Pincushion

I bought a bag of Japanese fabric scraps last year, and recently made this little pincushion from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts.

 It’s a wonderful way of using up teeny tiny scraps which seem too small for anything useful. I love the colour combination here, lots of cheery pink and purple. And those animals really pop with the contrast. The reel in the background is from Beyond Fabrics  on Columbia Road.

I’m also cutting lots of my long-squirrelled-away fabrics for another quilt. This will be a long term project (probably a few months) but I am enjoying the cutting in preparation.

Ipad Case

I managed to make a case for my Ipad 2 at last – I will be travelling abroad next week and wanted something sturdy and convincingly protective. I found this excellent tutorial on One Shabby Chick and after some initial fabric choice struggles set to work in the wee hours. It took a good 3 hours or so from start to finish.

The fabric is Echino Camera in Turquoise which I bought last year  from the excellent Eternal Maker, with the lining in Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi framed in Citron. In the background you can see the reverse of my Little Folks lap quilt.

I had to undo the lining and trim the excess wadding as it was quite thick and a bit of a snug fit for my Ipad (admittedly with Smart Cover and back protective cover on). But after doing this it fits in beautifully. I used two layers of batting for the outside (the second layer didn’t go right to the edges) to make the quilting more apparent which probably meant I should have left out the wadding on the lining.

Atelier completed

I started this project with great enthusiasm in March when I was on my way to Bangladesh. I knew I’d have several long journeys in which I could work on it, and couldn’t wait to get started with the beautiful Skein Merino/Silk Sport.

It was quite a slow slog in the end, my gauge was off to start with which I realised when I came to pick up the body, so I changed from 3.75 to 4mm needles. This helped the knitting to move along faster too. The pattern is written beautifully and was very easy to follow.

The yarn blocked out slightly bigger which helped with the initial smaller gauge, but due to that and my fairly small shoulders it does tend to slip off a bit.  I am hoping to knit another one, possibly in Rowan Pure Cashmere DK (which I managed to get at a bargain price from the excellent Attica Yarns.