Designing Butterflies

In under a months time I’ll be yarn bombing a tree as part of the local arts trail, EEEEK!

The theme for the yarn bombing is Winged Things. I’ve asked friends and family to get involved and as the theme is quite broad I’ve left it up to each person to decide what they want to create.

There have been some amazing creations and I love seeing everyone’s ideas and amazing creative talents!

I keep coming wanting to create butterflies, which is slightly strange as  I’m not usually drawn to them, so rather than try to fight it I’ve decided to craft butterflies for my tree.

Whilst it is a yarn bombing, we don’t have to knit everything and can use lots of different types of media, which has made things much easier, cheaper and quicker! As I am a knitter though, I wanted to make sure I stay true to my obsession passion and knit plenty of winged things to go on the tree.

After having a really good look online I couldn’t find any knitted butterfly patterns that fit my purpose, so just to make things more tricky I’ve decided to try and design my own, double eeek!!!

Firstly, the hardest thing I found was coming up with a shape for that design that was close to that of an actual butterfly, and not what I think it should be.This was my first attempt, and after that I decided to do some Google research and actually get a shape on paper which I could then try and recreate!


These are my initial drawings. I was happy with the drawing on the left so decided to use that as my template!


This was then my second go. It’s definitely getting better, but this looks more like a bat rather than a butterfly!


So I went back to the drawing board again and after many failed attempts this is now my most recent and I think best attempt!


I’ll be finishing this butterfly and adding him to the tree in two weeks time, but there are also lots of improvements I can make and I’m looking forward to creating more butterflies over the next two weeks.

We’re off on holiday now so there won’t be any blog posts next week, but hopefully lots of lovely holiday photos on Instagram in the sunshine! Hope you’re all well!

 

Wednesday Pattern Share: Hyannis Pullover

Hello!

Apologies about missing the last two Wednesday Pattern Shares! Bad stomach bugs and busy weeks have kept me away, but thankfully I’m on the ball now to share my favourite pattern for this week.

I actually came across this pattern whilst I was looking for the summer knit for the last Wednesday Pattern Share and I’ve fallen completely in love with it!

The pattern is by one of my favourite designers, Bristol Ivy and it’s a lovely jumper. Bristol is a knitwear designer and teacher, and if you’re not familiar with her designs then have a look at her Ravelry page.

I pretty much love all of her designs, and I’m sure this won’t be the only time I share something she has designed. I love her use of texture and form and the way that her patterns are modern and yet also really classic!

Anyway, knitting crush over and back to the pattern! The patten is called Hyannis Port Pullover and is knitted in a very snazzy 2-ply DK from Bare Naked Wools.

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Photo from Ravelry
I love the boxy shape of the jumper and the clever stripes, and the really interesting patterning through the back and around the arms.

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Photo from interweave.com
I’m totally going to be knitting this through the winter and I think it would look great with jeans, trousers or even a skirt!

The pattern is available as a download from interweave.com and even better at the moment it’s on sale at $4.55 (appox. £3.44) SOLD!

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!

 

 

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!