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Janet Friel
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Me Made May 2016
So here we are in May and I am taking part in the Me-Made-May challenge again. Like last year, I am promising to wear at least one home made piece of clothing every day throughout the month. It should be easier than last year as I have more clothes to chose...

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A tale of two scarves...
Scarf No 1 - Knit on 9mm needles using 5 skeins of Debbie Bliss Paloma. Time taken - 3 evenings. Scarf No 2 - Knit on 2.5mm needles using 2 random skeins of 3ply lurking in my stash. Time taken so far - 4 hours. Conclusions - 1. I hate using big needles alm...

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When things don't go according to plan...
Lately my creative pursuits have hit a number of brick walls. A lace weight knitting project was going swimmingly until I spotted an error that I can't work out how to fix and so it lies unloved and ignored in a bag. A pair of trousers I was sewing were loo...

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A New Year and a new skirt...
...and it's crocheted! I've often thought that the qualities of crochet that make it hard to create most wearable items - it's bulk and density and lack of drape - actually make it perfect for a simple skirt. However, when I first mooted the idea of making ...

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A New Year and a new skirt...
...and it's crocheted! I've often thought that the qualities of crochet that make it hard to create most wearable items - it's bulk and density and lack of drape - actually make it perfect for a simple skirt. However, when I first mooted the idea of making ...

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New Yarn...
I have enough yarn - I know this because during a sleepless night last week (a late night coffee three months after almost completely giving up coffee - mistake!) I decided to go through my stash and match it to patterns. I found yarn I don't remember ever ...

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Channelling my inner granny!
Despite eldest son using MY sewing room as HIS bedroom during the long summer break from uni, I have managed to churn out a few makes over the last few weeks. My aim is to develop a mostly homemade wardrobe and I'm pleased to have found a couple of dress pa...

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Summer Lull
The Summer holiday is whizzing along and although I love the change in routine I find I don't use the time so much for making and painting, but for planning. I did manage to whizz up a little shawlette with a single skein of some beautiful Skein Queen 4ply ...

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Flamingos and Chickens!
Don't you just love it when you go into work on a Monday morning to be told your main task of the day is to sew together and stuff a knitted flamingo?! I love my job! So, said flamingo is now stuffed and sitting in the new tropical themed window. I also mad...

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It's too warm to wear a cardigan...
...just as I finished two of them! Clearly my clothes making is affecting the climate - I make a Summer dress - it rains, I make a cosy cardi - we get a heatwave! I finished the Rowan Felted Tweed one a couple of weeks ago and despite being quite lightweigh...
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