2. The length of the overall garment is too long and with it being a fabric with lots of drape I think it could be cinched up so it rests nicely around my jeans pocket.
  3. The sleeves they bother me a little, they seem too long and wide to what I like. I think a shorter above elbow sleeve without the cuffs to give it a more delicate balance and maybe just a binding edge like the neck line. I may even alter my seam allowance to taper the sleeves in a little more.

What do you think?

I certainly don’t want to waste a garment so adapting it is my next option, which is one of the great parts of knitting and sewing your own clothing you can change something to your shape and style.

Overall I’m happy with my sewing. I’ve done darts previously on my Ruby Dress, which I will share another day and those were no real struggle. What was new to me was adding in set-in sleeves. I’ve added set-in sleeves before where knitwear’s concerned so I understand how to ease in the sleeve to the armhole but sewing in the sleeve is slightly different and so very interesting; it wasn’t half as hard as I was first expecting which was a nice surprise.

Creating two lines of ease stitching around the bell curve of the sleeve head you then tug them slightly till the notches match. So my method was to pin the centre point of the curve on the sleeve head to the centre of the shoulder. Then I pinned a little around the top curve of the sleeve head to keep it sturdily in position. This helped for when I needed to pull on those ease stitches so it was kept firmly in place. Then I placed the side edges of the sleeve and armhole together and pinned to the edge of the notch, this gave me a clear view of how much I needed to ease in the sleeve head. I then cinched in the sleeve head till it fit nicely by tugging on both ends of the ease stitching (make sure to leave long ends) and pinned the remaining sleeve head in position. Then with my seam ripper I unpicked both lines of ease stitching and my sleeve head was proudly in place.

Like Magic!!

Next Time // I’ll let you know how I get on with my alterations and see some further progress.

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Podcast Show Notes Episode 21

You can find me on Instagram as ‘nessatownley’, ravelry as ‘killtocraft’, and all show notes at Ravelry group ‘Killtocraft Podcast’.

NOTES
As always I tend to be looking for donantions for future giveaway and Kals, If you are interested in donating and are Maker, Designer, Bag Maker, Fibre creator or anything along the lines of the creative fibre, yarnie or knitty needs and would like to donate to the Podcast please do get in touch.

Wearing:- Briochealicious Shawl by Andrea Mowry Yarn by Baerenwolle all colours on barefoot sock base.

FOs
Silver Birch by Louise Tilbrook
Yarn The Wool Barn on Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’. Needles- Knitpro DPN Zings. February Box of sox kal

WIPs
Dad’s Cabled Sweater by Sirdar Hayfield Aran Leaflet 9465
Yarn- Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g ball in ‘Navy’. Needles – 4mm and 5mm straight needles (Pony) 40cm length.
Every Flavour Stripy Socks by Olivia Villarreal thishandmadelife

I Heart Bees (My design)
Yarn :- In Bloom on Olsen Base by A Homespun House.

PODCASTS IVE BEEN WATCHING:-
I haven’t really been watching many podcasts this week it mainly got interrupted by the fact the new Star Wars movie came out😀 and the fact our internet has been playing up Booooo!!!

POSTMAN HAS BEEN:-
Mermaid of the Black Lake from AHomespunHouse in her latest Sparkle base.
Harry Potter Themed stitch markers and Unicorn Project Bag from Thimble and Thread Makes etsy store. She is a UK seller.

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:- (Queued/future wips)
Margaretha Shawl by Helene Zechner herrlene

FINISHED READING:-
Soulless by Gail Carriger
And I loved it!! It’s such a witty book and the behaviour of trying to be proper makes it more amusing when things improper happen. It can be a little bit raunchy and steamy lol! And the relationship and banter between the two main characters and there friendship is just great.

CURRENTLY READING:-
The perks of being a wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Sorry for the wait it’s been a busy week I’ve just managed pluck a bit of spare time to sort them
:) Happy Weekend folks xx

You can find me at Instagram as ‘nessatownley’

Thank You everybody Killtocraft Podcast is over 1000 subscribers which is awesome.😀 YaY!!!
Thank you to Shannon of Soxcetera Podcast for mentioning me and saying such sweet and lovely things about me and the show, Shannon was so kind and she is awesome if you haven’t seen her podcast go and watch here!
Thank you to a few kind knitter friends who this week as gifted me some of the sweetest pattern gifts after last week I received the Wildes Meer Shawl and the Fine and Dandy Socks.

FO’s
True Friend by Veera Valimaki used yarn from A homespun house and Zauberweise.
Harry Potter socks used yarn from London House Yarns etsy store.

