Christmas decorations

This weekend I taught my lovely friends Flick and Becky the mother of all christmas decoration stitches – the blanket stitch! After a wander round Durham Christmas Market and Cathedral and an epic fish and chip lunch, we returned to Becky’s mansion to watch Christmassy films and make some decorations. With muppet christmas carol on…

Baby blanket

Today I went to my first baby shower. I was invited by a lovely lady from my team who’s due date is in December but we’re pretty sure she’s going to pop anytime! For her gift I wanted to make a baby blanket. I struggled at first finding a quick pattern to make, but found…

Wedding Bunting

In August my lovely friend Caroline got married. Caroline had heard much about all the items I liked to make and had been the recipient of a knitted phone case and a jumper for her dog Mabel (see earlier post here ) So when I said I needed to see her just before her wedding…

It’s late!

The other day, when I told my Dad that I was starting to make christmas cake, he replied with an astonished (but teasing) ‘That’s a bit late!’ It’s the 29th October today and he’s right – I’m off schedule this year. I’ve been making christmas cakes for the last 4 years, a new tradition in…

Jam!

It’s midday on a Sunday and I’ve just finished making jam. Sure last Sunday at this time I’d nearly finished a 25mile cycle round some lovely country roads near Brighton through a Cycletta organised ride, but nonetheless jam by 12 feels very productive! It’s also my first ever solo attempt at making jam. I have…

Thinking ahead

With my last exam casting a shadow of doom across me for the next week, my mind (in the many moments of procrastination) starts to think ahead to my new found freedom at weekends and what to make next. I lose Tim to the football approximately every 2 weeks when he heads to west brom…

Phone/kindle cases

Over the last few years I have made quite a few phone cases. The first was for my HTC legend – 3 and a half years ago. I knitted this up quickly using rainbow yarn and then lined with felt. Since then I’ve changed to an iphone, yet the very same case has carried on….

Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day a few years ago I became adventurous and embraced lace knitting! I made a toiletries / make up bag using a king cole sequin yarn. Pattern was from Elizabeth Jarvis and there are a few other items in the collection including an iPad case. Pattern available here First tip: lace and sequins…

Mabel’s jumper

When my friend Caroline got a new little dog, one of the first things she asked me was for a jumper for the winter. I can’t remember which pattern I used, but it involved a lot if Internet searching to find it. Essentially this is knitted flat, the width is the dog’s waist measurement. The…

Birthday card

This is a cross stitch birthday card I made for my mum last year. The image was taken from a google image search. The bunting was cut out of an old card and hung on with wool.

Easter egg

We’ve spent the last few easter breaks with my auntie and uncle. This has brought the introduction to us of painting Easter eggs prior to rolling them down a big hill (if in Cornwall) or flinging them (in the Fens). This year my cousin and I went for a Christmas theme – he painted a…

Cards

Attached are attempts at some card making. The purple one is a papercut graduation card. This was my first papercut, so I was pretty pleased! The other is a chicken made out of felt for my boyfriends mum’s birthday. Each are easy to make. For papercut just pencil on what you want to cut out,…

Tim’s bake off

Here’s a ‘made by Tim, supervised by Siona’ Tim made this pie for a bake off in his office and actually make it himself this year! The recipe was taken from BBCGoodFood website (my source for all recipes): Chicken and Stuffing Picnic Pie Just one slice was saved for me but it was delicious!

Learning to paint with acrylics

For my dads christmas present last year, I bought him an acrylic painting lesson. I thought it was an all day workshop for beginners where we’d pick up the general basic technique. Instead it was a bit of a free for all and we didn’t learn a huge amount. Although the best lesson of the…

Goodbye!

This is for a colleague leaving a few years ago. The chocolate base is just Victoria sponge, incl cocoa. I made a chocolate buttercream icing then decorated with marshmallows. Needless to say end result went down very well and colleague was very pleased!

Patchwork quilt

For Christmas 2012 I embarked on what turned out to be a giant project. I decided to make a quilt for my boyfriends sister, who adores all things chintzy. At this point I was still lucky to be living off Goldhawk Road so had a great supply of cheap fabrics and quilting materials. The photos…

Woolly wreaths

Another set of Christmas presents! Using foam rings from hobbycraft at £1.25 each and leftover strands of wool, felt and baubles I have one of these to my mum who was very pleased! Instructions on how to make may follow later in the year when I make up some more!

Knitivity

Another Jean Greenhowe pattern. I started this in Jan 2011 after receiving the pattern book and some toy wool as a present. It took about 9months but now comes out every christmas.

Knitted Santa

Here are photos of the Santa Claus I made for my brother Scott and his girlfriend Olivia for Christmas 2012. I used a Jean Greenhowe pattern and actually knitted most of this whilst on holiday in Spain. We went away whilst Euro 2012 was on, so this is how I spent my evenings!