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All Change! New Directions And A New Craft

It has been quite some time since I last wrote a blog and this year has been a rather strange one! With the CV19 outbreak and the world going into lock down life has definitely changed. I hope you have all been keeping safe and are managing to get through this crisis. For me it has focused my mind more on Mrs S Creations. I had been toying with the idea of closing the shop down, I hadn’t been making as many bags and I lost my crafting mojo in general. I haven’t really done much crafting of any kind and my knitting mojo certainly disappeared.

However more recently and because I have been stuck at home on Furlough, my mojo has returned and I have decided I am going to push on with Mrs S Creations but change directions slightly. After going through the process of reorganising the house, shed, garden and anything else that needed clearing out (I’m pretty sure that quite a lot of you will have also gone through this phase!) I bought a wholesale order of gorgeous yarns and got my dye pots out! Hand dyeing yarn has become one of my favourite processes so I have decided to focus on hand dyed yarn. I love the process and love trying out colours together and mixing them up to get colours I love. I also like the challenge of recreating a colour – not always that straight forward! The ones in the picture here are yesterdays batch and virtually all new colourways. I have also made sure a lot of the colours work really well together. So I have decided that I am going to focus my time on developing the shop and hand dyes yarns. There will be project bags and buntings and other sewn items in the shop but only as and when I feel the need to get my sewing machine out! There are still quite a few project bags in stock at the moment. I have also decided to move away from Etsy and set up my own shop on my website, this has been taking quite a bit of time, hats off to people who create a lot of websites there is so much work involved that you don’t even think about!

In other news, I decided I wanted to learn to crochet properly. Granny squares and granny stripes were just about all I could manage and I really wanted to have a go at making some of the glorious crochet creatures that pop up on my Instagram feed!  So I purchased a simple book that has all the basic stitches and great explanations and started hooking! The heart in the photo is my first ever completed crochet project! I am making a granny stripe blanket but that won’t be finished for a very long time! The speed that crochet projects grow really appeals to me and I was so happy how this heart turned out! I am planning on making a mini crochet cactus I just need to find a pattern that isn;t too complicated!

My knitting progress is still slow but I seem to have quite a lot of WIPs that I really could do to get off the needles, I think I should probably finish some of my projects before I cast anything new on! I still have my Flax jumper on the needles which hasn’t been touched for quite a while. I also have two hats, two pairs of socks, a cowl, another jumper that only has around 4 rows completed and a shawl. Also there is a granny stripe blanket and also my never ending mitre square blanket. Now I know for some people this might not be a lot of WIPs but I find it overwhelming and that kind of stops me wanting to knit on anything. Does that make sense? I think I need to have a frog or finish month, I usually do that in February but didn’t get round to it this year. I will have all good intentions of getting some knitting done and blogging more frequently about it, but I won’t make any promises!

Well I hope you enjoyed my update, hopefully I will blog again when I open the shop and when I have a bit of knitting progress! I hope you are all staying safe and are OK. Hopefully things with return to some relative normality in the coming months. In the meantime you can catch me on Instagram as @mrsscreations I do manage to post over there more frequently.

Take care

Gilly x

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It has been quite some time since I last wrote a blog post I almost forgot how!  This year has flown by and as usual life has got in the way of my crafting and my knitting mojo has been hiding somewhere.

Despite that I did mange to knit this gorgeous Zorzal shawl which is a pattern by Lisa Hannes.  The pattern is really well written and I thoroughly enjoyed this knit, it is certainly one I will be knitting again in the near future and I would certainly recommend it.

I chose to use two of my own yarns, the purple speckled is Georgina and the pale pink tonal id Rose Cream on gold sparkle yarn.  I love the way these two yarns work together, they blend in quite subtly but give a nice effect.  I think the next one I am going to knit will be with more contrasting yarns for a different look.

To get my knitting mojo back I have decided to try and knit at least 30 minutes everyday and to get me started I will be posting on Instagram every day during September using the hashtag #30minutesofknitting.  Hopefully this will help me get my knitting mojo back.  I am also planning on writing a blog post weekly to get back into the swing of blogging.

