Hs Handcrafts is open on Etsy!

I’ve only gone and done it…I’ve opened an Etsy shop.

This is something I have been thinking about for some time. Not because I need another time suck on my hands but rather because I have made too many things and I cant possibly keep them all. So that’s exactly what you will find in my shop – not a carefully curated collection of items but rather all the things I wanted to make but inevitably had no use for!

Right now you can find listed for sale the pattern for my Saxifraga hat (same price as on Ravelry so whichever option you prefer for purchase is fine!)

Saxifraga hat pattern listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

Two knitted versions of that hat – one in red and blue, the other in black and cream.

Saxifrag hat listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.comSaxifraga hat listed for sle on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

 

A couple of fairisle hats – one adult sized, the other baby sized

Pathfinder hat listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

Crazy for colour hat listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

A knitted version of my Stellaria cowl pattern

tassel keyrings listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

Some fun tassel keyrings.

If you love any of this stuff so much that you would like to buy it I would be honoured! (Although I am currently trialling only shipping within the UK until I get my feet on the ground) Feel free to ask me anything about any of the listings!

 

If you would like to keep up to date with my current makes head on over to instagram where I will be posting sneak peaks of future listings as I work on them!

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Planning Moneta

I have had my eye on Moneta by Colette patterns for some time, and so when they had a sale last week I decided to snap up a pdf copy. I have recently come round to liking pdf patterns. Although they can be a bit of a pain to stick together, there is no need to trace the pattern just cut out your size. Then if you want to make another size at a later date, you can just print it out again!

I am currently a bit snowed under with sewing projects! I started a pencil skirt from Freehand Fashion but then decided I should make a dress for my holiday instead. It turns out this was a good plan as we go away on Thursday, and the dress is not quite finished yet! So when I get back, I will finish off the pencil skirt and then get to work on my dress for the Outfit-along. Once those are all done, Moneta is next on my list. Jersey dresses are just so comfy yet still look like you’ve made an effort with your wardrobe. I hope it will quickly become one of my sewing staples! I have already been admiring lots of lovely jersey fabrics but am holding back from buying them until I am ready to make it!

Here are some of my top picks at the moment

I would love a good basic dress that can be worn with anything and I think a jersey dress is perfect for this. This grey jersey has just enough texture to it to make it interesting while still being versatile. I think I could make one in every sleeve length in this sort of fabric!

 

 I always love a good stripe fabric, and these two are just perfect. Monochrome for autumn and winter and a bright red and teal for summer. But which one to make first?

 And speaking of summer, I love this abstract palm tree print it would be perfect for strolling down the beach in.

 

 

So many potential Moneta dresses to make I don’t know where to begin. I hope this is an easy make so I can make them all in super quick speed!

Helen

Pattern Search: Egg Cosies

Pattern Search is my new feature to highlight a future project I hope to be working on or a type of project I would like to start thinking about. I will browse through some potential options for patterns and where I have found them from.Hopefully, it will not only give me a chance to review my options for the project but also fill you with inspiration to work on something similar.

Egg Cosies

 

With Easter fast approaching it is time to start thinking about all things Easter related. This year at work we have each bee asked to decorate an egg along the theme of some of the work we do. This got me to thinking about how I could decorate an egg with knitting so I started searching Ravelry for eggs. I stumbled across a phenomenon I had never encountered before and discovered that egg cosies are in fact a thing! That’s right, you can knit a tiny hat (much like the innocent smoothie one) to keep your boiled egg warm!

There are plenty of Easter themed egg cosy patterns to choose from. Here are just some of my favourites

First up is this amazing bunny rabbit egg cosy complete with jumper in a colour of your choosing. The pattern, by Julie Williams,  is available for just £2.50 and would be the perfect treat for your boiled eggs on Easter morning!

 

 

 

 

If rabbits are not your thing, this crochet shark egg cosy is sure to impress! The pattern is also available on Ravelry and would definitely be a great talking point!

 

 

If you were beginning to think that egg cosies were just a great gimmick for Easter time, think again…you can even knit yourself a Santa hat egg cosy with this free pattern!

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like there is a world of amazing knitting and crochet patterns for egg cosies out there that I am only just discovering but I’m not sure it is a bandwagon I will be racing to jump on anytime soon. However, I do still need to decorate an egg for my work…not sure I’ll find any egg shaped patterns that look like grasses though…back to the drawing board I think!

