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Me Made May this year coincided with a long weekend away in Hamburg. It was nice to be challenged to wear some of my handmade items on holiday. I tend to be a bit more careful with my handmades than my RTW clothing, so it was nice to give some of them a fun outing.

I travelled in my jersey Bettine dress. My flight was after a busy day in one of my secondary schools, and the stripey dress felt smart enough for work, but was also very comfortable for travel.


On Friday, I was keen to wear my pineapple skirt. My main post contains some more pictures,  but here she is being worn while I posed with my friend Becci on a climbing frame. We were both too scared to climb any higher!

On the second day, my raindrop Bettine matched the weather better than I would have hoped! In this picture you can see the Hold Tight clutch I knitted a couple of years ago, which was quite handy for my essentials. I am just not a clutch bag person, so I have a leather strap attached to it.

Sunday was the nicest weather of the weekend. I almost wished that I had taken one of my pairs of shorts with me. In the end, I made do with my Cleo dress, which was also well-suited to travelling home. I do think I will lengthen the hem on this dress by an inch or two when I get a chance. Although it looks fine in front of the mirror, the corduroy has a tendency to creep up.

I think that incorporating my handmade wardrobe made an already-fantastic weekend even more fun. I can be very lazy about clothing and accessories, and knowing that I would be taking pictures inspired me to think more carefully about my wardrobe.

Thanks to Isie and Becci for being wonderful photographers, as well as awesome companions.

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On La Sirena estancia in Uruguay there lived a feisty sheep called Lupita.


One day, a gringo named Monique came to stay. Monique wanted to be friends with Lupita, but at first the sheep wasn’t sure. Monique spoke a strange human language, and seemed unusually interested in her woolly coat.


Monique tried befriending some of the other animals. Margarita the cow shared her milk with Monique.


Cookie-eater the horse showed Monique around. Lupita thought maybe she wasn’t so bad.


Monique and Lupita shared some quiet moments on the farm. They had a lot in common.


Monique had to leave her new best friend behind, which made her sad.

Lupique 5eva.


I think sock yarn projects are ideal for travel knitting. Part of my holiday planning is always choosing a plane project. I feel like I have enough hand knit socks at the moment, so I decided instead to replace my old Broad Street Mittens with some snazzy new ones.

Here they are in Hong Kong after I cast on during the twelve hour flight. I’ve divided for the thumb and pinkie. I did this while watching Jurassic World, Mr Holmes, Johnny English, some episodes of Louis and one dreadful episode of Glee. I loved that show when I was younger.

On my second, shorter, flight I finished a couple of fingers but became stuck because I couldn’t remember how to do a tubular BO. I also destroyed my emotions with American Sniper and needed a nap afterwards. Being on planes makes me much more emotional than usual, but it was an interesting film.


I’m improvising a size just between medium and large and the fit is really good.

Pattern: Smartphone-friendly mitts

Yarn: Bad Day Might Sock by the Lemonade shop

Ravelry project page


I’m spending a lot of time on the road at the moment, which means one thing- sock knitting. I spent an inordinate time on Ravelry last week looking up patterns. One of my thesis breaks involved buying loads of gorgeous self-striping yarn so I needed a pattern to show it off. I usually incorporate some ribbing as plain socks often get baggy around the ankles, but I loved this pattern so much that I decided to risk it for a biscuit. This is also my first toe-up sock so learning a few new techniques including Judy’s Magic Cast On. Here’s what the toe looks like.

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I started this post over a week ago and had a couple of short-haul flights in the interim, so here’s the first sock completed.

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And the progress I made on the left sock yesterday. It’s not the clearest picture but I wanted to give a little sense of my present surroundings. These will be finished soon, and I have a couple more sock yarn projects in the pipelines.

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