Wednesday, 9 November 2016

October Round-Up

Can you belive we are now in November, the year is almost over. it's time for those handkintsto come out of hibernation and be shown off. For this round-up, there's the usual array of fibre goodness. check out the accompanying video at the end of the post to see both Valerie and Little Miss.

Monday, 7 November 2016

September Round-Up

Apologies for the late posting of the September notes. Let get straight to it, the accompanying video can be found at the end of the post.

Done and Dusted


For my September Socks I again used Rico Design Superb a Poems and worked the Bodie Socks pattern by Rachel Coopey. I madecided them shorter than the pattern and used DY Choice 4ply for the cuffs, heels, and toes.

On the heels I worked a German short row, which I absolutely loved. There are no wraps and it's so easy to remember. 

Kid Makes


My cousin gave birth in September and I had the pleasure of making a few items for her new arrival. The cardigan is the Chicory Top by . For this I used Adrifil Azzura, this is a really nice pattern and the subtle chicory motifs soon became intuitive.

I also made a pair of socks and a hat. The hat is a design project called Ruffalo (the pattern isn't available yet) and the socks are the Circle of Hearts socks, but I omitted the hearts and just used the pattern as a guide. For both I used James C Brett Supreme Soft and Gentle Baby 4ply and Wendy Roam in the Heathrow colourway.

On The Needles/All Hooked Up

My main WIP was the Sunwalker Shawl, by Melanie Berg. It's a pattern I've made previous in Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply. This time I'm using Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply/Sport in Gold. 

The other WIPs I have are the Atlas jumpers that I'm making for the Tripolatas, but there's notuing really to show there.

Goodies Galore


September was a good month for goodies, the yarns above were all from destash, they are: Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, Araucancia Lace Merino DK, and Knitted With Shine

Picture from the Third Vault Yarns group

My favourite goodie for the month was the ThirdVault Yarns quarterly club package. The theme for this quarter was The Hunger Games and included 4 minis, stitch markers, beads, a Humming Jay key ring, and the main club skein in The Girl colourway.

Check out my stash page for details on these 

Waiting In The Wings

The only planned project I hashould at this point was the Blue Sand Cardigan by La Maison Rillilie. I'm going to use the Eco Baby yarn I received from the destash as the main colour and use a turquoise and grey and contrasting colours.

Word For The Month
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ Matthew 25:24-25

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

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.

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.

Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up to date with all my latest videos.

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.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Coconut Macaroons

Mrs U Makes...Coconut Macaroons @mrsumakes #mymrsumakes

Well, my oven is still out, so it's another quick make from the U kitchen. In terms of ingredients, this is the simplest yet. You only need two ingredients, anything else is just for taste and decoration.

I've previously posted another chocolate and coconut recipe (Rainbow Coconut Bars), this is a great alternative for anyone who wants something a little chewier.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sweet and Savoury Palmiers

Mrs U Makes... Sweet and Savoury Palmiers @MrsUMakes #mymrsumakes

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this in a previous post, but my oven is out of action. The door came off and we're still waiting for it to be repaired. Thankfully I have a counter top oven, which works just as well as a regular oven, however, it's a lot smaller so my options for oven based meals are restricted.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Myopa, Crochet Earrings

Having a Youtube channel has given me the drive to produce more content even though my time is stretched between family and household commitments, crafting, and designing.

My latest offering is a pair of earrings I made about a year ago, I still wear them now and many people ask where I got them from.

These earrings a very easy to make and you can go crazy with colour combinations,

Monday, 4 April 2016

March Round-Up

Mrs U Makes...March Round Up

March is here and so is my first podcast, if you would like to see the podcast version then scroll down to the bottom of the post.

I have quite a few projects and goodies to share, so let's begin.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Munchie Pretzel Bites

Mrs U Makes...Munchie Pretzel Bites #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

So it's the easter holidays which means that for the next two weeks I'm going to be surrounded by children. Thankfully I have my trusty survival guide to refer back to so I should come out the other side unscathed.

To start off the holidays I thought I'd share this (ridiculously quick to whip up) recipe for my Munch Pretzel Bites. I love Munchies, they're my favourite chocolate and I'm not a bog chocolate eater. I can finish off a pack in one sitting, so I don't even bother adding them to my secret stash.

For those of you who've never heard of Munchies, they're biscuit covered in caramel covered in chocolate, they're so soft and chewy and absolutely delicious. If you love Munchies as much as I do then this is the recipe for you.

PLEASE NOTE: I have not been asked by anyone to write about Munchies, I've made this recipe simply because I like them so much.

