Sunday, 21 February 2016

Creativity at Half Term

Half terms are always busy, catching up on work and housework alike but I do like to try and be a bit creative.

I had in mind to finish a couple of projects but then on Monday I happened to be in Oxford Street and therefore had to pop to the haberdashery in John Lewis! After half an hour of squishing lovely yarn I noticed that there was some gorgeous emerald green Debbie Bliss Angel (lace weight mohair and silk) reduced from £8.95 to £3 per 25g ball. I immediately grabbed three with the intention of making a scarf.

I couldn't start quick enough and I chose Phoebe a lace pattern which was originally created in Kid Silk Haze.

I got as far as making enough for a short cowl 70 cm long (as opposed to the long one in the picture) and decided that was perfect for my needs, so I did a joining ends cast off and had just enough left over for matching gloves.

I used my tried and tested gloves pattern Sirdar 6111, bought in Pollards many years ago and just had enough yarn to complete gloves too. Like the cowl the yarn was used double throughout, 6mm needles for the cowl and 4mm for the gloves (3.25mm for the rib).

I also fancied an electric blue beady mash up. I haven't done a mash up for ages, so I had to look back at a previous one to see how to do it. This post has the instructions on.

I chose some beads that I bought a few years ago.

I previously made the necklace below, which I have worn a lot but has now discoloured and the wire is quite brittle. So I dismantled it.....

Added some extra  silver beads and some shambala beads .....

and half and hour later - voila - a new electric blue mash up.

Well that's it for this half term. Sunday will be spent marking, no more creativity for me!!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Knitting Knotes - Katoomba Socks

On my travels through the Blue Mountains in 2014, I came across a lovely little yarn shop in Katoomba. The owners were really friendly and helpful, sadly they didn't have any local yarn, but I did treat myself to a Schoppell-Wall Zauerball to make a pair of socks.

The Three Sisters from the viewing point in Katoomba
I decided to use my tried and tested pattern Jazz Socks by Erica Knight and made this project my portable, on the go, knit anywhere project.

I didn't match the socks this time - sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. These are fab:) Lovely yarn.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Project Catch Up

Wow - I can't believe I haven't blogged since September. Life has been busy, what with decorating, courses, work, Christmas and turning 50!

To be honest I haven't had much time to be crafty, but I do have a crafty room now for all of my bits and bobs.

 So here are my finished items from the last few months:

The Hanseatic Hat

Made with yarn bought at the Christmas Market in the Hanseatic port of Bremen, to wear in another Hanseatic port - Bergen.

Here we are on the funicular in Bergen.

The Hot Water Bottle Hat

This was made with yarn I from a hot water bottle cover kit that my son bought me for Christmas.

The Ice Cream  Scarf

A lovely cotton crochet summer scarf.

This scarf was the project I took with me to Bergen - well all that time sitting around on a plane - you've got to do something.

Snowflake Cushion

Made for my backroom from left over yarn and an old blouse. As this is a Christmas decoration it will only be seen in December really!

I have also been working on a cabled jumper - which I might just turn into a tank top as I need a black tank top. I also have a pair of socks nearly finished, another pair of socks barely started and another tank top just begun. Too many wips!

Well it was nice to be back:)

Crochet Notes - Tudor Rose, Cappuccino Lace and Daisy Loop Bed Topper

Using Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky and Rowan Aran Cotton with a strand of lace added. 6mm hook. (8 balls of blackcurrant and 1 teal.)...