handmade presents

So, tomorrow is my Mum’s bithday and I decided to make her present. She’s a bit crazy about scarves, so I decided to have a go at making my first ever nuno felted scarf. I learned how to do this at the felting workshop I went along to run by Heartfelt by Liz but that was a few months ago now.
I did my research and bought some merino wool online. Unfortunetely, when it arrived instead of being shades of purple and blue it turned out to be a swampy green colour. I didn’t have time to return it so I did my best with what I had.


It took me around four hours to get the scarf finished, I forgot what a lengthy process it was! I’m still not too happy about the seaweed-like colour but I’m pretty chuffed that I managed to finish the scarf without it falling to pieces. Once I get some better colours I’ll have a go at making another.


I also knit these little hearts from a pattern by Mochimochi to decorate the gift bag:

Knitted heart

Happy Birthday, Mum!

November 16, 2009. birthday, felting, heartfelt by liz, knitting, merino wool. Leave a comment.

Banner workshop update and new project

Yesterday was the first of three banner making workshops at Glasgow Women’s Library and it went pretty well. I think I over-planned the workshop and as a result became quite stressed when it didn’t go to plan, but that’s something I’ve learned for the next one. Between six and eight women came along and all had very different ideas of what they wanted the banner to look like, but by the end of the two-hour session we managed to come up with a design to work with. Next week, cutting and sewing! I can’t wait to see how it’ll look. If you missed the first one, don’t worry! You can always come along to one of the other sessions.

I don’t have to work until 5pm today so I decided to take some time off and dig out my knitting box. A while back I made an attempt at Annie Modesitt’s Fiesta Tea Set but my hands were far too clumsy to work my way through her pattern.


I found a few patterns online that I’d like to try out but have to be able to knit in the round, so I’m revisiting Annie’s pattern as a way to practice this technique on a small scale before moving onto bigger projects. This was my first row after transferring the stitches onto double sided needles:

Where it gets exciting... by you.

Halfway throught the pattern I’ve just discovered I need another size of dsn that I don’t have, I’m off to Mandor’s to buy some.

September 23, 2009. annie modesitt, banner making, Glasgow Women's Library, knitting, tea set, workshop. Leave a comment.

if you want to destroy my sweater

I came across this short video on YouTube this morning by Sara Cox. It’s called ‘Don’t let it all unravel’ and the entire thing was created using knitting, or the unravelling of said knitting. I thought the shots where the ball of wool is supposed to be the moon were really strange looking, the movements reminded me a little bit of David Lynch.

December 10, 2008. david lynch, knitting, sara cox, wool. Leave a comment.