Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Freedom Microlite Seat Covers

So here are the pictures or the new covers 

I think the colours go well with the dark wood and the feel of the material is lovely.

I did make a bit of a rookie mistake when ordering the material.  I made an assumption about the way the nap of the fabric would run.  I assumed it would be down the roll of fabric, and worked out how much material i needed based on that fact.  I was wrong, and had to order another meter of fabric! That's a lesson I wont repeat.

Other than that mistake, the construction was pretty straight forward and has resulted in a lovely finish.  I took about 9 hrs to make and wasnt too complicated.  Cutting out was the hardest bit.

Freedom Microlite Caravan

Spending so much time in the winter snowboarding, our summer activity has always been camping on weekends to save on time off work.

For the last few years we have been the camping with a camplet trailer tent but having been washed out one too many times last year, we have upgraded to a caravan.

We purchased a Freedom Microlite for a bargain price.  Its 19 years old but in OK condition.  One thing that needed doing right away was to make new covers for the seat cushions.

We have already taken out the dirty coloured carpet to reveal the original lino underneath.

It took a month of getting samples and travelling around fabric shops, but now we have chosen.
There wasn't much options out there and not much at all on offer in the shops.

I choose a teal coloured chenille material.
More pictures of the new covers to come.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Happy Birthday To Me :)

It was my birthday the other day, and I have just received my birthday present from my lovely sister.

Look how clever she is :)

You can visit her blog on - http://postcards-and-stuff.blogspot.com/

Thanks a million Carol, they look great.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Feelgood - Cabled Slouch Beanie

Hi all, Long time no update!!

I have been busy knitting. I had a lovely customer ask for a cabled slouch beanie, so I came up with this....

I called it the Feelgood and patterned it up for sale on Ravelry.

It is also available via SnowHats pre made - SnowHats Snowboard Beanies
I knitted it using Hayfield Bonus DK, using two strands held together as one. I am a big fan of some value DK and rather use the yarn in this way, rather than pay for more expensive thicker yarn.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

How much do i LOVE Clover Pom Pom Makers?

...... Very much, they are awesome.

Here are some examples of bobbles i have made with them. The pink ones are 65mm and the multi coloured one is 85mm. These are the perfect hat size pom poms, and they both come together in the pack. I am tempted however to purchase the smaller size ones also, as i could add them as decoration to my hats.

They are super easy to use.

Simply wind the yarn around 2 of the legs

continue to wind the yarn around the other 2 legs

Wind the yarn until its approximately flush with the guide on the end of the feet.

Cut the yarn, close up the pom pom maker tighly and cut around the rim.

Cut a length of yarn and secure the pom pom by threading the yarn through the space between the blue disks.

Gently, pull the two sides apart.

Finally, trim any odd ends from the pom pom .
As you can see from this picture, the pom pom maker is ver neet and requires little trimming to make a perfectly round pom pom.

I bought the two pom pom makers from ebay for £6.25 including postage. I think they are well worth the cost.

Saturday, 18 July 2009


I made the YeeHaw hat from the Stitch 'n Bitch happy hookers book. Well I attempted to make it following the pattern from the book.

I don't usually follow a pattern as I just like to do my own thing, but this pattern in my opinion was very bad. Mistakes a plenty. It was a real shame, as its one of the main patterns used to advertise the book.

From this experience, I don't think I would bother with any Stitch n Bitch patterns in the future, as this one was clearly not test made to trial the pattern.

The pattern really goes wrong in the first few rows, so I tried and tried to work it out, but I couldn't. I ripped it back to the beginning and made my interpretation of the pattern.
  • I made the initial chain longer so the body of the hat would be longer.
  • I changed the increases.
  • I worked most of the hat in the round rather than joining at the end of the rows.
  • I added extra rows for depth and width.
  • I changed the increases for the brim as the increases indicated made the brim go hyperbolic!
I think it turned out well in the end, but I had to make up the pattern for myself. Luckily, I'm getting quite good at that now :p

Mouse Eared Hat

A new hat to update you all on - The Mouse Eared Beanie

On my first attempt, I stupidly cut the pieces out with the stretch of the fabric going vertically rather than horizontally. Thankfully, I recut the pieces and all is now well.

Isn't she the cutest?

I need to go shopping now for more fleece colours.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Ikea Bags like Mine

I have to just leave a message to direct you all to verypurplestuffs.blogspot.com.

I noticed that Novita is also making simmilar bags to what I have made recently.

I just love the colours. Go take a look.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

New Hand Bag

After making my last bag, I wanted to make a hanbag size bag.

Here is what I made.

It has a single strap and a magnetic clasp to close the top.

After my mistake with my last bag, I didnt bother adding an inside pocket.

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Saturday, 20 June 2009

The Pacer - Beanie, Ear Flap & Visor

The Pacer Beanie (optional Ear Flaps & Visor)

UPDATE: Pattern is now available from http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-pacer-beanie---ear-flap--visor

This is a brand new design i created. This hat is available for custom hat design from http://www.snowhats.co.uk/ where you are able to choose your own colours and add extras, like ear flaps and a visor.

Made for winter sports (snowboard, ski) or just for fasion.