Saturday, 16 July 2016

Pokéball Knitting Chart

Now I know everybody is obsessed with Pokémon Go right now but as it's been down all day today I needed to occupy myself other Pokémon activities. So here's a colour chart for all you knitters out there with server issues, I'm envisioning at least one pair of pokéball socks for myself!




This chart was created using the Tricksy Knitter website.


With this chart please feel free to use as you wish, all I ask is that you do not use this chart for profit as You nor I own the rights to make and sell Pokémon products.
 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Raw cinnamon energy balls.

By now you've probably heard of 'Energy Balls' they're all over the internet and they are really really amazing! Not only are they completely delicious but they're actually healthy, gluten free and vegan!  Energy balls are made from raw fruit and nuts and because of that they are packed full of nutrition and flavour! They're great to deal with that sweet tooth without breaking into other treats filled with saturated fats and empty calories, so can be helpful with weight loss.

This recipe took a fair amount of tweaking but I've finally perfected them and they are divine They're a huge hit with my work colleagues and I really can't make enough of them.


This recipe is for 200 grams as I've found that is the best amount to work with my blender.

You will need: (makes approx 20 balls)

80g Dates
80g Cashews
36g Raisins
4g Cinnamon powder


Simply place all of the ingredients into a blender or a food processor and blend them until you reach your desired consistency, I like mine to be pretty smooth but it really is personal preference, you just want them to be blended enough to be able form together without breaking apart.

Now that you have your ingredients all blended up you just need to roll your mixture into balls. This is the longest part of the process and something I imagine kids would love.
 After this pop them into a container and refrigerate them for at least half an hour, this just helps them set into their shape a little bit. and then you're good to go!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

What's been on my wheel?

I'm absolutely in love with spinning and dyeing wool ever since I bought my spinning wheel, I love playing with different textures and different breeds of wool, my favourite so far is Blue Faced Leicester.

Here's what I've been working on recently. All hand spun and all hand dyed (using food colouring and white vinegar)








Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Spinning Fun!




Recently, I've taken up spinning yarn! Currently I'mjut working with a drop spindle though I recently forked out and bought an actual spinning wheel. The price definitely stings but I think it will be worth it.

I figured I'd share my work so far.

This is 100% merino wool in a lovely mint green dye, in this picture you can see a partially spun ply on my drop spindle

 And here is a little test swatch I knitted, I really like the yarn and the texture and character it has, IMO it definitely adds something to the finished piece.
                                          
This is the wheel I've purchased, It's a Kromski Prelude, I bought it from Wingham Wool Work. 
It should arrive tomorrow and I'm super excited!

         
                                           

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Free Star Decoration Pattern

Here's a pattern Iwrote about two years ago that I never posted :) bear in mind it is very old so not that great but I guess it does what it says on the tin.



Today my lovelies i bring you a free pattern for the above stars.
You could use them as coasters, hang them as decoration or join them together like in the below picture and make a cute decorative blanket like I plan to :)


Materials:
2.75 mm (Size C usa) Crochet Hook
DK yarn I used robin DK
Tapestry needle (or any needle with an eye big enough for yarn)

Stitch Abbreviations:
SS - Slip Stitch
Ch - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet

Pattern:

Create a slipknot on your hook.
Ch 6 and slip stitch into the furthest Ch from the hook.
Ch 2, 9 DC,  SS into the Ch 2.
Ch 2, work one DC into the same space as the Ch 2, *Ch 5 and SS into the third Ch from the hook Ch2 then skip one DC then work 2 DC's into the next DC* repeat from* until you finish the 5th 'Ch 5 and SS into the third Ch from the hook Ch2' then SC into the top of the starting Ch2.
SC into the first DC, SC into the next 2 Ch, SC into the gap made by the Ch3 loop. (SC Ch1, DC SC) into the two loops at th top of the Ch3 loop. Continue going round the star like this until you're finished.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Update

Just another update. It's been quite I while since my last post.

I've been taking more interest into jewellery making (as pictured below) and I've decided I want to take my crafts further than just a hobby. I'm also planning on starting to sell some crochet patterns along with jewellery. I've made some good connections which have been a great help in getting started!

I've already sold one crocheted item to somebody other than my close friends which was a great ego boost! Although I'm just getting started out and I'm taking things slowly I'm definitely heading in the right direction.

Also this is my first post via the blogger app which I'm not too sure how I feel about it. It is more convenient as the majority of the time when I use the Internet is on my iPhone or iPad where the web version isn't too compatible but the app I'm feeling Is a bit awkward.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Free Christmas Pudding Crochet Pattern

My last post has generated a lot of attention which is great! This has been my busiest month since I started my blog and we're barely into December!

This is a pattern for a christmas pudding, about a month ago a lady in my work asked me to make her a christmas pudding to decorate her desk in the office, I have since crocheted two others as so many people want them!




Materials:
3.5 mm/E crochet hook
2.75 mm/C crochet hook
Wide eyed needle
Brown DK yarn
White DK yarn
Small amount of red DK yarn
Small amount of green DK yarn
Stuffing

Stitch Abbreviation:
Ch - Chain stitch
Sc - single crochet
ScInc - two single crochet in one stitch
Sc2Tog - single crochet two stitches together (decrease)
Ss - slip stitch
Picot - chain three, slip stitch in the first chain loop.


The Pattern:


using your 3.5mm / E hook

In Brown

Make a magic loop
Round 1: Sc6
Round 2: ScInc in each stitch
Round 3: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc next stitch. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 1. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 5: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 2. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 3. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 7: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 4. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 5. Repeat to the end of the round 
Round 9: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 6. Repeat to the end of the round  
Round 10: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 7. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 11: ScInc in the first stitch, Sc 8. Repeat to the end of the round  
Round 12: Sc in each stitch.
Round 13: Sc in each stitch.
Round 14: Sc in each stitch.
Round 15: Sc in each stitch.
Round 16: Sc in each stitch.

In white:

Round 17: Sc in each stitch. In this round I used spike stitch around in no particular order, making clusters of spikes in some areas and more sparce in other areas, not limiting to the row imediately below the current but also two rows and someties even three rows below the current.

Round 18: Sc in each stitch.
Round 19: Sc in each stitch.
Round 20: Sc2Tog, Sc 8. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 21: Sc2Tog, Sc 7. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 22: Sc2Tog, Sc 6. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 23: Sc2Tog, Sc 5. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 24: Sc2Tog, Sc 4. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 25: Sc2Tog, Sc 3. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 26: Sc2Tog, Sc 2. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 27: Sc2Tog, Sc 1. Repeat to the end of the round
Round 28: Sc2Tog to the end of the round.

Make sure your pudding is firmly stuffed and sew up :)

using your 2.75mm / C hook

Berries: (make 2)

In Red

Make a magic ring
Round 1: Sc 6 in the ring
Round 2: Sc around.

sew up and sew very close to each other near the centre of the top of the pudding


using your 2.75mm / C hook

Leaves:

Ch 12, sc in the second loop for the hook, sc 6, picot, sc2, picot, sc2, picot.
Now you'll be turning to the other side of the leaf.
Sc 2, Picot, Sc 2, Picot, Sc 6finish off, and sew in any loose ends.


Now once you've sewn everything together your christmas pudding is finished!

As always If you come accross any issues or errors in this pattern please let me know!

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