Friday, 30 January 2009

Unravelling Jumpers, Scarves etc

I really love the idea of unravelling old woollen garments to make new ones, but can't seem to get the hang of unravelling things so that I get a nice ball of yarn to play with! I've tried a couple of old jumpers and a scarf, and every time I just end up in a big tangle, with nothing that could really be used to make anything.

I thought I'd ask on here to see if anybody has any tips, or if there is some particular technique to it. With the jumpers I've been trying to cut along a seam and find the end of the yarn, and unravel it like that, but it just doesn't work at all. I end up more kind of "laddering" the jumper, like a pair of tights, rather than unravelling it!

I'd really love to get the hang of it, because I have loads of old jumpers etc that don't fit anymore, and it would be great to make new stuff with them.

Any advice? :)

Thursday, 29 January 2009

if you don't want to add your address

add your name to the granny square list on the yahoo group and inside the address slot write "send mine to Eleanor please :) " or something similar .


Wednesday, 28 January 2009

granny square challenge

What to do 
  • There are (including Claire) now 10 crafters in our granny square thingy. 
  • each crafter makes as many granny squares as there are people on the list- at the moment ten (or double the number of people if you want to give people 2 squares each) 
  • Join A Crafty Blog Chat to add your address (only we can see them, it's private)  or to add your name to Eleanor's address.
  • There are two ways to send your squares out (1) some people would like their squares popping in their own mail and their addresses are on a crafty blog chat . (2) some people would like their squares all at one go their squares will be sent to Eleanor's address whereEleanor will collect them and send them out once she has all of them at one go. (We'll sort postage costs in a bit when it's all 'getting there.'
The squares need to be 6 inches by 6 inches and may be crocheted, knitted or sewn/quilted/embroidered in some way - which ever suits you, as long as they are 6 by 6 then we'll be able to fasten them together into an item/ afghan/shawl/cushion??? 
I think Eleanor will have enough to make that bag :-) 

Clear as mud?? yes it probably is , i'm not very good at explaining it. please do email me or Eleanor if you want any more help with anything.

dawny xxx

Its art Jim but not as we know it.......

I've created a monster!!! I knitted  a sort of square then messed around with french knots...*rolls eyes* no I don't know what I was thinking either....Anyway I put a BBQ bamboo skeewer through the top and hung it on the wall... If anyone asks I'm going to say its art ;0)

Am I going mad?

Will anyone actually want to recieve a granny square made with this frankly quite silly yarn for their granny square project? I hope so because I bought 3 balls of the stuff! One is the colour used here, the other is purple and the other black. I think it's probably a love it or hate it thing. :)It's New Fizz by Sirdar, and I think it's a bit fabulous, if a complete bugger to crochet with - just not sure if others in the granny square project will agree?
I got a couple of other new balls of yarn yesterday too, so could get on with some crocheting - got 4 granny squares done in all, bring my total so far to 8. Here are the other ones I made yesterday:

Monday, 26 January 2009


A rehashed Sew Q Post .. again...

I finished the poncho! Yes I did. It's a lot thinner than I imagined it would be, so if any of you are thinking of making it and want it a bit thick then I suggest double knitting it.

It is well easy and very effective. All I have to do now is lose my bum and my tum and this will make me look really slim. Hmmm....

Go on give it a go...


Sorry - this seems really dull after those lovely yoni cushions!
Here is my cosy new scarf, modelled by my gorgeous daughter :)
It was quite boring to knit - just moss stitch, with Big_softie wool, using fairly big needles.
It was worth the effort though - so warm, and big enough to wrap round my head so my ears are covered too. A very stylish and attractive look, as you can imagine ;-)

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Yoni Cushions and Flowery Felts.

Check out this yoni cushion. I had heard of these before but hadn't seen one. The lady who made this is helping me out with a green san pro article I'm doing for a local community group and that is how I came across this. Not quite sure how I feel about it yet .....

Anyone fancy making one?

