Thursday 29 December 2022

Itsy Bitsy Christmas Bear Hug

 In September I wrote a post about a tiny felt bear that I made.

Having made one, I had no real desire to make another, however I did have an idea of how to amend the pattern to create some Christmas presents for people.


I started by creating some tiny yellow stars, then some shiny silver wings, before creating the bear.  Wings and faces were added first, then the bear was sewn up, remembering to add a ribben for hanging as I went, before stuffing and adding the stars.


Again, I made full use of train commute to the office.  There is something very satisfing to get off the train knowing you've made full use of the time.

A very simple gift, but something I hope will be added to the tree decorations of the future.

Saturday 24 December 2022

Christmas Cards 2022


Happy Christmas everyone!

Here is this years printed card design.  I wanted to see how detailed I could make it using lino and I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.


I found some pretty red card this year that looks pretty Christmasy, but I like the recycled brown card too.


And I've already got some ideas for next years design! 

Here's to the New Year and new adventures.

Monday 5 December 2022

Portland Cardigan


I loved the chunky look of this cardigan when I saw it and wanted to have a go.  I think this is the most chunky thing I've knitted yet and it was amazing how quickly it came together.

I was a little disappointed that it's knitted flat and sewn together, but it's not the end of the world, and I guess if you made it as one piece it would get pretty heavy very quickly.

I used 5 balls of Stylecraft Special XL super chunky in duck egg, and my biggest needles.  And rather than taking months it took weeks!


I love the fisherman rib stitch.  I was worried it would slow me down, but it's really easy and looks fantastic.  I love how chunky the whole thing is.

If I was doing it again I'd make sure I was even more loose when binding off the top of the sleeves, and I might be tempted to make the front panels a little wider, but otherwise I think its come out pretty well.  Not sure if I can wear it to the office though - it might be too chuncky to fit under my coat!