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December 22, 2011

And I want to show you the last of the gifts I’ve made for the girls on my list! I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I like to get them a selection of little gifts all packed into a box or bag. I usually pick things like bath bombs, small teddies, notebooks, jewellery, candles, chocolates and anything else I see that takes my fancy when I’m shopping! I normally make jewellery for them, but this year I made even more things. This year I’ve made charm bracelets and candle holders which I’ve shown you before. I’m also making little knitted bunnies, which I’ve been posting about a lot! Three are finished, three are awaiting faces and tails and one is still a square, but I’ll finish them tonight and you’ll see them in FO Friday tomorrow. I’ve also made covered notebooks and origami boxes for them, and that’s what I want to show you today!
I saw notebooks covered like this in a guest post on the Southern Institute, when I was looking for ideas of how to make my covers. It’s a very fast and simple way of covering them – although I seem to have made a lot of mistakes! And although it was designed for much smaller notebooks, it was easy enough to adapt it to the right size for my own notebooks. One thing I really loved about these covers is that they can be removed and put on a new notebook. I bought WHS A5 hardback notebooks so they’ll be easy to replace.
I used A3 brown paper for the covers, and decorated it with some decoupage paper from Hobbycraft I got 3 different colours so that all the people that know each other can get a different one. When I was making these, I got myself a papercutter. It can do straight lines (of course), but it also scores, perferates and does wibbly lines, and it was great for making these up! Scoring made folding it neatly a lot easier. I used a sponge underneath the card to keep it nice when I stuck the split pin through it. I cut the brown card out with my new craft knife, so it isn’t perfect, but that gives it character I think!
I also made origami boxes to put the charm bracelets in. I got some pretty origmai paper and paired it with some plain coloured paper for the box lids. For the bottom of the boxes I chose a colour that co-ordinated with the lid and the bracelet that was going in it. I really like the way the boxes turned out. They were very easy to make and two of the three patterns were made by folding the pieces the same way, then assembling the modules slightly differently. The pin wheel is actually my favourite, but it’s a bit harder to fit together neatly so I only made one like that. I need to shred some tissue paper to go inside the boxes and cushion the bracelets and then these will be all done.
Here’s a picture of everything together. There’s a candle holder with two apple blossom tealights, and two strawberry and passionfruit tea lights. A bubble bar or bath bomb from Lush, which is my favourite shop for bath things. I love the smell of everything they make, and I love their soaps too. A lip balm from the Body Shop, which is also one of my favourite shops! These were on three for the price of two, so I got a couple for myself too! And of course there’s a couple of chocolates for everyone, and having these sitting around the house for a couple of weeks has really tested my self control! Now I need to wrap everything up in tissue paper and pack it carefully into gift bags. Come back tomorrow, to see the last four bunnies!

December 21, 2011
It’s the last Wednesday before Christmas, and I haven’t finished my gifts! I’m confident I will though, so there’s no need to panic. I have four more bunnies to finish, so I can have a photo of the seven together before they all go seperate ways, although three aren’t likely to go to their new homes until late January. Three of the bunnies are squares waiting to be made up, and the fourth is about halfway done. I’ll finish the square off after work, and begin stitching them up tonight. I decided it might be easier to do all the squares in one go and put them all together at once, so I have my stuffing and ballast stone, needles and pompom tails all ready together, instead of hunting them out each time. I love the variation in shades of brown between the bunnies, and I particularly like the white flecks in one. I think it’ll make a lovely freckled bunny! I also need to name them all and make up tags for them, which won’t take long. Then I need to weave in the ends on the scarf I made for my mum, and get all the presents wrapped, because I haven’t wrapped any yet! I also need to pick my holiday work to take away with me, and I’m hoping my 3mm hook will arrive before we go, so I can start my Magrathea! We’re off to my parents on Friday so everything needs to be wrapped and packed by then.
Check out Tami’s for more WIP Wednesdays!
December 19, 2011

