Wednesday, 7 May 2008

A long time in coming...

Seems to be the theme for everything I have been making lately... I always think there are more hours in the day than there actually are and as a result start things that take ages to finish! And this one is finished just in time, I think. I give you... the "Wombat zippie"!





I tried it on Austy the other day, when all that was left was to stitch that pesky zip in. In fact that has been all it was waiting for, for a long while. But first I bought the wrong length zip, so went and bought another one and went to stitch it in, only to find that it was a dress zip and not the open ended zip I needed. It was a good thing though, because then I found this one, a much better colour match than the chocolate brown one I had (this is more of a wombat brown), and I like the chunky look of it much more than the standard ones. There was a big problem however - the chunky zips have quite chunky reinforcing at the bottom! It has a VERY hard plastic coated bottom that was IMPOSSIBLE to push a needle through, so I tacked it all down as best I could and (fear of fears) ran my knitting under the sewing machine!!! I'm not entirely happy with it as the tacking didn't stop it from stretching as I went and the tops of the pockets don't line up properly but there was no other way of getting that zip on there, unless I went and swapped it for a chocolate brown non chunky one which didn't have the plastic coating.


Not perfect... but FINALLY... done.


Austy will be snuggly warm this winter.

Oh, and a swap update. I am stalking my letterbox daily! I should soon have a DQS3 quilt in there waiting for me, and I have ordered some bright summery fabric for the Apron Swap. I will post pics as soon as the postie does his job.

6 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh Joy, that is just gorgeous. Another thing that makes me wish I could knit.

Amy said...

OMG, that's beautiful. Stunning, really. I'm in awe. :o)

Amy
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Peta said...

Looks very cute and snuggly, it will be nice and warm!

Kylie said...

Joy - it looks great - you are too critical of your own work. I would have been like you with the zip - what am I talking about - I think that I have a little jumper here that will now sadly be too small for Mr B and it only needs sewing together! Opps

Juni said...

That jacket is so beautiful! Where did you get the pattern from b/c I am thinking that a pinky one would be good for my DD and this kind of project is on my practise list.

Austy's Mum said...

The pattern is in the Sirdar "Cheeky Chino's" booklet.