Sunday, 30 June 2013

Make With Mabel - Fairisle and Cables

Yesterday I ran my first Workshop at Make With Mabel in Knutsford, Cheshire.
I'd spun some gorgeous merino wool into neat yarn cakes, designed a cute fairisle and cable pin cushion, researched, wrote notes, prepared a sample, prepared my materials and surprised myself at how organised I was.
I nervously arrived and prepared the lovely craftroom, ready for my 5 ladies, who were eager and ready to learn something new. I wasn't sure how competent they already were and hoped my lesson plan was adequate but also not too hard or complicated.
We enjoyed a busy and intense day, along with a scrumptious lunch supplied by Luise and complete with a bottle of Cava to celebrate one of the ladies birthdays. (I didn't secumb to the Cava - I only need to sniff alcohol and I'm squiffy!!! - not wise when I'm teaching!!) 
There were a few sighs and groans, but most of all there were lots of smiles and laughs. 
I was really proud of the ladies, who worked really hard for 6 hours. Here's the results of their hard work and concentration and I'm sure you'll agree they're rather lovely:

xx Well Done ladies, and I hope to see you all soon xx

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

At last - I've crocheted a gift

Wow - this is a landmark. I've actually handmade something that isn't for a commission. Put the flags out!!!!
I crocheted a pretty scarf as part of a birthday gift for my cousin. I bought a couple of bags of yarn when my local(ish) yarn store - Fibre and clay - closed down, and in one bag were 3 skeins of Debbie Bliss Pure Silk. 
I wanted to make something special with this beautifully soft yarn, so I set about making a scarf. After two or three attempts of various free patterns that were already out there (which didn't seem to work out particularly well for me), I decided I'd design something quick and easy myself. So I delved into my pattern library and modified a shrug that I made a couple of years ago. This is the result - what do you think.
It's really soft and silky and has a nice sheen. I wondered about adding fringing, but decided against it. I like the nice, straight edges.

I rolled up the scarf neatly, tied it with a braided cord and tucked in the yarn band with the care instructions. Perfect.
If you'd like to make one  for yourself, you can download the pattern here from my "Found, Made and Reloved" blog - a blog dedicated to my stashbusting attempts. Two skeins down - hundreds to go!!
xx happy crafting xx

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

LOVE Letters - Inside Crochet issue 42

I've recently designed a few projects for my favourite crochet magazine - Inside Crochet (how exciting!!!). I've really enjoyed watching Inside Crochet develop into a beautiful, stylish and creative magazine, packed with gorgeous projects and informative articles, so image my delight when issue 42 popped through the door. Not only is it my favourite issue so far, it also features my LOVE letters. I think the setting and photography is perfect.

They're a fun project, made with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and a 3mm hook. Each letter only uses a small amount of yarn, so you could just try them with two colours if you don't want to buy 4 balls of different shades. They'd look great in a bedroom, or on a little girl's shelf and I'd love to see your makes (you can add your project here on Ravelry: (love letters on Ravelry).
There's also a sneaky peak at next month's projects, including my geometric cushion which is now sitting proudly upstairs on the spare bed.
There are lots of other lovely projects in issue 42, including Tracey Todhunter's colourful potholders, Emma Varnam's cute baby set, Simone Francis's pretty (and stunning!) lacey top and Vicki Brown's feminine T-shirt - all of which are on my to-do list:
So grab yourselves a copy whilst you can and enjoy this colourful issue packed with lots of lovely crochet inspiration.
xx Happy Crafting xx