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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Fingerless glove – 84 cylinder

Recipe for a Fingerless Glove – 84 cylinder using 4 ply sock wool

(Regia, Opal, Stylecraft, Drops Fabel, Scheepjes Invicta Extra etc.)

This glove has a hand knitted thumb and knitted cast off.

Will give an average glove, to make it smaller add Lycra.

Left glove without Lycra.

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Cuff

Selvage 1st row ribber in, 2nd and 3rd row ribber out.

20 – 30 rows 1 x 1 rib depending on length of cuff required

Lower hand

30 rows 3 x 1 rib

Thumb waste stitches

Stop machine at 3.00 o’clock change yarn to waste yarn, Knit 12 Stitches, change back to glove yarn.

Upper Hand

24 rows 3 x 1

Top Cuff

10 rows 1  x 1

Hand Knit the following

Before removing the waste yarn I use a sewing needle to sew a running thread through all the stitches that are about to be exposed by removing the waste yarn.  This will
stop the stitches running.  Not very clear to see, orange thread has been used

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As you remove the running thread pick up each stitch.

Pick up 12 stitches from lower hand ,  make 1 stitch in body of glove immediately before the waste yarn started knitting, 12 stitches from the top hand, make 1 stitch in body of glove immediately after the waste yarn was knit. (26 stitches)

Knit at least 12 rows of 1 x 1 rib, knit more rows if you want more of the thumb covered.

Cast off in 1 x 1 rib.

Hand Finish the Top Cuff

Sew a running thread around the last 1 x 1 knit row before waste yarn

As you remove the running thread pick up each stitch.

Pick up all stitches, remove running thread.

Standard knitted cast off in 1 x 1 rib.

Enjoy

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Home spun and dyed shawl

I was gifted a large cake of home spun and home dyed yarn as a thank you for a lift to a craft  exhibition.  The yarn was probably 3 ply, with speckles of dye in it.  As soon as I saw it I knew it would become a shawl.

The pattern is Holden available on Ravelry.

It made a gorgeous shawl, once blocked it looked great but I must admit before hand it looked like a dish rag.

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CSM fingerless gloves

Been asked to make some childrens fingerless gloves.

I normally make these.

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So I made the pattern but added Lycra and reduced the tension by 1 setting.

This is the result, a very stretch smaller pair of fingerless gloves.

Pattern

On a 84 cylinder, tension 6 for larger glove 5 for smaller glove (plus Lycra)

20 rows 1 x 1 rib ( 2 row selvedge)

30 rows 3 x 1

row 31 scrap yarn for 8 stitches (thumb hole)

20 rows 3 x 1

10 rows 1 x 1

Pick up cast off stitches and knit  a rib bind off.

Pick up top and bottom stitches from scrap yarn 8 stitches, pick up 1 stich for smaller glove or 2 for larger glove  either end giving 18 or 20 stitches.  Knit with needles 1 x 1 rib for 10 rows. Cast off in rib.

Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan

Crochet  square motif waterfall cardigan

I’m so pleased with this cardigan, it get many admirers and is so comfy to wear

This is more a recipe rather than a pattern.

Using any yarn and an appropriate size hook, either the correct size for the yarn or up to 1.5mm above standard size for the yarn.

For mine I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and a 4.5mm hook.

The amount of yarn will depend on the size being made and the weight of the yarn.

This recipe will work with any square motif that can have extra rows added to give the size required.

The cardigan is made up of 4 motifs on the back, and each front is also made up of 4 motifs.  The sleeves are crochet in the round from armhole to wrist.

Now the maths part!!

  1. Back: Measure the back width required, divide by 2. e.g. 20/2=10, each motif square will be 10 inches square, this will give a cardigan with a 20 inch back measurement and a 20 inch length from back of neck.
  2.  Shoulder: Measure from your shoulder/arm join to your neck – 1 inch. e.g 4-1 = 3
  3.  Armhole: Measure from top of your arm down to where the underarm of the sleeve will be placed  e.g. 10 inches

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Motifs

Motif preparation – Select a motif to use, it is easier if you pick a motif that can have extra rounds easily added to it if you need a motif size greater than the motif you are using.  I had to add several rows to the motif I was using.

Make 12 motifs in total, 4 back, 4 left front, 4 right front. You can join as you go but do not join the sides to the back.

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Assembly

  1. Join 4 motifs together to form a square to give back, same for right front and same for left front.
  2. Join the back shoulder to left front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  3. Join the back shoulder to right front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  4. Join the back side to the left front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
  5. Join the back side to the right front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open

Sleeves

If you require tapered sleeves then use your judgement and trying on the cardigan to decrease ever 5 rows or so until the sleeve is the shape required

Start arm at the underarm join and crochet in the round until sleeve is required length, I used (Tr 2, 1 Ch) for the whole round,

Finishing

To finish use your favourite edging stitch for mine I used Crabstitch

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Workshop Handmade Christmas – Paper & Yarn

What a great day yesterday in our workshop handmade Christmas – Paper and yarn.

Lots of lovely ladies, some new attendees and some ladies who have been before.

This time we were fortified by Chocolate chip cake and tea.

Many paper items were made by all and we all did a bit of crochet in the afternoon.

I certainly had a great day showing them all.

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.

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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.

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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).