This Is Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes for our wedding and marriage! Everything went perfectly and the day was a dream. We are yet to receive our official wedding photographs so we still have that excitement to come, but my bouquet was very well received and admired by guests, and was a lovely talking point for many people on the day, as was our very special ring bearer Giantmonk, who looked so smart in his waistcoat, top-hat and boutonniere.

Two weeks have now passed, we have returned from honeymoon and things are returning to a state of normality as we get back to work and busy ourselves with a mixture of the humdrum tasks of day-to-day life and more exciting ventures like plans with wonderful friends and decorating our guest room.

Whilst sorting out all of the things that we needed to move and re-organise on our return from honeymoon before we could begin our guest room makeover, I was reminded of an item that I had put to one side with the hope that one day I might be able to salvage something from the hours of work that I had invested in it. My New Things jumper was once a thing of lightness and airy beauty. This is the jumper after it had already taken one trip through the washing machine and felted a little to make it neither so airy or light, but still slightly fuzzy but beautiful item before it was even worn for the first time:

But never one to do things by half, Mr Awesome decided that this wasn’t anywhere near as tiny and lumpen as a really ruined sweater, so decided to help it on its way by sending it back through the wash on what I can only imagine was a boil wash full of bricks, to present me with this:

Amazingly, the sweater still fits me, though shows off a stretch of midriff that should only be visible on people under the age of 22, or who don’t count macaroni cheese as a staple part of their daily regime.

But in every lumpen, misshapen form there is potential beauty, and neither Mr Awesome nor the piece of ex-knitwear were completely lost in my affections.

I have put the sweater to one side these last few weeks to concentrate on all things lace and ivory-coloured, but in starting a new beginning of sorts and finding ways to enjoy the things that we already have I decided to see if I could find a use for it in our new guest room. The sweater’s newly acquired boxy and tough, hard-wearing qualities seemed to suggest a simple cushion, however, the length of the sweater did not suffice to fit a cushion, so I had to improvise with an off-cut of upholstery fabric that I thought would work well alongside the soft, muted wool: complementary in colour bit with some interesting contrast in the structure of the fabrics and the lustre of the almost industrial-looking distressed houndstooth pattern which has a slight metallic sheen.

I decided to keep the feature of the original asymmetrical hem on the cushion and haven’t attempted to hide what the piece of fabric originally was so have kept the pocket detail. I will probably change the buttons for some dark brushed metal ones once I find some that I like, but I am glad that I didn’t have to throw away the result of so many hours knitting, even if it is no longer performing its intended purpose. I shall also try not to let this put me off investing time in my knitting, entrusting Mr Awesome with the laundry or allowing myself nice things in the fear that they will get ruined. And I did forgive him, immediately, because look at that face…

Here Comes The Bride!

As of yesterday Mr Awesome and I are husband and wife and walked down the aisle with the support of our friends and surrounded by all of the ephemera of a wedding. In my hands I was carrying not a traditional bridal bouquet but one that I have made for myself.

Bouquet-Eskimimi-Makes

Each of the flowers on the bouquet has been handmade from antique and crocheted lace, organza, silk, pearl and buttons over the last few months and finally came together into a bouquet about a week ago.

Bluetit-on-bouquet-Eskimimi-Makes

Sat amongst the flowers of the bouquet was a little feathered blue tit, which I incorporated into the finished piece in memory of my grandfather who so loved watching garden and woodland birds and found so much joy in them that it was impossible to not also get swept up in an admiration of their beauty as a child. I have not adhered to the traditional ‘something old, something new…’ quartet of wants for my wedding attire, but if I had done this little guy would have been my something blue.

Bridesmaid bouquet Eskimimi Makes

My bridesmaid’s bouquet was made to the same idea, but was smaller and with a different balance of colours to complement her dress, and carried a few small butterflies amongst the flowers.

Lastly, the small floral offering for the groom’s party. Each the best man and my friend who gave me away were wearing a buttonhole made of a single handmade organza flower. The Groom was also wearing a matching buttonhole but with two organza flowers, as we learned that it is traditional for the groom to wear two blooms to distinguish him from the rest of the wedding party.

buttonholes-eskimimi-makes

These small blooms are delicate and subtle, but just add a nice little handmade touch to the outfits of the groom and his accompanying party.

Thank you for sticking with me through the quiet period whilst we prepared and readied everything for the wedding – so many things took so much hand-making that I have not had any time for any non-wedding craft, and a lot of that I didn’t want to put on the blog before the day to save surprises for our guests, but now we are husband and wife, and I am sure that many photographs will soon be forthcoming!

The Making Of A Very Special Waistcoat & Top Hat

This past weekend has seen a flurry of activity even greater than the recent very busy days we have had, as we sat down with a long list of wedding ‘makes’ to complete. We designed, cut, sewed, glued, printed and folded things feverishly and found ourselves two days closer to our wedding at the end of it. As we will be away from home next weekend this leaves us with only the following weekend to get everything for the wedding completed, so every day, evening and spare moment seems filled with loveliness but also the feeling of having many, many things to do!

One of the main tasks for the weekend was to make sure that Giantmonk would be properly attired for the occasion, and so I set about with a sewing machine that I was not too familiar with (after my last one tragically broke) and very little idea of what a Giantmonk-proportioned waistcoat should look like when drafted into very much custom pattern pieces. However, I measured around his stout little tummy and rather short torso and after looking up picture of what a waistcoat looks like when worn decided to just go for it.

