Jewellery making has always been big in the shop - and this year it is growing even more with it's very own new dedicated wall and storage space. This is the work in progress. It used to be the habby /sewing board - I have bought a new 6 cubby hole storage unit - and the slat wall has been moved up on top of it. This whole section will be jewellery making.
I am still trying to find shelf space for a stock of beads - need more space!!!! For this year I had the idea of doing a monthly explanation of some of the jewellery finding - tools - supplies - anything you need really. So on the 3rd Tuesday of the month I will try to un-pick some of the mysteries and makings on the Jewellery world. It's funny how the world goes round - I am actually a trained jewellery. In my second work life I went to work for a proper jeweller. I think that's how I got my 'yes - we can' attitude. I coordinated with amazing arts and crafts people, importers, factories, single skill tradesmen with talents to die for - from this country and all over the world. So If there is anything you would like to cover let me know and I will do my best. Love kitten
This is a really useful pattern to learn. It creates a fairly solid texture so it is perfect for bags - blankets - scarfs - cushion covers etc - anything that is going to take heavy wear. It is quite a subtitle pattern - worked best in a paler colour.
You will need;
1 strand of double knitting to be worked on 4mm knitting needles – about
Or 2 strands of double knitting (equal to chunky weight yarn) to be
worked on 6mm knitting needles – about 20g
·If you are using the double knitting weight of
yarn, then use 2 strands together throughout.
·If you are using the chunky weight of yarn, then
use 1 strand throughout.
·Remember to count all the rows as you work up the
Cast on 27 stitches.
Row 1: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 2: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 3: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 4: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 5: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1,
purl 1, knit 1, *(yarn forward, knit 2,
pass the yarn forward loop over the 2 knitted stitches, knit 1) - repeat from * to last 4 stitches, purl 1, knit
1, purl 1, knit 1.
Rows 5: and 6: form the pattern - repeat until you reach
Row 28: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 30: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 31: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 32: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
I use Robin double knitting 100% acrylic yarn for
all my knitting work. If you are using
pure wool, or a wool mix you will need more as the yarn is heavier.
**** This is my own original work. Use it for your own use or for charity
selling. Use it to inspire you, and to
lead you on to other projects. But,
please do not resell the pattern as your own workings. It takes me years of learning, and months of
work to produce a final pattern.
As the weather forecast for this week is so bad I am taking a few days!!! Yeah ok - I got so run down over Christmas I have picked up a bit of bronchitis - I need to step back before it turns into shingles again. I could not handle that right now. Email or Facebook me if you want anything - I am still working at home on line Love kitten
I have promised myself all week that I would get back to my journal. I am still very fragile - and it has been quite busy in the shop - so I wanted something fairly simple. I still have the flower pot to finish and flowers to add in - but this has kept me pootling about all day.
Ever wanted to knit socks - but think they are to hard? - - Trust me - if you can work a purl stitch and a knit stitch - you can follow along with me.
As always every step is fully written down for you - no abbreviations - no jargon - I take you by the hand and walk you through it all. Once you have mastered the pattern you can experiment with colour and design for yourself. I also have just the pattern you can download if you prefer SHOP HERE Love kitten
Holiday is over and I am champing at the bit to get back and move on with this year. It's been a tough year - first quarter I was seriously thinking that the shop would fall. None of us was prepared for the downturn in the town after the floods - and it just went on and on. I wore myself out trying to get help - practical and financial - to tide me over until things improved. Nothing - no help - no one would lend a hand - even the landlords ignored all the whole alleys plees. Then - after Easter - things lifted a bit. I put in for a grant to the community flood relief charity - it was really gutty - I had to submit all my accounts - plead my case - and try to get them to understand my crazy little business. Bless them - they compensate me for loss of earnings January/Febuary/March - then gave me a little top up for April/May/June. It was not a huge amount - most people will take home more than that in a month - it was just that they listened - and could see the value in supporting me through the bump. That - and the old goat paying my flat rates for 6 months this year - are about the only reason I am still here. I have been holding on just for tonight - for the past 8 months. It has been such a tough ride! S0 - as they say - what went well / badly - what would