Yarn Whores

Because you can never have too much yarn…

Waves of Gray November 3, 2011

Filed under: Crochet,Finished objects,Patterns — vanniebee @ 12:07 pm

Waves of Aqua?

Since seeing the lovely Waves of Gray pattern that our good lady yarnwhore Miko has made as a free Ravelry download, I wanted to try it.  I had about 2 balls of yarn left over from when I first picked up my hooks again and made a long scarf for Cardiff Marky and with these horrid nights drawing in, it was the perfect opportunity to get hooking again!

It’s such a simple pattern, really easy to follow as Miko has written great instructions and it took about 2.5 hours in total…happily spent in front of the telly watching it grow very quickly.  I think I made a couple of mistakes but the pattern is very forgiving and I don’t think they show too much! I had 2 colours of yarn so made a lighter stripe in the middle – not very clear in this picture I know.

I’ll eventually make a little felted/knitted/crocheted flower or something to make into a brooch to secure it but in the meantime, I love the way it looks just tucked in.  With the turning corners, you could also add a chunky button to secure it if you felt that way inclined.

It’s the second wrap/short scarf I’ve completed in the last couple of weeks and they’ve been great, fast projects to get me back into the swing of things, eager to get cracking on the next one!



New Twist Collective is up! August 3, 2011

Filed under: Knitting,Patterns — Kat Arney @ 1:57 pm

And jolly nice it looks too. Loving the colourwork and cables in particular.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you – there are some seriously tempting patterns!


Hot Little Hands – mittens and pattern July 9, 2011

Filed under: Finished objects,Knitting,Patterns — Kat Arney @ 10:35 pm

I’ve got a free pattern up on my blog for these simple fingerless mittens, called Hot Little Hands. They’re super-cosy! I’m looking forward to wearing the long-length version in the winter and avoiding an unpleasant chill up my sleeves.



Wow – free 50s dress pattern from the V&A June 23, 2011

Filed under: Patterns,Sewing — Kat Arney @ 1:50 pm

A friend just sent me a link to this amazing free pattern for a 50s style sundress from the V&A. It’s enough to motivate me to get the sewing machine Soph sold me sorted out and get learning!


Attention sewing whores! May 4, 2011

Filed under: Sewing — Kat Arney @ 10:39 am

Oooh this looks nice – the sewing equivalent of Loop in Islington perhaps? (and don’t say overpriced and full of yummy mummies…)

Sew Over It

78 Landor Road
Clapham North

The blurb:

“Welcome to Sew Over It!

Our spanking new studio and shop will be open from May 4th. There will be lots of fun and funky sewing classes to choose from. From dressmaking to accessories to soft furnishings. To browse our classes, click here.

Tea and cake have always played an important role in our sewing projects so we have married the two and created a sewing café where you can work on your projects whilst munching on some cake and drinking tea! To find out more about the sewing café click here.

Got a birthday coming up? Why not have a sewing party! We have lots of fab ideas for children like Alien Monsters, Customising t-shirts, bags and aprons. Or make us part of your hen weekend and sew some gorgeous fabric jewellery or glamorous  knickers! For more info, click here.”


Stashbusting yarnbombing May 3, 2011

Filed under: General craftiness — mikosoft @ 8:02 pm

Don’t you hate potholes when you are on your bike? And don’t you often wonder what to do with all those leftover bits of yarn? Well now you can solve 2 problems at once: why not try yarnbombing your streets by filling in those annoying potholes with braided yarn like this:

It’s what artist Juliana Santacruz Herrera has been doing in Paris, and I reckon it’s time it made an appearance on this side of the pond. On Lyham Road, right by my house actually. That would be nice.

Clickeh here for more pics and info.


The incredibly simple but stunning Sequoia Shrug February 7, 2011

Filed under: Crochet,Finished objects,Patterns — vanniebee @ 4:17 pm

Whilst making this shrug, I did wonder if I would ever finish it as it is so big and really quite boring to make.  However, the yarn is beautifully soft and the variegation of the yarn is really lovely so it was quite exciting to think of all the things I could wear it with.

The shrug is basically a huge rectangle, made up in single crochet worked in the back loops, (double for our US residents). Then it’s folded in half along the cast on edge and seamed half way up to create armholes.  It is the simplest pattern I have ever come across!

I don’t think I’ve ever completed an item of clothing with either knit or crochet so as I got towards the end, the excitement rose.  It took a little while to work out which way I needed to sew up the seams under the arm holes but once I had that licked, I was ready to go.  And that was it.  Done and dusted and so lovely to wear…warm, snuggly, comfortable – quite possibly the perfect garment!

I know a few Yarn Whores who wanted to give this one a go so here are the details;

The pattern is from Lionbrand, called Sequoia Shrug The yarn is a Sirdar Connemara Tweed Effect Chunky in Heartland and it took 7 x 50g balls.

Haha, spot the difference between the pro photo taken by the amazing Emma Gutteridge and the one taken by the 10 year old! 🙂