Mrs U Makes...Munchie Pretzel Bites #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

Here's what you'll need:

Munchies (there are approx 12 munchies in each pack)

Here's what you'll need to do (scroll down to the bottom for the video tutorial):

1. Lay the pretzels out on a baking sheet and place on Munchie on each pretzel.

2. Bake in a med/high oven until the Munchies are soft. This should tale less than a minute so keep an eye on them

3. Place another pretzel on top of each Munchie and press down. Leave to set.

4. Once set, melt the chocolate and dip half of the pretzel/munchie sandwich into the chocolate

5. Place on a lined baking sheet and decorate with sprinkles, then leave to set.

Eat an enjoy

Mrs U Makes...Munchie Pretzel Bites #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

Monday, 21 March 2016

Atika, Crochet Earrings

Mrs U Makes... Atika earrings

I am pleased to announce that I'm now on YouTube, and have already loaded two videos both of which are tutorials.

The first was for my Pizza Wraps, the second was a tutorial for the Atika earrings. These earrings are the first of many I plan to make into tutorials. They are very simple and would make a great project for a beginner.

All you'll need to make them is:
Embroidery floss(approx. 10m  in MC and scrap in CC)
Jump rings

US terminology is used in the video

I hope you like this tutorial, I would love your feedback (apologies in advance for the beeping from the smoke alarm).
I would love to see your finished piece. Please tag your pictures with #mymrsumakes so that I can check them out.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

February Round-Up

Mrs U Makes...February Round-Up #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

February is done, and I’m not too pleased with myself. You’ll see why when you look at my FO’s and one particular WIP.


I attended Unravel Farnham a week and a half ago it was suh a fun event, I got to see check out yarns from dyers I'd never heard of before and had a nice chat with a few of them. I came away with a few goodies, my stash is finally beginning to look like a stash that a crafter can be proud of.

Mrs U Makes...February Round-Up #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

1. Whimzy Twisted MN
2. Midwinter Yarns' Linus Kit with Ullcentrum 2ply fingering weight
3. Rosie's Moments in Splashes of Colour and The Darkside
4: Town End Yarns Alpaca mini skeins
5: Baa Ram Ewe Titus and two Titus mini skeins (the bag came free)
The cards are from Tilly Flop Designs

Finished Objects


My chosen socks for February were the Lilith socks by Megan Sanders. They were worked cuff down with a longer leg than my January socks and had a heel flap and gusset. This is the second time I’ve worked this type of heel, compared to a short row heel I found it a lot simpler, but it took longer as each sock had to be worked individually. If there is a way to work the gusset on both socks at the same time I’d really like to know. The pattern is very simple, and very easy to remember after the first round.
The yarn, Knit Pick Stroll Fingering, was great to work with and felt so soft when I put them on.

Mrs U Makes...February socks #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes


The Reyna Shawl came off the needles almost a week ago. Overall I enjoyed working on it, but towards the end, I just wanted to get  it finished.
The shawl came out smaller than I expect, but then I did use lace instead of 4ply, so this should have been expected. 
I used Skein Queens Luminosity Lace in Mint Green, I have more than half of the skein left and don't know what to do with it. I'm not in any rush to work on another lace weight shawl or any other lace weight project.

Mrs U Makes...Janary/February shawl #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

Design Project

This is not technically a design project; I made it so that I could get my remaining bonus points for Winter Camp. As the name suggests, it took about one hour to make, thanks to the chunky yarn and the stitches used.

Mrs U Makes...One Hour Cowl #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

One Hour Cowl

Work 19 FDC, ch2 and worked one dc in each st (ch2 counts as 1st dc throughout)
Ch3, turn, skp next st and dc in next st, ch1, skp1, dc in next st. Repeat from *
Ch2, turn, 1 dc in each st and ch space.
Continue until you reach desired length. 
Seam edges or use a button or shawl pin



The 3-in-1 sweater is just the same as it was last month. I’m  going to spend the rest of the week working on it, I don’t want to get to the end of March and still be working on this.

Mrs U Makes...3 in 1 sweater  #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes


The Playground shirt is still in the beginning stage, I'm now working in the round and will begin colour work after a few more centimeters.

Design Project

So far my design project is only a swatch. I spent yesterday afternoon doing a little maths, trying to work out the sizing. I will also work on this throughout the week and plan to finish it by mid-April.

Mrs U swatch #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes

Other News

Podcasts have become my main knitting companion over the last couple of months and I’ve toyed with the idea of starting one myself. The main reservation I had was a lack of a decent camera and time to do it. But now, all that has changed, we now have a new camera and I have a few recording ideas that will fit into my schedule.
I’ve already recorded one video but won’t post anything until I’ve done a few more. I want to make sure I have enough to keep me going for a few weeks in case I don’t have time to record regularly.

