Saturday, 28 November 2009

My homemade tea cosy - Finished taadaaaaah!!!!

I have finished the tea cosy I started a few weeks ago. It really only took a couple of days from start to finish and that includes making the flowers and embroidery. I must say it has turned out much better than I ever imagined it to. The wool was bought from the remnants bin and is a cotton/polyester mix. As you will notice, I have crochet this tea cosy instead of knitting as the pattern suggested. It was quite easy to convert and I whizzed through this in a matter of hours.

This is silly in a way, because I had just bought a delightful book on making tea cosys and there is one in particular with a huge sunflower embellishment that I really wanted to make. See Tea cosys at amazon.

The crochet flowers.......

The edging to finish the whole thing off......

The edging I took from Lucy at Attic 24 I needed something decorative but small and neat. This pattern fitted perfectly. It finished off the edging beautifully and complimented the overall look of the tea cosy ....don't you think??

Finally, I have realised what I'm doing wrong when posting my little projects....I need to photograph my work in stages so you can see my 'creative journey' properly. I will do this from now on and its also a good excuse to use my super duper new camera that I will be getting for my birthday next week.... :))))

Friday, 20 November 2009

William Morris Fabric

The following are a collection of William Morris prints taken from the V & A Museum.

There is a reason behind my showing you these.....

You see.....I have come to possess, a collection of fabrics...yes....William Morris fabrics !!!!!

Which have now become another WIP (love that phrase)...

.....its going to be something I haven't tried in years, but used to be rather good at it....I'll keep you posted....jx

Thursday, 19 November 2009

My homemade tea cosy - free pattern

Im going to start a project of knitting a tea cosy. I have enclosed this vintage pattern in case anyone out there would like to make it. To jazz it up a bit I'm going to crochet a selection of flowers, pile them high and attach them to the top of the cosy. Follow this link to Amazon for the book "100 Flowers to knit & crochet" I'm using for my flower patterns. Its an excellent edition, which gives a selection of patterns from basic to advanced ability. I'll post photos of my WIP as and when I can. Jx

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

New Yarn...x

I understand from the blogging community out there that you all have secret yarn stashes. I must admit to have started my own. There are some wonderful yarns out there and when they are reduced to half price or on special offer I simply can't resist. Above is my latest purchase, thinking of making a Bolero (sleeveless) top and am in the process of searching for a pattern. I'll show you my WIP pics when I get started.jx

My latest crochet project - inspired by the Sisterhood Blanket

I wanted to show you my crochet WIP....I love that!!!! I'll give you a bit of reveal, but not disclose it all just yet. I have completed 35 squares so far, but they are large, so I don't need as many as the sisterhood blanket from 'do you mind if I knit'. I have restricted my palette to just two colours (not sure if this was such a good idea) will know how its worked when the flowers are eventually added.

Monday, 9 November 2009


Do any of you remember Fluffkins??? I can remember staring for hours at pictures like the above. Everytime I would see something new and I'd always have a new favourite kitten. I don't know were they came from, if they were in a book or comic. I love this picture, its kittens are so cheeky. I think they must of come from Gran's house. I like it when you can't quite place a memory...makes it more special somehow.....x

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Bonfire Night

These are our home fireworks......!!!! What a night!!!! Didnt have time for the toffee apples, they will have to wait til tomorrow night when we go to the bonfire. Hope you all had a good evening.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

The Black and Grey Scarf

This is a variation on the quick scarf I knitted in my last posting. Its crocheted and in reality is larger than it looks here. The wool was very thin so I used 9 strands to create a lovely chunky strand to work with. I did splash out on the button though, but I didnt have any suitable ones in my button box.

Simple quick Knitted Scarf with large crocheted Flower Brooch - finished

Well here we of the scarf that I made and promised I'd post. To be honest, I don't think the pictures do it justice really....the wool feels soft and springy and quite wonderful. It has an amazing texture quality and just found out today that they are discontinuing this line :((((

The corsarge is my first attempt and I was really pleased with how this turned out. The second scarf , the black and grey one turned out even better!!!!!! It just got bigger and bigger and looks truely wonderful now.


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