25 November, 2022

The Skull Cowl

 

Joe turns 12 in a few weeks and I wanted to knit him something as he loves wearing handmade. Choosing something to knit a preteen is difficult, it's not about what I think he'll cute in but rather what he would choose to wear & like wearing. 

When I discovered this skull pattern, well, it kinda just ticked all the boxes. The pattern actually comes as either a scarf or a cowl, I chose the cowl version and also chose the bulky yarn version so I had a chance of finishing it before his birthday.

You can't tell from these photos but the yarn is actually a dark hunter green.


The pattern is this one and yes, it's "lace" but hey, I did it & didn't even have to block out any mistakes, so if you've never done lace work before, then this is perfect for you! And I also just discovered that the knitting designer who made this pattern is actually Australian!  Yay for supporting local!

I used yarn from my stash, but here's a few suggestions for you to use: this gorgeous dark colour or maybe this bold colour yarn too.

Also, I have say that I used this stitchers gps to make reading a lace chart super easy. I'm so glad that I used it and have actually bought another one so I never ever ever get lost in a pattern again!  I can't believe that something so simple made it easy for me to knit lace! 

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16 November, 2022

Thinking of useful things

With the end of the year approaching, I'm starting to think what to give as gifts, what would be appreciated to receive as a gift and what is something that I would love giving.

For me, the best gifts to give are useful gifts as those gifts that are just given & put away in a cupboard are just a waste of time & money. 

I love giving gifts that are used, they can be eaten straight away, planted & grown, used daily or popped somewhere to make life brighter. 

Image via Teapro

So I've decided to list below some useful gifts, gifts that you'd love to give and more importantly, gifts that would love to be received. Not forgetting those gifts that are personalised, now those type of gifts truly show that you've taken the time to get them something special, here's a link to see a gift guide chocka block full of personalised gifts.

First let's think a month long gift, yes, those awesome Advent Calendars but good ones!   

Did you know that you can get a Tea advent Calendar and even a Dog Treats Calendar for that special pooch in your life.

For those who love the great outdoors & gardening, there is a gorgeous Seed Bomb pack or these gorgeous cat planters.

Image via Patimetal

For the book nerds in your life, these book ends are super cute and these book ends are using the force to hold the books in place!

Acknowledge the hat wearer in your life with possibly the best cap on Earth!

For that super hard person to buy, well, this Octopus is giving me the vibes! 

Image via MonvatooLondon

You've probably never thought of giving a doormat before, that's because you've never seen one as cool as this one!

The best designed toiletries bag ever, in fact, I think I'd use it as my handbag! 

Lastly, you need to check out this store for their jewellery. The best ever dragon rings, the most cutest bunny rings. I want all of these, they have pendants as well as earrings and necklaces. Want. Need.

I hope you found these ideas useful!

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01 November, 2022

Bilbo Battins

A grey crochet bat with open wings, big ears & large eyes.

I just finished crocheting this cute bat, I've named him Bilbo Battins, do you think it suits him?

It's for Joe for his upcoming birthday (in December), I'm actually organised early!

To be honest, I had originally planned on crocheting a shark for Joe but when I saw this cute lil bat with those gorgeous big ears, well, I kinda fell for him!

The bat is so soft & squishy thanks to the yarn that I used. I used this yarn from the lovelies over at American Yarns who are based in Victoria, Australia.

The pattern is this one, it was an easy pattern to crochet.

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21 October, 2022

A new toy to play with!

 

Forgive the slightly crappy photos but I wanted to show you what I've been working on and I honestly didn't have a chance to take good photos as Joe took them both straight away to try them on & didn't give them back as he loved them too much!

Firstly, I need to tell you that I made them entirely on an overlocker (serger) that I got for my birthday a last week. Hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday, so I sent him a link of what I really, really wanted and wowzer, he bought me it!  Such a lovely surprise, I've been wanting one for years but after I borrowed Mum's I didn't actually want one after that as threading it was a total nightmare & made me very crabby. So later, I did some research and I totally made the right decision in choosing a machine, are you keen to know what I got? Hmm, I'm now the proud owner of this overlocker/serger, it's the easiest thing to thread ever. It's even easier to thread than my sewing machine! I totally recommend it, especially after I've now made several things on it & changed the threads a few times, that air threading button is a dream to use!

I made the first pair of trousers below (the dinosaur ones) 100% on the overlocker, including the hems on the legs, waistband & elastic. I also didn't use a pattern, that's why they're a big baggy but hey, Joe still loves them.

I then made the second pair, the top image, using a pattern (this one) and once again, just used the overlocker including the pockets, hems, elastic & waistband. I love the style of these trousers and have made them before for Joe and he's always wearing them as their super comfy. Oh & fyi, the pattern is a free one, so grab it & make them too!

I honestly, did not know that you could sew a complete item like this on the overlocker, I always thought that you had to use your sewing machine as well to make them in conjuction with the overlocker. So now I'm keen to find out what else I can do with the overlocker! If you have any suggestions, then please let me know in the comments what other projects I should make!

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10 October, 2022

The Cutest Pouch Ever!

 

These lamb pouchs are possibly the cutest things that I've ever sewn!

It's a great stash buster, as you can use smaller pieces for the ears, the 'fringe' and you could even use different fabrics for the front & back.

I filmed myself making it, if you wanted to see someone doing it..  maybe because you're keen on sewing some for gifts now too?  I think it would also even look cute as a bag, with a small D ring sewn to the top (at the end of the zips) and an adjustable strap to go over your body.

Youtube clip here: https://youtu.be/quBz-KQkaSc

Pattern here: https://tidd.ly/3PBrRU6

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