Saturday, 19 August 2017

Simple summer knit - windlass

Hello hello!!! 

I think this might be the first blog post of the year so far. How did that happen? (This is so wrong. Just checked and it's my third post...). I guess like everyone else I have been documenting my general craftiness on Instagram, but also I haven't been working on many personal makes. I have been feeling generally under the weather since Easter (although much better now) and also using any spare moments to work on new designs (yes they are coming) so have not had much to talk about, but I all of a sudden do have some garments I can actually share which is pretty exciting.


Today is a knitted garment as I am very successfully incorporating knitting into my daily life lately. It is making me so happy! I had a real hankering for some summer knits, so set about knitting with a soft and cool cotton/linen/silk blend yarn. It came on a cone (from ebay) and was a natural colour, but I hand dyed it this gorgeous blush pink. The pattern is a heavily modified windlass from Pom Pom mag, which caught my eye. I had intended to knit the lovely stitch pattern on the top of the bodice, but as I was knitting the body I just wanted to continue the plain design.

The length is cropped as per my mods with a level hem and shortened armscye. I also knit in the round as I was nervous about creating a beautiful side seam on such a plain garment.




I totally love it and I was completely happy with it, but then I had an idea which involved gold.


Yep, I printed some gold foil spots onto my hand knit that I spent hours making. Once the idea happened I couldn't not do it. No fear, just eager anticipation ;-) I ordered the foil and adhesive from here and simply painted on the adhesive and heat set the foil.


Ding, ding, ding!!! Over the moon happy!


The perfect earrings became mine (bought from independent maker Freya Alder) and were worn with this top last night. I do not subscribe to a konmari lifestyle, but I believe these things fit the bill nicely. My new top and jewellery fill me with nothing but joy and happiness.


I am now working on a second windlass tank in green which will hopefully be finished soon should the sun ever come back. See you again soon hopefully xxx

9 comments:

Caroline said...

Lovely to hear from you x What a fab knit. The colour is gorgeous especially with the gold spots. Genius idea!!

Marilla Walker said...

Oh hi Caroline, I hope you are well my dear! I'm missing keeping up with blog reading and this space so will try and make more of an effort ;-) xxx

Bellbird said...

I love your summer tank! But what I'd really like to know is the story behind the photo of Auckland on your wall? I zoomed in and was surprised to see my city :) come and visit, I'll take you fabric shopping!

Fabric Tragic said...

Love the gold dots and the fearlessness in their application!

Kathryn said...

Lovely to see you back here! Your top is gorgeous and made even better by the gold spots. Those earrings are brilliant too!

Marilla Walker said...

Ha ha, I get a lot of people from your neck of the woods noticing that! It's my husbands picture. I holidayed there and Australia and fell in love with it all, but I have never been sadly. Maybe one day! xxx P.S. Of course I would love to go fabric shopping with you ;-)

Marilla Walker said...

Above comment was obviously meant for you Bella...

Marilla Walker said...

Thanks Sarah. It pays to be fearless sometimes, but not always, ha ha! x

Marilla Walker said...

Ah thanks Kathryn, I've missed it round here! Not an intentional break by any means, just nothing to show but hopefully I'll post a bit more often than once every 5 months from now on! ;-)