Vintage ruffles……………Waiting for spring

I don’t know about you, but when January is almost over, I start longing for spring. I know – it’s a bit early but it happens every year and I find myself choosing vibrant colours to cheer myself up a bit. Sounds familiar?

Well I fell into a rabbit hole on the web, and found some wonderful pictures of Victorian times and the clothes they wore. Some of the women had these ruffled scarves and ……………light bulb! (as Gru says) lol

I found an old pattern, some scrumptious Malabrigo lace and so I began.

Needles​: 4 mm (US 6)

Wool suggestion: I used  Malabrigo Lace but I think almost any wool can be used. Why not try to experiment with thick wool like Aran or even chunky? You may have to alter the number of stitches though.

Abbreviations:

K: Knit

Wt: Wrap and turn (see how here)

Sts: Stitches

Final measurements: It’s totally up to you how long you want your scarf

Pattern:

Row 1. K

Row 2 . K 12 sts, wt, k to end

Row 3. K 6 sts, wt, k to end

Repeat Row 1-3 throughout

The scarf:

Cast on 32 sts and follow the 3 pattern rows until you have used the whole skein,(or until desired length) but make sure you leave enough wool to bind off. (Yes it’s that easy)

This one isn’t just suitable for summer. It’s long enough to wrap around your neck several times, thus making it nice and warm even for this time of year. It’s made in lace, but I’m almost certain any weight will do. I have a plan to try and make the scarf in heavier wool and different lengths………..but so far just a plan. I’m easily sidetracked and end up finding other things I MUST do………right now ha ha.

It’s a very easy pattern, so I hope you’ll enjoy. Let’s put some colour on until we get warmer weather and the flowers start to bloom.

This is how I store my scarf, when I don’t use it because it’s a bit difficult to fold. It looks pretty too this way I think.

 

Baby blanket

People have been asking me if I have made a baby blanket, using the same pattern as the Squishy Washy knitted washcloth

The short answer is…….yes.

I was planning on explaining to you how I made it, but I found out that a baby blanket in this pattern already exists on Ravelry, so I can’t claim this as my own idea, and I don’t want to break the copy right rules.

I’ll just post the pictures of the blanket, and if you need the pattern, it’s called Building blocks baby blanket on Ravelry 🙂

Happy New Year to all and to all…………..a piece of soap?

I hope you all had  a nice Christmas and New Year.

If you’re like me, and I know many of you are, you’re amazed by all the DIY that’s available out there. I simply have to learn and create new things.

Years ago, back in Denmark, I used to make soap, shampoo, lotions and much more for my family and myself, but I haven’t made anything like that since I moved to England and I found myself missing it a lot so I went online and bought some melt and pour soap. I figured I had to start somewhere because I left all my essential oils, tools, bottles………..well everything, in Denmark.

Melt and pour soap is a good place to start, because you don’t need a lot to get started. Just take a look in your kitchen cupboards and I’m certain you’ll find stuff you can use. I found my baking tools and moulds and got started. If you just want to try this out once then I think it’s safe to use your tools for baking again. Just make sure to clean thoroughly. If you find it as much fun as I do, I’ll recommend that you keep the moulds and tools for soap only. Melt and pour is also something you can do with your kids. A rule of thumb is, that if they’re old enough to help you in the kitchen, then  they should be fine with the melt and pour soap too so it’s entirely up to you. You know what your kids can be trusted with. Just remember that it involves very hot water and soap base (you can use the microwave to heat the soap if you prefer). Bottom line is: it’s hot so be careful.

These are the basic tools: a saucepan, heatproof bowl or measuring jug and soap base. Just put some water in the saucepan, heat to simmering point, cut chunks off the soap base and melt in the bowl or jug. You can use the microwave if you want, I just find this method suits me better. I recommend that you buy a small bottle of essential oil if you want the soap with scent. Dyes are optional, but of course it makes it more fun to play around with colour too.

This is what I used for moulds. You can use what you want or have available as long as you remember that it has to be easy to release the soap from the mould once it’s hardened. The heart mould isn’t the best to use because it’s hard plastic, so I had to use a knife very carefully to loosen the hardened soap from the mould. It’s not a disaster if you do something wrong. You can always melt the soap again if you fail totally.

Here I used the silicone cupcake moulds and once the soap hardened, I put the small figures on. I heated the back of a spoon on the hob and used it to melt the back of the small figures (careful with your fingers!!) and put them on the finished “cupcake” soap. You don’t fill the cupcake moulds to the top, just 1-2 cm and you have a nice guest soap or something to use for a present.

I played with the (liquid) soap dye in the hearts. Instead of mixing it with base before I poured into the moulds, I added a drop after I poured into the moulds and just let the dye do what it wanted. I think they’re quite cute to be honest.

I have to admit………..I LOVE how this one turned out. This time I added 2 drops of dye to the mould before I poured the soap base and this is what came out. This is the beauty with playing around with things; you never know what you may (accidentally)? create but you can totally claim that you know what you’re doing. Isn’t that amazing?