Saturday, 25 October 2014

Elephants -- Knit & crochet

After purchasing the wonderful book Edward's Menagerie at The Handmade Fair, the first animal I made was Bridget the Elephant. I would absolutely encourage you to buy this book, but in the meantime if you want to make a toy elephant here are some of the free elephant knitting & crochet patterns I've found this month

1. Elephant by Vanessa - this crochet elephant looks pretty sturdy and his ears are huge
2. Elephant book ends - if you don't have a small person in your life to crochet an elephant for, how about some book ends?
3. Knitted Toy Elephant - love the textured trunk on this pattern
4. Rainbow Elephant - if you're making a crochet elephant there is no reason why it needs to be grey
5. Applique Elephant - if 3D isn't your thing how about a simple little crochet elephant that you can sew onto a blanket or outfit or make into a brooch
6. Flo the Elephant - I love the edge stitching of this knitting pattern.
7. Oliver the Elephant - he has a cute little tuft of hair which just gives this crocheted elephant bags of personality
8. Babar the Elephant - crown and cape or green suit and bowler hat - gotta love an elephant in clothes (Raverly link)
9. Ami's Elephants - these are another crocheted critter but they're very cute with the patterned fabric on their ears

For more images of elephants visit my Elephants board on Pinterest.

All links above are to the actual website, as websites come and go I can't guarantee that by the time you read this that the pattern will still be there and/or be free.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sausage dog

This was one of the free gifts I picked up visiting the Mollie Makes tent at the Handmade Fair.

The free gift was from issue 31, September 2013, before I started subscribing. It was designed by Jane Foster and it seems she has some similar designs available to buy as kits on her website.

Making this up was very straightforward and the instructions were clear. It's a bit crumpled though as the fabric was quite stiff when turning it the right side out

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Crafty Fox autumn market

Last weekend was Crafty Fox Market Autumn Markets. I was particularly keen to go to the Crafty Fox Market on Saturday as there were a couple of traders there who I'd bought things from previously - Pikku Potin and Oh My Clumsy Heart and I ended up walking away with another item from each of them. 

The new pot is sitting proudly next to the previous purchase on the shelf in my living room. The pots look great but even better than that the plant I bought in April is still alive.

As soon as I saw this necklace I wanted it! I love the simple geometric design and it's had two outings already this week.

I also picked up a few more cards. I'm getting a growing collection of London themed cards that I'm popping in frames. This one from Victoria Eggs has joined the collection.

The final purchase I made was of these colourful cards from Cha Com Letras

I headed back to the market on Sunday making a few more purchases.

Two plates from Jimbob.

A friend's birthday from Oh My Gee.

I just loved the sea otters on this card.

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Make Escape

I'd been wanting to go to The Make Escape for a while as the idea of being able to just turn up and try crafts for free seemed fantastic.

There wasn't much by way of instruction on the website you get a ticket from the cinema box office (for free) which then gets you into the Hackney Attic on the 5th floor.

By the time I arrived (at the start time) there were already quite a few people there. The peg loom weaving looked good but the table was full so I headed on over to the braiding table.

The first step was to cut out a braiding wheel such as the one here and stick it to some card.
The next step was to cut out 8 pieces of yarn about 3 times the length of the braid you wanted to make, so if you were after a bracelet, wrap the yarn round your wrist three times to get the right length.

The 8 strands of yarn are then tied together in a knot and threaded through the hole in the middle of the wheel. Then it was time to string the wheel. 

Concentration is really required until I you get the hang of the braiding action. Chatting whilst braiding was difficult - I often lost my place and had to look at the folds to see where I was at. But once you got the rhythm the braid actually grows quite fast 

I love the pop of pink that stands out against the greys and blues.

It was great fun to sit around, have a drink and chat whilst crafting. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Crochet flower frame

Mollie Makes issue 45 came with this free kit. It used an interesting technique of crocheting around a piece of card. I consider myself quite an experienced crocheter but it was quite difficult to keep the stitches quite tight. This may be down to the choice of card, mine was quite thin.

As with my review of the cherry brooch, the yarn provided was nice to work with, but the crochet hook was a bit flimsy.

The end result was great - I can imagine making a few of these and putting letters in the middle to spell out someone's name. In this instance I just picked some scrap paper from a pack I bought from Tiger stores.

This is what it looked like in the magazine.