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.
(affiliate links included)

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 :)

Sunday, 13 August 2017

My Weaving World Podcast Shownotes

my weaving world podcast

Wow, it has been a while since I was last here, I do apologize!

I have decided to join the ranks of the Podcasters and chat about my weaving side of life.

Here is my first episode, I hope you will enjoy it.

I do look forward to hearing from you all, so please do let me know what you thought of it - all input appreciated :)

Show Notes:

Loom: Lilla by Öxabäck Sweden (Countermarch)
Inkle Loom: Ashford

Material for projects:

Scarf Project:

Merino 30/2
Tussah Silk 20/2

Bag Project:

Saw the original project on Ravelry in the group Warped Weavers 

12/2 Cotton
Weft: Duvet strips, cut into 4cm strips and then ironed in half

Belt Project:

Media Cotton (perle cotton) 10/4

Don't forget:

You can find me on Ravelry as Marigoldsloft,
on Instagram as Marigoldsloft
or Facebook as Marigoldsloft :)

See you soon.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Latest Warps

Here are some of my latest warps that are currently being worked on at the weaving studio.


8/2 Cotton

cottolin rest warp

Cotton 12/2

And lastly, here is a weaving FO which I have finally finished :)

This is a set of table runner, place-mats and kitchen towel.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Spray Dyeing Cloth

Last week I needed to create a birthday gift and so I decided to spray dye a pull tied bag as a WIP bag for socks :)

To dye this bag I needed:

A cotton pull tie bag, washed
Fashion spray - fabric spray dye
a stencil
some cardboard to place inside the bag
a covered surface

spray dye


Place the cardboard inside the bag, and the stencil on top of the bag where you would like to see the pattern on the finished product.

fashion spray marabu

Go wild :)

Allow to dry and then iron underneath a cotton cloth to fix the colours!


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Blog Absence

As life is, I am very busy on my homesteading side of life and not so much on the creative side of things over the last while.

Due to this fact, I have not posted here in a very long while, and really do miss you all..

I am not blog-silent, so-to-speak, but am busy on my Homesteading blog at present and this is where I you can find me.

I would love it if you would visit me there if you miss me too :)

You can find me HERE

I hope to be back on this blog shortly with some wonderful new projects :)


Thursday, 10 November 2016

Book Review - Me Before You

I wasn't sure what I would think of this book when I received it to review from SocialBookCo, but I jumped right in to this title and I loved it!

This was a very touching story that kept my tears flowing freely. So much so that I had to put the book down at the last chapter over last weekend as I was at my expo and I dared not take it with me as I was sure I would be sitting in my stand with red, puffy eyes!

In my teen years I was a big Chick Lit fan, but as I grew older I tended to
choose to read historical fiction instead, so it was a nice to be able to just sit down and enjoy some great light reading for a change.

This title revolves around a set of very likable characters, who each drew me into their world from the start. I found that I could relate to each characters state of mind and position which they played in the story-line.

The two main characters are Lou and Will.

(Spoiler Alert)

Lou Clark loses her job at the Buttered Bun Café as it closes down. She doesn't have many other options open to her as she isn't qualified for much and after trying out a couple of odd jobs, she takes on the opportunity to become Will's carer.

Will has been in a freak accident that has left him as a quadriplegic. Before his accident he led an active lifestyle and now he is stuck in a life that requires constant care and help for the smallest mundane tasks. 
He refuses to live this way and chooses to be euthanased in Switzerland after he has given his mother 6 months more of his life.

Lou overhears of Will's plans in Switzerland and is determined to change his mind, ultimately falling in love with him and unfortunately having to come to terms with the fact that Will plans to go ahead with his original plan.

Lou as a character was believable to a point, there were times where she could have been portrayed in a different way. Considering that she was more or less the bread winner for her family, it didn't seem to phase her as much as it would have bothered me to have the burden of getting 5 adults and 1 child through day-to-day life. As much as this aspect of her life was included in the title, I didn't find that it was necessary to the story-line on the whole. 

Most adults upon losing their employment tend to have a certain urgency to find another job, so I did find her family situation to be superfluous, and a bit irritating if I am being totally honest.

Of all her family members, I think her sister annoyed me the most.

I found the idea of her sister, having a child, and then still living off her parents and sister, without having the slightest inclination to help out financially, starting to grate my nerves. There are such things as "Learning on the Job", "Night School", and "Correspondence studies" whilst earning an income and raising a child.

Will's character did get me thinking....

How would I react to losing the use of all of my limbs?
Would I move forward or be stuck in the past?

Overall, the story touched on a sensitive subject and it was good to mull over my feelings on the topic of Euthanasia and to understand why it could be a choice for people in dire life situations; if that would be something I could come to terms with if I had to be faced with it as a choice, or someone I loved chose it for themselves.

Moyes' writing ability had me the story line and the characters.

Throughout the book I found myself holding on to the hope that it would have a happy end.

If you are looking for an easy, moving title to read, then I would warmly recommend this book.

I award this book:

4 Owls

Thank you to SocialBookCo for this opportunity!

Be sure to visit their Website to find your next great read at the best price!

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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.