I truly wanted to make my own SWANTS (sweater pants- North American use of the word ‘pants, ‘I’ll have you note; I do not wish for sweater knickers. It’s cold up here, but that’s a step too far) and bought a Nick Faldo for Pringle wool jumper today from a charity shop for a few quid.
I think it helps if you are a contemporary dancer, but I think I can pull these off, at least at home! I tried and tried, and then went a bit off piste and boldly forwent Stephen’s instructions and hacked off rather too much fabric. I was sadly left with no choice but to make Baby Swants for Otis.
A friend of mine has been singing the praises of Baby Swants for ages, and her littlest has several pairs, some with contrasting back pockets. Otis was the (very) lucky recipient of Nick Faldo 90′s golf wear, re-purposed.
He totally rocks them.
You must pull some dance moves in your Swants.
And you must also strike a serious-faced dance pose, as seen on the West Knits blog
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After a bit of a delay thanks to an unpleasant tonsil virus and perforated ear drum (the latter Otis, not me!) 5 of the advent calendars are finished. Our one, the 6th, fell by the wayside last week when I had neither the time nor the energy to get the backing fabric for it. But I don’t need to post my one- these need to wing their way to England, to Fife, and, for the first time, to the USA! Which they should be doing tomorrow. How exciting. And, I’ll admit it, what a relief!
The angel this year didn’t end up with green hair (a talked-of possibility) but black, with the sparkly red and white felt used, I hope, to Christmassy effect.
And there you have it. Many, many months of work and much moaning (poor Oli). I love them so much once they’re done: they have a real weight and tactile invitation about them, and the fabrics are lovely, especially the larger flowers, above. But I am glad to see them on their way, and will be happy to start something NEW!
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Has hit- viruses, the first snow flurry, Christmas advent calendar takeover. I’m sorry for the lack of activity on the blog: sure as fate it means a frantic blogger behind the scenes. Photos of advent calendars, snow etc to come!
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And all very red and Christmassy… I have figured it takes me three hours per calendar to embroider the numbers onto the pockets, so by that calculation have a mere nine hours to go!
These are the three fabrics from last year
And two new ones, (chosen by a client way back in January!)
On a different note, my hoarding of vintage linens continues: I picked up this sweet little crocheted (I think!) bit of floral lace for one pound in a charity shop.
I think it’ll look nice on a cushion, similar to these ones I made my sister-in-law.
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I could create rather a lot of ‘I love’ posts at the moment- we are moving towards the much more exciting bit of DIY in the sitting room: the choosing of paint, light switches and the like. As my Pinterest ‘Home’ board will attest (I love Pinterest, and feel annoyed not to have thought of it first), money is no object in the perusal of home décor. Particularly lovely is this Harvest Hare wallpaper by Mark Herald. Sadly we’ve decided not to use ‘feature’ wallpaper as the room is so oddly shaped I think it’ll draw too much attention to its irregularities. Very happily, though, there is fabric available to buy in the same print… beautiful.
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Readers, you could be forgiven for thinking I had disappeared into the felt scraps. But I assure you. I am still here, and still making my advent calendars for this year. All decorations but the angel for the top of the tree are finished!
There are six of each of these…
There are a few new ones for this year but the old classics -robin, Christmas pud, Russian dolls- are still here.
And now this is happening (broken dishwasher…sob):
So that this can happen:
Some (subtle, tasteful- can glitter be tasteful? oh well, it’s Christmas after all) sparkly felt arrived today, so the angels should take shape soon. For now: back to numerals.
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