Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Podcast Episode 13 - The Christmas one...

In this podcast I chatter about my #adventsockkal...





another tunic top in a lovely soft knit from myfabrics.co.uk using New Look pattern 6412


and a cute sleeveless blouse using New Look pattern K6035...


I've finished my Mother-in-law's shawl...


and I've been treating myself to yarn from:




and



Merry Christmas

Sam xx

Friday, 11 November 2016

Podcast Episode 11 'Tunic-Slash-Dress'

Lots of chatter in my latest podcast episode. I used a New Look pattern 6412 to make my tunic / dress in a lovely soft grey jersey fabric.

I talk about the mitts I made for my youngest daughter using the Waiting for Winter mitts pattern by Susan B Anderson. The hat I knitted last year is a pattern from issue 139 of Simply Knitting by Kirstie McLeod and I made it up in a lovely cranberry red chunky yarn - Lion brand Vanna's Choice.



The socks I'm knitting in yarn I bought from Tracy at Norah George Yarns on Etsy.

I show you my experiments in dying self-striping yarn in the wrist-warmer sample I'm working on. Thanks to Lara at The Dyers Notebook podcast for sharing a wealth of dying knowledge and lots of inspiration.

The minis I bought are from Herbstblatt Regina on Etsy



The other yarns I have purchased are from Tamiwicolors and Qingfibre









I also tell you about vending at Festiwool.


Thanks for your visit,

take care

Sam xx


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Podcast Episode 10

In this podcast episode I chatter about:

the crochet Uni Blanket I made for my eldest daughter


the crochet rug I made for my youngest daughter


The socks I made from yarn I had dyed up myself (that my middle daughter is modelling here)


The dress I made is a Butterick pattern B6168 and the fabric is from here


my work in progress is a shawl for my Mother-in-law's Christmas present. The yarn is Stylecraft Stars in colour Aqua (1590) and the pattern is the Potter's Shawl by Jen Lucas


I also announce I'm going to be vending at Festiwool in November. If you are planning on coming to this yarn festival please pop by to say hello :o)



Thanks for the visit, 'till next time...

Sam xx

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Autumn - Podcast 9

Podcast Episode 9 shownotes:









Knicker making kit from here

The fabric shop I mentioned

Lots of shop talk, click here for my Etsy shop





till next time...

Sam xx




Sunday, 28 August 2016

#uniblanket


Hello there, how are you today?
I'm popping by to lay down details of the #uniblanket I'm crocheting for my daughter who is off to university in October. At time of publishing this post I'm about half way through the main body of the blanket and have yet to decide on how I will do the border. In the meantime I wanted to share pattern and yarn details with you.




First of all yarn. I'm using James C Brett 'Cotton On' which is 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. I've had it for ages but looking on Deramores it is still available.
I'm using black for joining (shade 14) and then the colours are: Turquoise (10), Sage Green (16) Beige (4) Light Blue (11) Lilac (9) Red (15) Light Pink (5) Mid Pink (7) Dark Pink (8) Coral (6)
I've also got another green - more of a mint shade and I know this is a different brand from the others. I've got it in my head that it's Sirdar Wash 'n' Wear Double Crepe DK but I have lost the ball band so I'm not totally sure and I certainly don't know the colour number. Sorry about that.

At this stage I don't know the yarn quantities. I'm hoping that I won't need more than one ball of the colours and so far I've used 4 x 50g of the black and have 5 left.

Make 204 hexagons in all the colours and arrange in 12 columns and 17 rows. Make 16 half hexagons to fit in to make the sides straight. Finished measurement is 127cm x 163cm including the border.
I'm using a 3.5mm crochet hook, depending on your gauge you might want to try a 4mm.

