Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Pinterest Roundup: August 2015

August is almost over, and we get the keys to our new house tomorrow! Unfortunately this means my month has been largely free of crafting as most of my possessions are packed away ready for the move and I have been too busy packing and getting excited about the new house to do anything anyway! I’m guessing there will be a lot more home-décor crafting coming my way over the next few months!

Despite, my lack of actual crafting I have been able to fill the void by looking at all the beautiful things that I could be making over on Pinterest. Here’s a round up of some of my favourites from this month!

delicate lace shawl

I think given the amount of time I have spent knitting my shawl recently (it is the only thing I haven’t packed) I should be fed up of shawls but look how beautiful this one is! I think its crochet rather than knit but the link through to the pin is not very detailed and the pattern is too small to read really but if any one figures it out it is beautiful!




I think I have de8ca9f1a712aa78bc69d32fd56d2bc09bfinitely had crochet on the brain recently as the next  two pins that I have loved this month are also crochet and as I don’t really like hot weather I am getting really excited about the Autumn coming and being able to wrap up warm I have picked this lovely colourful blanket and these really cute hats!



f51d0328c3d96677e9aee96fba05c9e7Finally, (its another crochet one I’m afraid) perhaps a sign of things to come for the new house is this beautiful crochet cushion cover. I love how the stitch pattern creates diagonal checks whilst the colours are checked horizontally and vertically.




You can find these and more beautiful pins over on my Pinterest account.



Fired and glazed

So my pottery came back from the shop and it has now been fired and glazed and I’m really pleased with it! The blue came out lovely and bright and it will now take pride of place in my hallway holding all my pens so I never have to go rummaging around the back of the coffee table to find one again!

I’m always so surprised by how much the colours change in the kiln …sometimes its easy to grow attached to the lovely pastel shades as you paint them but this time I love the vividness of the bright blue!

In other news, we  are moving house soon and so the immense job that is packing up all our stuff has begun and sadly my sewing machine is now back in its box and parcel taped up so there will be no sewing for quite a while :(

I’ve managed to keep my knitting from being packed though!


Stitch Markers

I have been a bit unsure about stitch marekers. They often seem very expensive for so little and for a while I was unsure of their merit. I had previously tied a bit of yarn of contrasting colour where I wanted to mark a point in my work, for example when marking repetitions of a pattern to check I had not gone wrong before I got to the end of a row.

However, after some time the yarn comes untied and is no longer of use and needs to be replaced. Surely, I thought there must be something I could use instead that would be just as good but wouldnt cost as much as those little stitch markers.

Then, one day whilst I was at work I found myself staring at my paperclips (in their nice little tray I made!) and thought to myself how perfect they would be – nice loops that are nt too big and slide easily on the needles and can be removed and reinserted if necessary. I had a collection of coloured paper clips to look like numbers which I thought would be great for counting repeated sections so I decided to try them whilst working on the lacework on my shawl (no, it did not get finished in time for my self-imposed deadline!).

number paper clips

number paperclips used as stitch markers on shawl

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So far they seem to be working great and the colours and number are really fun!


And the winner is…

Inspiring blogger

The inspiring blogger award is an award for bloggers given by bloggers and I have been given one by the wonderful Bethany at Costumes and Fashion. She makes some really nice things so you should definietely check out her blog – look at this new dress she just posted!

There are a few rules for receiving the award, and here they are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award logo in a blog entry.
  3. List the award guidelines so your nominees will know what to do.
  4. State 7 hidden facts about yourself OR 3 things that inspire you.
  5. Nominate other blogger friends for the award.

So firstly, thank you very much to Bethany. I was really pleased to see you had nominated me and quite surprised really that anyone finds my blog inspiring. I mostly just do it to keep track of the things I am making so if other people can enjoy it at the same time thats an added bonus!

As part of knitting and crochet blog week I told you all about me. So I thought I would share with you 3 things that inspire me!

Firstly, as I am sure you are all aware by now, I get most of my inspiration from Pinterest. Its a great source of new ideas and I can spend hours looking through at all the beautiful things I want to make.

Secondly I get inspiration from all the lovely blogs I read – so often this is how I find out about great new patterns, or even change my mind about patterns I have previously discounted. Each and every time I see something made by a different blogger, whether it is sewing, knitting, crochet or some other craft everyone puts their own twist on it and it can make you see the pattern in a completely different way!

Finally, I really love nature and so am often inspired to make things featuring plants and insects, and more often than not dinosaurs!

Now, enough about me. on to my nominations. There are so many great bloggers out there so its really hard to pick just a few but here are some of my favourite bloggers – I always look forward to seeing their latest makes and you should go and read all of their posts!

This is Hannah from Hannah knits stuff. She is amazingly talented – she made that dress and knitted the cardigan! I am always impressed by here super speedy knitting and her projects always look really great.

I only recently discovered Sew Exhausted. Its a sewing blog by Laurie. But once I saw she made a dress from fabric printed with pictures of the teenage mutant ninja turtles I was hooked! If you can make a dress look beautiful and still be this much fun you are a genius in my books!

and then there’s DavyMade, some really great sewing projects and yellow trousers! Need I say more.

Finally, for those of you after something a little different – check out my friends blog over at Kitchen Spells! I dare you to look at some of the amazing things she bakes and not be drooling all over your keyboard!

Have fun with all this new reading material and thanks again to Bethany for the nomination!