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A little something for the New Year new arrivals.
 Two new versions of my Little Chukka boot…. in stripe. I’ve been dying to try a stripey version of these. Knitted in two rows of each colour – a nice stripe width, it’s also easy to change colour without floating yarn or finishing off. You may need to juggle the colour variations slightly depending on the size you make.
We’ve still got plenty of cold weather to come before the spring, so this makes a great gift.
You can find the pattern HERE.

Okay, time’s pressing on. The lights are up and our high street is positively twinkling. Trees are stacked outside the shops, and one by one our windows are beginning to light up. Your Yarn Wreath is made and now it’s time for the best bit – embellishing. 
There are lots of ways you can do this – it doesn’t even have to be knit or crochet, although it’s nice to continues the theme. I’ve used my own pattens for my wreath, but, sadly due to my other commitments haven’t yet written patterns (perhaps that’s something for next christmas). There are, however, loads of great patterns out there, free and to buy, for little christmas flowers, leaves etc…..or you can even but them on Etsy or Folksy if you’re a bit pushed for time. 
 Here are some of my favourite, most realistic, free patterns for fabulous knit and crochet Christmas decorations. 

Mistletoe (crochet)
This one’s my favourite. It’s very simple and quick to make…and it’s so effective. Would also look great as a garland. You can get it over at the blog Marie’s Making
Holly (crochet)
Here’s a lovely, lovely, and very simple holly leaf. There’s a great step-by-step photo tutorial with this one, from everyone’s favourite Attic 24
Holly (knitted)
Here’s another Holly option if you prefer to knit. Looks great doesn’t it. You can get it here at  the Cvetulka blog
Pinecone (crochet)
I love this one. It’s a very clever idea – and much easier it looks. Here it is from Planet M Files
Poinsettia (crochet)
Last but not least, a beautiful crochet poinsettia. I think it looks fab. Find the Pattern here at Hobbycraft – Christmas Craft Ideas
I think that’s enough to be going on with, don’t you. 
Don’t forget, it’s important to give thanks to these bloggers for sharing their great patterns, and giving something very precious – their time – for free. Writing patterns is not easy, I know. It takes a lot of knowledge, time and concentration to be clear and accurate.….so a big ‘Thanks’ guys, and all the very best to you.

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I can’t believe that within the space of a week the seasons  shifted from Summer to Autumn. That quickly.
Two weeks last Thursday was hot, and I mean late 20s, but now it’s positively chilly. Ok,….it’s September, and all the signs have been there for a while – southbound geese, that familiar damp chill at the beginning and end of the day, and the mornings and evenings getting slowly darker. Yes, there’ll still be the odd sunny day…thankfully. but let’s face it – it’s time to fold away the Tshirts, and to reluctantly box away the sandals, in the realisation that the fabulous summer we’ve had this year is drawing to a close. It’s time to rifle through that Jumper drawer and panic that you have nowhere near enough woolies to see you through to the spring. Last winter was coooold and long. This year I plan on doing a lot less shivering.
It’s time to wrap up.
It’s time to get those needles and hooks going. 
It’s time to make warm stuff.
So…. where to start?…is the question. How about something small… and quick and easy. What is turning out to be THE accessory of the decade, it seems,….

