Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts

Friday, 17 January 2014

Babies, kntting and more...

Hello All!

Its been a bit of a topsy turvy week for me!

Technical difficulties at work, including a badly behaved telephone, pdq and broadband connection was not the start to the week I had hoped for.


But things improved on Tuesday with the announcement that a dear friend of mine had a gorgeous baby boy! (4 weeks early, so a little of a surprise, but perfect!)



Now, as some of you know, my business partner is also pregnant, or rather, I should say, was pregnant, as yesterday she also saw the safe arrival of a beautiful baby boy!



I am sooo excited by these two new arrivals, my knitting needles have been itching to try the new Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and this is just perfect!


In other news, we have also had some rather wonderful Rowan Kidsilk Haze and some more Adriafil Knitcol in too!!


Needless to say, I can't wait to get my needles around this lovely little lot either!

Anyway, baby hats to knit, must go...


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Gosh its Autumn

Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my little blog...

This is easily my favourite time of the year, the colours are stunning, the nights are drawing in and Downton Abbey is back on the TV! Perfect...



And we all know what Autumn means...Halloween (and coincidentally, my father-in-law's birthday on the say day?!?). Those of you that know me will remember my frantic knitting last year to complete a rather large order for pumpkins (14 in total). So this year I am not going to get my needles in a twist and will not be knitting any more.

I do however, have a plenty of other autumnal projects on the hooks, needles and sewing machine...Jumpers, baby blankets, A-line skirts, carpet bags, crochet bunting, the list goes on.

But my current obsession is for all things Fairisle. This website (http://www.exclusivelyfairisle.co.uk/history-of-fair-isle-knitting.php) has some beautiful designs and also an interesting piece on the history of this stunning technique.
I quite like this offering from Rowan Yarns (http://www.knitrowan.com/designs-and-patterns/patterns/land-girls-fairisle-sweater). And now that we stock the gorgeous Rowan yarn at Butterfly Bright, Sherborne, (http://www.butterflybright.com) there is no stopping me, so watch this space to see what I make...


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Adventures in sewing

Today I awoke feeling particularly creative! Even before I was dressed I began searching through my stash of fabric and clothes waiting to be revamped / upcycled.

(I will not be including a pic of said stash!)

Once I decided on a selection of jumpers and scraps I set about scouring the interweb for inspiration, and there is plenty out there...


http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Easy-Sewing-Projects-for-Beginners which is a short and sweet list of easy projects to get the novice seamstress hooked, I particularly liked this,
The pattern for which is available from http://thecottagehome.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/lightweight-spring-infinity-scarf.html
I also liked
(pattern available from http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/lavender-sachet-how-to.html

However, I wanted something more fun, so I moved onto every crafters favourite site - Pinterest (you can find some of my inspiration on my boards http://pinterest.com/carolinemakesit)

I settled on a simple shape for my first attempt - An Elephant!!

And here he is...
His name is Oscar and I have to say, I am rather proud of him! He is upcycled from a felted jumper.

Oscar didn't take very long, so I decided on something more adventurous, so with out a pattern, or indeed any idea at all, I set about making Olive! What do you think?
Olive, much like her namesake from 'On the Buses' is not the most glamorous of Owls, but she has a good heart and wants to be loved, and lucky for Olive I have a four year old daughter who has instantly fallen in love with her! Ahhhhh

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Patchwork Pride

Well, episode two of my sewing journey saw me returning to Butterfly Bright
For the beginners Patchwork Cushion Workshop! I didn't honestly think I was ready, but Ali assured me I was. 
I chose some fabric that I have had my eye on for a while, a lovely green background with yellow, white and red ditsy flower print from Riley Blake, to contrast I chose red with white mini polka dots from Makower! 

I followed Ali's strict instructions, cut the pieces into 4.5inch squares and arranged them into my desired pattern. The sewing together was simpler than I thought, although I wasn't warned about the ironing part!! (I do not believe in ironing!!) The way the cushion came together was magical, a journey into the mystical world of patchwork, turning it the right way and then filling with the real feather cushions pads completed a brilliant evening...

What will I make next????

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Sew Sew Sew

Well what a brilliant day!
Today was the day I got over my fear and unwrapped my new sewing machine and did some serious sewing!!!
 

Firstly I would like to thank the amazing Ali from Butterfly Bright


www.butterflybright.com for her patience and determination to get me sewing. I took my machine into work this morning and prepared myself for epic failure, but what took place proved rather enlighening. Myself and my fellow trainee Mrs D first got to grips with threading the cotton and preparing the bobbin, once the machines were ready we chose some fabric and had a play with the different settings on our machines. When we were confident (?) with the concept of sewing straight lines and in a circle (harder than it sounds), we move onto making the project of the day - a pin cushion
Fabric chosen 
        
Fabric cut 
Sew pretty design
        
place both pieces right side facing and sew around 3.5 sides

stuff the middle  + sew up the side
Ta da!
To say I was proud was an understatement, I took my machine home and dually repeated the process as requested by my four year old to produce another 'Dolly Pillow'.

See tomorrow's to see what I did next with my sewing machine...
Clue - it involves patchwork!!





Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Upcycled silk scarves

I love scarves! It is one of my weaknesses, I have an entire section of my wardrobe dedicated to my scarves. Woolly scarves, pashmina scarves, silk scarves, cotton scarves, plain scarves, patterned scarves...You get the idea. Anyway, I have noticed in the more exclusive shops (Phase Eight) in my local town a movement towards scarves with pompoms around them...
This particular scarf is available from http://www.phase-eight.co.uk/fcp/product/phase-eight//Floral-Pom-Pom-Scarf/702815000 and is really lovely, however, slightly out of my price range.

