Monday 31 December 2012

In with the new

Hope you had a happy and peaceful Christmas. At our house a good time was had by all even if some of us slept through the best bits!

It was wonderful having everyone together for the big day but after all that cooking I really love Boxing Day when we can sit back, relax and live on leftovers! It's also a time to finish off bits and bobs of projects that have been hanging around making me feel guilty they weren't finished sooner.

Amelie's Christmas cardigan will now have to be her New Year gift! All I have to do is knit the rest of the collar band that goes all round the edge to join itself at the centre back. I'll do that tonight in front of the TV. It's a really easy Debbie Bliss pattern that I'm sure I'll do again in a larger size for the spring.

I've had a lovely time in my workroom this morning. I love it when it's raining hard on the glass roof - somehow makes it really cosy to be inside. This may become my favourite T shirt from now on. It's a Burda pattern that is so easy it can be made in about half and hour if you have an overlocker.

There are only two pattern pieces and four seams. The back is cut to lay flat and the front is slightly oversized so the front neck drapes. It's cut wide so it looks like there are cap sleeves. Good for women of a certain age! What makes it even better is I bought the jersey fabric as a remnant for £1 on the Rag Market! I am wearing it as I write this and you can expect to see me in many variations of this top!!

Happy New Year to everyone who reads this column. I really appreciate your visits! I hope that 2013 will be creative for you all and you'll achieve whatever you set out to do. Right now I have to get back in the kitchen - today's bread is ready for the oven and we must remember to feed the body as well as the soul! Bye for now - Linda


  1. Hi Linda / Laura

    Happy New Year to you and your families. I am looking forward to more from DMTV and the changes you are planning for the website.

    By the way, I can't believe how much Amelie is like you both!

    Kindest regards


  2. that top is wonderful...can you tell me the details of the pattern, so l can see if l can get it in UKxxx glad you had a great christmas and l hope you have a wonderful 2013.x lynda

  3. oh just remembered you are in Uk aren't you!oops.xx

  4. Hi Linda and family, Happy New Year to you from a student and fan across the miles (km?) in Western Canada. With wee Amelie to keep you on your toes, 2013 looks to be a wonderful year! All the best to you!

  5. Happy New Year to you and your's! Thank you for inspiring me to reach and grow artistically. Because of you and Laura, I have exceeded all of my expectations and had to create a new list. Thank you! Amelie is so adorable with her paper crown and the color of the cardigan is gorgeous! As I sit here with many layers of wool on and a shawl to top off the layers, your top reminds me that spring will come and it would be a fabulous pattern to sew some new tops. Wishing you all the best in 2013!

  6. A happy, healthy and creative New Year to you all.

  7. Beautiful baby pic!
    After subscribing to DMTV, I can say you have inspired me in many ways this year.
    I am knitting again.
    You both make us feel like we are real friends of yours. I love that.
    What Burda pattern? I am a woman of a certain age!

  8. Happy New Year and may 2013 be awesome for you and your family. Love the photo of Amelie and the new T Shirt. Now I just need an overlocker too!!

  9. Thanks for all your good wishes! The cowl top was a pattern traced from one of the multi size paper patterns in a Burda magazine but I googled Burda and found this link to a PDF version.

    Hope that works! It looks very different in a flowery print than my stripey jersey doesn't it?

  10. Happy New Year Linda and thank you for all your lovely posts.

  11. Happy New Year Linda, and thanks to you and Laura for an inspirational year. Look forward to seeing more of your creative adventures throughout 2013 x