Friday, 5 September 2014

One Skein Wonder...

I love a one skein accessory, especially when I have a really special skein to use and it can be the main only focus of the item!

Currently blocking after a gentle steaming on my iron board is a new cowl design I've been working on, it uses one skein of Manos Del Uruguay~Serena in colourway Primrose.

Just waiting on some late summer sunshine and I'll get pictures and pattern of the whole thing for you x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Scrappy Blanket 2...

 I don't think this one will see as much use as my last scrap blanket - my eldest son has just decided that pink is a bit too girly for him so maybe I'll get a chance to wrap up in it instead!

Can't believe I finished this over the heat we've had this past summer but at least it's ready for cooler evenings as Summer gives way to Autumn.

I have a lovely new pattern to share soon - I'm using Manos Del Uruguay Serena and it's knitting up a dream! A few more rounds and a delicate cowl for the season change will be complete.

Until then I'll leave you with a final picture of the scrappy granny square blanket - my go to whenever I want mindless stuff to do with my hands.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Birthday Cake round~up...

Seems after putting the Chicken Cake on I realised I hadn't documented most of the last years cakes...

Here they are:

London Underground Train August 2013


Tree Fu Tom Cake January 2014


Alien Planet and Space Shuttle Cake May 2014



Monday, 11 August 2014

Not Knitting...

Thought I would share my Chicken Cake with you - it's been a while since I posted something unrelated to yarn (or anything at all actually). I saw the cake originally on Pinterest but couldn't get the link to work back to the company that watermarked it or find any instructions. I've taken step by step photos as I constructed it and thought it may be useful for others to find.

The cake is for my husband because our youngest son likes to tell him that he is faster than a free range chicken a LOT at the moment. Sure it won't be so funny in a bit, we like it for now though.

Due to my Coeliac diagnosis, I have used all non-gluten containing ingredients and the cake is actually one massive crispy rice cereal treat (not Kelloggs as they contain gluten; but a supermarket own brand as advised by www.coeliac.org.uk). I also used my (just cleaned) iron to steam the cake afterwards as I've seen on oh so many episodes of shows from across the pond - L O V E the effect, much more pro looking I think.

Last change I made was to shape the tail - I couldn't see if this was done on the original but thought it added a bit more fun with the tail feathers! You can see it better in the following video:

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Hope you made it all the way down here! Have fun making chicken cakes x

My Crispy Treat recipe:

400g Marshmallow
400g White Chocolate
200g / 300g Crispy rice cereal usually get most of an average box in the bowl depends on how strong and quick I am to get it mixed in!

Melt choc in large microwaveable bowl, I do 30 second blasts until it stirs nicely  - add marshmallows and zap in microwave for a couple of mins until nice and puffy. Tip in cereal slowly and bit by it, stir together - when it gets hard going, mould together with clean hands (be careful in case it's still too hot to do this).

Mould into shape and soak bowl in hot soapy water to loosen off the glued on bits left behind (don't leave this til later - it takes much longer to get clean).

Saturday, 31 May 2014

De-stash...

I am slowly reducing the stash in my spare room and have completed one crochet blanket with the odd balls and half skeins of left overs from other projects - I had enough to do two small blankets - think childsize, this one and a second which has greys, purples and pinks in it but I have a few more rounds of yarn left to use up.

I'd really like to make a rectangular blanket to cover my bed (probably not from stash, ah well, wait for the sales) but as yet haven't quite got the centre rounds sorted so that it lays nicely flat - will keep trying and researching.

This blanket has many different yarn types in it and I will need to remember to clean it on a wool wash or I think it will felt all over the shop and look very odd.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Yarn Bowl...

Today, I received through the post a little gift to me from my mum and gran (who both gave me spending money for my recent birthday). It's a beautiful handmade Yarn Bowl from The Little Wren Pottery. It came very carefully packaged and with a note from the crafter thanking me for buying handmade (when it's this beautiful it's a no-brainer!).
I ordered this about 10 days ago, chose a light matt finish to the bowl so that my yarn doesn't move too quickly through the slot and I can easily see how much I have left - I hope that it will really help me when it comes to plying my handspun yarn. With something so nice it didn't surprise me at all when I picked up simply knitting, to see it was one of their yarn bowl picks on pg 75 too!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Tiger...

