The One You Have Been Waiting For

The One You Have Been Waiting For

Admittedly one is better than the other but this is the first time I’ve made these 

You will all be glad to hear that I am quite recovered! Health is with me again so I can get back on track with studying and crafting and general Und Granny activities

So the teaser I left you with was about a pair of something. Some of you will already know as I have been talking with you since I have been away. Some of you may have guessed and most I hope are on tenterhooks awaiting the big reveal. Well I can tell you that I crocheted a pair of…mittens. These things are some of the cutest mittens I have EVER made. I found the pattern in a book I bought from Vibes and Scribes (you know…Nirvana) all to do with knitting and crocheting using chunky wool. This is the part where I tell you that my absolute FAVEY yarn to knit and crochet with is chunky, from just chunky to super chunky (super chunky being my fave favey)

These mittens were super easy to crochet and are so snuggly warm (you know how much I love snuggly warmness) They are longer than your average mitts coming past the wrist by about 8cm. At first I thought I had done them wrong because the picture in the book doesn’t show the full length but when I completed the second one and it was the same size I gathered that was the intention. No chance of getting a chill on your arms with these bad boys.

I went for a very neutral coloured yarn, which is not me at all for those you are aware of my colourful yarn collection. But there is something…classy and feminine to this colour that made me want to use it. That and there wasn’t as large a selection of colours in the super chunky as I have seen in other places. But then again chunky yarn can be a little more expensive to buy and use in projects so that could be why more colours are not stocked.

Nevertheless these mitts are one size and will fit most hands. I would definitely say that these mittens were meant for women, however I have also made mitts that fit men and will put them up soon.

So there you have it, the one you were waiting for and yet again they were mitts…just a different style.

Happy Crafting!

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Struck Down

Struck Down

Tea fixes all…yes this has been filtered

It has finally happened to me despite my best intentions…I am ill! For weeks I have anticipated this fateful day, with germy children and people coughing and sneezing around me. No amounts of antibacterial gel have helped and the day that I started taking cold and flu tablets because I felt the first throngs of illness I get full frontal illness the next day. I soldiered on as it was knitting club and I had a group of eager young knitters awaiting the fun that was to unfold. However when I got home that night I can could guarantee that I was not going to be able to enter the building of education the next day!

So here I am lying in bed, watching YouTubers such as the marvelous Louise Pentland aka Sprinkle of Glitter and the delightful Zoe Suggs aka Zoella. I’ve also been reading the brilliant blog by my talented friend Blend It Like Saza http://blenditlikesaza.blogspot.ie/ (here is the link so be an angel and give it a read)

This article isn’t about knitting exactly more me moaning and looking for sympathy (I can hear the collective aw’s from here)

I have been knitting today however and I will show you the other WIP (work in progress) that I have started since I began my adventure in Ireland. I have however, and you will be proud, completed a project whilst I’ve been here (crowd applauds) it is a gorgeous  pair of…you’ll just have to stay tuned and see (mwahaha) I will be uploading a couple of pieces as I have a few things to chat about as a couple things have been made and started.

So do think of me, or if you are suffering from illness yourself my thoughts, sympathy and understanding are with you. Strive to create during your current bout of illness as a little sense of achievement can go a long way during the path to recovery!

Happy Crafting!

Nirvana

Nirvana

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The beauteous building that holds the stuff of dreams

Apologies for my absence, I have been a very busy bee with work, studying, knitting club and doing a little knitting and crocheting of my own. However, I have finally gotten around to writing up about Nirvana. Many of you who are reading this should know what I am talking about because by now I would like to hope that you are faithful Und Grannier’s who are following my random yet creative train of thought, dare I say it…choo choo (sorry)

If you are unfamiliar with Nirvana, I happened to come across a magical manifestation of it in the form of Vibes and Scribes here in Cork. It is a paradise dedicated to crafters of all walks of life from knitting, to cross stitch, to sewing, to card making. It is a sanctuary that awaits those with busy fingers and a desire to create. However it gets better (I know how is it even possible) This version of Nirvana is also dedicated to books. Loved second hand books and new books. Books on all topics with pages that speak to people from all walks of life.