Well this weekend has been busy! I finished my notebooks and origami boxes (which I’ll be sharing tomorrow) and I finished my Snowbaby hat! I loved working on the hat! The colourwork was a lot of fun. I was holding both colours of yarn in my left hand, which I guess is continental style? Because I knook (knit with a hook) instead of actually knitting, I tend to hold things as I do when I crochet – hook in my right hand, working yarn, and my work in my left – I should probably get my husband to take a photo sometime.
Once I got into the rhythm of reaching over for the brown and under for the cream, I stopped twisting my yarn up together, and got along pretty fast. The pattern was really easy to memorise, and was quite sad when it was over! I loved doing the colourwork, and I think I’m going to have to look for more patterns that use it! I’m also quite proud of the back of the work – I managed to keep the tension on my floats nicely without being too tight. I even took a photo of it to show you! It was minus five this morning when I wore my hat out for the first time and it was lovely and cosy! The cashmerino is gorgeous and soft, and I love it. I used a russian join again when I joined my second ball of the brown, and I wove in the ends of the cream while I was knitting too, so when I got the the end I only had two ends to sew in, which was also great, and I will definitely be using both techniques in future!
I’m also very hard at work on my knit bunnies. I finished a third (giant) one on Friday. I’d love to have a photo of the seven together before I give them away so I need to finish them by this Friday. I’ve finished another square that’s ready to be bunnyfied and I’m halfway through a second square. I’m going to finish the other two and a half squares, then put all my bunnies together at once.
I’m also starting to plan what I’m going to work on over Christmas, and making sure I have what I need. My Stash Addict yarn has been tempting me for weeks, so as soon as I’m finished my bunnies I want to start my Magrathea. I’ve ordered the 3mm Knit Pro Symphonie Interchangeable Crochet hook that didn’t come with the set I bought, and that I need for Magrathea. I hope it’ll come very soon, in plenty of time for Christmas. I also ordered some yarn for my Guenvieve cardigan, because I think a long holiday is a good time to start work on something that big! It’s worked flat, but in one piece, so seaming it together shouldn’t be too bad, but I do have to measure and alter the pattern to fit. Luckily though instructions are given at each step for how to fit it. I just have to follow the instructions properly. I also want to do more work on my Realta Blanket, Polo neck Bag, and my Recuerdos de Infancia shawl, so I’ll have plenty to do!
I won’t be doing my YoP update on Sunday this week, for obvious reasons! But I’ll probably have it up on Wednesday. Have a great time everyone!
The Revised List

Scarves and Shawls


Other Things

December 16, 2011

I have managed to finish my knit bunny! This one is a little bit of a giant! I couldn’t remember how many stitches to cast on – I thought it was twenty, but when I’d done them, it looked a little small, so I cast on twenty five. I should have stuck with twenty, he towers over his friends! I love that he’s a different colour to the other two, and I can see the next colour change coming up soon. I want to make another four of these next week, but I’m having a blitz on my hat this weekend, and hopefully getting it finished off too, as well as finishing covering the notebooks, which will be Christmas gifts with the bunnies and candle holders, and getting all the other Christmas presents wrapped!
It’s going to be a busy weekend for me! Check out what everyone else has been up to on Tami’s!

December 14, 2011

I was going to prepost this, but I was sleepy last night and I didn’t! I’ve been working on my Snowbaby Hat and I’ve been getting on quite well so far. I’m using a 3.5 mm hook for the ribbing, because I’d like it to be a little bit tighter. When I finish the ribbing I’ll go back to using the 4 mm hook. I’ve just finished the two inch brim that will fold up, and I’ve just started the inch of ribbing at the bottom of the hat. I love how this feels so far – it’s so soft and squishy and I really hop it’ll be lovely and warm. My husband is loving his hat, and I really hope I’ll love mine too.
I think the hat will probably be taking me more than just two more evenings to finish, so I won’t have it done by Friday, so tonight I’m going to start work on another knit bunny. I need to finish 5 more bunnies for Christmas presents, so if I finish one this week, I’ll spend the whole weekend working on my hat, and next week I’ll turn myself  in to a bunny factory and make the last four!
So that’s my plans for the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget to check out everyone else on Tami’s!

