Saturday, 21 November 2015

Finding Inspiration :: Gifts for Harry Potter Fans ::

So as Milo and I are drawing towards the end of the Harry Potter series (remember how I wasn't sure if we would read past the third book originally!) and I'm starting to think about his Christmas gifts, I can't help but drawn into anything Harry Potter related. He is pretty obsessed at the moment and I know he would love nothing more than a stocking full of Harry Potter goodies. So here are a few of my favourite finds from UK etsy sellers ::

Friday, 20 November 2015

Works in Progress :: Arlo Cardigan ::

I started knitting this cardigan way back in the summer after Milo declared, in the midst school uniform shopping, 'you can knit me a school jumper if you like'. I was thrilled to say the least. I never imagined I would be finished in time for school to start but didn't think it would take quite as long as it has either. Mostly I think the delay can be apportioned to lots of work commitments, I've so wanted to get it finished for him, but I must say I think that knitting a garment in pieces just isn't really my thing. I know there are lots of reasons why it can achieve better results, but I just prefer to knit without seams!

However I am getting there, all the main pieces are knitted up and blocked. All that's left to do now is seam and knit on the collar/button band, which I just started this morning. I'm hopeful he'll be wearing it soon, partly so I don't have to keep answering 'soon' to his regular, 'when's my jumper going to be ready?' questioning.

Pattern is Arlo by Michelle Wang from the Brooklyn Tweed Kids Collection.
Yarn is Patons Extrafine Merino DK (held double) in wine.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Crafting 365 :: 1-7 ::

You may have read last week about the challenge I set myself to craft every day, well I really do craft every day so the challenge is really to document the crafting. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen my pictures popping up daily, I was actually a day late with yesterday's but it's there now.

So here is what I go up to ::

I finished 1 project (well actually I finished 2 but one is a secret!), which was my neon shawl, using the gorgeous Techno Boom yarn from Pollyorange. I was making this for myself but it looks super cute on Effie, so I think it's been rehomed. I will share the pattern for this super simple garter knit shawl on the blog soon.

I worked on 3 different work projects.

I finished the main knitting for the Arlo cardigan I'm knitting as a school sweater for Milo (spurred on by the fact the mr said I couldn't start any sewing projects until I finished this). It's currently soaking ready for blocking, seaming and the knitting of the button band.

I printed off and read the instructions for the dungaree dress from Marilla Walker's Roberts Collection. I'm really hoping to get this whipped up to wear to the Handmade Fair this weekend. I wouldn't hold your breath, but you never know!

If you want to join in, please do, it's been lovely seeing everyone else's projects this week. There's no official start date, just jump on in whenever you like (though I would recommend numbering your photos so you can keep track of where you are in the 365 days), simply craft, capture, share, use the hashtag #crafting365.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Finding Inspiration :: UK Indie Dyers ::

When I was searching through etsy last week to hunt out some gifts for the yarn lover in your life, I couldn't help but find a huge cache of gorgeous hand dyed yarns from UK etsy sellers. So many I felt that they deserved their own gift guide. I can't imagine any knitter or crocheter could think of a better gift than skien of delicious hand dyed yarn!

Here are just a few of my favourites, again this is pretty much a guide to what I would like for Christmas!

1. Fruit Salad (Aran weight, 50% silk, 50% merino) by Six Skiens
2. Nightcrawler (4ply, 100% merino) by Third Vault Yarns
3. Ghost (DK, 100% merino) by Yan Tan Tethera Yarns
4. Yorkshire Rose Smoothie  by Wharfdale Woolworks
5. Rumble (4ply, 100% merino) by Moonlight Yarns
6. Pastel Rainbow Set (sock weight, 100% merino) by Hand-Dyed by Kate
7. Oh Clouds (sock weight, 75% merino, 25% nylon) by Burrow and Soar
8. Scoobies (DK 100% Blue Faced Leicester) by Felt Fusion
9. High Twist (4ply 80% merino, 20% nylon) by I Love Pink Geraniums 

For more inspiration for gifts from UK etsy sellers take a look at my pinterest board. and the Etsy gift guide series

Friday, 13 November 2015

House Renovation :: Week 4 ::

It doesn't seem as though there is much to show for this week really, though I have been down to the house a lot and working a fair bit. The last little bits of wallpaper removal are time consuming and mostly everything else I've been doing is cleaning.