It really is a haven that brings people together without fear of judgement or prejudice. This slice of paradise nestled on a hill in Cork City invites people to succumb to their deep desires (or obsessions, it depends how long you’ve been at it I suppose)

If you live nearby or are visiting go along to Vibes and Scribes and walk into the warm embrace and lose yourself in Nirvana. They are at 3 Bridge Street if you want to indulge in your crafting fancies or they are at 21 Lavitt’s Quay if you want to lose yourself in the words of many from over the centuries (however crafty books can also be purchased alongside your crafty materials) However if you are not lucky enough to embrace Vibes and Scribes physically you can spiritually…well virtually at http://vibesandscribes.ie/

What are you waiting for? I don’t need to tell you anymore!

Happy Crafting!

Christmas is a Callin’

Christmas is a Callin’

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Snuggled under a chunky fleecy blanket crocheting this cutie 

I just couldn’t help myself…my fickle ways got my fingers itching…I’ve started another project. A crocheted cable scarf! This is a completely new endeavor for me, I had no idea you could cable with crochet but there you have it and I am giving it a whirl. It also arose from the stirrings of my Christmas fever, if you hadn’t guessed by now I am crackers about Christmas! It is…”The most wonderful tiiiime of the yeeeear!” (sorry I couldn’t pass up on that opportunity) I have no idea if this scarf will be for me or inevitably…for someone else as a present for Christmas.

The nights are getting darker earlier, the chill of Autumn is creeping in…and there is rain non-stop (Welcome to Ireland or Failte go hEirinn) But for some mystical reason the buzz and sheer joy that I feel started to creep up inside me the other night (I hope my buzz isn’t peaking too soon!) It could have been the red wool, or the fact that I have been doing my Christmas shopping, both online and in the shops as I hate shopping in December I just get all flustered and end up having a panic attack. Confession time however…I think my shopping is nearly complete, that could be a good reason as to why I might be peaking a little too soon.

Nevertheless, I intend to hold onto this feeling as I think it just adds a slight sparkly spring to my step and rubs off on others around you. Anywho back to the scarf (told you I waffle)

This scarf is something that I have fallen somewhat in love with! It is so very different to anything that I have ever attempted before, as a matter of fact I don’t think I’ve ever crocheted a scarf before?! I started this new adventure snuggled under a fleecy blanket enjoying the sound of the rain with a nice hot cup of tea…hot chocolate would have been better but there was none in the house.

It was a pattern that I got free online, yes you heard me correct FREE ONLINE! A word to the wise though, get to grips with how to either knit or crochet first because you’ll be able to spot any patterns that are, shall we say…below par? This pattern however is turning out to be quite a treat.

It is a chunky cable but I think that adds to the robustness of the pattern, pretty ideal for a chilly winters day don’t you think? As I’ve said before crochet makes for a stiffer fabric then knitting so choose your wool wisely otherwise you are going to end up taking a layer of skin off your neck, not a pretty picture. Back to cheerier matters shall we?! It is a simple pattern to follow and you just repeat the same series of steps over and over until you reach the desired length of scarf.

I can’t give a final verdict on this particular scarf but I will keep you up to date on my progress! Go on then what are you waiting for…GET CHRISTMASY!

Happy Crafting!

My Adventures in Ireland

My Adventures in Ireland

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My hoard of goodies 

Today was a fantastic day! I finally managed to get myself some new knitting gear. I came to Ireland without any like an edjit, however, I have remedied that problem. I went into a knitters emporium of beauty! I thought I’d lost my life and gone to heaven when I walked into the shrine to all things woolly, Vibes and Scribes. This is a local business in Cork City that not only sells yarn and the tools needed for crafting but it also sells fabric, buttons, baubles and bright shiny beads. They also sell books both new and second hand. Safe to say this place is paradise!

The primary purpose for my visit today was not just because I was missing my beloved craft but also because I will be starting up a knitting club at the school that I am working at. Books on knitting for children are few and far between and are often pretty useless. However I struck gold today and purchased a book which has been written by a woman who has run knitting clubs for children. It is ‘Knitting for Children’ by Claire Montgomery. The charm of this book is not only is it laid out in a way that will entice children but is full of patterns that children can do and you can make for children.

