Wednesdays Craft Club

Mother holds a craft club last Wednesday of the month, she also holds one every third Friday of the month too. I’ve started going to them more often. They are fun, you get all sorts of ages going. I’m the youngest, but it is a good laugh. So I went along to tonight’s, and there was four of us knitting. One lady was knitting herself a cardigan in this colour changing yarn, I was like oooo that looks good, so naturally I put that yarn on my wish list. I didn’t catch the name of it, but it was lovely pastel colours. I must investigate Mum’s shop as she may have it. Then there was with this other lady knitting in this ruffly yarn, which looked super interesting. She said that she was knitting for her local church. And then there was mum who was knitting this throw that she is doing for our couch. Which is coming along nicely and will look fabulous when done.

Mum and I went halves on a magazine which has lots of patterns in. Socks. I want to knit socks. But am I brave enough? Circle needles look rather alien to me. Mum was saying I would need to use stitch counters so I would know when I have done a row. I’m so new! But  I have plenty of things to be knitting. I have started knitting a black pair of the Clarissa gloves I blogged about for my friend. She’s paid me to do it! Knitting in black is hard! It’s like knitting on black aida in cross stitch! Or trying to sew a fancy pattern onto a difficult  material by hand. So when I have knitted these in black I shall feel extra proud because I did it in a difficult colour. I’ve also not asked for Mum’s help yet! 😀 Fingers crossed I won’t have too. Once I’ve done these gloves I’ll be doing a hat to  match the gloves.

I was saying to the ladies at the club that I was sulking on the way to work because all I wanted to do was knit, haha, I’ve caught the bug bad! Ah well, I’m glad, I won’t be cold in winter haha!

Also I have done a post on my fashion and beauty blog click here to read it! Be sure to leave a comment!

Stitches and Purls

xoxox

Advertisements
Tagged ,

Baby Hearts by Audrey Wilson

So I was browsing Ravelry for something quick and cute to do. And I came across a pattern by Audrey Wilson, for these cute little love hearts, you can find them by clicking http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-hearts-3

I’ve just done the front of the heart so far, took me about an hour to do. I thought it was a simple enough pattern to practice increasing before I venture into the world of hats and socks, also anything else that really needs increasing in it.  ^_^ Mum and I went halves on this magazine which has a zillion patterns of funky socks, hats etc in. I want to knit everything! Showed off my gloves at my mum’s shop today! 😀 Any way, for the little hearts I am using;

 

It’ in shade 77, a nice vibrant pink! Perfect colour for a heart I think!

 

Hmmm photo is out of focus, but this is what I have so far! Came out bigger than I thought. But hey ho! I will have this done soon!

 

Stitches and Purls xoxox

Tagged , , , ,

I finished my gloves!

Hooray! I finally finished them!

 

I think I look a tad scared in this photo haha! Don’t know why! Took it on my webcam.

I’m pretty chuffed these. I wouldn’t have been able to do them without the help from my mum! She helped quite a bit. Thanks mum! Mum also did a pair of these gloves too. Go check them out over at her knitting blog http://craftyknits.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/fingerless-gloves/ . She knitted hers far more quicker than myself!

 

I’ve started making myself a little pin cushion I shall post that once I have done it 🙂

 

Stitches and Purls xoxox

Tagged , , ,

Nicola’s Choc Chip Cake (Leave a comment at the bottom!)

