Saturday Scraps – Crocheted Card Case

Just a little amusement I crocheted while I was waiting for some yarn to arrive, a card case using the crochet knit stitch similar to the Prairie Pioneer Bag Pattern. We bought a new set of Lexicon cards as I decided it was best to preserve the old one as a ‘family heirloom’! I used…

Sunshine Waffle Placemat & Coaster Knitting Pattern

This pattern is knitted in double and plain knitting giving extra depth to the placemat & coaster, and all in a nice cheery yellow to brighten any table. I used a version of the Alternate Cable Cast On method, instructions are included in the pattern. Materials One placemat & coaster used approximately 1½ balls of…

New Needles!

Although I have a lovely set of wooden knitting needles, the points leave a lot to be desired and have a bad habit of splitting already splitty yarn! So I decided it was time to buy myself one new pair of 4.00mm needles as that is the size I use most. As I’ve already had…

Yarntropy, the scientific facts about yarn barfs.

Knitting and the laws of thermodynamics. I bet you thought they had nothing to do with each other, didn’t you? But think a little longer, and you will soon realise that knitting (or even crochet) is closely related to the scientific laws of heat. If you’ve ever knitted a sweater or (Hello, Shana 🙂 )…

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting

I’ve been experimenting with double knitting, from one simple line of pattern, you can make so many things, purses, bags, soap holders, scarves…and more! In the above sample, I used two colours, changing every 2 rows. The second sample shows how you can turn the double knitting into a quick and easy purse. In both…

Prairie Pioneer Bag Crochet Pattern

I actually started work on this design over a year ago, then got distracted by knitting, as one does! There is absolutely no sewing involved, well apart from weaving in loose ends, it is crocheted from the base in the round, and then the handle is worked from side to side. The basket weave pattern…

How To Thread Beads Onto Yarn

I included this simple tutorial in the pattern for Beaded Favour Gift Bag, but thought it polite to share with everyone 🙂 For this tutorial I used larger beads and wire, just make sure the wire you use threads through the beads when doubled over. Fold a length of wire in half, and thread the…

Beaded Favour Gift Bag Knitting Pattern

Finally the sun has come out so I can take pictures of my new design, it’s been so frustrating having to wait. I finished it not long after I wrote the post about using a ball of yarn and beads for something…well this is the something! The idea came from the paper favour gift bags that…

I have an idea . . .

It involves a ball of this… And some of these… Those are all the clues I’m giving for now, designing takes a long, long time…watch this space 🙂

The Tattershall Tote Knitting Pattern

This started as a simple stitch pattern, then evolved into a bag! I love the texture of this stitch, and the colour too. Materials Sample used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, worsted/aran weight, approximately half a 400g cone, (300 yards/274 metres), in Sage 4mm needles cable needle Finished Size: Approximatively 12”/30cm wide, 11”/28cm high, excluding handles….

Stripey Eyelets

For this pattern you will need to use DPN’s, it’s quick and simple, and I feel it would make a lovely shawl. Stripey Eyelets Abbreviations k – knit p – purl st/sts – stitch/stitches yo – yarn over ssk – slip 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, from the left needle to the right…

Sock it to me!

This will be the last pair of socks I’ll be knitting for a while as I’ve ran out of suitable yarn 😦 Once again the pattern is from Ann Budd’s book, ‘Getting Started Knitting Socks’, this one is called, Seeded Rib. The yarn I used is Sirdar Soft Cotton aran, and it isn’t really ideal…

Savage Socks

Chris found this on Savage Chickens, a cartoon strip we both find quite amusing, I so had to share!  

Herringbone Lace Socks

My second pair of socks from Ann Budd’s ‘Getting Started Knitting Socks’ book, I think I’m getting the hang of it! The yarn is Pure Cotton Double Knitting by Razzle Dazzle yarns…never heard of it? Neither had I until I found it on eBay sold by a shop called benlyndalle, who offer quite a range…

Monkey’s first

Just tried a “monkey’s fist” knot.  This is the first one I’ve tried at this size and it had six passes (ie, I wound it six times round with each change of direction) and the inner core was a polystyrene sphere a couple of inches in diameter. The tying was easy enough, although I had…

Socktober Redux

In October 2015 I knitted a sock, just the one, with the intention of knitting a pair…it never happened. Mojo died, enthusiasm left the building, whatever the reason, I failed 😦 Now, over a year later I have finally knitted one whole pair of socks, wooohooo!! They haven’t been washed or blocked, and I made…