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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


3 Things This Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you all!

3 things I have been looking at/ pondering this week…

Knitting Magazine…lots of vintage inspired patterns

Lace weight wool only a ÂŁ1 a ball from Boyes…bargain!

Pattern and wool was free with a magazine a few months ago for a simple scarf. Think the scarf would be a good practice first time one to start with lace, but horrible choice of watermelon colours. So, since lace wool was a quid from Boyes….

Also, I have been deciding whether to knit a ballerina hippo. As you do.

Have a happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂

March WIPS

Progress updates:

WIP 1 Knitted Spring Bunting

This is almost done, just one triangle to go. Will post more pics when ready, not much change since last update.

WIP 2 Lizzie’s Housewarming Blankie

I am nearly finished first ball of wool and onto second, it should take about 3 200g balls. Good but slow progress, no pics yet because it’s not finished!

WIP 3 Knitted Wristwarmers

Back in November or December I started a pair of knitted wristwarmers and I had to adapt the pattern big time and make it up as I went along. I haven’t done any more to them, but want to get them off my needles and finished so I can use the needles for other projects!


As you can see from picture before – no progress. But the yarn is pretty and now I realise this type of yarn you have to wind into a ball before you start…not really used hanks before, well lesson learned!!

WIP 4 Crochet Stormtrooper Blanket

I am exactly 6.4% of the way through as I calculated this morning. Had a sausage butty in cafĂ© this morning and managed to get 3 squares done there! In case you are wondering, 6.4% of 625 squares is 40, so not bad at all I think. No pics as it’s all just what you’ve already seen….white, grey and black squares. So this one is a positive.

WIP 5 Use up all old stash

I am making even more granny squares when I have a spare minute to use up old wool and the freebie wool you get with magazines but never end up doing the projects (I hate just throwing it away!). I have donated a huge bag of this type of wool to a charity shop before as they want crafty stuff, but this time I’m going to use it all up productively, maybe into a blanket, maybe donate the squares to charities that make and donate blankets, I don’t know yet but this is ongoing with no end date.

I know Woolly Hugs accept squares in UK and possibly Post Pals too, I can’t remember.

Actually Post Pals is a really sweet (but often sad) charity. Basically they have a list of very sick children (and their siblings who can often feel left out) and sometimes terminally ill children too. People write letters to them and send little packages, maybe little toys, homemade things, if it says on their profile page that the child likes lego then there are lots of small figures/ kits to send. You get the idea, Fearne Cotton is patron of this charity. Here is the link:


I can’t get onto the woolly hugs site, I think they are experiencing problems with their server, but they have a variety of projects, they make blankets for children in UK hospitals, blankets for children of Chernobyl who visit each year and other things like baby memorial gowns -I think. I may have posted about it somewhere else on the blog, can’t remember, but anyway two good charities to send things to.

Ideas for future projects:

Use spare wool to knit myself a cowl

Make another cushion

Knit that double knitting star wars scarf on ravelry

Knit a hat and socks which I am dying to do and I found some sock yarn today as well, so I know where my local shop keeps it now!

Knit/ crochet a shawl


Ellen xx

Works In Progress

I am currently working on 4 things at the moment.

-The Knitted Spring Bunting which I have posted about previously.

-Lizzie’s new house blanket which is taking me WAY longer than I expected…sorry!

-The Knitted Wrist-warmers which I have also posted about but I have sort of drifted from this WIP a bit. I WILL finish what I started even if it takes me months to do it.

-The Knitted Crochet Hook Holder. Yes, it’s knitted and it’s for my crochet hooks but you know, knitting seems to be my favourite hobby now. Since that’s ALL I have blogged about lately…I am just surprised how easy it is and how I have taken to it!

I have already knitted the main body of it. Need to block it and then sew the inside where the hooks will go, but that will take just an hour or two.

Here is a little pic.



The fabrics are just fat quarters from a pack and the wool is Carnival Chunky 2483 Venice – I think that’s Style craft? Obviously I threw the label away and had to look it up online…I think this is it here…


So…that’s what’s on my needles at the moment!

