Purple Bliss

Another of my eBay bargain purchases, I was on my way to bed, paused to have a peek on eBay and saw this yarn. Convinced the bidding would go far beyond what I was prepared to pay, I left a measly bid and went to bed. I was so surprised when I found out I’d won,…

I’ve Got The Blues

But in a good way! As a result of bargain hunting on eBay, my new old yarn arrived this morning, there are actually 5 balls, but I’m using one for a new design…more of that later. The yarn is Sirdar Soft Cotton aran, and it really is soft…and squishy…and yarny and…oh the joy of new…

A-mews-ment

Needed something to make me laugh this morning, one of my designs is fighting back, I’ve tried knitting it, purling it, threw two colours at it…it’s just not working. So I shall take a deep breath, have a mug of strong tea, then try again. Failure is not an option!

Extreme Yarn

This has left me speechless, I’m a big fan of chunky yarn if I want to knit or crochet something quickly, but this takes chunky to a whole new level, wow! The website is called Woolly Mahoosive, if you want extreme, they’ve got it!

Organza Yarn

Sometimes yarn is delivered vacuum packed with all the life sucked out of it, sometimes it’s delivered squished into a plastic bag…but sometimes you get a special treat. This is how my yarn has just arrived from the Wool Warehouse, in a pretty organza bag with ribbons, WOW!! The yarn is Lily Sugar’n Cream, a massive…

How to Wind a Center-Pull Ball By Hand

1) Tie a slip knot in the end of your yarn. 2) Tighten this slip knot on your winding tool. I like to pull this slip knot tight in the hook of the crochet hook, or high up toward the end of the knitting needle, to keep it out of the way. 3) Hold your…

Bargain of the day!

As I can only use cotton yarn for knitting and crocheting, I’m always on the look out for a good deal. I often buy dishcloth cotton which is ideal for doing samples…and of course the occasional dishcloth! One brand I’ve used for years is Pegasus, and I’ve just found some on eBay at a good…

Crocheted Scrabble Bag

This a the bag I crocheted for our Scrabble tiles. It’s just a simple bag, worked in HDC (half-double crochet) with a circle for the base, then up the sides, a little band of decoration in the middle, then holes for the cord. The pink yarn is Teddy Cleopatra DK Cotton, and the accent yarn is…

Knitted Christmas Bell

There are a lot of patterns for bells on the interwebs, but I wasn’t happy with the way they gathered at the top, so using short rows, I created my own pattern. The yarn I used is King Cole Glitz DK 1698 Christmas Acrylic Festive Knitting Wool, yes I know I’m allergic to acrylic, but it…

Yarn Barfs

Yarn by its nature has a propensity to get knotted, generally this is artistically intended in the process of such crafts as knitting and crochet. However, there are times when yarn self knots and becomes a yarn barf, I suspect this may happen when yarn is bored of waiting to be creatively knotted into something beautiful,…

I’ve got a lucet and I know how to use it!

I first discovered the delights of the lucet or ‘knitting fork’ about eighteen months ago and tried to improvise my own lucet using something I grabbed from my toolbox (see ‘Knitting With Spanners‘ for a full explanation). Recently, though, after being mighty impressed at seeing lucet maestro Ziggy Rytka on the telly, Shana decided it…