I think this is the end for the sheet. I have this piece and one of the original pillowcases left after making the shirt and two U shaped pillowcases for two U shaped pillows. I’m sure that I could find a use for the scraps if I waited long enough but what’s the point of keeping them when I can easily pick up another nearly new sheet from a charity shop should I ever need one. It was too thin to make a shirt to wear but for a shirt making lesson it was good enough being big, easy to find and cheap.
The pretend shirt came out rather well. This is Kwik Sew 3883, the reason that I chose this pattern rather than any other was that a single pattern covers sizes small to XXL and I wasn’t sure which size I wanted. The thing that sold it to me was that I could see that various sewing bloggers had made it up, multiple times in some cases, without complaint. In the olden days I would have lost an afternoon to driving into town, pouring over pattern books and making my choice only to be told that they didn’t have that pattern in stock and then I’d wait a week for it to be ordered for me. I’ve learned that I can save half a gallon of petrol, the cost of the car park and several hours of my life by going straight to ordering it from a virtual shop on the internet so that’s what I did. I know now that there are a few things I would do differently with the next shirt and that’s one of the reasons to make a muslin, the other one being to check the fit. The first thing I’ll be doing is to not use that nasty poly thread because my machine doesn’t like it except in the bobbin. You can see the interesting pin fastening – I couldn’t see the point of making the buttonholes because the combination of thread and fabric will be different next time so what I learned on this pseudoshirt would not be transferable to the next one. I’m now waiting for my six metres of white fabric to arrive, again I skipped the part about driving into town for something that might not be in stock and did my shopping from the settee.
The blog remembers everything so it knows that back in March I tried to bake acceptable breakfast items so that we could stop buying sliced white bread for toasting. I can report that since then not one floppy sliced white loaf has crossed the threshold. I only made croissants once because they need a lot of rolling space that I don’t have but I’ve continued to make an endless stream of breadcakes, brioche and bagels. The breadcakes and bagels have been consistently good, once I found the optimum size and baking times I wrote it down and repeated it every week. Brioche is still a work in progress because although I use the same ingredients every time the results are wildly variable. This week’s variation was practically unworkable, it was so soft that I resorted to cooking it in muffin tins. I know what the issue is, the majority of the liquid comes from the eggs. I know that egg sizes are standardised but I don’t think that they are standardised quite enough for this recipe. I think next time I’ll be looking for a recipe that uses less eggs and more milk because milk comes out the same size every time.
I’ll finish with some actual knitting content. The end is in sight with this little jacket. This is the centre back where I’ve grafted the two pieces together and I’m now knitting on the fronts. Having thought about it I’ve decided that this sort of thing is better knitted from the body outwards because then you finish with the short rows on the sleeves. If you’re using scraps then it’s better to start with the long rows when you know you’ve got plenty of yarn. It’s not my favourite thing ever but I think I know how it can be improved but more on that next time. As a total non-sequitur, the blog turned seven this week. Yet again I missed its birthday but it never seems to mind. At least it wasn’t expecting a cake.