Monday, 20 January 2014

Moving

Hi and thanks for visiting me at the Wool Nest. I just want to let  you know that you'll find my more recent posts over on my new blog here:


I wanted to rename my blog properly so I've taken the plunge and hopefully it will all work out OK. Eventually I'll delete my old blog but for now they'll both run side by side until I've sorted out the technical sides and contacted the various sites that link to this blog.

Thanks so much for following me and reading my blog, I hope you drop by at the Wool Nest soon,

Happy Crafting, Lynne xx 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

BOO - scared you


Hello lovely people and thanks for visiting me here at The Wool Nest. I hope you're well and are making the most of the slightly extended warmer weather we seem to be having. We haven't had to put the heating on yet, which is a bonus. It's usually much colder around this time of year - I'm usually freezing on Halloween when we're trick or treating.

Talking of Halloween, there's still time to buy this month's issue of Inside Crochet (issue 46), which features my fab "BOO" Bunting, amongst many other gorgeous projects. I love using words within my designs; I think they create an eye-catching feature and with wooden letters and words being so popular at the moment, they're bang on trend too. So far my projects have included "HOME", "LOVE", BEACH" and "BOO" and I have many more designs to write up, so watch this space. You still have time to whip up your own "BOO" bunting, and don't worry if you miss this edition - you can buy a digital copy here: http://pocketmags.com/viewmagazine.aspx?titleid=1359&title=Inside+Crochet





There are some fantastic designs in this issue too, including my favourite - this pleated cardigan by Kat Goldin. I love the way it gathers at the back; it's really pretty. It's the perfect example of Inside Crochet - fresh, modern and stylish. It's the UK's only monthly crochet magazine and it's styled beautifully by the Editor Claire Montgomerie with amazing photography by Britt Spring


Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon  - happy crafting, Lynne xx



Sunday, 20 October 2013

Hat-tastic

Hello my lovely people and thanks for visiting me at the wool nest. I've been nice and cosy this week as I've designed a gorgeous chunky cabled throw and the sample kept me nice and warm whilst I was knitting it up. It felt all snuggly and warm which was great as I had such a bad bout of the flu and tonsillitis which made me feel very poorly and not myself at all - I didn't even want to knit but deadlines forced me to pick up my needles and hook and make things instead of staying in bed and sleeping.
 
I was pleased to read more fab reviews of my hat book this week, including one from my good friend Tracey, over at baking and making http://bakingandmaking.com/2013/10/16/books-by-friends/
 
Tracey contributed a spooky topper to my book, and I'm grateful for her continued support.
 
 
If you like the look of my hat book but don't want to buy a full book, you can find more fun hats in this month's issue of Knit Today (issue 91). I designed 3 festive warmers for children - a robin, a polar bear and a Christmas pudding. All easy to knit and are sure to brighten up those cold winter days.
 
 
I have more lovely projects in various magazines this month, and I'll share them with you soon, along with some free patterns for a handmade Christmas.

Are you knitting for Winter yet - I'd love to hear what you've been making.

Happy crafting, Lynne

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Book Review of Woodland Knits - Stephanie Dosen

 
Morning lovely people. How are you today? I’m enjoying a sunny morning here at The Wool Nest. I’m feeling a lot better today after a short illness over Friday night and Saturday. What a pain!! I’m glad I’m feeling better today though as I’m off to visit my parents then we’re out tonight with our lovely neighbours for a cheeky meal at the Chinese Restaurant across the road. Yum!

A few weeks ago, a lovely surprise popped through the letterbox here at The Wool Nest – my review copy of Woodland Knits by Tiny Owl Knits (Stephanie Dosen), kindly provided by Quadrille  Publishing. How absolutely exciting. I couldn’t wait to rummage through the pages, and see the delightful projects hiding within. I wasn’t disappointed as I love pretty much everything in this magical book. I’d already fallen in love with Stephanie’s work, having seen a few of her projects on Ravelry and in various craft magazines. Stephanie also sells her designs through Ravelry and they’re extremely popular. You can see her designs here:
 
 
Woodland Knits is a collection of her most popular and iconic designs, along with a selection of new hand-knits.
 

