Friday, 19 December 2014

FO Friday - Sewing and Knitting Fun!

What an awesome family project this was :)
Yes, the whole family made one - even hubby!

This project idea came from the amazing FREE Craftsy Course: Bag-making Basics: Reversible Tote and Zipper pouch

The class was so well taught and easy to understand I thought that it would make the perfect gift for God-parents and Granny from the girls, hubby and myself.

I love the fact that these shoppers are reversible and that they fulfill a use - I love useful gifts!

I think these gifts turned out looking so good they almost look store bought and am extremely impressed with them all :)

Hubby had been wanting to try out my new machine so I thought I could get him to make my bag so he could get a feel for it.
He has never sewn before and this is his bag:

Reversible tote Craftsy

Isn't that amazing?

Kay's turned out splendidly, really beautiful :

reversible tote how to

Jas made hers yesterday as she didn't have much time to work with us over the weekend. Look at her gorgeous project:

Craftsy Free bag-making course

And lastly, I made a bag for my Mom-In-Law. This is how mine turned out:

Bag-making basics

With the sewing I also managed to finish up hubby's Tardis Socks - At last!
This is how the finished pair looks:

Tardis Socks

What did you manage to finish this week?

I wish you all a great weekend.
I will be sharing this with my Friday Friends :)

Online Sewing Class

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Welcome back to another month of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

I look forward to visiting the links I find linked below :)

Craftsy Cake Decorating Class

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

One More Week!


Thankfully I am still on track and with just a week to go I only have one last project to complete for under the tree :)

Believe it or not, I have finally finished hubby's socks and I will share them, along with other projects I have completed this week, with you on Friday.

This week I have two projects that are on my needles.

First up - The extra pair of fingerless mitts for Hubby:

fingerless mitts Drops Baby merino

These belong to the project I hoped I would have time to complete before next week. It looks like I still may do that, as I am already on the glove and hubby is at work tomorrow :D
These gloves are a nice mindless pattern going from a 2 x 2 rib to a 1 x 1 rib. I am knitting these in baby merino and am loving how it is knitting up so far.

The other project I would like to share with you is a going away gift for a work colleague:

Broomstick lace scarf

This is a broomstick lace scarf and needs to be finished in the first week of January.

I am working this in Drops Alaska and the blue is almost turquoise unlike the picture. The real colour is just about like this:

I love the speed with which the broomstick lace grows, and hope to be finished this project shortly.

Reading: I have had a little time to read over the last week and am progressing slowly through my latest read.

Are you ready for Christmas?

Do be sure to come back on the 27th December for a peek at what knitted and crocheted projects I gifted this year. (It will have a linky party attached to it should you want to share your wonderful gifts with us all too :))

If I do not not see you next week, I wish you and yours a wonderful festive season and a great begin in 2015.

See you soon.
P.S. I will be sharing this with all my lovely Wednesday Friends


Friday, 12 December 2014

Cards, Weaving and Gifts

Card Weaving

If you recall I mentioned these cards last week.
They are cards used for card-weaving or tablet-weaving.
This technique has fascinated me for some time now and I eventually could wait no longer and so I dived into my first project over the weekend.

The warping took a while - nearly 4 hours but the results were so worth it!

This is the band I created:

card weaving band

Tablet weaving how to

I guess I am hooked and plan to try more complicated patterns after the Christmas rush is over!

Do you card-weave?

Next up: The other two Mandrakes in all their glory:

mandrakes crochet handmade

Aren't they adorable?
I actually really love them now, they have such character - I can't wait to see the response of the recipients of these two cuties :)

Wristlets Drops Fabel

I made these with thumb openings so that he can use them both ways if necessary.

Cuffs fingerless

I officially only have hubby's socks left to finish and then have completed my Christmas line-up of knitted and crocheted goodies.

I still have some sewing projects to get done over the weekend for all the godparents and granny, but more about that next week.

I will give you a run down of all the "Under the Tree" Goodies after Christmas :)

What did you finish this week?

I will be sharing this post with all of my Friday Friends :)

See you soon

Shop Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Welcome back to another month of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

I look forward to visiting the links I find linked below :)

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

13 More Handmade Days - Are You Ready?

Still on track and hoping to be finished with "actual" planned Christmas projects real soon so that I can squeeze in another one or two before the day :)
Can you believe that we have 13 days left!
Are you on track?

Let me give you a quick run down of my projects for this week:

tardis socks

Hubby's Tardis Socks - Can I just say that these are turning out to be the longest pair of socks I have ever knitted! They just never seem to get to the end! I am really hoping that I don't have to bore you with an incomplete pair next week. I have roughly about 6cm to go before I start the toe decreases and I hoping to get there today or tomorrow - hold thumbs for me :)

 Maybe the problem is compounded by the fact that I have already knit a pair so I just want them to be 
D O N E which ultimately creates a much longer project!

I have cast on a little stash-busting project for hubby again. A pair of fingerless gloves. His workshop is extremely cold and so a couple of pairs of gloves is just what he needs right now.

I hope they knit up quickly so that I will get them done in time :)

Drops Alaska

These yummy balls of Alaska (colour is more real in top image) are going to be used for a going away gift for a work colleague.
I plan to start this project later on today.

I have another amazing project that I managed to finish over the weekend. I will be sharing it with you in all it's glory on Friday along with all my other FOs for this week so I do hope to see you back again then :)

Reading wise: I have had almost no time to read this week, I hope that will change soon!

Thanks so much for visiting.

See you soon.
P.S. I am sharing this post with all my Wednesday Friends, so pop on over for some great inspiration :)

Friday, 5 December 2014

Just Two More!

Only two more Fridays until Christmas, I can't quite believe the speed with which this year is rushing to an end, can you?

I am still on track with my Gift making and I should manage to finish all my expected projects right on time.

I am hoping to squeeze one or two more projects out for hubby, but time will tell if that is possible at all!

These are my projects from this week that have been managed to be completed.

Above is Jas's Bray Cap.

I am a sucker for any kind of cable and I loved this pattern.
Not only was it fun, but I feel a lot of thought was put into this creation and it knit up so wonderfully.

I used Drops Karisma for this project and think that the yarn and the pattern compliment each other perfectly :)

Next up - meet one of the Mandrakes:


The other Mandrakes are being sewn together and will hopefully be finished over the next couple of days - that is if I get enough secret working time to myself :D

I loved this project too.
As I am not a very experienced crocheter I was thrilled to see that the finished project does resemble the pattern a little  :)
I did have a rather testing time working out the finer details of the arms and legs, but that was simply because I had never crocheted such a small piece before!

What I did find missing in this pattern was the amount of material needed to begin with and the dimensions were also not clearly stated anywhere so that did make it into a bit of a guessing game, but I am still very happy with the results.

I could see myself doing another project along similar lines again.

What have you managed to complete this week?

I will be sharing this post with all my Friday Friends.

I wish you all a great weekend.

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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.