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Pattern Pyramid

#* THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*#
AMIE, of LET’S BE AMIE, was the lucky blogger

Right, then, let’s get this going, shall we? Thanks to Karen in the first place (and Catherine before her, of course) and Show and Tell Meg more directly, I received a packet of lovelies (wonderfully clear photos and details over at Show and Tell; I suggest you check them there) by mail shortly before the end of last year. Also included were a couple of lovely notions; the zipper really caught my eye because it’s blue and would match one of my stash fabrics. Aha!

How lucky am I to get a beautiful blue zip? Plus, that's the pattern I decided to keep

How lucky am I to get a beautiful blue zip? Plus, that’s the pattern I decided to keep

With one thing and another, it has taken me a while to get around to doing much about the Pyramid. Although I’d originally hankered for a dress pattern, the McCalls 2546, sober assessment of the collection leaves me thinking that, really, a better option for me is the muumuu! It could be made to fit; and if I were to use a knit fabric, I could get away without zips (not my biggest sewing nightmare but not my favourite thing, either – although I have plans for that lovely blue baby). Given our present Rather Warm weather, a quick muumuu might be a very good idea: looser, and therefore cooler, than a maxi dress but still cheerful and fun.

I’m adding in these two Weigel’s patterns into the Pyramid; they’re an old Aussie brand.

Weigel's pattern 1897

Weigel’s pattern 1897

1897 is a pattern for pyjamas in two styles to fit a 12 year old (or 30″ bust).

Weigel's pattern 1524

Weigel’s pattern 1524

1524 is a pattern for an easy-to-make housecoat, size small (or 32 – 34″ bust)

Anyway, on with the business – I mean fun – side of things!

To Enter The Giveaway: 

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post saying which pattern you would keep if you win! [If you’re like me, you might find you’ll be changing your mind about that.] Anyone anywhere can enter the giveaway but you must have an active blog.
  2. The winner must agree to pick 1 pattern for him/herself then host a giveaway; and, obviously, be OK with sending the rest off to any corner of the world. This started off in England and has already made it to almost every continent [hello, anyone out there in Antarctica?].
  3. You must have a blog of your own to host the giveaway of the extra patterns.
  4. If you are a winner, please consider making a donation to The Brooke, a charity dear to the heart of Catherine who generously provided these patterns.
  5. When you make your item, be sure to post about it so we can all drool over it 🙂

This giveaway will close at on Monday, 28 January 2013 at 11:59pm South Australian time – that is, Central Daylight Savings [or Adelaide] Time. That should be plenty of time, I hope, for you to spread the word among the blogging community. Be sure you enter before then to make sure you’re eligible.  And, if you are a day behind that time and you want to participate in this giveaway, please also BE SURE TO CHECK THE TIME DIFFERENCE CAREFULLY. I wouldn’t like anyone to miss out!

Only one entry per commenter, so additional comments won’t earn extra chances (and if you want to comment but not participate, you need only say so). I will also make sure to add in a surprise or two for the winner 🙂 Please spread the word on this one: tell your friends! We want as many people as possible to get involved in this wonderful opportunity 🙂 And remember, the winner gets one of those fabulous Pattern Pyramid tags to use in their make. Now, if you needed more incentive to participate, I can’t think what it would be. Good luck!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Sewing

 

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briefly about the Pattern Pyramid

In case you’re thinking my part of this has disappeared into the void, I assure you it hasn’t. I apologise for the delays but things are still a bit nuts here. I’ll try to get it all sorted out tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Sewing

 

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FO and a sort of plan for next year

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your Christmas celebrations, whatever form they took.

An FO? Yes, just one: the White Caps Cowl, which I was knitting till almost 9 o’clock on Boxing Day morning (luckily for me, it wasn’t needed until lunchtime; but, yes, it was somewhat necessarily, therefore, gifted unblocked). Sewing? A few lavender bags. Other knitting? None. Surviving the end-of-year busy-ness was sufficient achievement. And, as I’ve yet to send cards, I’m not too sure if we have survived. I’m going to call them New Year cards, though. But, you know, we made it through a festival of feasts and visits by friends and family, a birthday, a wedding anniversary, exam results, exploding champagne, a concert or two and lots of everyday stuff that included inordinate amounts of time dedicated to fitness pursuits (no, not me; that was everyone else while I was playing laundry lady).

