Saturday, 29 December 2012

Collection #1: Ruana/Gilet Update

I've made swatches of possible stitches that I'll use for this particular piece. The yarn used is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I used a 5mm hook and worked a side edging in single crochet (slip stitch in UK). The edging on the right has button holes worked into it.

In the picture below, the 1st swatch was worked in half double crochet (half treble crochet in UK) clusters. The drape is good but it's a little 'gappy' for what I want.

The second swatch was worked in crossed half double crochet (half treble crochet in UK). The drape is good and it's not gappy, however it does go gappy when working the side edging.

The third swatch is worked in trinity stitch. I liked the look of the stitch however its a closed stitch so doesn't drape very well. I may try this again using a larger hook.

At this moment in time I'm thinking of using the crossed half double crochet stitch, if so I'll use a smaller hook when working the edging.

Thursday, 27 December 2012


As mentioned in my earlier post I'm working on my first set of garments. The first item I'm making is a ruana/gilet. I'm making it from Sublime boucle yarn that I bought from the Knitting and Stitching show in September. This particular piece won't be part of my collection as the yarn has now been discontinued and it's difficult to work with so isn't suitable for intricate patterns. I will however make a similar one as part of my collection, but most likely using a chunky merino wool.

So far I've worked through almost two balls of yarn, considering the fact that I've only spent the equivalent of three days actually working on it, I think that's very good. If I can get my head down and focus on it i.e. If the boys give me some space I should be done in a week or two. Let's hope.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

A Few Things

There are a few things that I've been meaning to post about for some time. Now that I've finally got round to getting online I thought might as well say everythig in one go

Firstly I'm considering appying for a credit card so that I can sell on Etsy. I've come to this decision for a number of reasons, one being the fact that MISI is going to be sold. I've also had problems trying to upload the listing for a pdf pattern. I've contacted admin twice about this and I still haven't got a response.

The second thing I wanted to mention was that I'm now working on garments. The main aim will be for them to be pdf patterns, but I may sell the garments if I don't keep them for myself.

Lastly I wanted to wish everyone an awesome Christmas.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Yet To Be Named Bag Finally Christened

I've finally uploaded the yet to be named bag to my MISI store and most importantly named it...Cinnamon. I would have liked to have loaded it onto the site at the beginning of autumn as I think it has a very autumnal look. Anyhoo it's up and I'm happy.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

PDF Pattern Downloads

For a long time I've wanted to sell a pattern for one of my own designs but didn't know how to do this. I recently found a website providing free software that will convert a document into a PDF file. I tested it on Onika, the cowl I made for my niece and it looks great. The only problem with the free download is that it can't be used for commercial purposes. This means I'll have to buy the package which is about £22, not bad.

Saturday, 17 November 2012


I have long since finished the yet to be named bag (I've named it Cinnamon) and have a necklace that needs a new clasp. I keep telling myself to post these items onto my MISI store but for some reason I just cant get round to it. Most of the time that I remember I'm actually busy, but there are times when for some reason I just couldn't do it. One day I'll just have to force myself to get off my posterior and load them up.

On a positive note I've finished two of the five Christmas presents, I've done about 40% of the gift for one of my sisters and 20% of the one for my niece.

I've finished my mothers gift (more information to come regarding that), a stole. For my other sister I've done a poncho, which I was able to whip up last weekend.

At the beginning of December I'll start my youngest sisters gift. Next year, the Christmas knits will definitely have to start in the summer.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Knitting and Stitching Show 2012

Two weeks ago I went to the Knitting & Stitching show in Alexander Palace. It was my first time attending such an event and I had no idea what to espect. Past visits to 'Ally Pally' made me wonder how big the event would be, I also wondered how I could avoid spending too much money.

As I walked into the main entrance I was met by the display pictured below.

It's an exibition about those unfinished pices we have lying around, that for one reason or another we can't/wont abandon. I took a closer look when I was leaving and was interviewed inside the tent. I was asked what I thought about the exibition and about my own unfinished pieces.

This is what it looked like on the inside, on the walls were black and white images of unfinished pieces by various people. There were also speakers were you could hear the designers explaining the story behind their unfinished work.
It looked very nomadic as I walked in, their was fabric draped at the entrance so you could see it what was inside until you stepped in. Once inside, it was like being in another world, it was a lot quieter and it would be easy to forget that you were standing in the middle of Alexander Palace.

On the outside, there were collages of various unfinished pieces.

My favourite of these is the last one, because of the embroidered (I think) man and women.
Another favourite of mine was this embroidered man and woman
The main part of the show was split into three rooms, and there was a lot to see. One of the rooms had a section set up like a gallery. There were some really interesting peices.
These were designed by Sue Walton it was part of her Jabberwoky collection.

I can't remember who designed the pieces below, I think her name is Anne something. I was intrigued to discover that the first two pieces were made from bones.

Other things that caught my eye were...

The Knitted Village (check out the washing on the line and the window cleaner).

