Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dusting off the Sewing Machine

Just a quick post today – to say I finally got out my sewing machine and made these cute little trousers!

Baby Bear Trousers

They aren’t for anyone in particular – they will be part of the collection I’m making for the Art on The Hill trail in October. They were so much fun to make though, I’m looking forward to making a few more pairs!

Baby Bear Trousers

The fabric was from the lovely Saints and Pinners in Devon, and some of you may remember seeing it when I made a post back in June when I received my exciting fabric package. I still haven’t decided what to make with the other material I bought, but I’m thinking about doing some girls tops and dresses.

If you have a sewing blog let me know! Most of the blogs I follow are knitting blogs, however I need the inspiration to keep stitching 🙂

New Pattern Available! Heather Shrug

Please welcome the latest pattern to my collection – Heather!  This bolero was created in Erika Knight’s ‘Vintage Wool’, which is British worsted weight 100% wool.

The name ‘Heather’ was chosen by Tracy at Woolly World of Me, and I think it suits it very well! The bolero is pretty and girly, yet chunky so it progresses quickly.

The warmth of the wool and the looseness of the stitches create a perfect drape, keeping the shrug soft and cosy, yet allowing the air in so you don’t get too warm.










The pattern is available in 5 sizes –

XS (Bust 71-76cm/28-30’)
(Bust 81-86cm/32-34”)
(Bust 91-96cm/36-38”)
(Bust 101-106cm/40-42”)
XL (Bust 111-116cm/44-46”)









This pattern is fun and quick, easily memorised and will suit knitters new to lace.  Created as one piece, this can be knitted in a few evenings in front of the tv, and is perfect for those summer/autumn evenings after the sun has gone down 🙂

Bristol Harbour Festival

Last weekend was the annual Bristol Harbour Festival.  As I’ve been here just under a year, this was my first one, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

I have to say, it was pretty fab – considering it was a free event run by volunteers.

We began the day watching a rather awesome band called Adding Machine at the Louisiana.  Now I’m not the best person for describing music, but I have to say I loved their 80’s sound, described as a cross between Depeche Mode and Sioxsie Sioux, which went right through me and made the hairs stick up on the back of my neck.  Yup.

We spent most of the day at the Amphitheatre, sat with friends sampling local beer from Bath Ales and Bristol Beer Factory.  These photos are in no order and are just of things I saw that looked photogenic! This train was powered by solar panels.

My camera died at this point, so the rest of the photos were taken on my phone, hence the slight fuzziness!

Irene Ship Bristol Harbourside
This is Irene (the ship, that is.  That’s Chris taking a photo of me snapping him).  She was built in the early 1900’s and sailed through two wars and the great recession.   I’ve never been big into boats, but this one was beautiful!

Spot the odd one out?

The festival was massive – much bigger than I expected, and I was gutted that my camera battery went so early on!  I was also sad that we’ve not been practicing our swing dancing – the lindyhop session looked like fun but we couldn’t remember any moves!

FO Friday – Autumn Gold Slouch Hat

Finally! My slouch hat is finished and now just needs to be written up.  Stupidly, I didn’t write everything down too clearly so it might take a while to get this one ready for testing.  This isn’t the sharpest photo but you get the idea!  You can see a close up pic of the pattern here from a previous post.

Fyberspates Rural Charm Slouch Hat
The yarn is Fyberspates Rural Charm, 4ply Blue Faced Leicester, Cashmere and Silk in Gold. Yum 🙂

I have decided that this will be my first leftie friendly pattern, as I feel bad for all the left-handers out there that have to read patterns backwards!  I will be enlisting help from my good friend Lucy on getting everything multi-lingual so everyone can enjoy knitting it, before I start on working on my previous patterns.

On another note, here are some pretty poppies and wild flowers I spotted on my way to the post office this morning 🙂

© Buttons and Beeswax

© Buttons and Beeswax

© Buttons and Beeswax
I figure there is no point in doing a 366 project if I don’t use the photos not included for blog content! I love this last one, the flower looks super-imposed (but its not!) I’m not sure what this flower is..

And lastly, yesterday I came across these fab tutorials for creating knitting charts using Adobe Illustrator.  Previously I’ve used Excel, but being a Photshop/InDesign kind of laydee, I thought it might be nice to get my head around some of the Illustrator basics.  There is a lot more control to be had in how your chart looks, and you can easily create your own symbols.  It’s strangely addictive too!