So starting this today I have spent some time in our garden room knitting on my Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.  This is a really simple garter stitch shawlette and the pattern is easily memorised after a few repeats.  I love the way this is turning out, it is another sample knit for my yarns.  This yarn is Peach Fizz in the Titamium sock base.  Peach and golden yellow tones are some of my favourite to knit with.  I have spent longer then 30 minutes on this today but it still counts as the aim of the exercise is to knit for at LEAST 30 minutes each day!

In other news I have been busy working on Christmas stock for the shop and have decided to create some reversible project bags that are also at a more affordable price.  These bags aren’t interfaced and are not box bottomed so materials and the time needed to sew them up is reduced allowing me to bring the price down.  There is also the usual range of one of a kind prints and some more repeatable ones.  I always love choosing the fabrics for my Christmas bags even though my son looks at me as if I am insane asking him to reach the Christmas decorations for my in August!

That’s all for now – happy knitting and if you would like to join me with the #30minutesofknitting on Instagram I would love to see your projects.

Gilly x

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Cast On Party

After finishing my languishing projects last month it was inevitable that there would have to be more projects cast on to fill those empty needles! I have decided that I am going to limit my projects on the go to one sweater at a time, one or two socks and a couple of accessories. I figure this way I will have more variety of projects to chose from to keep me interested.


After knitting a fingering weight sweater I decided that I needed a much quicker knit! I wanted something really simple and straight forward and after many hours trawling through the patterns on Ravelry I opted for the Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits. The pattern is really well written and definitely suitable for a beginner knitter. I have not knot many Tin Can Knits designs but the ones I have I have found to be really clear and well written. I opted to leave off the garter stitch panel down the arms and just knit it in plain stockinette throughout. So far I am really happy with how this is knitting up and of course the speed! I am using Cascade Pacific yarn in the Dusty Turquoise colourway. It is an acrylic wool mix and is really soft to the touch and nice to knit with. I am not usually a fan of acrylic yarns however I had a sweater quantity in my stash and thought this would be a great project to use it on. For more details click here to go to my Ravelry project page.

Escher Hat

I first saw this pattern on the Stranded Podcast and fell in love with it! The pattern is Escher by Ellen Austin and is a worsted weight two colour hat. I have opted to make the large adult size as our family all have large heads! This is always a complaint from my son who always put Christmas cracker hats on only to realise that they split because his head is too big for them! Anyhow, the yarn I am using is Shepherd’s Wool in the colours Royal Blue and Baby pink. I have not used this yarn before and it was gifted to me as part of a fibreshare swap and I thought this pattern would be perfect for these colours. There is quite a lot of brim to knit and I am enjoying plugging away at that and it is growing relatively quickly. The project is really portable for now until I get onto the colourwork. This pattern is another really well written and charted one and even though I am terrible at charts I definitely think this is one that even I can manage! You can see the full details of this project by clicking here.

Kimber Hat

As I haven’t knit any hats for a while I decided that I need two on the needles. As I seem to be suffering from FOMO with the recent trend in knitting with mohair I thought this project was perfect. The pattern is the Kimber Hat by Noriko Ho and I discovered it through watching the Giddy Knits podcast who highlighted Noriko’s designs on a recent episode. For this pattern I am using a skein of Knit Picks Handpainted Stroll in the Mocha Tonal colourway held double with a strand of Ricco Designs Kid Mohair Silk. This is knitting up beautifully and giving a gorgeous halo to the work. I did however have a bit of trouble casting on for some reason. I first used some bamboo interchangeable needles but somehow managed to snap them within knitting my first row! I then tried another interchangeable needle but found that the needle point was a bit too long and was really awkward to knit on a 16″ cable. Finally I conceded and purchased some hiya hiya fixed circulars that were the right cable length – finally I was able to get going with this hat! The pattern is well written and I am now looking forward to getting it finished, now I have resolved the needle issue! For full details click here.