The front of the waistcoat is made from a heavy brocade cotton in cream and ivory, which I picked up as scraps of curtaining from a wonderful labyrinthine rabbit warren of a shop called Hole In The Wall in Walsall (which, incidentally, is well worth a visit if you are ever in the area).

I added a little inset pocket without a zip into one side of the waistcoat as Giantmonk has agreed to take charge of caring for some very precious and special items for us for the ceremony and wanted a little pocket so that he could be sure that his small cargo was safe and secure.

The back of the waistcoat is made from the same muted gold satin that the pocket is edged and lined with, and the whole waistcoat is lined for durability and style.

Once I had worked out how to put the waistcoat together and managed to adjust the fit a little to ensure that it made the most of Giantmonk’s wonderful stature I added the three buttonholes to secure the waistcoat closed.

If there’s something that always scares me, it’s buttonholes. What actually terrifies me are buttonholes on a machine that I am unfamiliar with.

Buttonholes can make or break a finished garment. Even after practising the buttonhole (about thirty times) on some scrap fabric to ensure position, size, tension, stitch length and every other variable, I always expect the buttonholes to do something totally unpredictable. Really, though, it is a symptom of them being something so visible on the very front and focus of the finished garment, and if you mess them up they can be very difficult to rectify in such a visible place as a piece of fabric will never be quite the same once it has had a high-density buttonhole sewn into it, even with every stitch unpicked.

However, despite all of the qualms, the making of the buttonholes passed by without major incident, and three little ivory coloured buttons were sewn on to complete the closure, and the final fitting was made and the waistcoat with a special little pocket was declared to be complete.

However, that was not the end of Giantmonk’s outfit, for as you will have seen in the pictures above Giantmonk also sports a very handsome top hat.

Flared at the top for a little whimsy and balance, Giantmonk’s top hat is made from brown felt formed around a lightweight cardboard inner for stability. The brim is made from a ring of cardboard sandwiched between two layers of felt and cut flush to finish, and it fits him perfectly.

Giantmonk is now all set for the wedding with his completely handmade outfit. He’s very excited about it, as you might imagine, so he’s written a couple of blog posts of his own, all about the designing and Giantmonk’s own wishes for his outfit and then his thoughts on when he got to try on his waistcoat and top hat for the first time.

This website is likely to be a bit quiet on the lead up to the wedding, but I can only say that I have so very much to share once the big day has been and all of the details of the things we have made can finally be shared! I absolutely cannot wait!

A Very Handmade Wedding

Regular readers of this blog might have wondered that I seemed to suddenly disappear almost exactly a month ago, and those who have been keeping up with the events that I occasionally mention to be going on in my life might have understandably put this down to my wedding and impending marriage to Mr Awesome which is fast approaching.

As it happens it was for less happy reasons that I stopped blogging recently. One day I was at work when I had a shooting pain run right up my lower arm from my hand. I massaged the pain away, but it hurt again every time I turned my wrist just so, or when I tried to open a jar, and then when I tried to use my mouse, or type, or knit…

Anyway, I started to feel a bit down about this for a while and had to wear a wrist support to help constrict the movement of my thumb and wrist and ease the pain of the RSI, and all the while we were still trying to get things done for the wedding.

Anyway, a month on and though it is not perfect it is much better. Every now and again I forget, and I try to open a jar and wince in pain, but the pain is at least occasional rather than constant and burning. But I am still not knitting, or spinning. I am making many things, almost constantly, but as these are all for the wedding and nothing that I can really blog about until after the celebrations and surprises. So, I don’t have many pictures of the things that I have made, but I thought I would leave you with a few pictures we received of the test shoot with our wedding photographer which we had on Monday.

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5KCBWDAY2 Dating Profile

5KCBWDAY2 Dating Profile
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Introduction: Hi! I’m Marta, and I’m an international kind of girl with a mixed background. Though I was born in the West Midlands my fibre is from the Shetland Isles and my design is Scandinavian. I am born of a cold climate and though I may look quite delicate I am in fact quite hardy.
I like to dress up in my finery and enjoy my more decorative parts *winky face*. Sometimes it’s good to make an effort.

Interests: One of my favourite things to do is to go out shopping. I prefer to window shop as I don’t like hauling large amounts of shopping around, but I do enjoy a gentle wander along quaint shopping streets and a leisurely hour or so at the coffee shop. I also enjoy keeping up to date with social media and keep my phone in a special pocket so that it is always at hand.


I don’t like to think that I am overly vain, but I usually keep a lipstick about myself in case a quick touch up is needed as I love to be spontaneous and never know where I might end up.

Dislikes: I am quite fun-loving and light-hearted, and so I really displace being weighed down, it makes me feel all out of shape and I don’t feel like I am on my best form. I also enjoy the more fun side of life, so I don’t like friction as it brings me out in piles and I can get myself in a bit of a twist. Apart from that there is not much that scares me, though I will avoid bugs at any cost, especially moths.

The Future: I have considered changing a few things about myself that I am a bit unhappy with. When I look inside myself I wonder if I have a slight dual personality. I sometimes look inwards and wonder if I am not a bit childish, and maybe this is something that I would like to alter when I have found my true inner self, though I’d still like to always keep a space in me for a phone, and that occasional lipstick!

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