Finding work for idle hands: making, baking and more.

Things to sew and knit May 17, 2009

Filed under: Knitting,Sewing — lauravw @ 12:11 pm

People seem to be making lots of lovely things at the moment:

Excellent detailed instructions (with plenty of photos) on how to make a little zippered make-up bag at Flossie Teacakes. I really like the way she’s done the zip, with each end covered in fabric.

Craftzine.com points the way to this bag made from a tea towel – I even have this very same Orla Kiely tea towel, and have been saving it to sew something from rather than risk it getting grubby in the kitchen.

The Nottingham Craft Mafia have found a Paul Smith knitting pattern for free online. It could do with a few more pictures of the finished cardigan though.

Knitted Doctor Who dishcloths, in lovely colours. Though if they were mine, I couldn’t bear to let them get anywhere near the kitchen sink.

And, going back to Craftzine, a simple pillowcase pattern.

As for me, I have been sewing a little doorstop. We had some carpets fitted recently, and the carpet fitters had to cut a little off the bottom of one of our doors – which means it now swings open and hits a chair. So I set to work on sewing a doorstop and now it’s all done, but I don’t have anything to fill it with just yet – the local vegetable shop people have been very nice and are ordering me some beans, so when they arrive I’ll finish the project and take pictures.


Doctor Who not a knitter… May 14, 2008

Filed under: Knitting — lauravw @ 7:56 pm

“A Doctor Who fan is embroiled in a row with the BBC after she published knitting patterns for the sci-fi drama’s monsters on the internet.”

This is a rather disappointing news story about a knitter who made patterns for Doctor Who characters, distributed her patterns for free, and then got in trouble because other people were selling the items they’d made using her patterns.

It’s a shame the BBC felt they had to put a stop to this – and sadly the internet’s own TARDIS, the Wayback Machine, doesn’t seem to have snagged a copy of the patterns. But you can see some pictures of a knitted TARDIS here.


Knitwit December 11, 2006

Filed under: Christmas,Knitting,Shopping — lauravw @ 1:16 pm

Reading the paper at the weekend, I saw pictures of Donna Wilson’s knitted cake-shaped tea cosies, and also knitted doughnuts. They were in an article that showed possible Christmas presents to buy for people – at £59 for a tea cosy, you’d have to be pretty certain that the recipient would share your taste… Her products are certainly fun though – and it’s interesting to read on her about page that she worked with Toord Boontje.

Most appealing to me is the huge collection of knitted creatures she has made.


Keep a penguin warm this Christmas December 5, 2006

Filed under: Knitting — lauravw @ 1:00 pm

I read something recently about knitting patterns for creating jumpers to be put on penguins, protecting them from oil spills (because it stops them from ingesting oil whilst trying to clean themselves). The article I read contained a link to a website where you could buy a knitting pattern for this project, for £15 – a huge price to pay for what, if these people really cared about nature, should be freely distributed (it was a business selling the patterns, and not a charitable organisation). Anyway, I’ve now found a free pattern online – this one is for Little Blue Penguins – the small ones that live around southern Australia. It relates to a project that has now been completed, but I thought it’s worth hanging on to for future reference.

There’s a lot more information about this project if you’re interested, including pictures of penguins in their jumpers.


Knitting for children* November 27, 2006

Filed under: Knitting — lauravw @ 7:56 pm

*As in teaching children to knit, not how to knit stuff for them to wear.

For the past couple of months I’ve been helping out at Brownies, and this week we are teaching the Brownies to knit. (Apparently some of them already attend a knitting club, which sounds very wholesome.). I’ve been trying to find resources for how to teach them, and thought I would post them here in case they’ll help anyone else: