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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you, the lovely Mrs Jones for my absolutely gorgeous hand felted snood. You are a very talented lady. x

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Sewing gadgets are a particular weakness of mine. I am the proud owner of too many sets of acrylic patchwork templates, a peculiar bendy ruler and a red thingy that you are supposed to look through to assess the tone of the fabric (no - I've never used that one) to name but a few. But as my previous post will illustrate - I can't possibly fit anything else into my cupboard - and I have been tempted by gadgets that let you make Suffolk puffs into a variety of shapes.

After brainstorming with my sister we realised that the desired effect could be achieved without the need for more plastic fantastic.

Well, brainstorming is too strong a word - we are not inventing the wheel here - just making a Suffolk puff....

And then drawing in the sides with a stitch that goes through the middle of the circle from the underside of the puff. Pull it tight, make four more stitches around and hopefully you get a flower!

In fact, the only downside is how much fabric you need to make one of these. I've taken a picture of the finished flower inside the cookie cutter I used to cut out the fabric circle.

Mind you, if I use up lots of fabric on these that will make a bit of space for a few more gadgets!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Due to some work being done on our house I am confined to the bedroom in the day. With no access to my sewing machine but with time to kill I am having to remember how to do this hand sewing lark. It has made me appreciate the lovely small neat stitches my machine makes!

Decided to make some birds from 'Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts' by Joelle Hoverson as these are one of the few things that it is easier to hand sew than machine in my opinion due to the curved nature of the seams. They definately look homemade but I still assert that this is no bad thing so long as they don't look like they are falling apart!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Now I know that's not very exciting. It's a cupboard. The crucial point though is that it's my craft cupboard and it is tidy!

I'm always interested to see what spaces people have available for their crafts. I'm not lucky enough to have a sewing room (cue dream sequence where HoffiCoffi gazes into the middle distance like Meg Ryan and dreams about her sewing room... one day....) Ok, reality check. But I do have a cupboard. And a sewing table in the dining room. And actually that serves me very well - if only I could keep it tidy!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

I have been busy spring cleaning this week with not much time left to make things but I have managed to finish these fingerless gloves. They are really easy as they are just a rectangle sewn up at the sides with a gap for the thumb!

I am loving this adorable ring I purchased from Folksy.

Cup of tea and a cupcake. How very me!

Thursday, 10 March 2011


I know, it sounds like a cheesy sci-fi movie but I am, of course, referring to my first experience of knitting with small blocks of colour.

As stated in a previous post I had figured out how to create patterns in a dishcloth. Not particularly groundbreaking but it is my first step into being able to design my own knitting patterns.

My first attempt was to try to create an image by reversing knit and pearl stitches to create a 'relief' in the fabric which I hoped would stand out enough. I wasn't happy with this though as I realised you needed a bigger block of contrast, say, a solid heart shape, which would stand out. Writing was too skinny and just blended in to the surrounding stocking stitch.

I was stuck. Either do really chunky letters and a massive dishcloth or, do the letters in a different colour. Got my knitting 'how-to' book out and the above is the result.

Oooh the power of being able to create pictures! I've got a leaflet somewhere of how to knit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jumpers! Resist.... resist!

P.s. Thank you Lisa for the box of eggs in return for the dishcloth!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Wish I was better at photography.

I've been looking at the product photos on Etsy and Folksy and some people are just really good at photography and it makes such a difference. I've tried being arty with light boxes and lamps but the only thing that seems to work for me is a sunny day and no flash!

I took about 30 pictures to get this one. Maybe I should go on a course? Maybe not - I can't have yet another hobby!

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Hurrah! I have finally finished a cardigan I abandoned a couple of years ago.

I remember putting it away in a huff as I just couldn't sew the sleeve insert correctly. Madness really as I had obviously finished knitting most of it. The cardigan itself is a very simple knit with the fancy edging knitted independently and then sewn onto the finished garment.

Anyway, I was prompted to work on it again as I have borrowed a pattern book of accessories in the same yarn and I was sure that if I finished this knit I would have a ball leftover that I could use. I went back to it and the sleeve went together like a dream. I guess all I needed was a little bit of distance... and a cup of tea!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Scarves are satisfying things to knit as you can use up every last drop of a couple of balls of yarn. It feels like very good value when there is no wastage - unless that is your scarf is approaching 'Tom Baker as Dr Who' proportions when it is probably a good idea to think about casting off.

I had a teeny tiny bit of yarn left after the casting off so I incorporated that into a brooch.

The result? A co-ordinated gift with nothing left to add to my ever growing yarn stash.