In other exciting news (more so for me) I’m taking part in my first ever swap. It’s being hosted by Mina of the Knitting Expat Podcast. Participants swap locally dyed or spun yarn and other goodies with crafters in another country. This way you get to sample yarn that you might otherwise never get to use. My swap partner is from the States, I’ve already put together the yarn and a few of the goodies, there’s just one more item I’m trying to get hold of and the package can be on its way.

Another goody I’m waiting to receive is my first yarn club box. To be specific it’s the Third Vault Yarns Club, and all I know about it is that it’s themed around the TV show Firefly. There have been a few teasers on Instagram, but it’s still a mystery. Once it arrives I plan on recording an unboxing, so watch this space.

So I guess that's it for now, before you go, here's a little question...

How long would you work on a project before retiring it to the UFO cupboard?

Monday, 1 February 2016

January Round-Up

We've already said goodbye to the first month of the year, it feels like just yesterday I was thinking of what 2016 would bring. The main thing I wanted for this year was to do a lot more knitting and crochet than 2015. I stated in my last post that I made 10 items in 2015, this is not acceptable and cannot be repeated.

So far this year I have made six items and I currently have three wips including an item I started in 2015.

Finished Objects


My first ever socks were Mina Phillip's This Way That Way socks in Regia Design Line Jazz. I really enjoyed making these, the pattern was very intuitive. I made a slight change to the orientation of the slip stitches, this was accidental at first because I miscounted my stitches, I didn't want to tink back, so I just went with it and slightly changed the design. I'm very pleased with them, they are a little loose at the cuff so I may go down a needle size with my next socks.


There were quite a few kid's items off my needles and hooks in January. The first was the Baby Blizzard cardigan by Yarn-Madness using Wool and the Gang's Sheepaca. As with many of my projects, my gauge was a little tight so I started over and worked the larger size. Using the same yarn, I made a basic crochet hat to go with it. Both items were for little miss u, in fact, all the kid makes for January were for little miss u (sorry boys).

Next I made the Orchid Baby cardigan by RachySellsStuff, using that trusty Stylecraft Alpaca DK. This was a crochet pattern, which was very easy to follow. I made the 12-18 month size though little miss u is only 8 months, I think it's better that she grows into it rather than it becoming too small before she's got any use out of it.

Design Project

I made three design projects in January, all hats, all for little miss u. These hats will be part of the Hats Off To Ya Kid collection. I plan on making three or four more before publishing them.






I haven't cast on any socks yet, so technically they're not wips. When I do they'll probably be the Lillith Socks by Megan Sanders. The yarn I plan to use is Knit Picks Stroll in the Sapphire Heather and Blue Topaz colourways.


For January/February I am working on the Reyna Shawl by Noora Laivola with Skein Queens Luminosity Lace. The pattern is very straightforward but looks so good when finished.


I'm still working on the 3-in-1 sweater by Atelier Alfa. I wanted to finish this in 2015, but other projects had to take priority. I'm now on the sleeves and hope to attach it to the main body soon.


With January's kid makes being all about little miss u, I decided it would only be fair to make something for the tripolatas. In May 2015 I started working on The Playground Shirt by Elena Nodel, one evening I was trying it on tripolata 1 and the needles snapped. They were my new interchangeables (Knit Picks Trendz I think), and since then the project has been sitting in my wardrobe. Instead of starting a new project, I'm going to redo this one, only this time, I'm going to add a bit of colour work. I'll be using DY Choice DK, the same yarn I'm using in the 3-in-1 sweater.

Design Project

My latest design will be a crocheted wrap vest.The yarn for it arrived over the weekend and I plan on working the first swatch sometime this week. You can head over to my Project Inspiration Pinterest board to see some of the ideas I have.

To help increase my crafty productivity this year, I'm taking part in some knit-a-longs. The main one is Winter Camp, a competition to see which team can knit/crochet the most in three months. Point are awarded based on the yarn weight and the weight of the finished item.

I currently have over 100 points, Winter Camp is really pushing me to knit whenever and wherever possible. I've also joined sock-a-longs, knitting one sock a month at the Bakery Bears and Caffeinated Knitting podcast groups, and a shawl-a-long at the Andre Sue Knits podcast group, all on Ravelry.

Other News

My new stitch markers are now in the Etsy store, each set is made up of three-five stitch markers and a progress keeper and come in a drawstring mini notions pouch. This month I'm hoping to make more mini notions pouches, which will also be added to the store.


So I guess that's it for now, before you go, here's a little question...

If you could redo any of your past crafty projects, what would it be and what, if anything, would you change?