Seems there’s nothing you can’t make out of felt

It’s been a dramatic year for me with clocks. First my childhood Minnie clock, that I’ve managed to cart round every house I’ve ever lived in, gives up on me. And then I managed to fall in love with a beautiful gold number from Tiger, only to get it home and realise it was backwards….

My first and last ever quilt

This quilt cost me 9 months, a load of fabric and my upper layer of skin (there were lots of stabbings with pins involved). This is without a doubt the longest craft I’ve ever done and I can’t say i’ll be doing it again. I got the pattern from a quilting magazine. It came with…

Whale of a knit

I haven’t been crafting much recently, eating all my Easter chocolate has been a big time investment. But now I’m back with a splash (get it?! hilarious pun because it’s a whale). This pattern was part of a kit I got from my Simply Knitting subscription. It’s by the Brilliant Louise Walker, she designs very…

Stitch yo’self

This is probably one of the easiest and most satisfying makes I’ve ever done. Why did no one tell personalised cross stitch was so easy!? Stating the obvious, but it’s literally just crosses and look how cool it can look! And coming from someone whose been very pattern heavy, doing your own personal designs isn’t…

Tom’s hard hat… that actually turned out to be not that bad

This hat has been like an old friend to me, because it’s been around sooooo long. I made the mistake of asking Tom to pick out a pattern for his winter hat and he decided to pick my most challenging knit yet. This is my first dual coloured patterned hat and I’m really proud of…

Do you want to craft a snow man?

Christmas is a time for crafts but much of my December has been take up by knitting THE HARDEST HAT IN THE WORLD which *should* be ready soon. But this snowman was a perfect quick Christmas craft to save me from my hat related craft frustration. What you’ll need: White yarn Black yarn Glue gun…

I designed my own cross stitch *hold all applause please*

My lovely friend Hannah got engaged last month (cue loads of screaming and crying from me and the rest of my friends). She’s also just bought her first home with her FIANCÉ Grant so she definitely deserved something crafty. I love my subversive cross stitch book, but I felt that the ‘you’re a twat patterns’…

Shout out to my girls…and to Simply Knitting

I’m in a major craft frenzy at the moment, so many projects started.. so few finished and the looming but festive threat of Christmas isn’t helping either. I’ve deduced that the main crux of my crafting problem is my monthly subscription to Simply Knitting, gifted to me by my lovely friends. Little did they know…

The best furniture in life is free

Tom used to monopolise the desk in our living room for his freelance work *cough cough gaming* so me and my sewing machine were demoted to the dining table.  Meaning it was not uncommon to find thread in amongst your peas or a pin next to your fork. Because I haven’t quite let go of…

WINTER IS COMING, get your chunky knits on!

I think hats are the perfect next step project for knitting novices. It’s more than likely that your first project was a scarf, so why not make a hat to go with it? I really love chunky knits. Not only do they start taking shape really quickly, and I am impossibly impatient, but they also…

The Handmade Fair – what dreams are made of

I had the honour/pleasure/pure joy of attending Kirstie Allsopp’s handmade fair this weekend with the reluctant Tom Wilkins and it was obviously brilliant. Admittedly I spent most of the day stalking the contestants of the Great British Sewing Bee, but the actual fair was an excellent source of secondary entertainment. There were two huge marquees…