Back Again

Hello there!

Woah, I can’t believe I haven’t been here since January!  So far, it has been a year of great change.  I moved house, (back in May), and started a new job and had to deal with a nasty bout of tendonitis and I guess that’s what’s put a kink in the makings department.  Now that’s gone though, it’s back to the usual click, clack of the knitting needles and the noiseless delights of the crochet hook.

First up is a little purse I made to send up birthday money to a lovely gal up in Scotland.

Steph's purse   I’m afraid I can’t share the pattern as I made it up as I went along and didn’t write it down, but if you are keen to make one, just let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.

Next up was the October knit-a-long from Craftsy, a lovely autumn cowl, called  Wishbone Rib.  It was a delight to knit, a very simple pattern that doesn’t look simple.   I signed up for the workshop and so got the yarn from them too. Details are on the site.

Wishbone Rib Cowl

The next thing on the list was for youngest edition to the family due in about 6 weeks.  We already know he’s a boy and his name is picked out, so this is a jumper and matching hat for little Andrew Aled.

New baby jumper and hatHere it is again on Baby Jesus…….

Doll in Andy togs

Well, I say Baby Jesus because this doll has played the part at many a Nativity Play, but the very pale skin and blue eyes….. what can I say?  The pattern comes from ‘Get Knitted’ in Brislington, Bristol – their website is here. The yarn is Opal sock yarn Sweet and Spicy  in shade 8617 and I am very impressed with it.  The jumper and hat came from just ONE ball of 100grms and there was still a little bit left and of course, it looks lovely.  One ball costs £7.99 and the buttons were 30p for all six.

I will leave you now to go and pick up the needles to get started on some more woolly projects.  Have a great day!

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More Knitting

Lucas' Christmas JumperJust dropping by quickly to put the latest knitting up.  This is my most recent, completed project.  It was made for my grandson for his 2nd birthday, just after Christmas and I’m pleased to know it does fit!  It’s always a challenge when the recipient lives so far away.

It’s on to the next one now, which is a cardigan for me and, (alternating with), some crochet cushions.

For those who would like to know the pattern is Sirdar and the wool, (from the local shop), is Sirdar Supersoft Aran – a joy to knit with.

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Yummy Bread

In my work I talk a lot about bread.  Aside from a definite professional interest, I am also a big fan.

Imagine then, my delight when I came across  a recipe for home made bread, (thanks to the wonderful people in blogland), that needs NO kneading – see what I did there? I had a go. This is my result:

BreadLooks a bit floury – hopefully that’ll brush off when it’s cooler.  I’m looking forward to trying some the moment it’s cool enough.

If you want to give it a go yourself, you can find all the details here. I can testify to it’s simplicity and it makes the kitchen smell wonderful!

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Dancing Stars

Christmas decos are underway chez moi and inspired by Lucy over at Attic 24 who in turn was inspired by The Royal Sisters I decided to have ago at making my own Dancing Stars garland to add to this year’s house decorations.

I haven’t finished yet – but here is the story so far:

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Dear Diary…

Greetings all you lovely people!  Sorry I haven’t popped in recently, but I haven’t stopped making stuff.  My most recent task came from the arrival of my next year’s diary.  I have had the same type of diary for the past few years as it’s insides are just what I look for – page a day, (including a full page for Sunday – which you don’t get in most diaries); spaces that separate morning/afternoon  and evening and the lectionary for every day – very handy.  The only problem is, the outside is a bit boring:

2011 DiarySee what I mean?

Well, this year I used some handmade paper to make a cover and covered that with plastic laminate to strengthen it and came up with this:

Diary 2013It’s a bit quirky and bit me but a bit scruffy too – so I didn’t particularly want to do the same for next year.  I decided instead to cover next year’s with some IKEA fabric I’ve had in the stash for several years, (seriously, since 2003)! and came up with this:

2014 DiaryTa-Dah!  I also chose to tidy up the insides so that none of the rough edges show:

Open DiarySee?  Nice and tidy.  I used double sided sticky tape for this project but you could use a good fabric glue.  The wonderful Kate over at Eaglemum has a tutorial on how to cover a book with fabric; if you’d like to see it click here.

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Hippy(ed) Laptop

Hello Everyone!

Just popping in with a quick photo of my latest messing abouts.  To be fair, it is NOT all my own unaided work, since I bought the stickers from Hippy Motors – and, oh my, if I only had the time, my little Fiat would be plastered with their fabulous designs. For now though, my new laptop has been on the receiving end of their bounty.

Hippy Laptop

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Raglan Cardi

Hello you lovely people!

I read a great quote about knitting earlier in the week.  It went something like this: “Knitting is a lot like wizardry; you wave pointed sticks about, mutter to yourself and then something amazing happens.”

Well, this is the latest ‘something’ from my pointed sticks:

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Hello all you lovely people!  The knitting needles don’t get much of a rest in this house and so the latest, (in a long line), of cushions has just come to reside in a chair near me…

Mitred Square Cushion

The mitred square pattern comes from this book where they show up as part of a beautiful blanket pattern.  The squares are very satisfying to make and much, much easier to make than they look.  I wouldn’t normally have chosen these colours, but because I was using the left overs from other projects this is what happened.

I like the way that, from a distance, the pattern looks a bit like a square spiral.  I am completely hopeless at maths, but I can appreciate geometry.

Hope you are well and happy – see you again soon.

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Rainbow Scarf

Rainbow Scarf

What to do with all those scraps of yarn left over…

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Knitting in circles,,,,

Hello all you lovely people!  The latest of my ‘makings’ turned out to be a very quick knit and has me well and truly in thrall to the art of knitting on double-pointed/circular needles.  From time to time I have experimented with circular knitting, but have always made a right pigs ears of it.  Recently though, my lovely and talented friend, S gave me a quick tutorial and voila! I can do it!  (Turns out I was attempting to knit upside down).  Anyway, I have been enjoying the circles so much I made a beret.  Here it is, modelled by the lovely Pooh Bear:

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and the back view

galaxy pix 077The yarn is Sirdar Crofter, Double Knit and this, (adult size hat) took less than 1 ball.  Crofter goes a long way and I love the way it looks like fairisle.  I took the photos with my new phone, (Samusung Galaxy Siii) and I’m enjoying the results.

Hope the Spring reaches you soon, x


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