There were more pictures but they don't seem to be loading. I'll either post them later or put them up on facebook and post a link.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Is It That Time Already

The other day DH pointed out that there were only three months left until Christmas. I said "oh yeah that's true, wow". Moments later it hit me, it's almost Christmas and I haven't even begun to think about what I'm going to make for everyone. I then realised that I would also need to make a start on any winter accessories that I want to make for my store (and myself). A question then popped into my head "Why am I making a baby range? There's no way that I'd be able to make all the baby stuff, winter range and Christmas gifts in the next three months.

So I've decided to leave the baby stuff until the new year, I'm currently finishing off Perri, the mittens I started last year (pictured below). Yesterday I worked out what I'm going to make for everyone, so either this evening or tomorrow I'll order the yarn for the first few pieces. You'll have to wait until after Christmas to find out what I'm making.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Mary Jane Slipper samples

As part of the baby range I'm working on a pair of Mary Jane slippers, based on a pattern by Crochet Geek. In the first picture shown, the top slipper has been worked with a 5mm crochet hook using 14 FHDCs to start. The middle was also worked on a 5mm hook but using 12 FHDCs at the start and the bottom was worked with a 4mm hook also using 12 FHDCs. The 4mm hook gave the best stiffness so I'll probably use this. In the second picture I've made a slipper in the same way as the bottom slipper in the first picture, however I've added an extra row in the sole, toe tip and back. This is the pattern that I'll go with. Next I'm going to make a finalised prototype. If it turns out well I'll begin making them.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012


I've realised that it's been some time since I posted a recipe, even though I have made some new things. I'm going to try Quesidillas today or at least before the weekend. I'm also going to make an oxtail stew from a recipe given to me by my sister. If I remember to take a picture of it whilst I've still got light I will post the recipe this evening or tomorrow.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Head Down

I decided that it's time to get down to finishing off these bookmarks. I've been putting it off for the past couple of weeks. I have to hand see ribbon at the top I each one and then sew a label on it. I've only completed two and I have 15 to go (that's not including the two knitted ones).

Monday, 27 August 2012


Last night I blocked two bookmarks and Romani. I used blocking wires to block them all and boy am I glad I had them. With Romani in particular they helped to ensure that the edge was not only straight but had an even width throughout. I remember the days when I would read a pattern, see that an item would need blocking and think to myself "I won't bother". Now I can see how much of a difference blocking makes, it not only increases the size of the piece but makes any details pop.

What's Next

Romani and argyle & Greatest Love bookmarks are currently being blocked. There's one more bag to line and some crocheted bookmarks to ribbon and label. Now that my first load of items are on their way out, it's time to think about what to do next. Well, I've already decided to focus on kids for the next load of makes. So blankets, booties, and hopefully toys will be next on my needles/hooks. I've got two blankets on the go already (Manasseh & Micah) so I'm already partway their. I may also do a hat if I can come up with a quick pattern.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Great British Bake Off

I've just watched the Great British Bake Off (well a recording of the first episode) and I'm glad to see it back. It's got to be one of my favourite shows. The Union Jack cake was so good as was the cake that looked like a pie with the black birds in it. I don't have any favourites yet, though it was a shame to see Natasha go (if only she hadn't put the rum babas in a ban marie).

Lining a bag

The Yet to be named bag is finished and lined, though not to my satisfaction. I couldn't work out how to sew in the lining without the stitches showing up on the outside of the work. Well yesterday I conducted an online search and found this Sewing A Lining For A Crocheted Bag, it explains how to sew a linking for a crocheted bag and then how to sew the lining into the bag. It turns out that I'll have to hand see the lining into the bag, something I was trying to avoid, but I guess it's necessary to achieve a professional look. I'm going to try it first with the second yet to be named bag and see how I go.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Brooch Found

I just found a brooch that I haven't seen in a while. I made it a few years ago. I may put it on my MISI or see if I can make another one.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Grand Opening 20/8/12

I've finished knitting/crocheting everything. The last piece was Romani, which I finished last night. Now I've got until the 20th to block line and label everything.
I'm so glad that everything is finally coming together. I've got the organza bags, swing tags and business cards. I'm expecting the rubber stamp tonne delivered this morning. I can't believe that I'm actually going to do this.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Phone Case: Danny

I finished Danny yesterday. I'm really pleased with the progress I'm making. I've now got one more phone case to make (Ben), a bag (possibly two if there is enough yarn left when I finish Romani), and Romani. Danny was worried in shadow rib stitch and then turned inside out as its looks better with the shade of yarn used. For now I'm calling this 'Reverse Shadow Rib'. I'm not sure if it does have an official name though.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Phones Case: Charlie

I finished Charlie yesterday. I decided not to do a strap and have used three small buttons instead if the heart button I used for the prototype. The garter stitch section was worked over 10 rows instead of five. I think this looks a lot better. Now I'm about to start work on Danny.