Monday, 23 November 2015

Wreath Tutorial

Wreath Tutorial

I've been promising this wreath tutorial for a very long time. Hope you all like it.

Finished Wreath

You will need a piece of foam lagging about 1m long. I bought mine from Wicks for about £2.50. Duct tape, preferably in a colour similar to the knitted or crocheted cover you will make, 100g of DK or Aran weight yarn to make the cover, DK yarn for the flowers in different colours, buttons for the flower centres (I used Dorset buttons obviously. For a Dorset button tutorial have a look here), 4mm knitting needles, 4mm crochet hook, scissors and a yarn needle for sewing up.

You can of course make the whole wreath in knitting or crochet, depending on your skills.

Knit or crochet a flat piece of work slightly thinner and about 3/4 of the length of your lagging. I knitted mine in stocking stitch. Leave very long tails for sewing your cover on later.

Bend the lagging into a ring and tape the ends together with duct tape.

Wrap the duct tape at an angle all round the ring, completely covering it. 

Sew the cover round the outside of the ring using the tail. I used whip stitch.

Sew the ends together. You will need to stretch the cover to fit.

It will look something like this.

For the knitted flowers

Make 5 petals
Cast on 3
K1, Kfb, K1
K1, (Kfb) x 2, K1
K2, (Kfb) x 2, K2
K2, (Kfb) x 4, K2
Stocking stitch for eight rows

Leave stitches on a holder. Break yarn leaving a long tail.

When you have 5 petals thread one of the tails through all the stitches on each petal in turn and pull tight. Join petals in the round by threading the tail through the stitches again.

Weave in to secure and trim.
Using the tails stitch the petals together at the edges from the centre for 1cm. Weave in all the other tails and trim.

Finished flower

For the crocheted flowers

Tension isn’t really important for this pattern. Size 4mm crochet hook, dk yarn about 20m.
4 ch, slip stitch into a ring
Round 1: dc 9 times into ch, ss into 1st dc
Round 2: *ch 2, 4tr into next dc, 2ch, ss into next dc*, repeat from * to * four more times making the last ss into the base of the 1st 2ch - 5 petals.


slip stitch into a ring

1 ch

9 dc into the ring

slip stitch into the first dc


4 tr into the first dc
2 ch

slip stitch into next dc

repeat for the next four petals

five petals together

weave tails through the back

finished flower

Sew the buttons into the centre of the flowers and sew them to the wreath where you want them. Make a loop for hanging the wreath and hang it in pride of place. It's up to you how many flowers and where you put them.
Have fun

Monday, 29 June 2015

My Stash Sorted and J

It's been a while I know. I've been updating (well, completely changing) the website so it's easier for my customers to use (once the kinks are ironed out) and easier for me (once I've learnt how to use it!) The whole process has been a very steep learning curve, what with learning HTML code, what the Google spiders pick up on, how to sort the data I'm putting on the site so it's easy and efficient to use. The bricks and mortar shop has had a makeover too. The shelves are now organised by yarn weight so you can see what you're looking for for your pattern much more easily.

New shop layout

This sorting fever has started to spill over into my personal life. For example I haven't touched my garden in over 2 years. I keep telling myself I'll get out and do something with the great load of weeds, brambles and fruit but each year slipped by without me noticing and the weeds and brambles get bigger and the fruit, well some of that got eaten. This year I've got the brambles under control, I've taken most of the accumulated rubbish to the dump, I've trimmed and tidied the beds and I'm starting to clear the jungle around my tumble down green house. You can even see the lawn!

Photo taken by Short Round this evening.

I'm slowly working my way through the house too. I've just bought a knitting machine for making sock blanks to dye into Beaker Button's new gradient yarn range and I needed a space to put it. It's huge. Far to big to go in the shop, and we don't use the table in the living room so I thought it would work perfectly there. The only problem was the enormous pile of skeins waiting to be catalogued and added to my Ravelry stash. So I spent this morning going through the whole lot and photographing it. I'd forgotten several skeins I had, including a gorgeous skein of Five Moons bought at Wonderwool last year. I now have to add each little treasure to my stash, which I'll do over the next few weeks.

Beautiful Five Moons Diana 4ply

For those of you wondering why I bother think of the fun to be had squishing each skein as I photographed it, wondering what I'd like to make out of it, remembering where I bought it and that rush of pleasure I felt when it first became mine. The other thing about adding your stash to Ravelry is that you have a record of each skein or ball you have, so when you walk into a wool shop like mine you can check what you have and what squishy little wonders in the sale basket will go with it!

Well I've rambled on quite a bit this week. Thank you for reading and I hope it's inspired you to take a look at your stash, finish that gardening chore, sort out a cupboard or relax in the knowledge that you're way more organised than I am and you've already got it covered.

This weeks letter is J. As always detailed instructions are here

Monday, 11 May 2015

Blog on hold for a couple of weeks and I

This is a quick post to say that I'm putting the blog on hold for a couple of weeks while I work on the new website. It's going to be all singing and dancing, the new site, so it'll be worth the effort.  I've posted I below for those of you following the Alphabet blanket pattern and will continue with J very shortly.  Thanks for your patience.

this weeks chart

My unblocked I

Friday, 1 May 2015

Wonderwool 2015 and H

Apologies for the delay in getting this post out.  I've been a little under the weather, having wrecked my shoulder.  Knitting has been a little difficult.  I'm on the mend now though so no more stalling.  This week I thought I'd share some my highlights of Wonderwool 2015.  We had a fantastic show and met (and infected) lots of new button makers.  I taught two button classes this year in the Wool school, which was great fun.  We sold lots of kits, wool, mini skeins and patterns.  I did managed to come home with a fabulous new pair of trousers from Elegant Chaos, so I didn't buy any wool. Below are some of the beautiful things at the show so I'll shut up and let the photos do the talking.

This week's letter is below.  As always detailed instructions are here.

Giant Cardigan by Lisa Hellier

Giant Cardigan by Lisa Hellier

Giant Cardigan by Lisa Hellier

Giant Cardigan by Lisa Hellier

Knitted Ginger Bread house by Alison Murray

Sheep from the Knitted Ginger Bread house 

Knitted Ginger Bread man

Knitted Ginger Bread house inside

Elaine making buttons

soul food!

Haze Miles with her beautiful button necklace.  My pattern, her own woven ribbon

my new trousers

Elegant Chaos stall

Sunday's class

What they made (clever aren't they!)

This week's letter

This week's chart

Monday, 20 April 2015

Green and G

The last few weeks have been a mad whirl of dyeing skeins of yarn for Wonderwool, which we're going to this weekend.  I've been telling people for years that my favourite colour is purple, so I was a little surprised at how much green dye I was getting through.  It seems I have a penchant for green, as well as purples.  My favourite though, was the rainbow gradient I dyed for the new Bifrost Kit I've designed.  A few photos below for your viewing pleasure.  I'll be running some dyeing experience days in the summer.  Get in touch if you fancy having a go at dyeing your own yarn.

This week's letter is below.  See here for more detailed instructions.

I'll be shattered next week after the show so next weeks offering may be a day or to late.

dyeing sock blanks for gradient yarn

gradient in a little scrummy ball

Bifrost Necklace
Beaker Button Sparkle on the shop shelves

autumn colours drying

yarn for Eve bracelet about to be wound

Kettle dyed River Bottom

Flock of mini skeins

G, unblocked

This week's chart