Sample Socks

The final thing I have cast on is some sample socks knit from my hand dyed yarn. Since I started dyeing yarn I haven’t done many samples so I am not certain how some of the colourways will knit up! This one is the Dirty Fiesta colourway which was a complete accidental colour! I am really liking the way it knits up, it reminds me a little bit of tiger skin print! I think I am going to revisit this colourway and tweak it slightly to see if I can actually get it more tiger print like. I have no idea whether this will be possible but I sure will have a lot of fun trying! I tens to knit my sock samples on 2.5mm needles as I am a fairly tight knitter. I also prefer a short row heel and a rounded toe. I have set up a project page for my samples and will be adding new ones as I knit them up. You can click here for more details.

So with all the casting on that has been happening I now have several WIPs and several more planned! I am trying to keep my projects to 4 or 5 so at least I will be able to see progress rather then having a bazillion WIPs that never get finished!!

Till next time, happy knitting / crochet 🙂

Gilly x



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Finish Or Frog It February!

It has been quite some time since I last posted to this blog. Just over  year in fact and it seems I have been working on the same knitting projects for over a year! My knitting mojo seems to have disappeared, the last 12 months have been pretty hectic with a house move and other things going on that has made me not want to knit. The good news is – it’s back and some of those projects I wanted to frog or finish last February have now been completed and my mojo has returned! So without further ado here are my latest finished objects that were all languishing works in progress.

So Faded Sweater by Andrea Mowry

so faded I cast this project on way back in August 2017 using yarns that took it from a natural un-dyed cream through to a chocolate brown solid. I am really pleased with how the colour transitions worked out. I made the size large and used around  280g of yarn in total in four colourways. I decided to make a split seam hem using seed stitch rather than ribbing along the bottom edge, I really liked how this turned out. However if I make another I would still do a split seam hem but would make the jumper much longer to come down over the hips. There is no shaping in the garment on the body which I really like as I prefer to wear jumpers lose over leggings or jeans. Overall I really enjoyed making this sweater although it took me quite a while. Once I picked it up again it was a joy and very meditative and it flew off the needles in no time. Click here for the link to this project on my Ravelry page.

Hylestad Socks by Evelina Roos

The next languishing project I finished this month were my Hylestad socks. These have been on my needles since October 2017 as I cast them on as Christmas socks for that year! This was the first colour work socks I have attempted and I really like how they turned out. I modified the pattern slightly by only doing part of the leg chart as I prefer shorter leg length on my socks. Also as I am a tight knitter I went up a needle size to do the colour work section on the leg. Even then I have to rip back my first attempt as there wasn’t enough stretch due to tight floats and tension. I ended up turning my knitting inside out which really helped me keep my floats lose enough and give me a better tension. I think they have turned out OK but don’t think I would chose to knit another pair. Click here for the link to my Ravelry page for this project.

Strictly Vanilla Latte Socks

 Another finished object this month is my Vanilla Latte socks that I cast on last September as part of the Strictly Sock knit-a-long hosted by Ali of the Little Drops of Wonderful podcast. Sadly I didn’t finish these in time for the knit along but I do love the finished socks. The pattern is a simple 3 x 1 rib with a short row heel that is just made up from my personal vanilla sock recipe. The real start of this project though is the yarn. I used the Lavender Fairy colourway from Giddy Yarns which was part of her flower fairy club last year and I absolutely love the colours and of course the sparkle in the yarn! The pattern and the yarn for me are a perfect match and these are possibly my favourite sock combination. Click here to see the details on my Ravelry page.

Gramps by Tin Can Knits

The final finished project this month was my Gramps baby sweater by Tin Can Knits. I cast this on for my friend’s Grandson last year, however due to my slow knitting and lack of mojo it is probably too small for him now! I maybe shouldn’t knit for small people unless I cast on a sweater for a 5 year old when someone has a baby – that way they may actually get a garment that will fit by the time I finish knitting it!  😆 Ah well this one will just go in the “future baby gift” basket! I really enjoyed knitting it, there is something therapeutic about knitting baby sweaters as they knit up so quickly, well providing you actually knit on them. This pattern was an absolute joy and I love the way it looks – such a cute garment. I still need to get buttons for it but will get some leather football buttons from my LYS next time I pass. Click here to see my Ravelry page for this project.

