Archive for February, 2011

February 27, 2011

It has been a little bit too long

A lot has been happening to me recently. But first, some slightly better photos of my most recent design. Check out the buttons! I spent ages in Loop in Islington poring over their button selection. Thanks to the cheap wool I used (and the premium you pay for shopping somewhere as nice as Loop), the buttons account for 75% of the cost of the completed object.

I’m really pleased with the way it came out, even if I don’t look it in any of the photos (hence cropping my face out). I’m busy, and I’m still getting terrible headaches from looking at things on a computer screen (this included) so writing it up is taking longer than planned, but it will happen. When I get a free weekend.

This weekend I went away with my craft club. (Did I ever mention I have a craft club? Well, I do. And it’s ace. We made decorations for our staff party.) Technically it wasn’t a proper craft club outing as some members were absent and it was never intended that way, but we ended up in haberdashery and craft shops. The way I’ve described it makes it sound very genteel but it really wasn’t – we were either shopping for crafts or in a bar.

Drinking aside, I got loads of great ideas for projects, and a whole series of little pots of drawing ink which I am incredibly excited by. I’m thinking of designing cards for friends as well. I’ve also gained a new ambition – dressmaking. Maybe I should ask for a sewing machine for my birthday.

I also found out last week that my job is secure. The whole process has been ticking over since early January, but it feels like forever. It’s hard to be delighted by that because good news for me means bad news for someone else, but I am relieved and I got enormous satisfaction from finally being able to delete all the job adverts that arrive in my inbox every day. This also means that my general stress levels will drop off a bit and I may find more time to write up patterns that are totally overdue.

February 13, 2011

Camel hat

Excuse my cheap myspace profile picture photography. There’s not a whole lot of natural daylight in February and I can’t stand flash photography.

This is something I’ve been working on for a few days. I found the pattern whilst trawling Ravelry and discovered that I had the yarn and the needles to hand, so cast on straight away. The pattern is pompon and seeds hat from Caz Crafts.

I’m using 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Fez, which is 15% camel fur. I’ve got a friend who is mad keen on camels, and if she likes it (and if I don’t like it too much) this might end up being a gift.

February 13, 2011


A few weeks ago (before the worst month ever) I posted about how much I love lace, and how I like making stuff out of lace. A pattern was born. Well, more accurately a set of repeats resulting in a lacy fabric around 10 inches wide was born. And I had to figure out what to do with it.

I decided to revisit cowls. As a medium, they’ve served me well – there are now 32 Blue Brambles cowls out there in the world, and over 500 people (holy cow, 500 people?!) have favourited it on Ravelry.

Actually, I’m lying through my teeth about wanting to make this a cowl. I wanted this to be a scarf and then I got bored and stopped it at about 30 inches. But the facts about cowls are true!

Enough of my lies and deceit. Here’s my latest design. At the moment, I’m calling it Constanze. After visiting Salzburg I had the name stuck in my head  (no co-incidence – it’s Mozart’s wife’s name) and I’ve been trying to find a good use for it ever since.

Pattern coming soon! As soon as I get the buttons sewed on and write it up.

(ps. In other news, I’m recovering from flu and allowing photographs of myself to be taken again, and I start a new job on Monday. So things are looking up!)

February 5, 2011

Pushing all my buttons

So the scarf in progress is done and is currently blocking (although I keep stepping on it and bending my pins because I took the irrational decision to block it on the floor just inside my door).

Thanks to flu and bed-ridden-ness, I’m in no position to take any photos. I know, my posts are a bit text-heavy and you all tune in for the pretty pictures, but sorry. I’m way too sniffly and gross.

And anyway, my cowl isn’t properly finished. It’s missing buttons at the back (I’ve decided to make it a fasten-able cowl type thing).

So I thought I’d check out Etsy and see about getting some buttons. It’s a special project, I thought it would be worth it.


I am a magpie at heart. At the last count, there are 884 pages of buttons on Etsy. I got to page 50 and I’ve got so many tabs open on my browser I’m worried about crashing my laptop. And there are so many gorgeous ones I don’t know what I’m going to do.

I mean, which ones should I go for? These? Or this? These? How about these? These are gorgeous, what about these? These ones look so tactile. I just want to play with them. These ones are incredible, the colour and detail on these is lovely, and check out these art-deco beauties. I love these as well… check out the detail on these ones, oh but here they are in orange. Check out these – I love the natural style and it would go so well with the leaf motif … or I could glam it up with these… or go for gold with these.

I give up.

February 3, 2011

Roll on summer

If you saw my post of a few days ago you might know I’m not having much of a good time at the moment. Well, the Universe decided the one thing I needed to top it all off was flu.

Then again, it also sent this amazing looking recipe for Raspberry Hot Chocolate my way, courtesy of Knitted Bliss. So maybe it the Universe isn’t as malicious as all that.



February 1, 2011

Weird world

Turns out knitting glasses are, like, a thing.