Monthly Archives: February 2014

How the Gentle Jewellery Maker Calmed the Feisty Fair Isle Fiasco

Well hello there dear reader, back for more of my arty-crafty exploits I see! You’d best settle down in a cosy nook with a calming cuppa, for it has been a bumpy ride into the world of Fair Isle for me this week! Fear not dear reader, for all the bumpy bits were mine alone to endure and here you will find the final Fair Isle feast all safely de-bumped!
First of all I will delight you with more news of my crafty fame, as my dear friend Nic ( http://craftedchic.co.uk ) informed me this week that our crafty makes had adorned the pages of Crafty Magazine no less!

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Needless to say, I was well-chuffed! Yes dear reader, I am indeed @sjk1p1of Twitter so feel free to come and tweet with me at your leisure.

Also this week I have been giving the old fine liner and Sharpies a work-out. As you can see my faithful blobs had an explosion across the paper…

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And I doodled an ‘N’ initial for one of my darling daughters…

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Of course daughter number two is now sulking so will need pacifying with her own doodled initial, which I will doodle in haste before said sulking reaches unbearable levels…

More exciting news dear reader, as this week I began my journey into the craft of jewellery making! I started off with easy-peasy pendant making, which merely involved threading a rather lovely pendant onto a piece of suede thonging, but you have to ease yourself gently into these things don’t you?

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I also had a go at making some beaded earrings with my daughter, which took me back to my Young Enterprise days at secondary school, when I made oodles of the things with my three best chums at the time.

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Following that little beading pleasure, I then made my first back-to-back button necklace. Oh my! How relaxing and calming a past-time! Let me tell you, there is something deeply calming about the repetitive threading of buttons on to thread, no wonder they make toddlers thread cotton wheels and beads and such to calm them down, as it definately works!

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So I shall most definately be making more button jewellery to calm the soul, especially when I continue to do battle with that Fair Isle, but more of that later. I have also been sewing this week and managed to complete the Mollie Makes tatoo heart brooch kit. I made a few little changes, such as altering the thread colours on the flowers and leaves from black to pink and green accordingly, and was rather pleased with the result…

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As far as knitting goes, I finished knitting that snood for my daughter in those lovely vintage pastel shades of mint green, peach and grey with sparkly flecks of gold. Needless to say, my daughter is well smug with it.

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Well now it’s finally time to see that Fair Isle fingerless glove I’ve finally managed to complete. I have to confess that it has been a struggle, not with the pattern, but with all the yarn colours that kept tangling themselves continuously! Here it is in all its glory but it is only one and one fingerless mitt is not a fashion statement, it’s just showing fear in the face of Fair Isle, so let round two commence for the knitting of the second mitt…

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Fun-ish Fair Isle

Hello again dear lovely reader! Back again for more news of my crafty adventures I see. Well, I bring tidings of great crochet joy, for I have indeed completed my Valentine hearts bunting, so here it is: ta dah!

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Turned out quite lush, did it not? It measures over three metres in length and shall be strung across my lounge, bringing a warm, toasty, loved-up glow to the room. Yes, feel the love people!
What’s that I hear dear reader? Are you wondering what’s on my hook/needles now that my little heart-felt project has been completed? Well wonder no longer, for I am currently knitting a fab Fair Isle pair of fingerless gloves in grey, black and cream. Ooh, I do love a bit of Fair Isle, mainly because it’s a pattern and you know I have a thing for patterns don’t you! Here’s a little mid-glove pic, just to give you a ‘taste’ for them…

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Unfortunately, as Fair Isle patterns need oodles of concentration and I knit whilst watching the telly, I can’t always work on said gloves when there’s a programme/film involving a lot of ‘visual’ plot references (subtitled programmes/films are a knitting/crochet dilemma/ nightmare for me). Therefore, I have another, easier project on the go too, this being a snood ( don’t you just love saying that word?) for my daughter. It’s knitted in American moss stitch over an even number of stitches and has a four row pattern:
Row1: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, to end of row.
Row 2: as row 1.
Row 3: as row 1.
Row 4: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, to end of row.

Don’t you just love learning a new stitch? Plus it’s from another country too, so it’s a bit like having a little cultural adventure! (No, you’re right, I don’t get out much.) So here’s a little pre-snood shot of my latest work-in-progress, or should I say snood-in-process?

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Oooh, I forgot to mention that the snood (still love saying that word) yarn has little metallic threads of gold in it! I just love watching it sparkle under the lights in the evening; sparkly things always make me smile!
I also bought the latest issue of Simply Crochet magazine at the weekend and can’t wait to start on the fab flamingo! My hook is poised for flouncy flamingo frippery!

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Plus the free gift with this issue was a HUGE button which made me feel a bit like one of the Borrowers. Now, what crafty loveliness can I rustle up that I could adorn with  a HUGE button…

Crafting Love With Yarn♥

Hello to you dear friend! I do so hope you’re managing to battle on through this terrible weather we’re experiencing at the moment. I know after I’ve managed to fight my way home after work through the wind and rain,  it’s so heart-warming to see my Valentined twinkly-twigs with their little red crochet hearts glowing in the corners, as I curl up with a snuggly blankie and a cuppa. I finally joined my knitted hearts together so they have finally achieved their destiny – Valentine bunting♥ and here’s a little pic for you to peruse dear reader, which will hopefully bring a warm glow to your wind-battered soul…

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They will be bunting-ising my stairs later, so my house is gradually becoming more and more Valentinised as the projects progress. Yes, we are really starting to feel the love in our house and once I’ve completed the red crochet heart bunting I’m working on, we will be well and truly loved-up here!  If you are interested in knitting your own heart bunting, I found the pattern in the new Woman’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet magazine http://womansweekly.co.uk/knittingclub which also has some other rather lovely patterns in it.

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I have to confess, I am a bit addicted to craft magazines and can often be spotted having a good old browse-a-thon in my local newsagents! I also love arty-crafty books and am reading a rather fab one at the moment: ‘Pattern’ by Orla Kiely.

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It’s a great insight into the inspiration behind the brand name, as well as being jam-packed full of eye-candyish colour plates of all of Orla Kiely’s patterns! Yes it’s pattern-tastic dear reader chum!

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Ooh, forgot to mention that my red and pink Sharpie pens have been feeling the ‘lurve’ this week too and have produced a rather hearty Valentine pattern that I hope will make your heart sing ♥

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So that’s it for today dear reader friend, as I’ve just realised I’m late for #handmadehour on Twitter. If you don’t know what that phenomena is, it’s where lovely crafty-minded people tweet their handmade heavenlies to a whole host of other crafty tweeters, every Wednesday for an hour, starting at 7:30pm. All you have to do is search for #handmadehour and join in the fun! Be aware however, it does turn in to a rather frantic and frenzied fiesta! I’m off then for my hot date with #handmadehour! Bring on your crafts tweeters!

Fame for My Fab Foxy Felt Brooches in Mollie Makes!

Good day to you dear reader, back for more I see! Well this time I have some exciting news to share with you: the lovely Mollie Makes magazine ( http://www.molliemakes.com ) only went and included me on their Facebook post for their January craft round-up! Yes I know, truely astounding isn’t it? I do hope the shock hasn’t caused you to nearly spill your cuppa as it did me when it popped up on my Facebook page. It was such a delight to spot my foxy felt brooches in all their glory. Thanking you Mollie Makes.