Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Nadolig Llawen

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This is what I will be doing in a week and a half. On real snow and hopefully a little better than in this video!!

Getting made redundant straight after coming back from my last trip really put a downer on it. I kind of forgot I had been, but looking back now, the whole situation was not that bad.

I got a new job within a week of looking and it has turned out to be really good.

The trip to Tignes was ace, snowboarding on empty pistes. The place we stayed was so nice and welcoming. It felt like I was staying with friends.


Whilst thinking about the next snowboard trip, I have been trying to think of new hats to make for http://www.snowhats.co.uk/ .

The Mohawk I made turned out to be quite popular. It sold really quickly and I had a request from someone else to buy it also.






I wanted to make a girly version, so here is what i came up with.

Isnt she cute!! :) - The PigTail Beanie








Also.... I recently made this hat by request. The person who its for, accidentally lost her original hat and wanted a new one to replace it.

As I made it, I wrote down the pattern and I am thinking of publishing it on http://www.ravelry.com/.

Well thats enough talk from me for now.

Its 3 mins to xmas, and I think I should say Nadolig Llaween a Blwyddyn Newydd Da.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :)

Monday, 17 November 2008

SnowHats.co.uk

The reason for being quiet recently.
I have launched my new site www.snowhats.co.uk . I am selling my custom made hats for snowboarders and skiers, or just for keeping you warm in the winter.
Also, I will list my jewelry that i create here for purchase.
I have decided to offer Free world wide delivery (as long as the post office will post it to the country).
So if you want a custom made snowboarding hat, take a look.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Freeform Crochet Necklace - Bottle Top Necklace

I have been wanting to make a 3d necklace for some time and have looked at what others have done for some inspiration. I see many others either use cork/poly balls or even large glass beads and crochet over them.

I really didnt want to buy something like that to crochet over, or even hide nice glass beads under crochet. So I have been thinking about what i could upcycle for this purpose.

This is what i came up with.

Crochet in camo coloured cotton - over bottle tops!

Im not sure what i think, but i do think its different!

Friday, 24 October 2008

Update

Hi
I meant to update the blog with photos of my trip to Tignes. But the day i arrived back in work, i found out i had been made redundant. Bummer. So was a bit down in the dumps, and i havent really looked at the holiday pics or vids.

But I finally picked myself out of my :( feeling, and I have managed to land my self 2 job offers. I have the weekend to decide now :Z

But over this time, i have been busy, so here are a few shots of what I have done.
Yellow and Green Ladies Beanie

White Blue and Orange Earflapper (Unisex)


Mauve and Teal Mens (Large) Beanie

My Little Inga
Baby Heart Hat

Tri Coloured Crochet Hat

Purple Slouch
And my personal favourite
Green and Teal Earflapper

More photos of all in my flicker account.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Un Named Bag - HELP?!

I have been making this bag for a few weeks now.

The bag itself took very little time. It is lined inside with green lining and interfaced for stiffness. The outer lining is a satin kind of fabric. I made up the shape as I went along and followed no patterns.

But the handles!!! omg. Its made from leatherette and is quite soft. Trying to topstitch the bag handles was a nightmare. I bought a special roller foot for my machine, but the feed dogs would just chew the under layer. The top layer looked good, I turned it over, and It was all scuffed.

I was so annoyed, as the topstitching was the last job and I had done the rest really neatly. I have had to unpicked these handles and re do twice!!

Finally I decided i would sew some of the lining on to the leatherette - thats the green you can see. Then cut out the handles, and turn inside out. I then finally hand stitched around too keep both sides together.

I am not really happy with the finish. I really would have liked to topstitch around the top of the bag. But i am just so scared of scuffing it again and ruining it.

Any one have any ideas how i could have made sewing this easier?

Anyway, I think the bag deserves a name, any suggestions?

Saturday, 20 September 2008

About Me

Hi,

I just wanted to up date on what I am up to and what Im about to do.

I have been itching to get my hands on a N95 phone. My other half has had one for some time, and normally I am not a geeky phone person. I usually like to just have a phone to be a phone. But, this phone does so much, I just wanted one. I can now find my way places with the sat nav, not just in the car, but when I get lost shopping etc!! And i can sportstracker my snowboarding holiday!! so I can see just how slow I am!!

Whilst traveling up to Tamworth Snowdome for a pre holiday warm up, i knitted a little sock for my new companion!
We are off to Tignes, France in under a week, and I cant wait.

My ABCs

I saw this on Random Snapshots site, and thought maybe anyone reading would like to get to knwo me a bit better.

A. Attached or single? Attached.
B. Best friend? Appart from the attatched? not at the moment.
C. Cake or pie? Pie i think
D. Day of choice? Thursday
E. Essential item? A project on the go. After that, the computer
F. Favorite colour? Not sure, pink?
G. Gummy bears or worms? Worms
H. Hometown? Treorchy, Rhondda, South Wales, UK
I. Favorite indulgence? Toms pie for dinner once a week
J. January or July? January, maybe I'll get to see some snow.
K. Kids? Only on the weekend
L. Life isn’t complete without? My other half, we are best buddies
N. Number of magazine subscriptions: None, I dont read, I only look at pictures!!
P. Phobias? Maybe flappy insects, moths and wasps. My wimpness has developed recently.
Q. Quotes? um....
S. Season of choice? Winter for snowboarding
W. Worst habit? Biting nails, its worse than smoking.
X. X-ray or ultrasound? Ultrasound as i have never had one.
Y. Your favorite foods? Anything with gravy
Z. Zodiac sign? Taurus

Kitten Ear Hat - With ear flaps

The Kitten - With Ear Flaps.

