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Purse Palooza 2014 Guest Post - Scallop of the Sea Clutch (Katie Canavan)

This post was originally part of Purse Palooza 2014 over at Sew Sweetness.  I wanted to repost it here for my own records to remind myself of what I liked and didn't like in this pattern!

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I was very excited when Sara asked me to be part of this year's (2014) Purse Palooza and instantly knew I wanted to make the Scallop of the Sea Clutch by Katie Canavan (available from Holla Knits here).

This clutch is definitely a statement piece.   It's oversized (compared to most clutches) and the outside is made of knitted scallop shapes.  Yep, I knitted a bag!  It felt good to both knit and sew a bag - catching three of my favourite pastimes all in one!  The bag is stranded colourwork and is knit in the round to form a big tube.  The tube is blocked, lined and interfaced, seamed and then folded over to make the big envelope clutch shape.

Here is the version which i…

I made SOCKS!

I probably shouldn't be all boasty about these - as I first cast them on sometime in 2012 - but I can't help but be proud of myself!

Presenting my very first pair of me-made socks (ravelled here):


As part of my self-imposed "really must finish some stuff" mission, I picked these up again just as we headed into our (rather toasty) first summer in Sydney and finished them as summer hit it's height.  It was 35 degrees here yesterday, so these babies are not getting a lot of wear yet!

I used the Purl Soho perfect fit socks pattern and some Sausalito (merino and nylon) yarn in Firebird from The Stash Cupboard in Hobart.


I have to say I really love this pattern.  They are right that they are perfect fit - something which always worries me as I have size 11 (Euro 42) feet.  Part of the perfect-ness of the fit is that you knit the foot part until it's 2 inches less than you want them to be in length, and then knit the toe, guaranteeing they will be long enough.  If y…

Thread Theory Camas Blouse

Edited to add:  this pattern is actually on sale at the moment ($7.50 instead of $11) - not sure how long for but I would go grab it now!

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A few weeks ago, Thread Theory (of awesome menswear pattern fame) introduced their first pattern for women:


[As an aside, I am seriously hoping that the totally rad pants the model is wearing in this shoot are womenswear pattern number 2 from Thread Theory!  That's a truck sized hint...]

The Camas Blouse is a comfortable yet super chic button up (or faux button up!) which is designed for knit fabrics.  The lovely people at Thread Theory sent me a copy to try out and review.

Given it's the season of partying and sparkling, I went for a dark blue version with some contrast sequin areas.



Sorry for the darkness of these pictures - Nick obviously wasn't on his game on the day we took these!

I also went sleeveless as it's full on summer here in Australia.  It …