Category Archives: Accessories

Been playing with the sewing machine…

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Hello!  I know, I know, again I have been a terrible blogger and have not blogged for far too long, but life, work and workshops got in the way!  Here’s an update on what I have been doing: starting my christmas knitting.  Obviously I’m not going to post photos or details of that on here!  And I got my beloved sewing machine out again for a little girl’s birthday and made this:

It’s a washbag with a tissue packet and cover inside it (tissue packet idea taken from sewing.about.com), and it cost pennies to make.  The total cost of materials was about £3 and I have most of them left – some cotton and some waterproof material, plus a cord, so I think everyone might get shower caps for their birthdays!  Or I might must make a raincoat!  All from Abakhan in the Northern Quarter, for you Mancunians out there.  The washbag was made to go with the pink spotty suitcase my boyfriends bought for her, which he then had to use as his hand-luggage on the plane to give it to her.  Which would have been fine, except he was travelling for a concert and has the misfortune to have a gold cello case…

I’m planning on doing more sewing in the next few days, want to make some nice summer clothes and accessories, I’ll post pics!

New Pattern: Cabled Headband

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Here we go, a new pattern.  I’m going to call this the 80’s throw-back cabled headband.  But I love it!

Pattern:

3mm needles

100g dk acrylic (you won’t need the whole ball)

some seed beads or other trimming

Gauge: Not important

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1 RS: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

Row 2 WS: K5, P6, K5

Row 3: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

Row 4: K5, P6, K5

Row 5: K2, P3, Slip next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit the next three stitches off the original needle, and knit the stitches off the cable needle, P3, K2

Row 6: K5, P6, K5

Keep repeating this six-row pattern until the headband is long enough to fit your head.  Afterwards, either cast off and sew some elastic onto the bottom, or do what I did and add a little stockinette stitch band after you have finished the cable pattern.  Bind off and sew ends of strip together.  Embellish with seed beads or other trimmings.  Tada!  To get an idea of the size of this headband I am wearing it in the workshop photos a couple of posts down.  This is not an ear warming headband, it’s more decrative.  It could easily be made an ear warmer by going up to 7mm needles and using a bulky yarn.

If you have stumbled here because you want an easy cable pattern but don’t want to make a headband, this could easily be turned into a mobile phone cover.  Just increase the amount of purl stitches either side of the cable stitches so it is as wide as your phone, sew a strip so that it is long enough to be seamed up and create a sleeve for your phone.  Enjoy!

What do you want to knit?

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An update on the jumper – getting there!  If only it wasn’t the same colour as the carpet, though!  Anyway,  I have a question for all you lovely folks that read my blog: I’m going to be developing some patterns over the next couple of weeks, what would you like to learn to knit?  I have plans for a Missoni-inspired cowl, some coasters, and of course a phone cozy.  Any burning desires to knit something different?  Let me know!

I crochet some slippers yesterday…

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In Harry Potter colours!  Was just a quick fix, pattern here.  They did turn out very large, however, there was no hook size given and I only had a 5mm with me, so I added a strap and adjusted the pattern a bit.  I might make another smaller pair, but they will do for now, anyway!  Just made with some scraps of acrylic and wool I had lying around.

 

Do you think I my feet look like Gulliver’s feet?

Is your phone naked? I have the solution, no more cellular embarrassment!

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Here I present what my phone has been wearing for the past couple of weeks.  Well, if my iPod got clothes I couldn’t leave my phone naked, could I?

Yes, the bow is knitted, too.  (Shameless plug: you can learn how to make one of these after one visit to the knitting workshop I’m holding on the 4th March, detailed in the workshops tag at the top).

Bow:

The closure is just a piece of velcro – I didn’t want to risk scratching the phone with a button.  I used a bow to decorate but think a pale yellow one with a pretty cherry charm or something could look nice.  Or you could just leave it plain, I suppose, I just like embellishing things!

What’s your craft and why do you like it? Comments here please…

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Well, you can see from my quasi-manifesto in my ‘about’ page the reasons why I love knitting.  You can also see I dabble in other crafts, but knitting is my main one.  What is your craft and why do you like it?

Yet more sock stories

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Hmm, maybe I should rename this blog the sock blog.  Just thought I’d post a little pic of another ‘sock rescue’ I did for Christmas.

The centre flower was a purple sock made into a fabric yo-yo.  And then there is a layer of scrap lace, a layer of fabric I had left over from a ‘trouser rescue’, then scrap felt and finally more lace.  This one is a brooch I made for my housemate.  but I liked it so much I think I might have to make myself one!

Frilly jumper update:  I have started the sleeve shaping!  It’s a jumper that is knit in one piece, from the back up to the sleeves and then back down to the bottom of the front.  More pics in the next few days!

Knit and Tipple

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Knitting Workshop @ The Nip And Tipple

Hello again!  I’m advertising my first knitting workshop at the Nip and Tipple on Upper Chorlton Road.  Always wanted to knit but never managed to get started?  Looking for a new hobby but not sure which one to go for?  Want to do something that’s fun but pretty cheap?  Come to the workshop and I will show you the basics.  If you need, there will be the chance to buy a get-started kit for £3 so you don’t even need to come prepared.  As a sneak preview, here is one of the things you will be able to make when you’ve been to the workshop.  Less girly options to follow, I’ll keep you (literally) posted!

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Berets

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So chic, so French (?).  My love affair with berets began when I knitted myself one at school.  It was green and fuzzy, made out of some yarn my aunt had found and thought I would like.  She was right.  I wore this beret all the time, it went with everything (so I thought).  Until, one day I accidently left it, along with a scarf, in a room when I was at college.  When I came back, the scarf was still there, but, alas, the beret was gone.  So, when I learned to crochet, what was the first thing I did?  A green beret.

This is the Track Stitch Beret by Red Heart.  I like it, it was fast to make, easy to follow, and nice and slouchy.  But that is not my only beret, dear reader.  No, I have one more tale of woe.  A few years ago I was in Oxfam.  I was looking for warm clothes, because it was particularly cold and my student house was remarkably un-insulated.  There, I saw it.  The most amazing jumper.  It had sheep, fences, heather, and it was very warm.  I fell in love with this jumper and wore it every day.  Until last year I put it on the wrong wash cycle.  My poor little sheep were shrunk.  I could no longer adorn myself with knitted Scottish heather.  It was devastating.  My poor jumper languished in the bottom of my wardrobe, unloved, unworn (apart from part of one of the sleeves, which I had turned into a purse for a friend).  And then, I realised it could be a beret!  Berets to the rescue again!

See the sheep?!  This is my happy beret!

Sheep beret from the side.  I think when this winter ends I will be very sad that I will have to wait until next winter to bathe in the sheepiness.  Maybe I should make a sunhat.