These were the projects that had been on my needles for quite some time that I finished this month as part of my finish or frog it February purge. This is something I like to do every year although the last 12 months has seen very little knitting from me! However as there have been quite a few finished objects, that means there will be a parade of new cast-oms coming soon!

Best wishes

Gilly x

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New Year Knitting and Shop Plans

Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2018 is upon us already! I don’t ever make New Year resolutions but I do like to take stock of where I am with my crafting and make plans for the coming year.

Current Knitting Projects

so fadedThe main project I am still working away on the So Faded by Andrea Mowry and am just about finished with the body length and ready to start the ribbing section at the bottom. I have decided that instead of adding ribbing I am going to do a split hem and make the back longer then the front. This style of hem appeals to me more with sweaters and I think it will look great. I am also considering doing a seed stitch bottom to help it lay flat.

The way in which the colours are fading into each other is giving a really fabulous ombre effect I just love! What you can’t quite see on the picture here is the bottom colour which is just a plain mocha colour that blends in perfectly.

criss cross cowlThe other main project I am working on is my Christmas Eve cast on which is a cowl. My sock knitting mojo has completely disappeared as it often does so I thought I’d go for a nice simple cowl.

The yarn is a wonderfully squishy MCN by Norah George Yarns in the colourway Atelier. I used 4mm needles and cast on 150 st and just started knitting with a simple pattern from a stitch dictionary. I love the way this is knitting up I should make a really nice little cowl when complete. Hopefully it won’t be long before it is done as I am really enjoying this project.

Still on the needles are my Hylestad socks and a pair of vanilla socks. I just haven’t had the inclination to knit on socks for the last few weeks. I tend to go through spurts of sock knitting and right now they are not high on my list.

Frog or Finish February

It is this time of year I like to take stock of my projects and have decided that I am aiming to finish all my languishing projects by the end of February or simply frog those ones that just aren’t making the grade!

This will also include my coy memory blankets. I am just not feeling the love for knitting on these right now either. Maybe I need to try and rekindle my passion for these mitered square projects or just finally call it a day and frog them. I think the urge for a granny stripe blanket is calling, the squares look great but take an age to knit up! I would be really interested to hear from you if you have decided to frog any of your long terms project. Please leave a comment below 🙂

Shop Plans

I am planning on having a bit of an overhaul in the shop this month. There are a few new designs in my head that I am looking forward to trying out including cat shaped notion pouches and more needle cases. I am also going to be trying our some different shaped bags and some large tote bags.

The fabrics I am using are going to change this year. I am looking at more robust fabrics and designs and even planning on designing my own patterns. There are several themes I like and would love to get them printed on fabric. Mind you my drawing skills are pretty rubbish so I will have to enlist Mr S to do some of the sketching!

So that is enough rambling for now. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope 2018 brings you everything you desire 🙂

Gilly x

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Knitting Mojo – Where Did You Go?

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and my knitting mojo is at a bit of a low! With the festive season here I have been spending most of my time getting everything and everyone organised.

No Knitting Mojo

Even though my knitting mojo has temporarily disappeared I have worked on some projects. The main project I have been working on is the So Faded by Andrea Mowry. I haven’t got very far with it I am just about done with the raglan increases and ready to split the sleeves and body stitches. I haven’t even managed to fade my second colour in yet! This is the project I intend o work on most over the festive period along with a couple of pairs of socks.

Over the coming weeks I have plans to knit up a cowl using some rather squishy MCN yarn I purchased from Norah George Yarns. There is a pattern I have in my head which I think will work well. Hopefully this will get cast on in the next week or so.

I also purchased a sock set from Giddy Yarns which I absolutely love! This will also be cast on this week.  Some of the other projects I have planned have all been moved to the New Year! Hopefully I will have more knitting time over the holiday period as I don’t plan on doing any shop sewing till the new year.


slytherin make up bag no knitting mojoAt least some creating has been going on in the studio! With Christmas upon us I decided to sew up a couple of last minute presents.

