Tuesday, 20 September 2016

August Round-Up

September is finally here, which means the kids are back in school, whoop, whoop, whoop. I have a good horde of FOs to show including two new designs.

I'm having technical difficulties so I'm unable to film a round-up, so it's just this blog post for now.

Done and Dusted

Design Project

As with the July socks, I doubled up  my August socks also making them a design project, using the remaining yarn from the Überlappen socks.
The yarn is Rosies Moments in Splashes of Colour, which is a merino/nylon blend. There was still about 16g left when I finished, some of which I've added to my mitred square blanket. The patterns for both socks have not been written up yet. I plan to do this soon and then get them both tested.

My other design project was this hat I made for a relative who recently gave birth, it will be part of the Hats Off To Ya Kid collection, when I finally get all the hats complete.
The hat was made using Wendy Roam Fusion in the Heath colourway, I haven't given it a name yet.


In keeping with the kid makes, I also knitted two pairs of baby socks. One using the Wendy Roam and the other using Regia Design Line in Jazz Colour by Erika Knight.

The first pair (in Wendy Roam), were made from the Baby socks pattern by Katy Atherton. I knit the first sock using dpns and then switched to a cable needle for the second. It was only when I'd worked the toe on the second sock that I realised that my tension was a little looser using the DPNs, so that sock  looks a little bigger. I blocked it a little just to stretch it out.

For the second pair I used Toe Up baby socks by Sheila Toy Stromberg, these were both knit one at a time, using magic loop, so both came out the same size.

I will definitele be making more baby socks, They're ridiculosly quick and are a great way to use up scrap yarn.


As most of you know, I have challenged my self to make one shawl every two months and so far I have managed to keep up with this. I started my July/August shawl (Linus on the Line) at the end of July and then decided to start another shawl at the beginning of August.

Normally I would not have done something like this, especially during the school holidays, but when Anniken of Yarn Addict announced that she was hosting a KAL for her latest project (Gondola), that she was designing it as she went along, and that it was free, I couldn't miss out on this opportunity.

The Gondola shawl was finished first, I used the Town End Alpaca minis I picked up at Unravel, starting with the light red/orangey/coral colour, then the red and finishing with the purple.

It's the first lace project I've worked on were there aren't any mistakes. This is only because I used stitch markers to divide the pattern repeats. Whenever I made a mistake it was easy to compare one repeat section with another to work out were I went wrong. All but two of my stitch markers were used in this project, which means, I need more stitch markers.

Linus on the Line was finished on the the 3rd of September, but I'm still counting this as my July/August shawl. I did get bored towards the end and finished the garter edge eight rows early. Gondola will be an extra shawl for the year.

On The Needles/All Hooked Up


I've used up one skein on two of the Atlas jumpers, the thirdone hasnt had anywork done on it but I will give themmore attention in the coming months.


Design Project

Another welcome gift for my newly arrived niece is a crocheted blanket. This will have elements similar to the Apphia blanket. I'm about halfway throufh though I'm experiencing designer's block and dont know what to do next. Something will have to come to me soon as I don't want the baby to outgrow the other items (though thats not likely to happen very soon).

Mitred Square blankets

A few new squares havs been added to my blankets, mainly the knitted one. I don't have many minis that are ready to go in, so I'm only adding a new sqaure when I'm bored or in between projects.

Goodies Galore

Only one package came through the door in August and this was from a destash. I managed to bag a skein of Countess Ablaze Lady Persephone Sock in I'm Not Okay and West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in.

Both are yarns I've wanted to try for a long time. I'm saving the WYS for my December socks, the Countess Ablaze skein will preferably be used in a garment.

Waiting In The Wing


To avoid the need to buy more sock yarn I will be using the remaining yarn from my June socks, Rico Design Suberba Poems. My pattern of choice, for the moment, is Bodie by Rachel Coopey. I have left than half a skein left so they will be ankle socks and I'll also have a contrasting heel and toe, possibly cuffs too.


Sometime ago I designed a crocheted vest/waistcoat but its not whatni wajted it to be, so I've come to the decision to frog it. I will possibly use the yarn to make Burgundy by Lisa Richardson, it's a lace reversible top. I haven't worked a swatch yet, and wont make one until the baby makes have been sent off.

Word For The Month

The Word for September is Romans 8:31

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Whatever we are going through, the knowledge that God is with us should help us realise that nothing and no one can bring us down. He is looking out for us, He has great plans for us, If he says it will happen, then it will happen, there's nothing that can get in the way of that if we believe and have faith.

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

July Round-Up

Summer is finally here, since the end of July the weather has been great and I'm hoping it continues throughout the summer holidays. As it's the holidays and I have a house full of kids and haven't done much yarnie work since they finished school.

For this round-up, I only have two FOs. but there are a handful of WIPs, a pinch of goodies, and as always the word for the month.

