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Spring Time Tea Cosy

15 Feb

Ok, I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but I thought I’d welcome it early!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love a good old cup of tea. I come from a tea chain drinking family; your cup barely touches the coaster before another is made! For this reason I brought myself a lovely spotty, red teapot a while ago and I have been dying to make it a cosy but other crafty projects just kept on getting in the way! I have recently started attending a knitting group on a Tuesday night held at ‘Like a Teatray in the Sky‘ (which my work is now stocked in too! Yays!)which was the perfect time to get cracking on a cosy.

I chose a VERY simple pattern of K2 P2 ribbing stitch and created two identical sides which then drawstring at the top, then you simple sew up the edges leaving gaps for the spout and handle. Voilà!

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The giant flowers I crocheted and sewed on top. I love it! So bright and colourful, just in time to say goodbye to long dark nights and hello to spring sunshine, daffodils and cute baby animals!

Happy Christmas to me…

23 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but it’s also a time to get creative and make your home a festive hideaway. So as well as completing Christmas orders I set about making a ‘home made Christmas’ and cozying up for the festive season.

Firsts things first…the tree! I am really pleased with our Christmas tree this year, it has the usual twinkly fairy lights, tinsel and ball balls  but it is finished off with all my handmade goodies; mini knitted stockings, button Christmas trees and my latest creations, candy cane mice!  The candy cane mice I am absolutely in love with, such a simple idea that I got from Prima’s Christmas Makes magazine. Made from felt, glue and a candy cane. I loved them so much I made one for everyone!

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Our beautiful Christmas tree 🙂

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Candy Cane Mice 🙂

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Button Christmas Trees!

Now a Christmas tree would not be complete without some lovely presents underneath it, and this year I wanted to do something different.

A few of my pressies wrapped and ready to go!

A few of my pressies wrapped and ready to go!

 

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I couldn’t find any cheap wrapping paper that I liked so instead I used brown parcel paper ( £1 for 8 meters !) and set about cutting out many a snow flake! ( Patterns also from Prima Makes) Glued neatly on the front and finished off with labels made from last years Christmas cards it has proved to be a beautiful and cheap way of wrapping up my presents. What do y’all think?!

Knitting Needle Organisers

17 May

Do you ever go to start a knitting project and find you can only find one needle? Are your needles tangled in an elastic band frenzy? Or sitting sad and neglected in a tupperware box? Well fear not! The knitting needle organiser is here! I have found my crochet hook holders hugely popular and I have long been meaning to create a larger version for all you dedicated knitters out there!

Unlike the crochet holders these have a flap at the top to stop the needles falling out and a nice tie to wrap it up safely.

The orange and pink ‘Pezzy Prints’ fabric from American Jane for Moda I love. Such a simple design but it looks gorgeous, especially teamed with a plain cotton inside.

The bright floral fabric is by Joel Dewberry. I used this striking fabric to make a full length apron too.( Pictures coming soon).

I found these gorgeous fabrics (and loads more!) from the ever wonderful Eternal Maker in Chichester. If you haven’t been then you should make it your DUTY to. It is full to the brim of everything a keen sewer should need and is well worth the trip.

Jewellery Roll

26 Oct

I have been busy making new bits and bobs for my stall at Southsea Boutique Market. Here are a couple of bits for now.

I first made a jewellery roll for my friends birthday, I would show a picture but my camera is awful and doesn’t do it justice! The one in this picture I made a few weeks ago with some beautiful blue paisley material that I brought offline.  I have bound the edges  of the inner pockets in a gorgeous hot pink satin which stands out perfectly against the blue. I absolutely love the fabric! It was also only the second zip I have ever sewn in so I’m pretty chuffed with the result.

I have also made this very funky knitting bag with wooden handles and pink velvet lining. This fabric I think sums up everything I love in a single pattern.I love the fabric so much I wanted to just frame it! I finished it off with an orange and pink crocheted flower.

All it needs now is somebody’s wool inside to make it complete.x

Thistle Wool Shop

4 Sep

So my mum took me for my first visit to Thistle Wool shop in Cowplain on Saturday. It is utterly beautiful!

I didn’t even get a proper look at the wool as I was too busy looking at the gorgeous fabrics ( and we were short of time, as were we technically supposed to be helping strip wallpaper at my parents new house but hey ho…that’s what husbands are for surely?) I brought just a few fat quarters to keep me going. I think they are stunning and will hopefully help create  something beautiful.x

Double pointed needles! Oh lordy!

28 Jul

 

So Andy bought me a wonderful book for our First wedding anniversary. Its called Knitting MochiMochi.  It’s full of the cutest knitting creations known to man. Bed bugs, grouchy couches, squirrels on wheels…I love it. The only thing is, to create any of the wonderful designs you need to be able to use Double pointed needles like 4 at a time! Yikes!

 

 

So off to eBay I went to purchase some rather lovely bamboo needles and away I go! It’s incredibly difficult to get my head around trying to hold more than two needles. Its like playing a deadly version of pick up sticks! I nearly lost an eye! But my first attempt I have to say is going ok. It is forming some sort of three dimensional shape, so I must be doing something right. YouTube hasn’t been much help this time unfortunately. I have found simply reading and re-reading the directions is the only way. So several cups of tea later I think I have given myself hope that one day I might be able to create a little 3d creature of my own! I will keep you updated with my progress. Hopefully!

 

 

JACK MONROE

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