Tag: knitting

Tuesday Treat – Stitch-Mi-Lane

One of the things I love about autumn and winter is the excuse to wear lots of knitted goodies. As a result, I have a ridiculous number of wooly hats, gloves and scarves. At the moment, I’m just waiting for it to get cold enough to pull them out and wear them to my hearts content! Despite having so many, I just can’t help myself and am drawn to finding new ones!

Spectator cycle hat

This Snug Spectator Merino Bike hat was created by Stitch-Mi-Lane, which is a lovely ‘super small company’ who make cycle inspired bits and pieces. Not only that, everything is designed and made in the UK and you’ll be told who made your order, which is lovely! Whether you’re looking for something warm and cosy for yourself or a Christmas present for the cycling fan in your life, take a look at Stitch-Mi-Lane. You won’t be disappointed!

Wool Week 2014

Did you know that it’s #woolweek this week? Due to my constantly temperature being that of freezing, I absolutely love wool. While it’s been lovely having summer and the sun shining, I’m more than happy to now wear lots of wool jumpers, wool tights, long socks and wrap myself in blankets on the sofa and at my desk. Hello scarves, hats and gloves, I’ve missed you!

As it is Wool Week, I thought I’d do a little round up post of some of my favourite knitting pins that can be found on my Knitting Pinterest board. There’s a mixture of items to buy and bits to make, depending on whether you’re a knitter or not.

Wool Week 2014

Hidden Heart Mittens from Not on the High Street // Giant Infinity Scarf by SoSatsuma //  OhLaLa cardigan pattern // Hat Most Likely to Succeed pattern // il grande favorito jumper pattern // Giganto blanket pattern //
{All images found on Pinterest, via their respective sources. Original images can be found by clicking on the links above.}

Wool is my favourite. It’s soft, squidgy, comforting and, most importantly, warm! I wish I knitted quicker, as I’ve love to make more things for me to wear. Though, I will admit, I like projects with instant gratification, so I tend to stick with smaller items that hold my interest. That being said, I’m halfway through a jumper that I plan to finish over Christmas and I have wool and a pattern for a fair isle one, which will be interesting as I’ve never knitted fair isle before.

The other thing I love about wool is that you can get such a huge variety of types, colours, styles and thickness. Long gone are the days of knitting yourself something scratchy – there’s lots of alternatives. I have to admit that I do prefer knitting with chunky wool as it grows so much faster. But that being said, if I go anywhere near a wool shop, I’m pretty much going to ooh and ahh over every ball! I’ll probably squeeze a few too!

My happy place? Curled up on the sofa, under my Laura Ashley blanket, next to the fire, knitting away, watching a Walking Dead/Gilmore Girls/Harry Potter box set with a pot of tea and a bit of cake on the go. This is why Autumn and Winter are the best – hibernation!

Tuesday Treat – Making Things

Recently, I’ve been getting my make on. I’ve taken a long break, for no particular reason but I’ve felt that call to make things again. I’ve reopened my Folksy shop, started knitting ear warmers (needed one this morning!) and have bought more tools to widen my range of silver jewellery. I’ve also bought a Lightcase to help improve my photos, because at the moment, they aren’t great!

chunky yarn

In my wildest dreams, I would love this to be my day job! And at the moment, it’s all I can think about. I’m also toying with a few postcard designs, but I’m really nervous about showing those! If you’ve got any tips or advice on stationery design, I’m all ears!

It feels great to be making things again. I just hope people like them! What would your dream job be?

Tuesday Treat – Knitting Inspiration

Where do you get your creative inspiration from? Mine mostly comes via Pinterest. Recently I’ve noticed a lot more related pins in my stream, which I personally love, as it suggests things based on your current activity. For me, this has meant finding a lot more ideas of garments to knit. Like this jumper.

KnittingImage from All Free Knitting || Found via Pinterest

A lot of the patterns originate on Ravelry, but I find Ravelry so overwhelming that I can never find something that tempts me to download the pattern. However, on Pinterest, because its visual, I can see straight away what it’s supposed to end up like and that’s what inspires me. The only downside is that I’m the worlds slowest knitter! But I’m lining up ideas of what I’d like to knit next! Take a look.

How about you? What’s on your needles at the moment? Are you on Pinterest?