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Hetty’s here!

18 Feb

It’s half-term, it hasn’t rained for 6 hours and I’m watching Dexter’s laboratory, what a fantastic day!

To make it even better, The Great British Sewing Bee starts tonight!!!! I’m seriously pumped for it, I might even get in some popcorn!

In other news, since it hasn’t rained for 6 hours I decided to photograph some way overdue projects (as well as some new ones) so I’m happy to present



Yup, I tackled those sleeves like a boss and they’re much more flattering now. The left one is still tighter than the right one so either I have a particularly fat left arm or something went wrong but not so much I feel I need to reknit again again.


I lengthened it slightly: cropped cardigans work great for me because 99% of the time I wear dresses and it’s much more flattering to have one that sits at the waist, but my Agathas are just slightly too short.By the way the pattern was going I figured this would be the same length so I did either 1 or 2 more sets of the pattern (can’t remember because it was so long ago!) and I think it’s the perfect length. It’s not restricted just to dresses now and could equally be worn with skirts or trousers too.

All other construction was fairly straight forward- I’m pretty used to Andi’s patterns now and this one was super easy to remember so I didn’t even have to keep looking at my phone every 2 minutes. (Agatha was a bitch for that man. I remembered it eventually but sheesh. Talk about square eyes.)

I must also mention the buttonholes. My 2 Agathas do not have buttonholes. Both times I forgot to add them in and then could not be arsed to go back and add them. I don’t do cardigans up that often anyway so whatevs. This time  I totally remembered to knit in the buttonholes, all 7 of them, only to discover I only had 5 buttons. 😥


I bought these at Walthamstow, not for this particular project otherwise I definitely would’ve bought 7, but they were just so perfect I couldn’t see any other buttons taking their place. So I had to sew up 3 of the buttonholes and just sew on 4 (for balance due to the already-constructed buttonholes)

I honestly don’t know why I bothered with the buttonholes!

Regular readers will know that I constructed both the dress and the cardigan with the other in mind thanks to a pin on Pinterest. These two were always destined to be together. So imagine my reaction when Mark tells me  “I don’t like the cardigan with that dress. They don’t go.”



The best dress ever (well, to date at least)

1 Nov

So after all the meh-ness on this blog of late, I’m pleased to announce that I love, love, love this dress.


I love the fabric so much


Not only do I like the pattern but it drapes beautifully and it’s so soft! It was lovely to work with too.

I found it in the remnants section at C+H half price. There were only 2 remnants left, both a metre long so I bought both which totalled about £13. No way I would’ve paid that if I didn’t love the fabric! The sad thing is C+H have discontinued it and I have no idea who it’s by; there’s literally nothing on the selvedge. 😦

What I’m mega super happy with about this dress is kind of weird. I saw a picture on Pinterest of a girl wearing a red spotty dress with a lovely blue cardigan and it just struck me. Of course I forgot to pin it to show you and to even look at myself. Anyway, I was already making the blue cardigan (which is Hetty of course!) and then stumbled across this fabric- it was like fate!

This is my poor Hetty substitute and me doing some really weird neck thing :S


I used Simplicity 1803, view B this time. It’s a tiny bit low cut. Not terribly indecent but I work in a school, we’re pretty much limited to turtle necks, so this is a no go which is really sad because I want to show it off everywhere! It’s got pockets (on the side, stupid 1803) which make it even greater


Since I love this dress so much I even inserted an invisible zip. I dare you to find it


Alright well I might have covered it with my hair. Unintentionally I promise! But it’s like the second invisible zip I’ve ever done and apart from a minor fluff with the bias tape at the top it’s pretty darn good! I didn’t even mind hemming this one so you know I love it 😀

If anyone knows anything about this fabric; who it’s by, where I can buy it etc please let me know. I’m not necessarily in the market for more of this (although I definitely am) but there must be more in the range that I can buy!

You know fo sho this dress will be photographed again as soon as I finish Hetty 😉

Hetty and Agatha

27 Aug

Oooo, a new pattern from Andi Satterlund!! Hetty looks totally amazing. It’s my birthday next month and I already had two of Andi’s patterns on my list along with the wool to knit them and now Hetty might make it to the top of my list.

Scratch that, Hetty has made it to the top of my list. I think it’s my favourite pattern of hers yet.

Anyway, enough swooning. Agatha is another one of Andi’s patterns and the first one I started knitting (remember how I knit a bit of one thing and then one of another so believe me when I say I have other Andi patterns underway 😉 )

It was a pain in the backside at first, this being the first garment I’ve ever knitted,  but it was complete user error and not Andi’s pattern-writing at all. But once I got the hang of things I was all over this and I’m halfway through a second already!

I have to apologise for the photos, Mark is away working and decided he absolutely needed all of the memory cards so I’ve had to use my phone 😦



There’s definite mistakes in it, things I didn’t realise until several rows later and was too lazy to frog and reknit. However, I feel confident that the next one is going to be better so this purple version was just a very drawn out muslin :p

This is how I blocked the thing:


Not conventional by any means but actually I’m not sure why?! Perhaps people care about their carpets…

I started out with boards and plastic bags, blah, blah, blah… This was much much easier. My board was too small to do the whole cardigan so I had to do it in halves which was quite frankly, rubbish. My carpet is considerably larger than my cardigan and the pins stay in nicely which makes for a perfect blocking tool. I stuffed the arms with plastic bags as well to open up the detail on the arm a bit more, I spritzed and steamed the thing and then left it overnight.

Now to choose a colour for my inevitable Hetty project. Oh wait, I did just do a post about all my WIPs

but Hetty….! ❤

chinelo bally

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