Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Crochet mood blanket update

I changed my mind again... I got to the end of Jan but I wasn't happy with the colours... so I have started again.

This is where I was... I don't know why I didn't like the colours as when looking at this photo it doesn't seem so bad...

These are the colours that I am currently using, I feel a lot happier with them, so I will continue with what I'm doing for now and see what happens. They feel like a lot more me, rather than a stash busting exercise.

Are any of you doing the crochet mood blanket 2014? How are you all getting on?


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Making, early Easter and a birthday.

I can't believe it's Tuesday evening already. I've had such a lovely few days, with D's family visiting for an early Easter. I didn't get to do much making, but I did manage to squeeze in a bit of blanket crocheting. The nephews have also put in their next requests. I have dinosaurs, spiderman and teenage mutant ninja turtles to make as well as a blanket, all by May.. Thank goodness for ravelry!

I'm using my Lucy pack to make this blanket and the pattern is from cypress textiles. I decided to a graduated colour pattern as I think it always blends better when using a lot of colours.

So last weekend I managed to do get some stock made ready for the craft fair that I had at Frome Independent Market. I made a half apron using some of the moustache fabric that I currently have in stock. I am really pleased with how it came out and it will cost £15 to buy, and will be available at craft fairs and in the Etsy shop.

The weather in Frome on the Sunday wasn't too bad considering the forecast was originally heavy rain, and we didn't have any rain until the very end. I had a nice day and it was lovely start to the year ahead of hopefully a lot more craft fairs!

It was D's birthday last week, so we had a couple of days off work to celebrate and went shopping in Bath and had lunch at Nando's. I love Bath and I can't wait for Primark to come to town in the summer as it will mean that I don't have to go to Bristol to get my fix of cheapness!

I did manage to start another project last week as well and decided to do another caponcho as I really liked the one I made for my mum.  I'm using yarn that I dyed myself (which is also available to buy for £8 for 100g of dk or you can get two balls for £15.) It's hard to capture it's true colour, but it is an amethyst colour.

I really like the way it is knitting up and it is a semi sold dye lot. I do love this pattern as it's so quick to do. I cast on 74 stitches which is more than the pattern suggests and use 7 mm needles.

I hope you have all had lovely weekends over the last couple of weeks, what have you all been making recently. I would love to hear about it!


Thursday, 27 March 2014

I made a bag!

So, I like many other's I am sure have been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee. Now that my sewing machine is fixed again (this is the 4th time in two years I have had to send it off!!) I felt that I could actually do some sewing and I wouldn't have to worry about thread snapping and the tension being off, no matter what I did. So problem fixed I decided to put my sewing machine through it's paces to make sure that it really was working properly again and I had so much fun!!

I have been thinking about making myself a tote bag for a while as I have some lovely Alexander Henry moustache fabric that I adore and I wasn't sure what to make with it. When doing my weekly shop I saw someone with a similar fabric tote bag, and was instantly won over by the idea.

I decided I wanted to make it quite a substantial one and it kind of morphed into something more than a tote bag... I had some spare leather that I hadn't got around to using so decided to use that as a base as the fabric itself it quite thin, and I didn't want holes to form in my lovely new bag!! I vaguely remembered seeing someone else use a leather bottom to a bag and they had cut it into a plus shape so I decided I would do the same. After decided how big I wanted the bag I cut out all my pieces and began to sew making it up as I went along...

You can see what I mean about the plus shape now, I wasn't sure how I was going to sew everything together once I had put the sides on but I managed to work something out! I should also add that rather than using interfacing I used quilt batting to reinforce the bag even more.

Once I had made the outside I was ready to tackle the inside... I cut all my pieces, remembering that I also needed to make a normal bottom this time rather than my odd shaped plus. I picked some lovely contrasting fabric and decided to add a moustache fabric pocket on the inside using some of the offcuts. 

I then thought about how best to sew the lining in and came up with a plan, which I think I will change next time and fold the top over so that I don't have lining edge and the outside edge on the very top of the bag. I then added the strap which I had bought a couple of years before but never used. 

 I'm really happy with how it turned out and with my feet in the photo you get an idea of how big it is, it measures 18x12.5x3.5 inches so it is perfect for every day use at work.

