Archive | June, 2013

Week 25: 20th June – 26th June 2013

27 Jun

envelope puppets

A selection of envelope puppets, made in preparation for a children’s puppet making workshop. All of them represent characters from some of the stories to be told, hence the pirate dog and pirate cat (and rather odd squirrel and rabbit,  but hey, you try to make a squirrel using an envelope as a base!). Helping out my friend Anne Pitcher , a fellow storyteller who will be storytelling and puppet making with a class of nursery children near Aberdeen this week. My task was to invent really simple puppets that the children could make! Fun. I think my favourite is probably the crab 🙂



Week 24: 13th June – 19th June 2013

27 Jun


Beach hut doorstop. Knitted in dk wool. Pattern by Amanda Berry, and taken from Let’s Get Crafting Knitting and Crochet Issue 51. Knitted in one piece in round up to roof, then worked on straight needles. Detailing is chain stitch embroidery. Another item for the Christmas present box 🙂


Week 23: 6th June – 12th June 2013

11 Jun

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Fingerless gloves – another Christmas present. Knitted to my own design, using a traditional Shetland lace pattern called Print o the Wave. The wool used is produced on the Isle of Mull at a place called Ardalanish (click here for more details). It knits as 4-ply/ DK. These were knitted on 3.75mm needles, as I usually knit quite loosely. But I think future ones will be on 3.5mm needles, as they’re slightly wider than designed. But the person they’re aimed at has wider hands than I do, so they should be ok. The pattern is available here for anyone interested 🙂

Week 22: 30th May – 5th June 2013

11 Jun

rhenzo socks dark blue


More socks for Rhenzo, the baby with wider than usual calves! My own pattern. Note the contrast wool on the toes – this serves a useful function – as babies grow, their feet usually get longer quicker than they get wider …you can unpick the contrast wool, which is the decrease section, and insert extra length. It only takes about 20 minutes for the pair, and it means you get more use out of a hand-knitted pair of socks.

Week 21: 23rd May – 30th May 2013

10 Jun


Chunky crochet fingerless gloves made for my dad. Very simple pattern.

Pattern adapted from Funky Chunky Crochet Accessories by Jan Eaton.

NB – couple weeks behind with the posts, but not with the makes! More to be posted tomorrow 🙂