Posted in Sewing

Completed: Toaster Sweater 2

I have a few unfinished projects on my sewing table at the moment,  including some secret sewing for an exciting collaboration with the Minerva Crafts Blog that I can’t tell you about just yet, but aside from all of that I did manage to whip up a cosy little top this week.

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This is the Toaster Sweater 2 by Sew House 7 Patterns. It’s the January pattern for #projectsewmystyle, a year long sew-along resulting in a 12 piece capsule wardrobe.

I’m going to be dipping in and out the project rather than making all 12 garments, partly due to other commitments but also because a lot of the patterns just really are not my thing at all.

I can’t say that the Toaster Sweater 2 is my usual style to be honest, but I really love it. I made this out of a navy blue sweatshirt fabric and it’s warm and cosy and perfect for lounging in at home on a chilly night. It’s not something I’d wear out of the house though. Nothing wrong with it, just not me at all.

Making it was really straightforward… I am not a massive fan of a high/low hemline so I lengthened the front of the sweater so that it’s the same length as the back. Other than that, I cut a size M and didn’t make any other changes to the pattern.

It fits me really well but if I were to ever make it again I think I would take a large wedge of fabric out of the back and make it all a bit more streamlined.

Not much more I can say about this really. It keeps me warm, it looks cute, it was easy to make. The end.

Posted in Knitting

Completed: Icelandic Lopapeysa

In July this year I celebrated my 40th birthday with an incredible trip to Reykjavik in Iceland. I had wanted to go there since I was 16 years-old and obsessed with the singer Bjork.

The Bjork obsession has diminished somewhat in the last 24 years – I still love her but no longer feel the urge to pretend to be her – but my fascination with her  home country still remained.

It was a perfect holiday. Iceland was magical, with scenery unlike anywhere I have ever been before. I waited 24-years for that trip and it was everything I wanted it to be and then some.

Knitting is huge in Iceland – no doubt it stops them going mad in the cold and dark winter months spent indoors –  and the traditional Icelandic yoke jumper, the lopapeysa, is sold all over Reykjavik.

It is a style I have always loved and I knew that making my own with a traditional Icelandic pattern and Icelandic yarn would be a perfect souvenir of my birthday trip.

I bought my pattern and yarn from the Icelandic Hand Knitting Association and, considering how shockingly expensive everything in Iceland is, it was pretty cheap. The yarn and pattern came in at less than £30. And the ladies in the shop were incredibly helpful, explaining the pattern and yarn to me.

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The yarn I bought, Plotulopi, is a a traditional unspun yarn that is incredibly fragile and really unlike anything I have ever knit with before. I knit the lopapeysa with two strands of yarn, on size 6mm needles. I loved knitting this jumper. The fairisle yoke was so much fun to knit. And it was a pretty quick knit. Well it would have been if I didn’t have the kittens. I know I have mentioned this before,  but it is almost impossible to knit or sew with two very active and very curious kittens jumping around. The majority of this jumper was actually knit under a blanket so they couldn’t pounce on the yarn! But they are very cute so I will put up with this!

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I love my finished lopapeysa. It’s so warm and snuggly. I feel like I am being hugged when I wear it. And best of all, like all good souvenirs, it brings back happy memories of a perfect trip to Iceland.

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