Sunday, 5 February 2017

Mrs M and the 1hr Basket

This is Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.  As I am on multifaceted diet, food, fabric, fun and fizz, there hasn't been much to report since the New Year, apart from the essential 50 shades of grey previously reported on. They were essential, absolutely essential. But you know, you have to break free every now and again.

Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Mrs M. I have previously referred to her as Miss A, Mrs M is her true title. You may remember Mrs M has recently returned to sewing, her last sewing was probably in her schooldays. A year ago, Mrs M took the plunge and bought a sewing machine and has leapt on in leaps and bounds. To celebrate her first anniversary we had a sewing day. Of course, this had to incorporate a little shopping. We went to Windmill Fabrics in Saintfield and this is what I came away with.



The dark grey I really needed. I did. I was about to order it online but was baulking at the p&p for such a small amount of fabric. It was a false economy not to have bought it with my greys. The blue is a snip at any price. A metre for a snip at £7. That's about us$10. Fabric is expensive here. Mrs M bought too, but I forgot to photograph her buys.

The knitting needles? Well. I dream of having sexy carbon needles. I have two sets of dpn for knitting socks. My not so local wool shop doesn't sell carbon circular needles. I have ordered online, the first set snapped when I took them out of the packet! The second set, arrived last week are far too short. I forgot that the measurement isn't just the string but includes the actual needle length. So, these are boring metal but they are what I need. I dream on. It can't be too much to ask, can it? A carbon circular needle, not too long, not too short for knitting hats and mitts.

The other little bit of stash this week is a little itty bit of wool. Some more Paintbox Aran yarn from Loveknitting.com. It doesn't count when its a different genre does it? With my recent successes in the hat and mitt department, I thought I would knit some more. It may not look it, but there is a plan and a method here. There was also a carbon circular needle with this order. We won't talk about that, see above.


Stash out this week was the 1hr basket Mrs M and I made jointly. The outer blue flower is fabric from my stash, at least 15 years old. The blue spotty lining was part of Mrs M's purchase.  I did the cutting  and Mrs M did the sewing. Doesn't it look well? I think there may be more than one basket in the offing. Does it sound sexist if I say the "menfolk" in time honoured tradition went to the pub to watch the rugby? It really wasn't sexist in any way. We did our thing, they did their thing, and brought home a curry for dinner. Usually I would be watching the rugby too. At least when Ireland lost yesterday to Scotland, I had something to show for my afternoon! 



In case you are interested, the 1hr basket is a free download from Craftsy. My first took me all afternoon, this collaboration was my third. It took Mrs M and me 1 hr 20 mins, and that included tea and biscuits.
 
Helen x

8 comments:

  1. The 1 hour basket is a great pattern. The colours of your yarn are beautiful.

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  2. Lovely basket. I have made about 10 and still haven't managed to make one in under an hour :)

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  3. There is definitely something to say for buying local and saving on shipping and handling or p&p charges. And how fantastic to have a sew day with a friend. I love it when a project goes together quickly because of extra hands to cut / trim / press. Even if I'm the one not sewing. :)

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  4. Lovely basket and making it with a sewing friend..bonus.

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  5. I've only made the 1-hour basket once and it turned out amazing! I keep threatening to try it again! Being able to have sew time with a friend is always fun...the guys needed to stay out of the way anyhow!

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  6. What a delightful sewing story. I read it several times. Thanks for the link for the pattern. Your blue collaboration basket is lovely.

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  7. Lovely story Helen... Made me smile with the needles. I feel your pain, having tried every permutation under the sun for my socks... But wait, I've not got any DPN's! I have always wanted to try the One Hour basket... Will deffo give it a go 😀 and sewing with friends is fab... Hugs xx

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  8. Lovely story Helen... Made me smile with the needles. I feel your pain, having tried every permutation under the sun for my socks... But wait, I've not got any DPN's! I have always wanted to try the One Hour basket... Will deffo give it a go 😀 and sewing with friends is fab... Hugs xx

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