Monday, 30 September 2013

705 - Winter is coming, knit faster.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a post on Facebook about an awesome Games of Thrones knitting bag. The bag was from Kelly Conner designs on Etsy, and after checking her shop out I decided to treat myself.

I needed a knitting project on the go bag that wasn't my huge knitting supplies bag, and I wanted a big pouch for my huge knitting needles that don't fit in my roll. Plus Games of Thrones related things are amazing!

I ended up going for a Games of Thrones bag in a lovely blue colour and a "I like big balls and I cannot lie" needle case, because I love that pun so much!

Knitting bags

Knitting bagshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/59947612@N03/9857618205/in/photostream/#

And here they are with the goodies in them! I love them so much and they fit everything I need them to!

Knitting bags

Knitting bags

If you need some knitting bags/pouches with awesome puns on them, definitely check out Kelly's shop! Everything is lovingly made, I'm so excited to get some more knitting on the go.

Friday, 27 September 2013

704 - Minions

So this month one of my best mates moved in with her boyfriend. Woo. Unfortunately it's down in Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders. Boo, but that's just me being selfish. As I have a car, and it's not too far away, I'm hoping it won't stop us seeing each other as much, but either way I felt she deserved a leaving present.

I decided to make her some minion fridge magnets from perler beads.


Minion peler beads

Minion peler beads

Minion peler beads

Minion peler beads

You have no idea how close I came to running out of yellow, phew! So it's good luck I decided to do the last minion as the purple one.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

703 - The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors

So a couple of weeks ago I went down to see my Dad when we was on holiday down on the East Coast of England. I took my two Games of Thrones kits from Capes & Crafts with me as I figured they would be quick, easy makes.

Game of Thrones kit

Game of Thrones kit

I like the little personalisation touches on the back too.

Game of Thrones kit

I managed to make a couple of mistakes on these kits, which to be honest, is my usual style so why change now? Firstly I ran out of thread on the Direwolf kit, which is probably due to my tendency to knot the thread and such, but oh well, that's the way I like to work. Secondly I did the maths wrong on the Lannister kit and it's a little off centre. Whoops. Though I still think it looks fine so I'm quite happy.

I loved both of these kits and they have a whole range of all the Game of Thrones houses coasters on offer. I would definitely recommend them if you like geeky stitches and Games of Thrones.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

702 - Winter Hat

As I've been on a knitting kick lately, I decided to crack out another free wool set and try and make a hat. I had to buy some 9mm needles to make the hat, so I also popped to the craft shop and got some extras too.

New goodies

I got another two sizes of stitch holders and some embroidery thread so a hopefully upcoming project.

So the hat was made in some nice chunky white wool, and involved more things I've never done before, such as yarn over, purl two together and knit two together into the back loop. It was exciting, and You Tube was a great help for looking up single stitches that I was stuck on. When I was finished, two episodes of Murder, She Wrote later, it looked like this.

Knit and crochet hat

It looks totally fine, mistake free even, however it was too small for my head! I knitted it to the 15.5cms the pattern called for, but it didn't even come down into my fringe. I was gutted and moaned about it on Facebook, then my mum suggested crocheting an edge around it to make it bigger. I decided to try that with some nice chunky pink wool I made a scarf with a while back, and did two rows of triple crochet around the trim.

Knit and crochet hat

I'm so happy! I love how it looks and how nice the white and the pink look together. And I'm double happy that I didn't waste my time knitting. Here's some dorky photos me modelling it to prove that it does indeed fit me.

Knit and crochet hat

Knit and crochet hat

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

701 - Jammer Identifiers

Part of being a jam ref in roller derby is wearing a coloured identifier on your wrist so you know which team you're following that half, and so the team also knows which ref to pay attention to when they need to do things like call it off.

A while ago Donald has asked me if I could maybe make him a set, and I said yes, and then never did it. Another crafty ref, Wendy, from FVRG had knitted our league a set of lovely identifiers, so I asked her for her pattern and had a shot.

I went with 40 stitches, with a 2 knit, 2 purl pattern on 5mm needles, as advised by Wendy.

Knitted identifier

Knitted identifier

I think it turned out quite well, but I have to say it was quite boring to knit. I think because it was just a tube and nothing else, and it was just the same stitches over and over again, I wasn't too keen to make any more. So I gave Donald the green one, which was the main colour he needed for his team. And then I advised him to maybe buy some sweatbands off Ebay, because I want to knit fun things ha ha! But hey, at least I had a shot!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

700 - Knitted Gloves

So in a lead up to being able to hopefully making my awesome knitted sweater kit from Betta Knit, I decided to have a shot at knitting something that was sort of outside of my usual comfort zone, but hopefully not make me want to give up knitting forever. As I have a lot of free wool from knitting magazines, I decided to have a look through them and found this cute fingerless glove pattern.