you change. Not all the monthly tasks survived! - I have loved doing the monthy kits - that's going to stay - the videos bit the dust pretty fast - perfectly comfortable in front of the camera - but - lack of time - lack of skill to do the editing - oh and I blew up the laptop that had the editing on and they would not let me transfer it to my new one! So that has been a flop! - something that really surprised me - I struggled with the layout sketches - never expected that one - lived and died for the past 8 years on paper crafting and I just could not create them!!!!! I don't know if it was because my head was so stretched elsewhere that I could not get in settled in - but it became too much of a problem child to continue with. - the knitting squares - love - love - loved doing these. I have no idea how many (or not!) of you have followed along because they are out here and on my site for free - but knitting is my second language. If I could send emails with knitting needles I would have such a huge following ;-) Seriously - these will continue. Next year - focus shiftling slightly. - the 'Kit of the Month' - keeper. With more sewing projects and some embroidery types too. - knitted squares - with the odd variation!!!! - will continue - we will be doing less paper crafting - moving more into knitting/crochet and fabric - I am just not selling paper/card anymore ? ? ? Sorry - what can I do? I have to stock what is selling to pay the rent and yarns - fabric - habby is growing. Also more sewing kits - you have been asking for more embroidery and the like. - jewellery making will be growing. I have a new wholesaler and I am finding my way around their site so let me know what you need. - and if you are wondering how it's all going to fit in - we are having a bit of a move about and re-fit. Couple of new units and a few alterations to streamline and tidy. I am going to make a huge effort to be more organised this year. You know the old Jewish proverb - Man plans - God laughs - - - - come on then 2017 let's see what you got!!!! Love kitten
Don’t panic – no slicing and dicing of our cute little
Kermit is involved!
This is a tip I picked up from my business mentor to
help you get things done.
If you had to eat a frog before you go to bed today –
when would you eat it?
We all have ‘those’ projects. You know – the ones we started with all good
intentions – and then went off - - or the ones that have got buried because we
ran out of something – or we passed over on to more exciting things – or
sparked off another idea. Those are your
‘frogs’. We push them away in the
cupboard – or burry them in boxes and forget all about them – well we try to
forget all about them – but they niggle away at our subconscious and hold us
back – those are your frogs.
Soooo – you HAVE to do it. You have to eat your frog today. Do you put it off for as long as possible and
not go to bed for 3 days because you really just can’t – or do you slice your
frog on toast for breakfast and get it over with because that way – you can
play all day without it hanging over your head all the time.
Meet my frog of the past 8 months or so. I started it because I never make enough 'big dog' jumpers - but I had only done about 4" and I went off it.
has been sitting in my favourite work basket (thinking as it was in my
favourite basket I would do something about it! – yeah – right -don’t work).Every time I finish a project and am looking to fill in an odd evening I
have picked it up and done a bit - but I have hated every minute of it!This year I have been making a huge effort to
finish – tidy – clear – and I have finally finished it.
The positive side is - I love the basket weave stitch - so I will be writing a new jumper pattern with that stitch - but a nicer body pattern.
I can’t tell you just how good it is to have finally
finished chewing on my frog!!!!!!
I hit the ground running about 8.30 this morning - and I have just got back home - put my feet up and started on catching up with all the computer stuff. The town has been lovely and busy, but I have been trying to take it gentle - promise! Everytime there is a lull I put the kettle on and have a cup of tea standing at my desk tidying up and trying to keep things straight. It's mostly working. It sounds odd - but I don't think people realise that it's only 2 weeks and I will be sitting here on my hols. I am getting lots of poeple looking for help with ideas and going away to think about it - and I am still getting people asking me if I will be getting more in before Christmas. Sorry folks, I am afraid that I won't be able to get stuff in now. The minimum order amounts mean I can't just buy 1 or 2 items - and the wholesallers are looking a bit bare at the moment!!!!!! So - no art today - but I have managed to keep 2 of my desks clean and neat - and I am pretty much up with everything that needs doing. So see you all next week for anoher busy time. Love kitten
As you will know - I am always on a dejunking / decluttering / clearing it out kick - and the latest box out for the loft held this 'retro kickback' - you could say I have learnt a whooooolllle lot of stuff along the way.
I made these cards - 12 years(ish) ago. - Ok - so you can't really see all the details - there is a lot of swirly silver stuff going on - and gems and mirri card - but - - GOSH - how I have grown!!!!!