Saturday, 27 April 2013

KCBW Day 6 - A tool to covet

There are many tools I could not do without when crafting, yarn related crafts in particular come with plenty of their own paraphernalia so for today I thought I would keep it simple* and show you what goes around with me wherever and whenever I take my Knitting or Crochet.

It's all carried in a 3 pocket pencil case and is used every time I'm creating. The only thing that doesn't fit in is my little notebook.

Easy to grab stitch markers and cable needle key
Pencils and extra leads for when I'm sketching
Cable Needle
Crochet Hook (not for dropped stitches you understand as I never do that)
Scissors - never used on paper and they're beautifully sharp and good at snipping
DPN Stitch Saver - teeny jumper
Plenty of different sized yarn needles
Cable Extenders
Row Counter
Retractable tape measure

Some more crochet hooks
DPN Stitch Savers - the other sizes in the set
Loads of stitch markers
Darning needles
Cable Needles
Needle Gauge
Stitch Holders

There are only a couple of things missing from the case at the moment; a set of 3.75mm DPN's, not sure why I keep them here, must have been needed at some point and a couple of circular needle cables and their stoppers.

Is there anything I've missed that you use all the time? Or am I missing out by not having an amazing multi-tool?

*especially after yesterdays efforts - safe to say I will not be making a career of animation!!!

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Friday, 26 April 2013

KCBW Day 5 - Something a bit different...

the aim today is to blog in a way I don't normally - podcast, vlog, wordless, pictureless, different topic etc here goes (let me know what you think x). I had a go at a stop motion animation featuring my house mascot and my Bee:nie design - love to know what you think x

ps have had no end of trouble trying to get the video on to this platform so hope this works!

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

KCBW Day 4 - Colour Review...

Today, I'm thinking about the colours I use in my projects and to start with I must share what I think I use and then check the actual later on:

If i'm making for myself it's likely to be...


I looked up some colour wheels to show a bit more of what I like and dislike...the shades below left tend to leave out the ultra brights and are on the pastel side of things - I don't think there's a single colour that I dislike individually or even together. On the other hand the second image on the right freaks me out quite a bit as the really bright colours overpower those I like so much that I can't see them.

How accurate was I? A quick count of my Ravelry projects page and the split is:

9 - Grey
5 - Purple
4 - Teal
3 - Pink
3 - Cream
2 - Green
2 - Red
1 - Brown

Pink wasn't as popular as I thought - that could be as I have approxmiately 30 skeins in differing shades in my cupboard yet to be knit up! Completely forgot about Teal too - it featured in some of my grey items as well.
Note to self, no more cream - doesn't suit me at all and the 3 items I looked at are hardly worn too.

A very worthwhile exercise indeed. What's your favourite shade?

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

KCBW Day 3 - Infographic Challenge

Day 3 was an Infographic challenge and after thinking about the Hive side of the Bee:nie from yesterday, I thought I'd see if I could find a program to enable me to make one with a professional look - in steps, it wasn't easy to see how I would get the chart onto my blog but I went with embedding the HTML in the end and sharing on my pinterest too, wonder what followers will make of it. 

Well I've learned something new - not least that an adult sized hat takes on average just under 7000 stitches to make errrr! Dread to think what a sweater would be!

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

KCBW Day 2 Mascot Project

Yesterday I explained my choice of House of Bee for Knit and Crochet Blog Week 2013, today I'm going to talk through my process for creating a Mascot that embodies that - you never know I may even make it too (see how time flies!!!).

I have a notepad next to my usual knitting spot and when I head out to knit and natter I normally take it with me too, here's my starting point for my Bee Mascot - just thoughts and images to get me going.

Next, I googled Bee and checked out some images and articles to get me thinking, this led me to the BGF (Bee Guardian Foundation - not the BFG, Big Friendly Giant as I keep seeing when I look at those letters)

And it led me to this article about my very own home city that I'd not even heard about (ok it was last year , but still I get the local paper each weekend and I do read it through). It was a project in Gloucester to plant a minimum of 2000 bee friendly trees called Bee: Inspired - how very cool.

I like to design accessories, mainly because they are small enough to keep my interest and I've not yet delved into the garment sizing issue with them. I know I'll make something but what?

Very spooky co-incidence but the very first bumble bee I've seen this year has literally just buzzed indoors attracted by my sons stripy ball they've brought in. Ok, now I know I have to make whatever it is I land on!

A thought has just popped into my head - how about the Bee:nie, there is one similarly titled on Ravelry but I'm looking at making something, a little more subtle I think:


One Piece
Hive Side
Flower top Side
Bee Button/Badge / embroidered on?
Hive - alternating honeycomb effect stitch and garter lines (decreases in garter lines)
Flower, Intarsia flower top?, start this side and increase up to ribbed Brim, then down on hive side?

Thats as far as my thoughts have gone so far anyway - more later in the week when/if I start making it up.

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Basic Finger Bobs...

FREE Pattern for Cute finger puppets that you can whip up a handful in a couple of evenings, using leftover scraps, they look great in solids and variegated shades alike. The possibilities for different looks with fun yarns is endless. 

A great project for beginners as minimal techniques used: Knit Front and Back Cast on Cast off Sewing upKnit 2 Together 
Make them in your team colours or personalise the heads by sewing on yarn in your child's hair colour.
No specific gauge given, test knit a body and wrap around your finger - if you feel you want it a bit tighter, drop a needle size or sew up with a larger seam. If you need more room, add on 2 stitches to the cast on number until it feels right for you.
The 1 side A4 written pattern is available:

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Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2013 - Choose your house

I'm joining in with KCBW 2013, the brainchild of Eskimimi Makes. Todays blog quest is to a la Harry Potter choose my allegiance to an appropriate House and explain my reasons why - I have chosen:

The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest

The other options were, Peacock, Manatee and Monkey and whilst I see a little of them all in me (fun loving, calm, sparkly etc.) the Bee felt truer to my knitting persona.

I have not been blogging super regularly for a while and it's because I've been busy creating items and trying to be the best stay at home mum possible all at the same time. I very much have to flit between the things I choose to do in MY time and according to my level of interest will determine how much of it gets done!

Later on today I'm loading up a new free pattern for something that suited my sense of creativity and also allowed me to make something to entertain my children with in the 6 week summer holiday this year. I'm preparing a crafting/creative/exploratory storm for them so they can be busy bees too.

My vote has been cast - where would you be?

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Friday, 19 April 2013


Just because - he was trying so very very hard!

Preparing for take off
Almost there
Feet off the ground but rope not yet round

Lots more time to practise though! I need it, kept getting very tangled - glad I didn't hand the camera over to him to snap me x

Thursday, 18 April 2013


Again, just because - our new play park has been completed, it's great for all ages and on this occasion we went after dinner for a quick play before bedtime, it was full of teens having a great time, climbing, gas bagging and having a kick-about - and they were all so considerate of my two much smaller boys.
The boys wanted to use the bucket swing above, it was already being enjoyed by 6 girls and when the boys asked very nicely if they could have a turn in a bit each one hopped off straightaway and even said how nice it was to be asked so politely!

Glad to see we don't have to believe the press, they're clearly not all bad - far from it.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Gift for Ruby...

A 'playground' friend has recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl to the world, I don't know many knitters who could resist the chance to make a quick, small something - myself included! So, a basic beanie and pair of slip on shoes in a non-girly denim blue but prettied up with a button corsage... Think the beanie is a Debbie Bliss pattern and the shoes are a take on Saartjes booties both can be found on Ravelry but I've made so many now they are second nature and I'm sure I've altered things along the way - 6-9mth size in time for the UK's Autumn/Winter.