The original pattern comes from this video on You Tube, but I have made modifications to the stitch pattern, and of course I'm using the same colour yarn for rounds 1 - 3. 
Here's the pattern typed out in UK crochet terminology:

#uniblanket

Hexagon:

Coloured yarn: with slip knot on hook, ch 4, ss to first ch to form ring. 
Rnd 1: ch3, 11tr into ring. ss to top of ch3 to close round.
Rnd 2: ch4, *[1tr, ch1] into next stitch. Repeat from *11 times. ss to 3rd ch of starting ch4 to close round.
Rnd 3: ss into ch 1 space and then ch5, 1tr into same ch1 space. *[1tr, ch2, 1tr] into next ch1 space. Repeat from * 10 times. ss to 3rd ch of starting ch5 to close round. Fasten off.

Change to black yarn:
Rnd 4: start in any ch2 space, ch3 2tr, ch2, 3tr into same ch2 space. *3tr into next ch2 space, [3tr,ch2,3tr] into next ch2 space. Repeat from *4 times. 3tr into next ch2 space, ss to top of staring ch3 to close round. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Half Hexagon:

Coloured yarn: with slip knot on hook, ch 3, ss to first ch to form ring. 
Rnd 1: ch3, 7tr into ring. Turn work over.
Rnd 2: ch4, *[1tr, ch1] into next stitch. Repeat from *5 times. 1tr into last stitch which is top of ch3 of previous round. Turn work over.
Rnd 3: ss into ch 1 space and then ch5, 1tr into same ch1 space. *[1tr, ch2, 1tr] into next ch1 space. Repeat from * 5 times. Fasten off

Change to black yarn:
Rnd 4: without turning work over start in first ch2 space of previous round. ch3, 3tr into same ch2 space. 3tr into next ch2 space. *[3tr, ch2, 3tr] into next ch2 space, 3tr into next ch2 space. Repeat from * once more. 4tr in last ch2 space. Fasten off and weave in ends.




Join hexagons by sewing them together or using the Join-As-You-Go method. With this method you need to add in a joining chain stitch between the clusters of trebles in the last round, but only in the places you are actually joining. So when you have made your first hexagon as described in pattern, start the next one and do final round as described but join to first hexagon on one of the sides. I've made this little film to show you how I connect my hexagons.





For the Border:




Rnd 1, side 1:
With  yarn used for joining the hexagons start at corner ready to work one of the long straight sides. In corner space of hexagon ch3, 2tr, 2ch, 3tr. *3tr in gap between groups of 3tr of hexagon (twice). 1tr in next hexagon corner chain space, tr2tog – first leg in same space and 2nd leg over last tr of the half hexagon and 1tr around this same tr. [3tr over the next tr ] three times. You should now have reached the centre of the half hexagon. [3tr over the next tr ] three times. 1tr over the next tr, tr2tog – first leg over same tr and 2nd leg in corner space of next hexagon, 1tr in same corner space. Repeat from * until you reach the end of this side. [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into the corner space.

This is a sample I made in different yarn, but it is the same pattern and shows the start of the border.


   Side 2: (the short ‘zig-zag’ side)
*3tr in gap between groups of 3tr of hexagon (twice), [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] in next corner space (the top point of hexagon), 3tr in gap between groups of 3tr of hexagon (twice), 1tr in next corner space, tr2tog – first leg in same corner space, 2nd leg in next corner space. 1tr in the same corner space. Repeat from * until you reach the end of this side. [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into the corner space.



    Side 3:
As side 1, starting at *.

    Side 4:
As side 2, at end of this side ss to top of ch3 to close round. Fasten off yarn.

Rnd 2:  With a coloured yarn (I used pink on the uni blanket) start at corner ready to work one of the long straight sides, ch1, 3dc in corner space, 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in next corner space,  (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 12 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon), *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 12 stitches, 3dc in corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge)  1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in next corner space,  (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 12 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon), *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 12 stitches, ss to first dc made to close round. Fasten off yarn.

Rnd 3: With the joining yarn (the same as used in rnd 1) start at corner ready to work one of the long straight sides. Follow directions working all stitches into the back loops only. Join yarn into the 2nd dc worked in the corner space of the previous round ch1, 3dc in same stitch, 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in middle dc worked in the previous round corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 14 stitches, 3dc in corner space, *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 14 stitches, 3dc in corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in next corner space,  (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 14 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon), *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 14 stitches, ss to first dc made to close round. Fasten off yarn.

