Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Men Need Scarves Too

I realise I have neglected the male contingency when it comes to my knit wear and crochet creations - I have spent most of my knitting activity on pretty in pinks, little lace numbers and flowers on hats.

So to redress the balance I knitted this chunky, unisex scarf in a neutral grey colour, made it extra wide (you can bury your face in it if the wind chill factor gets too much) and I think its perfect for the man in your life!

I've added this one to my etsy store, unfortunately its the last ball of wool in that colour in my current wool stash, so looks like I need to go on the hunt for more man-friendly chunky wool.

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Let Them Eat Cake

Aided by my two little helpers I made the Christmas Cake last week - a bit of a last minute cake due to being caught up with life generally and forgetting all about cake until a few days before Christmas.

The children helped decorate it - hence some size and colour variation in the little baubles on the tree, but I think that adds to the delight of the cake. And it tasted good too - I can confirm there is very little left!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Head Turning

Skies are grey and that nip in the air is sure to tingle your ears. Me being one of short hair notices it most. Hats are a must.

I crocheted quite a few hats for the last few craft fairs I did this year and they were pretty much all snapped up - I had a colour scheme ranging from blues to lilac to pink to brown (something to suit everyone.

So I thought I'd better get that crochet hook out and make a few for my online shops:

And I have a cupboard full of more lovely wools that are just crying out to be made into a hat - though I seem to spend too much time deliberating on colour schemes. Perhaps I should just add a big sign to my shops saying "tell me your favourite colour and I'll make you a hat!"

Saturday, 13 December 2008

The Reincarnation Of A Scarf

I have lots of scarves - I knit scarves, I crochet scarves, I have scarves in all shapes and sizes (one for every eventuality/weather condition/colour of coat).

But when I stumbled across a pure lambswool scarf in a charity shop I couldn't resist giving it a new lease of life - and I didn't mean for the purpose it was created for. I began by felting it to add a touch of robustness, then cutting it into squares. Add a piece of bright fabric and hey presto, 2 little purses were made!

And last but not least one for the gadget and music lovers - an iPod/moblile phone/gadget sleeve -

They are all in my folksy and etsy shops at the moment, and I feel that this is just the beginning of a venture into upcyling for me.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Oh Pretty Tree

Christmas tree decorated and I'm starting to feel festive. This year the tree could only take half of the decorations I seem to have amassed over the years, however I did manage to add some of my hand crafted felt decorations without the tree collapsing under the weight of the adornments.

(clue - my decoration is green and triangular shaped - any viewers of the Crafteroo advent calendar may recognise it!)

Monday, 8 December 2008

Picking The Right Tree

Yes it was the Family Outing to select the perfect Christmas Tree. Wellies on, gloves on, then up to the Forestry Commission to peruse the vast rows of pine trees, spruce trees, fir trees - oh which one shall it be......

C'mon kids put your back into it....

Yes, this is the one...

Homeward bound...

Now all we need to do is decorate it....

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Gadgets Need Clothes Too

A while ago I mentioned the amount of phones and iPods in all shapes and sizes in our house that inspired me to start making fabric sleeves. I took some gadget sleeves on their 1st outing to a few craft fairs recently where they were warmly greeted and purchased, and this week I've been adding a few to my Etsy and Folksy shops.

I'm also offering to make these gadget sleeves to fit whatever gadget you may have - these ones fit the iPod Touch or anything else that size.
Keep your gadget warm this winter!