Latest Craft Fair

Took part in the latest craft fair at the Catholic Hall in Swanage. the weather was a bit odd, lot of rolling sea mist but the footfall was good.

First time on display for my Noro (wool & Silk) Flower granny blanket.  It received a lot of attention, mainly due to the lovely colours.

I have invested in a sock display and the socks looked great.  I have also made some new labels for the socks.  I also used my wooden blocks.

I also took the opportunity to display my shawls in a different way.

Had a good amount of sales and had some sock commissions as well.

Looking forward to the next one on the 12th May

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Free Pattern – Easy Knit DK Bear

I’ve been meaning to publish this free pattern for an absolute age.

If you wish to print this pattern click on the bear!!

Knit in any DK yarn on 3.5mm needles.

Description:

Medium size bear knitted in DK yarn.

Finished Dimensions:

Approx 27cm tall

Materials:

1 x 100g Patons 100% Cotton DK shade 2715 – Nougat (Pink) or shade 2702 Sky (Blue)

1 pair 3.50mm knitting needles,

Contrast coloured yarn for eyes, ears, nose, mouth and paws

Toy Stuffing

3 x buttons

 Note:Bear is knitted in one piece from toe to toe, and then folded over and sewn into shape before being stuffed and having features added.

 

Legs:

1. With 3.50 mm needles cast on 12 stitches.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows, ending on a purl row.

3. Break yarn and transfer stitches to a stitch holder.

4. Repeat for second leg, again ending with a purl row. Do NOT break yarn.

5. Knit across the leg just worked, and then pick up stitches from the stitch holder (24 stitches).

Body & Arms:

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

2. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

3. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

4. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

Head (front & back):

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 50 rows for head in picture or 60 rows for a bigger head.

Arms & Body:

1. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

3. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

4. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

Legs:

1. Work first 12 stitches on needle and transfer the remaining 12 stitches to a stitch holder.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.  Cast off.

3. Pick up stitches from stitch holder & put back onto needle, rejoin yarn and work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows for second leg.  Cast off.

Finishing:

Fold bear in half along the head section ensuring legs and arms line up neatly. Sew up bear leaving a gap (for stuffing) on one side of the body.

Make neck by weaving a length of yarn in and out around the bear where the arms join. Pull tight & knot but leave a gap so the head can be stuffed. Create ears by running stitches across the corner at each side of the head.

Stuff the bear, filling the head, then arms, then legs and then the body. Sew up the gap in the body.

Using a contrast yarn and the picture as a guide, embroider the eyes, nose, ears, mouth and paws. Weave in any loose ends. Sew on 3 buttons down the chest.

Scarf:

With 3.5cm needles, cast on 5 stitches.  Knit in garter stitch for 36cm, cast off. Weave in any loose ends.

If giving to a small child please omit the scarf and the buttons, also make sure all embroidery is secure.

 

You now have a new friend…….

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Please do not copy, resell or sell this pattern. You may print a copy for your own personal use for the purpose of making the pattern item.

You are welcome to sell the finished items you have made at craft fairs, Etsy and such like but please do not use this pattern for large-scale volume commercial purposes.

Back blogging again

I’m back blogging again

Its been a while since I last blogged and a few things have changed, some have progressed and some things might start to happen. Here are the headlines more will follow later.

The Boiler house gallery is still going strong and have had another great PAW (Purbeck art weeks)

purbeck art weeks

 

 

Jane and I have closed The Loft Shop at the gallery, Janes work can still be found at the Boilerhouse gallery and other venues around Swanage.  My knitted and crocheted work can be found at Purl & Lace in Swanage.

I have moved house to the other end of Swanage. (most stressful move I’ve ever had).  I now have a smaller study so am trying to use up the wool stash which I didn’t realise was so big until I came to pack it all up to move.

Running is a bit hit and miss, mostly miss at the moment.

We came through the terrible winter virtually unscathed apart from needing a new aerial, so lucky.

Julie and I ran some learn to crochet workshops leading up to Christmas, and I ran a sewing shop in the new year.

I’ve designed a couple of baby patterns.

Made lots of knitted and crocheted items for myself and for Purl & lace.

Summer season started today as the schools have broken up and the weather is extremely hot.

The dog is either paddling or lying in the cool around the house.

Jaff paddling

 

I’m gradually moving the free patterns to this site

Boiler house gallery

I’ve been making a few things for The Loft Shop in the boiler house Gallery @ Corfe.

Been making:

  • origami cards for Christmas with a Tree decoration on the from, some are Christmas trees of various sizes, others are double-sided hearts.
  • origami gift boxes
  • Christmas stockings
  • origami paper heart bunting

Crafts by the Sea – loft shop and website/facebook

Spent the last couple of days setting up the Loft Shop with Jane Colquhoun and Julie.  The shop is now open and operating on Summer Opening times (being a holiday resort we will open more hours in the summer).

The website is mostly up and running, also the facebook page.  The online shops need populating which is the next task

Facebook – crafts by the sea

Website – www.craftsbythesea.co.uk

Shop – The shop in the loft

If  you are ever in Corfe Castle, Dorset, England look out for the Boiler House gallery which is behind Corfe Castle Station (Heritage Steam Train).

We’re quite pleased with the look and feel of our loft.

Crafts by the Sea loft shop & website

Been a bit busy of late, what with the upturn in the weather from low temperatures for this time of year to a mini heat wave this week.  The running has been abandoned for a few days, the poor plants at the allotment are all gasping for water and the grass have grown a zillion feet since last week.  So early this morning I went up the allotment to cut the grass & water.  Just watered the veggies I’m growing at home and now I’m my own person for the rest of the day apart from this afternoons dog walk.

Jane Colquhoun cushions

I have been putting together a website to sell my handcrafted items.  Which takes more time than you ever expect.  I was just finishing it when I spoke to my good friend Jane Colquhoun, whom I’m not seen in person for a couple of weeks as she is getting ready for Purbeck Art Week (PAW) and Dorset Art Weeks.

Purbeck Art Week

It turns out that now she has had her attic converted into a studio she doesn’t really need her studio at the The Boiler House Gallery in Corfe and was wandering about giving it up – we both had a EUREKA moment and came up with the idea of using her studio as a shop for our crafts.  The fine details have not been sorted but the Collective who run the gallery have agreed to her running a shop from there and for the shop to become part of the collective.  The shop will be above their public gallery/shop. Which is such great news.

So….after the studio has been used as a gallery for Purbeck Art Week we shall be setting up as a shop to compliment our website & shop , Facebook page and face book shop.

Will keep you all posted, lots of work to be done in the next month including making some stock.

All works in progress :

Facebook – crafts by the sea

Website – www.craftsbythesea.co.uk

Shop – The shop in the loft

If  you are ever in Corfe Castle, Dorset, England look out for the Boiler House gallery which is behind Corfe Castle Station (Steam Trains).