Vintage?…… Old fashioned?…… Kitsch?……

I’ve been knitting and crocheting 45+ years now and I still enjoy learning new stitches and/or techniques. I don’t claim to be an expert, because there’s still lots to learn  (hopefully) and I just enjoy the experience, but you know, sometimes it’s nice to return to something basic…… something you don’t have to think about. The hook or needles just fly through a ball of wool and you don’t even notice how the work grows. The monotony of your movements just have this calming effect.

The tip of the iceberg

My daughter bought me a ball winder for Christmas, so I thought it would be a good idea to get my stash sorted. We all have those little scraps of wool – too small for a project but too big to throw away (I’m really silly because I just cannot throw anything away). Anyway – I started winding all mys scraps, big and small. I knew I had a lot………………but WOW.

I decided to use them and when I saw all the colours, I immediately thought of a good old fashioned Granny Square blanket. I don’t know what people think of Granny blankets (and to be honest, I don’t really care), but to me it’s been so nice to do. It’s “safe” and it takes me back to my childhood, long gone family members and the blankets I used to snuggle under.

My blanket is almost finished and my partner has already claimed it as his (that’s a compliment). He even has a name for it (now is the time to close your eyes if you hate swear words). He said: “Is that my f**k sh*t wrap you’re working on”? Me: “Your WHAT”?? Him: “F**k sh*t it’s cold………..you know, my f**k sh*t wrap, right”? Well what can you expect from an East London boy, former Royal Marine, former Rugby player? As I said, I took it as a compliment lol.

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?

 

Cherisaurus Triangular Shawlette

Hello lovies…………. I’m baaaaaack

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

Virus!!…………………….But don’t panic

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.

Happy hooking xxx

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