Ellen xx


Knitted Spring Bunting #2

Thought I would post a quick update on the knitted bunting I have been working on.

I never seem to be able to take pictures in daylight so they don’t look as they do in natural light…it’s always in the evening when I get the urge to take pics!



Knitted spring bunting


I am using Stylecraft Special DK with a pair of 4mm needles.

I am going to do 3 each in 4 colours – Blue, Pink, Yellow and Green for a total of 12 triangles and see where that gets me before I think about doing any more.

I experimented with different ways of decreasing and got a little confused, but now that I figured out you need to cast on an odd number of stitches I am much quicker at it! Also I decided to only use a simple knit stitch since I couldn’t work out how to do a stocking stitch with a simple edging and decrease into a nice triangle shape, but having found other patterns in books and online since starting this project, I now think it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out. What was I saying in my previous post about stop thinking of myself as a beginner knitter?!!

I did try using a decrease on every line (k2tog at start and end of each line) but the triangle was tiny and twisted and weird. I found two lines of knit stitch and THEN a line decreasing worked better.

As well, I need to think about a runner or banner of some kind to hang the bunting from, maybe a crochet one which would be firmer? To think about at the end of the project.

This is what I decided on in the end…

I casted on 31 stitches

Knit 2 rows

Next row k2tog, knit until last 2 stitches, k2tog

Repeat these 2 rows until 1 stitch remains and pull yarn through loop and tighten before cutting yarn and weaving in ends.

I am going to crochet an edging around the triangles, I thought do one triangle with each of the other colours (i.e. for the 3 pink triangles do one with a green edging, one with a yellow and one with a blue). I was thinking one row of double crochet (single crochet if you use US terms) around the edge with maybe 3 stitches in the point at the bottom.

They obviously haven’t been blocked yet so they are a bit twisty and all, but I’ll do that right at the end in one go.

A project like this would be great to use up your odd bits in your stash – maybe a striped one with different colours- or as new baby/ wedding/ birthday present with personalised letters on. Don’t worry Lizzie – I’m not knitting you a set of white wedding bunting so don’t panic! Although…hmmm! How about a crocheted wedding cake? With a pair of crocheted Lizzie and Reg figures?!! lol…be scared!

Hope you’re having a crafty evening whatever you’re all doing.

Ellen x

Crafty updates

One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging for a fortnight or so is that I have been beavering away at a couple of projects. One of which is this little lapghan for my friend Angela. The colours are very her and it is just big enough to drape over your lap – ideal whilst watching TV!!

The wool was from a pack from Deramores…either the crystal or the gem? Can’t remember the name, but it is 100% acrylic and very soft! 🙂



angela blankie

I have also been working on a cross stitch project I mentioned a few posts back.

I had this pattern as a giveaway with a magazine about 15 years ago, before patterns were in colour!

There are no colour pictures with it (maybe there were in the magazine but that got recycled ages ago!) so every new colour is a surprise.

It’s not finished…maybe another week or two to go. In case you cant tell they are balloons, although the sun in the corner looks REALLY sinister! And I hate working with metallic threads – you have to use a shorter length and be more careful which means going slower. But I have done about 60 -70% of it. And I am really loving it! It is going by quick and I’m glad I finally decided to pick it up, rather than leaving it unstarted in a drawer for 15 more years.


ballons 2

Crochet WIP

Hello there,

What is my favourite crochet stitch of all time? Basket weave!

It’s dense and warm and snuggly and really easy to do.

At the moment I am using up scraps of wool to make a scrappy scarf. Yes, ANOTHER SCARF!

So anyway, the colours don’t match and although all of the wool is DK weight, some are stiffer than others.

scrappy scarf

It looks a bit messy because it’s not finished, but this has taken a few weeks because I HATE colour changes! I try my best to get around weaving in new colours, so most of my projects are used with variegated yarn – I’m not lazy, just like things simple!!

I have heard that a scarf should be the width of your outstretched hand (from tip of the thumb to tip of little finger) and as long as you are tall,  but this one won’t be that long. I’m very tall and running out of grey!!

Anyway, that’s what I have been up to today, hope you’re all enjoying the weekend.