Gosh, its 2013 already. How did that happen??! Needless to say I’ve been completely awol since my last post, mostly because I’ve been so busy theres hardly time to breathe let alone blog!
I need to start off by saying thank you to each and every one of you who placed an order with me int he run up to christmas. Your support meant that we could treat our little boy to lots of wonderful new toys and books, and that I could treat my partner to some wonderful cookbooks that he wanted to help him at work. We had such a fabulous time over Christmas and New Year, and we couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you. I was blown away by the amount of you who asked me to make things for you to give as gifts, or for yourself and the feedback I’ve had from you about them has been so touching. This was the first christmas where I’ve not had ‘a proper job’ and i was of course a bit worried about how we were going to finance it all, but thanks to all of you, I needn’t have worried (can you tell I’m really quite grateful?!)
So, now I’ve finished gushing, I wanted to share my one and only business related New Years resolution….. BLOG MORE. Thats it, thats all I want to achieve from this year, other than still being able to make lovely things for my lovely customers of course! i’m hoping to do a weekly blog about the things I’ve been making, the inspiration behind them, about the yarns and why I chose them, and maybe even share some of the patterns rattling around in my head. How do we feel about that?! I think its pretty exciting 🙂
Before all of that starts though, I though you might like to see some of the things i’ve been making in the last few months… here come lots of pictures!
This tea cosy is one of the many things I agree to making without actually having a clue how to do it, made it up as I went along & then loved it so much I wanted to keep it! It was commissioned by a lovely lady I met at a local craft event & she sent it to her brother for christmas. I really hope they both liked it!
I made a few of these stacking/nesting cup sets over the last couple of months & i’m delighted with how they turned out each time. This will be one of the patterns I share with you so keep your eyes out for that!
This beautiful laceweight shawl was a gift for my partners mother – I loved the pattern so much that I’ve used it to make two of my own and I have a third on my hook as we speak! I’d used the yarn before to make a top over the summer but I love how it looks in the shawl. The pattern can be found on ravelry here (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elise-shawl)
Isn’t it gorgeous!!
I’ve also been doing a lot of knitting. I admit, I didn’t enjoy knitting the first couple of times I tried it, but now that I’ve got the hang of what I’m doing, I actually really like it. Don’t get me wrong, I love crocheting and thats where my heart lies, but its its nice to be able to have a little break from time to time & do something a bit different. I’ve loved learning new skills too…
Made using Patons diploma gold (the lime) and Cygnet superwash dk (the black) this hat was my first ever, using circular needles, a contrasting cast on and a technique called magic loop. I was thrilled with how it turned out & the recipient (my other half) has worn it every day since!
I also had a go at cables, and a bit of shaping, to make this teeny little tank top for a new baby in the family. The yarn is hand dyed merino by Gemini Knits & i love the subtle colours.
(Apologies for the progress shot, I can’t find the one I took of it when it was finished!)
i’ve also been having a bit of a play with fair isle, and after finding a rather rude chart, I ended up with this. It was meant to be a cowl, but its a little bit, so when I have the time, I’m going to unpick the cast off and the rib, pick up the stitches and continue working upwards until I’ve made a v neck tank top for myself. As long as I don’t put any weight on over the next year, it’ll be perfect for next christmas!
Right, thats me done. I’ve a pile of wool to do something with & need to find some inspiration for next weeks blog!
Thanks for looking, and Happy Hooking ❤