Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Orange

I have finished my first Christmas gift for this year:
 
 
 
 
 
It's the same pattern as the pink shawl I posted on Thursday.
 
I have made this one for my aunt and the yarn is Rowan Kid Classic.
 
 
 
 
 
I've made it quite big so she can wear it however she wants.
 
I love making triangle shawls from the bottom up so that the pattern stripes across the shawl. What kind of shawl patterns do you like best?
 
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This week my post lady brought me a package:
 
 
Yarn to my front door :)
 
I bought this from Black Sheep Wools. They are a great online retailer, I love the selection of yarns they have to offer. The do free postage from time to time and I love to take advantage of that offer!
 
Where do you  buy your yarns from?
 
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Have a lovely day!
 
xoxox

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Oh sew simple pinny

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the many hours I spent with my grandma in the kitchen. I love to cook and I think I inherited that from her. She loved to crochet, knit and sew too so maybe I got more than my love of cooking from her.

Before we did any cooking she always used to get my 'pinny' out of the drawer and put it on me ready to cook. My pinny was a little, green half apron.

Back in August when we were visiting my family I saw a half apron sewing kit and thought I'd buy it and try sewing something that I could use often.

 
My sewing skills are still pretty basic and this was going to be my first real project of cutting pieces out, following a pattern, measuring, pinning and sewing it together.

It looked a bit daunting to start with

 
 but once the pieces were cut out and ironed it looked a bit more manageable:
 
 
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Ta daaaaaaaahhhhhh
 
 
Finished!
 
 
I have to say that I'm amazed at how it turned out!
 
I need to practice sewing so much because I can't sew very straight at all yet but this project has definitely left me wanting to try some more.
 
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I thought of my grandma so much while working on this project. Have you inherited certain craft skills from family members? Or when you're making things do you remember certain people?
 
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I hope you all have a wonderful, crafty weekend!
 
xoxo

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I've been away for how long???

Hello everyone!
 
It's been quite a while since I last blogged. I've missed writing and I've missed you all. 
 
While I've not actually sat down and blogged in a few weeks I have been taking lots of photos and planning what to write so now I'm back be ready for lots of photos and creations over the next few days and weeks :)
 
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Today I'll start by showing you a shawl: 
 
 
I made this one for myself after seeing the yarn on offer. It's Rowan silky tweed. It's 80% wool and 20% silk and it's such a warm yarn. It's a little bit scratchy when worn directly against the skin but if you wear it over something else it's perfect.
 
I tend to wear shawls around my neck over a turtle neck and this year is great for that kind of shawl.
 
 
I made a shawl with this year a couple of years back and it's been my favourite ever since I finished it and when I saw the yarn on offer I ordered some and got to work.
 
 
I used 5 skeins in total for the shawl.
 
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I enjoyed making it so much that I'm working on another one already!
 
 
This one is going to be a Christmas present.
 
Do you give handmade gifts at Christmas? Have you started making anything yet?
 
This year is the earliest I've ever started getting ready for Christmas because this year I want to give handmade wherever I can.
 
 
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Now for shawl number 2:
 
 
This is a super easy double crochet shawl. No special stitches, no pattern, just dcs and ch spaces all the way.
 
 
 
 
The yarn is by Louisa Harding and is sari ribbon.
 
 
 
 
It's really thick and is fast to use. I used an 8mm hook for this shawl and I crocheted the actual shawl in less time than it took me to wind the hanks into balls! Crazy, right? I got the ribbon all tangled up while winding it and it took me over an hour to wind one ball.
 
It was nice to crochet with something different to regular yarn too. What have you crocheted with apart from yarn? I crochet with wire from time to time too which is fun. How about you?
 
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Now, finally I started a pullover this summer and I'm still working on it:
 

 
I'm doing the final part now which is the waistband. I'd put it to one side but now the weather is right for this type of clothes so it's back in my project bucket.
 
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That's all for today but I'll be back again soon.
 
 
Have a wonderful Thursday!

 

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