Sunday, 25 November 2012

Handmade Monday

I am definitely gearing up for Christmas over here.

I couldnt find any more of the red I'd made those lovely little stockings out of so I had to grab a new ball of bright red DK. I just couldnt face getting halfway through my little project and running out.

So I had to finish Mrs Frosty's body to get her off my needles so that I could start on the stockings.
However, this means that she looks quite pathetic at the moment. :(

We've spent the weekend doing DIY. Who'd have thought that painting was SOOO boring.

So I've only got this far with the stocking advent calendar. :(
I think this little project isnt going to make it to FO status til next Christmas.

The first stocking is off the needles but it needs to be sewn up. 1 and a bit down, 22 and a lot to go. :(


Is anyone else makine Christmas decorations? Last year I made a garland of red stars using this tutorial. I can not recommend it highly enough and will definitely be making some more in the future.

I'm linking up up with Handmade Monday and I'll link up with Make Something Monday tomorrow when the link is up.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

In the Christmas spirit

After Friday's little spark of creativity I felt inspired to make some more knitted Christmas decorations.

Last year I'd made some little stockings to hang on my tree.....

The patterns came from this GORGEOUS little booklet.

Christmas Special

And I decided I really fancied making these:

Mr & Mrs Frosty 

So I hooked out the white DK and got started.

In fact I got this far........

before it seemed really familiar. So I had a root through the stash of DK and found this......

OOOPS!!! what a fool!

(Can you see all the glitter on the floor from the bauble fun on Friday- housework is not my forte!)

But now I guess I'm halfway towards Mr & Mrs Frosty!

How exciting.

The only problem is that it's all on size 11 needles so it takes AGES to knit up.

I cant wait to get this bit off the needles tho because I've decided to make up 22 more of the little red stockings (as long as I can find enough of the same red to carry on with, that might be a bit of a problem. Slightly different reds would drive me INSANE!)  and put them onto a string of bunting to make into an advent garland. Then I figure I can fill it with chocolate that I like instead of the yucky chocolate you get in advent calendars!!!! :) method to my 22 stocking madness.

I wonder if I'll ever make one project from start to finish without being distracted by something suddenly far more interesting!

I'm hooking up with Handmade Monday today so pop over and see what everyone else is up to.

What Christmas crafting are you getting up to???

Friday, 9 November 2012

FO Friday.

I have ANOTHER FO!!!

I know, it's amazing.

But this was a really quick little project I whipped up.

I've made a Christmas bauble wreath.

I was inspired by some pictures I found on the web last year and decided I wanted to make one too late to get any cheap baubles so I shelved the idea.

I'd share the blog I found last year if only I could find it again now. But a quick google search brings up hundreds of pictures of both handmade and comercial wreaths. Homebase are selling them for £15!

My cousin's super creative girlfriend posted a photo on Facebook of the rag wreath she'd made earlier this week and it reminded me of my shelved idea.

Anyway, I popped to Tesco on the way home from work and their Christmas decorations were out already. They had big boxes of mixed size baubles for £2.50!!!!!!! I couldnt resist all the sparkly goodness so I grabbed one box of red and one box of silver and rang mum whilst still at the checkout to get her to hook me out a wire coathanger.

I bent the coat hanger into a circle but wasnt sure whether I was going to have enough to fill it so I just chucked the baubles on. The wire needs to feed thro the little plastic loops on the baubles so I cut all the strings off. The first time, I realised I was left with too many of the large baubles at the end so I had to unwind all the baubles off the coat hanger over the spirally bit at the top and re-thread them. But this time I'm much happier.

And this is the result!


It needs the yucky hook covered up somehow.
And perhaps a little re-shaping......

But I'm pretty pleased with it.

Now I just need to store it somewhere til Christmas. Perhaps I should have thought of that. Hmmmmm......

I'm linking up with Tami again this week. Pop over.

Friday, 2 November 2012

FO Friday!!

I have an FO!!!! wooohoooooo!!!!!

I am so pleased with myself. I have an FO.

It's been half term and I am taking it EASY so I've spent a LOT of time hooking my ripple blanket and I'm pretty happy with the results.

I love it. There are some colours in there that I wouldnt have chosen if I were to do it again but I figured that as I'd bought the yarn I should use it, and of course, not including the colours would have made it a few lines shorter.
I'm not sure if it needs an edge or not. What do you think??? If it does I need to buy some more yarn as I dont have enough of any one colour to go all the way round.
It's amazingly soft. It's made from sublime bamboo & pearls dk and is just delicious. It's the first crochet blanket I've made and I'm so proud of it. I just want to keep stroking it.
I have a plan for the blanket but you'll have to check back in a few weeks to find out what that is.
I guess I need to go finish my Wingspan now.
I'm linking up with Tami to share my FO. Pop over to see what everyone else has finished this week.



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