• Crochet,  Knitting

    #MittenMission

      Last year I contributed to Masato Beanies #Scarfathon. The appeal collected 500 hand-made scarfs for the homeless. The project continues this year and has a new addition #MittenMission.

  • Crafts,  Crochet,  Knitting

    International Day of the Midwife

    This may seem an unusual day to be blogging about on a craft site, but on 5 May this year they would like knitted, crocheted or crafted midwives. This has been inspired by @knittedmidwife who can be found here. I will be taking part in support of the University of West Scotland Midwifery team, and if you are in the southside of Glasgow the Wool Haven is acting as a collection point. Patterns have been provided by Amy Kember (crocheted) & Kimara McCombs Wise (knitted) Further details please contact sheona.brown@uws.ac.uk I’ll update my efforts here 🙂      

  • Crochet,  Knitting,  Useful information

    All the Yarn

    All yarn for knitting or crocheting is made from natural or synthetic fibers. Different types have different qualities – some good, some not so good. These can also be blended by manufacturers to offset an undesirable characteristic – such as itchiness – as much as I love pure wool I can’t wear it. I’ve tried to put together some of the most common.

  • Crochet,  Knitting,  Useful information

    Conversion Charts

      Something to be aware of when you start crocheting is there is a difference between UK & US terminology in addition to their different sizing convention for hooks, knitting needles and yarn weights (Australia also has a different version)

  • Knitting

    Quick scarf

    I’ve never been very good at keeping records of quick projects so I’m hoping that having this blog gets me into the habit. Last weekend when chatting with some friends I offered to make one a scarf.  I asked him what his favourite colour was and so I had an actual excuse to buy new yarn on my next visit to the Wool Haven – other than “It’s so pretty/fluffy!” He’d asked for red. I wanted a strong colour but not pillarbox so selected King Cole Super Chunky Twist in Claret Twist. The flecks of other colours gives it a bit more interest without taking away the depth of red. The yarn is 100% acrylic…

  • Knitting

    Knitted “Elf Boots”

    While at the Hobbycraft fair two weeks ago I was initially deafened by my friend shouting “ELF BOOTS!” which she followed with puppy eyes until I said I would make her a pair as a very early Christmas present.

  • Knitting

    Big damn hero hat

    I make these hats for friends, based on a certain scifi program (which was cancelled far too soon.) There’s a number of different patterns for it online, so in the end I looked at a few and made my own version. I’ve made these in both  wool (Lopi Lettlopi) and now – after a shrinking incident – acrylic (Deramore’s Studio) I’ve made it in a couple of sizes: Man’s :  25 inch / 64 cm diameter Woman’s : 21 inch / 52 cm diameter Materials 50 g yellow DK 50 g orange DK 50g red DK 6.5 mm double-pointed needles or circular needle Working with 2 threads throughout: Hat Cast…