 …..A nice chunky knitted cowl to start off the chilly season. The featured pattern provides instructions for a three colour stripe but can be easily changed – different colours, more stripe variations, or simply just plain. Perfect as a quick project for those with a boredom threshold like mine, ie low. Knits up in a couple of evenings and it’s versatile…. can be worn however you like. 
Looks so cozy doesn’t it. It is.
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Okay, so it’s March, and great – yes, spring is definitely on it’s way, but here in the UK that doesn’t really mean too much weatherwise. It can still be really quite cold. Just last Tuesday we had a corker of a day. Beautiful sunshine – a real teaser of summer days to come. It was great..everyone was out…off to the park, tidying up their front gadens. Those of you who live in my lovely East London neighbourhood, that strange woman you saw skipping down the street – that was me. That’s how chuffed I was to see the sun. …..But, and it’s a big but, I did say it was a teaser. It’s now damp and drizzly…and cold…we’ve had snow this week, and it’s not forecast to warm up any time soon. Argggghhh. Just when you thought it was time to cast off those woollies. Stop right there – what were you thinking?
Even more keen to embrace the shedding of the clothes are our little ones. Now they’ve had a taste of that sunshine, they don’t want to wear their boots anymore. There’s no point replacing the tights they’ve already grown out of because they’re not going to fit next year either. So here’s a simple free pattern to cover that gap between legging and socks and to keep their little ankles cosy. Kiddies legwarmers. The simplest of patterns – knits up quickly in any DK yarn, looks great, and is a good pattern for beginners. Can be knitted on normal or circular needles – whichever you choose. The number of rows and stitches are the same – only diiference is a seam to sew up at the end, which is pretty straightforward. The pattern is to fit a 3-5 or a 6-8 yr old. See pattern for details.
 Pictured here in one of my current favourite funky fluoros.  Those colours are here to stay for a while so use ’em and abuse ’em.

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This style is knitted in New Fashion DK by Woolcraft in shade ‘Melon’.

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Just couldn’t let this weekend go by without a big shout out to all you mums out there. It’s the most imprtant job in the world – don’t you forget it …..and if you ask me, it can be damn hard work sometimes. 
Happy Mothers Day ladies. Hope you enjoy your weekend.
‘Yarn Bouquet'(pictured above) made with Stylecraft Special and King Cole Big value DK.
Poppy, Pelargonium and Lavender flower patterns from ‘100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet’ by Lesley Stanfield.
Poppy Leaf, Pelargonium Leaf and Lavender Leaf patterns by thredHED©. 
For information contact ThredHED

Halloween – it’s fast approaching. The shops are full of scary props and decorations and the kids (and grown-ups too perhaps?) are looking forward to dressing up.
Here’s an idea for a a quick costume you can make using my Bear Hat no 2, some imagination and a little bit of help from Youtube.

All you need is a bear hat, some white and black(mix the two to make the grey) facepaints, a steady hand and this Werewolf face-painting tutorial from Beatrice R on You tube. It comes complete with scary music and it’s fabulous. I did a simpler, toned-down variation – perhaps a bit more child friendly ie. quicker – they just can’t sit for too long, and managed to create my very own little monster.

Doesn’t have to be a werewolf, can be a Witches Cat or any other scary creature.

Happy Halloween!

I can’t believe we’re already heading into Winter. Seems like only weeks since we were looking forward to the Summer.
Now the days are getting shorter and colder over here in the northern hemisphere I thought it would be nice to give you another version of my Bear Hat… let’s call it an update.

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This one is a slightly different fit to suit the style and a little more versatile – possibly more suitable for a boy as well as a girl, having said that, a few older girls – even women have  expressed a keen interest.

I’m sticking with the the double strand of fur/eyelash and 4ply yarn as it’s such an excellent combo for cold weather  – not heavy and ultra warm, with the Trapper style flap this time, to keep those little ears cosy. Well, I say little ears – it comes in sizes up to adult. Who says only the kids should get to wear the fun stuff?

It knits up on big needles in only a couple of evenings, and makes a great pressie. There’s plenty of time to start making them for Christmas.
Watch out for the 120g pack of eyelash yarn in your local UK 99p Store. It crops up every now and again  – an offer far too good to miss.

Hat can be made to order. For information contact thredHED
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Desert boots – they’re everywhere at the moment, and don’t we just love ’em! A great design classic and never out of style for those who know how to wear them (big salute to those old Mod friends of mine – you know who you are). Now the tiniest member of your family can be just as cool as mum, dad or older siblings and have their own pair. Stretchy and cosy, they tie on and look great on either a boy or a girl. Pictured above in cool cotton demin yarn (also trending big-time for summer this year) with contrasting laces for extra authenticity, or why not try a contrast sole.

Can also be knitted, and felted, in wool for when it’s a little colder. Shown here in a versatile neutral Shetland yarn.