Rnd 4: With the next coloured yarn start at corner ready to work one of the long straight sides. Follow directions working all stitches into the back loops only. Join yarn into the 2nd dc worked in the corner stitch of the previous round ch1, 3dc in same stitch, 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in middle dc worked in the previous round corner stitch (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 16 stitches, 3dc in corner space, *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 16 stitches, 3dc in corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in next corner space,  (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 16 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon), *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 16 stitches, ss to first dc made to close round. Fasten off yarn.

Rnd 5: With the joining yarn (the same as used in rnd 1) start at corner ready to work one of the long straight sides. Follow directions working all stitches into the back loops only. Join yarn into the 2nd dc worked in the corner space of the previous round ch1, 3dc in same stitch, 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in middle dc worked in the previous round corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 18 stitches, 3dc in corner space, *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 18 stitches, 3dc in corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in next corner space,  (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 18 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon), *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 18 stitches, ss to first dc made to close round. Fasten off yarn.

Rnd 6: With the next coloured yarn start at corner ready to work one of the long straight sides. Follow directions working all stitches into the back loops only. Join yarn into the 2nd dc worked in the corner stitch of the previous round ch1, 3dc in same stitch, 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in middle dc worked in the previous round corner stitch (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 20 stitches, 3dc in corner space, *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 20 stitches, 3dc in corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in next corner space,  (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 20 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon), *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 20 stitches, ss to first dc made to close round. Fasten off yarn.

Rnd 7: With the joining yarn (the same as used in rnd 1) start at corner ready to work one of the long straight sides. Follow directions working all stitches into the back loops only. Join yarn into the 2nd dc worked in the corner space of the previous round ch1, 3dc in same stitch, 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in middle dc worked in the previous round corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 22 stitches, 3dc in corner space, *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 22 stitches, 3dc in corner space (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each stitch along side. 3dc in next corner space,  (rotate work ready to do the next edge) 1dc in each of next 22 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon), *1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dctog over the next 3 stitches. 1dc in each of the next 9 stitches, 3dc in corner space (the top point of hexagon). Repeat from * until you reach the top point of the last hexagon, 1dc in each of the next 22 stitches, ss to first dc made to close round. Fasten off yarn.

Weave in all remaining ends.




'till next time...

Sam xx





Thursday, 18 August 2016

Holiday theme podcast

Hi guys!

I've been recording again and this time I chatter about:


The Pebble Beach Shawl I'm knitting in some yarn I dyed myself...


The finished Sunshine girl dress for my little poppet...


a bit about our holiday in Suffolk...


a small bit of stitching from this book...


some socks I'm knitting from a sock blank from Truly Hooked... with help from this pattern.



and the #uniblanket I'm crocheting for my daughter as she's off to university soon.
details of this to follow :o)




Hope you have a great day,

'till next time...

Sam xx

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Podcast Episode 7 and Fibre East Vlog


Hi guys,

In my latest podcast I chatter about:



The Florear Blanket made with The Cotton Wool from We Are Knitters.
Pattern available through Ravelry, Love Knitting and Etsy.
(links coming soon!)


I show you my Spindrift Shawl designed by Helen Stewart, made in yarn from Felt Fusion.


Socks for my husband. Pattern designed by Sandra Paul called: 'My First Socks'

Made in yarn from Hedgehog Fibres in colour 'Ink'


'Sunshine Girl' knitted dress for my little poppet (pattern from August 2014 issue of Craft magazine). Yarn is Drops Safran in colours: 02, 05, 11, 12, 13, 17 and 31.

The raspberry coloured dress I'm making is the Amelia Tea Dress pattern by Simple Sew

Happy mail was from Maya at The Wool Barn

Thank you to all who starred in my Fibre East vlog:




 and of course you can visit my Etsy shop here.

see you soon,

'till next time...

