Wednesday, 29 December 2010
I crocheted this set of mug warmers for my grand parents this Christmas. So quick to make and a great way to learn new stitches.
I'm planning some new classes for January, both knitting and crocheting, email me or leave a comment if you have any suggestions or dates that you would prefer.
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Me and my sister are incredibly spoiled!
We celebrate Christmas on the 24th, we cook all day, eat all evening and then finally open our presents. In between the eating and the present opening, we are supposed to hold hands and dance around the Christmas tree and sing carols, but in my family, we skip that part now.
Today we watch films and eat a big lunch of leftovers. We had pork belly and duck yesterday, so the leftover lunch is going to be delicious.
P.S. the big present to the left, was a sewing machine for me. So excited!
Thursday, 23 December 2010
I love these little creatures by the group 'Knit the City'. I came across them as I'm in the process of knitting a creature of my own, it's a Christmas present so I can't reveal anymore just yet...
Knit the City are part of the knit bombing movement also known as knit storming also known as knit graffiti. It's a lovely concept that always makes me smile. I wonder if they were involved in the Boris Bike Knits too?
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
The jewelery by Elinor Voytal, is really interesting and inspiring. It's made with fine machine knitted textiles fused with hard metals and crystal elements. The beautiful colourways are inspired by the pixels in her own photography.
Monday, 20 December 2010
I've been making quite a few of these mistletoe decorations, they work really well as a garland, gift wrapping decoration, or as a simple table decoration. It's a great way to learn to crochet as it uses most of the stitches and you'll finish one in less than an hour.
Here is the pattern:
r1: chain 14
r2: wrap the yarn three times around hook and insert into the fifth chain. draw the yarn through and pull through two loops at the time until there's only one left on the hook (4 times).
r3: repeat this stitch into the following chain.
r4: make a triple crochet into the next chain (i.e. wrap yarn twice around hook before inserting into the chain)
r5: make a double crochet into the next chain
r6: double crochet into the next chain
r7: make a half double crochet into the next chain
r8: make a half double crochet into the next chain
r9: make a single crochet into the next chain
r10: make a slip stitch into the chain
Do not fasten off! Continue making the second leaf directly from the last slip stitch.
r1: chain 14
repeat row 2-10 from the first leaf pattern.
Do not fasten off!
slip stitch into the second chain from the hook. Make a slip stitch into the following 7 chains (8 in total).
Fasten off and sew in the thread into the first leaf, this makes sure the stem is nicely attached to the leaf.
chain 4. Make a Triple crochet into the third chain from hook. Make a half double crochet into the fourth and last chain. Pull tightly. Make a slip stitch into the second or third chain. Form/roll into the a ball and stitch onto the leaves.
On Friday I had some friends over for a Danish inspired Christmas dinner. Caro helped me decorate the table and I think it ended up looking really lovely and Christmassy.
The hearts on the vases are the ones I posted about earlier , the mistletoe are crocheted too, I'll post the pattern for those later today - they're so simple to make.
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
The other day I visited my local yarn shop and spotted some beautiful knitted badges, I asked the owner about them and she said they were made by a lady called Mary up in Shetland. I went home and looked her up and found these notebooks by her - I love the idea of a knitted notebook cover, it makes the book even more personal and special. It's a brilliant idea for a present as well, and if you're not into knitting you could always just use an old sweater or, of course, buy Mary's, they are extremely reasonably priced when you think about how long it must take her to knit and bind the books.
Mary uses traditional Shetland knitting patterns, which is very similar to the Scandinavian patterns I've been researching lately. All this 'globalness' is definitely making us dig deep to rediscover our roots.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Last night I made this and I'll definitely be making more of them, really enjoyed it. Think I might just wear it tonight - I'm going to my friend Gail Bryson's exhibition up in Dalston at the Print & Poster Gallery.
Yesterday I rediscovered my love for knitting. It's been nearly a year since I picked up my knitting needles, but I've been crocheting so much lately that I felt like a change. knitting is a lot slower than crocheting, and it also somehow feels 'stricter', you can't just make it up as you go along. I do love the end result though and the process is more beautiful, especially if you use bamboo needles. I'll upload a picture, of what I made later on, but for now here is a beautiful knitted product I found while looking for inspiration (don't expect my end product to be anywhere near this league).
It makes me want to go on ebay and find things I can re-upholster.
I found it here: http://www.ruthcross.com/current/cc_access18.html
Monday, 6 December 2010
Last week I did a Christmas inspired crochet workshop, where we made the hearts while listening to christmas music and drinking mulled wine, which is still making my flat smell very christmassy! Everyone got their own Knit, Stitch & Hook bag, filled with tools, materials and worksheets, so they could continue making the hearts at home. I was so engaged in the class that I completely forgot to take pictures, but everyone made a heart and we even had some extra time to learn some different stitches.