• Accessories,  Knitting,  Yarn

    Crafty Wool Gift

    Just under two years ago, we left London and moved back to our home town of Derby. It’s been the best move ever, but I was sad to leave behind my friends in London and also the work Craft Club, where I’d learnt to knit and had completed lots of really fun projects and learnt new skills!

  • Knitting,  Patterns,  Wednesday Pattern Share

    Wednesday Pattern Share: Knitted Farmyard Pencil Toppers

          I often need some inspiration on a Wednesday so I thought I’d start a new blog series ‘Wednesday Pattern Share’. Every Wednesday I’ll be sharing with you a pattern I have recently found which I really love, and I hope that you like them too! To start with I wanted to share these lovely knitted Farmyard Pencil Toppers from Amanda Berry. I have written before about how much I love Amanda Berry’s patterns so it’s no surprise that I’ve completely fallen in love with these pencil toppers I found on Ravelry. They’re sooo cute! I love their little googly eyes and I could definitely see me with a pig on the…

  • 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…

  • Knitting,  Knitting Shows,  Yarn

    #KnittingandStitchingShow

    Wooo! I was so excited for The Knitting and Stitching Show 2014. Not only because its awesome, but also because this year I was taking mum and was thoroughly looking forward to spending the time with her! My experiences from last year had taught me to be prepared with a list, but I still felt completely daunted when we walked in the door and had to do some serious ma herding to get her to stick to the ‘up and down the aisles’ plan! With a stop in the middle for lunch we were there for 6 hours and by the end I was seriously flagging. I loved that mum…

  • Accessories

    Patterned Draft Excluder

    I love this free pattern for a draft excluder from the Pom Pom magazine blog . It uses gorgeous contrasting colours and is knit using a fair isle pattern. As there is no shaping in the pattern I think this could be a great pattern to use as my introduction to colour work. Plus I’ve got a large bag of toy stuffing which is taking up valuable yarn storage space!! I will keep you updated!

  • Patterns

    Gorgeous Drops Mittens

    I’ve fallen in love with these AMAZING Nordic mittens using Drops Lima from Garn Studio. They’re knit in the round using four 50g balls of this alpaca and wool blend DK yarn. Having previously fallen in love with Drops Nepal ( Lima’s heavier weight aran sister) I can’t wait to get started on these! I’m hoping they’ll also be a good introduction to knitting in the round and knitting from a chart. And with the pattern being free and the yarn available for the bargain price of £2.00 a ball from Wool Warehouse I don’t have to worry too much about completely messing them up!!