Wednesday, 24 October 2012
If you need something to do with that whole extra hour on Sunday, you could always pop slong to the Benn Hall in Rugby for the Craft and Gift Fair between 10am and 4 pm. Come and have a browse and say hello and also get some inspiration for gifts, for Christmas or treat yourself...there is something for everyone including a craft are for children and a cafe area.
Look forward to seeing you and enjoy your extra hour whatever you choose to do...
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Using a super easy construction method, and a simple but effective stitch pattern, these textured hand huggers are super warm, practical and versatile. They hook up really quickly and don’t require too much concentration – instant gratification and able to watch tv too! Perfect for beginners and experts alike, you’ll be hooking a pair up to match different outfits as well as friends and family. Using double knitting yarn and a 5mm hook, the pattern has the added benefit in Baby, Child and Adult sizes.
If you love what you see but are not a little craft-y person, then please get in touch through facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org as I will gladly hook up a pair for sale...
I couldn't resist playing with colour and my favourite stripes ( plus it also helps to diminish the stash mountain!)... I am tempted to tinker with the pattern and gauge, and use 4 ply yarn to really have some fun and try and create some Missoni-style stripes...These also look fab in a solid colour or self-patterning yarn.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures approx. 2 (3, 3.5) inches, or [5, 7.5, 9cm], ending with a WS row.
Thumbhole row (RS): ch 1, miss first st, (dc, tr ) in next st 2 (3, 4) times, ch 4 (6, 8 ), miss next 2 (3, 4 ) pattern repeats, continue in pattern to end, turn.
Seaming/Joining row: ch 1, bring foundation row of mitt up behind and slip stitch both edges together, working through both thicknesses. Take care to match the stitches as you work along to create a super neat finish (pin in place if you prefer).
Written pattern copyright Aimie Bennett 2012. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please feel free to link to this page to share this pattern with others.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
These fingerless gauntlets are great as they are super cosy and warm yet amazingly practical as your fingers are not covered so are free to hold the steering wheel, school bags, dog leads, use your mobile, etc. With a slit for your thumb, they fit securely and snugly to keep you toasty. As someone who has dexterity and grip issues, I've found that simply keepng your wrists and the blood flow through this area warm, I don't suffer with the numbing sensation that being cold brings. In theory this reduces the amount of times I drop things, knock things over and breakages but remains to be proven in practise. Even my 5 year old calls me butter fingers at least once a day...
Continuing on from the from the two free hat patterns, I am spreading a little more crochet love and have designed two super simple wrist warmer patterns - perfect for beginners and experts alike. There is plenty of scope for customising your handhuggers so let your imagination and creativity loose. I always tend to make my handhuggers a little longer through the wrist section so as to cover a bit more wrist and this is so easy to do.
A simple pattern that gives instant gratification as they are a quick project with a simple pattern . Raid your yarn stash as they only use a small quantity of double knitting yarn. Lightweight and fairly stretchy they just feel so toasty - you can whip up a couple of sets. In fact I always have a pair in the 'glove' compartment (haha!) for those days when I forget to pick up a set or the weather changes while you're out...
In a multi size pattern, they're perfect for adults and even more practical for babies and children. I never was very good at steering tiny fingers into gloves so find that these are perfect. The little thumbhole means they stay on nice and securely and for those independent little ones, they can put them on themselves.
Enjoy the pattern and feedback gratefully received...
Like what you see but not crafty? I will gladly hook up a set for you. Get in touch via Facebook or email email@example.com.
Watch this space for another free pattern coming soon...
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
I shall be having a stall at the Craft and Gift Fair on Sunday 28 October. There is a wonderful mix of stands and sellers in a lovely venue - not to mention a lovely cafe area offering homemade cakes and refreshments and a craft are for children.
|Coasters - set of 4|
|Baby and toddler hats|
or something a bit Christmassy...
...then please come along and have a browse. For a truly unique hand crafted gift that really shows you care - I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
If you can't see quite what you're looking or love something but want a particular colour that, please let me know as I will gladly make it for you. Commissions also undertaken. Please feel free to browse the photo galleries on my facebook page.
Hope to see you soon...
Friday, 5 October 2012
Imagine my delight and disbelief when I saw that the oh so gorgeous (my favourite) green, just perfect for remaking and re-testing my own original design Seashell Cardigan with, was on sale at £1.19 (formerly £4.99!!) I scooped up the remaining six balls and added them to my trolley of fruit, veg, milk, bread, cat food, etc....It seemed wrong to be able to buy wool there but I wasn't complaining!!
Also, I returned to Ikea to purchase some much-needed stash storage in the form of Hol (I just love the names and whole concept), and felt I had to buy this beautiful striped fabric...
I could really see this as a skirt - the fabric is a lovely weight and has a real boutique-y feel as the stripes are slightly raised. I love stripes - versatile, a little bit quirky and most definitely unique. I could imagine the skirt to be a little 60s inspired, A- line with a deep inverted centre pleat. And then I remembered buying a dress pattern on Ebay a couple of months ago (for the drastic sume of £1.99!)
It's an original Sunday People pattern number 436 - a 60s mod style dress with the option of full or 3/4 length sleeves(my favourite). As I bought the last on the bolt, roughly a metre and a half, I will have to make the top half of the dress and the sleeves in a plain black or charcoal cotton. What do you think?
This is definitely top of the must make pile now the cooler weather is imminent but I must hem a dress and finish my Colette Hazel dress first. I really am trying to stick to my new habit of finishing something before cutting out the next. No time like the present and I'll strike while the iron is hot...
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
|Glamour Puss hat in teal |
It's not quite cool enough for hats just yet despite the fact I'm itching to don one of my favourites and help combat the windswept hair look. I think I need to keep something in reserve especially after the last two winters we've had in the UK.
|Denim blue with band detail|
I have been busy making up some more hats to stock my stall with at a forthcoming craft fair later this month. I have added different colours to my range of Newsboy style hats. These are super comfortable and warm, with a brim and either button or flower detail.
|Classic black with subtle twist...|
Monday, 1 October 2012
This pattern is easy to scale up or down for adults or tinier tots by working in a different weight yarn (aran or 4 ply) as well as altering hook size. After crocheting for a while, you soon get to know whether you're a loose 'hooker' or a slightly more snug one!! Please feel free to let me know any comments, errors (ahem, I hope not) or feedback as I would love to know what you think.
If you're not a crocheter and want to buy or order the hat, please message me through facebook or email me firstname.lastname@example.org . May I also add that if you make any hats for sale then please please please credit the pattern to me, FuzzyFingers. There will also be a link to the pattern through Ravelry. Have fun and happy hooking!
UK crochet terms used
Based on a star design set into a granny pentagon, this cute hat is sure to make your little one dazzle. Worked in either one colour or switch to a contrasting or complimentary shade for round 3 to make the star really pop, or crochet rounds 1-3 in an alternative colour and make this hat your own.
Love the pattern but want to change the size? Then try a smaller hook and 4 ply yarn for a smaller fit or go up up and away to a larger hook and aran/worsted yarn for teen/adult sizes. Also, the depth of the hat can be increased by extending the straight rows between 7-13 (8-15), or adding extra half treble rows to the brim.
Ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring