Liz Corke Knit Design

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October 5, 2012

I almost forgot to post today, and I have something for you at last! First though, my ChiaoGoo circular needle arrived yesterday, and I really love it so far! I’ll have a proper review for you next week.

At the craft shop a couple of weeks ago, I found a gorgeous colourful pack of fat quarters – and remembered to get matching thread for a change and more bobbins for my sewing machine, so I’m pretty well equipped for a change! The result is another project bag. I love making these. They’re so quick and easy to make and so useful too! This time I combined a plain pink fabric with stripy green and I could have a proper “feature panel” this time. I really love the contrast of the pink pocket on the green stripes in the middle of the pink.

This time I sewed it up along the bottom so that the panel is in the center rather than the side like my last one. I also couldn’t find my elastic, so the pockets are just have flaps until it turns up somewhere. I did something clever this time though – when it came to sewing up the top of the bag, I used the green thread in the needle of thesewing machine, and the pink on the bobbin underneath, so on either side the thread matches the colour of the fabric! I’m pretty pleased with how it came out, although of course it didn’t work on the panels and I couldn’t be bothered swapping threads all the time.

I had some help showing off my bag this week, as you can see. Holly decided she wanted to come and say hello again, and help to “model” it. I may have to keep her and make another monster, because I’m getting pretty fond of her. This week, I need to make more of an effort to get on with the rest of the monsters, or they’ll never be ready in time for Christmas.

Check out Tami’s and see what everyone else has been up to!

August 10, 2012

I took so many pictures of this one that I might have to fit some in at the end! I got my sewing machine out again this week and finally made those double sided bags I talked about ages ago. I really love how the first one has turned out, and I have plenty of fabric to make at least three more. I did come across many challenges when I was making these. First off was not using a pattern, and not touching a measuring tape. I really should learn to measure when I’m sewing and not just go by instinct! Secondly, the fabric I have is more “fat quarters” and these ones, no matter how I folded them, were not the right shape for a bag – I could have had a hugely deep bag with a (comparatively) tiny opening, or I could have had a really really wide bag that was only a few inches deep.

Clearly neither of these options was great, so I had to come up with another solution. I was a bit concerned about having stripes go both ways, but now that it’s finished, I really like how the horizontal stripes have come out. They were also perfect for putting the pockets on, because vertical stripes on top of vertical stripes were doing some very strange things to my eyes when I laid them out. The pockets are the perfect size which was pretty lucky considering they were made from the off cuts of the horizontal panel! I managed to use up the whole of each piece of fabric on this bag. The pockets can easily fit all the bits and pieces I might need while working on a project – stitch markers, crochet hooks, spare needles and all the rest of it!

I did make one annoying mistake – each time I did the button flap I forgot to attach the elastic and had to sew it on afterwards. The first time wasn’t so bad, but the second was silly! I made two pouches then put one inside the other wrong side to wrong side, tucked in a hem, and then I stitched it up around the outside, then did another go around a bit further to make a pocket for the drawstring. Once I’d done all that I ripped out one of my seams between the two lines of stitching. It was much easier than trying to leave a gap for it when I was sewing the rest up.

I reallylove how the bag turned out and it’s coming away with me on holiday this week. I did have a problem when my sewing machine jammed. I think a piece of thread broke off and got tangled inside. It was really frustrating but I did eventually get it sorted out. I’m going to make a couple more of these bags I think, and train myself to keep my projects in them. Pink and light green and red and dark green are the other colours I have to use. This one is my Irn Bru bag in orange and blue. If you haven’t tried Irn Bru you really should, it’s our second national drink and according to wikipedia “can usually be purchased where there is a significant community of people from Scotland”.

Check out what everyone else has been up to over on Tami’s!

April 6, 2012

Easter is almost here at last! I haven’t got an easter egg yet – the one I really want is the new Eton Mess one from Thornton’s but it’s £15! So I’m hoping they’ll go on sale next week, lol. I’m still at work today, although most of the country is on holiday. We get our bank holidays as part of our annual leave entitlement so I prefer to save them for other times. Most of my office seems to feel the same way though so at least it’s still fairly busy here.