During a very rare afternoon sans little people, I popped into Cheltenham in order to obtain some going out shoes (little people tend to put the damper on going out so I got rid of most of my heeled shoes in favour of ballet flats, wellies or trainers). Whilst sauntering in one of the arcades I walked into a bright and inviting shop called Tiger that sells an eclectic range of items from kitchen to crafts and gifts to tech accessories.

Well what do you know they had this! 75% Wool and 25% Polyamide, 170m of stripey sock heaven - in a range of shades too and right next to it a range of needles and accessories, I picked up the 2.5mm Bamboo DPN's as I only have these in a ridiculously sharp metal set. Just inside the shop by some office bits and bobs were the Sheep clips - anyone else thinking seam holders for when it comes to stitching up (I did)?

 

Oh did I mention that the yarn was £1 per ball, as were the needles, the sheep clips I think were £2 but can't find the receipt to confirm.
Take a peek at the other things they sell (in store only sadly) here

Projects Catch Up :: Drop Spun Yarns

 Not a vast amount happening in the hand-spun world, i'm still practising with the Botany Lap Waste fibre bag I bought from World of Wool. I don't know what the fibres are exactly but I tried to pair two colours in each skein that felt and handled similarly. The blue/copper skein is a two-ply and the green i spun the two colours in turn and Navajo plied to keep the colour changes consistent. Both skeins have been soaked and whacked to help balance the twist, the Green is about an aran weight and the Blue is DK weight. I ended up with 32 metres below and 45 above.

I'm trying to spin more consistently and definitely feel I did that in the blue but I have a long way to go until I have a more relaxed method and resulting yarn. I think I'm adding too much twist and am trying not to with my next lot of fibre.
Can't think for the life of me what either of these want to become in the end!!! Watch this space.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Bakers Dozen

I picked up some Stylecraft Special DK to help make story sacks at my sons school and went on the hunt for a pattern for current buns - not finding quite what I wanted I put together the buns you see below, you don't have to make 5 for the rhyme or 13 for that matter either!

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Basic Finger Bobs

Scraps of DK yarn and some toy stuffing and voila - sticks and yarn become all sorts of characters when the children get hold of them

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Curfel


Starting with either a provisional or ordinary cast-on the cowl is worked as a short wide scarf with cabled edges before the cast-on edge is grafted to the live stitches to create a seamless piece.

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Hleownes

 A triangular shawlette created from a single skein of sock weight yarn, with an eyelet edged border.

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AutumnBerry

 One Skein of King Cole Magnum Chunky and you have a beginner level scarf that has buttonholes placed to allow the wearer a choice of options.

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Simple Soft Baby Blankie


 A fine knit baby blanket, using Yarn Overs at the start of each row to create the central square and then picking up and knitting the border in the round. Please click the button below to instantly download the pattern - no Ravelry Account necessary.



3hr Fingerless Mitts



Quick Mitts, cleverly constructed flat in one piece then seamed together using a small amount of Aran yarn - whip your own up in an afternoon.

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Projects Catch Up :: Littlest Mans Choice

I asked both boys to choose a birthday sweater design they wanted from Ravelry and this is what Littlest man chose - his birthday was back in January and I finished j u s t in time. It's been worn a lot since because it is cosy but simple to wear, no fussy hoods or collars which bother him a lot. He made a great informed choice for a 4 year old!
The pattern itself took a fair bit of deciphering and I basically winged it from the yoke up, I also didn't use seed stitch as it really irritates me, I seem to miss a stitch and end up ribbing all the time (clearly focussing on Nashville too closely on the gogglebox!). Yarn is Rowan Denim which has washed a few times since really well and not shrunk as the ballband would suggest.
Pattern Page here
Ravelry Project Page here

I also surprised him with a Tree Fu Tom costume and here he is 'doing the moves to make the magic, Tree Fu Goooooo!'



 Sewn from a ladies XS Tee, a mans XL tee and a fleece blanket for the wings. He already had the belt and wrist parts of the costume.