If you don't know already, Freecycle is a great way to get rid of old items you don't need any more or to ask for things that others might be willing to give away to you. For years I've thought about one day getting a knitting machine, however they are very expensive and so I put the thought to the back of my mind. Then a few weeks ago I suddenly thought I would try and put out a 'wanted' post on Freecycle for a knitting machine. Doubtful that anyone would answer I didn't place much hope in getting any replies but to my surprise someone did! I very kind lady offered me not one machine but two knitting machines with a lace maker too!
I was incredibly thankful and have endeavoured to try and set up at least one of the machines. This week I've managed to do that and have tried knitting some very simple wrist warmers and some mittens for Niah. I would like to try some more adventurous things but I still have a lot to learn about how to operate these machines.
It was a bit of a hunt online to find the instruction manuals and work out how to use the machine but all the searching was well worth it as it knits up items so quickly! I received plenty of help from yahoo UK knitting groups and from a machine knitter called Susan Ranner, who by the way has a great blog with lots of knitting resources, if you're into knitting her blog is a good place to visit.
Monday, 18 October 2010
I've put the last few skirts of the summer collection on sale, 30% off the original price on my etsy shop here.
Winter pieces are coming soon and will include skirts as well as other clothing items and accessories. Some pieces will also be in womens sizes! More info coming soon...
Monday, 4 October 2010
You wouldn't believe that we're in October from the photos above. It looks like the height of summer! Well today it definitely felt like July in West Yorkshire. And although we spent a short while enjoying the 'out of season' heat there was still lots of sewing to do. I'm currently working on the Autumn collection which I hope will be ready by mid to late October, but I'll post about it more soon.
In the meantime one of my last orders was an Eluned skirt for my husband's niece Lois. I had to redesign the Eluned skirt to incorporate an elastic waistband so Lois had lots of growing room. This was quite tricky as I was unsure whether the gather at the waistline would spoil the pleat design of the Eluned skirt but in the end it worked out well (I found great instructions for putting in a half elastic waistband here) and Lois is very happy with her pink floral skirt.