Loads of other lovely and unusual crafty things on her site if you want to check it out.
Here is a lovely felt landscape with flower which Hermione has made and added to her pound shop today.

fastening knitting together

erm i was going to put this on , so i still wil , but Claire's post makes this look pale and boring in comparison lol 
and while i'm at it this link takes you to some really good crochet photos :)

Making Stamps from rubbish

I've been playing with making stamps from polystyrene pizza bases recently. It works quite well, so I shall keep playing to see how far I can take it. I always like it when I can re-use rubbish and give it new life :-)

Making stamps from rubbish

My blog post is a tutorial (LOL at me!), showing how to do it, so please pop over and have a look. I'd love to see what you come up with :-)

Next step, lino cutters and some erasers :-D

Edited to add: Oops! Sorry, my blog is here

Friday, 23 January 2009

We should do this...

Free to new homes

Hearts free to new homes over at my place.

Can't find picture to upload here...wondering if I've somehow deleted it :-(

- i've popped it in for you Claire :-)

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Crochet hat

Another funky crochet hat made by nana.

She's having a break form hats and making a few Valentines bits and bobs to give away over at my place. Bless.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

More Knitting!

Thought I'd show you a couple of pics of what I've been up to.

I knitted this for my three year old nephew. It used 250 grms of Twirl doublekit. Not the best picture I'm afraid, well I'm a knitter not a photographer!!

This is the scarf I knitted for my friend for her birthday. Somebody asked in the comments if I was knitting the scarf with the "eyelash" wool which I think is a brilliant description. It's called "Gypsy" and I've knitted quite a few scarves with it now. It's very, very soft, not too bad to knit with, but a nightmare if you drop a stitch!!
Just got to knit the cardi for my nephew now and then I can start on the granny squares!!

Granny Square Pattern

I thought I'd put the pattern I'm using for the Granny Squares on here. If anybody is struggling/yet to learn, I hope it will help them - I've found it far and away the easiest to follow. I'm going to copy it word for word from The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman, which I think is an American book, meaning some of the stitches may be called different things than they are in the UK (just to keep us on our toes!) - so I shall reproduce the explanations of the stitches too. Here goes:

Chain stitch:

1 Yarn round hook
2 Pull yarn through stitch on hook

Slip stitch:

1 Insert hook into next stitch
2 Yarn round hook
3 Pull yarn through both loops on hook

Double crochet stitch:

1 Yarn round hook
2 Insert hook into next stitch (or into the space below the stitch for Granny Squares)
3 Pull yarn through stitch (3 loops on hook)
4 Yarn round hook
5 Pull yarn through 2 hoops on hook
6 Repeat steps 4 and 5.


MC = Main colour
CC = Contrasting colour
dc = double crochet
ch = chain

With MC, ch 4, join with a slip stitch to form ring.

Round One: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in ring, *ch 1, 3 dc in ring; repeat from *two more times, ch 1, join to top of ch-3 with a slip stitch. Cut off MC and end off.

Round Two: Attach CC in any chain space. (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch1, 3 dc, ch1) in chain space, *(3 dc, ch1, 3dc, ch1) in next chain space; repeat from *two more times, join to top of ch-3. Cut CC and end off.

Round Three: Attach MC to any space between groups. (Ch 3, 2 dc, ch1) in chain space, *(3 dc, ch1, 3 dc) in next chain space, ch 1; 3 dc in next space, ch 1, repeat from *two more times, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next space, ch 1, join with slip stitch. Break MC.

See how you are increasing 3 stitches in each of the four corners, with groups of 3 dc in each chain space? With each additional round, you continue to work increased in the corners separated by groups of 3 dc in between. You can continue doing this ad infinitum.

That's how it's laid out in the book. I find, as long as you remember you have to do a chain stitch after every 3 dc, and that you need two groups of 3 dc in each corner, you can't go wrong.

I hope that's a help. If anyone still has any problems I'll try and help, but I'm only a beginner myself so might not be able to! lol. :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Hi everyone

Hi everyone,

Thanks for letting me join Dawny.

I'm Eden, Bridget's daughter, and I can knit, crochet & sew. I prefer crochet though I love sewing! I am 11 in 3 days! and can't wait! Anyway, I crocheted a bag for our new puppy Hexa, It is different greens, gray and a blue handle. Look above and there she is in it.

