Monday, 16 July 2018

Another booklover

Here is someone who totally agrees with Jane Austen, who declared that 'There is no such enjoyment like reading'.
You wouldn't want to disturb wool-felted bear Humphrey, lost in a book!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Boho bag number 2

First, I knitted two pieces of fabric, inspired by a pattern for legwarmers in the Dutch book 'Breien en haken met dikke naalden' (p.56). The yarn is Sirdar Kiko, a wool-acrylic blend.
Sewn together, this knitted fabric has become the outer bag.
For the inner bag and the carrying strap, I used a well-loved old shirt of my husband.
I added a zipper, a ribbon with a hook for wallet and a small pocket for my phone.
To finish up, I added a beautiful wooden button I bought at Bunyip Beads in Exeter (great shop, very friendly people!). It's a bit smaller than the first one (check it out here), but still perfect for a city trip.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Useful handkerchief sweetness

I keep my yarn and fabric stash in these display cabinets. To keep the sun from fading the yarn and fabrics, I made a kind of screen or curtain from vintage handkerchiefs and attached it to the cabinet doors. Sweet colours from bygone times They makes me smile...

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A French market bag

This is a free pattern from, you can download it here.
It's a market bag with a square base and it's knitted in the round.
I used Debbie Bliss Aran tweed, in a beautiful soft purple colour with speckles. Running out of yarn, I dived into my leftover stash and found just enough Debbie Bliss Donegal aran tweed (dark grey) to finish the bag. I think the colour combination works well.
This is a felted bag, which means that the finished work is put into the washing mashine on a high temperature. The fabric felts, shrinks and strengthens. Here, the purple yarn has felted less than the dark grey and you can still see the stitch definition in the purple knitted fabric. I don't mind, I like it this way. Perhaps I'll try to felt it tighter later on, but for now, it will do.

starting on double pointed needles:

finished, not felted:

before felting : clear stitch definition

after felting in the washing machine:

done and ready for shopping!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Who's calling?

Dr. Who is big in our family. This phone cosy (yesss it's the Tardis!) I knitted for my nephew. You can find the free pattern, by Erinn A. Starnes, here. I used some acrylic yarn from my stash (just the right colours!) for easy maintenance. Nephew happy = me happy!

Monday, 4 June 2018

Eco cotton slipper socks

This is the very first pair of socks I ever knitted. I chose slipper socks, because they don't need an exact fit and can be a bit slouchy (good choice, looking back...:-) )
You can find the pattern for these cabled socks in 'Knitted and crocheted slippers', by Alison Howard (p.102). The yarn I used is an Italian ecological cotton : Mondial Bio Soft, bought at a branch of 'Veritas', a Belgian retail chain. To my delight, Veritas sells every so often an ecological yarn, wool or cotton. They could make more ecological choices in their sales policy, but it's a nice start!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Knitted necklace

This necklace I knitted is based on the sev(en)circle pattern by Kirsten Johnstone. I only made 3 circles.
The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Serena (60% baby alpaca and 40% cotton).
It looks good on the photos, but on me not so much, I think. Perhaps I should have made it a bit longer...