December 12, 2011

I seem to be failing at posting on Sunday’s just now. Never mind, there’s always hope fore the future! Anyway, the Windschief hat is finished and has been tested and approved! This is a horrible picture, because of the flash, but you can at least see the ribbing and how it looks on top. I was trying to find a photo like this when I was making it, but I couldn’t so I’ve taken one instead. It’s now keeping his ears warm, and he’s wearing it everytime he leaves the house. It seems quite proud of it which is nice, and he’s off to uni wearing it this morning!
Normally I like to post what I’m working on now, but here’s another photo of my hat (and husband) instead! I cast on for my Snowbaby hat this weekend. I cast it on four times in the end! I really hate casting on, I have to say. I have a tendancy to cast on too tight I think – I also have a tendancy to make my starting chain too tight when I’m crocheting, I don’t seem able to help it. I also had a couple of problems getting it joined without twisting it. As a result I basically just have a circle in 2×2 ribbing, with about three rows done, which really wasn’t worth taking a photo of. Hopefully I’ll have a lot more done by Wednesday, so there’s something to see.
I’m going to have to get going with my knit bunnies again soon – I have two done, and I need one for Christmas Day, three for Boxing Day and the last three for sometime in January, so I’m aiming to finish two more at the very least before Christmas, if I finish the other three, then that’s a bonus, if not, I’ll finish them in my holidays! I’m not going to get stressed about getting them finished. The list hasn’t changed again – I’m saving any more changes for the Christmas holidays.
The Revised List

Scarves and Shawls


Other Things

December 10, 2011

I always post so late when I’m at home all day. I think it makes me lazy! I also had to wait for my model to be ready to be photographed today, because I finished the Windschief hat! I’m really happy with how it turned out. So luckily is he! He’s gone off to the shops wearing it to keep his ears warm, and although I think I finished it a day late. With all the storms here yesterday, he could have done with it then! This was really a pretty easy knit which was great, as it was my first hat! The top closed up nicely with no gaps.
I’m waiting for him to get home and report how it’s done and if it’s kept him warm enough! It’s a pretty quick knit – took me just over a week, and next year I might add a couple to my gift list for my brothers. We’ll see if they like my husbands one first. The cashmerino is so soft I’m completely in love and I’m about to cast on for my own hat. I have read that it can pill a lot with wear, but I’m hoping that hats won’t pill nearly as badly as gloves or a jumper would. I have 65 yards of the yarn left over too, so I’ll have to find something small to use it up on.
For more FO Friday’s, check out Tami’s!

December 7, 2011

It’s a very sleepy Wednesday for me today! I should have had an early night last night, but I was excited to work on the Windschief hat a little more. I’m now about to start the decreases. I have all the stitch markers in the right place now, but I was starting to fall asleep last night as I was counting the stitches, so I decided it was time to stop! I love how the hat is looking and especially how soft it feels. I’m looking forward to starting the decreases so that the hat will speed up towards the end.
I’ve got to the point where I’m about to have to join my second ball of yarn. This is the first time I’ve had to do it for knitting, and after a little googling, I’ve decided to go for a Russian Join. I’ve already joined the yarn together and I’d hoped to reach it last night so I could see how it looks, but I’m still about 30 cm away from it. If it works nicely I think this will become my favourite way of joining yarn, especially as it means there’s no sewing in ends afterwards. I hope it won’t be too bulky or obvious.
Last night we also bought the yarn for my hat! The photo is terrible, sorry! I was having trouble with bad lighting and the cream coloured yarn kept turning into a bright white glowing ball! The other two are dark brown, the same colour as my fingerless gloves. I’m making a Snowbaby hat for myself, when I finish my husband’s Windschief hat. It’ll be my first time doing colourwork in knitting, so I’ve been looking at some videos to make sure I know what I should be doing. I’m looking forward to it. After using the Rialto Cashmerino for my husband’s hat, and enjoying how soft it is, I decided to get some for my hat too!
Don’t forget to check out Tami’s for more WIP’s!

