Sunday, April 27, 2008

tablecloth hooded vest

Last week I found this fun grandma-style tablecloth in my local thrift shop. I just knew I had to make something cheerful from it for my friend's little daughter. Since the tablecloth wasn't that big (around 1m x 1m, of course I forgot to take a "before"-picture ...) and the fabric relatively sturdy, I decided to make a vest:

vintage tablecloth hoodie front

Well, I think you can now imagine what kind of tablecloth it was even without the "before" picture. The really kitschy kind. I love how the vest came out. I used pattern number 5 from Ottobre's spring issue (1/2008). Though it will be still too big, I made a size 92, in order to make the most of the cloth and the flowery pattern, especially in the back.

vintage tablecloth hoodie back

The lining is a thin sweatshirt fabric in a nice pink and as to pattern alterations, I simply omitted the ruching detail. The vest is closed with press fasteners and again I struggled with them, A LOT. So I finally gave in and bought a fancy Prym Vario Plus Kit. It's an investment, but it's worth it in my opinion. I like the look and practicality of press fasteners, but I don't like ending up with crooked buttons and tears of desperation at those flimsy tools coming with the packs. And in crucial situations like that it's maybe also better to work with pliers than thrashing a hammer about ...

Well, I'm really happy with the vest, it's a bunch of flowers that can be worn all year round.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Vest with Garter-stitch Yoke

This little jacket is for a friend's little son:

It can be tied at the front like a jacket or can be worn tied at the back as a vest:

The pattern is from Knitting in Vogue, Patterns form the 1930s to the 1980s for Men, Women and Children and the name is the title of this post. (I found the book at the library, I think it is unfortunately out of print. Particularly the children's knits are very pretty.) The project is described as a : "Vest knitted in one piece starting with the front, in stocking stitch with garter yoke pattern and back opening". The pattern is from 1936 and I like the graphic effect of the garter-stitch yoke. It was also easy and fun to knit. I distributed the recommended yarn with Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, mainly because I fell in love with this beautiful soft green colour.

Now the jacket is quite a bit bigger than a newborn size, but that can't be too bad in my opinion, babies grow so quickly. I think it came out quite cute and I hope it's practical to wear!

Friday, April 18, 2008


My uncle left back to Germany, yesterday. It was great to have him here and very interesting seeing Helsinki through different eyes. I think showing another person a town you already know quite well makes you realize and see different and new things yourself.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather, so I'll spend the weekend trying to relax and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

The pictures were taken at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A trip to Porvoo

Today we took a trip to Porvoo. My uncle is visiting us and we went to see this small Finnish town with its beautiful wooden houses.

We took a walk around the cobble stone streets, looked into some small shops and had a bite to eat.

We also got some delicious handmade chocolates from here and I couldn't resist this beautifully coloured tray I spotted here.

As you can see, it was quite a successful visit. ;-) Now we just need some coffee!