Another FO Friday has rolled around but I’m working on so many big projects this year that I feel like I never finish anything knitted anymore! It’s apparently been about three weeks since I finished Henslowe and nothing else is close to being finished. I have made something this week though – a drawstring project bag. I’m pretty happy with it and it was ridiculously easy. I normally keep my projects in plastic food bags when I’m travelling or just dropped into my knitting bag, but I wanted to be a bit more organised, plus it’s really easy to make a hole in the plastic bags, and trying to squeeze the air out before I seal them is annoying *laughs*

This was super simple to make. This is the fourth fat quarter that came in the pack I used for my needle case. I hadn’t used it at all, so I figured this would be a good way to use it. I just folded the top over to make the space for the cord and seamed that, them seamed the sides together, decided how deep I wanted it seamed the bottom, cut off the spare material at the bottom and turned it the right way around. All in all it probably took me about half an hour. It’s good to make something quick and easy sometimes! I also think my seams are getting straighter so I’ll have to keep practicing.

I’m definately going to make some more of these. For future ones, I think I might line them and put a pocket in for a crochet hook or spare needles if it needs two needle sizes or spare stitchmarkers and things along those lines. My husband also suggested making a see through pocket on the outside so I can put a label in to see what in each bag, which seems like a pretty good idea to me! I was also thinking these would make bretty good bags for the girls gifts for Christmas because I love giving them packaging they can reuse. First though I’ll have to get some more fabric! Check out Tami’s for more FO Fridays!

October 17, 2011


Today has been a very lazy Sunday. I think I stayed up too late last night, then I was still tired this morning when I got, and I haven’t had any energy for doing anything since. However, yesterday we were good and tidied, and we have some apple drying out downstairs, for healthy snacks, since I’ve banned myself from crisps! And what has this meant for Year of Projects? Well the last couple of days I haven’t done much of anything! Today I keep picking things up and putting them down again and I have no focus, but judging from the number of “in progress” things on my list, it’s pretty much normal for me! I really need to start clearing some of my in progress things and start finishing them!
I’ve just started the second make up bag (the first is still in time out!). I’m using basket weave stitch this time and I really like how it’s going so far. This time I think I’ll do the whole thing in blue and just seam it up and go round all the edges in the black.
I’m really enjoying my scarf. I finally got to the lime stripe and I love it. The pattern says to make the scarf in two halves, then seam them together so that the chevrons are going the same way at each side. I’ve decided though, that I don’t really care if the chevrons are going different ways, so I’m just going to keep going until the end.
I’ve also made another change to my list! I know this isn’t a surprise to anyone at this point! I had the amigurumi penguin on my list for the Christmas presents and I need to make seven of them, but browsing Ravelry for quick and easy patterns for an emergency FO Friday, I found these adorable knit bunnies! Seven squares that need a small amount of sewing to shape them is much easier and quicker than making 7 heads, bodies and beaks, and 14 wings and feet, then sewing them all together. Since I’m slightly worried about time, and these are so cute that this swap seems like the best option. Here’s the list again!
The Revised List
Scarves and Shawls

Amigurumi

Other Things

Hopefully soon I’ll get myself down to 1 knitting project, 1 crochet project and the blanket (which I’m not in a hurry to finish). Have a great week everyone!

October 12, 2011


Wednesday is here again and I’ve been pretty busy. First the second Hearts on her Sleeve glove has had a disaster. Some how the yarn I was working with got chopped, so I’ve frogged it and I’ll start again with the big ball. I should still have more than enough in one ball to finish it off, and I’d rather not join yarn unless I absolutely have to. I’d only done five our six rows, so it’s not the disaster it could have been.
I’ve also been working on my Happy Lavender Scarf. I’m finding it really relaxing to do. The pattern is really easy to remember, and I’m loving the colours. I can’t wait till I reach the lime stripe. I really want to see how it looks. I’ve been doing around two colour stripes every night, which is just about enough for me to get sleepy at bedtime. I think if this goes well I’ll get some more of the Happy Cinders colourway for a second. The fingerless glove I’ve been working on in the Cinders colourway hasn’t really had any progress this week, but it has recovered from it’s bath and the yarn has all dried out again so I’ll try to do some more soon.
The other thing I’ve been working on this week, is the first of the clutch/makeup bags I’m making as Christmas presents. I have about three more inches of tulip stitch to do, then I’ll fold it in half, crochet up the sides, and add a flap to the top. I’ll probably give it a button closure, so I’ll have to remember to leave a button hole. I can’t decide if I’m going to line the bag or not, I’ll have to decide soon though. Hopefully it’ll be an FO for Friday. The colour has come out really badly (it’s a nice scarlet really) but since it’s practically winter here, and I won’t see daylight from Monday to Friday after the clocks go back, I’m afraid the rest of the photos for the next few months aren’t going to be much better.
Check out Tami’s for more Work in Progress Wednesdays!

