It's taken a long time. As I mentioned in this post in April I was inspired by Angela Kane's knitting video here to try some knitting. It's a great video if you haven't seen it. She experiments with different yarns, some of which I didn't know existed - like the big chunky one. I casted on on 2 April 2011 and was on and off with it for the next few months. I stalled when I noticed I had dropped a stitch. I finally took it with me to my mum's a couple of weeks ago and she kindly fixed it. I know there are videos on this sort of thing and I would like to get round one day to going through them and learning a bit more.
I used circular needles (3.75 mm), cast on 200 stitches and knitted 40 rows. I used Fashion Iro yarn, made in Italy, which is 100% cotton. The yarn has different shades of blue in it, so it's a bit like making a stripey scarf without having to change yarn.
I don't usually wear scarfs because the ready to wear ones annoy me - itching the neck, sliding off and the like. This one's great though and I've worn it every day to work since I finished it. I've already started making a second one in the same style. I casted on yesterday and have done about 9 rows. I'm taking a bit more care on this one.
I've also had my first go at a re-fashion. I'm not sure if what I did justifies this label but it transformed a wrap top into something I now like wearing.
I bought this blue wrap top from H&M about 2-3 years ago. I wore it quite a lot of before I made my Burda wrap top. Since then I haven't worn it as I prefer my wraps to finish more or less at the waist rather than at the hip.
I've got a "before" photo of sorts as I have the same top in black which I have yet to alter. Anyway, all I did was cut off the ribbed edge turned it under a couple of times and stitched it in place. I was delighted with the result and love wearing it. Here are the photos - the first is the "before" photo. See how it now finishes much higher than the "before" one?
My tape measure always gets used as a necklace on my dress form!
Other news - I was interested to read this article about the Commons' speaker's wife, Sally Bercow. She wrote a nasty tweet about the Channel 4 programme "Kirstie's Handmade Christmas". Accordingly to Sally crafters like Kirstie have too much time on their hands, are condescending, too good to be true and middle class. Wow - what an ignorant attitude is all I'll say.