Friday, 17 September 2010

The baby's new clothes (again)

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now - in fact, the baby in question is close to outgrowing these clothes already (must be all those bananas)! Anyway, here are the latest fruits of my baby clothes addiction.

I used the same pattern as before, but this time, I added a bias binding edging.

For this version, I made my own bias tape. It's the first time I've made bias tape using a bias tape maker - a nifty little tool that I definitely recommend. Prudent Baby has a great tutorial that's worth a read.

I had a break from knitting over the summer so it took longer than usual to finish this little cardigan, but it's a great pattern (Sirdar 1802) and the different textures were fun to knit. This is already a bit snug so the poor child has been wearing it a LOT to get that cost-per-wear figure down! Hopefully the other babies at playgroup haven't noticed!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

UK Handmade blog news

I didn't want to say anything until it was all live and definitely going to happen (you should see me with magpies and ladders) but I can now announce that I've joined the writing team for the UK Handmade blog*. Hurray!

I'm writing a series of Focus posts looking at different craft disciplines - the first is about mosaic and you can read the post here.

I loved finding out about mosaic - the artists I spoke to were so lovely and their work is amazing. I'm still more proud than I ought to be about my mosaic flower pot attempt, but am now dying to give it a real try and am makig BIG hints to Mr Made by Loulabelle about a Christmas workshop gift!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the post - I'd love to hear suggestions for other crafts you would like to know more about.

*UK Handmade is a fab design led online magazine, blog and members forum committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Autumn issue of UK Handmade

The autumn issue of the UK Handmade online magazine came out today and it almost makes up for the summer being over!

As well as lots of Halloween goodies, this edition brings a flavour of Japan, with recipes including Japanese-inspired cup cakes, a fabric 'Furoshiki' gift-wrapping tutorial, how to make your very own 'Amigurumi' crochet Woodland Bunny, and screen-printing. Check it out here:


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