No work makes for more time to play……….

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!!

Sombrero needle- and thimble case

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.

Ayayay Sombrero

I just fell in love with the idea, and immediately sat down and created this. I hope you like it.

You’ll need:

4-ply wool

Crochet hook 3mm (US C)

Darning needle

A bit of wool or beads for embellishment (optional)

Felt

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

Rd. 14: 1 sc, *1 picot, skip 1 st*. Rep from *to* around.

Weave in ends

 

Cut 2 circles of the felt, a bit smaller than the brim of the hat.

 

You can attach them by sewing or glue as preferred

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.

If in doubt, you’re always welcome to message me.

Thank you for understanding

Squishy Washy knitted washcloth

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen.

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?

Washcloth

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

Nice pattern, right?

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.

Pattern:

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?

Done!

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.

If in doubt, you’re always welcome to message me.

Thank you for understanding