You will need :
6oz Self Raising Flour
7oz Caster Sugar
4oz butter or stork
2-3 eggs
And for the topping
Vanilla Ready made creamy icing (butter icing)
Chocolate Chips
Silver Balls ( The kind you can eat)

Tools
An oven – Preheated to 180c (Non fan-assisted ovens preheat to 200c)
Wooden spoon (for mixing)
Mixing bowl
Cake tin ( a medium sized one will do- I don’t know the measurements of the one I used)
Scales
Wire Rack for cooling
Fridge
Sieve
Spatula
Plate
What to do:

  • Weigh out the flour, sieve into the mixing bowl. Do the same with sugar.
  • Mix in the butter/stork, and gradually one by one add the eggs. You should have a creamy batter as the end result. Make sure it is not too runny though.
  • Grease your cake tin, and pour in the mixture and smooth it out.
  • Pop into the oven and leave for about 40 mins. Easiest way to check if a cake is done, is to pop a knife in it, if it comes out clean it is cooked.
  • Once cooked leave the cake to cool completely before decorating (it will melt the icing if you decorate whilst hot). Cool it on the wire rack.
  • Once cooled down you can now decorate! Yay! Pop the cake on a plate, and cover it with the icing. Do it how you like.
  • Then cover it with the chocolate chips and the silver balls. Cover it until you are happy.
  • Once decorated pop in the fridge, so the icing can set. Then serve!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, it is my own.
If you make this let me know how it turns out!
Happy Baking!
xx
Tagged , , , , ,

Current Project- Clarissa Mittens (Pattern out of Lets Knit!)

So mother pop into my room yesterday with the latest Lets Knit magazine to show me these mittens. She said it would be a good idea to make them to learn about increasing and decreasing. So I thought lets cast on! I wanted to do some fingerless gloves for myself and my friend, so this was perfect. 🙂

 

I decided to use King Cole Pricewise Double Knitting in shade 306. I think it is a lovely shade of blue. 4mm needles are needed for this project.

 

 

 

I have only done one glove at the moment, the right hand one. And oh the fun I had reading this pattern. It’s my first time reading a knitting pattern and trying to recreate the instructions to make something. I said to mum that it’s all in a foreign language! I’m glad mum was on hand though to help correct mistakes and help me understand the pattern, the abbreviations and showing me how to do the different stitches (I’m a visual learner).

From this pattern I have learnt how to;

  • Increase stitches
  • Decrease stitches
  • Picot Cast off (That was fun understanding what the pattern meant)
  • Division for a thumb
So it has full filled it’s purpose of what mum suggested it for! All in all I had fun doing this. I just need to do the left hand now! Mum wants a pair, so does my Aunt. My friend also wants a pair! So I better get cracking! I will post some photos of the pairs I have done when I have done them! Here are some photos of what I have done so far. 🙂
Stitches and Purls xoxo

 


Tagged , , , ,

Frilly Scarves using Wendys Frilly Scarf Yarn

This yarn is amazing. I spotted Mum knitting this scarf, and it was all frilly and looked super complicated to do. How wrong was I. Mum taught me how to knit using this yarn. Using this yarn taught me the basic knit technique. (^_^)

  So as you can see here, we have some yarn. This is the lilac/purple one. When you purchase this yarn you have to wind it into a ball, as the yarn is loose (and crazy). As you can see from the photo above, this yarn has these loops, which you use to make the frilly bits of the scarf. You can use any size needle, tension doesn’t matter with this yarn.

Now, my first ever knitting experience was with the Turquoise version of this yarn. To the left is a close up view of the frills, just so you can have a good nosey. To the right is the whole thing. It’s only short, but long

And here is me (at the bottom of the post), at my mum’s shop posing with the latest Wendys Frills Scarf, which I made in the black and white colour. I knitted this one a lot longer than my previous scarves. ( I had knitted about five more scarves before this picture was taken 🙂 )enough to go round my neck.

Each lot of yarn you can get two scarves out of it. (First ever ever knitting project YAY me!)

They are super easy and super quick to make. Depending on the length I would say they take between 1 – 3 hours to make (it all depends on your skill level, speed etc).

I bought my yarn from my Mother’s Shop .

The label on the yarn tells you how to make the scarf. The instructions say use seven stitches. My mother and I used five, because that way we manage to get two scarves out of the yarn.

Stitches and Purls xoxox

Tagged , , , ,