Category: Sewing

My First Knitting Commission!

My First Knitting Commission

A little while ago I opened my own Folksy shop. Not long after that I put one of my knitted headbands on it. One of my lovely friends saw my blog post about it & asked me to knit a plain one, in soft grey non-itchey wool! I couldn’t believe it! My first ever knitting commission! It was a joy to do & am so thrilled that my friend likes it. Since then another friend has asked for one! I’m really chuffed because I knit & feel like I’m getting paid for it! What a lovely way to spend my time! Thanks @itsonlyme103 x

My First Knitting Commission

A Week in Wales: Crafty

Crafty Bits in Wales

I sometimes feel that I enjoy buying crafty bits & pieces more than making anything with them. When shopping for craft supplies there is the wonder, the dream, the flow of ideas, the possibilites of what might be made. Oh, and of course, all the pretty things! I love looking at all the pretty things, as my very patient OH knows only too well.

On the last day of our holiday in Wales we went to Narberth with my sister. It’s a lovely little town full of indenpendent shops like Damson and Slate, who sell Welsh handmade products and The Golden Sheaf Gallery, who sell lots & lots of lovely pretty things!

There were a couple of new places to explore this time so off we went. One of the first places we visited was Giddy Aunt Clothes. Here they make clothes from vintage fabrics, as well as selling remnants, buttons & other cool vintage & retro pieces. I bought a lush piece of fabric & some blue buttons. There were some really lovely clothes in the shop & I’ll definitely be going back.

We wanted to try out the cafe, PlumVanilla, where we had the most awesome brownies. They were so good that I couldn’t wait to eat it, hence the lack of photo here! They had an excellent range of veggie food on the menu so I know I’ll be going back to sample some of that!

On the way to the cafe we stumbled across Canvas & Cloth. Now with a name like that how could I not go in & buy something! I bought some lovely buttons & my OH bought his first Christmas present. There were loads of lovely materials, packs of things to make & other fab sewing bits, but I had to restrain myself as I’ve got plenty of things to be getting on with, like making new seats for some old chairs I’ve got. I’m going to use some of the remnants that I bought at Melin Tregwynt mill so that’ll keep me very busy! x

Crafty Bits in Wales

Knitting on Folksy

Crafty Chai Knitted Headband

As you may know I’ve recently set up a shop on Folksy. It’s here that I’ll be selling any of my handmade goodies, mainly my jewellery & knitting. With Autumn fast approaching (today it feels like it’s arrived…brrrrrrrr!) I thought it might be a good idea to knit & sell some knitted items.

Headband Knitting PatternA while ago I bought a book full of knitting patterns so I thought that I’d check through there & see if there was anything that I was capable of. Not too far in was a pattern for a knitted headband. Perfect, I thought, a way of keeping your ears warm & your hair nice! Plus the pattern was recommended for beginners, something that I consider myself to be when it comes to knitting.

The pattern was easy to follow as it required knit stich until your knitting reached 52cms. Fab! No counting rows! I’m not very good at that as I often do my knitting in fits and starts so I’d never keep track of that.

Once I’d reached the required length I simply had to stitch it up. Knitted headband part 1: Complete!

Knitted Flower PatternThen I decided to be a bit of a dare devil & go against the pattern, something which hasn’t always been a good idea for me. But this time I knew that it would work.

Instead of the knitted bow that the headband pattern required, I thought that a nice knitted flower would look slightly better. And, as I have knitted some before for a previous project, I knew that I could do it pretty quickly & with ease.

So I picked a lovely contrasting red wool & set to work. It didn’t take too long & I think that the red looks lovely against the black/glitter headband. Once the flower was complete I simply sewed it together & sewed it onto the headband.

Simple & effective and listed here!

For my next headband I’m going to change the colours over so that the flower is black & the band is red. If no one buys it from my shop, then I will be wearing it! x

Crafty Chai Knitted Headband

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket

When our friends told us they were expecting a baby due back in May I thought that it would be an excellent opportunity to give them something handmade & a way to improve my knitting skills by way of a blanket.

Baby BlanketLittle did I know how long it would it take me! Mainly because I didn’t follow a pattern. I know, I know, it’s my own fault. But I like ‘free styling’ as I said to my friend Mary, a very accomplished knitter. In hindsight a pattern would have been a really good idea but this is something unique that they will (hopefully) keep for ever!

One of the reasons it’s really unique is because of some of the ‘mistakes’ I made. For example, the boarders running down the side of the blanket ended up being about 10 rows short. Gutted. So I had to knit a bit more. Not so difficult but I’d never knitted a different colour into something and had to attach it to the side as well. I’d also run out of cream wool so had to unpick one of my unused blue squares & knit two extra blue ones.

Despite the fact that this blanket has taken me months (clearly not a potential career!) & I haven’t really known what to do & the baby was born before I finished it, I have really enjoyed knitting this. I think that it looks pretty good.

I just hope our friends and their baby boy like it too. xBlanket Preparation