Each boot knits up in one piece, apart from the laces, with a single seam to stitch up. A small amount of shaping to follow but easy and super-quick to knit with a very simple way of fastening.

Makes a great little gift to celebrate a the birth of a new baby, and will be appreciated and used…. I looked all over for a pattern like this when my daughter was 3 months old and couldn’t find one – so I made my own. They use only a small amount of yarn and are a good way of using up those little leftover oddments.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not check out my new stripey version.

 Find the pattern by following the link below.

Get Pattern Here

Item can be made to order. For information contact:
 thredHED

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We’re not quite out of the woods yet folks, it’s still pretty nippy out there. Yes, spring is around the corner but there’s still time to sneak in another quick knit – and this IS a quick knit. I’ve been asked by a few people who knit but don’t sew if they could have a knitted version of my Wolf Hat. The kids love ’em – it’s practical ‘dressing up’… and if the weather has warmed up, why not make a start on some early Christmas pressie knitting?

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The Bear Hat is knitted with two strands of yarn, eyelash and plain.

Adding plain (4ply or even dk for something a little thicker) yarn gives more stitch definition which can often be tricky to see with fur knits. It makes the eyelash yarn go further, adds more body and makes it ultra-warm – just perfect for those really cold, mid-winter days, with a scarf  – two accessories in one.
Knitted on quite large needles it does not require a lot of yarn. I found a knit-a-scarf pack of 120g for 99p in our local pound shop which was perfect – bargain! You may have already knitted one that you’ve worn for a couple of seasons. They’ve been around for a while now so you could even try unravelling, restyling, and up-cycling.
Other suitable yarns are Stlyecraft Eskimo, King Cole Moments, Lion Brand Fun Fur  (don’t forget to combine with another 4ply or DK yarn, as mentioned above).
Knit loosely, it is stretchy and comfortable and moulds nicely to fit. 3 sizes cover all ages from toddlers to adults.
There is very little shaping so the pattern is simple, and the ears are shaped while making up at the end. A good project for relative beginners, knits up nice and quickly (took me 3 evenings) and I have provided clear instructions and diagrams.

Time’s running out and if you’re anything like me there’ll still be those last minute pressies to find. Here’s a little number – great for ‘girls’ of all ages and it takes but a few of hours to knit. If there’s no time, treat someone or yourself and knit one for the New Year. We saw similar on the catwalk a A/W 2010/11 (yes that designer we all love – my  inspiration for this pattern) and now they’re hitting the streets. Knitted with two strands of dk yarn(or chunky) and a pair of 8mm needles to give a chunky but loose knit for maximum flexibility. It’s one size only so can be worn by grown-ups too – it’s only pictured here on the little one because she’s so much cuter than me. Great to keep you ears warm if you like your updo’s (or if like me you just don’t have the time to style your hair these days). If you’re new to knitting and haven’t yet tried ‘the cable’, here’s a good opportunity – with something that’s not too hardcore.

It’s hat time again! Dig out your ol’ faves or get a nice new one. Here’s one for your little one (or even for you) that never goes out of style and always looks great – even it you’re having a bad hair day. A classic beret – knitted here in a cotton acrylic mix chunky yarn. Really easy and quick to knit – took me just a couple of evenings! Looks good in all colours – particularly the classics – and the stripe texture makes it a little more interesting without having to add another colour. Three sizes range from toddler to adult.

For those chilly Autumn days, this cosy chunky hoodie is perfect for your little one. Here knitted in fluorescent pink (handy for keeping them in view), but would look equally good in an aran yarn (and very ‘on trend’) or something a little more rustic. 
It can be made for boys and girls (just change the buttoning side if it matters) and it can be knitted in any dk yarn doubled up (knitting with two strands). Great for beginners – simple garter stitch with neat rolled edges, not too much shaping, and the pockets are optional. Knits up nice and quickly, and is a slightly boxy loose fit which means more than a season’s wear. Great value. Sizes 3-4 and 5-6.