Sailor jumper

I’m so excited to share this freshly finished project with you. It was part of my Q4 finish along (project #3), so it’s nice to know I’m ticking some boxes of my checklist.
This jumper was a pleasure to knit. It had the right ratio of challenges to be interesting enough without being crazily hard. Not to mention how soft the yarn feels.
The rib collar came out nicely, as well as the “plackets”. Although I still needed help picking up stitches.
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All the knitted pieces were finished for a while but I couldn’t bring myself to sew them together. It’s quite a tedious job, isn’t it? I like using my wonder clips to place the pieces together.
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And tada!! Here is the finished jumper. I’m s happy with it. And the yarn is so smooth.
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I particularly like three details in this jumper:
  • The little pocket, it was part of the design and it’s absolutely super cute.
  • The contrasting thread on the buttons. I couldn’t find nice buttons to go on this jumper, so I opted for plain ones. I was slightly disappointed until I notice a contrasting thread in one pattern and thought it was a great idea. Such a tiny detail but I love it.
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  • I bought some ribbon with lovely marine like motifs and added it to the side. On the front, it is a lovely sailor hat and on the back, it is a saver ring.
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And here is the back:
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I absolutely adored knitting with Touch Yarns and can’t wait to find another cute pattern to knit.
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Knitting Details:
Yarn:  Touch Yarns, pure merino wool, 8ply
Shade: Blue (837) and Cream (216)
Needles: 4 mm, plus 3,75 mm for the collar and armholes
Pattern: Child’s Striped Jersey TY9901
Size: 51 cm chest
What I learnt: Flap collar, ribbing on collar, buttonhole
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Arizona quilt top

This Sunday, I pieced my Arizona blocks together and I now have a quilt top! I followed a pattern called “Random Rectangles Quilt” from the book 1,2,3 Quilt. The author (Ellen Lucket Baker) had a layout option that I followed until I shuffle things around a little bit. I love the look of it! It looks very random but it’s in reality made of a repeat of four different blocks.
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I live in Wellington and this city well deserved its nickname: Windy Welly! I tried to take pictures of this top several days in a row without much success. I finally gave up and wearing my quilt top as a scarf was way more efficient than trying to take a picture of it. Oh well!

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I know what quilting I want to do on that one, so I just have to buy the batting and a backing fabric and I would be ready to go (hopefully this weekend).

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Meadow quilt FMQ

I was so excited to share my Meadow Brick Wall quilt finished last time, that I forgot to talk about (and show you) some of the FMQ designs I made on this quilt.

It was my first time to FMQ an entire quilt. And to make things more exciting, I decided to change FMQ design (and thread) on every single brick. I was inspired by two books to create my designs: “Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters” and “First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli”. I highly recommend those two books for anyone interested on starting FMQ.

As my quilt has over 60 bricks, I wouldn’t show them all but here is my top 10:

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As you see, my waves are far to be perfect but I still love them. IMG_9439

The same design structure could be used in different manners depending on the fabric and give a total different look.

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Sometimes, I didn’t even create a specific design, but just followed the decorative pattern from the fabric.IMG_9438Adding a bit of jigsaw puzzles pieces here. 
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And some flowers there.

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I also liked adding simpler and bigger motifs such as these three hearts.

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But dense motifs are also great. IMG_9431

I’m usually not a big fan of “pebbles” FMQ but it worked well on this brick.IMG_9430 I made several bricks with leafs and feathers like this one. IMG_9429

It’s also quite cool to look at the quilt from the back to see all these designs and colours popping up.

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Towards the end of the quilting, I was more adventurous to try something more challenging and I realised this Plume feather based on Angela Walter’s video tutorial.

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If you missed the overall quilt picture, it’s here and if you are interested on my FMQ setting, it’s here. Hope you enjoyed my Meadow Brick Wall closer up pictures.

Arizona blocks

I was meant to wait for The good smeller to start this quilt top but she says she was actually quite busy with Christmas gifts, so I could go ahead. Yay! I am actually pressured with time (I still don’t know in which country I will spend Christmas), so I better start my projects rather than taking the risk of moving everything again (and potentially not having access to my fabric for months). Cross fingers for me! I hope to stay in this beautiful country which is New-Zeeland.

The Arizona fabric is hard to resist anyway and after cutting all the pieces, I was very itchy to get going. As I pre-cut all my blocks, I thought it would be helpful to use a “design wall”. I’ve seen several people using batting in their sewing room, so I tried and it worked! I must say it was very handy (plus my husband didn’t seem to mind to have this up on our bedroom).

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We live in a flat-share and I’m sewing in our bedroom on week days, so space is limited. However, I managed to find the perfect setting: sewing machine, pressing area, design wall and place to layout all the pieces. I placed all the pieces on top of a quilt that I could fold when not sewing, so that it wasn’t on the way and I didn’t have to re-arrange every time I needed. Efficiency is key! I could sew one block or two before or after work without too much hassle.

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I was definitely happier this week having my daily sewing fix. I really loved using a design wall, I think I might use it for all my coming quilts from now on.

It was a smooth process and all the blocks came relatively quickly.

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I don’t know how this happened, but I miscalculated some of the pieces I needed. I strongly recommend to keep whatever fabric scraps you have when you are working on a project as it was definitely life saving for me. I managed to fix all my mistakes and I don’t think it would be noticabele once the quilt finished.

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And here is all the blocks finished:

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I now need to find a layout that I like before piecing the quilt top together. I might need a second pair of eyes t help on this task. Hopefully I can share a quilt top very soon.

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Baby knitted singlet

I think, I’m officially obsess with knitting. I was preparing for a long weekend away and couldn’t imagine not having a knitting project with me. It had to be something simple as I couldn’t reach for my colleague help at that time.

I picked a simple singlet from Windsor print pattern. It seems very doable given my basic skills set. To remain gender neutral, I chose grey and yellow. I had the idea to do some random yellow stripes, grey being the main colour.

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I started the project even before going away. It worked fine and I like the result of my random stripes. As metal knitting needles are not allowed to carry on the plane, I bought circular screw-in needles from Knit Pro. Once disassemble, it looks like two pens and it’s definitely not dangerous.

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I forgot to take picture of my WIP as the camera was more used to capture to beauty of Bay of island rather than my knitting. However, I thought it was a very good idea to bring this project along a knit during quiet time.

The project was fast and easy but I still struggled at picking up stitches for my collar. I tried several times and even asked my husband for help. He agreed and tried his best. Bless him! You should have seen him: concentrating very hard (with his tongue out) while picking up stitches. Too funny!

It still wasn’t right, so I had to wait to see my colleague for help.

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I picked up stitched for each armhole. It still not perfect (why can we see this yellow stitches?) but it was still an improvement compare to the collar.

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And here is the result:

IMG_0232I’m slightly concerned about the size of the collar (seems to small to fit any baby’s head) but I really like it. It was fun to make and definitely worth while bringing knitting project while away.

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Knitting Details:
Yarn: Naturally loyal 100% wool, 8ply
Shade: Grey (905) and Yellow  (902)
Needles: 4mm, plus 3,75mm for the collar and armholes
Pattern: Windsor print, Toddler’s sleeveless V neck, Design P54
What I learnt: Matching my own pattern of random stripes (back and front, neck left and right). I mostly stayed in my comfort zone for this project, (aka: not learning heaps new tricks) as I wanted to knit something while away and unable to ask for help.
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