• Charity,  CraftNews

    Craft News 16th April 2017

    Hello! Happy Easter Weekend! I hope you’re all having a glorious day. Shame the weather is much greyer than last weekend. Now that the new website is up and running (HURRAH!) I’m going to try and do a fortnightly post called ‘Craft News’. This will be a collection of my favourite craft news from around the world. So for the first Craft News EVER, I bring to you… BABY RHINO BLANKETS! I first read about this on the New Zealand Herald website. It’s actually a really sad story. The baby rhinos are made orphans by poachers killing their parents for their horns. Baby rhinos can’t regulate their own temperature and so people…

  • Knitting,  Knitting for charity

    Woodland Yarn Bombing

    A while ago, through Twitter, the lovely Anne Clark asked me if I’d be interested in helping out with a yarn bombing in Belper, which is in the county of Derbyshire. Of course I said yes (complete no brainer!!). The yarn bombing was for ‘Woollen Woods’ and was part of Corridor Arts ‘Here and There’ art walk and also Belper Arts festival. I got so excited about the project and downloaded loads of patterns from Ravelry, and then in the end only managed to knit the two birds above, which was a bit disappointing. Still, I’m REALLY glad I got involved, and it was actually really lovely to think that something I had…

  • Charity,  Patterns

    Charity Shop Pattern Finds #2

    Soooo I’ve been at it again (searching charity shops for awesome knitting patterns that is!) and this time I think I’ve found some real gems! You may remember my previous post Charity Shop Pattern Finds, where I found Spot the Dog patterns, a lovely crocheted dress and patterns for Father Christmas jumpers, the latter of which I actually managed to make for J this Christmas! How is it possible to top such delights, I hear you ask? Well I’m pleased to say it is possible with these amazing vintage patterns I managed to dig out! The styling alone on these patterns makes me gloriously happy (especially the dapper gent in…

  • Colourwork,  Jumpers,  Knitting

    Christmas Jumper, Yey!

    A while ago I blogged about some patterns I had found in a charity shop (Charity Shop Pattern Finds). One of these was a set of Raymond Briggs Santa patterns. These caught the eye of J, and a request was made for me to knit a face-palming Santa in time for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. I bought the wool (Bonus DK) from the Sirdar stall at the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show. The staff at the Sirdar stall were REALLY lovely and helped me select the best colours for the patterns, which I really appreciated, as I was feeling a little overwhelmed after a day at the…

  • Charity,  ForKids,  Knitting,  Patterns

    Charity Shop Pattern Finds

    Over the weekend J and I did our usual charity shop rummages and look what I found! These amazing vintage patterns were tucked away in a corner, found after some serious rummaging! These patterns made the grade:   J has requested a Father Christmas jumper, and I can’t wait to knit a small person a Spot The Dog jumper! These, although awesome, didn’t quite make it home! Celebrity knitting patterns, what a genius idea! Not sure how much input Billy Connolly would have to his knitting pattern though!!