Bicycle Skirt

I absolutely love this bicycle print fabric. It’s been in my stash for a couple of years at least one of which it was halfway to becoming a Colette Meringue skirt. That was until yesterday when I made the decision to finally get it finished. There was one problem though. Over the pasy year or so I lost half the pieces I’d cut out so decided to improvise and just make up a nee skirt. I’m glad I did as this skirt is such a great fit and is so wearable I know I’m going to wear it loads.

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Vintage Pattern Month-Part 3

So, I’ve finished my July vintage pattern dress and here is the final product 

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I have to say I am really pleased with how this turned out. Ignore the fit on the dummy, it actually fits mr really well and is now all packed for a wee trip to Dublin.

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Competition!

I won a competition! This is very exciting to me as I don’t ever win things! It’s even more exciting as it was a competition by Simply Crochet  so the prize was incredible! I can’t wait to get it home and get to work with it all!

I got loads of yarn (6 balls of wool blend arran, 6 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto, 4 balls of Rowan fine lace)

I also got 6 (count them…6!) crochet books! Patons Learn to Crochet, Debbie Bliss Simply Crochet, Edie Eckman Around the Corner Crochet Borders, Amy Palanjian So Pretty Crochet, Rowan Lace and Irresistible Gifts To Crochet Vol.2. 

I also got a year’s subscription to Simply Crochet and a selection of hooks and buttons!

What a good day!

Crochet Jar Cosy Tutorial

I’ve been loving the crochet jar cosies around at the minute so I had a bash at making my own. I love the patterns they create on the walls when they are light with a tealight.

My design is simple, based on chain stitches and is a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn. I’ve put my pattern below so please feel free to use it.

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Jar Cosy Pattern:

This pattern is for personal use only. Please feel free to make your these cosies for yourselves or gifts but please don’t use the pattern to make and sell cosies.

Materials:

Yarn and an appropriate sized hook.

Clean Jar

Tealight (optional)

 

Abbreviations (UK terms)

Chain Stitch= ch

Double Crochet= dc

Slip Stitch= sl st

 

Pattern:

Foundation Row: ch enough to fit snugly around the neck of your jar, sl st to create a ring

Row 1: Ch 2(1st dc), dc into every stitch on ring, sl st

Row 2: *Ch 3 skip 2 dcand sl st into 3rd dc* repeat ** until end of row sl st

Row 3: *Ch 3 sl st into 2nd ch of loop* repeat ** until end of row sl st

Continue as row 3 until the cosy is long enough to fit snugly over your jar (it should stretch a bit to allow the light through).

 

I hope this pattern makes sense as it is the first pattern I have written. Please let me know if there are any unclear parts/mistakes.

Let me see your pictures if you do make up this pattern!

 

 

Pinterest Picks #9

My first Pinterest Picks of 2013. There is no real theme to these picks, other than they are things I’ve made/taken inspiration from recently.

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This cranberry curd featured among the gifts I gave away this Christmas, although I did change the recipe a wee bit to make the curd set a bit more solid it tasted delicious and I’ve had some lovely comments about it.

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Taking inspiration from these wee jar cosies I made some of my own tealight cosies. I’ll get some pictures and the crochet pattern up on here soon.

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And this year I have another wedding to go to and so another crochet blanket to make. I’m currently trying to decide on a design but I love the edging on this one so I think no matter what design I go for this edging will feature.

And there we have my first picks of 2013!

 

2013- The year of creativity!

How has everyone’s 2013 been so far? I’ve been getting back into the swing of going to bed and getting up at a reasonable hour and getting out of the habit of assuming cheese and pate are a suitable replacement for dinner- you’ve got to love the holidays.
Anyway, there are a couple of things I’m pleased to do this week to kick off 2013 in creative style.

1: There is a 20% off sale on all of my shop just use code JAN2013 if you are ordering anything. Don’t forget that I offer free UK & Ireland postage! click here to visit

2: I’m taking part in 2013 Creative Pay it Forward. The first five people to like my facebook page and comment on my status will receive something handmade from me this year. It could be anything, at any time- how exciting!

I’m looking forward to being more creative this year, taking on more projects and hopefully building up my shop. What are you looking forward to this year?

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

As we start out a new year I wanted to say a quick cheerio with some of my favourite pictures from last year. I had planned to have a picture from each month but it turns out I didn’t take any pictures in March or April (it may be more likely that I’ve lost them!). Anyway, here are 10 of my favourite pictures from each month last year.

January Western HarbourJanuary: This was taken on a bright sunny January day and is of Edinburgh’s Western Harbour

February Pipes in BerlinFebruary: My friend and I took a short trip to Berlin in February where I took a picture of these great pink over ground pipes. What an amazing city, I can’t wait to go back but probably will wait for a warmer time of year…February is COLD!

May-Wedding CraftMay: My friends got married and had the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to. The bride and her family made almost all of the decorations, the groom provided the music and his mum made this gorgeous cake. It was a day to remember on the banks of Loch Fyne.

June- AmsterdamJune: Campbell & I visited Amsterdam in June witha group of friends. It’s a stunning city and I took this picture while on a boat tour. I love the colours and reflections.

July-Olympic PreparationsJuly: This month was all about Olympic preparations. This was the day that the Red Arrows flew over Edinburgh.

August-CreteAugust: Campbell and I went to visit my mother in Crete this month, here is a picture of him enjoying a beautiful sunset one evening.

September- Pedal For ScotlandSeptember: I cycled 50 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh and was very proud to get this medal. It was a great experience and one I hope to repeat this year.

October-Edinburgh CastleOctober: October (and November for that matter) saw the leaves turning and it was more beautiful than I remember seeing in a long time, the last few years the leaves have been frozen off or blown off before they can turn. Here is Edinburgh Castle at the start of this turn.

November-CairngormNovember: Here is Campbell enjoying the cosiness of his winter coat on the top of Cairngorm Mountain. We took the funicular railway up and enjoyed the views before having a fantastic hot chocolate.

December- ChristmasDecember: This was the festive season and to celebrate here is a picture of some of our tree decorations.

2012 was quite a year with it’s fair share of ups and downs. I’m looking forward immensely to 2013 and what exciting things it may hold.