The Outer Hebrides

This summer we went up North, and spend a couple of weeks camping in the Outer Hebrides, mainly in and on the water–open skies, brilliant colours, and eagles soaring above the bay.

Well ….

… only after our Outwell Montana 6 held its word and survived gale force 10 storms with only some minor bruises! While I was huffing and puffing lugging the heavy tend over uneven ground, when I saw other tends collapse like houses of cards around us I was rather grateful for our old lady! A local farm shop supplied us with fetching olive green and lined fishermen trousers–allowing walks to the beach. Maybe walks is a bit of an understatement, charging against the wind, stomping through wet sand, along a raging shoreline is probably a more adequate description. We played Ninja Paws, ate chocolate, and chatted while the tend hissed like a chained dragon trying to take off.

long exposure evening sky all blue hues
long exposure evening sky

Our weather app had thrown it’s virtual and proverbial hands in the air. Eventually the storm receded, and we were able to get out more. We went out with the kayaks, and while the boys were fishing, I made good use of the fishermen’s trousers and sat in the wet sand for long-exposure shots. We flew the kites, went to see standing stones, and even caught some days of such warmth that we swam in the Atlantic not needing our normal 5 mm wet suits. So all in all a perfect summer, after a wet and stormy start.

It is needless to say when spending time on Harris and Lewis the sew-inclined person has to visit Clò-Mòr the Harris Tweed exhibition. There are some interesting designer garments to see, and you can learn about the history of Harris Tweed. I reminisced in childhood memories combing some wool and had to have serious words with myself about budget for fabric!

The fabric I eventually decided for reminded me of the colours of the Highlands and Islands–and well, my favourite camping mug.

Whilst you can buy garments and some fabric at the exhibition, they have a bigger store in Tarbert close to the ferry terminal. And there it is really difficult to choose just one panel for making a dress! Did I say really, really? You could not buy lining there–or at least I don’t remember seeing lining, which is a bit a shame as they could sell lining matched with the beautiful wool they have in the shop. Once at home I tried to draft a couple of designs that would work with the dress and could not stop myself from superimposing the figure onto the landscape. More about the actual dress in the next blog post.

Making a Knitting Bucket

Sewing for knitting

This is my first time trying to write sewing instructions for something. Let me know what you think and how helpful they were. Or where you still have questions.

The light grey one was my prototype this is why it still looks a bit disheveled. The darker grey one I used the patter. Also the textile I used was heavy Ikea curtains. I had to shorten these to fit our windows and wanted to make something with the off-cuts.

Tip: If you want to give your knitting bucket a bit more stability to can iron on some heavy weight interfacing to one or two of the wrapping panels.

I am adding a link to the pdf so you can download the document and print the instructions. Otherwise these are the steps for making the bucket.

You Need

Outer Wrap
Length: 69 cm
Height 39 cm
Inner Wrap
Length: 63 cm
Height: 39 cm

Length for all pockets: 69 cm
Height first layer: 31 cm
Height second layer: 11 cm

1 cm seam allowance

Assembly

  1. Hem all pieces of fabric once you have cut them.
  2. If you want to decorate the pockets with vintage lace as in the example don’t forget to cut two strips of 69 cm long lace.
  3. Sew on the lace before you stitch the pockets.
  4. Stitch the pockets before assembling the bucket.
  5. Begin with the first layer (31 cm) pockets
    1. Depending on your needs draw lines for long knitting needles so you can sort them according to size (see picture below)
    2. I also added two 5 cm wide pockets for bigger items

      (c) Nathalie Sheridan
      making pockets
  6. Then place the second layer of of fabric for the small pockets on top of it, before stitching it together, mark out the seams for the pockets and make sure you do stitch exactly on the lines of the other pockets or just leave a space there
  7. Once you have stitched all the pockets take the inner bottom (page 3) and fix it to the inner wrap, outsides facing inwards (see picture below).

    (c) Nathalie Sheridan
    Base
  8. Make small incisions around the seam-allowance of the base to ease curvage of material
  9. Repeat for outer wrap
  10. Sew the long edged of the wrapper
  11. Now you have two buckets
  12. Leave the inner (smaller) bucket with the outside facing material into the inside
  13. Turn the outer bucket so that the pockets face outwards
  14. Place smaller bucket into the bigger one
  15. Use the top hem-allowance to fold seams into the inside and then carefully top-stitch
  16. You could also use decorative bias binding to stitch these together

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