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

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

This is a brand new design i created. This hat is available for custom hat design from 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.


Charlie Shopping Bag

I made the charlie bag today. The Original Tutorial for this is not a lined bag, so i decided to follow this Lined Tutorial to add the lining.

I wanted to add ziped pocket to the bag, so followed this tutorial to help me add a zip. Except i made a crucial error, and sewed the pocket lining to the wrong side of the bag lining. So i had to ad lib a bit to sort it out.

I am really pleased with this bag and its going to be roomy enough for all the things i need to carry around :)

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Cusom Made Beanies

These are my recently made custom made beanies/hats.

A thin beanie, with a loose stitch. This was requested by a snowboarder with a hot head.

Decorated with a light blue trim. This hat is thin and light and perfect for spring skiing and snowboarding.

Deerstalker type hat. Decorated with hand made buttons :)

This hat is a real cutie and would be nice and warm for the winer.

The bright colours would really stand out from the crowd.

Also the type of yarn that is used has a slight glitter about it.

This is another version of the Chunky Cabled Ear Flapper, as requested by a customer.

Having run out of the chunky wool I was using, i have re-patterned the design to suit 3 strands of DK. If anyone is interested in this pattern, i could pattern this up for sale on Ravelry.

My first attempt at a semi fleece lined beanie. It is real cute and cuddly.

The fleece is only around the ear level, so your head wont get too toasty, but your ears will be defended from the nasty wind.

I have a few more fleece lined hats in the pipeline, so check back.

Lastly, a shot from my last trip.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Pattern for Chunky Cabled Ear Flapper - Published on Ravelry

By popular demand, I have published the pattern for the Chunky Cabled Ear Flapper on Ravelry.

New Knitting Bin

I am so pleased with my most recent purchase, that i really had to tell you all about it.
I have been needing a bigger recepticle for my yarn of late, as i mostly knit or crochet in double which means i need 2 balls of wool at a time. And especially doing colour work, i then need even more at a time. My knitting bagasket that my sister made me is great but i need to hold more volume when sitting in front of the TV crocheting :)

So i wanted a basket or a box to put beside my chair.
I found this online - good old ikea. The Viren Waste Bin from Ikea - Advertised as a bathroom bin, it has a hole in the lid ? why -
Well for me this means i dont have to cut a hole in it.
It can happily hold 6 x 100g of wool and allow me to poke the working yarn through the hole, and work with the lid on :)
Now my living room is a little tidyer and it cost me less than £3!!

On to recent creations.... Some hats for the winter sports mentalists - Snowboard or Ski

I am such a busy bee at the moment, i have so many ideas and things i want to do that i really cant fit them all in, but i want to complete them all now!!!!

I am busy trying to sort out a custom ordering section for my site while trying to make some stock hats to demonstrate all the custom possibilities.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

3 New Hats Complete

I have Knitted 2 more Chunky Cabled Ear Flap Hats, one of which has sold already (actually, it had sold before I had even knitted it). The other is now in stock on the site.

The other hat i made over the weekend is the Snowboard Mohawk Beanie Ear Flap Hat. This was to replace the stock on the site, as I have sold 2 of these so far.
As for what else im doing, I have a list of things to do really. I have some ear flaps to add to my other half's beanie, as he found that he really wanted when we were on hols last. Also, I did start out trying to pattern up my Aran weight Cabled Ear Flap Hat, but i realised 30 rows in, that I really dont have the correct weight yarn to do this right now. So until I do, i think i might start on a DK weight version.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Back from Andorra

Well Im back in one peice - Just about. Only had 2 misshaps. One involving a big bruise on my hip - that is to be expected, and the other inolving me using my face as a break :)

Other than that, I am in good condition now, and I had a great time.

I returned home to find that had made 2 sales whilst I was gone. The the New Cream Chunky Cabled Ear Flapper and the Snowboarder Mohawk Ear Flapper Hat.

Also, I have had a lovely lady from Ravelry test knitting my Chunky Cabled Ear Flapper Pattern.
She has almoast finished the test knit which uncovered a few minor typos in the pattern.

So just to leave you with a few pics of Andorra.

How Deep is this snow!!!

The view from the chair lift

Me In my Chunky Cabled Ear Flapper

Another Day another Hat

Friday, 2 January 2009

Chunky Cabled EarFlapper

Chunky Cabled Ear Flapper -
(Suitable for Snowboarders and skiers, or cuteness)

I bought this wonderfully soft chunky yarn, 80% polyacrylic 20% superwash wool, and I thought this would be the ideal yarn for this project.

So I knitted up a chunky yarn version of my Cabled Ear Flapper.

It worked wonderfully, so much so, the first one I made, Im keeping for myself.

I wrote up the pattern and I have it ready in PDF format. Im just waiting for Ravelry to hook me up with a PDF download.

I have enough of this lovely chunky soft yarn to make atleast 2 more.

So this second one I have made is already listed on

So you can either buy one ready made, or the pattern. You decide :)

Ps. 2 days to go till snowboarding