Friday, 4 June 2021

May Makes


May was the wettest month on record here in the UK so it would seem that I had much making time. Well I did make a few things which I wanted to share with you. I crocheted this rainbow wall hanging which I now have hanging in my sewing room. I found the pattern on this blog and knew I had to make one. I used some cotton yarn from my stash in these colours by Scheepjes Catona.




Carrying on with the crochet theme of corner to corner stitch I also crocheted a baby blanket. This will be gifted to a friend soon when she has her baby boy.




The yarn I used was Stylecraft special DK which is my go to yarn for blanket making. It is available in so many colours and being acrylic it is both practical and economical. 



The pattern I used was from Inside Crochet magazine issue 83 which I had purchased some time ago. I am trying to use more patterns from books and magazines that I have previously purchased so this baby blanket pattern was just perfect.




I also had a small knitting project on the go and I made myself some shortie socks. These knit up really quickly and are perfect for summer.




I also did a little bit of dressmaking and make myself a couple of t-shirts using this pattern. I used some bright yellow cotton jersey from my stash and I made version C.




Here I am wearing the 3/4 sleeve length version and I also made a 2nd short sleeved version. 



I think with all the rain that we had in May I was clearly needing some sunshine with my first and last makes! I will come back later this month and show you what I have been making in June. 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne xx


Friday, 30 April 2021

April Makes




If you read my previous blog post you will know that I have been making the picnic on the beach blanket which I finished this month. It was an 8 week crochet along which I really enjoyed.




This is how the blanket looked after week 5 had been completed.




And this is how the blanket looked after week 6 had been completed.




This is how the blanket looked after week 7 had been completed. It's getting really big now.



And here is my finished blanket after the border section has been completed. 



I am so thrilled with how it turned out. I felt a little bit lost when it was finished as I had been so absorbed in this during the last 8 weeks. It was such a fun colourful project and I enjoyed every stitch. 



I have started another crochet blanket which I will share with you in my upcoming May makes post.




This week I have also been sewing. I made myself another kinder cardigan. I've made several versions over the years and the short length without pockets is my favourite. It's just perfect as a layering piece for Spring. 




The pattern is from this book and I used some marled grey ribbed jersey fabric from my stash which I had purchased quite a while ago. So it was really lovely to finally use it.




Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x


Thursday, 15 April 2021

March Makes




Hello I hope that you are all well and finding some time for making. I thought that I would pop on and share with you what I have been making in March which was mostly crochet and a little bit of sewing. I could not resist joining in the picnic on the beach blanket crochet along which started in March. It's a fabulous free pattern designed by coastalcrochet and the pattern is released in sections over 8 weeks. This is all I want to work on at the moment and I am enjoying every stitch. 



This is how the blanket looked after week 2 had been completed.



This is how the blanket looked after week 3 had been completed.



And this is how the blanket looked after week 4 has been completed. I look forward to showing you the completed blanket in my upcoming April makes post.



I have also been doing a little bit of sewing from this book and I made myself some yoga pants. I used some jersey from my stash and I am really pleased with how they turned out. They feel like secret pyjamas as they are so comfortable.




Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x





Saturday, 20 March 2021

February Makes


 


This year seems to be going very quickly already and March is flying by.  I wanted to pop on and show you what I have been making in February. I have been knitting dishcloths and this is a yearly knit along designed by @thekitchensinkshop with a pattern being released once a month. This was February's pattern with the hearts theme. 


 I have been using lily sugar'n cream cotton yarn from my stash.


And this was January's pattern with an icicles theme. These are lovely patterns and I am really enjoying these landing in my inbox each month.


Following on from the hats I shared in my previous blog post I have been knitting some mittens. The pattern I used was the drifting snow mittens by Jerry Burch. I really enjoyed knitting these and they worked up pretty quickly as the pattern uses double knit yarn. The yarn I used was knitting essentials double knit and the colour was purple streamers. This is a yarn sold in the UK in Poundland so it is very economical. 