September 19, 2011

Despite, or possibly because of, being on holiday last week, I’ve actually managed to be very productive. My in-Laws (unlike my parents) are not early risers, so I managed to get a couple of hours of crochet done first thing in the morning, and a couple more hours in the evening while watching TV. I couldn’t take my Christmas crochet with me in case my sisters-in-law saw it, but I took my Polo Neck Bag yarn, and my Organic Stole to work on. I’m really loving the Polo Neck Bag so far. The yarn and the pattern feel really sturdy and hopefully it’ll stand up to a fair amount of abuse! I’m making it with DK yarn instead of fingering, and I’ve sized it up a bit too. So far I’m pretty much exactly halfway through – although I might decide to make it a bit wider later. I think I’ll need to block the fabric before I make it up too, as it seems to want to pull tighter in the middle than at the edges.
The Organic Stole on the other hand, didn’t go so well. Even though I was using the same hook as before, I apparently lost my gauge, and since I hadn’t really been enjoying it anyway, I frogged the whole thing, and it’s gone! We went into town one day while we were there, and in The Works I managed to pick up two crochet books, for £5 for both! So the yarn I was using for the Organic Stole is now becoming the Cap-Sleeved Wrap from Easy Beaded Crochet. I’m using DK yarn, instead of Sport, and a 3.75mm hook, instead of a 3.25mm one, so obviously my gauge is a little looser than the pattern, but that also means it’s going to be slightly bigger and (if my maths is right) it should be a good fit. The button closure make it easy to adjust the fit that way, and mine should end up a couple of inches longer which I need. I’m currently on row 35 out of 40-something, so I’ll have a better idea how it’ll fit when I’ve finished the back.
As for my list, it has changed quite a bit! Here’s the new one, with a progress report!
Scarves and Shawls

Amigurumi

Other Things

Hope everyone had a great week!

August 31, 2011


It’s Wednesday again already! I haven’t been very busy this week. We didn’t have time to go to the craft shop on Sunday, but we went on Monday and discovered that HobbyCraft had a smaller selection of crochet hooks than John Lewis have. We also discovered that they had some yarn (I know, what a surprise), and that I definitely needed more! So, since I can’t face using the horrid plastic hook just now, I haven’t done anymore on my Elise Shawl – which makes me a little nervous because I absolutely have to have it finished and blocked by next Friday. We’re leaving on holiday on the 10th so that deadline is pretty much solid. I have ordered a new aluminium hook and it was dispatched on Monday evening, even though I ordered it after 6 pm, so hopefully it’ll arrive today or tomorrow.
So, if I haven’t been doing the Elise, what have I been doing since Sunday? I’ve been being very good, and I’ve been working on my Christmas Scarves. The Lacey Crochet Scarf is nearly done now. I’m just going to finish off the skien pretty much, and then it’ll be plenty long enough. I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to put a border on it or not. Just now I don’t think I will – mine isn’t as lacey as the original, so it doesn’t need the border to provide support, and it’s pretty neat along the sides, so it doesn’t need to cover anything up.
I’ve also been spending way too much time on Ravelry – it’s addictive, and my favourites list is getting huge – and finding somethng to take on holiday with me. I can’t take any of the scarves because my sisters-in-law will be there, and I still haven’t decided who’s getting which scarf, I can’t really take the blanket, because all the yarn is taking up a large plastic box and it’s just not practical and the Elise shawl will be finished before we go away. So I’m taking the Organic Stole (which has been hibernating for a month or so) and I’m taking the new yarn I got on Monday and making a Poloneck Bag. I have even done a swatch for the bag – I am pretty pleased with myself – and worked out that I should have plenty to finish the bag with. I’m going to use two skiens of Sirdar Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK, which, provided my maths is right, should give me plenty for the bag, and enough for the handles too. This is going to be another project bag – I know I’d just made one, but it’s not big enough for everything I have just now, although it’s prefect for small projects with small skiens of yarn. The Polo Neck Bag is also lined and I’m going to see if I can add pockets for holding my hooks, needles and pins, safety pins (for stitch markers) and anything else I might need. I’m quite excited about it, although I’ve never tried lining (or making) a bag like this before, but my sewing machine needs work, so I’m determined to give it a go.
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August 7, 2011


