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Friday, 27 August 2010

Giveaway at No Biggie!

Kami over at No Biggie has posted a new blog for this fantastic giveaway! She is tempting us with a $25 gift certificate for Modern Palm Boutique! I'm so excited, so I've entered, hope I win! Personally I am loving the Divine Twine in Apple Green, if I win you never know you may be getting something wrapped in it if you purchase from my shop!



Go have a nosy over at No Biggie and leave Kami some love, she has a lovely Blog and her friend who runs Modern Palm Boutique and Blogs at A Pina Colada has a beautiful blog too!


Go enter that giveaway! Hope you don't win though! (Only Kidding, good luck!) x

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

A Present for A Special Friend

Today I managed to catch up with one of my very good friends that I unfortunately left behind last year when I went to Uni and sadly, didn't keep intouch. Anyway, she passed her A Level exams recently, gaining a place at Liverpool John Moores University to study Biochemical Medical Science (yes she is very clever!) and so as a reward and to say sorry for not keeping in touch I knitted her this...

Cable Cowl

Made from Jaeger 100% Wool yarn and knitted to this Quick Cabled Cowl pattern (available for free from Ravelry) by Rare Knits on Blogspot. Needless to say she was really happy with it and I hope she wears it lots and that we make up for last years lack of contact with a lot more this year.

Here's to rekindling lost friendships, x

Monday, 23 August 2010

Vintage Knitting

I forgot to tell you! On returning from holiday I found I had been left some old knitting bits and bobs by a family friend, my favourite of which was this...

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A really funky little yarn holder in green and shaped like a beehive! Isn't it great?

I bought the needles AGES ago from Ebay- suffice to say that, realistically, there isn't a matching pair amongst them but they were really cheap and I just loved the bright colours so couldn't resist them. I was once given a brooch made from a colourful knitting needle and I guess I was thinking I could use these in the same way but never got around to it (as always!) Anyway, the beehive- it's now on my desk in pride of place, I just love it. I also got a skein holder which I used during the knitting of the Amey Cowl- named after one of my beautiful friends!

So, as a wise man once told me, "sharing is caring" so just thought I'd share the vintage knitting love! x

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Amey Cowl- T52MMMC Week 6

So here it is, possibly a little later than it should have been, but I think the wait was worth it...

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The Amey Mobius Cowl.

Not only did I knit it but I spun the wool too! It's made from super soft merino in this muted grey/pale blue and I am very proud.

If you would like to make the Amey cowl like this, you will need:
  • Approx 172m of a bulky/chunky yarn
  • 1 pair of 7mm knitting needles
  • General items for casting off and construction
Gauge: 3 st, 5 rows to 1 inch in moss/seed stitch (k1, p1), although this is not too important.

Key: k=knit, p=purl, st=stitch/stitches

To Begin:
  • Cast on 37 stitches
  • For Every row work moss stitch (k1,p1) beginning by slipping the first stitch, moving the yarn to the front (between the needles) and then purling the next stitch.
  • Work until you have about 3 metres of yarn left.
  • Next row cast off, weave in ends.
To construct:
  • Lay the length in front of you with the long sides top and bottom. At this point you can either simply stitch the two ends together to make a tube or complete the following...
  • Take the top left corner to the bottom right corner and then the bottom left to top right.
  • Stitch/crochet the seam. Personally I prefer to crochet the seam as I think it gives a neater finish but this is personal preference.
I hope you enjoy my pattern, any problems please just get in contact!

Happy knitting, x

Friday, 20 August 2010

T52MMMC Week 5

Now, I hope this isn't cheating- but...having been on holiday I didn't manage to blog about week 5 but I did crochet this little number while I was away. I crocheted the three parts and completed it with the Laura Ashley fabric covered button (which I covered myself-first time ever- very proud!).

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I also decided to pop it on my shop. It is made from Orkney Angora yarn (50% angora, 50% lambs wool) and is available to purchase for a mere £4.95 approx. (prices are in USD).

Go and have a mooch as there is another similar one in a pale grey which I will be sad to see go...
Both available by clicking here.

Week 6 make is on the way but for now...happy crafting! x

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Purchases

While we were away I bought quite a bit, at the expense of my bank balance- which has severely suffered! Ah well, I think these little beauties were well worth it- just got to work even harder for my shop now!

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Above and Below: Boo Vake, Perth
Cards by Alice Melvin
Brooch by Suzanne Devine


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Both items from Owl and Lion Gallery, Edinburgh

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Lip Balm from Isle of Mull Soap Co.

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Gorgeous brooch for my Mum, from Room 15, Oban
Made by Julia Cunningham (details below)

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Below: Oh Comely Magazine picked up at Analogue book shop
A really cute magazine packed full of cute fashion, quirky stories and creativity. I'm in Love!

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Excerpt from Oh Comely (below)

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And the yarns I picked up, some from Twist Fibre Craft Studio, Newburgh and others from K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique

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Above; My beloved basket from Kit & Caboodle, Newburgh with my pretty flower head scarf tied into a bow on the handle...I Love this shop!

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And the final image, my two favourite things of the moment, my basket with new yarns, although my earrings come a close second...well actually all my new bits and bobs are my favourites, I can't choose just one!

I hope you enjoy browsing the websites and links as much as I enjoyed the real shops...and remember all these places are little independents trying so hard so leave them some love too! x

All around Scotland in a 206

So two weeks ago the boyfriend and I set out on an adventure around Scotland in my little, green, Peugeot 206. Originally the plan was to go to Dumfries, Oban, Nairn, Perth and Edinburgh but whilst we were in Oban we decided to stay put to allow us some time to see the Isle of Mull. So the final route was this...


I took loads of pictures and we saw plenty. I spent far too much and bought plenty of new yarn and quirky little accessories. So, I have loads of pictures, galleries and purchases to share with you. It was a two week holiday so bear with me...plenty of nice pictures and then my purchases to follow.

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We saw plenty of castles, more than I can count, but all had beautiful views...this one was taken at Threave Castle.


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Flowers (above) and Sculpture (below) at Threave Estate

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Beautiful gardens at Threave (above) and Sweetheart Abbey (below)

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This totally quirky caravan at Hoddom Castle caravan park (Dumfries)

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Tobermory

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Bright fishing boats in the harbour in Oban

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Quirky souvenirs at St Andrews Castle

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And a really cute toilet (of all things) in a pub in Newburgh. After frequenting this toilet on the way back from St Andrews (whilst staying in Perth) we found THE MOST amazing shop I have ever found and which now I am completely in love with!

Kit&Caboodle is a vintage/furniture/textile/Treasure Trove, I took loads of pictures and the lady who owns it was so kind and friendly.

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Cushion by local artist, detail (above). Dress and following furniture by the same artist

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The ship that just grabbed the boyfriends attention, was purchased for £23 and was consequently cradled all the way home with loving care!


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And finally the bird box I wish I had bought!

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Fabhatrix, a very snazzy hat shop- so cute and quirky!

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A craft fair (below) that we found as part of the Edinburgh Fringe festival, a few purchases came from here...post coming soon!

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Bits and bobs from the Owl and Lion Gallery

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Local transport...

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And finally the blue fronted shop (above) is K1 Yarns. A very nice knitting boutique with a very helpful lady and great customer service selling Scottish and other luxury yarns.

These are just a sprinkling of images, there are plenty more on my Flickr site which you can visit by clicking the link on the side of my blog. I'm off to take some pics of my purchases which I will share later.

Enjoy, x