I crocheted two little blankets, and then I sewed together, and I sewed the handle on and it was finished! I also crocheted some dog toys for her, two tugs and a bone. The bone was really hard!

I have already crocheted five granny squares and am doing my sixth.

Will try and post again soon.

Monday, 19 January 2009


Hi Ladies, its been ages since I posted. I have been busy making the above cardi (well this is the pattern, havent photographed my effort yet. I have done the fronts, back and collar, one sleeve and am almost there with the other one. I hate sleeves they take so long. However once Ive finshed the sleeve Ive got to do the horrible pick up and knit bit for the edges. Once that's done I just need to get some buttons. Does any one know of a good place to buy them. Id like something a bit different. Theres not a huge choice locally where I live.

The Milkweed Project

Thought maybe some of you might be interested in this art project:

The Milkweed Project


Tree Hunt

just an interesting way to use your knitting :) 

Sunday, 18 January 2009


Hello People. I've set up a group for us on Ravelry, as asked by Dawny. I don't know how to add things and make it work, but if you want to join in you need a Ravelry account and the group is

A Crafty Blog Collective

Once people are signed up I think I can then add you all as moderators.
See you there!

Friday, 16 January 2009

Child Labour

Hello Ladies,

This is a first time post, rehashed from my post today over on Sew Q.Hope you don't mind a rehash? I'm too tired to thinking two posts in 24 hours ;-)

Following on from this post? The work is complete. What started off as a simple midget craft has turned into something bigger ::an act of love and generosity; a team effort; an idea taking shape, growing wings and being set free. But most of all I hope it was a lesson in action, that even the smallest amongst us should be listened to, supported, aided and guided and that even the smallest amongst us can produce great results.

The idea was from the boys,the centre panel is their work. I helped with the patchwork and cushion making somewhat, but the love? It's all theirs.

And they are somewhat proud of themselves even if I do say so myself. It's the type of pride you get when you see some beauty in your finished work and you think, "I made that". They keep looking at the cushions and smiling. And now they are almost ready to be shipped out to the unsuspecting Aunties lucky recipients!

Other work around these parts:

This is something the midget likes to do whilst I am sewing - he cuts scraps of fabric, arranges them into something, draws a face (or wheels, or whatever) and asks me to sew it together. This is a crocodile.

Taking it a step further he is also immersed in applique right now too.


Also what you lovely people think of starting a group or forum over on Ravelry? Would be good to chart your granny square thing? (I can't crochet competently or else I'd love your join your crochet bee).


Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Bought this and finished this!

I bought this on Tuesday, I love new wool. I've got some for a scarf for a friend, some to knit two jumpers for my nephew and my Mum bought some and gave it to me because she wants me to knit her new fiance a jumper for his birthday in March.

I've also finished this. Modelled by my lovely two year old.

I'm off to get started on those lovely new balls of wool.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Crochet Bee

Look what Stef found , aww bless him he saw a film with Winona Ryder in it , and all the women got together at a Quilting Bee (gathering) , I was telling him what we're doing and he went searching 
bee, as used in quilting bee or spelling bee, is an old word to describe a gathering of friends and neighbors to accomplish a task or to hold a competition. The tasks were often major jobs, such as clearing a field of timber or raising a barn, that would be difficult to carry out alone. It was often both a social and utilitarian event. Jobs like corn husking or sewing, could be done as a group to allow socialization during an otherwise tedious chore. Such bees often included refreshments and entertainment provided by the group.
Read more here

so we're doing a Bee only cyberly and with help of the postman, isn't the internet marvellous :-)

Love making hearts

Hello everyone, I'm new to The Crafty Blog but have been browsing everyone elses lovely crafts for a while now and have longed to join you all.

I have made a few bits and pieces over the last year or so and intend to make many more decorative things in the future. I love making hearts and found a nice heart pattern in a book I borrowed from the library (which is now on my ever growing Amazon Wish List!), "Sew Pretty Homestyle: ..." by Tone Finnanger.

All the materials and buttons I use are from a recycle store or out-grown family clothes.