So I came up with the idea to customise a scarf. Off I went to the nearest charity shop (Tenovus) and purchased a rather lovely blue floral silk scarf for the princely sum of £1.99...
Then I hot footed it off to my favourite haberdashery and bought some pompoms


And I set to work, I think the end result is rather lovely...

What do you think?

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Evening All!

Probably a short post today, although as you may have noticed, there is always a chance I will ramble on...

Anyway, first to bring you up to date with my current WIPs (Work in Progress).
The caramel cardigan in Montana is coming along lovely, I've separated the sleeves off and have started on the body of it now, once I have done a little more I will post a pic, at the moment it doesn't photograph so well as it hasn't really taken shape!

However the main news for the week is that I have successfully taught five ladies to crochet - yeah!!! These lovely ladies were at the Granny Squares workshop.
We had a great morning exploring the different colour combinations, joining techniques and possible uses for the mighty granny square. The workshop takes place in the beautiful surrounding of Butterfly Bright www.butterflybright.com with plenty of tea, coffee and homemade cake!


Its a haven for all quilters, seamstresses, embroiders, those of you that love a wonder round a beautiful shop, and now knitters and crocheters too! I've been doing workshops on crochet flowers/motifs, granny squares and beginners crochet. Next week I am hoping to teach some novice knitters, but so far it would seem that everyone in Sherborne, Dorset can already knit!!

Here is a spoiler for my next blog post...
My new toy!


Monday, 13 May 2013

Well, despite not posting on here for a couple of days, I have still been keeping up my Photo-a-day challenge, so here are the latest ones...

May 8 'Shape' 
(My feather and fan scarf made from hand dyed sock yarn from Purl and Jane, Skipton http://www.purlandjane.co.uk/, a lovely yarn shop just off the main shopping street, well worth a visit)

May 9 'A snack'
(pretty self explanatory this one!)

May 10 'Stars'

May 11 'A smile'
(mini-me's lunch time treat)

May 12 'Mother'
(the contents of a mother's handbag!)

Today's title is 'Sunrise/Sunset'
(This could be a little tricky, but I will do my best, missed sunrise this morning, and the clouds are a bit oppressive today, so a good sunset seems unlikely, watch this space...)



Tuesday, 7 May 2013

This morning the weather is glorious, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and all is generally well with the world. Hoping to have a rather productive day today, have some crochet hook cases and needle cases to get lined, and then they can be added to the Folksy shop (http://folksy.com/shops/carolinemakesit).

I have already done my photo-a-day challenge, today's title is 'Something beginning with F' so here is my offering...
Forget-me-nots, my favourite flower, we are lucky enough to have the blues and purples in our garden and they create a spring carpet along the borders, just lovely xx


Folklore and legend (info from Wikipedia)

Henry IV adopted the flower as his symbol during his exile in 1398, and retained the symbol upon his return to England the following year.

In a German legend, God named all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, "Forget-me-not, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall be your name."

In 15th-century Germany, it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers. Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not." It was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.



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Friday, 3 May 2013

Well hello there!

Here we are, 3rd May already! And its day 3 of my photo challenge. Today's title is 'This is really good' and after a lovely morning of crochet and knitting at Butterfly Bright's Sewing Bee http://www.butterflybright.com/ followed, by some thrifty finds in the local Tenovus shop (photos to follow tomorrow, I promise) http://www.tenovus.org.uk/ and an afternoon of playing in the garden with Mini-me, what could finish off the perfect day?

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Busy Busy

Well hello there all of you in the blogshere!


I think we can safely say, spring has finally sprung! And not before time!! Yesterday was my first day of knitting in the garden, hopefully the first of many. I find the garden the best and most relaxing place to craft, mini-me can do some digging and jumping on the trampoline, and I can just make the most of the fresh air.


So with the improving weather, and the hope that the heating will now have a rest! I've decided that my craft projects need to reflect the changing of the seasons. I have start a beautiful crochet scarf in bamboo mix in cerise, the pattern is in Simply Crochet Issue 4, called Raspberry Ripple it's featured on the front page.

I am also almost finished a lovely sock yarn shawl, its a simple triangular shape and I have designed the stitch pattern myself, the yarn is Roam by Wendy in orangey tones, my favourite colours of the moment!

Finally I wanted to share with you this gorgeous crochet Granny Square scarf I spotted whilst watching my new favourite programme - The Great British Sewing Bee...

(Screenshot from bbc iplayer, episode 3)
This is the gorgeous Ann Rowley, the 81 year old who has captured the hearts of the nation along with all the other contestants on what has to be BBC2's best programme for quite some time! Ann also lists knitting as one of her interests, allowing her a special place in this crafters heart! Good luck Ann, Lauren and Sandra, the crafting community will be tuning in with bated breath next Tuesday to see who will win.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

I've been busy!

Hello!!Its been a while, but don't worry I have not been idle!

Brief catch up required, me thinks...

In the past week or so I have been...


Taking part in my first ever craft fair!

It went really well, met loads of lovely people and even managed to sell quite a bit too! 





I've also been crocheting myself a new scarf...

Its a beautifully simple pattern  (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-shawl)and takes no time at all, I have already made a start on a more light weight on for summer, made with some gorgeous cotton yarn that my Grandmother bought me from Lidl. In order to make the stripes as random as possible I stumbled across the most fantastic  website http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php Its a brilliant idea, you put the colours of your choice in and it randomly generates a sequence! And if you don't like the first one, refresh the page and it gives you another! Brilliant!




And finally, I have been busy listing new items on my Folksy Shop http://folksy.com/shops/carolinemakesit        


    
I'll be adding more items tomorrow, including some new bags, mobile phone covers and hair clips xxx