Top projects of 2018 – Knit / Crochet / Sew

Following on from the top cakes of 2018 post, here’s the other projects from 2018 that I actually remember to take a photo of. That part is crucial as I am always making something, yet only seem to have a few photos. Top resolution for 2019 = always take photos. As before, here are my…

Top projects of 2018 – Cakes

I haven’t posted on here for over 2 years. It’s very easy to convince yourself that what you make isn’t good enough. I’ve recently reminded myself that I set this page up for me, to remind myself of the things I have made and be proud of these. If it happens to generate ideas in…

Crochet Baby Blanket

For about a year now I’ve had so many different projects on the go that I’ve never actually finished any. I made myself a promise to finish some projects before I started any more. Here’s one of the finished items. I only learnt how to crochet 2 years ago, yet here I am making full…

Organising

It’s been a little while since I posted anything here. Post wedding in July, we quickly moved on to preparing to move house so my projects took a bit of a back seat. I’m really excited that my new house comes with a room that I’ve been pleased to claim as my own craft room….

Wool place names

Continuing the theme of homemade wedding crafts, I made all my placenames. I wanted to continue the use of wool as I love knitting and thought it would make them a bit more individual. Everyone ended up taking their own home so they also acted as favours. Thankfully there were only 28 of us as this…

Flowers

For our wedding we had decided we just wanted it to be relaxed and not too formal. Flowers seem to be one of the biggest costs at a wedding which seems a little silly given they don’t last long! My mum made my bouquet and some smaller ones for bridesmaids. She also made some corsages for…

Crochet Definitions

This post is a little unexciting, but I’m constantly looking for my little notebook where I’ve written down the difference between UK and US crochet. It’s got bright yellow hedgehogs on it so you think it would be easy, but alas no. I therefore thought it would be sensible to type up and put in…

Wedding crafts – ribbon

I haven’t been able to post on here for a while as I’ve been busy preparing for my wedding and I wanted to keep what I was making as a surprise from everyone. I made numerous items for my wedding and I’m going to split up the different items into different posts. Worth noting that…

Mother’s Day at Brownies

I volunteer each week at my local Brownie unit. For those of you based across the globe this is the UK equivalent of Girl Scouts for girls aged 7-10. On Sunday 14th it’s Mother’s Day in the UK and we’ll be making gifts for our mums at the meeting before. Last year we decorated pots…

Knitted animals

Here’s two projects for knitted animals. I love making toys and the knitted wild animals book by Sarah Keen is my favourite so far. The patterns are easy and the end result is lovely. The first project is an Elephant for my friend Beatrice’s first baby. The elephant pattern is from this book. I started…

First crochet project

In September I went to a granny squares crochet tutorial at Tea and Crafting. I’ve posted a review of it in an earlier post but wanted to reiterate how great the class is for newbies. With the crochet bug, I started crocheting a granny square blanket. This is just one giant big granny square, rather…

Crochet for beginners

In August I left a company I had worked at for nearly 6 years. My colleagues bought me a range of baking items and a voucher for http://www.teaandcrafting.co.uk Tea and Crafting is run by someone who sounds like she is as passionate about making things as I am but has actually gone and made a…

Patchwork baby quilt/mat

When I found out at the beginning of the year that my friend Jemma was pregnant with her first child, I started making things. An earlier post displays the knitted monkey toy. This project is for a patchwork quilt/mat (dependent on how Jem wants to use it). Before we knew gender I had decided a…

Mother’s Day – printed scarf

For Mother’s Day this year I decided I wanted to try out some new lino print skills to make a scarf for my mum. I’m not the most imaginative. I can follow a pattern or a recipe or copy a picture but I’ve always found it difficult to come up with drawings from my own…

Knitted Monkey

I love knitting toys. The patterns tend to be a bit more exciting than clothes with varied stitches, no long periods of st stitch and a quicker sense of achievement. Using the monkey pattern from ‘knitting wild animals’ by Sarah Keen I quickly knit up a monkey for my friend Jemma’s baby to be (at…

More cake

The last few months have had a real cake focus to them! I’m in a cake club at work. The rules are simple – each week somebody bakes a cake. They are marked on taste, texture, appearance and creativity. If you’re not prepared to bake one week, you don’t get to eat any cake. The…

Cake

Cake! Over the last few months I’ve made a few exciting cakes. First from the Clandestine Bakery book a giant fondant fancy. This was an awesome lemon cake, with an entire jar of lemon curd in it! It also survived the 2 hour car journey which is now one of my new measures of a…

Screen Printing

Continuing with the printing theme, another christmas present from ma and pa this time was for a full day screen printing on fabric course. This was at CityLit, which is a new discovery to me but has hundreds of courses, including 1 day taster sessions. Whilst this one was in Covent Garden, I am thrilled…

Lino printing

Armed with a lino printing kit for beginners (a brilliant christmas present), my thank you cards took a more creative twist this year. For those who aren’t familiar with lino printing, it’s a way of making a relief based picture. You cut away the areas you don’t want and ink the remaining to create a…

Secret compartment books

Of all the christmas presents I made this year, these are my favourite. Secret compartment books! Old Spitalfields Market has a bookstall – always there on Thursdays for vintage day and regularly on other days too – where you can pick up old books for £1! I picked up these books: The Robin Hood book…