Monthly Archives: January 2012

Free Pattern: Venice

It snowed a bit here in Bristol today.. not a lot, but enough to make me feel chilly! It was a reminder that I’ve been meaning to type up the knitting pattern for this hat for a while, and I’m feeling generous, so I thought I’d give it away! ūüôā

It’s a beanie I knitted for my boyfriend last year, just before we went to Venice. Although in the photo it looks warm, it was freezing! We were prepared and took plenty of wool to survive (this is not hard for me), and this hat stayed on Chris’ head permanently the whole time we were there.

This is a simple hat that can be knitted up in a couple of hours, and will suit men and women.

I made this hat with Rowan Drift, which is 100% Merino wool and it’s super cosy! Using 10mm knitting needles to keep the stitches snug, it fits us both a treat. I have been know to steal it sometimes ūüėČ

Have a look on the patterns tab for other free goodies!

Venice – Free Chunky Hat Pattern

And We’re Up!

This weekend I’ve been beavering away at this website, trying to get it all up and running smoothly before the working week starts.¬† I’ve sorted out the knitting patterns tab, which makes things a little easier to browse and look through the patterns – there will be lots of additions this year, my mind is brimming with ideas!

Below¬†are a few photos I want to post from the 365 days project (which reminds me, I haven’t taken one yet today!)¬† I’ve also created a tab for this, as I’ve noticed¬†I seem to be saturating the blog with photos when really I want to talk about knitting, sewing and craft stuff!

28th January 2012

Von Bartha at The Cooler - 366 Days Photography Project

27th January 2012 - Von Bartha at The Cooler

26th January 2012

25th January 2012


Some things..


So, some of you might have noticed a few things up with the website recently – sorry about that! I’ve decided to change everything a bit, but I got a bit ahead of myself and as a result everything was down for a couple of days.

So we’re back here now, for the meantime, however things will be changing soon hopefully!

It’s been a busy week for me, what with sorting out the new site, designing a new hat, hanging out at Bath Spa and filing the dreaded tax return.

So here are a few photo’s from the last week…

Erika Knight Vintage Wool

I am loving working with this yarn at the moment! This is Erika Knight’s new ‘Vintage Yarn’, which is 100% pure british wool.¬† I’m using it on slightly smaller needles than suggested and it is knitting up a treat! Keep an eye out for a hat and cowl pattern coming very soon ūüôā

And here are some updates for the 365 days project, which is still going well..

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Ooh, and I found this today, which made me laugh out loud! Instructions on washing woolen knits are often described as ‘how you would wash a baby”.¬† In case you don’t
know, here’s a handy guide!

How to wash a baby

Some more photos..

Hello! I just wanted to share some of the images I took from the last few days. This 365 project is proving hard during the week as the area I work is so uninspiring! I have noticed that I am becoming much more aware of things though – this was actually one of the reasons I wanted to do the project – small things like flowers, and trees with nice leaves, repetition and colours.

Foot-tapping to Jazz - The Old Duke, Bristol - 366 Days Photography Project

15th January 2012

Leigh Woods - January - 366 Days Photography Project

14th January 2012

Greville Smyth Park - January - 366 Days Photography Project

13th January 2012

Sunset - Cala Trading Estate - 366 Days Photography Project

12th January 2012

Sainsbury Trollies lined up - 366 Days Photography Project

11th January 2012

The first picture is from yesterday, taken in The Old Duke during a jazz gig. The second is from Saturday and was the result of a lovely afternoon walk in Leigh Woods. The third picture is from a very frosty Friday morning, taken on my way to work. I’m trying to make myself get up earlier so I have time to take photos on the way in, as there are a few interesting stops on the way, and it would make for nicer pictures. The forth picture is from Thursday – it is the building I work in lit up by the sunset – it looks almost attractive! And finally, some trolleys at Sainsburys. I wasn’t feeling too inspired on Wednesday but I’m quite pleased with the result.If you click the photos it will take you to my Flickr, where there is a better description of each.Thanks for looking!

365 Days…

So far the 365 days project is going well, although I’ve realised it’s going to get challenging over the next couple of months before it’s light after work. I’m quite happy with this set of photos though, it’s interesting not knowing what is coming next!

I’m enjoying the project because it’s forcing me to get out, get some air and have a look around, when otherwise I’d probably have my head in some knitting indoors somewhere.

Here are days 2 to 10, for anyone interested!

Two Magpies - 366 Days Photography Project Coffee and Knitting - 366 Days Photography Project Fallen Tree January Storms - 366 Days Photography Project Bristol Underpass  - 366 Days Photography Project Sad Christmas Tree - 366 Days Photography Project Totterdown Coloured Houses - 366 Days Photography Project Colourful Turkey! 366 Days Photography Project London Plane Trees - 366 Days Photography Project Ashton Vale Road Railway Worker - 366 Days Photography Project

New Knitting Patterns Up!

2012 is the year of knitting patterns, I have decided.

So to start things off on the right foot, there are two new patterns now available.
The hat is a simple childs beanie that can easily be knocked together in a free afternoon, using just knit and purl stitch in the round with decreases.  The cowl will take a little longer, around 7-10 hours for an experienced knitter, and the lace pattern is good fun to knit.  If you like it, check out the matching hat and fingerless mittens!

Lace Cowl Knitting Pattern

Nordic Lace Cowl

Baby Beanie Hat Knitting Pattern

Elana's Corkscrew Beanie








Please see the knitting patterns link at the top of the page for more patterns, including a couple of free ones!

365 Days Project

Happy New Year everyone!

So, in a bid to make myself more aware of my surroundings, be more creative, and hopefully see some more inspiration in everyday things, I am going to attempt the 365 days project.¬† For those of you that haven’t heard of this already, it’s where you take one photo every day for a year and post them online.

Knowing myself, I’ll be lucky to last a week with this, but I thought I’d give it a shot and see how long I can keep it up for.¬† I need to get blogging a bit more often too, so hopefully this will give me the kick up the bum I need!

Here is a link if anyone wishes to follow on Flickr

I won’t be uploading to the blog every day,¬† I’ll be posting photos in batches, but here’s the first one anyway.

Victoria Park Maze, Bristol - 366 Days Photography Project

1st January 2012












We woke up a little hungover this morning, but made the effort to leave the house and went for a walk in the rain in Victoria Park.  I never noticed this maze before.


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