Archive for January, 2010


These past couple of weeks I’ve been pretty much house-bound due to the treacherous weather conditions. Probably the only positive thing that has come out of this is the time it has created for crafting! I picked up one of the books I bought for my birthday back in December, and decided to have a bash at learning to crochet. It only took a couple of evenings to master the basic stitches 🙂 I couldn’t really get to grips with crocheting in rows (kept losing stitches at both ends), but then I hit on the Granny Square!

They’re so simple, and a great way of using up the yarn stash (well, the bits I don’t have reserved for special projects!). I think it was fate that the day I taught myself (okay with the help of this tutorial if I’m honest) to crochet Granny Squares, that Australian blog ‘Meet me at Mike’s‘ should launch their ‘Granny a Day 2010’ craft challenge! The blog is featuring lots of tutorials, and there’s an associated Flickr photo pool for added inspiration. I’ve signed up for the challenge… though I don’t for one minute think I’ll be crocheting at the rate of one Granny per day 🙂 But it might just spur me into action!

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This little cutie is Elijah, designed by Ysolda Teague. I’ve made him for a friend’s baby, but she doesn’t know this yet 🙂 I started out making some booties, but got bored very quickly. Then, a search on ravelry for items knitted from the same yarn (Sirdar snuggly DK) led me to Elijah. I realise he’s not a very realistic elephant colour, but hey ho. The pattern was really straightforward to follow, but included plenty of different methods to maintain my interest. The only slight problem I encountered was in making the eyes. Ysolda recommends embroidering French knots..but as far as I can tell, there’s no way of securing them on the wrong side. So, Elijah is currently wearing temporary eyes for this photo op! If anyone has any bright ideas for how I could create some baby-safe eyes your suggestions would be most welcome!

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I really have left it rather a long time to mention this, but I feel it’s not too late to tell you about the Knitting and Stitching Show which I attended in Harrogate back in November. Sadly, my crafting partner in crime was too poorly to make the trip, so I had to brave my first K&S outing on my own. Despite having been warned, I was pretty overwhelmed by the size of the event, and never really found my bearings! I was focusing primarily on shopping, so hadn’t booked on to any of the workshops available throughout the day. However, I did enjoy wandering around the many exhibits. I was particularly taken with the textile work of Rosie James, and the ‘Knitted Lives‘ exhibit, where 40 older women from Newcastle had worked with artists to tell their life stories through knitting.

I’m not sure I was supposed to be photographing the exhibits (oops), so instead I will post here some pics of the goodies I acquired on the day. These will certainly keep me busy in 2010!

The above is a selection of beautiful fat quarters from Euro Japan Links, which will be just perfect for small craft prjects.

Yet more yummy fabric! The large spotty one is a heavy canvas, which I’ve earmarked for making a tote bag or 2. Hiding at the back is a stripy blue seersucker fabric. I’ve been looking for a suitable fabric to make one of these dresses for some time, and I think this one fits the bill 🙂

And last, but my no means least, the yarn! L-R: Malabrigo sock yarn in Aguas, a gorgeously soft Debonaire (50% baby alpaca, 50% extrafine merino) in Aloof, and an artist’s Palette Smoothie sock yarn in a lovely green/purple colourway.

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