Just a quick post to show you my new friend, Ruby the reindeer, I crocheted her for my mum. The pattern is from a fab book from our friends at Search Press Publishers, Mini Christmas Crochet by Val Pierce. A very cute little book with 20 easy to make projects, I made Ruby in 2 days. Great stocking filler!
This year I have wrapped my pressies in an old book I butchered. I also got really carried away and dried orange slices to tie onto my pressies. I wrote all my gift tags using my FAB new (early Christmas present) typewritter on luggage tags. Very pleased with my results. Although my mum, an ex-librarian may have issues with my unethical use of literature.
Wishing you all the very Merriest of Christmasses and every wish you make comes true in the new year. See you in 2012!
Lots of love,
Last weekend we had a spectacularly festive day at our Knitted Christmas Workshop. We had 7 lovely ladies come to our little workshop in Cambridge where we laid out mince pies, home made lemon drizzle cake and plenty of tea. Most of our ladies could knit but wanted to learn a new skill. So we had some learning fairisle and intersaria techniques and one lady even dabbled in turning to increase whilst doing moss stitch! By the end of the day we were all very warm and cosy in our little studio and most of us had the giggles, I for one had a fantastic day. Thanks so much to the ladies of Cambridge who came along. We are planning one for January so watch this space! Merry Christmas!
Last week I had the great opportunity to run a knitting workshop with some lovely lovely ladies at Craft Central, in Clerkenwell, London, a fantastic charity supporting crafters.
‘Craft Central is a place where things happen. People get inspired. Creative businesses flourish and a community of designers and makers talk, meet and swap ideas. Put simply, Craft Central is a destination for those involved in craft who want to get somewhere, make something happen and see things differently.’
We had a varied group of abilities which was fantastic as everyone was helping out each other and learning new skills and tips. We had a few projects on the go from baubles to egg cosies to intricate scarfs. Our knitting was spurred along by two boxes of wine which always helps relax the mind!
If you would like to join a workshop to join a new skill check out Craft Central where they have an amazing array of crafts to learn at subsidised rates starting from £19.99. We also run workshops here at Sip One Purl One, please check out our Workshop page for details.
My latest knitting project was creating this cushion inspired by Tatty Devine‘s Best Of Collection and Movember. It was a challenge designing the pattern but loads of fun to make! Please show your support for Movember and a very worthy cause ‘The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.’ You can donate on their website or grow a moustache yourself (if your able). I will donate all proceeds from the sale of this cushion to them, it is on sale for £90 please contact me or visit Tatty Devine’s Brick Lane boutique.
When I’m not creating craft packs or working in an office, I teach craft at various venues. This weekend I was at Drink, Shop & Do in London’s Kings Cross. I taught a lovely Hen party to make fascinators. If you like to make pretty things whilst drinking gorgeous cocktails Drink, Shop & Do is the place for you. They do afternoon tea, a mouth watering selection of handmade cakes and the best scotch eggs I have ever had! With a runny centre! Most evenings there have something going on from knitting, dot-the-dot, scrabble to cake decorating. There is always something for everyone, even if you just rock up and make the most of their extensive board game selection. The shop at the front is a decadent sweet shop come curiosity shop, with beautiful handmade finds and craft materials on sale. All the furniture in the cafe is for sale and all the artwork that decorates the walls. I for one highly recommend a visit.
Lovely Amy D my house and soul mate had her grand old 25th birthday last weekend and to celebrate I made her lots of handmade goodies. Including a ‘snot cake’ which I will not be documenting here, not my finest hour… Anyway, she bought this bit of fabric from Vintage at Goodwood last year and gave it to me to fashion into a cushion for her. In my usual slack way I never got round to it. So for her birthday I decided to get my finger out. Using a Sublime Stitching pattern I embroidered her this little gem:
Most girls with fingers have heard of amazing nail salon, Wah Nails. Since discovering them I have become obsessed and purchased some nail art pens on eBay so I could try it myself. At my friend/house mates Amy’s birthday I had a little nail salon going of my own, here are some of our results.
These Nude Newsprint nails I did by painting my nails, then once dry dipping them into Vodka and pressing newpaper onto them, then seal with a top coat. Easy but beautiful!
Those of you that know me and my boyfriend will know that we are of a Viking build, to put it nicely. Well he was sat on one of my second-hand dinning chairs and I sat on his lap, well the chair is now kindling. Another of the chairs met an untimely death also. So we went to Ikea, because of short funds we plumped for some very boring, but sturdy, looking stools.
I was reading my fave magazine Molly Makes and came across designer Ingrid Jansen of WoodWoolStool.com. Her husband makes little wooden stools from scrap wood and Ingrid crochets beautiful covers for them. I took inspiration from one of Ingrid’s designs and this is what I made to jazz up my new seating apparatus.
My lovely friend and old boss Rachel bought this book for me as it combined my two favourite things. Cake and knitting, perfect!
Part of the Twenty to Make Series from Search Press Publishers, it’s a really cute little book with 20 designs by Susan Perry. All quick and relatively easy, but also very effective. I didn’t know where to begin, but went for a chocolate donut, stick with what you know. It’s a great book for using up your bits bag as you don’t need very much wool for each project. At under a fiver you can’t go wrong for entertainment even if it’s just the awwwww factor!
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The lovely people at Search Press sent me 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet, by Lesley Stanfield. Readers of my blog will know that she is my favourite pattern designer of all time. This book does not disappoint.
It is full of beautiful pictures of stunning, life like, knitted and crocheted flowers. One hundred of them to be exact. The patterns are set out into competency levels and are really easy to follow. I especially love the diagrams for the crochet patterns. As most artistic people find it harder to follow written instructions these visual instructions are a breath of fresh air! The sheer choice of designs make this book a delight for everyone, the flowers are not for any purpose in particular so you can adapt them to your own needs. Like corsages, hair clips, bag decorations or even beautiful touches for wrapping of presents. Everyone has a favourite flower and I would be shocked if you couldn’t find it here.
Even if you never get the time to make any of the patterns I would suggest it as a summers day read at the very least. The pictures are gorgeous and the effects Lesley has achieved with just wool and needles is still mind blowing! It is probably the second most beautiful small projects knitting/crochet book I have ever had the joy of reading. The first being 75 birds, butterflies & beautiful beasties to knit & crochet, also by Lesley Stanfield. To read my earlier review of this title click here.
Here is my favourite flower from the book, the Irish Rose. I got carried away and made more than I’d ever need! But you can never have too many beautiful things!
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