Well, more of a beach test I guess. Half term break saw a bunch of us camping in St Ives, Cornwall. I don’t know how this happens but I’m generally last in the queue when it comes to sewing but I just managed to finish a Möbius wrap for myself before we left. In fact this is a lie, I finished the sewing bit before we left, but the fringe bit was clipped in Cornwall once we’d pitched the tent.
Mine is a bit longer than the pattern calls for – mostly because I just got carried away when I was cutting out the strips. I had to cut them because I’d bought thin 1/4 yard pieces – a direct result of falling in love with a fabric collection that isn’t available as a jelly roll format. (The fabric is the Al Fresco collection by Michelle D’Amour, I bought it from Patchwork Corner ).
I think I might remove some of the strips as it is a little too long for my preference, but it still came in very handy on the beach:-
- for covering up bits that were in danger of burning
- for protecting against the brisk ocean breeze that popped up every now and again
- for covering my modesty when trying to get changed from my swimsuit into my dry clothes (used in conjuction with a towel!)
- for protecting my Cornish pasty from the voracious herring gulls
And at the campsite:-
- for warming my shoulders as the sun went down while sharing a glass of wine or two with friends
- for those midnight trips to the shower block
- for holding a ball of wool in while knitting (it sits in the folded bit in the front very nicely) – you don’t want sand and bits of grass in your lovely new ball of yarn
I’m a frustratingly slow knitter but something about Cornwall always inspires me to buy wool. It is a peculiar weakness of mine when in St Ives. It does mean I get to spend quality time in nice craft and knitting shops though, meeting some very lovely people (hello Norma and Heidi at Kuiama Crafts in Fore St, St Ives and to Kay Bartlett and her bears in the House of Bartlett gallery just on St Ives harbour ).
This time it was a very tempting little “Sock It To ‘Em” Starter kit containing everything you need make a pair of socks, including a ball of clever Opal 4 ply varigated yarn that makes patterns all on it’s own. I’ve not knitted socks before so I don’t know what possessed me really; I have started, honest, but I can’t promise to actually finish the socks any time before Christmas. Even though I’m a sock rookie I’m enjoying it, but a though occurs – any ideas how to get the patterns on the socks the same? or shall I go “dangerous” and have intentionally odd looking ones?
A batch of wraps has been popping up on the Sew Hip Flickr pool, I can’t tell you how much I love seeing what others have done with the design, and seeing the different ways of wearing it.
Almost makes up for being back behind the keyboard and not on the beach!