The heart is very simple to sew and it matches our newly decorated bedroom really well.

Monday, 12 January 2009

for Eleanor :-)

this is a tutorial by Teresa it's the same sort of granny square that your dream bag is made of :-)
DK size 4 4.5 or 5 mm hook , whichever you can get - tesco are actually selling a lovely set of different crochet hooks atm in their arts and crafts aisle ( I can't find a link for it in their online store.

have fun xx

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Granny Squares

Well, I was on the fence here, and hadn't seen Dawny's update (how do you get all the comments and updates to come to you by email? edited to say ignore me, I've found it now) but then, I clicked stumble (yeah I know, wouldn't you just think I had nothing better to do, I was just waiting for the bathroom some paint to dry my meringues to cool a go on the Wii the kettle to boil and I stumbled across (well obviously sorry) this site and the fourth photo down just called my name. Loudly.

This is where I saw it.

And this is the one I want. Isn't it gorgeous? I know there are different sorts of granny squares, but I'm not fussy. I think it's the colours as much as anything that sing to me.

So I'm in. I'M IN I say.
I can't be beaten by a bit of wool and a hooky metal thing now can I?
I need that bag, and that is what I will make with my squares.

It's here as well.

So. What now? Apart from I go and buy some wool?

Oh and am I supposed to go and tell someone I've pinched their lovely pictures? Eek.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

The latest bag...

Linking to my blog hope thats o.k :0)

edit here's the photo and post :0)

Not a good photo :0(

Very small bag that i made for DD as a thankyou for being ever so helpful :0)

it holds her phone, Mascara and lipgloss - you know the essentials for a 12 y.o girl!!

Knitted in grafetti wool on chunky wooden needles the handle is crochet chain stitch on a chunky needle.  the rossette is just a crochet chain made into a circle and acts like a button ( the flap has a loop)

Granny Squares

wow , does that get your fingers itching to crochet? I found it
here they're doing a granny square theme - how i'm not sure but could we do something the same? only thinking aloud , what do you think? we could each make a granny square for each team blog member , post them , we'd end up with seventeen squares each - stitch them together and we'd each have a piece of work made by the group . . . . like I say only thinking out loud . . . . it's an idea.

Edit on saturday 10th
we're thinking if we decided on a size then we could knit or crochet as long as it is the same size then they will all fasten together ok anyway.
For Eleanor and Patricia and any other none crocheting people here are two videos that show how to do a basic granny square :-)

Friday, 9 January 2009

Crochet hat

Another funky crochet hat to add to the collection.

She opted not to have buttons for the earflaps.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

a nice bag

I was sent this in a lion brand email , had to share it , that's another one on my 'to do' list :)
you can see it here :-

Toddler's Scarf

My 2 year old son asked me to knit him a scarf - so here it is! It's very simple, just a plain knit, or garter stitch all over - 30 stitches and with a few stripes as you can see. :)

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Needle felting tips anyone?

I have decided I would like to needle felt. I think it will bring a totally new dimension to the wet felted stuff I make. Trouble is I don't really know where to start. I think it's just a matter of practice 'stabbing' the felt with a special needle but I was wondering if anyone could recommend a supplier of felting needles and pads. Apparently the needles break very easily so I may need a fair few - particularly while still in the 'practice' stage.

Any top tips would be great too.

Cheers my dears.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Aran Jumper

In between the odd sausage roll, mince pie and Pernod and black I've knitted this for Malc.

I love Aran, because although it looks really complicated it's very easy to knit. This pattern has eight rows to it, but you only do the cable on one row, so all the other rows are knit all the knit stitches and purl all the purl stitches. I'm now knitting an Aran jumper for Cody, that's easier because it won't be so big. He's only two!!

Work in progress - hand warmer

Jumping on the band wagon here, and setting to with the knitted handwarmer. I've only finished one hand so far - I need to turn off the computer more ;-)

Knitted hand warmer

Sunday, 4 January 2009

A crocheted string bag

Made out of plastic bags.