For the Slytherin in my life (well there are a lot of us actually!) I found this great house fabric and made a make-up bag and matching make-up brush roll. Also I made one for another make-up fan in this gorgeous sugar skulls fabric. I like making projects and creating a pattern from scratch. It takes a bit of trial and error but I got there in the end! I always make a prototype out of scrap fabric I have laying around which usually ends up being mine!no knitting mojo

To go with these rolls I bought some rather fancy metallic make-up brushes in gold and silver. I have no idea whether they are good brushes but they look good with the brush rolls!

Over the next week I am hoping to maybe get a bit more Christmas sewing done. I would like to get a couple of Necessary Clutch Wallets sewn up. I would like one in purple cord and the sugar skull fabric. They would also be a great addition to the Etsy shop although these wouldn’t be something I would sew a lot of, just when I feel the urge for something other then wedge bags!

Other sewing projects include a couple of drawstring sock sacks I have been working on. I wanted to do some applique designs using heavier fabric as the main bag fabric. After sifting through numerous templates I settled on a cute cat (who doesn’t love a kitty?)

I chose some cord fabric and lined it with a stiff interfacing to give the bag stability. The faces on the cats were hand embroidered on then sewn onto the front panel by hand. I much prefer hand embroidery as I still haven’t mastered the art of free motion embroidery on the machine! To add a bit of bling I gave the cats a rather gorgeous rhinestone collar! I needed to find a use for the hot fix rhinestone gun I bought and thought this was perfect! 

These bags will be in the shop probably in the new year. There won’t be many of them though as they are pretty labour intensive. I did enjoy the drawstring bag making process though and think I will look at making a few more sock sized bags this way. It is unlikely that I would make larger bags with a drawstring though, that is a personal preference 🙂

Shop Update

As I have mentioned I am done sewing for the shop for this year now. However I will be making some items for a shop update in January. The Interchangeable knitting needle case was extremely popular and sold our really quickly so I will be making a few more of those. Some will be in the flamingo fabric although I couldn’t get the same pink fabric to go with it, I did get something very similar though that will look great. I also have some gorgeous pink unicorn fabric with a contrasting pale grey that I think will make great cases.

Over the last few weeks I have been looking at different fabric suppliers and have found some really amazing patterns. Most new fabrics will be woodland themed as this was a popular choice when I asked about bags. I have also got some rather adorable cat fabric and have some sheep on order! Sourcing fabrics is one of my favourite parts of the making process, I’d love to hear from you what your favourite patterns / themes are. Leave me a comment below or you could still enter my giveaway bu commenting on the giveaway post which can be found here. Entries for the giveaway end on the 31st December 2017.

That;s enough waffle for now! Happy crafting.

Gilly x




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A Bit of Knitting, Yarn Acquisitions, Project Bags Shop Update

It’s been a busy few days since my last post. There has been quite a few new project bags been made and some other items for the shop. It seems though I have lost my sock knitting mojo 🙁

Off The Needles

knitting projectsAt last I have finished my worstead Boxy by Joji Locatelli! Well when I say finished, the knitting is done and it is blocked, I just have a few pesky ends to weave in! Once I have managed to sit down and do them I’ll get Mr S to take some better finished object pictures!

I really loved knitting the sweater, I used Cascade 220 Heathers which is 100% Peruvian highland wool and is really soft and squishy. I don’t think this style of sweater suits my body type though and I don’t think it is a style I would wear often. That being said it will make a most wonderful cosy sweater to layer on extra cold days, especially for dog walking! As much as I really enjoyed knitting it I doubt I will knit another.

On The Needles

knitting projectsAs I cast off the Boxy I immediately cast on the So Faded by Andrew Mowry. This is a fingering weight sweater in 4 colours. I decided to go for a fade from cream to mocha with a little aqua in the middle! My only concern when it come to blocking will be colour bleeding. The dark brown and aqua is a knit picks hand painted stroll and fro past experience these yarns leek a lot of colour when blocking. I am thinking I will have to “dip” block by just putting the lower half of the sweater in the water until it runs clear before I submerge it all. If any of you have any suggestions on how to prevent colours running I would appreciate it if you could leave a comment below.

