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which buttons do I choose???

28 May

Ive been knitting Blue Bird by Valerie Morris for my neice Annabelle and although I’ve now finished knitting, have sewn in my ends (althought there wasnt many as the cute little jumper is knit all in one piece) and have blocked it out, I just cant decide on what buttons to pick!!!!!!

Here are my options

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green mottled buttons

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pink and purple mix

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three solid purple buttons

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multi pinks

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baby blue for the purple Blue Bird

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Or creamy white circle buttons

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I need some help!!!!!!

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stash busting Paulie

8 May

So I’ve finally finished my stash busting Paulie cardigan and I love it!

Well, it is minus buttons but that can wait until the perfect buttons show their face, and a lack of buttons has never stopped me wearing anything in the past!

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I decided to do this project to use up a chunk of my left over sock yarn as well as having a new summer cardigan!
I gathered together a bunch of colours that I thought worked well together a basically worked the colours until they ran out,
you can see in the pictures the change in colour stripes as I went along but as I kept to a strick colour pattern I think it works.
Using the same three colours for the thinner stripes helped keep the pattern together.
I decided to do rib cuffs and bottom band as I personally prefer the rib to the garter stitch for the way it sits but I kept the garter stitch for the collar section.

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I really wanted it to include a hood so I worked a bunch more short rows in garter stitch after the collar until I go my desired shape!

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I think it will be well worn and my stash is tidy and organised with will a few remaining left overs to work those little baby booties and socks that are akways needed at short notice!

The best thing is that whenever I wear it I can look at the different yarn colours and fibres and think about the projects I made originally!!!!!!!

new blue chair

15 Apr

When I found this wicker/bamboo?? chair on my old street about 4 years ago it was in pretty good condition, obviously unwanted for space reasons rather than aesthetic.

I had intended to use it in the house not the garden, however due to my freaky OCD style obsession with bed bugs the chair lived outside in the old garden and came with us to the new flat, living in this garden too!

When I saw the lovely BellaDonna chair I mentioned in my post a few weeks ago I just new that I could use the wicker/bamboo chair to recreate the look!
(I would love the original but shipping costs for a chair from Australia are a little excessive…….)

So I took myself down to B and Q and got together my equipment….

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Thin wire wool, primer, paint, brushes and a dust cloth

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I began by using the wire wool to sand down all of the flaking bits of wood and varnish

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This gave a nice smooth finish

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I then used one of the little brushes to brush down the entire chair getting into all the little corners

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Then, using the dust cloth I made sure there was no bits loose on the wood, cleaning it too as I went along.

Once this was done the chair looked like this

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I then used a white primer, giving two coats to the entire chair

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Once this was dry I could start on the main colour!!

After one coat

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And finally after two coats

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I think it will need a few more touches of paint but all in all I’m in love with my new chair!

From shabby

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To stylish

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too many shawls?? – never!!

17 Mar

When I decided to knit my sister a shawl for her 30th birthday I didn’t think it would take me this long to pick one!

Her birthday was on 28th Feb!!

I knew I was leaving it late as I still hadn’t finished my brothers socks, (due 19th Jan! Still waiting to be posted!) but even though I’m never normally on time with knitted gifts, this is even late for me!

The first point I was stuck at was picking the yarn. I gave Jen six options and she got it down to two……

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Wollmeise Pure in Petite Poison

And

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Madeleine Tosh, Tosh Sock in Moss

Eventually I decided to go with the Wollmeise as Amethyst is her birth stone and I wanted a shawl with more delicate drape than comfort squish.

Other than finishing Adams socks and picking a yarn, my main issue was that I couldn’t decide on a pattern. I had a few ideas in my head but wanted it to be special and perfect for her. So I took to Ravelry to see if it would help.

Looking through Ravelry just made it harder, there are so many amazing shawls out there, all pulling me in different directions!

So I decided to put together my favourite five shawls and compare them all together to help me decide.

The greatest thing about Ravelry is having the ability to see many knitters versions of patterns, it different yarns, weights and colours.

The pics shown are a mixture of the designers own and other Ravelry knitters projects.

I love the bold, determined style of Trilinear designed by Cindy Garland, but the thought of having to make another decision for the second colour has put me off this but has also put this at number eight in my Ravelry queue!

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© Wild Prairie Knits

The delicate draping leaves of The Lonely Tree Shawl designed by Sylvia Bo Bilvia are just gorgeous and the border adds such a pretty finish but I didn’t want a block lace pattern for the entire shawl. (I think this would be awesome in another yarn in my stash too)

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© Sylvia Bo Bilvia

The shape of Lazy Katie has me obsessed! Brigit Freyer has designed a work of art in this shawl but it needs a bold, colourful, variegated yarn to create the brilliant effect.

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© BonnieRed

Semele Shawl designed by Asa Tricosa is practically perfect, it has a delicate drape a base of stockinette stitch and pretty lace border, I think it has made the final cut….

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Knittimo

Whenever I think to knit a shawl my default designer will always be Susanna IC and Oslo Walk is fantastic. I love the dangling ice crystals and the yo’s breaking up the main section of the shawl. Susanna’s construction is always a winner for me so into the final it goes…

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© OrangeLauren

The final decision has been hard but due to the weather at the moment being so cold and so icy I’ve made my choice…..

The winner is Oslo Walk!!

little elephant apron

15 Mar

I wanted to make my niece something practical for her birthday this year so decided on an apron as both her and her parents love to bake!

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I had the awesome elephant print linen fabric from Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally last year from the great and wonderful Eternal Maker so decided to use that with some pink polka dots cotton left over from another project and green polka dot light flannel for the ties!

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It’s so cute and she loved it!!!!!

Made By Loumms

29 Nov

Unfortunately me and Emmms have been a bit quiet over at our Etsy shop’s Made By Loumms and Loumms Makes More for a while due to other (not so crafty and fun) duties however we have re-listed a bunch of stock!!!!!

At Made By Loumms we have some really cute Socky Wristers,

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Our sturdy and dependable Sock Perfect Button bags,

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And a lone Sweater Perfect Button bag,

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We have also re-listed our Apron Bags at Loumms Makes More with 25% discount!!

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Once the new year begins we hope to have a lot more time to spend on making loads of new stock for both shops!!!!

you’ve got mail

19 Sep

There’s not much like the feeling when you receive something exciting through the post that you just weren’t expecting!

So when I woke up this morning and checked the front door and there was a parcel for me I couldn’t wait to open it!

I opened it on the way to work and its a cute little book about buttons!
It was from Jo, a friend of ours who is very big on sending stuff snail mail, letters, pictures, postcards and gifts and enjoys ribbing me on my love of buttons!

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‘Buttons’ is written by Alan and Gillian Meredith who have collected and studied buttons for over 30 years (!!!!!!) and owned the only button museum in the UK which is now owned by Manchester City Galleries.

All sorts of materials and fabrics are shown in amongst a history and explanation on how to date a button.

Best of all though are the pics of the lovely buttons themselves!

Here’s a few of my favourites:

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Vogue Art Deco buttons on their original card

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Gentlemen’s waistcoat button

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20’s Century painted glass (fab is the spotty one at the top)

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All of these Art Deco buttons are amazing I just can’t pic my favourite!

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This little plastic Brooks froggy makes me smile

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And all of these wooden 20th Century buttons are great, mainly the top two right hand corner and second from right at the bottom

I think that this book, like a good stash of buttons, will, everytime I open it, show me a button I just hadn’t noticed the time before therefore continuing my love of buttons!!