Ideal snowboarding/skiing hat. Nice and snug to stay on but cute as hell. Added bonus, it covers your ears to keep out the chill.

What do you guys think?

Buy Online







Pink Hand Warmers - Get ready for winter


I decided to knit some hand warmers in the pink yarn I used to make the beret. I like them, they look great together.
Ideal for keeping you little mits toasty whilst cool in the current climate!
I seem to be doing a good bit of knitting at the moment. I feel like im neglecting crochet!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Chunky Cabled Beanie

This is my first cabled item :) I am quite pleased with it. I think i will be trying out more cabled ideas :)

Available on ETSY



Abacus Beaded Crochet Cuff - And Aldi Bargain

I had a vision last night, of what to do next with my chunky seed beads and new chunky cotton.

The Abacus Beaded Crochet Cuff. Made from Chunky mercerized cotton and large seed beeds. It is quite comfy to wear and very interesting.


Its available now on ETSY.


Lastly, I must say a big thank you to GlittyKnittyKnitty
for letting me know via her blog, about a ALDI bargain. I got 6 large knitting needles for £2.99 (a pound more expensive than glitty, but i dont mind). Since i have been knitting some chunky hats recently, these will come in handy.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Le Slouch

Well I finished Le Slouch - I love the Seed Stitch :)

But im unhappy about how it tuned out, as i dont like the little peaks it made on the top.
The decrease pattern was in 6 sections. I think im going to try again, and move down to 5 sections to see if this will sit flatter.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Carols Birthday Presie - Hammock Bracelet

Its was my sisters birthday on the 29th of August, and she had asked me to make her something.


I finished it for her in pleanty of time, which is a suprise for me, as im normally awful at remembering peoples birthdays.

I just hope she likes it.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

BubbleGum Visor - Ski or Snowboarding Visor Headwarmer

Bubble Gum Visor - Available On Etsy

To use up the remaining Bubble Gum Yarn, I knocked up a Headwarmer Visor.

I have been wanting one of these personally since the last snowboarding trip.

I tend to over heat when boarding in good weather, so a visor is ideal to keep the body temprature down, keep your eyes sheilded and keep your hair off your face.

I was thinking of writing this pattern up - Post a comment if you would be interested in having it.

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Red Buttoned Beanie - Banana Republic Knockoff

Available on ETSY


I have been trying out different styles with this chunky yarn I have.


I found the pattern for the Banana Republic Knockoff on Ravelry and thought it might look nice. I followed the pattern for the idea, but the gague of the yarn was vastly different, so I had to cast on a different amount of stitches.


I made this while on my first long weekend in Cornwall.

I did no kniting crocheting or crafing what so ever on the second long weekend in Cornwall. Mostly walking and sight seeing with my other sister Vicky.


Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Bubblegum Beanie - and the - Soft Purple Beanie

I have been playing around with my chunky beanie hats, and have made 2 more.

The bubblegum beanie was knit for the purl side out, with a 1x1 rib to finish. I used some Rowan Spray i have had in my stash for ages, and it looks really nice. The white parts of the yarn is really white, and contrasts with the pink spray nicely.




I also created the Soft Purple Beanie from some Acrylic i have got in my stash. I have a lot of this yarn in a few colour ways. Its really soft :)


I knitted this one with a large perl band to finish the hat. But having worn it, i do like it the other way out too!! Looks like a cup cake i think!!


Anyway, I have put these on to my etsy shop if any one is interested. :p


I really do take a bad photo!!

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Lemon and Lime - Pearl Beanie - like Topshop

I saw the Topshop Extra Chunky Hat while googling for ideas for a new hat. I really liked it and I have been harbouring some rowan big wool fusion in my stash for some time.

I kitted it top down on two 12mm circs!! Now theres some big needles. I cast off with a 19mm. I was quite lucky to have such broom handles in my collection.


Here is how it turned out. The perl side is really nice, but the knit side is nice too. So I have myself a reversible beanie. 2 looks for the price of one.

I only needed 50g a hat, so I managed to make 2 out of the ball.

One has now been listed on my etsy store, so if you want a really snugly new hat, you know where to find one.



Thursday, 7 August 2008

Fad Classic - FO

I have finally Fished - Fad Classic
If you remember back in May, I spent my Birthday money from my mother on the pattern and the cotton.

I have been knitting this slowly on my journeys too and from work.

Im quite happy with it, it feels really nice and soft. Its quite heavy and chunky, but in a nice way.

The only thing is, the weather is so hot and humid here at the moment, I cant bear to wear it. But im sure all that will change soon :(

I have had such a busy week. In the space of 7 days, I have booked 2 snowboarding holidays, 2 weekends away, a day
Sphereing and a day out at Go Ape high rope assault course.

The first of the adventure is next weekend so I cant wait :)

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/sianabanana/fad-classic