WIP’s
Dads Cabled Sweater yarn from Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g in navy.
Silver Birch Socks from Pom Pom Quarterly Winter issue 13, yarn from The Wool Barn. Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’

Podcasters I’ve been watching:-
Knitorious podcast doghairknits and thatknitlife
Charlotte and Gus Podcast beecharly
LoneLarch Podcast jentastk
Brooklyn Knitfolk jaclynsalem
Soxcetera shannonfisher
Yarn Junkie yarnjunkie6

Great to see back
Kemper of JunkYarn Wraybot
and
Lea of All you knit is love podcast freezeframe

Postman has been:-
Swap with Sarah of Reluctant knitter podcast.
Giveaway treat yarn bundle I received from The Farmers Daughter fibers

Giveaway winners announced for the Sweater KAL, Thank you to all of you who participated it was great fun and loved seeing all your progress and projects. And can the winners please get in touch with there shipping information.😀 Yay!!

And thank you for coming by and spending time with me and hope you all have an amazing week! x

Welcome back here’s Episode 19 and better late than never. I realised I’d not posted it up yet Yikes!!!

Thank You’s
Eric eplutz ‘Sticks + Twine Podcast’ for Valentines swap
Lovely Katie misslavelli ‘Inside23 Podcast’ For mini’s swap
Sweetheart Amber yarnjunkie6 ‘Yarnjunkie Podcast’ For super kind belated birthday package
Beautiful Lara thefawnknits ‘The Fawn Knits Podcast’ For mentioning me in an episode where she gave thanks to everyone.

NOTES:-
Sweater Kal ends 31st March 2016 at 10pm GMT
If you are a Maker, Designer, Bag Maker, Fibre creator or anything along the lines of the creative fibre, yarnie or knitty needs and would like to donate to the Podcast for future giveaways or knitalongs please do get in touch via pm on ravelry.

FOs
Don’t get too excited I totally forgot to get out my True Friend sweater so I promise Next time…!

WIPs
Silver Birch by Louise Tilbrook
Yarn The Wool Barn on Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’. Needles- Knitpro DPN Zings. February Box of sox kal

Dad’s Cabled Sweater by Sirdar 9465
Yarn- Sirdar Hayfield Aran 400g ball in ‘Navy’. Needles – 4mm and 5mm straight needles (Pony) 40cm length.

Harry Potter Kal Socks
Yarn – London House Yarns in ‘Yule Ball’. Needles – 2.5mm Knitpro Zings DPNs in my Fawn and The Fox Project bag that my lovely Friend Lara so sweetly gifted me at Christmas.

This project is being entered into the #23harrypotterkal hosted by Inside 23 misslavelli, #stripeysockskal hosted by Pinfeathers & purls and March Socks for the #boxofsoxskal hosted by Yarngasm.

Brother’s Blanket
Just in the beginning stages I’m using sport/dk weight yarn and I’ve cast on 44 sts to make a 10cm square.

POSTMAN HAS BEEN:-
1 Skein of Fawn in ‘Grand Budapest’ colourway from The Fawn and The Fox Etsy Store (note:- There still some of this colourway available in the Alpaca Base)

Large Project Bag from Knit and Stitch Bits

1 Skein of Olsen Fingering in ‘In Bloom’ colourway from A Homespun House AHomespunHouse

THE POSTMAN CONTINUES..
My Lovely parcels
and an extra treat gift from my kind friend Stephanie of London House Yarns.
And Ravelry Postman Sent me a wonderful pattern gift from Mina mina86 of the Knitting Expat Podcast her ‘Les Molleaux’ or ‘The Squishy’ Brioche Shawl she’s recently finished it’s beautiful and can’t wait to give it a try. There is also a copy to be won in the Sweater Kal if you are taking part😀 Yayyyy! Thank You Mina xx

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:-
Wildes Meer by Voolenvine or Kristin from Yarngasm it’s this beautiful Fingering Weight shawl with lots of delicate lace detailing and these little shell like motifs around the border edge it’s stunning and she sold it too me with the mermaid and sea feeling and now I really would love this in my collection of knits. I do like the idea of more bead work which Kristin also has an amazingly good tutorial for apply beads too your knits.

I hope you enjoy and be warned I’ve had a rough one this time lol! But I’m in good spirits even so!😀

Just manage finally to get this uploaded before I pop out for a few hours so I hope you enjoy and show noted will be written up when I arrive home.😀 Enjoy lovelies x

Where you can find me:- Instagram as ‘nessatownley’, ravelry as ‘killtocraft’.

On today’s episode

FOs I have None😮 How upsetting to admit😉

WIPs
True Friend by Veera Valamaki veera
Yarn – Zauberwiese in Grey, A Homespun House in ‘This is Halloween’ (purple) on Dale fingering.
Needles – 3mm and 3.5mm Knitpro Symfonie Dreamz interchangables.

