Tuesday, April 28, 2009

All sewed out

Thanks all for your comments on the coat. Yes, you are probably right I should be showing off rather than pointing out all its faults. I read a great quote last week, "a New Zealander could not blow their own trumpet even if presented with a 24 piece brass band." It's not strictly true cause I can immediately think of a couple of kiwis who have no trouble hootin' their toot.

Still, in the interests of personal growth let me share 2 compliments I got today on my coat. I was up at Websters fabric store and the woman said to me " I wasn't going to ask you if you made your coat because it looked too professionally finished. I thought you must have paid a fortune at a fancy boutique." And some friends at lunch today said (unsolicited), "great coat." Well, I love retro styling as you know, so it's right for me. See Trinny and Susannah, you can have your coat and do it up too.

But it was a lot of work. Tissue preparation and fit, sew lining, fit lining, cut fashion fabric, sew fashion fabric, hand sew in interfacing and hems, attach lining, shoulder pads, press etc. But I'm glad I got it finished because school holidays are over, which means it's back to playcentre (a parent co-operative play group) which is a big time commitment.

You won't be surprised to find that I'm a little sewed out. So I'm taking a little break and I'm getting out a different set of needles, the knitting ones. Apart from anything else, I need to do something at the Playcentre meetings, which are fortnightly and seem excruciatingly long to me. (and everyone else too, except the two people who have to have an opinion on everything).

I've found this pattern book filled with nana knits. I've narrowed it down to 3:

short cardy

long cardy

cable cardy

What's your pick? It's in triple knit with size 7 needles (big wool, big needles) so it should see me sanely through a few meetings.


  1. My vote's for the short cardy or the long cardy. And I'm all for cementing the tradition of knitting at PC meetings...it really does make the whole thing less stressful ;-)

    I'm feeling a bit sewed out, too...except in lieu of knitting, I've been just sitting in front of the telly. Ah well...I'm sure the mojo will return soon.


  2. Yes I'm going for short cardy or long too, the cables around the neck look a bit..diseasy.
    It really is a great coat. Put that in your trumpet and play us a tune.

  3. I love long cardigans - I wish I had the patience to knit!

  4. that's a super trench coat, looks great on you!!!

    Love the cardis you've chosen. I'd go with the short or long version, #3 cable collar looks a little overwhelming.

  5. I love the LONG cardy, although that means more knitting! LOL!

  6. I think you will get the most mileage of the long cardigan, a very versatile and stylish choice, but I like the other ones too.

  7. And she knits too!

    I oh-so want to knit! I just bought a short cardigan today for spring, wishing all the while that I could knit one.

    My vote is for the long cardi. Thigh length coats seem to look fantastic on you and that collar is awesome.

  8. Well, I can never just make one pattern. I have to amalgamate about 2 patterns at least. So can I say that I LOVE the cable sleeves in pattern 3 and the cozy length of pattern 4?

    And by the way, the word fortnightly is one of my favorites, and sadly, not in much use in the parlance of American English these days. Thanks for making by day by using it.


    PS Once my stepmother asked me if I had gotten my hair cut. When I said yes, she said: Did you do it yourself? (gulp.) If she had added that it looked so professionally done, I might have taken kindlier to it.

  9. I love, love your coat!! Great fabric. I need to make a spring coat...although you are going into fall, isn't that correct? I love knitting but I am super-duper slow...You have some great patterns!

  10. Your coat is amazing - you look so young and fresh in it. thanks for teh coat pattern thoughts - will get onto that. top cardi - the short pinkish one is definately the best. Im just back from 6 days on Stewart Island. Had to go for work. poor me ( not) Love Marg

  11. I've been browsing on-line more than three hours lately, but I never discovered any fascinating article like yours. It is beautiful worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made just right content material as you probably did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

    Feel free to visit my blog: hcg diets

  12. Me and ozzy fucked more difficult, trying to show to our god!
    FUCK YES!' prior to cumming inside my warm pussy. were still fucking

    Feel free to visit my web site :: hcg injections
    My webpage: hcg injections