Saturday, 28 November 2009

Blue Hot Water Bottle Cover

The nights are getting distinctly chilly. I dug out our hot water bottles and realised that now I've had my sewing machine for a little over a year there's no excuse for still having to wrap our hot water bottles up in old towels.

So, continuing with the blue theme I seem to have going on here, this is the first hot water bottle cover I made with some leftover fabric and batting.  I'm still quite new at the whole free-motion quilting thing - I think this is only the third thing I've quilted that way.

This was made up as I went along, and it actually turned out alright. It has a push-fastener, but the flap sticks up a bit so I may stitch some velcro to it.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Blue Beanie Hat

I started this beanie done in crochet with my leftover Rowan Damask after I found a great tutorial on Youtube.
I'm not sure if it's going to end up big enough or if I would even wear this colour as a hat, but it's practice anyway! It makes up quite quickly and Teresa's instructions are really clear for a total beginner. This is my first crochet project. The Rowan Damask splits a lot so I keep having to back up a few stitches when my hook goes between the threads of the yarn, but I find this much easier (and far less scary) to do with crochet than with knitting.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Rowan Damask Ribbed Scarf

I got the idea into my head that I'd like to have a go at knitting. I had some needles tucked away in my craft drawer since I gave it a go about five years ago but never got any further than learning the basic stitches.

I managed to find 6 balls of Rowan Damask yarn in a charity shop for £1.50 (for all 6! - I didn't realise at the time what a bargain this was). Four weeks later I have a scarf!

It's done in a basic ribbed stitch - 2 knit, 2 purl.

I may have caught the bug - I've joined Ravelry (username jelliebeans), started crocheting a beanie hat with the leftover Rowan Damask, and have bought some acrylic yarn to make another scarf. As if I didn't have enough hobbies already . . .