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Whenever I think of this time of year, I think of winter florals. A more autumnal and wintery version of the style I’d normally choose in the summer, there’s nothing wrong with wearing flowers when it’s cold outside.
Although I spend most of my spare time sewing, it’s not my only love. I began knitting around five years ago and after a few false starts, finally picked it up at a stitch and bitch class when I lived in Cardiff. Now that I live in London (and away from my sewing machine), I’ve started to pick it up again in the evenings. It’s definitely something creative I can get on board with in front of the TV or a box set. There always seems to be one thing stopping me though. The thing I don’t enjoy about knitting is the time it takes to finish one thing and I have grand plans for things to make. If you follow me over on Pinterest you’ll see that.
Currently, I have a nearly finished blanket, an almost-at-the-halfway-point cropped maroon jumper, have started some socks and am attempting another jumper in self-striping wool. The last two projects have only been started in the past month so it’s really not too bad, but it just takes so long!
Knitting a jumper while watching The Killing
The blanket in progress
Working on the huge knitted blanket
I’m always on the lookout for ways to pick up the pace on my knitting. Two of the projects I’m currently working on are knitted on chunky wool but I also love the look of thinner wool – it just takes so much longer. If you have any failsafe techniques for quick knitting then hit me up!
I have, however, managed to finish a few projects. I wear my favourite ever lilac snood all the time in winter and I’ve made at least two others much the same, plus a knitted striped scarf in some wool I bought from Sincerely Louise at last year’s Handmade Fair. Hopefully one day soon, I’ll be able to show you some other finished projects!
Here’s me wearing it with my siblings last Christmas:
And here’s one from early 2014 when I must have just finished it:
It gets a lot of wear and it’s still holding up pretty well!
Hot on the heels of the recent preview, Named have released their new sewing pattern collection online.
The Playground collection is inspired by the practicality and simplicity of children’s clothing but, better still, this collection is just for adults! Modern yet elegant and both simple and playful, the sewing patterns all look incredible and I can’t wait to make these up!
The collection includes dresses, tops, culottes, a wraparound playsuit, a denim jacket and even a pair of dungarees! Let’s take a look at some of the pieces.