A right good yarn…

Well … today I can share some of my brand new makes using my hand crafted miniature knitting needles. It all began as I wanted a knitting themed hair slide. I searched online in the usual places to no avail so decided to craft my own. They turned out so gorgeous I soon crafted some brooches to match.

I wore mine today and almost the first person I talked to commented on my beautiful hair slide. I think they are the perfect gift for a yarn lover. With Mother’s Day fast approaching I can gift wrap and post out directly to your lovely mummy enclosing a gift card and your personalised message. Or why not simply treat yourself to one?

£7.50 each plus £3 p&p for something quirky, unique and very different.

Which yarn colour would you choose?

All knitting great and small …

I set myself a bit of a challenge this weekend. I have lots of huge knitting needles – 35mm, 25mm, 20mm and 15mm but no teeny ones. It all began because of my desire to have miniature knitting needles that I could make into hair slides (if they turn out ok then that will be the next post I guess!). However as I could not find any teeny needles to purchase online I decided to make some of my own using dowel. Then I wondered if I could actually knit with anything even smaller and of course the challenge was really set! Check out my miniature knitting using needles made out of cocktail sticks and also match sticks. Oh and yes I can actually knit with them all!! Click On the video to see my demonstration! ❤️

Crafty Stitch …

I am slowly working my way through my (lengthy) “Work in Progress” list and just finished by hand this gorgeous yellow jumper that came off the Empisal knitting machine many months ago. I used a simple pre-designed punchcard and the easy cut and sew method of shaping. The ribbing around the neck and arms was hand-knitted in front of the TV as was the cherry appliqué. Blinkin love love love it and it went on it’s maiden voyage today when I went for a browse in ‘Crafty Stitch’ in the St Govans Centre, Pembroke Dock and had the pleasure of meeting fellow sewist Jenny. Her store has some gorgeous fabrics, lots of important bits for the happy sewer and some great vintage sewing machines on display. It’s well worth popping in.

I think my gorgeous jumper has Trashcan Emporium all over it … what do you think?

Transformers … cardies in disguise …

I recently acquired two men’s V-neck pullovers, one in grey and one in green. Now, given The Husband is more likely to flick a V than pick a V, I wasn’t quite sure what todo with them both. After a bit of a ponder, I got out the scissors and with a slice up the middle, a crop of the sleeves and a slash of the waist, a quick overlock on the sewing machine a few rows of crochet and a bit of creative knitting, these totally cute little cardies were created.

A proper transformation huh? Which is your favourite … the cherries or the daisies?

One ball wonder!

Shopping in Aldi is a real dilemma for a yarn lover because they always have such lovely wool on offer. Their beautiful yarn in store makes me think guiltily of my yarn stash which is so huge that I would have to knit for a decade (without putting my needles down) to even make a woolly dent in it! However, I simply couldn’t walk away from this stunning chunky purple yarn but as I restricted myself to just one ball the dilemma this time was what to knit! ! Luckily I chanced upon this free ‘Artisan Capelet’ pattern at RedHeart.com but made a few little personal tweaks by adding a crochet picot edging and a huge vintage button. I now have a beautiful, one ball wonder 💜

What do you think?

Aldi is a p

Knitting for All Illustrated

A kind friend gifted me a wonderful and much loved knitting book, inherited after the sad death of an elderly aunt. The book is undated but Mrs Google believes it was printed back in the 1940s or 1950s. The knitting patterns are simply wondrous with photos of each gorgeous pattern accompanying the simple to read instructions. I was so excited to start knitting from the book. There is everything knitted from stockings and bras for ladies, to some mad hats, to a “fashionable” housecoat. . After a delightful nostalgic ponder I decided to start with this Two Colour Turban, using old money size 10 pins previously used by my knit-loving mam, (who needs 3.25 metric pins huh) but I’m really having a little giggle to myself thinking that maybe my next knitting project from the book should be this vest and pants set for The Husband ❤️

A little bit of knitting 🧶

I blinkin’ love love love knitting and I was so excited when Daughter asked me for a big knit sofa blanket. When my needles arrived with gigantic skeins wool I dived right in there. I used jumbo acrylic but next time I think I’d like to try beautiful merino wool as it would be so much softer. The blanket measures 30inches x 50 inches and used 4 skeins in total. It was a great project and even if I never do another blanket I suppose the needles could come in handy for a bit of vampire slaying!

Very Cherry 🍒

Knitting machines are just so much damn fun! So far everything I have created has been on a standard gauge machine and I have been building myself up to learning how to use my chunky machine. I finally played with it last weekend and in no time at all created this cute little vest top right out of my head. I used a swatch, a bit of maths, a couple of rows of crochet and a hand knitted cherry appliqué. I blinkin’ love it and think it looks pretty good with my cherry necklace! Ooooooh and a very kind lady has just gifted me a third knitting machine … creations, creations, creations….

Colourful Sweary Bobble Hats …

So … our sweary bobble hats really have been in high demand! I am just working on an order of 20 for some very smart bikers in Brum. In the meantime I have been experimenting with some different colours, contrasts and bobble sizes. This colourful bunch of sweary hats will be available £15 each from the studio this afternoon!

What do you think?

Fu#k Cancer …

On the back of our sweary bobble hats, Lee’s best mate in Brum commissioned a politer version, but one with the incredibly strong and powerful message to ‘Fu#k Cancer’. Cancer stole my gorgeous little girl , my beautiful mother, my fun loving brother-in-law and my funny teenage cousin. It has also impacted so many other family members and friends. So I spent much of this weekend knitting up our latest design and this lovely lot will be posted off to their new owners tomorrow! If you want one for yourself then just drop us a message … each sale includes a donation to Cancer Research.

Oh and this is one bobble hat that I will most definitely be wearing with pride … Fu#k Cancer indeed!