Leaving it until the last minute as usual, I needed a fathers day card for the boys to give to their dad tomorrow.
My Stampotique stamps haven't been out of the box much recently, but I remembered these owl stamps (designed by Jo Capper-Sandon) and thought that they would be perfect with this silly sentiment (which I did with individual letters.
This hat is the result of spending way too much time on Pinterest
I saw this lovely hat and then this lovely bow and decided to combine the two to make this using this guide to making any sized hat, based on the gauge of your knitting (it's an amazing website, the only thing I have changed is doing the rib on needles a size down from main hat)
If you look closely there is a mistake in the rib beneath the bow, where I have two knit stitches together.
The bow is placed over the jog in the stripe, which is handy.
This is made in a bby size, but I'm thinking of making one to fit me.
This may just be my favourite thing that I have ever knitted. It was quite hard, but very rewarding.
It is quite large for a baby blanket, somewhere between stroller and cot size (I forgot to measure it before I gave it away).
I used two colour of Aran yarn and it used approximately 200g (200m) of each.
The technique is known as double knitting (not to be confused with double knitting yarn) and basically knits both sides of the fabric at the same time, creating two separate layers, the two layers become joined together where you cross the colours from front to back.
I used the following set of 3 excellent youtube videos to learn this beautiful technique
The lovely Laura Liddell from Flaxen Hare Designs asked me to have a play with her new kit, designed for teaching children to knit... and I fell in love with the lovely Harriet Hare.
The kit included Harriet, 5 balls of yarn (3 colour ways at the moment) needles and everything you need to get started, as well as some wonderful instructions. All of the pattern use just the knit stitch and then introduce basic shaping.
(photo from Flaxen Hare Designs)
The scarf, short dress and skirt all come from the kit, and are all easy to do. The skirt uses short row shaping, but beautifully explained so that it is so easy.
There are also instructions for a bag, pants, tshirt and boots.
Of course I couldn't resist making up my own pieces including this simple cable jumper,
I decided to make this chutney because I really like Carrots! So I was curious to know whether they would work as a chutney, after a bit of googling I found that Marks and Spencer's used to make a wensleydale and carrot chutney sandwich, which was widely regarded as delicious.... so I knew this had to be my next chutney project.
approx 1400g carrots (weight is before peeling) - grated (this is by far the most time consuming part)
2 onions diced
2 cooking apples finely diced
1 red chilli pepper finely sliced
2 tbls veg oil
1 tsp coriander seeds crushed.
350 ml cider vinegar
250g light muscovado sugar (or whatever brown sugar you have)
heat oil in large pan, add onion & chilli and cook until soft.
Add grated carrot and 2 tbls of the sugar and cook until carrots go limp and start to produce juice.
Add vinegar, rest of sugar and coriander and simmer for 20 mins covered and 20 mins uncovered, stirring frequently.
transfer to sterilised jars, squishing the chutney down in the jars.
I am happily married with two wonderful sons. I work two nights a week as a radiographer. I like to make stuff. Cardmaking, knitting, crochet. I'll try anything crafty.I also have an unhealthy love of maths, I did a degree for fun.
I post on my blog in the hope that I will inspire others to create. I am more than happy for you to be inspired by anything I post, and make it your own. Likewise, I get inspiration from all sorts of sources including the blogs of other crafters, although I would never knowingly directly copy another's work I visit so many blogs I pick up inspiration all over the place. Please know that if you are in my blog lists then you inspire me.
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