On My Needles
I finished the Honey Cowl made from Angora Wool and it is super snugly and soft.
It is shedding, so that it not so great 🙁
When I wear it, the turquoise fibers get stuck to whatever else I am wearing.
I searched in Ravelry to find out if there are any solutions to stop shedding.
Unfortunately there did not seem to be any, it is simply the nature of the angora fibers.
Oh well, another lesson learnt about different fibers.
Another thing was, I had a flashback to when I was a teen and I remember having a commercially made scarf, beret and gloves in this color.
Funny how color choice stays with you.
If you have any ideas to help with shedding, please get in touch.
I’d love to find a solution 🙂
Crafty Tools – Making Your Everyday Better
I am hoping that you were able to find some bargains over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales
There are plenty of sales continuing for Cyber Monday Deals Week.
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Editor’s Note – All of these crafts and images belong to their original owners. I didn’t create them, I just wanted to help showcase their amazing work to you, my lovely readers. And also please pin the images from the owner’s site.
The days and weeks ahead may get just a little hectic with celebrations.
Taking sneaky moments of knitting helps keep me a little calmer 🙂
The rhythm of the needles is indeed like soft music playing.
Hoping that whilst you craft in the coming weeks, music plays to you too.
Here’s what I’ve found for you this week to inspire your crafting ventures.
Checked Snood – A Lesson In Intarsia
A lovely knitted Snood for the cold days.
Heidi from Hands Occupied steps you through simple Intarsia knitting techniques in this pattern.
Intarsia is something I’d love to try.
Mini Christmas Stockings
Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits has this adorable free knitting pattern.
They would make a lovely gift.
How To Knit A Perfect Edge Finishing Technique
I love learning new knitting techniques.
Alina from Gift Of Knitting shares her tips for edge finishing.
Warm Winter Cowl Crochet Pattern
The stitch design is lovely in this free pattern by Stitch11
The use of a decorative puff stitch gives the cowl texture and interest.
DIY Cutlery Holder
Dress up your cutlery for the holidays and create these cute pockets.
Follow the tutorial by Petro at Easy Peasy Creative.
Christmas Glitter Slime
Ooey and gooey but this looks like so much fun!
Follow Sugar and Spice Glitter’s tutorial to make this holiday themed slime.
Zero Waste Reusable Cotton Pads From Recycled Tea Towels
What a great idea!
Charlie from This Blog Is Not For You, steps you through how to make reusable cotton pads from recycled towels.
Sophie’s Garden Crochet Pillow
What a beautiful design!
Follow the instructions by Wilma Westenberg to crochet your very own.
How to Make A Planned Pooling Crochet Bag
This is a very in depth guide to creating a planned pooling crochet bag.
Cintia from My Poppet Makes shares her experience and tips.
If you are looking for a crochet challenge, this design is perfect.
DIY Paper Christmas Tree Centerpiece
These cute paper Christmas Trees only take 20 minutes to make, creating a lovely centrepiece.
Follow Carrie Waller’s instructions on Dream Green DIY.
Editor’s note: Our readers have said, in their free time, they love going back over previous editions of our roundups.
– So we’ve kept the crafty goodness below from this time last year.
Leftover colorful yarns could be used in this tassel pillow. The tutorial by Sewing at No Mans Land has the steps for you to follow to make your own.
Crochet Gingerbread House Ornament
Gingerbread houses evoke memories of fairy tales and Christmas time. Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me has a gorgeous crochet pattern for creating Gingerbread House ornaments
Perfect Cosy Winter Hat
Woolly from Woolly Wormhead has created the perfect knitted hat pattern for winter with a huge pom, pom. Who doesn’t adore a pom pom 🙂 Lovely to have a knitted hat for keep cosy and warm in the winter months.
Check out her post on the creative journey and the Cirro pattern.
Ugly Christmas Sweaters Ornaments
How funny are those ugly Christmas sweaters that you see sometimes being shared around the internet. C.R.A.F.T have created ornaments based on ugly Christmas sweaters and they are adorable. Take a look at their tutorial.
DIY Glitter Wine Glasses (that are dishwasher safe!)
These glasses would look stunning on any table for the Christmas celebrations. Just a note, they do need 30 days of curing time to make them dishwasher safe. Take a look at Creative Green Living’s tutorial.
DIY Wreath Of Gift Boxes
A simple and effective way to create a wreath for your home in readiness for the Christmas season. Use Gift Boxes. Check out Design Sponge’s tutorial.
Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls
These would make a great gift and a wonderful way of using up scraps of yarn lying in your stash. Hello Glow have a tutorial to step you through how to make them.
Beasties A Collection Of Knit Animal Pattern
Gregory at Mad Man Knitting created the gorgeous collection of knitted beasties. If you too love knitting one of his designs would make a wonderful handmade gift.
Check out more details here
Flamingo Christmas Ornaments
For those of you who love a bit of fun and difference on your Christmas Tree. Instead of a winter theme, bring the tropics to your tree with these cute creations by My Poppet.
Christmas Tree Party Hats
Bring some fun and cheer to your Christmas parties/gatherings and get guests to wear these Christmas Tree hats! Allison at Oh Happy Day shows you how to create them.
Editor’s note: Our readers have said, in their free time, they love going back over previous editions of our roundups. So we’ve kept the crafty goodness below from this time last year.
There are so many groups who do fabulous volunteer work with their chosen craft. One group of volunteer knitters make ‘Knitted Knockers’. Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. What a sensational project. Read more about their work at http://www.knittedknockers.org/
A fabulous resource for understanding sewing patterns. The Sewcabulary (don’t you just love the play on words) takes the guess work out of how to read sewing patterns and with popular terms explained.
Crochet Gift for Coffee Lovers
A super cute crocheted gift idea for the coffee lovers by the talented Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me.
Cross stitch tips and techniques
The first ever cross stitch I attempted was a kit of gorgeous Teddy Bears on a bookshelf. Not what you would call a beginners pattern at all but I loved the design. Mind you it took me ages to finish. Here’s a guide to the basics of learning to cross stitch that will be helpful.
Nut Clusters made in a Crock Pot
Crockpot Candy Vanilla Nut Clusters a sure winner for those who are time poor, love sweet treats and have a slow cooker. Kim from Today’s Creative Life recipe is so easy and would make a lovely easy to make gift. 🙂
5 Ways to get kids involved in Gardening
My grandmother was an avid gardener. I learned so much about the joys of gardening as I was growing up. Her daughter, my mother is loving working in her own raised vegetable gardens. My kids love to potter around in the garden and see vegies they’ve helped to grow. Read more about 5 Ways to get Kids Involved in Gardening.
Taryn over a WoolyMossRoots has designed a beautiful comfort cowl knitting pattern. The bulky yarn using size 13 needles knits up in no time. The beautiful photos Taryn has included will make you want to grab your yarn and needles and get started. 🙂
What have you been crafting this week?
Please share in the comments below about what has given you inspiration 🙂
Until next week…
Yours in Craftiness 🙂