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Quick Knit

I saw this in a magazine on Friday, started it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday!

I had a couple of hot water bottles spare from last year…as you do! And I thought I would knit one for myself, since it has been YEARS since I have used one. And very snuggly and warm it was last night too thanks for asking.

The pattern was from a collection called 100 Knitting patterns from the same people that bring you Let’s Knit magazine here in the UK. I am doing an orange jumper from there which I started last week, my first ever knitted jumper incidentally. I don’t tend to knit or crochet clothes to wear as I can’t seem to get the hang of making clothes that fit!

But I had a flick through the magazine saw this project and checked I had some spare Aran weight wool and I was away.

And since I have a couple of larger hot water bottles still in a drawer somewhere I might even have a go at designing my own pattern and putting it on Ravelry, who knows?

I went wrong a bit on the back, it’s meant to look exactly like the front, so I just free styled it for a bit, added some garter stitch and a checkerboard pattern coz I couldn’t be bothered to unpick a few rows…but it looks like it’s meant to be there right?!

And because I don’t have enough projects on the go I also started a crochet cushion cover to use up a cushion pad I have in my wardrobe. I promise you I don’t hoard random crafty stuff everywhere…no, really I have a few craft drawers and that’s it. And a box for my jewellery making supplies. And 3 more boxes. BUT THAT’S IT!!!

Stylecraft Cabaret sunset DK. But I ran out of wool, so this project is on hold until I get round to ordering some more.

Oh there are so many bags of projects in my house at the moment.

Till next time…xx


When I want to punch the Punch Needle!

I have discovered a new craft called Punch Needle Embroidery.

Never heard of it before it randomly popped up on Youtube (God knows what I was searching for in the first place). And it looked kind of easy to do, so I bought myself a cheap punch needle from Amazon, had a go and it DIDN’T work!

Maybe I was using the wrong size needle for the fabric or the wrong type of thread – I couldn’t find any embroidery thread so I used the smallest wool I had handy coz I was impatient to try it out, you know how it is when you get new stuff!

Here is a link below to a Youtube clip showing what it is…can’t believe I’m having trouble with it considering how easy it looks lol! Think I will wait until I have the right sized threads for the right sized needle and see if that makes any difference!!! If at first you don’t succeed, put it down and do some knitting instead!

Anyone ever tried punch needling?! I couldn’t get the wool to stay in the fabric and so the fabric ended up with lots of big empty holes 😦

I get the feeling this is more of an American craft as I have never seen anyone here in the UK doing it but I could be wrong!

Hope you’re having a crafty Monday! I have settled down now for some knitting, a spot of crochet, some internet time, Game of Thrones Season 5 time and maybe some reading time too (got the house to myself for a while so I can stretch out and relax for a bit!) 🙂 xx

Knitted Hat

The most awesome and snuggly and warm hat I have made yet.

The pattern was from Let’s Knit magazine ssue 111 XMAS 2016 and I threw away the wool label so I can’t tell you what wool…but it’s very snuggly! [EDIT: Stylecraft Mosaic shade 3622 Graffiti, Super Chunky!]

I started it in December and then had a month off knitting completely for some strange reason. (I think it was because all my ongoing projects seemed to bore me to death and I needed a break!).

Here’s a photo of it…

And another quick make was a tape measure cover which was free with a magazine called Simply Knitting issue 169.

And the first bracelet I have ever made…recognise the beads Lizzie?!

Now what should I make?

Works In Progress are:

  • Lizzie’s blanket (sorry it’s taking more than a year lol!)
  • Knitted cowl
  • Knitted second sock (how does it take 6 months to make a pair of socks?)
  • A crochet ripple blanket
  • A stormtrooper crochet squares blanket
  • A crochet scraps blanket

And I have ideas for more projects…oh so many possibilities and oh so little time and money to do them!

More updates later…watching The Goldbergs and parents have just come in with treats for me lol!!!!! 🙂

This is Brigman back on the air!