This week I’ve finished my tote bag and I’ve been working on my Organic Stole. The Tote was pretty east once I got to grips with it, although I seem to have a bad habit of stitching into the slip stitch and increasing the number of stitches in a round, when I’m doing joined rounds, so I had to frog it back a couple of times.
The Stole is going to take me a while so I’ve set myself the target of doing a skein a week. One skein is 14 shell rows, and each pattern repeat (finishing with a shell row) takes me just over 20 minutes.
I’ve also become really tempted to start a blanket! I’m a bit scared of the

idea though, because it’s so big. I’m worried I’ll just get bored halfway through and give up. The blanket I’m thinking of doing is Gingerbread Lady’s Realta Afghan. I thinking that since it’s made up of motif’s it might be easier to get through, but on the other hand, that might make it worse. I made a sample out of some DK (I think) yarn I had sitting around, which had lost it’s label ages ago. And it measures 7 inches across. So to make a blanket for our double bed, I’d need to make 99 motifs! Regardless I’ve finished three things on my list, and now I’m adding the Realta Blanket to it – to be made once I have the yarn and the courage!

August 5, 2011



I do love FO Fridays -there’s a few reasons why. Firstly it’s Friday, and everyone loves Friday, don’t they? And then there’s seeing everyone’s awesome finished things on their blogs! Because I post mine early in the morning in the UK, and people are posting into the evening in America I have a whole days worth of blogs to visit! I try to get around everyone’s blogs and comment, although since I don’t have openid some blogs won’t let me post a comment and I want to thank everyone who visits and especially those who comment!
This week I’ve been working on my Urban Shells Scarf and my Organic Stole -and I’ve achieved my skein a week target for this week (yay!). But I’ve also made myself a tote bag! I really liked this pattern, once I got to grips with it – for some reason I kept putting extra increases into the first three rows. I made the bag bigger than the pattern to make it more useful. Adding 10 extra chain stitches to the starting chain made it 20 stitches longer on each side and I’m pretty happy with it, although I think maybe I could have made it a bit wider too. I’ve already put it to work holding my two WIPs. I’m also really enjoying working from these Japanese patterns, the charts are pretty easy to read most of the time, and I’m finding them easier than the written instructions for many patterns.
Don’t forget to head over to Tami’s Amis and check out everyone else’s excellent FOs!

August 1, 2011


So this post is slightly late. We went down to my parents yesterday, and although I’d nearly finished writing it on my phone, it doesn’t autosave, and it wiped the whole post when I was checking something else. And so, I decided to wait until I had a proper keyboard to type on!
I’ve been making pretty good progress so far I think. I’ve finished two things from my list – the Realistic Octopus, and the Urban Shells scarf. I’ve also restarted my Organic Stole and the Tote Bag. The stole is now 7 repeats wide, instead of 10, so I should now have plenty of yarn to make it as long as I want. Unfortunately, the stole does feel like it’s taking a long time. I think it’s mostly all the chains and the joining for the small arches that are taking so long. I think I need mini targets to get me through, so I’m going to aim for using a skien a week, and then I might have it done by halfway through September. All in all, I think I’ve made a good start – and I haven’t made any changes to my list yet!