I'm planning on making another one using some different fabric so I can make some improvements to it again and see if it comes out even better and then I will write a tutorial on how to make it.


Monday, 17 March 2014

Shop and fabric stock update.

I've just done an etsy shop update for all my current baby bibs and comforters stock that I have left over from last year's craft fairs.

I've changed the design of my baby bibs and bandanna' so they are priced to go.

All would make a lovely gift for that little person in your life.

I've also updated my current fabric stock over on Facebook which is available for custom items. I must remember that these gorgeous fabrics are not for me!!!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Crafting weekend

I have had a lovely weekend and was sad to see it end. On Saturday morning I took one of my friends to Wiltshire Scrapstore to get some material to make some Glastonbury inspired banners for a birthday party. She had never been before but I go a lot through my 'proper' job, and often get supplies from there when doing projects with the young people.

We managed to get our hands on some ripstock nylon scrap, which is exactly what we were looking for! These came from old hot air balloons and it was just what we needed as they had plenty of different colouts for us to choose from.

We grabbed as much as we could and took our sack away with us after paying just £5 for our loot.

On Saturday evening we put on my Bridesmaids DVD and started to make our banners. I used my sewing machine to sew the tops of the material so that we could stick a rod through the top in order to be able to hang them at the party venue. I wasn't sure how well I'd be able to sew ripstock nylon but it was surprisingly easy and not as slippery as i thought it would be. The trick is to hold it as tight as possible and use a good needle, i still had on my leather one which worked fine.

We were being inspired by the banners and flags you see at Glastonbury so we set about cutting out random shapes from the coloured ripstock and then did a running stitch by hand to secure the shapes to the banner. Here are our attempts, I'm pretty pleased with them, and what scrap we have left over I will be using at work to create some banners with the young people for the youth centre.

I think we did really well, even if I do say so myself!!

Sunday was a nice relaxing day which started off with a 4km run. I bought a fitbit flex (in pink of course!)last week as a motivation to start getting fitter. I am really liking it at the moment, and I like the fact that I can sync it with my phone and check how I am doing throughout the day with my steps.

D and I went over to my mum and dad's so that we could finally give her her birthday pressie, as I was poorly last weekend. I got her a jumper and I also am making her a cowl (which I am yet to finish). The pattern is the honey cowl on ravelry and it is a lovely pattern! I am using king Cole riot yarn in cool which is lovely to knit with although it does seem to malt over me.

My mum loves the wool, so I need to get a move on to finish it otherwise it will be too warm for her to wear it!!

Last night I also managed to get a bit of cross stitch done as well and finish off a very late Christmas pressie!!

Hope you all had lovely weekends, did you make anything? would love to hear what you have been doing.


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Holiday fun

So I have been a bit absent of late, this is partly due to me being on holiday but for the last week I have also had a horrible flu/cold virus which has been horrendous!

My holiday was amazing though as D and I went to Zermatt in Switzerland. Zermatt is by the Italian border and if you buy an area pass you can go over to Cervinia in Italy. 

Zermatt is a gorgeous village, that doesn't allow cars in it at all, so to get to the village you have to get a train from tasch and to get around in the village they have electric vehicles or horse and carriages.  We stayed in a lovely hotel called hotel holiday which had such nice food and catered very well for vegetarians.  

The snow was amazing and we had some great powder days and the resort gave you lots of different levels of runs, although I will say that the blues are some of the steepest I have been on. There were fantastic views of the matterhorn wherever you were in the village on on the mountain.

The village itself has plenty of boutique shops but if you're into labels such as Burton,  roxy and vans etc then you won't get them here, it's much more high end, think gucci, rolex and ray ban.

Zermatt was quite expensive too, for a portion of chips and cokes you were looking at about £9 - £12 depending where you went.

I was really impressed with Zermatt and I would definitely go back there.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Blooming Flower cushion ta-dahh post

I finally finished my blooming flower cushion and I have to say I absolutley love it, I've been getting some compliments on instagram on it and some like on facebook so here is for you all to see too. It is pretty big too, I had to use some spare toy stuffing I had as I couldn't get a cushion insert big enough!

I'm so glad this one is all mine, as I love the colours and the stylecraft yarn was lovely to crochet with too.

Have any of you tried making this cushion before? I'd love to see them!