Have you ever made an egg cosy? Which pattern did you use? or if you used one of the patterns above I’d love to hear your thoughts on it…just let me know if the comments below!

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Pinterest Inspiration: St. Patrick’s day

Happy St David’s day for yesterday!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on the 17th of March so now is the perfect time to get making some Ireland inspired goodies! Whether its knitting or crochet I have scoured Pinterest and found some fun makes for you to try,

St. Patricks Day – 17th March 2016

 

If it’s a quick make you are after this garland of shamrocks could be just the thing for you. The perfect way to show your love of everything Irish!

You can find the free tutorial over on Everything Etsy.

 

 

 

For a more advanced crochet make these little leprechauns are just adorable! They would make the perfect mantelpiece decoration or present.

 

 

If crochet is not really your thing – don’t worry! You can still make yourself a leprechaun if you really must. This knitted leprechaun is also available over on Alan Dart .

 

 

 

 

 

If decorations are not really your thing but you still want to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, why not go for a more subtle option and check out these shamrock inspired mittens by Spilly Jane. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

 

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Pinterest Inspiration: Valentines

Pinterest inspiration is my place to show you what I’ve been falling in love with recently over on Pinterest. This is one of my favourite place for finding inspiration and I can easily loose a couple of hours pouring through all the beautiful things to make.

Valentines

I don’t like Valentines Day. There, I said it. I know loads of people love this sort of thing but I don’t like smushy stuff. I do however like making stuff, so I thought I’d see if I could find things to make that are Valentine’s day themed to see if I could be convinced in time for Valentines day!

I couldn’t bring myself to actually search for Valentines crafts in Pinterest so I decided to just trawl through my boards and see if I could find some tenuous links to Valentines-themed stuff. First up is this hat. I actually saved it because I really like this stitch pattern and I guess it kind of looks like little hearts! Team this with the dusty pink colour and you’ve got yourself a Valentines hat! This pattern is available over on Ravelry.

 

There’s also this cowl. It is not smushy at all even though it has heart shapes in the lace pattern. The super brains amongst you may remember that I started knitting up this pattern but grew frustrated with my poor lacework skills at the time. Now I have had a bit more practice I hope to return to this pattern soon so keep your eyes peeled for that! The pattern is by Ambah O’Brien and is available on Ravelry.

 

 

 

What says Valentines day more than jewellery and flowers? Well you can combine the two with this crochet flower ring! I found this via the Mollie Makes Pinterest account along with lots of other flower-based makes. Original post is here.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s certainly enough Valentines-based crafting for me – and I didn’t even have to make any of them! What about you do you love Valentines day and all its smushy romanticness or do you like to stay away like me?

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Pinterest Inspiration: Chinese New Year

Pinterest inspiration is my place to show you what I’ve been falling in love with recently over on Pinterest. This is one of my favourite place for finding inspiration and I can easily loose a couple of hours pouring through all the beautiful things to make.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year will be celebrated on the 8th of February this year and it will mark the beginning of the year of the monkey. If you want to celebrate Chinese New Year why not try making your own decorations such as these paper lanterns with a tutorial and printable over on Marie’s Pastiche.

 

 

 

Traditionally, red envelopes are given to children with gifts of money in. I found this cute tutorial to make your own from ThriftyJinxy.

 

 

 

You could also, go all out and crochet one of these amigurumi monkeys to mark the occasion. The pattern is by Amigurumi to go adn is really detailed with lots of pictures.

 

I rally love learning about other cultures and traditions and what better way to find out about Chinese new Year than by making all the decorations yourself!

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Pinterest Inspiration: Sewing Spaces

Pinterest inspiration is my place to show you what I’ve been falling in love with recently over on Pinterest. This is one of my favourite place for finding inspiration and I can easily loose a couple of hours pouring through all the beautiful things to make.

Sewing Spaces

Since we moved house I have  been eyeing up the spare room to turn into a crafting room. It gets lots of natural light and has plenty space to leave my sewing machine out all the time, which would make it much easier to sew in short bursts whenever I have a bit of spare time. Currently I have to clear the dining table and get the machine out of its box so having a permanent place for it would be amazing. This week I have been searching Pinterest for ideas about how to create my perfect sewing space. Here are some of my favourites!

First of all I really want a pegboard for storing all my tools on. Currently I have to rummage through my sewing box to find anything and when your mid seam and you get a snag you just need to be able to reach out and grab those thread scissors. This beautiful pegboard comes courtesy of  Fabric Paper Glue and is so much fun, I really love the added photoframe and plants to jazz up all that craft storage!