I knitted another pair using Scheepjes Wanderlust and the colour was Chicago. This is a self striping yarn with large pattern repeats so it took a bit of yarn tweaking to produce a matching pair. These will be a gift so I wanted them to match and I am really pleased with how they turned out.  





Last month my husband asked me to knit him a cowl. The pattern he chose was the The Grytviken Cowl by @rockallknits and the yarn was Dermores studio dk and the colour was ebony. 



This was a nice mindless knit and it knitted up quickly and my husband was really pleased with his cowl.



I have also been sewing and I decided to make myself a pair of jeans using this pattern. This was a first for me sewing jeans as I had always been put off when I saw how many pattern steps there were on the instructions!  But I had a weeks holiday from work and I just took my time and worked on them a little bit every afternoon.  I made view A which I modified slightly by tapering the legs for a more flattering shape. I did this by using a favourite ready to wear pair of jeans as a guide.  




And here they are and I am so pleased with how they turned out.  I'm sure I will be making another pair before too long.  

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x














Thursday, 28 January 2021

Knitting Hats, Cowls and Gloves

Hello it's been a while and and I wanted to show you a few things I have been knitting recently. I hope you are all well and staying safe in these strange times. We are currently in lockdown 3 here in the UK and we are allowed to exercise outside once a day. As it is the middle of winter I have been knitting hats, cowls and gloves to keep me warm on my walks. 

My first make was the violet waffles hat which is a free pattern to download on Ravelry. The double knit yarn I used was James C Brett Aria in the natural colour. If you look closely you can see the tiniest gold sparkles. I knit the hat as per the pattern and it fits perfectly.

I was so pleased with how my hat turned out that I immediately cast on another one. I used a variagated yarn this time that I had purchased from my local Poundland shop and the colour is purple streamers.

I also cast on the free for all cowl which is a free pattern to download on Ravelry which uses worsted weight yarn. The yarn I used was Cascade 220 and the colour is Como blue. Again this was stash yarn and leftover from a cardigan I knitted a few years ago. 

I really enjoyed knitting this cowl and learning a few new techniques in the process. I had never tried a provisional cast on before and I used the crochet method. I hadn't knitted an icord edging before either which gives a lovely neat finish. I stuck to the pattern exactly and I was so pleased with how it turned out that I immediately cast on another one.


As soon as my cowl and hat were off the needles I have been wearing them a lot. It has been quite cold recently as we are currently in the middle of winter here in the northern hemisphere.

I have also knit 2 more hats and one has been gifted which was very well received. The yarn I used for both of these hats was Deramores studio dk and the colours were dusky lilac and ocean.



And here is my finished 2nd cowl. The yarn I used was King Cole fashion aran combo and the colour is hint of grey. This yarn was leftover from a jumper I knitted several years ago.

I have also been knitting myself a pair of gloves which are lovely and warm. The pattern I used was autumn stripes which is free to download on Ravelry. The yarn I used was Bergere de France Goomy 50 and the colour is Imprim Gris. As this pattern is for a 4 ply yarn these gloves were not a quick make like the cowls and hats were but I am really pleased with how they turned out. I had only previously knitted mittens before so these were quite fiddly to knit but worth the effort and I love them.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Cross stitching some positive words



I picked up this lovely photo frame recently from my local £1 shop. I could have put photos in it but I thought it would be just perfect for displaying some positive words I wanted to cross stitch. I think cross stitch really comes into it's own when used for words or phrases.




I played around with images and texts and colours and this is what I came up with. All the images and text I used was from this great book.




I began cross stitching the word love which I think is a really important one and this is what I came up with.



Next I cross stitched live, life, laugh which I think are also really important words.




Next I wanted to add strength and resilience which are words my family and I can particularly relate to of late.



Finally I wanted to include be kind which I think is equally important and applies to all aspects of life.  


I am so pleased with my finished cross stitch picture which I shall now be hanging in my craft room. 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x