December 5, 2011

This weekend I spent more time on my Christmas crafting. The advantage of having no one on my Christmas crafting list read the blog, is that I can blog about the things I make, unlike a lot other blogger who are working their way through many secret projects. I’ve mentioned before that for the girls on my list, I make up stocking type boxes of gifts. I’ve already made them candle holders, got started on the knit bunnies and I’ve taken a trip to Lush and stocked up on a variety of bath bombs and bubbles. I have a pile of craft supplies, ready to turn into gifts and a little more shopping to do. One thing I always like to put in is jewellery. Last year I made them all earings (and made myself several pairs too). This year, I’ve gone for bracelets.
I got the idea for these in the summer after I saw something similar in Primark. The ones in Primark just had one charm, a looser plait, and I couldn’t remember how the ends were closed. The bracelets gave me a couple of problems when I was starting out. For a start, my hands and wrists are small, which makes it hard for me to work out how big to make things for other people. Second I couldn’t work out how to nicely close the ends and have a loop on the end to make it all secure. But I got to work and ordered the bits and pieces I needed anyway. I wanted to use suede leather strips for the bracelets and I found some faux leather ones in a large range of colours. The charms I got are Tibetan silver, and there are a huge range of charms to choose from. I got three the same for everyone, and then got the fourth different to change things up. I also got some glass stars beads in different colours.
All of these arrived sometime in November, and then sat around for a while, waiting for inspiration to hit, on the matter of closing the ends neatly. I tried super gluing them together, and then wrapping wire around it to hide the ends. It sort of worked, but I couldn’t get the thicker wire to wrap nicely, and the thinner wire I had didn’t look as good. Eventually I came up with a different idea. This time, I super glued the ends together with the wire loop and some embroidery thread between them. I safety pinned the end to a chair so that it was secure. I wrapped the thread around the superglued ends to hide it and the wire, and then started plaiting, making sure the thread was plaited too and hidden from sight from the front. I had already put all my charms on to jump rings, and used a head pin to secure the glass star beads. Then I just added the charms randomly as I plaited making sure they were all on the same side. Once I got to the other end, I superglued the ends together again, with the thread and another wire loop. I found it was easiest to glue two of the ends with the thread between them, then trim the lengths of leather to that point, and glue the wire and last end together with the rest. I left a long end on the thread and cut it off too, then threaded it onto a needle. I wrapped around the superglued ends again then used the needle to push the thread through the plait and secure it, before hiding it under the wrapped bit and trimming it off. Then I added an adjustable closure to the bracelet, and it was all done! The blue one on the end is for me, because I couldn’t spend so long making things for everyone else, without wanting one for myself!

December 4, 2011

It’s Sunday (just) and I’m writing my blog post so I’m improving on the last couple of weeks at least! This week I’ve been comfortably busy – not rushed off my feet but not getting bored either. Yesterday was mostly spent on making bracelets for my Christmas presents – I’ll be posting more about them tomorrow. And other than that, I’ve been working on my husband’s Windschief hat.
I have another FO for you this week too. I’ve finished my skadi fingerless gloves! They are so soft, I’m really excited about testing them properly tomorrow, when I’m stood at the freezing cold bus stop, in the dark, at 7.30 tomorrow morning! The yarn I used is Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, which is 100% superwash merino, and absolutely gorgeous to work with and one skein was the perfect amount for the pair – I had 0.9g left. I had to fiddle the pattern a bit – they’re written for aran yarn, and bigger hands than mine (my mum can’t get these on at all). But I think that’s one of the most fantastic things about crafting for yourself, or people you know – especially crochet as I feel more confident in adapting crochet than knitting. Normally gloves are always too big for me.
I’m really happy with my progress with the windschief hat too. I’m less than two inches from the decreases, so I will hopefully get this finished by Friday – with that in mind, I think it might be a good time to take a trip to the yarn shop, for yarn for my snowbaby hat! I’m really enjoying the windschief patter. I love the twisted stitches from knitting in the back loop, and I love the extra dimension it gives the ribbing. It also seems to be a good fit so far, so fingers crossed it’ll all go well and easily.
No changes or replacements to the list for once! Here it is with updates.
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls


Other Things