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I enjoy making things -mostly!- so there’s a lot of love in with the usual frustration and perhaps puzzlement at patterns and ideas that perhaps don’t always pan out the way I thought they would. But every so often I find myself making something special, something to give a little warmth in more ways than one, hopefully. This cosy headband fell into that category: a great free pattern from Susan Hummel called the Wishbone Headband which knit up really quite quickly. It used two techniques that were new to me: a provisional cast on and the use of the kitchener stitch, or grafting, at the end to join the live stitches together. This was pretty faffy, but I got the hang of it and the results weren’t too bad.

Grafting on the right side

Grafting on the right side

And on the wrong side

And on the wrong side

I bought more yarn than I needed for this wee project, so I might just have to have another go at those sweet little cables and spread a bit more knitted cosiness around…

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I love Purl Bee blog, the blog for a New York shop which would definitely be on my list of things to visit in the city should I ever go there. Oli and the boys can visit the Statue of Liberty while I peruse the Liberty fabrics. Their use of colour is their strongest suit, I think, along with the very generous free patterns and tutorials. Their knitting patterns lean heavily on cowls, and involve breathtakingly expensive yarns, but the sewing projects are very accessible indeed, and the step by step photos very useful. I came across this handkerchief one a while ago, and made three for my father in law’s birthday. He and I are the only people I know who actually use hankies now, so sadly I don’t have anyone else to make them for!

I used two floaty Liberty Lawn fabrics (ever dwindling stash from my grandmother) and a heavier red and teal fabric, provenance unknown. The tutorial details how to sew a hand-rolled hem, which was fiddly to start with but by side 6 I was getting the hang of:

They’ve had two washes, to soften and check my stitches, and they’ve held up fine.

Link here, and another, more feminine, hem option here.

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Cowls, snoods, neck warmer, call them what you will, they make cosy and quick knitting projects and are ideal presents. This pattern only uses one 50g ball of double knitting yarn, and I picked two up from my local charity shop for 50p each, a lovely soft wool and alpaca blend. They’re for Sol’s teachers and nursery nurses, as they spend so much time outside with the children and it’s chilly up here!

I lined them in white fleece, as precaution against itchiness (although I don’t find them itchy, some people are very sensitive to wool) as well as an extra warm layer. The lining has the added bonus of showing up the lace pattern nicely. Two more to go!

Free pattern from The Knitting Bee here.

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Ugh, the curse of the last minute. Sol was invited to a joint birthday party this week. Instead of being organised and either buying or making the little girls’ presents in good time, I found myself standing outside a closed toy shop 2 hours before the party was due to start. I raced home and did the fastest bit of sewing I’ve ever done. I made a little drawstring bag each, with their names embroidered on.

Little children love to put things in things, and older ones like to store treasures, so I hope the girls like and use them. Apologies for the rushed and totally unstyled photos- I will be more organised next time! (Stop laughing)

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