Thursday, 19 January 2012

Homemade goodness!

The other day I took advantage of some good light, or at least I think it was but I'm not very good at this photography lark, to take some photos of crafty things I got for christmas.

This rainbow brooch made for me by one of my best friends. She told me that she'd noticed I have a lot of cardis which dont have buttons and could do with something to hold them together, so she made me this! I wasn't at all expecting anything so thoughtful or so well made, I even asked her if she'd bought it off Etsy! As you can imagine I was pretty excited about this one. :)

This is a log cabin quilted cushion made using mostly Cath Kidston fabric. My Auntie made this for me, this is the first handmade quilted thing I have!

My mum bought me this quilt from a shop in the Isle of Wight. We went there for a holiday in september and I remember admiring it, they only had a single one left though as they were no longer being made. The bed I have is a three quarter, which is about six inches off a double, and I thought it wouldn't fit so I didn't buy it. My mum bought if for me in secret though and I got it for christmas! I am so pleased she did because it really does look beautiful and it doesn't look bad size wise either.

This just shows a little bit of the back because it is reversible, yay! 

Well looking at all these pictures makes me think how lucky I was this christmas to get so many handmade presents! Speaking of making things for other people I thought I'd just share some I'm making. 

This is a 100 square rainbow blanket that I'm making for my boyfriend, only 8 more yellow squares to go!

And this is one half of a teapot cosy I'm making for one of my mum's friends, I'm using this pattern here, this was one of those rare occasions where I had to learn a new stitch!

One last thing I'd just like to mention is that Cherry Heart is starting a Pretty Crafty Home project for everyone so we can all support each other in making our homes, or in my case room, pretty. I think that this is a great idea and cant wait to get started and see what everyone else is doing. You can find more info here on her blog and there is also a flickr group. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Knitted Blanket

Before I 'went off' to university I'd started knitting squares to make a blanket, this had been going on for years because I would always get fed up with how long it was taking and would constantly give up and then find it again a few months later. So before I was due to start my degree me and my mum decided we would try and finish it. In all I has contributions from 7 different people! Me, my mum, my best friend and her mum, my aunty and cousin and my grandma. 

 It's only made from scraps of wool that anyone had lying around but I absolutely love it because everyone contributed to it reminds me of everyone trying to get it done for me. There are also some individual squares which highlight some things which are important to me.

A guitar because my man plays, the girl guiding trefoil because I'm a brownie leader, an austin A35 because my Dad used to have one and mine and my friend's initials.

Well I just wanted to share this and I hope you enjoy! 

Friday, 6 January 2012

The trials of flat circles!

A belated merry christmas and a happy new year!

For christmas I got a lovely bag of wool (among other things, like a quilt and cushion I will be sharing sooooon). I sort of knew I was getting this wool as I had asked for it, but because it's REALLY expensive (£4.25 a 50g ball!!!) I didn't expect to get all the colours I had asked for, but I did! This wool was planned for a special project that I've been craving to make for ages now. This cushion that I am stealing from little tin bird, who incidently orginally took it from here

I must admit that I am absolutely rubbish at thinking up new designs and projects of my own to make, and also there are two many wonderful things to be found in blogland for me to make for myself I would never get the time to make anything I thought up myself.

I couldn't get exactly the same colours as little tin bird as they have discontinued the yellow and orange, fortunately I managed to find a similar yellow in king cole merino wool dk but there is no orange to be seen anywhere!

So I started to make the cushion and it was all going pretty well until I got the the dark blue on the outside and realised I'd made a mistake! I am always slightly heartbroken when this happens (as it often does) BUT I thought I could fix it. So I carried on thinking that all was fine and dandy. No it wasn't, I finally figured it out and have to take it back to the yellow. What I haven't already mentionned is this is about the third time I've needed to take it back after making some colour choice mistakes too. Boo hoo. 

In conclusion I have decided I need to concentrate more to avoid these silly mistakes, and I wanted to take a picture of my efforts before I undid half of it, just to pove it did happen!