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FO – Mini Christmas Stockings

Mini Christmas stockings

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll have seen me tweet about mini Christmas stockings. I’ve been thinking of making these for a while but as I’m not used to knitting socks and am quite the perfectionist, it took many many many attempts before I came up with a pattern that I was happy with. And when I did, I knit. A lot.

Mini Christmas stockings

I think I’m a convert to socks – miniature ones, anyway. I can certainly see the appeal of knitting socks, but trying to make a full-sized matching pair that will properly fit actual adult human feet is still well beyond me. No, I’m happy to stick with the miniature. They’re FAR more adorbs, anyway (I won’t admit to how long I spent squeezing stacks of these stockings, squealing at how utterly cute they are, but it was a loooong time).

These, as well as a selection of mittens, scarves and fingerless gloves are now available in my Etsy shop 🙂

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August Scarves

Well life’s gone and done that thing again where it all goes a bit tits up. My response to this has been to knit. A lot.

My favourite online yarn shop shut down recently (just to clarify, this isn’t what’s gone tits up, but life sure does like to pile it on, right?) and so they had a big clearance sale. And I can’t resist a good yarn bargain.

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I realised when it arrived that there was 4.4 kilometres of yarn here O_O

The Cascade 220 was always destined to become winter mittens and hats, but the Malabrigo and Manos del Uruguay at the back were more of a chance; I didn’t really have a plan for these, other than “really effing lovely stuff”.

The lovely violet Malabrigo has become 95% of an Ishbel – I say 95% because I started it in June, knit my fingers off, and then floundered at the very last repeat. Naughty Smurf.

The Manos lace has become summer scarves. Yeah.

Now I know the idea of wearing a scarf in August probably sounds ridiculous, but I’m British, and sry2say, August does not preclude the need for knitwear. A case in point:

British Summer. Not even kidding.

This picture was taken on the FOURTEENTH OF AUGUST. A good 2-3 inches of hail fell (or rather threw itself violently out of the sky) in about half an hour, the fog afterwards was ridiculous and I could see my breath in the air. It was DEFINITELY the wrong day to sit outside for lunch.

Bias-knit scarf
Bias-knit scarf
Bias-knit scarf

I absolutely love the concept of Manos del Uruguay yarns; they are kettle-dyed by craftswomen in rural areas of Uruguay, working as part of cooperatives to provide economic, social and cultural opportunities for themselves and others. Plus, Manos is certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation, and that can only ever be a good thing. And I haven’t even mentioned that the lace yarn is baby alpaca, silk AND cashmere, and is ergo amazing.

I thought I’d let the yarn speak for itself and stick to a simple pattern, and so I had my first go at knitting on the bias. I think it really shows off the natural colour variations, what do you think?

You can find these scarves, plus more to follow shortly, in my Etsy shop

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I love this time of year. It’s dark by 4.30pm, the weather is obnoxious and my feet are perma-cold – and yet it’s still my favourite time of year. Not least because I get motivated to knit again!

My first big project of the winter was this *ahem* football-inspired scarf. Definitely not for me… But it was lovely to knit. It was so simple I even managed to do a fair amount of it in lectures 😀 It was knit in the round so it’s lovely and thick, and has a bit of an old-school feel to it. Most importantly, the recipient LOVES it 😀

Next was a Cerus Scarf-inspired scarf, using up lots of ends of yarn that’ve been lingering around all summer. Very satisfying, that. What is NOT satisfying, what I truly hate about knitting, however, is this –

The fact this only sat in this sorry state for a couple of days is something I am quite proud of – I could easily have left this languishing in a corner all winter, such is my hatred of sewing in ends. Alas, it is finished!

It’s not as thick and squishy as I had hoped (maybe I’ve been ruined by the glorious pillowyness of the football scarf…) even though I cast on more stitches and used bigger needles than suggested, but it’ll certainly keep me warm before I need to bring out the big (scarf) guns.

Currently on the needles are some chunky mittens, which are growing nice and quickly even though I’m making the pattern up as I go along (that always makes me very nervous…)

Last but not least, I’ve updated my Etsy shop, with more items to follow shortly!

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Etsy!

I knew it. I knitted one hat and now I can’t stop.


Aqua/Grey Superwash Beret


Olive/Grey Superwash Beret


Red/White Hearts Superwash Beret

Can you tell that I’ve had exams recently…? And that I’ve been avoiding having to read all this…?


Just a little light dissertation reading…! (~15 books there…)

All available on Etsy. Speaking of Etsy, my friend Paris has been crocheting Red Noses in support of Red Nose Day on 15th March. £2.50 from the sale of each Red Nose will go to Comic Relief – a fantastic cause!

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The finished product


Available here!


Available here!

I added the bows and think they look pretty, in an understated way. I didn’t want to overegg the pudding, as it were.

I also started reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin yesterday – I shall reserve judgement until I have read more! So far, I am intrigued.

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Mosaics

Mum likes to make mosaics from pictures she finds on Flickr, and so I decided to have a bash at it, using some of my Favourites on Etsy.


An “eclectic” selection…!

1. 50’s style flocked dress (sold out) by petapledger
2. "Bleu Peacoque" hair clip by SweetGrassMill
3. Wrap shrug by malam
4. Butterfly knee high socks by post
5. Black bird messenger bag by rainbowswirlz
5. Dr. Martens shoes by RockZombieOldies

Rather an odd mix, by most standards, but I suppose that sums up my personal taste really – not in the slightest bit cohesive! I’ve been wearing dresses with knee-high Dr Marten boots lately, for example, which is a bit of an odd combination I suppose. I think I would wear a less dressy dress (you know what I mean) in that outfit though – I think it looks too lovely on its own to cover up with hoodies and wear day-to-day.

Anyway, that was a diversion for half an hour!

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Magnets!


Heart-shaped polymer clay magnets

These are listed in my Etsy shop. I enjoyed making these – I was faffing about at my desk today and saw a pot of magnets I’ve had sitting there for months, and started playing around with them. I really like how they’ve come out 🙂 Hopefully I will have some more different shapes and colours available in the next few days.

That’s about it from me for today 🙂

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