Sam xx





Wednesday, 15 June 2016

We Are Knitters yarn review Part 1



Join me today for a yarn review.
I was sent some lovely cotton wool yarn from Francesca at We Are Knitters and I'm using it to make a crochet baby blanket.
The colours I chose are mint 8361, light yellow 1810, natural SFN10, mauve 1067, salmon pink B787 and can be found here




'till next time...

Sam xx

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Birthday Podcast Episode 6


In my latest podcast I chatter about:


My colour work neck warmer from the book Fair Isle and Nordic Knits by Nicki Trench using Drops Alpaca yarn. Basic yarn details on my project page here.


My completed crocheted Callander Cardigan from the book Three from the Top by Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin. Yarn is Designer Yarns Choice 4ply with wool.


The personalised notebook I treated myself to from Onneke.



and my finished socks knitted in Opal Cotton Premium, in no particular pattern but using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern by Sox Therapist

not forgetting my Anna dress I made in fabric from Butterfly Bright with lace trim from Textile Garden

I also mention my trip to Islington in London where I visited Ray Stitch, Loop and The Elk in the Woods.

and gorgeous yarn that my husband gave me as a birthday gift from here.



Thank you to everyone who has sent me birthday wishes, I had a fantastic day and feel all warm and cosy basking in birthday love x


'till next time...

Sam xx







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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Podcast 5, Some retail therapy...





Hello everyone!

Here in my podcast episode 5 I chatter about:

'Three from the Top' crochet pattern book by Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin of The Crochet Project

I also mention the Sock Knitters Shawl by Kay Jones

I've been buying lots of lovely stuff from:

Butterfly Bright

Little Bobbins

Felt Fusion

Alpaca Select

Sara's Texture Crafts

Tom Hovey

All Stitches

Thanks for watching and all you encouragement and support

'till next time...



Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Podcast Number 4!




Hello my friends, I hope you are well?




Here I am with another podcast, the things I chatter about in my fourth podcast are:

Wildflowers and honeycomb socks, pattern by Olivia Villarreal in Coopknits 'Socks Yeah' yarn, colour chryso.

Star Flower Bag - ***pattern coming soon*** using Katia Lino 100% yarn

Dottie Angel frock pattern

Ditto Fabrics

Tudor Rose

Opal cotton premium sock yarn in colour 8892

Breathing Space pattern in Interpretations Volume 3 using Tweed sock yarn by The Wool Barn and Easy Knits Dusted Dreams yarn. (I've just been to get link and they only have volumes 1 and 2 at the moment)

Love Sewing magazine issue 21


'till next time...



Friday, 8 April 2016

If I had a brain I would be dangerous - Podcast episode 3






Join me for my third podcast where I chatter about:

an upcoming knitting project called 'breathing space'. The pattern is published in Interpretations Volume 3, using The Wool Barn and Easyknits yarn.

My pyjama bottoms made from jersey fabric in New Look pattern 6764

A treat of some gorgeous yarn from Nicole C. Mendez

'Tulips from Amsterdam' doily made in DMC Natura Just Cotton from pattern book Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen.

a knitted pair of socks in Knit Picks Felici yarn, colour way Tea Party

another pair of socks not quite finished in Coopknits 'Socks Yeah!' yarn (colour 108 Chryso) using pattern Wildflowers and Honeycomb by Olivia Villarreal

Family outings to Swiss Garden and Woburn Safari Park

and Etsy shop stuff

I forgot to mention that I have started a Betsymakes Podcast group on Ravelry - so come along and join !

'till next time...



Friday, 25 March 2016

Right Way Roundup!



I really would've liked to do a 'proper' blog post in-between podcast episodes, but I've been a bit busy of late (to say the least) and I never managed to get around to it. So my podcast episode 2 is a bit of a round up where I show you the Amitola Cowl I've made for my Mother-in-law.




My finished Brill Shawl,


I talk about my Georgie dress that I'm wearing that I blogged about here,


I've filmed by my Easter display to make it seasonal :o)


I share my colourwork cowl that is giving me grief...



And I also show a few bags that are now in the shop.






I hope you enjoy watching,

'till next time...