The crafty connection to.. Cycling?

, Entering this competition got me thinking.. about the Crafty connection. I love the freedom that Cycling gave me when I lived abroad in Germany. I have found that knitting/crochet has given me the same freedom mentally. But I do miss the freedom that Cycling gave me physically. I have given up cycling since I have been back in the UK full time, for the simple reason that the roads are not safe enough. And to be honest, I don’t want to be target practise either for any of the large lorries that move goods around my local area. But I do miss cycling. The latest bout of gorgeous weather has made me miss it even more.

This article http://theknitter.themakingspot.com/blog/knitters-who-cycle-and-cyclists-who-knit got me thinking.. is there some untold connection of crafting and cycling? I was inspired to write this post by one of my favourite designers Ysolda Teague. I have been a long time fan of Ysolda’s, isn’t her work just wonderful. But I’m not sure.. but I am interested in finding out more.

How do you get around? What is your mode of transport? I recently spent lots of time on trains, so I always have a small project with me for crocheting/ knitting in public. Do you knit/ crochet in public? I have had some good and bad experiences with crafting in public so I would love to hear your stories/experiences.

In other news..I have finished my first knitting project. A bright cobalt blue beanie. Photos coming soon. Have a good weekend!

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Finished!!

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Back in July, I bought a child’s cardigan from a local car boot sale for 50p. I love thrifting, its great fun. I love the hunt of a great bargain. Over the last few years I have found some great finds. I bought the cardigan with the task of unravelling it for the yarn. Yes that’s right.. Unraveling. Have you ever unraveled a sweater?

The yarn is a 70/30% cotton blend and had I bought the yarn in a store it would have made the bag an expensive project. But this yarn was perfect for what I had in mind. A crochet bag. A perfect summer project. I saw the pattern from issue 39 of Inside crochet and liked it immediately. I just haven’t quite got round to making it.

The Colette bag is made with zpaghetti yarn so I used the chunky yarn gained from the unraveled child’s cardigan and hey presto! And here it is my  eco crochet bag. I handsewn the lining pocket for the bag in this beautiful Liberty print fabric in the ‘Herbert’ colour way from the Eternal Maker website.

the SIMPLE COLLECTION ::: a preview

Check this out, ITS AWESOME!! Great for a beginner.

Tin Can Knits

Tin Can Knits Simple Collection

SIMPLE INGREDIENTS, DELICIOUS KNITS ::: This year at Tin Can Knits we explore the basic ingredients of knitting.  The Simple Collection has quick accessories and simple sweaters, sized from newborn to grandpa, in worsted weight yarn and best of all – the patterns are all free for you to use and share with your friends!

What is the SIMPLE COLLECTION?
♥  8 new FREE patterns – scarf, blanket, cowl, hat, mitts, socks, pullover, and a cardigan too!  Featuring the clear and concise pattern writing that you expect from Tin Can Knits.

♥ ♥  Patterns sized from newborn to grandpa (16+ sizes – 0-6 months to 4XL) so you can knit for your cute little monster or your beautiful self.

♥ ♥ ♥  Comprehensive learn-to-knit tutorials covering all of the techniques you need to make each of these designs (also available as PDF hand-outs for knitting teachers).

WHY make it SIMPLE?

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the SIMPLE COLLECTION ::: a preview

I LOVE THIS!!! they answer to all my question

Tin Can Knits

Tin Can Knits Simple Collection

SIMPLE INGREDIENTS, DELICIOUS KNITS ::: This year at Tin Can Knits we explore the basic ingredients of knitting.  The Simple Collection has quick accessories and simple sweaters, sized from newborn to grandpa, in worsted weight yarn and best of all – the patterns are all free for you to use and share with your friends!

What is the SIMPLE COLLECTION?
♥  8 new FREE patterns – scarf, blanket, cowl, hat, mitts, socks, pullover, and a cardigan too!  Featuring the clear and concise pattern writing that you expect from Tin Can Knits.

♥ ♥  Patterns sized from newborn to grandpa (16+ sizes – 0-6 months to 4XL) so you can knit for your cute little monster or your beautiful self.

♥ ♥ ♥  Comprehensive learn-to-knit tutorials covering all of the techniques you need to make each of these designs (also available as PDF hand-outs for knitting teachers).

WHY make it SIMPLE?

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Online yarn shopping

photo Loop’s London Store

We all do it don’t we? From books to food and everything in between, we shop online. I know I do. But do you buy yarn online?

When I learned how to crochet last year I said to myself that I would only buy yarn from a store. Since then I have deviated. I can’t always get to my LYS because I don’t drive. I have to ask someone to drive me or get public transport. Not really an issue, and sometimes my local stores don’t have what I want at that time. It happens. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love to visit my LYS (Black Sheep Wools in Culcheth) when I get the chance to have a feel and see the new yarns. I have bought yarn online that I have used/ seen before and only stores I have visited. My recent order from Loop’s online store is an example.

Loop is based in London, a two hour train ride from me here in the North west of England. I have had the delight of visiting them before on my previous trips to London. I make it a stop before I leave London.

Loop order

My recent order consists of a skein of Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, an aran/ worsted weight yarn in ‘Hayloft’ and their inversion cardigan pattern. I have had my eye on the above yarn for ages. I love tweed yarns! and I have only heard good things about the company. I ordered the pattern because I have recently learned HOW TO KNIT!! a big day for me as I have tried on and off for years. This pattern is my aim, to be able to knit this pattern would be a real triumph.

So i’m asking you do you buy yarn online? and where from? I would love to hear from you.

p.s a cheeky request. I would love to be nominated for Black Sheep Wools ‘Blogger of the month’. If you like/love  to read my blog you can nominate me here. www.blacksheepwools.co.uk

Thank you for all of your comments I really do love to hear from you.

Kami Hat: the first foxflat knitting pattern

Found!!! I’m going to try this for my first knitting project 🙂

Foxflat

Yup – my first contribution to ravelry! It was halfway for my own good, as every time I want to make this hat I have to refigure the numbers, casting on and frogging several times before getting it right. Rather than scribble the instructions in shorthand on the back of a receipt (only to stare at them confusedly in three years), I transcribed them properly so that anyone could make my FAVORITE HAT. A hyperbolic use of ALLCAPS? Nope. This hat is stellar because it’s:

– a one-skein wonder.
– a quick knit.
– a versatile gift…unisex, reversible, adjustable slouch.
– designed to hold in warmth without smushing your hair.
– a great 2nd project when teaching someone how to knit. Most folks start with something flat and rectangular but the key is to not get stuck there. This hat builds confidence without freaking out novice knitters.

Yak yarn by Lang Yarns

This summer…

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Inspiration: Bright beanie hat for winter

ImageImageImageI I get inspiration from my projects from lots of places. Blogs and street style play a huge part in my process of choosing my next project. For my first knitted… yes!! KNITTED project will be a hat. For months I have been going back to street style photos of bright beanies. The above photo of the raspberry beanie is gorgeous. I love the colour and her complete outfit. Such a great colour for a hat and her lipstick. Great street style from Refinery29. 

I love the vintage cobalt blue beanie in the above photo. A great shade of blue. Its not neon but it is bright blue. A beautiful shade. I found the photo on one of my searches of the marketplace on asos.com 

I also love the yellow beanie as it is a really lovely way to integrate neon into everyday outfits. Adding bright accessories to everyday outfits is a great way to add the latest fashion trends to your wardrobe. 

I know its only august but it will take me ages to knit a hat so I’m hoping to get my hat finished in time for autumn. What are your favourite hat patterns? Do you have any that you come back to year after year?  

Have you begun your autumn/ winter knits yet?