Tag: knitting

New on Folksy

Hand Knitted Moss Stitch Scarf

I never seem to dedicate enough time to my knitting & jewellery making as I want to. Knitting is easier because I can do it in front of the TV and it’s a lot easier to take places with me so I do it more, but I’m not a quick knitter. When I’m making my jewellery, especially if I have ideas of new designs that I want to try out, I love it, but I need to order materials and get all the kit out so it really takes over. As a result, it’s been a while, but, inspired by my efforts for the Frock’n’roll last week, I’ve added some new creations to my Folksy shop.

First up are my super chunky moss stitch scarves. They are knitted with 2 balls of 200g chunky 100% acrylic wool. It’s a simple pattern but hugely satisfying, as it grows quite quickly. I can attest to how warm it is, as when I’m knitting the scarf, it keeps me extra toasty! I knitted four scarves: 2 in the teal below, one red and one cream and I’m in the process of knitting a purple. They do other colours too, but for now I just need to sell the remainder before buying any more wool.

Hand Knitted Moss Stitch Scarf

Hand Knitted Moss Stitch Scarf

I also made some new silver jewellery for the Frock’n’roll. I’d had a few ideas for a while, so I was glad to be able to dedicate an afternoon to making some and trying out some new techniques, like the bracelet below. I’d never made a bracelet like this before & I really like the simplicity of it, even treated myself to one! I think this design has more potential too & am going to have a bit of a play around with it so watch this space! I also wanted to use uncut chain to make different styles of pendents. This was partly inspired by a necklace that my sister wants. The Trinity necklace below doesn’t have a finished chain, but has uncut chain attached to it using a few jump rings. I really enjoyed making these & am excited to develop this range even further and make some more earrings. Using uncut chain opens up a lot of other design possibilities as well as commissions for people.

Thin Circle Bracelet

Thin Circle Bracelet

Trinity Necklace

Trinity Necklace

I’ve also retaken some photos of stock that I already had but felt that they needed to be given a new lease of life. I also had more stock than I had listed on my site so wanted to make sure everything was up there.

Knitted iPhone Cover

Knitted iPhone cover

Knitted Flower Brooches

Knitted Flower Brooch

While I was sitting at my stall on Saturday, I decided that I want to focus on my knitting, jewellery & making cards (Got some ideas for those too!). I also decided that I need to dedicate a few afternoons a month to making new stock, developing my techniques & simply enjoying the skills I have.

It’s fine to make new things & try new crafts, but I shouldn’t let my passion for these crafts fade. By dedicating time to them, my folksy shop should be regularly restocked with new items and if I decide to do another fair, I’ll have plenty of things to take!

Christmas Wish List – Wool

Christmas Wish List - wool

Lots of people look towards the new year & make resolutions. I will do this too, but I’m already thinking about my knitting resolutions and have found some patterns & yarn that I want to make next year. Like most knitters, I have a wool stash, and none of the patterns I want to make will use up any of that wool. What?! It’ll come in handy for other projects! So here’s a quick round up of the projects & yarn I’m going to attempt next year.

Christmas Wish List - wool

Now I know what you’re thinking, that’s not much. No, it’s not. This is just for starters. Plus, I’m going to try & not overload myself with patterns too early in the year! And I want to try and expand the range I sell in my Folksy shop. I have to admit it’s been a little neglected of late so my aim next year is to add to it regularly and promote it much more. So I think three patterns is enough for now! I’ve asked Father Christmas for the yarn for the two jumpers but only found the Snow Mittens since then. You know I’ll keep you posted on my progress – wish me luck!

I Have a Dream

Ashdown Forest

It’s funny how your priorities change as you get older isn’t it? If someone had said to me when I was 18 that I would thoroughly enjoy knitting, I would not have believed them. But I do. I love knitting. It’s my favourite craft & I am really keen on improving it more and more. I want to be able to look at difficult patterns and stitches & be able to knit them. This was cemented when I looked through my current copy of Knitter magazine. There are lots of beautiful knits in there, that I want to make. I want to have the confidence & the ability to tackle any pattern.

Ashdown Forest

They also had lots of images of sheep & alpacas. Now I have a massive fondness for farmyard animals. I’d love to have chickens & a few sheep. This isn’t going to happen in our terraced garden! So it makes me want a nice home out in the countryside somewhere. Then my day dreaming goes into overdrive! A nice traditional house, with an Aga, and a bit of land for the animals. Then I could spin the wool that we get from the sheep & dye my own yarn, to use & sell. If my knitting skills improved even more, I could maybe do knitting classes & workshops. Then, maybe, take inspiration from George Clarke’s & have a bus or an old camper that we could convert & let out, like the amazing Majestic Bus:

Magic Bus

We could grow our own veg, use eggs from the chickens, try & live off grid. Generally have a very lovely life that’s as ecofriendly & stress-free as possible. I want to live in a way that’s as gentle to the planet as possible. And I also don’t want to pay tons of hard earned cash to stay warm!

So that’s the dream. A house, in the country, that is ecofriendly. A small holding to give me eggs & wool that I can use myself. A veg patch that can provide enough yummy food for us to eat. All that’s left now is to achieve it! Have you got a dream? A dream house? A dream holiday? Something you want to achieve?

Tuesday Treat

Toft Alpaca

A week or so ago, I saw the image below. And I can’t get it out of my head. I love wool and I really love scarves so this one from Toft really caught my eye. I love the chunky knit of this scarf – it looks really toasty.

Toft Alpaca

This is not the only gorgeous thing available from Toft – I could quite happily buy every kit from their shop & be very happy for months on end. I think that knitting chunky knits is my favourite so would be very happy to receive this kit for Christmas *hint hint* from anyone! Plus, you can go & visit the alpacas, something which I would love to do. I have a real soft spot for alpacas & llamas so will have to take a trip up there soon. Enjoy!