Having a bash at these today #whatamithinking #knittingishard

I was a little worried about them to be honest, but I managed to make them and I've never been more happy! They involved some increasing that I've never done before (make one) and also putting stitches on a stitch holder so I could make the thumb, which was scary! But anyway, here they are.

Knitted gloves

Knitted gloves

Knitted gloves

I'm very impressed with myself I have to say, and they were very fun to make. I'm hoping that if I can make these I'm one step closer to making my awesome sweater.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

699 - Capes & Crafts

The other day I was on the search for geeky cross stitch patterns on Etsy for some inspiration/future project ideas and found an amazing shop called Capes & Crafts. They have some lovely cross stitch PDFs and I was eyeing a few of them up, but when they released some new Games of Thrones craft kits I knew I had to make a purchase.

I picked up one of each of the kits they had on offer at the time, along with an awesome wrist pin cushion I had been eyeing up since my first visit to the shop.

First up, a Stark direwolf coaster. I think this will be my new bedside cabinet coaster.

Goodies

Goodies

Awesome Lannister magnet.

Goodies

Goodies

And finally, I can be Batgirl when I sew! Pew pew!
Goodies

Goodies

Both these kits look amazing but quite quick to whip up, so I really want to make them as soon as possible! And I urge you to check out Capes & Crafts. Not only is everything they sell amazing (more Games of Thrones kits are coming soon!) but they are based in Falkirk, Scotland, so they're nice and local (to me anyway!).

Monday, 9 September 2013

698 - Cross Stitch Christmas

So as I've been on a Christmas kick lately I decided to make up the three  Christmas ornaments I had in my Enjoy Cross Stitch at Christmas kit that I bought last year. The year before I had made up three similar ornaments, but I have to say I liked last year's designs even better.

Christmas ornaments

Christmas ornaments

Christmas ornaments

Christmas ornaments

The snowman is definitely my favourite, I just love his wee face.

Friday, 6 September 2013

697 - Hobbycraft x2

So this is actually two separate trips to Hobbycraft. Once to get some supplies I needed, and the second time because my mum pointed out that some wool I wanted was 3 for 2 so I decided to go again. So here's a mixture of the two hauls.

First up we have the Boodles yarn, which is 3 for 2, and was the main reason for my second visit. This is the yarn that feels like it's made from t-shirts and you can make really chunky knit and crochet projects from it. I don't have a specific project in mind but I picked some nice colours that would go together. 

Hobbycraft

I haven't done any decopatch since I did my little pig last year, but when I saw this awesome little dinosaur I thought it might be time for another go. I picked this nice floral paper to cover him in, though when I was putting him away in my decopatch box, I noticed I was running a little low on glue, so he might need to wait till my next visit before I can get glue to finish him off with.

Hobbycraft

Quite boring extras of super glue, magnets and black aida. I'm excited to give this a shot as I've never stitched on black aida before!

Hobbycraft

A hoop for a project I'm working on and some amazing glitter glue! This was 3 for 2 as well, so I picked some lovely colours. I also got loads of different colours of perler beads to replenish stocks, and finally picked up some lovely glow in the dark ones, which I've never worked with before, so I'm excited.

Hobbycraft

Finally, I was eyeing up these cute button grab bags, and spotted this fall themed one. I've picked out some of my favourite buttons below, and I just love the colours from this collection. So sweet.

Hobbycraft

They really need to start a Hobbycraft loyalty card, I would be sorted.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

696 - First flower press

Now if you remember, last year with some birthday money, I bought myself a flower press kit from Hobbycraft.

hobbycraft goodies

I honestly keep forgetting I have it, and then it was winter and there were no flowers around. A few weeks ago, I decided to go for a walk along the Water of Leith path and see what I could find. I had read on The Dainty Squid that things like ferns and grasses pressed the best (check out this lovely post for more details), so alongside some of them I picked a few little flowers and then let them press for 6 weeks.

I finally got around to opening them and I was quite excited by some of the results. Here's the good.

Flower press flowers

And the bad...

Flower press flowers

Whoops. The one that is little bunches looks okay in the photo but it looked rubbish in real life. I've not got the knack of pressing shaped flowers in a way that doesn't just smoosh them.

Also because I'm a loser, my kit came with a flower record card to record your pressing, so I filled that out.

Flower press flowers

Flower press

I need to have a look when I'm out again and see what else I can pick before the cold weather starts swooping in. I'm planning to use these lovelies in either my Smashbook or my notebook, I'm so happy with how the fern and the grass turned out.