Blank canvas

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 3rd August 2015 Another thing I’ve been wanting to do for years, is rug making. My parents introduced me to the concept of actually making your own when I found a whole pile of their homemade looped-wool rugs in the basement. What these were doing in the basement, along with woodworking …

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Now on Pinterest

Follow me on Pinterest for many colourful pictures of wonderful stuff! There are boards for creativity in all its forms: art, bags, buildings, buttons, ceramics, clouds, coffee, enamel, fire, food, furniture, geology, glass, (craft) hacks, ice, jewellery, leather, metal, mosaics, photography, paper, plants, rugs, steampunk, street, stone, tattoos, textiles, water, wax, wicker, wood, and yarn-bombing! …

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Jumper progress

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 15th June 2015 Progress on the jumper moved quickly, and the front and back were soon ready to be joined. I learned a new stitch from YouTube, which allowed me to join the two panels in the way I wanted. By a pure stroke a luck, a seamstress friend offered me …

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Start of the rainbow jumper

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 1st June 2015 “Why don’t you make a jumper?” the kids said. And I thought, there’s an idea… I decided on a simple design – nothing fancy for a first go – with the front and back panels being shorter versions of the small blanket, just made with single-crochet stitch rather …

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Hats and scarves

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 25th May 2015 With the first scarf having vanished into the clutches of my children (though not before I got a photograph of it), I started work on a hat to go with it. I’m a fan of hats that cover the ears, so that’s what I made – again leaving …

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Single crochet stitch

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 11th May 2015 The blankets had all been made using a double-crochet stitch, which was perfect for large pieces, and would work well for a proper shawl once I came to make one, but I didn’t feel it would be best for the hats and scarves that sat next on my …

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New Yarn

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 4th May 2015 The arrival of a new yarn order in this house triggers the ceremonial Unwrapping and Arranging Along the Back of the Sofa. The subsequent Admiring can go on for days. So when our HUGE order arrived, much was made of stacking all the skeins in the right order …

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Project planning

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 20th April 2015 The rainbow blankets had given me ideas, and I started to plan of range of rainbow-themed woollies: bobble hats, tassel hats, scarves with bobbles, tassels, and/or pockets… I should probably make gloves or mittens too, and what about other clothing…? The list went on, and I found myself …

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Mini rainbow blanket

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 13th April 2015 I’d caught the bug for multi-coloured crochet, and the next thing to appear was a mini rainbow-blanket, which spent the last months of winter on our sofa, being extremely handy for covering shoulders, laps, and feet whenever it was needed, which was often (we don’t have central heating). …

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End of the Rainbow

After three weeks, and with a huge cheer from the kids, I finally reached the end of the rainbow blanket! And, having a bit of a head for numbers, I couldn’t help working out a few stats: like how many stitches I’d done (21,000); how much it weighed (1.8kg); and how much yarn it had …

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Start of the Rainbow

Back in the world of finger-crochet, I still determined to get the tension right. I realised my problem lay in always allowing the yarn to tighten as I went along. I obviously had some kind of fear of it getting too loose (perhaps some deep memory of my previous “floppiness” issues). Bored with experimenting, I …

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Charcoal blanket

Having decided on a more colourful theme, I ordered a load of charcoal-coloured wool, which confused the kids completely! But my initial vision called for a charcoal-coloured blanket, threaded with rainbow-colour strands. I made good progress, improving my general technique as I went, and I felt I’d got the idea of coloured threads spot on. …

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“Shawl” sample

Having realised the potential of finger crochet, I began work on a shawl… only – as I still couldn’t get the tension right – it turned into more of a mini blanket (see picture). Despite the shrinkage, I felt I could be pleased with the technique I was using, and the general appearance. Again I …

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Six-colour snood

I was so pleased to get this commission, not least because allowed me to play around with wool of many colours – many favourite activity – and create something new and beautiful. Making a six-colour snood seemed straightforward in principle – the standard snood as two strands (even if it’s only one-colour), and I’d already made …

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Three-colour snood

The year started with a custom, three-colour, order in mustard yellow, charcoal, and green. This is the first snood I’ve made in three colours, and I was delighted with how it turned out – super thick and even warmer, and only 50g heavier! You can order this one by visiting its page on Etsy, or …

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Vacuum-packed wool

I’d never seen this method of transporting yarn before. It came from an eBay seller (spinsneedles) and the dispatch note read, “We’ve vacuum packed your yarn as this enables us to give free p&p and means it will go through the letterbox”. There was an added assurance that the wool had not be squashed long …

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Fleecy Snoods

I was very excited to find this fleecy yarn – it’s as soft and snuggly as the merino/alpaca wool I use, but in a different way. But not long after I discovered it, I discovered it had been discontinued, so these fleecy snoods are seriously limited edition! They are available in seven colours (all named …

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The tweed-style collection!

All eight tweed-style snoods are now in existence: they come in pink, orange, beige, green, blue, purple, white, and taupe, all with added flecks to give the tweed effect. Rest assured, they are still as soft, warm, and lightweight as all the other snoods, and they are still made from a gentle merino/alpaca woolly yarn. …

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Tweed-style Yarns

I’ve been waiting for the release of these new tweed-style yarns all summer, and now they’ve arrived! They are still made from the softest merino/alpaca wool mix (60:40%), but have added flecks in black, white and beige. I think they’re gorgeous, and are well worth the wait! I have eight colours all together: pink*, orange, …

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HOW MANY colours?!

I work with about twenty shades of yarn (not including the new tweed-style, coming soon!), so in theory, there are 400 different combinations to be made from those. In theory. In practice, not all colours go with each other, so I’ve made up about fifty samples so far. Always open to new colour-mix ideas, though! …

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Hand weaving

Often folk want to know what kind of loom I used to make these snoods, and find it hard to believe I have only my hands to weave. Then they ask if I use knitting needles, or some kind of crochet tool. But no, I only use my hands… okay, my wrists too – which …

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