However I couldn’t not try out one or two of the patterns before I set the girls to work…so I had to buy some wool and a pair of needles (mind you I will be back to that shop for one or a dozen other things)  I treated myself to a bit of luxury…I bought a soft grip crochet hook and some soft luxury yarn (it was on sale) However I also bought some, does everything double knit acrylic yarn. I will be trying out the wrist warmers (no surprises there since they have become my new obsession) and some cute accessories like a head band and ear muffs.

I will keep you up to date on my progress with my projects and with the club but for now I recommend you check out Vibes and Scribes website: http://shop.vibesandscribes.ie/

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I told you I was fickle

I told you I was fickle

Knitting me wrist warmers whilst out for coffee with Mammy and my sister

Yet again I have started another project! This one arose from a slight panic that I didn’t have enough presents knitted or crocheted for Christmas. FYI, I am going to be in Ireland for four months as part of my uni degree so I need to have most if not all presents made. This year the biggest thing that I will have knitted for Christmas will be a scarf for my Dad (which admittedly I started last year) the rest are small quick projects (I like to do small quick knits because they are rewarding to do and you can get more done, it seems to impress people when they get two crafted items even if they are small)

I feel I should say sorry for my repeated use of brackets….I just like them.

Anyway back to my fickle ways, I have knitted wrist warmers. Now I know they do not sound that amazing but for some reason the pattern that I used is fantastic! They are a snug fit and are super snugly warm, and added advantage is that you will be able to use your phone without having to take them off. The reason for such snugglyness is because there are two cuffs, one around the wrist and one around the fingers that comes just above the knuckles. The main body of the wrist warmer is knitted in stocking stitch, so if you’ve read previous articles you’ll know why it’s good!

They  take about 20-30 minutes each to knit and make great presents, I would highly recommend these, I’ve made three pairs already. So get out there and make a really simple but effective and pretty pair of wrist warmers for the coming colder months! As you can see I did mine whilst out and about in the town having a Raspberry Iced Tea! Like I said I love to knit in public.

Happy Crafting!

Sock It ‘n’ See

Sock It ‘n’ See

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Title courtesy of my Mammy 

 

This article is about my foray into the world of sock knitting. Something that I have proudly achieved this year! It was something of a challenge to begin with. Using double-pointed needles was an unusual challenge as I found them to be quite heavy (I had bought metal ones) and they had a tendency to slip around and sometimes slip off the stitches completely (causing me to have a panic attack) Luckily I didn’t drop any stitches.

Admittedly the socks are odd. The second sock is much better than the first, probably because I understood the pattern better the second time. The cuff of the first sock is loose fitting and doesn’t much have the shape of a sock…as you’ll see  from the photographs (as modeled by my Mammy)

The cuff is knitted in rib to make it elasticated to fit securely (well…the second does) The main body of the sock is knitted in stocking stitch, this allows for a soft but firm fabric which (if I’ve knitted properly) will make for a durable sock…fingers crossed.

What can be said for my socks though is that they are VERY cosy (no fear of frostbite then) The colour is unusual for a pair of socks, it makes for a very garish pair of socks (safe to say you won’t get lost in the dark with those on!)

I have attempted to crochet a pair of socks and have so far only made one…I told you I had a habit of doing more than project at a time. The cuff on this sock is VERY tight, which is tricky when you have dancers calves. But if it sits on the right spot of your leg it stays in place. The body of the sock is relatively loose fitting, making it a sock of two polar opposites.  It is crocheted in a double crochet stitch with a small hook which makes for a tight, secure fabric which keeps your feet roasty toasty!

Due to having to use such a small hook , 3.00mm, it made for quite difficult crocheting. I’ve made it using a VIBRANT wool, it was the only spare wool I had at the time I got the urge to make it (pink is not my colour…hence why these socks will not be something for me, but that’s not unusual)

Anywho, I am proud of this particular project and would recommend it to anyone to give  it a go!

Happy Crafting!