 
As soon as I set eyes on this inspiring book with its’ fairytale woodland setting, I was immediately transported back in time to my childhood days of reading and dreaming. Back to the days of fairies and elves, The Enchanted Forest and The Magic Faraway Tree. I imagined a land of knitting at the top of the Faraway Tree, where I had to stay until I’d knitted everything from Woodland Knits – now that would be fab wouldn’t it.  But what would I knit first? The charming Mr. Fox Stole? the pretty Catching Butterflies gloves? the Dragon Watcher’s Hood? Or the whimsical Bo Peep Scarf? So many lovely things to choose from, including a set of the cutest fairy wings………
 

Stephanie writes her instructions really well with great attention to detail. She includes handy hints which are a great resource for knitters and will help you to achieve a perfect result.
 
And that's not all - when Stephanie isn't designing fabulous knits, she's a singer-songwriter who has toured with Massive Attack and appeared on Later with Jools Holland - Wow, what a girl - some people are super talented!! You can read more about Stephanie here: http://tinyowlknits.wordpress.com/
 
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s one of the very few books where I love and want to knit every single project – if not for me, for friends and family. Add it to your Christmas list and it will really make you smile on Christmas Day.

Thanks for reading  - I'd love to hear your thoughts on the book.
 
Happy Crafting, Lynne xx

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Easy like Sunday Morning (and a gluten free recipe)

Good Morning to you all - I hope you're having a fab weekend now that the sun is back with us. Hubby is out in the garden pruning and chopping and I'm enjoying a leisurely Sunday morning - for once I had a lie in (well deserved if I may say so!!). I've been so busy over the last couple of weeks that yesterday I felt absolutely shattered. It didn't help that for some unknown reason I decided to have a spring clean. But I'm feeling the benefits today as the downstairs of the house is lovely and tidy. Not sure when I'll tackle the upstairs, but it can wait for now!!

I've had a lovely week here at number 10:
 
  • I finished two nice Christmassy commissions that I really enjoyed although they were both extremely time consuming. I really need to tackle my time management at the moment as simple things seem to be taking me absolutely ages!!! I designed and made 4 Russian style Christmas decorations and also designed a non-knitting project that involved yarn, baubles and lots and lots of gluing and sticking. The good news is that I didn't get any glue on the carpet, the not so good news is that it literally took hours and hours (and hours!!!!). Not cost effective at all!!
  • I bought 3 lovely books from the book people for just £12, which is an absolute bargain as one of the books alone has a recommended price of £16.99. I really wanted the Knit Nordic book, and due to free delivery I splashed out and bought Mollie Makes Feathered Friends and Fiona Gobles Twelve Knits of Christmas (just because it made me smile).
  • Yarn support arrived for my next book. A lovely bag of gorgeous yarns from DMC. I think the cottons and merino yarns will be my choice, but I need to work up a couple of samples just to make sure I can achieve my desired results. I'll have fun trying!!
  • I made the most delicious gluten potato cakes this week with left over mash potato. Want to know how? Well here goes:
Gluten Potato Cakes Recipe
1. You'll need some cold left over cold mash potato (I had about one third of a mixing bowl full), a cup and a half of plain gluten free flour, toppings (butter/cheese/beans/bacon - anything you like!).


2. Slowly mix gluten free plain flour into the mash until it no longer feels wet or sticky - a bit like making dough but not as stiff (I used about 1.5 small cups full). I used a fork to begin with, then my hands.
3. Cut the dough into even-sized chunks and press into round patties.


4. Pop into a hot oven for 40 mins on 180 degrees (turning once after 20 mins). They will feel crispy on the outside but they'll be nice and soft in the middle.
5. Top with a sprinkling of cheese, beans or just butter. Absolutely delicious and almost as good as my mums. I'll be making more of these yummy and satisfying delights when I next make mashed potato.

 
I hope you've all had a happy, crafting week too and have a great week ahead. I'm off to YARNDALE next Saturday - yippee - and I'm making a list of yarns that I need for Christmas pressies. I can't wait and am super excited!!! Are you going to Yarndale? and what will you be buying??
 
Happy crafting, Lynne x