As always you can find a link to the video round-up at the bottom of this post.

Done and Dusted

The first project I finished in July was the Callie Cardie by Sublime Yarns. This the first adult garment I've made that requires seaming. There were 7 pieces in total so to make seaming easier I worked selvedge stitches along the edges of each piece.

I picked up buttons from a fabric store in my local shopping centre, which I think are perfect for this cardigan. I haven't blocked it yet because it's too hot to wear, but it can be worn without blocking.

Design Project/Socks

I doubled up with my July socks my also making them a design project. These are the first socks I've designed, I don't know why I ever thought it would be difficult. I've Christened them Überlappen, which means 'to overlap', in German.

The yarn is Rosies Moments in Splashes of Colour, which is a merino/nylon blend. I used a little under half a skein to make up these socks, so I'm going to use the remaining yarn for another sock design. Find out more in the WIPs section below.

On The Needles/All Hooked Up


All three Atlas jumpers have been cast on, I'm knitting them simultaneously so that they all get finished at the same time. I'm almost at the colourwork section on Mister's jumper, for Jimmy Jnr and Mr Man I've only worked the hem.


The jumper is worked from the bottom up using a tubular cast on, the instructions for which are very straightforward and results in a great looking hem.


I started my July/August shawl at the end of July, it's Linus on the Line by Midwinter Yarns. This pattern in part of a kit and can't be purchased separately. The kit comes with Ullcentrum 2 ply sport weight. The colours I chose were Cold Grey and Blue Blend. Both are gradient yarns and I'm waiting eagerly to see the colour changes and how they work together.

I'm also working on another shawl called Gondola, this is part of a mystery kal hosted by Anniken Allis (Yarn Addict Anni). Anniken, is designing the shawl as she goes and posts Periscopes to introduce each part of the pattern. So far three parts have been released, but I have only completed part two.

The KAL is running until the end of the month and anyone who takes part will receive a free copy of the pattern once the final draft has been written up.


I stated earlier that I'm using the remainder of the Rosies Moments yarn to make another pair of design socks. I'm not sure if these will be my August socks as I'm planning on making another pair this month so that I will have a total of seven socks in my possession for the Box O Sox Kal being hosted by Kristin of the Yarngasm podcasts (I gave my March socks to my niece).

 These will be released as an Ebook along with Überlappen, hopefully by the beginning of the September.

Goodies Galore

Last month I had a nice little horde to show you, this month my goodies are little bare. I had two packages come through my door in July.

The first was yarn for Mister's Alas jumper and two sets of Addi sock rocket needles (3mm and 3.5), the second was the July crochet club box from For The Love of Yarn (Fortheloveofyarnuk on Etsy).

This month's colourway was based on watermelon and cocktails, as with the previous club box, the crochet hook isn't what I would go for, but the yarn looks great and will be a welcomed addition to the scrap yarn blankets.

Waiting In The Wing

The only other projects I have planned for August is a baby blanket for a relative who is expecting. It's going to have a similar design feature to the Apphia blanket. I'll also make some hats and booties.

Word For The Month

The Word for August is Proverbs 3:3-4. I go into more detail in the round-up, basically, be known for your heart towards others, it will bring you favour and respect.

Don’t ever forget kindness and truth.

    Wear them like a necklace.
    Write them on your heart as if on a tablet.
Then you will be respected
    and will please both God and people.

Monday, 11 July 2016

June Round-Up

Wowee, can you believe we are halfway through the year, it's supposed to be summer but the weather seems to be undecided. One day it's sunny, then next there a storm, the day after that it starts off cool and bright and then ends with another storm.

The great thing about crafting is that it's not affected by the weather and I have some great things to show you.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Fruit Shortcake Biscuit video

Some time ago I posted a recipe for Fruit Shortcake Biscuits. I am pleased to be able to provide a video tutorial for the recipe as well.

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

May Round-Up

Can you believe it's June, were almost halfway through 2016. Summer is finally making a somewhat regular appearance in this part of the world,

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Beaded Dome Ring, part 1

My latest tutorial is for a fabulous beaded dome ring. The great thing about this ring is that the dome can be as big or small as you want, just use smaller or larger beads. You can also use any beads or stones, so the design possibilities are endless.

In part one, I show you how to make the domed portion of the ring, then in part two (coming soon) I will show you how to make the band.

To make the ring you will need:

15 beads (I've used 6mm Swarovski pearls)
Nylon thread (about 60cm)
Size 11 seed beads
a beading needle

Now just click on the video and see how easy this ring is to make.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

April Round-Up

Mrs U Makes...April Round Up

April is here and boy has it made its mark with the weird weather we've been having, hail, rain and sunshine all within the space of a few hours. Thank God for knitting and crochet and baking otherwise I'd be miserable with nothing to do.