I managed to fix the electricity problem myself, which was great, because it saved me the cost of an electrician plus it meant I could get back to work. It was a actually a very simple solution, the stop cock, which we have only been turning on occasionally when we need it, was dripping and where a cloth had been tied around it, it was dripping directly on to the wall which housed a plug socket, it was an empty socket but it was switched on. I turned it off (making sure all electric was off first obviously) and the problem was solved.

A lot of time this week has been devoted to working out our bathroom plans. I'm finding having to make decisions a super stressful affair. Bathroom suites and tiles are not like paints, they cannot be changed at the drop of hat! Having said that I am glad that we've decided to paint everything white to begin with. Choosing paint colours on top of everything else would just be much too much!

I very excitedly stumbled across the Fired Earth store in Cheltenham this week. I did know it was there but as I've never needed it before I just hadn't really registered in my head. I squealed with joy when I noticed it and spent quite some time admiring all the beautiful tiles. So much nicer in real life than on the pages of a magazine or on a computer screen. Johnny and I are no where near any kind of agreement on these things yet, but I hopeful we'll find something we both like soon enough. We're also struggling with the idea that we should create something that's neutral and easy to resell, versus something that is totally ours and we love. I think I'm veering towards just doing what we love. We may decide to sell in a couple of years, but we may still be living in there in 10, in which case we'll have lived in a house that feels as little like ours for all that time as all the rental houses we've lived in.

We've chosen our radiators now and we have gas being connected next week, so hopefully by next Friday there will be more to show. You never know we may even have heating and the bones of a bathroom.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Works in Progress :: Neon Shawl ::

Back in June, when I headed off to Blogtacular for the weekend, I was in need of a super simple knitting project. Something I could work on whilst being filled with inspiration at the event and something I could use to entertain myself whilst travelling. I had nothing of the sort already on my needles (promise), so I grabbed this gorgeous skein of Pollyorange yarn and set to knitting.

After a few false starts and a bit of frogging I started work on a super simple garter stitch shawl. It's perfectly simple, easy to work on and yet satisfying to knit, plus the perfect blank canvas to showcase this beautiful yarn.

I am so in love with this project and cannot wait to get it cast off, unfortunately lots of work commitments meant it fell to the back of the queue recently, but a couple of weeks ago Milo and I headed out to see Big Hero 6 at the cinema and once again simple garter stitch was required and so out it came.

I really don't have a lot of yarn left to knit with so I'm hoping I'll get it finished soon, I'd really love to save enough for a pair of socks for Effie too! 

Yarn is Techno Boom sock yarn by Pollyorange
Pattern is my own, but I'll share it once I get the shawl finished.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Crafting 365 ::

Many years ago, before we had Instagram or pinterest, I attempted a crafting 365. Back in those days this kind of photo sharing task took place on Flickr and on my blog. I can't remember how far into those 365 days I got, but I know that I did not manage to get to 365. However there is very very rarely a day that goes by where I do not craft. It would not be difficult for me to craft every day for 365 days, even if I only manage a couple of stitches on a row of knitting, some kind of crafting will take place. The tricky part is remembering to take a few moments to capture what I'm working on and share it.

So I'm going to have another go at the whole 365 days of crafting challenge. Now I have a camera on my person at all times (in the form of my phone) another addition to our lives since back when I attempted this the first time round, I feel this should be a simpler task.

I'll be sharing daily photos on Instagram, with a weekly update over here.

Fancy joining in? Please do, I'd love some moral support! Simply share your daily craft over on Instagram and hashtag #crafting365 so we can all admire each others handiwork.
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