It was Mum’s birthday this week and I recently succeeded in getting her back into knitting (I think sending her my first published pattern in the Knitter may have played a part – there was also a tempting sweater pattern in the same issue!)
As it were her who taught me to knit in the first place, aged about 5, I thought an apt present might be to sew a knitting needle roll in which to keep that fast growing collection of Knit Pro interchangable needles.
I found this sweet sewing tutorial over at Today We Made and adapted it to include an extra pocket for cables, stitch holders and the little purse I made to hold knitting notions.
This was also my first attempt at making a hand sewn button loop (I saw they were a challenge on the Great British Sewing Bee and thought I’d have a go.) It was hard! But I’m quite pleased with this for a first attempt.
After losing my second pair of earphones this year, I decided it was about time I did something to make me look after them a bit better. I’d seen a couple of peeps working on crocheting and knitting around the cord, but i felt like it would take an age, and I wanted to go for more of a retro feel.
I went with macramé in the end, working square knots for the long cord that attaches to the jack, and then spiral knots for each side going up to the ears. I also decided to make an extra cord joining the two earphones up, as I have a habit of hanging them around my neck if I go into a shop, or need to speak to someone, and before I know it they’ve fallen down and are dragging along the floor. As I said, I’m not very good at looking after headphones, which is why I don’t allow myself to use any that cost too much money!
This took about 5-6 hours to complete, it’s a bit of fun, and it gave me nostalgia to making friendship bracelets back at school! I love how they’ve turned out, plus, the thin cables are now quite protected in their snug cosies. I should add this yarn is super posh – Wollmeise 80% merino, 20% nylon blend, and feels like it’s worthy of it’s £22 price tag. I was gifted a small leftover ball by Ellen Gill, and it proved the best thing in my stash for showing up stitch definition and looking awesome macraméd over the earphones. I have yet to knit anything with it, I think I have enough left for a swatch!
As some of you are aware, I also regularly write for a blog for Cosy Tea. Once a week I feature free knitting patterns for tea cosies which I have found online or patterns that are sent to me.
'Button Up Your Cup' - Simply Notable
Since I started writing for Cosy Tea back in October, I have gathered quite a few free knitting patterns for Tea cosies and mug cosies. The pattern page is starting to pack out a bit now and is looking good, so I thought I’d share a few here and direct you over there to take a look!
Garden Party Tea Cosy - Loani Prior
You can find links to these gorgeous knitting patterns, and stacks more free ones over at Cosy Tea’s Blog. Don’t forget to check out the tea too!