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…

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…