I am also still working on my Hyletad Socks by Evelina Roos. It seems I have developed a severe case of second sock syndrome with this project. For some reason I just can’t seem to get motivated to finish it! I think I am going to have to sit down with a Christmas film and these socks!

Yarny Acquisitions

So it’s the season of giving and also buying yarn! Well technically this lovely yarn from Stranded Dyeworks wasn’t actually a purchase! This was gifted to me by the lovely Lorelei Eurto of the Handmade by Lorelei podcast as part of #getyouryarnwishesgranted on Instagram.  This is the Vintage Christmas colourway in the Paradise base. I think I am going to knit a cowl with this as it is too soft and squishy for feet!

Another acquisition is this gorgeous sock yarn from Peggy May Yarns in the Jingle Bells colourway. I love the subtle Christmas colours in this yarn, it is going to make some gorgeous Christmas socks. This will probably be my Christmas Eve cast on this year. I am on the look out for a nice Christmasy themed textured sock pattern for this. The Vintage Fairy Lights pattern by Helen Stewart is looking like the favourite option right now.

I also purchased a sweaters quantity of Cascade Heritage fingering weight in the Strawberry Cream colourway. The pale pink really appealed to me and had to come to live in my stash! There is a plan for this yarn, it is probably going to be the Light Rain by Joji Locatelli. I love the style of this sweater and after seeing Tracy of the Grocery Girls Podcast wearing one she had knit I fell in love with it! That being said, loving the finished object is one thing. knitting up and getting a large fingering weight sweater knit up is another!

New Project Bags and Shop Update

Other then knitting and acquiring yarn I have been busy making up my final batch of project bags for the shop for this year.  There are 5 new design styles of large bags in the shop and a couple of medium sized bags. I have also sewn up an interchangeable needle case which is in the shop. Providing there is a demand for these I will make some more up for the shop for the new year.

project bags

My favourite of the new designs is this tea time fabric with the contrasting pink. When I bought the fabric initially it didn’t appeal to me and I used it for prototypes. However as I have been using it I have decided that it will definately be a staple shop fabric. Every bag has a different pattern placement and looks different. I also made the interchangeable needle cosy prototype with it which is now my go to needle case.

This feels like a rather a long rambling post so I’ll wrap things up here. See you soon and happy crafting.

Gilly x


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Project Bags, A New Product and an Almost FO

It’s been a busy few days in the studio, I have been going through my fabric stash and doing all the cutting out for more project bags.

Project Bags Update

There will be one final shop update in the next week or so which will be the last this year.  This update will include quite a few large sized bags with PVC wipe clean bottoms. There will also be some medium 1 to 2 skein project sized bags and maybe a new product.  I have been planning bags and fabrics for 2018 and have some ideas for some new project bags and designs.  The giveaway on my last blog post is still active until the 31st December 2017. So if you haven’t left a comment yet, please take a look and you will be entered in the draw to win one of my bags.  Click here to go to the post.

New Product Development

project bagsI have also been working on a new product design for a knitting needle case.  My choice of knitting needles are interchangeable needles. I really love the Knitpro sets, however I don’t have a suitable storage solution for them. So I decided to design a case to store them and came up with a design that I think works really well.

interchangeable needle caseThe design was inspired by my new diary! It has a fold over cover secured with a magnetic clasp which made me start to think how that style could work for a needle case.  I worked out the size and cut a prototype out of paper to find the perfect dimensions then went ahead and cut some fabric. The case has pockets either side one to hold the needle tips and the other  holds the wires.  I made a double layer to hold upto 12 sets of needle tips and 4 wires.

interchangeable needle case

The Knitpro needles also come with tightening keys and stoppers so you can hold your knitting on the wire.  I decided to add a zipper pouch to the middle of the case to store these and also other notions.

Overall I am really pleased with the finished product and will be making some for the shop soon.

On The Knitting Needles

I have been quite monogamous in my knitting lately.  The most knitting has been on my Worstead Boxy by Joji Locatelli.  It is almost done with only a few rows left to do on one of the sleeves.  Once it is finished and blocked I will take pictures and post about it in more detail.  I have enjoyed knitting this project but I don’t think it is a style that really suits my body shape.  That being said it will be amazing on cold winter evenings and I am sure it will be well worn.