A Resolution to be a Better Blogger!

Hello and apologies for my lack of posts over the last month.  I’m not sure what’s happened really, I’ve lost my mojo recently and haven’t even got much done by way of knitting.  I thought I’d share with you some photo’s from the last couple of weeks to make up for my lack of craft content!

On the 4th July we took a day trip to Llangennith in Wales to get some fresh air (and some surf, in Chris’s case).  It was a pretty rainy day to start out with, but then this lovely little pocket of sunshine opened up! It was a shame we hadn’t taken the tent, as neither of us had anything pressing the next day we couldn’t put back.  Instead we went for a couple of games of pool and curry in the pub before heading back 🙂

These next couple of pictures were taken at Bristol Harbourside, just outside the Arnolfini, which might just be my new favourite knit spot.

I find when I’m designing it’s so easy to stay within the confines of my house, or pop out to the local park to get fresh air.  I still don’t feel like I really know Bristol all that well, and I don’t know that many people still after a year.  So aside from blogging more regularly, I also want to get out a bit more and see stuff, even just sitting here for an hour made me feel like I was letting the world in a bit more 🙂

This weekend Chris was playing at Latitude Festival with The Paper Cinema.  I was lucky enough to go along too, and we had a chilled few days pottering about seeing what took our fancy.

Latitude 2012
The Paper Cinema Latitude 2012
The Hurly Burly Cafe - Latitude 2012
In the past I’ve always gone to festivals for the bands, so it was nice to see some of the other things that were going on.  We spent a bit of time in the comedy tent, at the disco shed, in the woods watching visuals, and discovering new music and crafts.  The picture above was taken in the Hurly Burly cafe, where the burritos were delicious and accompanied by the staff showing a dance to Tune-Yards ‘My Country’.

The rain managed to hold out most of the weekend, though it did come down a bit in the night so it was pretty muddy!  We were all quite ready to leave on Sunday afternoon, despite most of the music I wanted to watch being on that evening.  There’s just something really tiring about not being able to sit down all day (I’m not sure what that is…)

Monday was Chris’s birthday so we went to Bristol Zoo.  This should have been a blog post in itself really but most of the photo’s I took aren’t blog worthy.

This is an Inca Turn.  They were in with the penguins and weren’t shy! Frequently they flew up and perched on the fence we were leaning on.

Male Inca Tern at Bristol Zoo
And lastly, some butterflies, that I failed to get the name of, but they impressed me none the less.  This first one has obviously evolved to look like an owl.  How amazing is that?!



Coming soon to a cafe near you!

Hello lovelies, I hope you’ve all had a good week!

I thought I would share first a few photos from the last seven days, nothing too exciting, just out and about! The first is from the beach at Burton Bradstock, which we visited last week to drop in on a friend on the way home from Brighton. I got over enthusiastic about the weaving book in my last post and neglected to find this little gem hidden in my camera.

Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock

I also popped down to Exeter last week to wish my Dad a happy birthday, and we enjoyed a cultural couple of days checking out the RAMM and A La Ronde. Both I have visited before, however the museum has been closed for what seems like years, and has since won awards so we were eager to check it out. In all honesty I think I preferred it before, but I seem to be the only one thinking that so I will keep schtum! I miss the clocks gallery, and I’m not so keen on stuffed animals stacked up to the ceiling.

A La Ronde

A La Ronde

A La Ronde is an 18th century ’round house’ built for two spinster cousins after their trip around Europe. It is full of souvenirs from their travels, including shells, feathers and pottery, as well as many crafts they have made themselves. I was unable to take photographs, however was particularly taken by the teeny tiny knitted gloves, a caddy made from quilling, feather freize and a picture made entirely from cut out paper. There is also a shell gallery, which I remember going into when I was small but it has since been closed – the wall from top to bottom, all the way around the top floor of the building is completely covered in shells.

This appears to be my workshop at the moment :-/

I’ve been working on a couple of things since my last post, the Autumn Gold Hat I posted about a couple of weeks ago, and a fair isle cup cosy design for a zillion takeaway cups.


I’m not going to say any more in case I get into trouble, all I can say is that this lovely little snowflake design will be printed onto the cups, along with my label, which will be available in a cafe near you over the colder months!

And I’m quite excited! 🙂