Thursday, 27 September 2012

Turn of the Seasons ... A Crochet Beanie Hat FO

I do like the turn of the seasons; Those crisp autumn mornings, pulling cardigans and woolly jumpers out of the recesses of your wardrobe, drinking hot comforting drinks, the nights starting to set in earlier ...

Autumn always inspires me to start making a new batch of warm clothes and accessories to keep myself and my family warm.

Looking through my stash, I found some leftover Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran wool, which is undoubtedly one of my all-time favourites. I quickly logged onto Ravelry and scoured the patterns for a suitable toddler hat for my little one. Having an especially large head for his age group, all the hats we have are on the small side already, and will definitely be so in a few months time when winter is really in full force.

I found the Candy Corn Beanie hat pattern by Simply Sweet on Ravelry and fell in love with the little pixie style point on the top. Looking at the pattern, it looked wholly achievable too. So it was decided.

I never crochet or knit a swatch for measuring gauge, and maybe I should start to do so, but anyway off I went in gung-ho fashion with my 6mm bamboo crochet hook.

It only took two evenings to complete, but my son was fast asleep in bed when I finished it, so I had to wait until the morning for a try on. I did have a hunch that it would be on the large side ...

... And it was!!! ... It even fit my other half! LOL

Amid much hilarity, I asked him whether he liked the hat and whether he wanted it for himself, to which the answer was 'No'! He said he wasn't keen on the pixie point, which I totally understood, as this was the reason I decided to crochet the pattern for my 18 month old son in the first place, as it looks rather cute.

So ... start again.

This time I used a 4.5mm hook (just by guessing).

So far so good ... it certainly looked like it had scaled down in size.

Whizzing through the construction of it second time around, and am pleased to announce that my little one will now have a cosy head this Autumn :)

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Happy Birthday to Me! ... A New Spinning Wheel

What better way to celebrate being a year wiser(!) with a very special birthday gift.

Introducing my new Ashford Joy spinning wheel (bought second hand but lightly used from one careful lady owner on Ravelry) ...

I'm looking forward to getting to know her ways and learning to make beautiful yarn together ;)

So far so good ... The Ashford Joy really lives up to its name.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Pottery Painting Success

It was a sad day in the house when my other half accidentally broke my favourite mug the other week. It wasn't the nicest mug in the world, but it was mine, and the only mug I enjoy my umpteen mugs of tea from throughout the day.

After scouring the internet for a reasonably priced large mug, the only mugs I had my eye on were any number of the beautiful creations by Emma Bridgewater ... but at those prices I decided that I might have to wait for birthdays and Christmas!

So I called the local craft center to ask for their opening times (as it was a Sunday), and was delighted to discover that they were open until 4pm, which gave me just enough time to go and get something achieved.

What a treat! I arrived and promptly ordered a tall latte and a slice of homemade shortbread, took my place at a seat in the craft room, had a browse through some books for inspiration, chose my pottery bisque blank, my colour palette and away I went.

As it was still the summer holidays, a number of other parties were in the room ... mostly mums and/or dads with their children. On the CD player was a 'Best Of Disney' compilation, which was actually delightful, and I had to refrain from singing along on several occasions.

After several hours of deep concentration, my new mug was painted to my liking and I packed up my things and went back home with the promise that it would be ready for collection in about a week ... A WEEK!!! It sounded like a very long time to have to wait, but my mug needed firing in a kiln, so wait I must.

A couple of days ago I got a call from the craft center to say that it was ready for collection. Yay!

So, TAH-DAH ... Here it is. (And I must say that it turned out way better than expected).

Now I've got the bug, I'm going back with a friend in a weeks time to a womens only craft evening, where we will paint pottery into the night ... and have a little tipple to boot! Hurrah.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

A New Lazy Kate for my Spindles

My other half is a very talented man and I am a lucky lady indeed.

I recently asked him whether he could make me something to store my spindles in, and this is what he came up with ... and it completely blew me away ...

Not only does it store my spindles, but it also doubles up as a lazy kate too. Genius!

My partners business is called Blackiston-Chalk and you can find his website HERE.