Tuesday, 12 September 2017

My Weaving World Ep. 2 - Lilla Öxabäck

lilla öxäback

I bought my Lilla directly from Sweden and am so glad I did!
The company was so helpful and friendly it was a pleasure doing business with them.
That said, I have a friend who lives in Sweden, and she was so kind as to call the company up and arrange things for me, as their website is only in Swedish.

Julia asked me a couple of questions regarding my loom on the last episode, here are some helpful discussions that may be interesting:

  • There is a very interesting thread about the Lilla on the Warped Weavers Forum on Ravelry. You can find that thread HERE (By the way, there are now 43 pages of chatter about this loom :)
  • There is another great thread about Countermarch Loom Setup also on the same forum. You can find that thread HERE

Here is this month's Podcast for your viewing pleasure :)
I would love to hear from you, please leave your comments/questions below.

Projects from this Podcast:

Silk and Merino Scarves:
silk and merino scarf

Warp: Tussah Silk 20/2
Weft: Merino 30/2
Pattern: 8-Point twill
Loom: Arm Patronic

Couch covers:
8/2 cotton

Warp: 8/2 Cotton
Weft: 8/2 Cotton
Pattern: Tabby
Loom: Öxabäck Lilla

Finished Objects: 

Recycled Bags

Warp: 12/2 Cotton
Weft: Various
Pattern: Tabby
Loom: Lilla

You can read more about this project on the blog HERE

Half-finished objects:

Lounge Rug and Couch cushion covers:

Warp: Media Cotton 10/4
Weft: Maxi Rep-yarn, 12/2 Cotton
Pattern: Rep-Weave
Loom: Lilla

See you next month :)

FO - Weaving Bags, a recycling project

weaving bags

On the last Podcast I did, I showed you my warp that I was going to make bags out of.

The original idea came from Ravelry, from Cindy, who I am so thankful to for her inspirational project :)

 I have since finished the bags and want to share my results of that weaving project with you today.

rug rag bag

Here is the first project:

It is a rug rag bag which I created by cutting a duvet cover of my children (who are now adults :)) up into a 4cm continuous strip and used that as my weft.

I lined the bag with a pillowcase that belonged to the duvet cover and added a pocket and key fob.

Outside, I created the closure with some more of the pillowcase and made a matching button out of polymer clay.

cotton bag

The second bag I created out of this warp is a zipped, lined bag, which I totally love :)

This bag has a weft of 12/2 cotton.

It has a zipped pocket on the outside, and inside it has another pocket. 
Again the lining of this bag is with the pillow case.

toiletry bag

And lastly, I had enough warp to make a toiletry bag.

I created this weft with two shuttles, one background, and one pink 12/2 cotton.

Lined with the rest of the pillowcase :)

All in all I am totally thrilled with these results and look forward to putting these bags to good use.

If you want to have a better look at them then feel free to watch my latest podcast where I talk all about them :)

I hope you will come over and join me.
You can find it here on the blog under the tab Podcasts on the top of the page, or over on my Youtube channel

Have a great week.

Friday, 8 September 2017

FO - Gloves ready for the Cold :)

handmade gloves

I have finished with my fingered gloves and they fit perfectly :)

drops alpaca

I haven't heard from anyone who would be interested in a glove step-by-step knit-along, so at the moment I will not be offering one (if you want to learn how to knit gloves and would like to take part in a knit-along, please leave a comment below)

I plan on knitting another couple of pairs of these over the next while as I still have quite a bit of Drops alpaca to use :)

Pattern: I didn't use a pattern, I worked on these using my Regia Size table (See below)
Yarn: Drops Alpaca
Needles: 2.5mm Circular

regia handschuhe tabelle


This is what I am busy with at the moment.
It is my Incremental Shawl, and I am loving the project!
The colours are coming together really well and it is a lovely, easy knit :)

What are you working on right now?

Friday, 1 September 2017

Sewing FO - The Cross Body Bag

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Here is my new favourite bag that I recently finished thanks to the Craftsy course - The Cross-Body Bag by Mariah McPherson

I made this bag in an afternoon and am hooked, I will be definitely making different versions of this bag in the future :)

craftsy bag class

canvas bag

sew bag pockets

how to outside zip bag pocket

inside outside zip pocket

make bag straps

bag filled and still has space :)

Fabrics used: Canvas and quilting cotton. I didn't use waxed canvas as I couldn't find any where I live, but I am really happy with the canvas I chose.

Tips: I had to do the outer pocket step twice :( as the video instruction was a bit confusing when it came to attaching the zip to the lining and outer fabric.  Mariah mentions that we are using the "Lower Body Lining" to create the zipper pocket, and so I whizzed off to sew them together, only to find out after watching her begin to sew hers together, that it was incorrect. So if you are taking this course, be aware of this step so that you don't have to repeat the process, OR don't be like me, watch the step to the end before you begin on your side ;) 

Would I recommend this class: Yes, definitely :) You get a great sized bag and learn some great techniques, especially if you have not made a bag before. 

Friday, 25 August 2017

FO - Naima


I absolutely loved this project :)
It seemed to grow really quickly and the small little details made it that much more fun!

I followed the pattern, the only modification I made was with the needle size.

Pattern: Naima
Yarn: Drops Karisma
Buttons: Handmade by me
Needles: 3.0 and 3.5mm

naima by ankestrick

drops karisma

Monday, 21 August 2017


fingered gloves

Winter is coming, I can feel it in the air in the evenings already.......Yay, I can't wait :)

So, the first project on my agenda is gloves.

I bought a whole variety of Drops Alpaca last year for this purpose and so I will be knitting a couple of pairs of gloves over the next while :D

These gloves are knit top down and are going swimmingly at the moment.

I was considering making a glove knit-along, but I am not sure if anyone would be interested - if you would be interested, please let me know below. 

birthday cap

My son-in-law had his birthday last week.
I wasn't completely unprepared, I had knit him some socks which he really appreciates, but I wanted to add something extra, so I quickly knit him up this hat.

Hats are great for that don't you think, such quick and satisfying projects :)

Anyway this one was done in the nick of time and it fits - HOORAH!

This hat was knit in Drops Karisma.

I have another bigger FO which I will share with you all on Friday.

See you then.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Sewing FO - My Craftsy Apron

Here is my sewing FO for this week.
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It is my apron that I made by following the Craftsy class - The Easy Modern Apron by Betz White

I love the way the apron turned out, it looks really professionally made, neat and tidy :)

the easy modern apron

Fabric used: Quilting Cotton
Time needed to complete project: I finished this project over one full day, but I took my time as I wanted it to turn out well!
Would I recommend this course: Yes, it was well worth the investment
Tip for new participants: I was a little confused about the waist and bib ties cutting instructions, but Betz was prompt to elaborate for me :) They are to be cut on the fold and as such the pattern pieces (if you are making some) need to be half as long as stated!

I would love to hear how you found this class, so leave your comments below :)

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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.