Sunday, 2 October 2016
1 October: Yarn Selfie.
Sparing everyone the horror of a real selfie, this is my lion faced pincushion.
If only somebody could explain how to get photos from my phone on to Blogger my life would be easier.
Saturday, 21 November 2015
My cat Posie is very laid back but even she gets fed up on these wet, cold, winter days. She will leave my yarn alone but I have made her round toys in the past. I've been so busy lately that I haven't got the time to crochet another thing. Hence I have a limitless supply of yarn ends.
Take a section and tie the ends together.
Scrunch them up. With the end of the yarn ball knot it around to make sure all the ends are safe.
Here's Posie checking one I made earlier before picking it up in her mouth and running away with it.
No better endorsment than that!
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
I've used a standard double knit and a 4mm crochet hook.
For your next round start with the ch3 and treble 2, ch1 and then treble 3 in the next ch1 space. After your treble cluster ch1.
Your corners will be exactly the same as you worked in the second round.
The chart shows two rounds only. The dot usually indicates a slip stitch but I've added it to show you where the joining treble goes.
Friday, 12 June 2015
This week I've been busy listing some of the pincushions I made for my book, '50 Pincushions to Knit and Crochet'. Here's a sneak preview...
Water lily is a multi-petalled and multilayered flower pincushion. The flower floats on its own little ice blue pond.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
All you need is the correct lead, a crochet hook and some spare yarn. I've used a 4mm hook and double knit yarn.
Start with a slip knit and place the hook on top of the cable.
You're making a double crochet or, if you're using American terms, a single crochet.
Hopefully that's enough not to get them mixed up ever again!
Sunday, 8 March 2015
My new Blue Face Leicester, 4ply wool was customer dyed by Becky King. I love the gorgeous, jewel colours and can't wait to start knitting with them.
Becky is a joy to work with. Having only two photos to work with she's done an amazing job. I can't tell you the technical side of things but our inspiration for the colour combinations came from Design Seeds. The first is refreshing hues.
The second is tropical birds.
My photos don't do justice to the colours but it's murky and wet outside. Just the right weather to get out my pins and decide what to make with them.
Saturday, 3 January 2015
Outside the gulls are whirling and gliding in the wind. I swear I saw one flying upside down. They look as if they're having real fun. Watching them reminded me of something I saw on Pinterest.
It's a good things jar. You start with an empty jar and fill it up with all the good or funny or positive things that have happened during the year. You can find out more details here. I shared the idea with some of the family and by the time they had heatedly discussed the idea I decided not to bother. On this wet, windy, cold ridden day I think it might be a good thing to do.
Some of the things I haven't shared are the pincushion samples I made for my book. Here's one to cheer the day. He's called Mr Bear and always brings a smile to my face when I stick pins in him.