Saturday, 19 September 2020
Saturday, 12 September 2020
In May I made myself a couple of face masks in case we had to start wearing them in public. Which actually became a thing. I was quite pleased with them, and I have been wearing them when out and about, but I have to say they are a little annoying when you need to pop in somewhere quickly as you have to stop to tie them on (and you need both hands), and they are a little hard to breath in.
So I had a look for a different sort of pattern and came across the Olson face mask pattern. The beauty of this design is it uses hair bands round the ears so I didn't have to find/buy any elastic or make more ties for round the head.
Also the pattern and video are so easy to follow it took no time as all to make both masks.
I've spent most of the morning wearing mine - so many errands! And it was really comfortable and easy to breath in, although my ears did get tired after a while.
So now I have even more choice about what mask to wear depending on what I'm doing and where I'm going. Plus this is such an easy design to make I can easily make myself more, if I need to wear one more often than I am at the moment.
Mine is made from old pyjama bottoms while 'im outdoors' is made from off cuts from the t-shirt I made a while ago. (and yes I've had a hair cut - love it so short!)
Saturday, 5 September 2020
We're finally working on our kitchen which is really exciting. I can't wait to have it finished! However we have come to the conclusion that we won't be able to have a dog flap in the new kitchen.
Milo has a trick of opening doors, which is fine in the summer, but less good in the winter as he's not very good at closing them after himself. So we put in a dog flap for him which meant he could come and go as he pleased and we didn't have to keep getting up to close the door after him.
Talking to a colleague they told me they were training their dog to ring a bell when it wanted to go outside. I did a bit of research and found this is a thing! So I bought some bells from the local wool shop, and attached them to a broken lead (he chewed through it) to create a set of bells that can be hung from a door.
The idea is that he will then ring the bells when he wants to go out and won't scratch the new doors. It also has the added benefit of being able to take it with us when we visit people and hanging it on their door.
So the only thing to do now is to teach him how to use it. Fingers crossed.
Saturday, 22 August 2020
When I was clearing out my study to make room for the new chest of drawers, I came across a cushion pad that I'd sort of forgotten about. As soon as I found it I knew exactly which project it was bought for - the really cute Knit, Steek and Cuddle cushion.
I can't remember where I found the patter but the delivery note says I bought the cushion in 2017! I except I chickened out once I found out it was knitted in the round and included steeking (cutting your round knitting to make a flat piece).
But I've learnt more skills since then and although I'd not done a steek before, knitting in the round no longer holds any fear for me. And actually while I was a little nervous about cutting my knitting, once I found out that you reinforced the cut line with crochet I wasn't too worried about that either.
And not only did I learn how to steek I also learnt how to do an i-cord bind off and how to use an i-cord bind off to create buttonholes. Skills I am sure I will use in the future. And I made more space in my study. Win win!
I used Stylecraft Special double knit in white, cloud blue, denim and midnight and actually really enjoyed the knitting. It's made in three pieces which are then sewn together. So while I really enjoyed the knitting I hated the sewing together. It just seemed to take forever and I couldn't seem to get it to look nice.
Now it's all done I am so happy with this cushion cover. I think the pattern is so pretty, I love the colours and I could happily have the back on show as much as the front. It will make a lovely addition to the family of cushions slowly taking over the front bay window seat, although I think Milo will have something to say about this, that also being his favorite seat.
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Mothers Day got screwed up this year, what with not actually being allowed to see her due to coronavirus. And then I kinda changed my mind about what gift I was going to give her. Once I'd tried beaded kumihimo I knew she would love a pretty bracelet and I wanted to try something a bit different - what about a glasses cord?
The bracelet was easy. As I went through my cupboards at Easter I found I actually already had some beads. And I knew she would love these colours so I just made it up based loosely on a pattern from my book.
|Tiny size 15 beads against regular size 8 beads|
Both came out really well and she loved them. Even if it was about 4 months late.
Saturday, 4 July 2020
|A berry fancy hat|
|With love hat|
|Juicy pear hat|
|Woolter melon hat|