Sunday, 29 July 2012

~Finished projects & Knitting Book Giveaway~

The good thing about time off in the Summer is the opportunity to catch up on the myriad of unfinished sewing and craft projects.  I called into Me and Mrs Fisher for tea and yummy lemon drizzle cake last Friday, and was talking with one of the owners, Hannah, about how I feel I've lost my motivation and crafty mojo lately. It's all about time, priorities and opportunity... I have to say my first week off hasn't see me go far at all, but it means I have rediscovered my sewing machine (under the piles of stuff awaiting eBay listing, ironing and paperwork...)  So many projects I have got started - half- made dress, odd wristwarmers (all unfinished), hexagon patchwork, tea cosies as well as my dresser to finish painting...
Anyhow, I completed this name bunting for a friend to give as a Christening gift....
...using some Cath Kidston stone paisley, Ikea Rosali dot and Laura Ashley fabric.
I also repurposed a piece of hexagonal patchwork that I'd once used on a chair, to make this cushion which would be lovely in a caravan or VW Camper...
Then finally, my favourite thing...I bought this Liberty fabric ages ago; I absolutely love it and decided to have a go at a Summer top.  I used New Look pattern 6895, which features 6 tops with gathered necklines, bias binding trim, ruffles and fabric flowers (eeek!)  I am getting a bit braver and re-learning the proper way to do things.  I also used a vintage button and the  'Made with Love' ribbon, bought from Me and Mrs Fisher as a label...

Here's the finished article...I love it!

And for a crafty-mojo celebratory giveaway, I have this lovely book....
Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery
which has 35 patterns inspired by vintage fashion, with some lovely photographs.
All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment below by Sunday 12th August 12 midday, and for an extra entry,  please cut and paste my message -     Knitting Book Giveaway at Lavender Attic at - Please let me know you have tweeted about my giveaway.
Many thanks and good luck!


  1. I thought me and mrs fisher was just a tea shop I didn't know they sold goodies aswell, I shall be in York to spend a day at "flax and twine" in the shambles sewing away with a friend. Please enter me for your giveaway as I'd love to knit something from that lovely book, Lucey x

  2. Hello Sally
    Lovely patchwork cushion. I really must get down to learning how to can't be that difficult!

    As I won your last giveaway I'll not participate in this one but I will add your link and image to my sidebar on my blog.

    Have you seen I am hosting my very first giveaway and its open to everyone.Do pop in when you have time :-)

    ok I'm off to post that link on my blog

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

  3. Gorgeous top- just googled the pattern and think you would really get your money's worth there- all those variations.
    Please do not enter me for the giveaway - I must NOT acquire any more knitting books until I do something from the ones I already possess!
    btw - love your blog, have I said that before?

  4. Glad to see you are catching up on your unfinished projects - goodness knows when I will get around to mine!

    The Liberty print top is beautiful - you are clever!

    Thanks for the giveaway - I'm hoping I might win it for my mum's birthday.

    Have tweeted too @katgotthecream

  5. I am in awe of your skills! Bunting, cushion and top are all gorgeous!


  6. @gholmes724

    Please enter me in the draw – thank you x


    I have tweeted as @gholmes724

  8. Oh I love your Liberty print top- what a lovely shape! I'm just getting started in the world of sewing and knitting so would love a book to help me on the way!

    I've also tweeted about the comp @highstreethome

    Fingers crossed!

    Laura x

  9. Hi Sally, some gorgeous makes as always.I just love the pretty blouse it is gorgeous material and it will look lovely on you I'm sure.
    Please count me in on your giveaway!! I will try and cut and paste the details on my blog (try being the operative word!!). Love Anne

  10. Your bunting is so pretty :) love the fabrics you used and well done on the top it is just gorgeous! hope you are having a happy week. Count me in on your wonderful giveaway please.

    Bee happy x

  11. You sure make some really lovely things. I really like the name bunting, I have been thinking of doing something like that for the nursery..just need the time now :P
    I adore the fabrics on the hexagon cushion..such a pretty mix and the top is just gorgeous!
    Wishing you a great day today :)
    Magie x

  12. Hi Sally, I can see you've been busy on this post and the top is fantastic, beautiful fabric. I'm sure the bunting will go down a treat it's so pretty, as is the cushion.
    I think I'd have to say if my name came out of the hat for the book it might be best to pass it on to the next person as I wouldn't want it to be wasted on my poor knitting skills. Don't know what it is about knitting but I really struggle compared to crochet.
    Have a good weekend x

  13. I love what you've done with your piece of patchwork - it's so pretty as a cushion with the other fabrics framing it. I'm accumulating fabric to make my clothes to take away to K's wedding next year- I'm envisaging vintage sheet chic! Isn't it lovely to finish some projects? I've just finished 4 furniture pieces and have rediscovered my knitting needles and have knitted myself a cardigan for Autumn/Winter. The knitting book would come in very handy!Hope you've had a lovely time in Chateau H. x


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