Hello and welcome to my spanking new blog.
I’m going to take you on a journey as I try out new crafts, sew up some beautiful items and even share some of my own original creations.
All this started a few months ago when I was given a sewing pattern by a friend. I dusted off my neglected sewing machine and surprised myself by making a green stripey clutch bag. Inspired by the result I made a few more.
The pattern for this clutch is by KeykaLou, and if you want something easy and fun to make you should check out http://www.keykaloupatterns.com/ . The patterns are reasonably priced, easy to follow and e-mailed to you as a download, simply print it out and away you go.
I’ve also just bought the City Bag pattern so will post some pictures soon.
I have got quite excited about knitting this month, and have discovered that for a total novice really big needles are essential. I knitted this cardigan with ‘Debbie Bliss Como’ wool using 10mm needles, it was a Sidar pattern from the book ‘Big Softie Knits for Beginners’.
I’m not ashamed to admit that my cardigan is and looks a little wonky. The lesson for me is definitely pay more attention to the instructions and measure, measure, measure, then hopefuly the sleeves will end up the same length. I also should have used Sidar wool as recommended in the pattern, this cardigan has come out a little heavy because I didn’t follow the instructions!
At Christmas I was given an Emily Peacock tapestry. I remember having a go at cross-stitch when I was little but have to admit I was a bit dubious when I opened this, not least because as someone had given it to me, I would have to make it.
Scepticism aside I have made quite a bit of headway on this over the holidays, and am secretly enjoying it, it’s a good multi-tasker as I can definitely watch TV at the same time.
Finally, I’m taking part in ‘Pay it forward 2011’. I have to send something handmade to five of my friends sometime in 2011. I have my five takers already, so now need to get creating, why not pop back over the next few months and see how I’m getting on…………………..