[And if you get what the title of this post is referring to you are officially as awesome as me!]

Hello peeps and a belated Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Imbolg to you all!

I just checked and it’s been a good few months since I posted, well, ANYTHING! August in fact was my last post. Oops! Here is where I would normally post an excuse or two, but mostly I have just been in a bit of a blogging slump to be honest. Or, as Austin Powers would say “Crikey! I’ve lost my Mojo!”

But I have decided to get back to it and actually, you know, write something, so here’s a quick round up of stuff.

I have been getting into jewellery making lately, I’m not great and I’m still practising the various techniques, and there aren’t many pics yet, but I will post later about that new hobby.

I didn’t do a single stitch in January. Whether crocheted, knitted or sewn. Not one! But…today and yesterday I have more than made up for it lol! I finished an outstanding WIP which was a knitted hat and did a quick make yesterday which was a knitted tape measure cover – a free gift with a knitting magazine.

I made just the one decoration over Christmas…a knitted heart.

And I have been buying crafty books like crazy.

A new crochet ripple blanket is on the go…

And a trip to London meant a visit to John Lewis’s haberdashery section (I so rarely get to use that word these days…haberdashery) and of course along with the purchases of needles and notions there was sock wool!

The crochet stormtrooper blanket is coming along I dont have an exact number of squares out of 625 but i think it’s around the 130 mark…so a while to go yet!

And books…I finished my reading list for 2017 except for 3 (Anna Karenina, War and Peace and Vanity Fair), which was to read all outstanding books on my shelf. I think I did pretty well considering I must have read about 3 or 4 times as many books as I went to the library and keep getting sidetracked after work in places like Waterstones and WHSmith!

I’m still on the go with Anna Karenina at the mo, but have just finished Hag -Seed by Margaret Atwood which is a re-working of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, I really enjoyed it and as I didn’t know the plot beforehand, I can safely say I do now!

I have the next couple of weeks off work…more work done on my foot…gah! Just chop it off already and give me a fake one like Forest Whitaker’s character in Rogue One!

So that means more time for crafting, reading and writing. I have discovered 2 magazines in UK called Writer’s Forum and Writing Magazine which have inspired me to get writing again, even if it’s only for me. I’m thinking of entering a few competitions so watch this space (of course that means I actually have to get the ideas from my head to paper or screen sometime…but it’s a goal and it’s out there now).

Right, that’s it for now. It’s getting late and I have things to make!

More crafty stuff soon, have a good night and a better weekend 🙂 x

Loom Knitted Scarves

I call these looms Long Looms. I’m sure there is a technical term or proper noun out there for them somewhere but I quite like the alliteration of Long Loom!

As opposed to the circular round looms.

I have bought a set of 4 from Hobbycraft for about 8 quid so they won’t exactly break the bank. They are so quick and easy to use, I don’t know why Primary School teachers don’t teach this in textiles.

I decided to do a trial run and bought some bright wool which has now been made into a kids scarf and then I found some gorgeous wool in my LYS and that is in the process of being made into an autumn scarf for me.

The wool in the pic above is James C Brett Party Time (chunky) shade PT1. And I used two balls at the same time so that the scarf was thicker. So, four balls altogether.

As you can probably see, the wool did decide to go out of synch suddenly when too much yellow appeared out of nowhere and ruined the gradual fading in and out of the different colours, but on the whole bright and cheery.

The scarf below is made from King Cole Corona, shade 2271, Carmine. It is probably the nicest, softest, squishiest wool I have ever used. It’s going to be soft and gorgeous and lovely!

Forget ‘get a life’ – I say ‘get a loom!’. Really, have a look in your local hobby or crafty shop and you’ll pick it up in no time! 🙂

WIPs and Stuff

Good afternoon peeps!

Sorry for the loooooong absence, I haven’t blogged or even been online really in about 6 weeks. What happiness!

