Sunday, 28 November 2010

Mittens on String

I met up with a fellow new mum the other day who showed me the mittens she knitted for her little girl including a crocheted string to keep them safely inside her coat. They are so cute and are even lined with fabric from an old baby-grow to keep little fingers extra snugly. I commented that you don’t see mittens on string much these days, probably because of all the health and safety scares. Personally I’d like to see more mittens on string.

And a quick mention to any of you Knitting Magazine readers; I have submitted my article and shall be back on the back page of February issue. It'll be good to be back!

Craft Life

I’ve recently had a surge of crafting activity and not just on my quilt, which is rocketing along at the moment, but also on the striped baby-grow I’m knitting for Flo and some other household crafting which has been begging to be done for some time.

Ages ago I knitted up some gorgeous curly mohair into cushion covers for my sofa, but a couple of years later they’re malting all over the place and Florence keeps turning up with fists full of fluff. So it was time for them to go and they were unpicked and packed away for a time when tiny hands aren’t trying to tear or eat them.

With the cold weather rolling in I’ve been spending more and more time under my favourite blanket which I knitted throughout my primary school holidays . This knitted relic has been with me through thick and thin but I haven’t shown it much love back. There were large rips in the soft backing fabric and big pulls in several of the squares. So I gave it some much needed TLC by replacing the fabric, washing the knitted top and repairing the pulls. The new lease of life in the blanket means that we’ll be lovely and cosy this winter without the fear of putting our feet though the worn thin fabric.

Continuing with the Christmas theme I made some of Nigella’s Christmas Cupcakes from How to Be a Domestic Goddess today and topped them with edible glitter from one of my favourite shops Lakeland. You’ll never know that you needed so many crazy gadgets and home-wares until you’ve been to this shop and coveted an egg poaching cup or a magic ironing board cover. These cup cakes along with it being the first Sunday of Advent today and the ‘Holidays are Coming’ Coke ad I saw on TV have signalled the true start of the festive season.

To give you a quick quilt update I have sewn the front together and made the backing, which is basically like making another whole quilt! I tried to make it as simple as possible to save some time and it was considerably quicker than making the front. I then sandwiched the front and back with the squishy wadding and have tacked it in place. The next step is the actual quilting part, which involves me hand stitching around each star and across each candy cane square. That’s hand stitching. By hand! Even once I’ve finished that I’ve got binding to put round the edge. Can this really be finished by Christmas?

Sadly I didn’t make it along to the Craftacular today. Did you? How was it? What was in the goody bag? Oh how I love a goody bag!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Christmas Craftacular

It's that time of year again!
I love Bust Magazine's regular craft fairs and their Christmas ones never fail to give me that warm-inside festive feeling.

This year there will be some great classes such as bauble painting from the Make Lounge and moustache crocheting with Prick Your Finger.
As always there will be vintage music accompanying the day and tons of fantastic stalls with crafty gifts for you and your loved ones.
My favourite bit is grabbing a gorgeous cupcake and pot of tea at cute pop up cafe hosted by Time for Tease. So make sure you make a pit stop in between purchases.

Here are the details:
York Hall, 5-15 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ
1 minute from Bethnal Green tube station
Admission: £2.

There will be goodie bags for the first 100 through the door.
I managed to get one at the summer fair. Do I chance it and try for a goodie bag again this year? Not sure if I can wait out in the cold for that long!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Quilt Update

Yay! I finished all of the blocks for my Christmas quilt!

This was largely thanks to my Mum who came round a few times to play with Flo while I sat at the machine. Aren't Mum's the best?

Now the challenge is to attempt to have the quilt finished by Christmas day. Who wants to take bets?