I thought I'd better show you something I've been up to. Too busy reading and not enough posting! Anyway, I recently finished a string bag, which I crocheted out of plastic yarn - Plarn. I cut some plastic bread bags into long strips and knotted them together to make a small ball of plarn, then I crocheted the string bag.
It's very light, and quite soft, especially compared to the one I'm crocheting out of weird, orange twine. I'll finish it too, because I'm not sure how strong the plarn one will be.

The pattern for the bag and the details for making Plarn are both found on Laughing Purple Goldfish Design blog: Oranges bag here and plarn here.

There are more pictures on my blog. Have a go. :-)

Arm warmers - second attempt

Well, here's my second try at making a pair of arm warmers. Think I'm getting the hang of it! They are much neater and less tatty looking than the first, and also a better fit because of the stitch I used.

I used 40 stitches, and worked the whole thing in a rib stitch, knit 2, purl 2. If you have an even number of stitches and start each row on a knit, you will end up with a nice rib stitch. I tidied up the ends and changed colours and everything much better than with the first pair - learning all the time! There are 65 rows in all. Because of the rib stitch they are a better fit than the first pair - rib stitch looks narrower but is stretchier so they do fit 'like a glove'. The first pair, done in stocking stitch, are a little bit baggy.

So it's straight onto the next project - my 2 year old son has requested a green scarf with pink stripes, but I have no pink wool (shame!), so he may have to make do with the purple I've used here. :)

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Finishing touches....

Added a felt leaf to the back of my bag...... :0)

Arm warmers - first attempt

This is the result of my first attempt at a pair of arm warmers. If you look closely you can see at the top where I totally botched the moss stitch/rib stitch - but I have worked out what went wrong so it won't happen again hopefully! They are a bit of a mess really, and sewing them together was a bit nerve-wracking - I'm sure my sewing is the messiest in the world! - but it was easy enough once I got going - just had to remember to leave a hole for my thumb to go through!

I'm already half-way through my second pair, which are shaping up to be a bit neater already, and I'm doing them all in rib stitch. I have also found a much tidier way of changing colours than I used on the first pair. If you're not sure about this, there is a really helpful video demonstration half way down this page, which explains it really well, so that even I can understand! lol.


I came up with this idea as i am reading so many books at the same time and i haven't got any bookmarks except the one i got for free when i buy the books and then they are not very solid.
And if you want to buy some the cheapest one is 1.99 and then the prices go up.
So i decided to make some, they are my first two, one for me and one for Sarah, who wanted a pokemon picture on her one. Mine is a faiery picture.
They are made with two pieces of card to make them strong, they are 7 inches high and about 2 inches wide. I had to make sarah's one slightly larger to accommodate her picture.
I am going back now to make some more :)

Moss and rib stitch in knitting

I've had a spot of bother with trying to knit moss stitch and it turning into a rib stitch, and vice versa, so now I've finally got my head around it (I think!) I thought I'd put a post up explaining how to not make that mistake for reference, and in case it's useful to anyone else.

Moss and rib stitch use the same knitting pattern, that is, knit 1, purl 1. The difference is in how the rows of knitting relate to each other. So, the Golden Rule is:

To do rib stitch, you must make sure that knit stitches always lie on top of knit stitches, and purl stitches lie on top of purl stitches. So, you have to look at the row you have just knitted (with knit 1, purl 1) to see whether the first stitch you are going to knit on the next line will fall on a knit or a purl on the line below. If it will fall on a knit, start with a knit; if it is a purl, start with a purl.

A purl stitch looks like a knot, and a knit stitch looks like a V.

To do moss stitch, you must do the opposite, that is, ensure that a knit stitch always falls on a purl stitch, and a purl stitch falls on a knit stitch. For moss stitch to work you also need an even number of stitches. I have no idea why!

I may add to this post if any other tips surface regarding rib and moss stitch! :)

Friday, 2 January 2009

Cap and garland

I've been doing bit of easy going sewing the last few nights and have made this hearts and flowers garland for our mantle. The hearts are filled with rose and lavender petals.

Nana crocheted a cap for Hermione which I thought was fairly impressive - however Hermione had the audacity to ask for the addition of a flower - and nana duly obliged.