29 November 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Swirly ear warmer

Depending on how you look at it, this is either one of the quickest or one of the slowest makes I’ve ever done. My ears were FREEZING I got back from my walk with her majesty Lily of Stink this afternoon. No surprise really — the hill and the horses’ field were both still covered […]

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04 December 2009 ~ 1 Comment

3BT – too tight, warm, discussion and snow

0. (From last night) I always cast on too tightly, making the first row of knitting on circular needles a right pain in the arse. By comparison, the second row at the correct tension is a joy and I happily, mindlessly, knit two, purl two until the item is finished. 1. After nearly a decade […]

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02 January 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Making stuff: another crochet net shopping bag

I’ve made a few of these crocheted shopping bags now and am refining them further and further every time. They’re roughly based on Melinama’s pattern though (a note – she uses US stitches so SC = our DC; and her DC = our TC). My favourite thing is they’re super quick and easy to make […]

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02 January 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Making stuff: a knitting needle bag made from old jeans

As my love of knitting and crochet has grown so has my collection of needles, hooks and other related accessories. I decided I needed a needle bag to keep them all neat but despite digging the sewing machine out, didn’t fancy doing too much sewing. My first thought was to modify an old pillow case […]

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12 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Things we made in Staithes

John and I have just returned from another fabulous holiday at Northside Cottage in Staithes. We first went in January 2006 and loved it to bits but what with starting our own companies and everything, we’ve not really had time to go again. We finally decided a break was in order last month and though […]

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05 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Double-pointed needles: double the needles, quadruple the hell

After many, many false starts, I’ve just finished my first knitting project (a hat for John) using circular needles and double-pointed needles. The circular needles were a dream – as soon as I realised you have to have the right needle gauge AND the right length for the job – but as I’m making his […]

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