Meet Penny - our new Cavachon puppy. She arrived on Tuesday this week and hubby and I are adjusting to having a small, dependent fluff ball in the house. It's all wonderful, but very tiring. I don't normally post very personal stuff on the blog, but I'll make an exception just this once (if anyone is interested of course!)Read More
Welcome to episode 73 - this show is not in the normal format. It's just me and Jen opening our Christmas presents (a bit late) and chatting about our recent creative activities. I hope you enjoy our random chatter!Read More
My love affair with Erika Knight's Fur Wool continues. This is how I used my final skein...
I combined a skein of Fur Wool with a skein of Maxi Wool (also by Erika Knight) and used this free pattern to create a pair of Furry Welly Boot Toppers. The colourway for both yarns is "storm" and they are a great match - the ribbed part in the photo above looks greener than the furry bit but that's just my photo. Both yarns are a lovely shade of grey.Read More
After a short break over Christmas, I am delighted to launch the first iMake Book Club choice for 2015. This will be February's book. It is "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins.
Incidentally, the next 6 books I read will be part of the 6 Book Challenge - I am entering as part of the iMake Book Club and also as part of the library team at my local College. Feel free to join me.Read More
Over the past week or so I have been fighting off a nasty, seasonal cough/cold thing which has knocked me for six. I've been feeling pretty lethargic - the only plus side is I've done a fair bit of knitting and crochet - I have not really had the energy to do much else.Read More
It's time for a Pebble Crochet-along update. Here's a glimpse of my progress (see above). These pebbles are nice and easy to make and very forgiving. For example, I have found myself running out of yarn on a few occasions so I just miss out a few of the middle rounds. I have the pattern pretty much memorised now so the are quick to make. I think I am quite a "loose" crocheter so I have tweaked the decrease section a bit to ensure I have no gaps. Instead of skipping a stitch I use the decrease method in the video below.Read More
Over the Christmas break I treated myself to a couple of Craftsy classes. The first was Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday with Paul Heaston and the second was Drawing Anime Style with Cotty Kibanks. Find out more about the anime class by clicking on the button below:Read More
To say I am pleased with this project is an understatement! It was so much fun to do that I am tempted to do another...
The project was for the iMake "My Favourite Things Knitalong" which launched in August last year (full details here). If you are participating in the KAL, don't panic! I'll keep it open as long as people want it. If you are looking at this pattern for the first time and feel tempted to join the KAL then please feel free.Read More
I need to confess something. I am obsessed with Moleskine notebooks (sketchbooks in particular). But, and this is the confession bit, I have never fully used one up. That's right; I have never finished one. I have lots of Moleskines with just a few pages used in them. Moleskines are ridiculously expensive so I deserve thoroughly slapped wrists for this! However, this year, I am doing something about it.Read More