Silver Birch by LouiseTilbrook
Yarn – The Wool Barn on Tweedy sock in ‘Terracotta’.
Needles- 2.5mm Knitpro DPN Zings.

Striated by Nicki Merrall
Yarn – Jamiesons Shetland Spindrift in ‘Cornflower’.
Needles – 3.5mm Knitpro Symphonies interchangables.

POSTMAN HAS BEEN:-
Swap Packages from friends

THE POSTMAN CONTINUES.. HOARDING:-
Interpretations 3 by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki can be found at the Pom Pom Press shop
juliannapiglet Julianna Fibres sock yarn in ‘Prism’ colourway can be found at her Etsy Shop

FALLEN IN LOVE WITH:- (Queued/future wips)
‘Breathing Space’ from the newest Interpretations 3 book.

At Last the show notes ……😀 Don’t ask it’s been a crazy busy week! :p

A few notices.
1. Sweater Kal is still going on in the Ravelry group until the 31st of March so you still have a good two months to join in on the Chatter and FO threads, please do come over and share you progress and you can do more than one sweater, cardigan, top or large garment. You can also Hashtag your progress with #ktcsweaterkal.
1st prize generously gifted from Nicole of Hueloco yarns and podcast.
cute Project Bag, mini’s and gorgeous skein of MCN in the Twitterpated colourway.

In conjunction with Mina and The Knitting Expat podcast so you will have a second chance of winning prizes if you also join in and share them in her group threads so twice the fun😀

  1. Next up:- A Giveaway YAY! The Post Valentines Giveaway is going on in the Ravelry group please do go over and share something, someone or a memory you may have cherished over this past year to enter you into the ‘Giveaway’ which is my way of saying Thank you so do join in!:)
  2. And some Birthday pattern present Thank you’s tinypaperfoxes, mina86 and herrlene Thank you so much It made my day I was super excited😀

FO’s
Rainbows and Unicorns Kal socks

Pattern is ‘Fika’ by Maribeth White (Pom pom Quarterly) Knitted on 2.25mm and 2.75mm Knitpro Zings, Yarn Lang Jawoll Magic in the Pastel Rainbow and with Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in grey for toes.

WIP’s
Silver Birch
by (pom pom Quarterly) Knitted on 2.50mm Knitpro Zings, Yarn The Wool Barn Tweedy Sock in the Terracotta colourway.

True Friend by Veera Valamaki
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Knitted on 3.5mm Knitpro Dreamz interchangeables, Yarn Grey is Zauberweisse and Purple/pink is A Homespun House ‘This is Halloween’ colourway.
True Friend

Scrappy Socks

Postman Has Been
Yule Ball Harry Potter inspired Christmas colourway from London House Yarns.
And Ordered a skein of Office Christmas Party from A Fine Fish Yarns.

Birthday Gifts
Star Wars Project bag by ThirdVaultYarns I love this bag I’m just wanting for that perfect skein for the perfect project! Where are you?!…….. lol

READS
Finished ‘The Ocean at the End of The Lane’ By Neil Gaiman.
I grabbed this second hand after it was recommended by Robin of the ‘Stitching Between Pages Podcast. It was a slim read so I whisked it away. I whizz through it.
Started ‘The Man in the High Castle’ By Phillip K Dick.

Podcasters Mentioned
Inside 23 misslavellia
Sticks + Twine eplutz

Episode 16 Shownotes

FO’s
Sewn a DPN case for my sock needles.
Felted Cupcake from a kit I recieved at Christmas.

Wips
Rainbows and unicorns kal socks in Jawoll Magic sock on my zing needles using the Fika sock pattern.

To be Wips
True Friend by Veera Valimaki I’m using 1 skein of Grey Zauberweise and 2 skeins of Dale Fingering in the ‘this is halloween’ from A homespun house. Stored in my Fawn and the fox bag.

Wrap Skirt for Make2along although I’m not going to rush it so I may not have this finished in time for that. But it’s better its right than me sewing a big mistake lol!

Thank you’s to Celine CirceBellesB, Angela RainbowAnge, Annie ausnein and Leigh Louleigh who in rushing the podcast I’d forgetten to mention the beautiful selection of Zings Thank you all so much for the lovely friendship and sweet treats you sent me over this week you really helped cheer me up.

Hoardings
Baerenwolle Yarn in the Lollipop Colourway.
3mm knitpro Symfonie interchange tips.

Podcasts Mentioned
Twisted Stitches Podcast (audio)
Windwallknitting Podcast

Oh gosh it’s hard to remember everything when you’ve again left your notes in you draw at work lol! If you want to ask anything feel free to ask me:) x

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