Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Socks appeal ;-)

Hello there!
This might not seem like a very seasonal post for the last day of March except that here in the North of Scotland it has been snowing on & off all day! A couple of weeks ago a friend showed me this video & I was totally smitten, I had already been thinking about trying my hand at making some sock creatures so this no sew snowman seemed like a good place to start. I found some cheap white sports socks at a local store & a few hours later this little fellow was born!
Cute huh?! It was one of those times where it really was as simple as the video suggested, the only thing that stopped me making more straight away was the amount of rice he took as stuffing! I am going to be experimenting with using a rice & regular toy stuffing combo but in the meantime I found some fluffy microfiber socks that would be perfect for a different sock animal. 
If you follow the Stitchydragon facebook page you will have seen these guys in a few different stages, here is the first little one...

complete with cute little fluffy tail! 
You can find the free tutorial for the lambs here along with tutorials for some other cute sock creatures, but be warned, making them can become addictive! On this little guy I embroidered the eyes instead of using buttons as he is going to go live with my grandson Little H who is not quite three years old. Then I decided my nieces needed Easter Lambs this year too...
As they are for older children I used buttons for eyes on these two, and here's the whole gang together...
If you want to give these a go I would suggest swapping out your regular sewing machine needle for a ball point needle, it will make sewing those stretchy socks so much easier. Of course you don't need a sewing machine, you can always sew them by hand if you prefer. I had a lot of fun making them & have requested a couple of books from the library on sock animals so you can expect to see some different creatures popping up on here at some point...
Well I hope you are having a lovely Easter week whatever you are up to, thank you for visiting me here today!








Saturday, 28 March 2015

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Hello there!
It's been a while hasn't it? I hope all is good with you? Has Spring arrived yet in your part of the world? Or are you heading into Autumn instead? Whichever way & however slowly your seasons are changing they are changing & personally I am ready to be Done With Winter. Although I enjoy sitting inside under a cosy blanket listening to the wind howling down the chimney while I stitch/crochet/knit I would like something different now. Just as I am loving seeing the days lighten & lengthen, I am looking forward to being able to sit outside with a cup of tea, and walk the dog without bundling up in a thick jacket, mittens, & hat first!
Last November on our final morning in Denver three lovely skeins of this irresistible yarn called to me & I hoped it would be enough to make myself new mittens, scarf, & a hat for this winter.
It is Lion Brand Heartland yarn, the colorway is called Sequoia & it really is a gorgeous mixture of brown squishy goodness! In January I decided to make a start on some mittens & picked this free pattern from Lion Brand. They worked up really quickly & in just three days I had brand new flip top mittens to keep my fingers toasty...
They are lovely and warm and snuggly and the flip tops are so practical when I'm out with the dog three times a day.
I have also been working on another pair of mittens that took me slightly longer to complete. When I came across these and the matching scarf on Ravelry I knew it would be just a matter of time before I knitted them for my daughter because she is a HuGe Harry Potter fan. They are based on the scarf & mittens worn by Hermione in the sixth Harry Potter film & I made a start on them back in December. I do enjoy fair isle patterns & these were no exception but as they are worked with fine fingering weight yarn (loads of tiny stitches) I had to be feeling really spot on to see what I was doing & make any progress on them. Also there was a rather scary new-to-me technique involved in them called an afterthought thumb - the scary bit comes when you start the thumb by pulling the bit of waste yarn out to make a hole in your knitting! :0 However there is a great tutorial here and they were done in time for my daughter to collect when she came home for Mother's Day the other weekend... 

For a bit of simpler knitting in between working on the Hermione inspired mittens I made a little tank top for Baby C. The pattern was in an issue of Knit Now magazine & I changed the colors to match the little socks I knitted for him for Christmas...
How cute is that?! I know he will grow out of it in a flash but I just couldn't resist! It was a lovely little pattern & I would happily knit this again in bigger sizes & other colorways :-)
I have also spent a little while at my sewing machine working on small projects, a little felt pincushion that caught my eye in a magazine...
It's far from flawless (but as it's for sticking pins in that's just fine) & it was the perfect project to use this pretty button on... 
A simple cover for my tablet based on this tutorial & using some funky owl fabric... 

An appliqued velvet cushion for a birthday gift for one of my daughter's flatmates whose loves scottie dogs & the color red...
...and a little cross stitched card to go with it... 
Well that's a little of what I've been up to, thank you for visiting me here today, I hope you have a lovely Easter week! :-)



Monday, 2 March 2015

Little Creatures and a winner!

Hello there!
Firstly we have a winner in my Blogiversary giveaway - there was just one entrant so the goodies go to Steph! I will get them in the mail to you later today :-)
Today I thought it was about time I showed you the little creatures who have come to live here in recent months. Although we were covering many miles & spending the majority of our time with family & friends on our trip to North America I obviously had to take some crafty projects with me to keep my fingers busy! Along with the black yarn for squares for Hubbie's Tetris blanket I took a couple of the small cover kits from knitting magazines. I knitted all the pieces in the two projects while we were out there and started putting one of them together but neither were finished until we returned to the UK. First up is Robbie Robin, a cheery little chappie designed by Amanda Berry...

Here you can see him sitting amongst the Christmas decorations on the piano, but he enjoyed flying to the book shelves too and seemed very at home there so has stayed for the winter!

The next little chap is most definitely a Christmas character. Another Amanda Berry design, we shortened his name from Rodney to Roddi the Reindeer...

Then in January I did something I rarely do - bought a magazine solely for the cover kit! But when they saw it the family agreed I kind of had to and a few days later Ollie Owl was born...
Here he is sitting on the Tetris blanket which was my major focus at that point. You may have seen him around that time if you follow my facebook page as I posted a pic on there and pretty soon I had a request to make another for a friend who was rather poorly at the time. The pattern works up pretty quickly so within a week a new little owl was winging her way down to the south of England...
Here she is with Ollie before her flight...
Since then my needles have been busy on other projects but I did cast on a new creature too. She is much bigger than these little guys & has many many more pieces but hopefully I will get her finished off this month... 
Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope your day brings happy things your way!