Dino Plant Holders

It’s amazing what you can do with a drill, some toy dinosaur and a few succulents. As far as instructions go it’s pretty straightforward.

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Quick and Easy Slouchy Hat – Knitted

Quick and Easy Slouchy Hats by Jessica Gutoski

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Monster High Reroot

This is a Monster High reroot using fantasy dyed goat hair! The hair had a beautiful consistency. I sourced it from a Russian seller on etsy hairfordolls.


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Handspun mottled yarn

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 Read More

Spice & Clove Knit and Crochet Pumpkins

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 Read More

Rye / Ruista ranteeseen Fingerless mittens

Pattern: Rye / Ruista ranteeseen by Hanne Katajamäki

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Yarndale 2017 Haul

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Knitted Anatomical Heart

For the more literal of Heart by Kristin Ledgett

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Hearts Knitting Pattern

Pattern: Hearts by Anna Hrachovec Read More

PomPom Jar

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. 🙂 Read More

Topaz the Unicorn Knit

Topaz the unicorn by Christel Krukkert. Yarn and pattern kit sold with Let’s Knit! Magazine 117, April 2017


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Celtic Hill Knitted Jumper

Celtic Hill by Kessa Tay Anlin

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Cushy Knitted Vest

Cushy by Grace Melville

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Pussy Hat

PussyHat Project by Kat Coyle


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Blythe helmet knitting pattern

Blythe helmet knitting pattern - ButterflyThis 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… Read More

Mara Shawl

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. Read More

Simplicity 1506 Waistcoat

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. Read More

Art Journal – What makes a house a home

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. Read More

DIY Cowl Top

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.

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Weave a scarf in a day

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 Read More

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