Colour Conundrums!! 

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Colour Conundrums!! 

I’m the first to admit that I’m not too confident at choosing a colour palette,  and it’s not unusual to find me wandering around the yarn shop with paint colour cards in hand….it usually works out OK,  I just don’t trust my judgement. 

So a couple of weeks ago I treated myself to an Attic 24 colour pack…the Harmony pack…and the results were great and really good value for money. 

I love the way that using a different colour as a border has given each piece a totally different look 💜

Dusty Rose, Bright White (not included in pack) and Parma Violet where used as the main colours below…. 

So if you also suffer with a lack of confidence,  need inspiration,  or just fancy spoiling yourself…grab a colour pack and wait for the inspiration to land!! 

(More info regarding Attic 24 packs and patterns can be found on this lovely blog 💜 http://www.attic24.typepad.com )

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Charity shop win!!

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Charity shop win!!

I picked up these 2 huge cones of yarn from a charity shop for the princely sum of £1 each!…..then was instantly stuck for inspiration, as the fibres are extremely tough. So after lots of scrolling through through Pinterest, I found this simple Stag chart….and hey presto… a runner rug for the dining room hearth!! 

I used a straight htr stitch throughout, placing 3 stitches in each square, making each row 3 stitches high, then neatened the edges up using a hrt holding both threads.

The end result is a lovely, and hopefully hard wearing rug…and its inspired me to start making charts for my own pics!….but much as I enjoyed the process, I am looking forward to using something more  colourful and pliable 🙂

Getting stuffed

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Getting stuffed

I havent been around much to blog over the last few weeks and months….life, work and family have been all consuming. But crochet still keeps me sane, and all the more when I find something a bit different! 

I stumbled upon Vanessa Moocies faux taxidermy designs on Ravelry, and immediately bought the book….probably my fave this year!

I have made the almost life size zebra so far, and Im itching to try the other designs.

I was suprised how quickly the design worked up, with the most labour intensive part being the back combing of the mane. 

I would highly recommend Vanessas book titled ‘Animal Heads’ which is widely available on line, or you can find her on Ravlery here http://www.ravelry.com/designers/vanessa-mooncie

Wrap Me UP Shawl Pattern….free, with love xx

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Wrap Me UP Shawl Pattern….free, with love xx

Good evening All!…..My Wrap Me Up Shawl pattern is now free to use! Please send me feedback or get in touch with any technical questions, or isues with accessing the PDF file.

 

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The pattern is currently only available in UK terminology….but I will get round to translating soon….and there are lots of photos for guidance.

And as ever, you are free to make / sell the end product, but please do not resell the pattern and  credit me, at Knotty But Nice where possible…..enjoy!!

 

Sunday Afternoon Stash Buster!

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Sunday Afternoon Stash Buster!

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So Xmas is packed away for another year, the house has been blitzed, we’ve spent a few hours on the motorway to drop my step daughter home….what to do with the last few hours of the holiday before bed then work?….eat the last of the chocolate and mess about with my new favourite gadget….a new pompom maker! Yep, life doesnt get more exciting than that, and for less than 2 quid!!

Heres a quick peek at todays makes….the finishing touches for a dinky tea cosy, and a rainbow pompom bunting…plus a few extra for future projects. I’ve added a quick tutorial below 🙂

Pom Pom How To..

You will need:-

Yarn (great way of using up your stash, or yarn that you cant find a use for!), sissors / shears (the pointiier the tips the better!), pom pom maker – I used a shop bought one as I wanted a consistent size, although you can make your own out of stiff card. I also found a crochet hook useful for pulling the yarn through on the smaller hoops.

If using card, place two identical circles togthether, or if using plasting rings, ensure that the grooved sides are facing inwards, leaving a small gap around the edge.

Simply wrap your yarn around the rings, pulling the yarn through the centre circle,trying to to keep an even tension and ensuring the rings are covered. You can use one colour, or alternate each layer.

You can make your pom poms as big as you like, although it can get a bit fiddly when the smaller ring is full….this is where your crochet hook will come in handy.

Once happy with the size, cut a length of yarn and put it to one side, Hold the pom pom firmly and using your sissors or shears, begin to snip carefully through the yarn along the outer edge.

Now take your length of yarn, and place between the two circles, tieing a tight knot to secure. Separate and remove your card / circles ….and voila..a pom pom!! You can trim any stray bits of yarn to give it a neater finish…then use as you wish!

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