New curtains … at last!

IMG_20160417_084349337_HDR [3418]It’s been a while since I had time to blog, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy knitting … and sewing … along in the background.  There have been quite a few changes here at handmadebysoo towers since Christmas.  Our lovely builders have helped us realise our ambition to convert the ‘other’ barn, the former engine shed, into habitable accommodation and make it part of the house.  They packed up their tools for the final time at the  end of February and since then we’ve been spending every spare moment decorating our new rooms and getting them ready for furniture.  There’s still quite  a long way to go, but finally this weekend one of those new rooms, my husband’s office, is finally being revealed to the light of day.  Whilst Mr handmadebysoo was busy with wiring and cables, I made sure the new curtains were hung.  They are sewn from a remnant of Laura Ashley Gosford in paprika which has been languishing in my stash for a while, but is Mr h’s favourite fabric.  To make the curtains long enough for the window I have extended the remnant with a length of Laura Ashley linen union in olive and a cheeky border of gingham to finish.  There was even enough fabric left over for me to make my first attempt at an applique cushion!

Cosy autumnal knitting

There is a definite autumnal feel to the air this morning.  The sun is shining, the sky is blue, but something about the way the light is catching the cobwebs in the garden reminds me of those bright, crisp back-to-school mornings of my childhood.  This means that it must be time to bring out the heavier yarns and cosy knitting projects we’ve been storing up over the summer months.

I wanted something I could pick up and put down easily in between the decorating, so I’ve embarked on a piece of cabling, using aran yarn in neutral, doubled up for a chunkier feel.  I’m not sure what the finished item is going to be yet.  I’ll just keep going till the yarn has been used up.  Maybe a sofa ‘cosy’?

Autumn knitting

Autumn knitting


An experiment with fat quarters

Not sure I like the result, but here’s a little something I tried with some fat quarters and ribbon I picked up when I popped into Hobbycraft to buy wool this week.  The wall at the top of the stairs was crying out for something a little more exciting than some chalky, white paint!  It was great fun getting the buttons to stick on!

Fat quarters