I received this beautiful new drop spindle for Christmas and immediately had to take it for a test spin. I’ve had a small piece of mottled fiber hanging around since I picked it up at Yarndale and though that would be a good first run. The spindle spins beautifully. Sadly, the mottled fiber looks much
This is my recent version of Spice & Clove Knit and Crochet Pumpkins by Hannah Maier The following deviations from the original pattern were made: knitting it flat instead of in the round using a thick pipe cleaner for the stem
This is a “Little Jar of Love” team gift for a work college about to get married. We all contributed something along the theme of “Credit-Card security and Love”. I got to be the one to decorate the jar. I think it turned out quite nicely if I do say so myself. 🙂
This is another pattern that came about because I don’t want to learn to crochet. All of the beautiful Blythe helmets I see online appear to be crocheted. Necessity is the mother of invention so here is a free pattern for a knitted version of a basic Blythe helmet…
Knitted from Mara Shawl pattern. Used 2 balls of 4ply. The multicolored yarn is Donegal 4ply hand dyed yarn from The Old Piggery in a colour beautifully named Northern Lights. The burgundy yarn is 4ply Extra Super Geelong Merino Lambs Wool purchased on eBay from the seller kingcraigfabrics.
Simplicity 1506 Waistcoat: Big and Tall Boy’s and Men’s Waistcoats Sewing Pattern. I made view B in Scottish tweed in size 2XL
This is a very straight forward pattern. The only major change I made was with the interfacing. It seamed a bit odd to me that the pattern called for interfacing for the whole front of the piece. I considered that interfacing with tweed would make the waistcoat very stiff, so I left it out. I was very glad I did.
What makes a house a home? Is it a nice set of curtains? Is it designer furniture? Is it having the biggest TV and hottest new technology? Having lived in 14 houses so far I know that none of the above are what make a house a home for me.
As part of her PhD my colleague Caro Claisse designed a kit, including a blank build-it-yourself laser cut house, to act as a canvas for people to express what makes a house a home for them.
The image below for this DIY Cowl Top kept appearing in my Pinterest feed and eventually prompted me to sew up my own jersey version. I don’t know the original source of the inspiration image. A reverse Google image look-up suggests that may have come from this Serbian (according to Chrome) website here.
Last week I attend a day class to learn how to weave a scarf in a day with Jane Huws in Sheffield. During the class Jane taught a small group of us how to set up and use a rigid heddle loom. It was a lovely day spent taking with very interesting ladies and learning many