Thursday, 21 July 2011

The Cosiest Hot Water Bottle Cover...

OK - so I know it's not even autumn/fall/the season when the leaves fall/whatever you want to call it yet but here's my finished cabled hottie!

It's so beautifully thick and cosy...your hands could get lost in the cashmere...I'm going to list this in my shops this weekend.

I'm planning to knit another one in grey too so watch out for that if you like this one but are looking for a present for the man in your life : )

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Phone Cosy

Just popping in to show you my phone cosy which has been sewn up and is being proudly worn by my new phone.

You can find the pattern for this, if you really want it, here. If you have cabled before and have some yarn in it should only take an evening to finish.

I'm starting another one in cream, this time with one large cable going down the could become an addiction : )

Monday, 11 July 2011

Giveaway result!

I entered the amount of entries to my giveaway last month into the Random Number Service and it threw the number 5 back at me : )

Lorna May is the lucky winner of the two fabric books!

She left this comment:

I will be getting in touch with Lorna to arrange delivery this afternoon via her blogger profile/email.

Thanks to everyone who entered : )

Friday, 8 July 2011

Reviving a winter coat

I've been inspired by the books I was sent on upcycling which you can win here until 5pm GMT today or midday EST. I haven't attempted anything major as you will see but thought I would start small. I don't like anything fussy on my clothes and often buy plain colours with no pattern, so I thought I would use some fabric to create some buttons for an old coat I have hanging in the wardrobe.

The buttons were 2 mm bigger than the nearest size of plastic button I could find but they fit through the buttonhole firmly. The buttons are also dry cleanable, as is my coat so they should withstand cleaning.

Just in case I change my mind I thought I would keep the 13 buttons for a while! They are such gorgeous red plastic buttons already on the coat.

Red doesn't tend to photograph well so apologies for the blurry picture! I'm going to finish the first few of them today as I only have a 5" sample from a charm pack, then wait until my fabric needs are sizable enough to do another online order.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway here if you haven't already!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Free Knitted Phone Cosy Pattern

So I have finished the cabled hot water bottle cover as a result of all the tennis on the TV. I relieved the tension of all those Murray matches by knitting for hours on end and I have reaped the benefits...I will blog on the finished product soon! It looks good and very pretty for those winter nights!

I must have got used to cables as I immediately picked up the needles again and cast on some stitches ready to knit a cosy for a new smart phone I have. This is my own pattern. This cosy is knitted in aran weight on 4.5mm needles and the pattern is:

Cast on 20 stitches:

Row 1: P2, K6, P4, K6, P2
Row 2: K2, P6, K4, P6, K2
Row 3: P2, C6F, P4, C6F, P2
Row 4: K2, P6, K4, K6, P2

Keep repeating this until the cosy is as long as you want so you can just sew up the sides once you have finished. I have a Blackberry so I'm not sure if this will fit any other phones at the moment although if you send me your iPhone or iPad I'm sure I'll work one out (he he!)

Seriously, I will design some cosies for other gadgets by looking up the measurements look out for that soon. : )

P.S. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in cream in the picture.
P.P.S. C6F = Slip next 3 stitches onto a cable needle held at front of work, K3, then K3 from the cable needle.
P.P.P.S If you don't have a cable needle in your collection of needles you can always use a crochet hook. If you don't know how to cable look here for a video.

*Big breath* Also - a final point. Please only use my pattern to knit up cosies for your own use. Please don't sell my pattern or cosy without making significant changes of your own. Thx : )

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Red Wine Treasury

I love creating treasuries on etsy. There was a time last year when I collated a few a week. Sadly those days are gone as I have slightly more to fill my day...this has made them more of a pleasure for me when I get a spare moment to sit down and really thoroughly browse through the site.

I have always been strongly drawn to the colour burgendy. To me it signifies autumn and the leaves falling so my treasury turned out to be geared towards September, but I suppose when you're thinking a lot about christmas crafting September thoughts don't seem so strange!
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