Author Archives: Helen from H's Handcrafts

About Helen from H's Handcrafts

Despite only recently delving into the crafty world I am well and truly immersed! I love to craft, crochet knit and sew and try to wear my handmade creations as often as possible.

I finished my Deren tee! *Does a happy dance * it’s the first garment with bust darts that I’ve knitted and I love the fit ๐Ÿ˜ I actually finished this a few weeks (maybe even months!) ago but I just haven’t been in the headspace for photographs for a while. Pattern. Deren tee from Embody by @jacquelinecieslak Yarn. Linen merino blend in Nosferatu colourway from @zakamiyarns #DerenSweater #DerenTee #EmbodyCapsuleCollection #PomPomPress #PomKAL2021 #JacquelineCieslak #EmbodyMAL #FeedTheBobbin #ZakamiYarn #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #MeMadeOOTD #DIYOOTD #b38w31h39 #measurementsmovement [Image description. Helen is wearing a hand knit cropped tee made in a variegated yarn with shades of blue and grey.]

Things have been quiet around here lately, I’ve been resting a lot these past few weeks and not done a whole lot of making but I did get around to photographing a couple of things from the last few months like this bra. I’ve made a couple of bralettes before but never a proper bra but given how hard it is to find my size in shops I decided it was time to give it a shot particularly after seeing @sewnbypenelope churning out so many amazing ones! I ordered a few practice packs from fit 2 sew to make some toiles and after 3 attempts I decided to make a full version of of some of the mixed and matched pieces. Once I’ve worn this a few times I’ll decide on any more tweaks before cutting into the good fabric! Pattern: pin up girls classic Duoplex, power mesh and findings from fit 2 sew #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #TheSlowSew #SlowSewing #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #SewingDetails #PUGClassic #PinUpGirls #Fit2Sew #PinUpGirlsClassic #BraMakersSupply #BraSewing #SewBusty [Image description. An underwired bra in colour blocked pale blue, grey, and light pink fabrics is lying on a blue geometric patterned bed cover.]

I finally finished knitting clue 3 it’s taking me quite a long time I’ve only managed to snatch little snippets of knitting time in between feeling quite unwell for the last couple of weeks. I really love the brioche but boy am I glad to have those criss-crosses finished! they may look great but they were such a faff to knit! #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #WestKnits #WestKnitsMKAL2021 #Shawlography #ShawlographyMKAL #SocksYeah #CascadeHeritage [Image description. Photo 1 shows a stack of yarn with text overlay which reads ‘SPOILER ALERT! CLUE 3’. photo 2 is a partially knitted shawl.]

I knit these two pairs of socks for my mum for her birthday. The pink ones (swipe to see) are a simple pair of vanilla socks in @botanicalyarn mystery bundle pinks which I got her to try on a few months ago to check the fit. One I knew the fit was good I got to work on these lilac and grey Zener socks from Moon and Turtle by @sachikobee and @kiyomibee . The lilac yarn is also from a @botanicalyarn mystery bundle and the dark grey is from @mrb_birdstreetyarn @clare_birdstreetyarn #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #RyeLightSocks #TinCanKnits #SockKnitting #SockKnittersOfIG #BirdstreetYarns #BotanicalYarns#ZenerSocks #MoonAndTurtle #MoonAndTurtleBook [Image description. A pair of lilac and grey socks with diamonds and stripe patterns. A pair of pink stripy socks.]

Spoiler alert clue two of the Shawlography kal! I’m playing catch up a bit this week as another project got in the way for a bit, and it also turns out that knitting is not so fun when you have the shakes (side effect of another new medicine). This is just so extra and I love it. I’m really enjoying seeing everyone else’s colours and how the different stitch patterns stand out or blend in depending on the colour choices. #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #WestKnits #WestKnitsMKAL2021 #Shawlography #ShawlographyMKAL #SocksYeah #CascadeHeritage [Image description. Photo 1 shows a stack of yarn with text overlay which reads ‘SPOILER ALERT! CLUE 2’. photo 2 is a partially knitted shawl.]

