Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Infinity Scarf

If you watched the latest episode of the podcast you'll know that I finished 3 projects recently. If not, then why not watch it after reading this, here's the link.

Anyway...one of the projects I finished was a crochet design that I'd put into hibernation some time ago. Initially I was halfway through making it and realised that it wasn't working up the way I wanted.

Now, with a change in yarn, hook size and the elimination of a design aspect, I have something that I am extremely proud of.



Using a larger crochet hook has made a much squishier finished piece, the yarn is also a lot softer and the colours have more of an impact.

I haven't written up the pattern yet, as I might make some changes to the construction, I also need to think of a name.

Any suggestions?

Thursday, 9 November 2017

That's So Ewe: Episode 14 - 3 FOs 1 Week

The latest episode of the podcast is up on YouTube, Show notes can be found here. There's also a link in the YouTube description box.



Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Fairly Odd Socks Vol. 1



For the past 10 months I've been working on my sock collection, my first ever sock collection. This collection is made up of paired odd socks so I've named it Fairly Odd Socks.

There are our patterns in total, though technically there are eight because each individual sock is different, so you can have a myriad of combinations.

The patterns, plus the E-book, have been added to Ravelry, Love Knitting, Etsy and Craftsy. I will soon add them to the PDF Patterns tab, I will also write a separate post talking about each sock in detail.

For now, you can enjoy these pictures.



             

 

 


 




Saturday, 9 September 2017

Simple Scrummy Scones

Mrs U Makes...Simple Scrummy Scones


A (very) long time ago I posted a recipe for sugar crusted scones. Whilst these are tasty, they aren't the healthiest. So in an effort to not completely overload the U household with sugar, I've been making scones without the sugar crust and have recorded a video demonstrating how simple they are to make.

Mrs U Makes...Simple Scrummy Scones

Who wouldn't want to feast on warm buttery scones in the morning, at lunch, or whenever you fancy. Be sure to make enough to go round.

Check out the video below or click here for the written and sugar crusted version.


Thursday, 24 August 2017

That's So Ewe: Episode 11 - The Late, Late, Late Show

Episode 11 of That's So Ewe is ready and waiting to view, show notes can be fond on the Mrs U Makes Ravelry group.

Happy Watching



Fairly Odd Socks (partial release)


For the past few weeks I've been busy testing and finalising the first two patterns in the my first sock collection, 'Fairly Odd Socks'. This is a collection of socks that are odd but still a pair.

Brothers Not Twins



Over The Top, Then In & Out

       


The first two patterns have been published on Ravelry as individual patterns and in the E-Book, they will be available every where else once the collection is complete.
Though the E-Book isn't complete, you can download the partial copy at a reduced price, this will then be updated when the final two patterns are added (and the price increased), which means....you'll get all four patterns at a bargain price.

The final to patterns in the collection, Join the Crew Socks and Meandering Socks are currently being tested and should be released mid September.

Join the Crew Socks



Meandering Socks

             

Once all patterns are released I will write a post and/or record a video talking about each sock in detail.

I've been working on this project since the beginning of the year and I have enjoyed every moment, so much so that I'm already thinking up ideas for volume two.

So if you want to get in on the odd sock madness head over to the Ravelry store and get yourself a copy.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Still Here

It's been a very long time since I posted here, that's mainly because I've been knitting and focusing more on YouTube. I have been contemplating whether or not to keep the blog, and decided to keep it. Even though there a probably fewer people reading them, I think it's still a great avenue to keep in touch with people.

Though I wont be posting regular full on posts, I'll link to my YouTube channel and try and keep you updated on what I'm doing in between podcast  episodes. I have moved my podcast notes to my Ravelry Group, where you can also find a link to previous episodes on YouTube. Alternatively, You can check out the YouTube tab at the top of the page.

I hope you (if anyone is reading), enjoy reading and watching me talk about my crafty makes. Any support is always an encouragement.

Stay Blessed
Diane.