 

 

 

Look at all these jars!! I would love to be able to store all my buttons and beads and zips and everything else in a way that I can see them and know what I’ve got without having to rummage for hours. Displaying them like this also looks really cool – who needs art when you have supplies!

 

 

 

 

On a similar theme , I want to be able to display my fabric. I bought it all because I love the colours and prints so why not show them off! Also it would make it so much easier to know what I already have and hopefully prevent so many impulse fabric buys if I could see all that inspiration without having to go diving into boxes to find it! This tutorial on how to fold it all to fit your shelves should do just the trick.

 

 

 

You can find these and loads of other great ideas for planning a sewing space on my new Sewing Space Pinterest board. I cant wait to get to work on creating my perfect sewing space now!

Do you have a dedicated sewing space? I’d love to hear about it! How do you organise your tools and supplies? Do you prefer to have everything on show or tidied away neatly?

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Pinterest Inspiration: Cosy Cardigans

Pinterest inspiration is my place to show you what I’ve been falling in love with recently over on Pinterest. This is one of my favourite places for finding inspiration and I can easily loose a couple of hours pouring through all the beautiful things to make.

Cosy Cardigans

This week winter has arrived and I have been digging out all of my cosy woolens. This also means I have been scouring Pinterest for winter themed makes! I especially love to wear a cosy cardigan at this time of year and curl up with a nice hot cup of tea! Here of some of my favourite finds.

My first find is this gorgeous patterned cardigan. I would love to knit this in a nice cream or grey colored yarn and pair it with jeans and some boots for those crisp winter days! The pattern is called White Pine and you can find it here on Ravelry.

 

 

I also love this cardigan which features some delicate lace work for those who like a bit of delicate charm to their cosy layers! Again, the pattern is on Ravelry here.

 

 

 If you prefer something a bit more fitted what about this cute cardigan by Drops design? The pattern can be found here and what’s more its totally FREE! I would love to make a cardigan like this in a warm red or orange. Perfect to brighten up a dreary winters morning!

 

 

 

Finally, what’s not to love about this super fun “Two boyfriends Cardigan”. I really love this playful take on a winter classic, and really enjoyed browsing through the great ideas for colour combinations in the projects section of its Ravelry page

 

 

 

You can find all of these pins and more great knitting project ideas over on my Pinterest board for Knitting inspiration

H.

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Pinterest Inspiration: Christmas Crafting

I’m so excited its nearly Christmas!

In just one week I finish work and I cant wait to fully get into the Christmas spirit. In the meantime I have been scouring Pinterest for some Christmas crafting ideas and I thought I’d share some of them with you here:

First of all check out this great way to upcycle old jumpers into Christmas decorations!

I also love this cute Reindeer hat…do you think I could get away with making one for myself?

Or for the more mature amongst us what about these gorgeous Reindeer ornaments

There’s so many great ways to bring a little bit of Craftiness to Christmas, you can see even more great ideas on my new Pinterest board: Christmas crafting.

Do you make your own Christmas ornaments or do you love to buy new each year? If your anything like me you will have a mish mash from across the years of shiny trinkets that caught your eye, some home crafted ones and everything in between!

H.

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Pinterest Inspiration: October

Sorry for the late post in my monthly Pinterest Roundup series. I probably sound a bit like a broken record at the moment but everything really is very busy at the moment. Decorating is well under way at the new house and I am now half way through my placement so my work will also be going back to normal after Christmas so hopefully then things will calm down a bit. For my October Pinterest roundup I would like to indulge in one of my guilty pleasures! Occasionally I get stuck in a bit of a Pinterest vortex and keep clicking through the related pins. This means that once I get stuck on a topic I can get lost for hours finding lots of pretty things to make. This month I got was caught in the trap of Big Bang Theory inspired crafts!

Here are some of my favourites:

Firstly this amazing cross stitch pattern featuring all of the gang! I love how you can immediately tell each character from their charicature despite the simplicity of the pattern.

Cross Stitch big bang theory

Still on the embroidery theme is this chart explaining the rules of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. Amazing.Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

Finally, how adorable is amigurumi Sheldon!Amigurumi Sheldon

What have you been pinning this month? Why not add a link to your Pinterest account in the comments, I’d love to see what you’ve all been admiring!

H.