Loving the construction on this, who else has finished clue 1 for the @westknits knit along? Now twiddling my thumbs until clue 2 drops tomorrow! #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #WestKnits #WestKnitsMKAL2021 #Shawlography #ShawlographyMKAL #SocksYeah #CascadeHeritage [Image description. Photo 1 shows a stack of yarn with text overlay which reads ‘SPOILER ALERT! CLUE 1’. photo 2 is a partially knitted shawl.]

I finished knitting these socks nearly 2 months ago but really haven’t been in the headspace for taking photos recently (even if it is only my feet!). In fact I have quite a back log of knitting projects to share with you all, and also an update on the mkal so be perforated for some knitting spam over the coming days/weeks/when I get round to it! Pattern. Vanilla socks loosely based on @tincanknits Rye light Yarn. Birdstreet minis in just rust, kestrel, and pebbles on a beach @mrb_birdstreetyarn @clare_birdstreetyarn #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #RyeLightSocks #TinCanKnits #SockKnitting #SockKnittersOfIG #BirdstreetYarns [Image description. A close up of Helen’s feet. She is wearing a hand knit pair of socks in shades of cream grey and dark blue.]

Somehow I got it in my head that today was the first day of the shawlography mkal but unfortunately it doesn’t start until next Friday! So to stem my disappointment I decided to wind my skeins into balls of yarn ready to cast on next week. Don’t these colours just looks super yummy together?! I picked out 4 skeins from my stash – the Black and Blue are both cascade heritage, the white is an undyed sock yarn and the grey is socks yeah by coop knits….and the yellow is the one I dyed myself using buddleia flowers from the garden ๐Ÿ’› #WestKnits #WestKnitsMKAL2021 #Shawlography #ShawlographyMKAL #SeasonalPlantDyes #YarnDying #BotanicalDyes #HanddyedYarn #PlantDyes #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #socksyeah #CascadeHeritage [Image description. A stack of yarn cakes sit on a table beside a potted succulent. There are 5 cakes of yarn, one each in black, blue, white, gray, and yellow.]

I may not be able to make today’s #SewBeds event in person but I can feel like I’m there in spirit by wearing the adopted uniform: the York pinafore by Helen’s closet. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to make this pattern. It is the perfect combination of smart enough to feel like I’m properly put together but super comfortable and also super practical – I mean look at those pockets! I won this fabric from @lushcloth as part of a giveaway. I could choose 2 m of any fabric from Oyin’s wonderful website and I picked this Merchant and Mills yarn dyed cotton. I had originally planned to make a gathered skirt however when it arrived I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head to turn it into york pinafore. Its a nice light weight fabric but has a bit of body so it works really well for this pattern. I bought the pattern in the recent @helens__closet sale and I’m so happy with it. Can’t wait to meet up with you lovely #SewBeds ladies soon, I hope you enjoy your day. #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #TheSlowSew #SlowSewing #SewYourselfSustainable #SustainableSewing #MySustainableLife #ReduceReuseRecycle #MakeDoAndMend #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #MeMadeOOTD #DIYOOTD #HelensCloset #HelensClosetPatterns #YorkPinafore [Image description. Helen is wearing a black pinafore with white vertical dashes over a cream and black striped top. She had her hands in the very large pockets on the side of the pinafore. The photograph cuts out her head and legs.]

Day 1 of my new hobby! I’m not really up to a holiday this year so I decided to spend my time and money on a shoe making course instead. It’s all online so I can work at my own pace which is just what I need and all the supplies are included. I’ve been watching through some of the videos for the last couple of weeks and feel like I’m now ready to get stuck in! #NewHobby #SkillUp #ICanMakeShoes @icanmake_shoes #ShoeMaking #HomeShoeMaking #makersgonnamake #ShoeMaker [Image description. A pair of shoe making lasts and a set of tools are laid out on a sheet of brown paper.]