Monday, June 30, 2014


My Knitcation is a vacation that we are planning at the end of August. To me part of the fun of a vacation, is the planning that leads up to it, so this Knitcation is exactly my type of pre-vacation planning!!!

The vacation is going to include Kelowna, Vancouver, Tofino and Victoria. My 7 day wardrobe is based around one Moneta and two Mabels.

Day 1 - Travel Day
 Red Mabel, Black and white stripe tee, black and white spotted Keds and a white denim jacket.

Day 2 - Dinner out after a round of golf
Blue Moneta, Self made multi-coloured bead necklace, shoes and a white denim jacket in case it is chilly!

Day 3 - Wine tasting in the Okanagan valley
Beige Mabel, with a blue lace top, copper necklace from South Africa and my favourite beaded flat shoes.

Day 4 - Sightseeing in Vancouver

Red Mabel, White Sewaholic Pendrell, White denim jacket, Black and white shoes, Black and white beaded necklace.

Day 5 - Lunch at Butter Baked goods and Cafe in Vancouver. I was given the book, "Butter, Baked Goods" for my Birthday and I really want to go and try some of their goodies!

Blue Moneta, Multi coloured wrap, Copper necklace and bead shoes

Day 6 - Beach day in Tofino, Vancouver Island
Red Mabel, white cotton shirt, black straw sunhat. The bikini is self stitched and the beach bag was crocheted using plastic shopping bags by a very dear friend back in South Africa many, many years ago and still going strong!

Day 7 - Dinner out in Victoria
Beige Mabel, cream lace sleeveless top, cream close, Pearl multi strand necklace (self made) bead shoes and large handbag!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mabel Skirt

I have finished my first Colette Patterns Mabel skirt.

Even though I am short, I added on a couple of inches to the length and am happy with it. I love red and haven't had a red skirt for a while.

I think it took me an hour to whip this up on Sunday afternoon. How nice to have such a quick and easy sew for a change!

I used a double knit and my over locker ( serger) for everything except the hem. I used a twin needle for that.

This is the first piece for my Knitcation challenge. Another mabel this week in a camel coloured knit and then one or two Monetas 

I took the photos with my phone this evening, as I know i am going to be so busy the rest of the week, won't have time to do nice outside photos.

Monday, June 2, 2014

OAL 2014

I have joined the Outfit Along 2014 (OAL 2014) co-hosted by Lauren at Lladybird and Andi at Untangling Knots. It is a combined knit and sew along.

For the knitting side I have downloaded the Myrna cardigan pattern, found my yarn at my local store, The Woolbin, so just ready to cast on!

My yarn and fabric

For the sewing side, I had picked up both the pattern that is being used and the fabric at the last Toronto Sewing  Meet-up in November last year. It was just waiting to be sewn!!

I haven't decided on which version yet. Let the fun begin!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

MMM Week 5

The final week!

I have tried to take as many photos as possible outside in front of my Mulberry tree, to show how green it has got from the beginning of May to the end. (Thanks guys, all three of you, for taking most of the photos!!).

As always I have enjoyed Me Made May. This time I gave some serious thought as to what is in my me made wardrobe and I have found that there are things that I have do not wear often. So do I keep these items? I have decided to work my way through the Coletterie's Wardrobe Architect and hopefully refine my style and have less items that I sew on a whim and that I never or rarely wear because they are not my style.

 Day 26
Dress : Burda 8072

  Day 27
Black Cropped pants: Simplicity 5259 (repeat)
Necklace: Silver chain and blue glass beads

Day 28
Dress: Burda 8727
Necklace: Brown beads (not visible in photo!) 


Day 29
Dress: Vogue patterns V8353
Bracelet: Black lamp work beads

                                                                            Day 30
                                                        Top: Sewaholic Alma Blouse

Day 31
Early afternoon
Top: variation of a Sewaholic Pendrell