What can I say about the White Caps Cowl? I adapted it slightly in terms of number of repeats. I think it’s probably a make that would knit to a nicer finish in its recommended yarn but I’m quite taken by the weight of the Patons Sorrento, the hint of glamour it provides with the slightly shimmering aspect of its mixed fibre and the smooth contrast of the Cleckheaton Bamboo. As far as knitting went, the bamboo was much easier on the hands and I was able to make reasonable progress. The variable thickness of the Sorrento slowed me down quite a lot. It hasn’t put me off by any means, as I’ve stocked up my cupboard with enough yarn to make a couple more of the White Caps Cowls throughout the year (it really is good on-the-bus knitting and I love the look of it). I might not use a faux seam with another make; it doesn’t really ring my bells. The photo was taken hurriedly with my phone, prior to wrapping; excuse background (bedcover) and less than ideal lighting.

Flat cowl

Not exciting but looks better in action

One of our visiting friends has put in a couple of knitting requests and I’ll be happy to oblige her with a Villawool Inca L574 hat in a colour scheme to her liking (that will be a reasonably fast knit, even at my pace). I’ve yet to decide on the yarn for that (the Villawool Inca being no longer available) but am fairly sure I could manage it from stash, which you’d have to consider a win. Hardly surprisingly, the really thick winter yarns are somewhat thin on the shelves at this time of year. There will also be a three-colour linen stitch scarf though I have absolutely no intention of making it as long as its predecessor. I understand about long scarves and cold climes, truly I do; but there is a point beyond which the extra length simply gets in the way. I bought yarn for that yesterday at Spotlight. I would like to make one for myself but will wait and see how other things pan out before I make that a firm promise/plan.

I started something akin to a prayer shawl – perhaps a care shawl – for a colleague who has had a rotten year by anyone’s standards. I won’t finish it quickly (the needle size is just on the edge of my comfort zone and I struggle to find a rhythm even with the very easy pattern) but it might be ready for her April birthday. In any case, she’s not expecting it so in some respects I have as much leeway as I need on that one.

The yarn bombing coordinator rang the other day to ask for more contributions: red hearts and lots of roses, not necessarily red, for another yarn bombing project, the previous one in Victoria Square having been hailed as such a success. I’ve already crocheted up a few test roses which will be perfectly acceptable contributions and am looking around for a heart pattern that looks sufficiently heart-like and sufficiently large. I think this one fits the bill. I know where the drop-off point is and I have my dark glasses at the ready so I can ensure my hearts and flowers are there before the due date. You might not be surprised to hear that Dr B and YoungB have somewhat taken this yarn bombing idea and run with it, referring to secret language, pack leaders and cell members as if it were an underground movement. I humour them. At least they’re not objecting!

In sewing news, I’ve repaired YoungB’s Draggins (kevlar-reinforced motorcycling jeans) again, having previously taken up the hem by the amount he requested. Anyone who knows about jeans will understand that much use had seen them sag to a point where the hems were in shreds. This time I cut off the original and new hems and turned them up twice. They might look a shade short were he to wear them with loafers but as that’s unlikely – his motorcycling gear has been carefully chosen to enable him to wear it all day, boots included (though I’d accept that leathers in winter are for on the bike and not much else) – then we reckon that this time they won’t catch on his boots nor drag on the ground. That’s not the sort of drag the brand intends although I’ll be very happy if it’s the only sort this pair of jeans ever encounters.

I still haven’t managed to make a new top for myself or tinkered with my rescued skirt and stripey trousers to create the jacket I’d half-imagined could be made from them, using Portia’s kimono-tee pattern as inspiration (it’s a winner; I’ve already used it to make five tops of varying degrees of respectability). They will happen at some point, I suppose. However, I have received my Pattern Pyramid winnings from Meg and will undoubtedly have something to show you from that; but not just yet. So if you’ve been eagerly awaiting the announcement, take this as advance warning. I’m still rather run off my feet and although – o frabjous day! – I have managed to clear the sewing table (nearly, anyway), I have a couple of other urgent tasks that simply have to be done before I can allow myself to be frivolous.

All in all, I think 2013 is going to be just like 2012: full of good intentions, lots of things made that I didn’t really intend to make, other people’s things coming ahead of mine on a regular basis and anything made for myself done terribly last-minute and not terribly well! I do hope that you have a better year in terms of your crafty endeavours, whatever form they take. Cheers, everyone, and happy new year.

 
 

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bringing a new look to the ancient: Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

Karen over at Did You Make That? is hosting a Pattern Pyramid Giveaway. It sounds like such a good idea I couldn’t resist joining in. Why don’t you join in too?

I seem to have done something wrong with the button, since it’s not sitting in nice alignment with the one for Karen’s Pyjama Party Sewalong (which was also a lot of fun that I hope you didn’t miss out on). I must not obsess. This is not giving me a headache. The information is there. I must not obsess. This is not… And then I looked properly at Karen’s button. It’s also not on the same alignment. See? I’m not stressing. I’m not.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2012 in Sewing

 

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