Work has been tiring, and frankly, sometimes after a long day the last thing you want to do is spend ages faffing around on the interweb! Also, been doing lots of reading and crafting and going places and seeing people and planning things and trying new things, so it’s not all bad right?!

But, first a crafty catch up. I had a long list of things to finish and I managed to get a few done which was good. 🙂

    The crochet hook holder is done, just need to add either a button or some ribbon and maybe tidy up a few loose ends and things. I knitted the cover back in either January or February (or possibly earlier) and that and the fabric have been lying around since then.

It isn’t the best thing I have ever made – mostly because I didn’t really measure it! Oops! I can already hear some of you sewists cringing and tutting. I know, I know, it’s the whole ‘MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE’ old maxim, but I was impatient and didn’t want to spend hours and hours on this so I sort of guessed it, which is why it only sort of works. But it’s not terrible, just needs another few minutes of tidying up like I say.

The second thing I did recently was learn how to knit socks, which has been on my wish list for a looooong time. It took me 3 weeks to knit this one sock (ha!) on and off I might add, so maybe that explains why there is still only ONE SOCK! But the other is coming, once I get a couple more projects out of the way.

It was made with Stylecraft’s Head Over Heels range, the kilimajaro colourway I think and I really like the colours as they remind me of Nepalese prayer flags (which I have long had a strange fascination with). The only thing I’m not sure I like with this wool is on some parts where there is a colour change, it looks like the Stylecraft Wool Gnome has missed a few spots so it’s still the base white. It kind of makes me want to get a felt tip marker and colour it in myself!

I made quite a few mistakes, but i am well chuffed with myself (thanks Youtube!).

(It’s the same sock btw, just from a different angle!) And I have massive clown sized feet…lol!

What else?

Ah yes, a friend has just adopted the cutest baby girl ever in the history of baby girls so I had to make SOMETHING for her. I opted for a cute little pink loom knitted hat and with the leftover wool I crocheted a little bag and filled it with Mr Men books. And added a cuddly toy too. 🙂

I have also made some headway with a crocheted blanket which is nearly finished just need a few more rounds. The trouble is, the bigger it gets, the longer it takes just to do a single round!

James C Brett Marble Cunky range was used for this, they stopped doing the brown colour which is sad, so the last few rounds have just been red and purple.

And here is a montage of them all below, because that is a word I rarely get to use these days so here you go…montage!

I have also finised a loom knitted bright scarf which I forgot to take a picture of, but as I have a gorgeous autumn loom knit scarf on the go as well now, I might as well wait and post them together.

I have bought an awful lot of wool and yarny gooess lately, but again that’s for another time. As are the many books I have bought and read. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more until I had read the rest of what was leftover on my shelf still to read, well, I got paid last Thursday and I just had a book blowout, what can I say?! I don’t even feel guilty as they are some nerdy bloody books and there is room to put them now that I have been decluttering!

Have a good Sunday and it’s good to be back! 🙂 Ellen xx

Loom Knitting

Last week I bought a set of circular knitting looms from my local yarn shop. I’ve always wondered how to use them and after watching a video on Youtube I have it all figured out (at least the knit stitch – haven’t tried the purl yet).

And it is so QUICK to knit on. I made the smaller hat in an hour and a half and the larger one over 2 evenings. They both use 2 strands of yarn, the smaller hat using aran weight and the larger one chunky weight yarn.

The smaller hat was made on a 36 peg size loom and the larger one on a 41 peg size loom.

I followed this tutorial on Youtube. She’s really good and has a website, just google Loomahat and see what comes up.

Have a go and see how quick and easy it is to knit things in the round! The looms are not expensive at all to buy and you will wonder why you didn’t try it earlier! 🙂

There were no seams to weave in, it was all knitted in one piece with no increases or decreases and the only thing I had to sew in was when I gathered it all at the top at the end.

P.S. you can add a pom pom to the top if you want to finish it off properly.