Operation Sewing Box

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I’ve decided it’s time I gave my sewing box some love. Shamefully, it’s been sat like this in my living room for sometime now as I continue to put more stuff in it and never really throw anything away. Today I decided enough was enough and I was going to fix it up and start using it properly.

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The box cost me £5 in the PDSA shop in Exeter about 10 years ago. I’ve always loved the idea of having a proper sewing box, but my creative side conflicts with my tidy side so I go through phases of making stuff for weeks before I turn around and notice everything is a mess.

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Now things are looking much happier:

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and I discovered a few old things with uses..

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I’m not sure how long it will stay this way, but this is certainly an improvement! Now to tackle my needle box..

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An exciting find!

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I found this blanket last week in a vintage shop in Shoreham-by-Sea for a mere £12! It needs some love in a few places and will eventually be replaced by this blanket I’m crocheting in Erika Knight Vintage Wool, when this will become my camping blanket. I’ve always fancied something like this to snuggle down with when staying outdoors, but don’t think I’d ever have the heart to do it with something I’d put so many hours into myself in case it got spoilt.

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Whoever made this obviously had a good eye for colour and spent some time on this, so I’m sure they’d be pleased it’s gone to a good home.

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Squeee!

I’ve reached the end of a knitting deadline, so I decided to treat myself to some fabric!
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I’ve decided to recreate this skirt, which cost me 50p in a charity shop! It’s made in 3 pieces, wraps around and fastens with buttons at the front, and has a couple of darts in the back.

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Excuse crappy photo. Phone blogging has it’s benefits but shiny sharp photos isn’t one of them!

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Happy Birthday Mum!

It was Mum’s birthday this week and I recently succeeded in getting her back into knitting (I think sending her my first published pattern in the Knitter may have played a part – there was also a tempting sweater in the same issue!)

As it were her who taught me to knit in the first place, aged about 5, I thought an apt present might be a little needle roll in which to keep that fast growing collection of Knit Pro interchangables.

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I found this sweet tutorial over at Today We Made and adapted it to include an extra pocket for cables, stitch holders and the little purse I included to hold notions.

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This was also my first attempt at a hand sewn button loop (I saw they were a challenge on the Great British Sewing Bee and thought I’d have a go.) It was hard! But I’m quite pleased with this for a first attempt.

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Now I just need to make a second one for myself!

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FO Friday – Aleph Cardigan

I have been meaning to post this picture for ages, after blocking this finished Aleph cardigan back in November! I had a few problems with the sleeves, but fixed those and this became a firm winter favourite.

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Photo by Philip Sowels, Future Publishing

The pattern is by Hannah-Cuviello,, which I have modified slightly, and this photo was taken for the ‘On my Needles’ section of Issue 70 of the Knitter, where I talk about what I’ve finished, what I’m working on, and what I’m making next!  We feature this column every month, and take turns in the office to show our projects and what we are up to.  It’s a nice way to give some love to designers I think, and is featured on the ‘Patterns we love’ page.

For those of you that are interested, my WIP is Saxifrage, by Rachel Coopey, which I haven’t actually picked up since I was in Sri Lanka! I’ve been working on several commissions recently and am looking forward to having some ‘me’ knit time in a few weeks :)

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And one of those things I will be knitting for myself will be the Bella shawl by Annie Baker. I want this so much and have just the yarn for it!

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Photo by Annie Baker

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