Friday, 20 January 2017

That's So You - Episode 1: New Beginnings




Featured Patterns

Blue Sand by La Maison Rillilie
Penant by Laura Aylor

Featured Yarns 

Third Vault Yarns
Lamingtonlass Yarns
Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, used in the Blue Sand cardigan
Baa Ram Ewe, used in the Penant Shawl

Other Mentions

LyraandCo, where I purchased the Traveller's Notebook

Monday, 2 January 2017

Mrs U Makes November & December Round-Up

Mrs U Makes a November Round-Up Mrs U Makes a December Round-Up

November

Apologies for not getting round to posting the notes for November, December was a very busy period. So here you'll find the link to the video. Details of the projects I worked on can be found on my Ravelry project page.

The featured projects bags can be found at EboniePearl
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December 

It's the end of the month and the end of the year. December had been a very busy month in the U household, not just because of Christmas but also due to the projects I've wanted to finish. So let's have a look at my last finished projects for the year,  the one WIP I'll be taking into 2017 and the goodies that December has brought.

An accompanying video can be found at the bottom if this post.

Done and Dusted

My first FO for the Month was spoken about in the November Round-Up, but it's the same as the second December FO. They're both Atlas sweaters, the first was made for Jimmy Jnr (in red) and the second for Mr. Man (in grey. Check out the November Round-Up to see Mister's Atlas, in orange).



They were finished in time for the boys to wear them to school for Christmas Jumper day. As mentioned previously I worked the pattern as instructed except for the cast off which was done using Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind off (the pattern calls for a tubular cast off).
Sometime in the future I will make one for Little Miss, I might even do the cardigan version.


My final three FOs for the year were all socks, the first was my November socks. I wasn't able to finish these in November, the pattern is the Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sanddy Turner. The yarn is Drops Fabel Print in Blue Sea and Drops Fabel Unicolour in Mustard.



The second sock was made in West Yorkshire Spinner Signature 4ply in the Holly Berry colourway and Drops Fabel Unicolour in Red, these were basic vanilla socks as the yarn is self patterning and I wanted something very quick.



The final sock is my March makeup socks, the pattern is Hermoine's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueda, or as I like to call them, Hermoine's Half-A-Day socks because the pattern is only worked on the front of the leg. I've use the same yarn that I used as a contrasting colour in the November socks plus an unknown ball I received as a swap.


For all these socks I've used an adapted version of the German shortrow heel.
I now have my 12 socks for the #boxosoxkal hosted by Kristen of the Yarngasm podcast

On the Needles/All Hooked Up

Ideally I would have liked to have all my needles free of projects, but spending most of my time working on the Atlas jumpers and completing my socks has meant that I'll have to finish the Blue Sands cardigan in the new year. I don't really mind as it gives me something to work on before I cast on the next project. I'm still working in the sleeve,  but don't imagine it will take too long to finish.

Goodies Galore


Now on to my favourite part, the goodies.  First this month I picked up yarn to use in my next design project. It's this gorgeous deep red, from Lamingtonlass yarns. It's a 75/25 SW Merino/Nylon blend with 425m/100g. I'll talk more about what I'm doing with it in the next section.


The next goodie was the final club skein from Third Vault Yarns, this time I only went for the main skein and not the whole club package. It was themed on Lord of the Rings, and though I'm not a LOTR fan I think Lola has done an amazing job. Click here to see what else was in the club package.


The last set of yarn goodies were from a  destash, I was able to get seven skeins of Cascade 220, 4 in Mallard and 3 in Burgundy.  I'm not entirely sure what I'll make with them, either a sweater for myself or something for the kids.

My non yarn goody was a knitters graph paper note book. It will come in handy with all my design ideas, and it's also great for doodling when I want to pass the time and don't feel like knitting.

Waiting in the Wings


As mentioned earlier I have plans for a new design project to, this will be a cowl made using the mini skeins from the first Third Vault Yarns club package inspired by Fiefly, I will pair these up with the Lamington Yarns skein. I've finalised the layout of the colours but haven't decided on a stitch pattern, if all goes well the pattern will be finished before the end of the month.

What's on Valerie

This month's feature for What's on Valerie is the Ijeoma Ruana Wrap, check outhe the Ravelry project page for more details.



Word for the Month
The word for the Month of January is Habakkuk 3:17-19
I go into more detail in the video, but basically this reminds me that even though things aren't going the way I expect them to,  nothing will stop me praising the Lord.