I’ve been busy designing and doing baby clothes for some customers. It’s been really nice to be able to help people and I’ve got a lot of positive feedback. It gives you a sense of accomplishment doesn’t it?
Today I want to show you my latest design. It’s a shawlette you can use over your shoulders in the summer, or as a scarf when it gets colder. The design made me think of my son when he was little. He was crazy about dinosaurs, but couldn’t always pronounce their names right. I’ll spare you the details, but he was so cute and funny (he hates me now) haha……………
Anyway……….the shawl can be made in whatever wool you have in your stash. The gauge isn’t that important and the lace pattern is easily adapted to either smaller or bigger size. The pattern is on Ravelry, so if you decide to try it out, I’d love to see pics of your finished result
So get knitting Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s extremely hot here in England, but this 3-ply lace shawlette isn’t too much to have on your needles. If you’re a beginner, please don’t hesitate to contact me for help xx
Oh – Hi there………… Sorry I’ve been invisible for a while. It’s ok though because things are picking up and I’ve had several new customers coming to me and asking for my help.
I’ve just finished this Virus Shawl for a lady. She bought the wool and said she wanted something lacey and crocheted. I’m surprised that she trusted me enough to just do something and surprise her. I hope it’ll be a good surprise for her.
For this shawl I’ve used 6 balls of James C. Brett Cotton On Denim and hook 4.5mm (US7). It’s really nice and soft and very light, perfect for the summer nights to come (hopefully).
If you want to do this yourself, there is a YouTube video here
I hope you enjoy making the shawl. If you’re new to crochet, this is a good item to get your crochet to the next level. If you’re experienced, this is a good relaxing project and quick to make.
I recently became unemployed (which is bad), but that leaves me more time to get this blogging thingy going (which is good). Only downside is, that now I don’t have all that nice money to buy wool (which is bad), but fortunately we have lots of charity shops in my town, where I can get cheap stuff (which is good)……………………ok I’ll stop now.
My point is, I love going through the charity shops, looking for pre loved things that I can take with me home and make my own OR make really nice presents for my friends, OR sell at the market (now that I’m on a tight budget).
I’d been looking for a teapot like this for a while, because I saw a really cute idea on Pinterest. It’s not in mint condition unfortunately. The handle has broke off at some point and glued back on, but for this purpose, it’s really not too important.
I’ve changed it into a sewing box. As you can see the pin cushion is in the lid, and all the essentials are neatly(-ish) tugged away inside the teapot. It’s really clever isn’t it? I know………..I’m easily impressed. Just share my enthusiasm for a couple of minutes ok?
Actually, Pinterest is the place I get most of my ideas, or get inspired from. I’m probably spending too much time there Imagining that I’ll make all these things I save………………some day……………..eventually…………………..if I live to be 150 or so. I just realised……… I really don’t have time for work!!
I wasn’t supposed to make another post today, but creativity took over on this Easter Sunday and I thought you wouldn’t mind getting an extra “Easter Egg/present
I absolutely adore this little dainty needle and thimble case. The funny thing is, that I didn’t know anything like this existed, until a few hours ago, when someone on Facebook wanted to know if there was a pattern.
I just fell in love with the idea, and immediately sat down and created this. I hope you like it.
Crochet hook 3mm (US C)
A bit of wool or beads for embellishment (optional)
Sc: single crochet (US dc: double crochet)
Slst: Slip stitch
Tbl: Through back link
Make 6 sc in a magic ring
Rd.1: 2 sc in each st. 12 sc
Rd. 2: sc in each tbl only. 12 sc
Rd. 3-6: sc
Rd. 7: *sc 1, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 18 sc
Rd. 8: *sc 2, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 24 sc
Rd. 9: *sc 3, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 30 sc
Rd. 10: *sc 4, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 36 sc
Rd. 11: *sc 5, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 42 sc
Rd, 12: *sc 6, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 48 sc
Rd. 13: *sc 7, 2 sc in next st*. Rep from *to* around. 54 sc
I’m so exited! This is actually my first post, and to celebrate that, I’ll give you a free pattern for a knitted washcloth.
Knitted and crocheted washcloths have become very popular lately, because the store bought and mass produced cloths are basically made of plastic, which will end up in nature at some point……and we really don’t want that to happen, do we? Just think of the poor animals, who end up with our plastic waste in their stomachs!
Apart from that, it’s so much more satisfying to make them yourself, and they can be used over and over again (saving you money)!! – so really, there’s no downside to making your own washcloth or dishcloth. You can make them for both bathroom and kitchen. You can even personalise them to every member of the family, so everyone has their own. Now that’s cool, right?
So……let’s get started:
What you need:
Cotton wool. I used KingCole Cottonsoft DK, 100g. I managed to get 4 washcloths out of 1 ball. You can see the colours here
Knitting needles size 4mm (UK size 8, US size 6)
Darning needle for weaving in ends
How to do it:
The stitch count is 10 if you want to make the washcloth smaller or larger and I have 3 edge stitches on both sides (+6)
Cast on 46 sts and knit 4 rows. TIP: Start all rows with sl1 pwise k2 (this makes a nice even edging). End all rows with k3.
Row 1 – right side: *Purl 1, knit 1.* Rep from * to * (Remember the edge stitches)
Row 2: *Purl 2, (knit 1, purl 1) 3 times, knit 2* Rep from * to *
Row 3: *Purl 3, (knit 1, purl 1) twice, knit 3* Rep from * to *
Row 4: *Purl 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 4* Rep from * to *
Row 5: *Purl 5, knit 5* Rep from * to *
Row 6: *Purl 5, knit 5* Rep from * to *
Row 7: *Knit 1, purl 4, knit 4, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 8: *Purl 1, knit 1, purl 3, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 9: *Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 2, knit 2, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 10: *Purl 1, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 11: *Knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 12: *Purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 2, purl 2, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 13: *Knit 1, purl 1, knit 3, purl 3, knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Row 14: *Purl 1, knit 4, purl 4, knit 1* Rep from * to *
Row 15: *Knit 5, purl 5* Rep from * to *
Row 16: *Knit 5, purl 5* Rep from * to *
Row 17: *Knit 4, purl 1, knit 1, purl 4* Rep from * to *
Row 18: *Knit 3, (purl 1, knit 1) twice, purl 3* Rep from * to *
Row 19: *Knit 2, (purl 1, knit 1) 3 times, purl 2* Rep from * to *
Row 20: *Knit 1, purl 1* Rep from * to *
Repeat Rows 1 – 20 3 times
Knit 4 rows. Bind off but leave 1 stitch on the needle. Knit this stitch 15 times (for the loop). Bind off. Weave the ends in…….aaaaaaaaaand you’re done – well almost. Sit back and enjoy your work…….go on you’re entiteld. Pretty isn’t it?
Feel free to share and create, but please link to my page and give me credit. Don’t claim it as your own because that’s not nice ya know.