Wednesday Pattern Share

This week’s Wednesday Thursday Pattern Share is slightly selfish, but it’s a great pattern so I didn’t think anyone would mind!

In the UK spring is most definitely well underway. The sun is shining and all of the plants are finally getting going.

This lovely weather though has highlighted something I’ve known for a while, but have been trying to ignore; I have a serious deficit in the spring/ light weight knitwear section of my wardrobe! I have a long, cotton, crocheted cardigan I bought from Gap several years ago, and some cheap, slightly too small and ill fitting cardigans, but apart from that everything else is super warm and thick.

So I thought for this weeks Pattern Share I would find an awesome pattern to fill that gap , and I think I’ve done fairly well!

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The pattern is called Surry Hills by Maria Magnusson and I found it on Ravelry. It’s a really lovely lace cardigan that looks so pretty and summery! I envisage knitting it in a nice cotton, maybe Sublime’s Cotton Silk DK or Drops Cotton Merino DK for a extra warmth.

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I think the cardigan would look super cute with jeans or a dress or skirt, and I’d feel comfortable wearing it to the pub or work, and this versatility is one of the reasons I chose it! And the pattern is also currently free, which is an extra amazing reason to love it!

*Pictures from Ravelry

 

Wednesday Pattern Share: Knitted Farmyard Pencil Toppers

 

 

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Photo borrowed from Ravelry

 

I often need some inspiration on a Wednesday so I thought I’d start a new blog series ‘Wednesday Pattern Share’. Every Wednesday I’ll be sharing with you a pattern I have recently found which I really love, and I hope that you like them too!

To start with I wanted to share these lovely knitted Farmyard Pencil Toppers from Amanda Berry.

I have written before about how much I love Amanda Berry’s patterns so it’s no surprise that I’ve completely fallen in love with these pencil toppers I found on Ravelry.

They’re sooo cute! I love their little googly eyes and I could definitely see me with a pig on the end of my pencil at work!

I’m holding a craft event at my house this weekend (more about that later) so if I can find some spare pink wool I think I’ll be having a go at one of these!

Happy Wednesday people!

 

 

Dog Tote

 

Hello!

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

The weather has been glorious this weekend, so it was a bit of a shame that I chose this weekend to finally use my dog fabric Christmas present. I still made sure I spent plenty of time in the garden though, so I don’t feel liked I missed out on the sun too much!

I saw this dog print fabric on the M is For Make website before Christmas and instantly fell in love. I am totally dog crazy, so this had my name all over it!

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I created a pattern from some old paper, and made the design 41cm high and 36cm wide, with a 1.5cm seam allowance all the way around. The fabric was slightly frustrating as the print on the fabric is not inline with the weave. It took me AGES to work this out, as the dogs weren’t lining up as I wanted. In the end I decided to use the line of the pattern as my straight edge, which seems to have worked fine. I’m a very inexperienced sewer, so I have no idea if this is right/normal!

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Once I had cut out the fabric pieces, I used the over locking stitch on my sewing machine across the tops of the two pieces and then folder them down again to make the edge neat and sewed it in place. After looking at a bought tote bag I realised this was a mistake as I needed to fold the top down after the sides were stitched together, so I had to unpick it. I’m glad I did though, as I’m really proud of the finish across the top and where the sides join.

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In hindsight I wish I’d allowed for a greater seam allowance at the top, as I folded it down twice to make it look neater, and this could have made the bag too short. I decided to use the seam and overlock stitch on my sewing machine though to sew the sides and bottom, which is only about 0.5cm wide so this saved the day. I also did a straight stitch to strengthen this seam.

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For handles I had bought some navy blue webbing, but once the bag was made up I didn’t like it, so used some black, thicker webbing I had in my stash. I stitched 3cm of the webbing to the fabric to make it really strong, and sewed the webbing in place in three different areas. I have no idea if this is the right way to do it, but I liked it! The fabric is natural (I think) and I was really pleased that I managed to get some thread which completely matches so from the right side you can’t really see where the handles are sewn in place.

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Overall I’m so pleased with the bag! It did take me about 4 hours, which seems an incredibly long amount of time, but I feel like I’ve done a really good job and I’ll be using my new favourite tote at every opportunity!

Craft News 16th April 2017

Hello!

Happy Easter Weekend! I hope you’re all having a glorious day. Shame the weather is much greyer than last weekend.

Now that the new website is up and running (HURRAH!) I’m going to try and do a fortnightly post called ‘Craft News’. This will be a collection of my favourite craft news from around the world.

So for the first Craft News EVER, I bring to you…

BABY RHINO BLANKETS!

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I first read about this on the New Zealand Herald website. It’s actually a really sad story. The baby rhinos are made orphans by poachers killing their parents for their horns. Baby rhinos can’t regulate their own temperature and so people from around the world have been knitting baby rhino blankets for them, to help keep them warm during the night!

If you want to get involved there is a Facebook group called Blankets For Baby Rhinos. Photo taken from The Dodo.

My next favourite crafty article from this week is about a proposed 3D knitting machine. Yo’ve probably all heard about 3D printers and how they recreate three dimensional objects by ‘printing’ them out of plastic, well Kniterate is a similar concept, but creating designs out of wool rather than plastics.

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The idea is that you enter into the machine a design you want to create, and it then knits it for you. I think the concept is similar to a snazzy embroidery sewing machine, but for knit wear.

I was very sceptical at first, surely this is just a posh knitting machine, but after watching the video on the Kniterate website, I can see that it is quite a cool idea and would definitely benefit smaller companies and independent knitwear producers. A Kickstarter page has been created to fund Kniterate. With pledges starting at $4,499 though it certainly isn’t cheap, and whilst it is really cool, I think I’ll stick to knitting things the traditional way, with needles and lots of patience!! Picture taken from the Kniterate website.

My third crafty article this week is about a group of women in Massachusetts who are crocheting matts for homeless people from plastic carrier bags. I originally read about this on the Patriot Ledger website and was keen to find more information, as plastic carrier bags are such a nuisance and as they aren’t easily recyclable I have real guilt about what to do with them.

After a minimal amount of searching I found this video on YouTube about how to make Plarn (what a cool name!) and then this brilliant article on the website 1millionwomen.com that gives much more detailed instructions about how to make the matts and the plarn. Photo taken from there too! I’m definitely going to give this a go in the near future.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first ever Craft News! Get in touch if you have any craft news you’d like me to cover!

Bye for now, I’m off to eat chocolate!

New Blog Name!

Woo hoo! So as you have hopefully seen, I’ve updated my blog name and social media account!

I hope you all like Coffee and Yarn! For some reason I can’t change the web address of my blog so that will have to come later, but everything else is done!

I’m sure I’ll be making lots more changes to the colours and design of the site, but I’m really happy with the logo and name so they’ll definitely be staying!

Hope you’re all having a fab Sunday!

Julie