Lucky lady, lovely lady!

The lucky lady is me and the lovely lady is the Knitterly Hooker! A couple of weeks ago I had the fab news that I had won a prize in the Knitterly Hooker’s giveaway and today it arrived in the post. Not just the brilliant Crochet Noro book, but some other goodies as well.

As you can see it was beautifully wrapped…………

……….which made it even more exciting to open!

Now I have to decide what I’m going to make first! I’m thinking ‘keep it simple’ so here are my first choices (not that I’m trying to make you jealous or anything 😉

So thanks again to a lovely lady for a lovely gift……….and make sure you check out her ‘Knit it Up‘ blog!

Ready for a stashtag

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About 3-4 weeks ago, the lovely Peacefully Knitting blog featured a pretty stash busting project  for A Simple Sideways Triangle Scarf from Churchmouse Yarn & Teas.  The same day as I read it, I’d seen some balls of a lovely soft green yarn in a charity shop. I commented on the blog that it was not quite in the spirit of de-stashing to purchase yarn for the project but as soon as I’d seen the yarn I wanted it (see yarn, buy yarn) 😉 and this scarf was just perfect for it – clearly meant to be!! To cut a long story short …….bought the yarn …………….did the knitting ………………………….made the scarf!! And very pleased with it I am too – it will be toasty warm when winter comes. Definitely recommended as a stash-buster! Will make another soon methinks!

Once you start down the dark path…..

It seemed like such a good idea at the time…convert this ugly jacket lurking in my wardrobe into something more attractive that I might actually wear…. Now I don’t normally indulge in ‘make do and mend’ activities because…
a) I’m rubbish at sewing
b) I have no flair for design if it doesn’t involve yarn
c) It just seems like too much trouble when I could simply buy what I want

Anyway, there it was, this linen jacket that I bought at a friend’s ‘nearly new’ clothing sale. I wore it once and decided it was a really ugly shape so it sat in the wardrobe, forgotten, squashed between other items, undiscovered for….who knows how long…until I had a massive clear out.  Now what I should have done is donated back to a charity shop but recently, I’d seen someone wearing a sleeveless short denim waistcoat over a summer frock and I thought – a little unwisely as it turned out – maybe I could turn my old jacket into one of these!

So I hacked off the sleeves and most of the length planning on edging it with some shop bought trimming. But then I found some cotton yarn I bought years ago when I fancied having a go at tatting. So out came my trusty ‘Good Housekeeping’ Needlecraft book for some stitch ideas…..

The shoulder edging was simple enough – a double crochet (single crochet for my USA buddies) border, with chain loops. Looks quite pretty and feminine on what was quite a mannish jacket I think. The bottom edge was a different matter – I really fancied having some fringing and beads but even lovely old ‘Needlecraft’ failed me here with a method so I decided to wing it. Yeah, well, not one of my finest crafting hours (or several hours as it turned out).

Anyway, once I started, I was determined to see it to the end and I’m reasonably happy with the results. At least I won’t get bored wearing it – untangling the beaded fringing is a great, and never-ending, game which will keep me amused for hours!

I wish I’d seen Stitches and Scraps blog on lacy edging before I’d started but hey I know for next time (huh likes that gonna happen 😉

Coo – how lucky am I?

I never win anything! Till now that is…………a great big thank you to the lovely Knitterly Hook-er and her Knit it Up blog for picking my name out of the hat for her great giveaway – a fabulous book – Crochet Noro. I only hope I’m up to it – but the yarn is so lovely it should look pretty good whatever you do to it!

Please check out her blog and Facebook page and enjoy some great images and thoughts. Also, please keep her cousin in your prayers as she battles cancer.

Yarn stash? What yarn stash?

Having spent ages searching through bags trying to locate some red yarn I decided it was time to convert this….

…into something more manageable.

With the aid of a small drawer unit donated by one of my boys (which has taken a surprising amount) and some vaguely colour co-ordinated bags, I can now find anything (she says optimistically). Plus I’ve got a whole new load of plastic bags for plarn projects – talk about win-win!

I keep opening the drawers for a little peek as everything looks so inviting when it’s all visible. If you look carefully, you can see the three pink and purple colours of eyelash yarn I’ve recently acquired for which I am looking for inspiration. Suggestions welcome.

I really need a larger drawer unit to take the lot but Christmas isn’t that far away so I’ve started my present list for Santa already 😉

Giveaway Time

Freebies everyone!

Knit It Up

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I’d like to thank you for following my blog for my first month or so on wordpress.  To celebrate, I’m doing a giveaway. 

Entering is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Here’s what you do:

1. Like and share my Facebook page.
2. Vote here.
3. Comment on this post with your craft of preference. I’ll earburn you on Facebook if you won!

There is will be TWOwinners – one for knit and one for crochet . TWO prizes.

Prize: Knit Noro Accessories
Update to prize: Forgive me on my delay, I noticed a lot of you are crocheters, and so, I will get a crochet book for the prize.

Contest opens: August 3, 2013 at 12am
Contest closes:August 10, 2013 at 11:59pm
Winner announced on: August 13,2013

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Making ‘plarn’

Recently, the fabulous UK Crochet Patterns posted a tutorial on making ‘plarn’ (that’s plastic yarn for the uninitiated). I commented that I made it in a slightly different way and they kindly encouraged me to post my method…..so here is my tutorial (my that sounds very school-marmish, quiet that girl in the back!) ;-).

The ‘plarn’ I make works out slightly thicker and won’t go as far, so really you need to decide on the best method for your project.

1) Start by smoothing the bag out – getting it nice and flat makes life so much easier.
Smooth the bag flat
2) Fold it in half, then half again, keeping the bottom edge in line. Cut off the handles, leaving yourself a straight edge.


3) Fold it in half again and cut the sealed end off. Make sure you completely cut the sealing or it will present problems when you try to open it out – this is why a bit of time spent lining up the edges saves time later.

4) Now cut into strips between 1.5cms (half an inch) and 2.5cms (1 inch) depending on how flimsy the bag is (if its very thin, cut strips a bit wider, if it’s really thick, cut them narrower). For the standard supermarket bag, the 1.5cms has plenty of strength.

5) Open up one strip to form a loop (A) and thread another loop (B) through it.

6) Now, holding on to loop B with your right hand, pass the left end of B back over A and through the loop in your right hand (if you are left handed hold on to loop B with your left hand, pass the right end of B back over A and through the loop in your left hand).

7) Pull the two loops gently to form a knot in the middle. Try and make it as small and tight as possible without tearing the loops (but don’t panic if you do, just knot them together and carry on regardless – that’s the beauty of plarn)

8) You can either make a big ball of plarn by joining many loops together and winding them into a ball, or simply join a new loop as in 6) as you near the end of a loop. I find joining them as you go particularly good if you are changing colours. To get started, simply make a knot near the end of a loop and stick your crochet hook through. Using the loop as a single thread, crochet as normal.

Will follow up with instructions for a simple ‘bag of bags’ soon, but anything you can make with yarn you can make with plarn!

PS: Thanks to No.2 son for the photography, even if the camera was playing up and some are a bit blurred!