Tag: knitting

For the Love of Knitting

Knitted Flower Pattern

I don’t know how other people find it, but selling something that you’ve made is awesome. Not only is someone prepared to part with their hard earned cash but it also means that they like something you have made. This means it is good! I love this feeling!

So when I got a tweet from Oxford Bunting Co., asking for more of my iPhone covers, I was thrilled! Not only did I have an excuse to sit & knit, but it also meant I had to buy more wool! This then sparked a conversation with someone else about whether I could knit a cover for a HTC. Never one to turn down something new I thought I’d give it a go. It was a success! It’s always a bit risky trying something like that, especially when I’ve never even seen a HTC phone! I also tried a new design on this one, as well as adding a few buttons. My aim now is to write up my patterns for both the HTC & the iPhone cover, something that I’ve never done before.

I’ve also had a request to knit a cover for a bike lock by BikesinBloom. Again, I said yes because I’m always up for a knitting challenge & you never know where doing things like this will lead.

This is one of the reasons why I like Twitter so much. You never know how it will bring new opportunities into your life. It’s not just about tweeting about when you have a coffee, though I have to admit, I do that too!

I stupidly forgot to take pictures of the phone covers, but will add a picture of the bike lock cover when I’ve finished it. So check back soon! x

Bunny Nuggets

Bunny Nuggets

A few weeks ago, at my Needles & Natter knitting group that I go to at Rosie’s Tea RoomDomesticali was knitting something very cute. Bunny Nuggets. Yep, you read that right. Bunny Nuggets. Naturally I wanted some of my own! But I had to use double pointed needles & I never had before. Thankfully Domesticali had brought her DPN tutorial kit & taught me how.

Pretty much as soon as I got home I Googled ‘bunny nuggets’ for the pattern and found it on the amazing blog of Rebecca Danger. The pattern is free & the instructions are easy to follow. And these aren’t the only cute little critters on Rebecca’s blog! Oh no. There are plenty to choose from.

Bunny Nuggets

I have to say that I’m not a massive fan of knitting on DPN’s & the ears were particularly tricky as they are small. I nearly sulked over them! But once you’ve got the hang of it you want to make loads. I learnt loads from making these – knitting using DPN’s, casting off on three needles and making poms poms. Ideally I wanted to give them as Easter gifts, but I didn’t make them quickly enough! So these are for me x

Busy Bee

wool stash

I feel awful. I have really neglected my blog. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it or checking it or ignoring the blogs that I follow. I’ve been busy. Both working at the day jobs (who’d be a freelancer?! Love it!) but also I’ve been busy crafting, making things for the Oxford Bake Off. I’m really nervous that I won’t have enough stock. I’m not worried about not selling stuff, because if I don’t then it’ll all go on my Folksy shop or the stock will be ready for birthdays & Christmas for the next year!

I have been busy knitting. Last week I was looking after my mum who fell & broke her wrist (she’s on the mend!) so I took my wool stash with me. Every free opportunity was spent knitting. I made some cards a few weeks ago so this week will be spent soldering silver jewellery & making a few vintage suffolk puff brooches.

I am so nervous but super excited at the same time. And this explains my absence! I have missed blogging so am taking a little time this morning to get some posts written and scheduled. And I will be blogging about how the sale goes at the weekend! Wish me luck!

wool stash

My First Knitted Hat

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ll have been more than aware that I have been knitting a hat. It was the most challenging item I’ve knitted so far. Why? Because of the stitches. The hat required me to knit in cable, knit backwards, knit forwards & knit bobbles by knitting into the same stitch. If you can do these kind of things, you might think, ‘that’s so easy! What was your problem?!’ I didn’t know how to do these. Neither did I know how to pick up dropped stitches. These became an issue when I had to undo rows & rows of knitting because of mistakes that I had made. And I made plenty. I had to start again once because I had too many stitches. Then I had to unpick rows as cables were the wrong way round or I’d knitted them incorrectly.

Hand knitted hat

Despite the fact that many mistakes were made, I refused to give in. I learnt so much knitting this hat & despite being close to tears sooooooo many times (!) I love it. It’s not 100% perfect but it’s pretty close & good enough for me. My plan is to knit a scarf to match using the pattern for the ends but I’ll knit stocking stitch for the middle bit. Then I’ll work out how to use the pattern for some matching gloves.

I used a pattern from Love Knitting… By Val Pierce & I used a 100g ball of Robin Chunky wool that I got from my mum for Christmas. I love the hat. It fits over my ears nicely & it is really thick and warm. A lot of hats I have bought from shops aren’t really thick enough when it’s really cold & my ears hurt quite easily in the chilly weather.

I hope to finish the scarf & gloves for next Winter, though I’m taking a break from them for the moment while I knit some products for the Oxford Bake Off, where, in case you didn’t know, I’ve got a stall! Yippee!