Also still on the needles are my Hylestad Socks by Evelina Roos.  These have been put a bit on the back burner due to the Boxy.  The fist sock is complete and I just need to fight of the second sock syndrome for the next one.  This is the same for my Tea and Jam vanilla socks that have been languishing for a while.  For me sock knitting happens sporadically, I have period of knitting loads quickly then I procrastinate and don’t knit any for ages.

Well that is enough rambling for one day!  I am aiming to blog more frequently and still intend to film a podcast at some point.  It is just a case of finding a quiet moment and the courage just to go and do it!

Till next time, happy crafting 🙂

Gilly x



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Project Bag Market Research Giveaway – Closed


Thank you to all participants in my first giveaway. All of your feedback has been really useful and much appreciated. The winner has been selected by random number generator and contacted.


It’s been busy in the studio the last few weeks sewing up bags and being distracted by the return of the knitting mojo!

This post is a little different, I have been sewing up project bags and planning some new products for the new year. I would love it though if I could get some feedback from knitters or crocheters on the type of project bag you like.

knitting project bagIt would be greatly appreciated if you would comment on this post below and let me know what type of project bags you prefer. For instance do you like wedge bags, pyramid or box bags? Do you prefer zippers or drawstring bags? Also I’d love to know what type of print you like on your fabrics and whether you think pockets are useful 🙂

As a token of my appreciation I will giveaway one of my project bags by picking a post using random number generator. Depending on the number of comments, I will look at doing this by the 31st December.

I look forward to reading your comments and getting some different types of bag on the sewing machine 🙂

Many thanks

Gilly x

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Sweater Fetish and a bit of Bling

It’s been a while since my last post, I am not sure where the time has gone! I have been planning to start a video podcast but just don’t seem to get the time to sit down and record. I’ll need to get more organised for this so watch this space 🙂

I have been a bit under the weather over the last couple of weeks, I just seem to keep getting one virus after another! It could be worse though and I am now on the mend.

Works In Progress

So as far as knitting goes I am still plugging away at my Worstead Boxy by Joji Locatelli I have finished the front section and just finishing off the back with shoulder shaping left to do then it’s just the neckband and sleeves. I hope to get this completed in the next couple of weeks. As the weather is getting colder it will be nice to have this over-sized sweater to snuggle up in.

I am also still knitting the Hylestad socks by Evelina Roos. The first stock is now finished but I have acquired a case of second sock syndrome! I intend to get this finished by the end of the month though as I am keen to cast on my next pair!

Knitting Plans – Sweater Fetish

So I am still on a kick to knit all the sweaters! The only problem I can foresee is that the next few I have planned are all fingering weight and with my knitting speed I could be knitting these till the next millennia! The one I am planning on casting on by the end of the year are listed below.

Next up is the So Faded by Andrew Mowry. I am hoping to get a full sized version out of 4 skeins. I have decided to go from a plain cream to a dark brown fade with a bit of aqua in between.

Also planned is Light Rain by Joji Localtelli. I have ordered some lovely Cascade Heritage yarn to knit this one in a light pink colour. It may take a bit of time to get here though, it’s coming from the US. I am really looking forward to casting this one on.

Other knitting plans include finished everything currently on my needles! I like to clear my needles at the end of the year where possible. I always go into frog or finish mode and have frogged a few projects already.

Bling Bags

sweater fetishSo apart from the knitting I have been merrily sewing up a few more bags but I think my new favourite ones are the Christmas ones that have a very bling lining! I love this gold fabric and wanted to add a bit of bling to my project bags!

I am also planning of developing product ranges to include rhinestones to make some really nice bling bags and have been working on some designs which I am hoping to get into the shop early next year.

I’d love it if you would comment to let me know what you think about the gold bag lining. I would also love it if you could leave a comment letting me know what you think about a range of bling bags with rhinestones and maybe a lovely shinning lining. Is it just me that loves a bit of bling?

Till next time, happy crafting 🙂

Gilly x