Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Visit to Aberystwyth - Part 2

Hi, its me again! Twice in two days! Almost like a dedicated blogger now!

Anyway as promised, here is my second instalment of what we did in Aberystwyth.

Whilst it is fair to say we bumped into some gorgeous friends (you know who you are...) shopped, spent time with family and ate far too much, we also spent one day on a yarn trail of West Wales.


Starting with a tip off from a friend, we spent the day driving round West Wales visiting Carmarthen and Lampeter in the hope of finding some interesting yarn. In Carmarthen we found 'The Wool Baa' (great name) http://www.yell.com/b/The+Wool+Baa-Wool+Shops-carmarthen-SA311QY-2089837/ in the new market hall.  

A lovely little shop/stall with a mountain of yarn, but somehow nothing really took my fancy. 




So after some lunch we mooched onto Lampeter, where much to my delight we found Calico Kate's http://www.calicokate.co.uk/ 
An Aladdin's cave of knitting, sewing, quilting... I was quite restrained, and only bought 5 balls of wool and a crochet hook! (Well it was a 8mm and I didn't have that size!) 




Back in Aberystwyth, I can't finish this blog post without mentioning two other lovely shops, firstly Aberdashery (another great name), you can follow them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/AberdasheryFabrics?fref=ts 
And, Claire's http://www.clarewools.co.uk/ 
Both shops are brilliant, full of ideas, advice and inspiration.

So, to conclude, I returned from our Welsh adventure with still more yarn for the stash and a woolyhead full of more ideas!

Happy crafting guys xxx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Neglectful Blogger

Blog Neglect!

So, its been a while! And for that I apologise. I do however, have a rather good excuse, I have been really really busy!

Since finishing my gorgeous Tulip Cardigan. I have been busy trying to find a new and exciting project to get my knitting teeth into!
I have trawled Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/)
flicked determindly through my ever expanding stash of knitting magazines (don't worry won't be adding a picture of that!!) and even gone through most of the patterns at work (http://sherbornetapestry.co.uk) but all to no avail! 
I find myself at a knitting crisis point...AARRRGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

With this crisis in mind, I would like to share a rather wonderful page with you http://www.buzzfeed.com/pippa/32-awesome-no-knit-diy-yarn-projects-5ocb?sub=1990202_836911?sub=1990202_836911 . There are some fabulous ideas for what you make with yarn! Definitely worth a look.

Anyway, I will continue on with my research and I am sure something will come to me in time. 

In other news, my crochet roses for the Valentine's window at the shop went down well, lots of positive comments. Will try and do some more colours for the Mothering Sunday display.

I have also signed up for my first craft fair! Quite excited, it is to raise money for Sticky Church, a childrens group at Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, where you can take your little ones on the first Saturday of the month, they make, stick, cut, sing, listen to stories and even get a little snack. So all the money raised will go to buying supplies for this great community group. So, on the 9th March from 10am I will be there, selling my wares! (More info closer to the time).

Off to Wales on holiday for half term, so hoping to have lots of yarny stories and finds to share with you then.

Lots of love, Caroline Makes It!


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Hello you lovely people in Blogsville!

Hope you are keeping well!

Its been a little quiet here at The Bradshaws. After the elation of finishing my Tulip Cardigan...
                            

There has been a distinct lack of direction to my crafting. I've dabbled in card making...


Crocheted a spot of mini-bunting...


But to be honest, I don't really know where I am going with it all! I need another juicy project to get my teeth into! 

In other news, the weather here in Dorset has been totally weird today. A strange combination of snow and hail, a bizarre phenomenon that I am going to call 'Snail' or should that be 'Haow' ?? Anyway, the result was little odd to say the least, it was the shape of Hail (little white balls) but the consistency of snow?? I don't however, feel we need to dwell on this too much.

I did however find a great tutorial on youtube for making there rather sweet little crochet flowers courtesy of the lovely people at The Making Spot...


Its super quick and easy and quite addictive!

Thursday, 31 January 2013

What have I been up to!

Well hello there!

Thought it was time I checked in at Blogcentral and said 'Ola! 

It has been a busy week at the Bradshaw household, I have finished my gorgeous Tulip Cardigan 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tulip-cardigan-4


It was a joy to knit, so quick, a beautiful lace pattern with an easy to remember repeat of 8 rows.




I have also done a Zpagetti Bag for Sherborne Tapestry Centre www.sherbornetapestry.co.uk
It was lovely and easy to make, although the end product is already quite heavy and that is before you put in your keys, wallet, phone, lip balm, hand cream, toddler mittens, toddler snacks, etc... Having said that, the end result is really smart.


A lovely surprise arrived in the post for me on Monday, a cute little corsage courtesy of the wonderfully inspiring Team Pugh 
I was lucky enough to be their 1000 follower on twitter and as a prize they made me this lovely gift. Their brilliant blog http://ayearwithoutsupermarkets.com/ is well worth a look for tips, tricks and stories as we follow them on their journey to avoid shopping in supermarkets for a year.

Don't forget, you can find me on twitter too https://twitter.com/carolinemakesit

Next blog post will concentrate on my new obsession...crocheted flowers...watch this space...

Friday, 25 January 2013

Afternoon All!

Sorry it's been a couple of days since I checked in at Blogspot HQ, hope you have all been keeping well. 

So, I guess you are wondering what I have been up to!

This is my kitchen table today...
So from the top, its sewing together squares for Simply Knitting's charity project for Refuge http://simplyknitting.themakingspot.com/category/tags/refuge, several of our dear customers at Sherborne Tapestry Centre (http://sherbornetapestry.co.uk/)have been busy knitting squares for the campaign, so this weekend, I have bought them all home to start sewing them all together.
Next is my charity shop haul from this mornings shift at Sue Ryder, Sherborne, three pattern books and a bracelet - See Thrifty Finds page http://carolinemakesit.blogspot.co.uk/p/thrify-finds.html

Just next to my new Jean Greenhowe pattern book is the latest Joules catalogue (http://www.joules.com/that I will be perusing at my leisure later on, and lastly but most definitely not least my little treats from Atomic Knitting...


A gorgeous little cat crochet marker, a beautiful dragonfly shawl pin and really cute ball of wool needle holder! Their website is really lovely, loads of must haves for knitting, crochet and the like. I have even sent hubbie a link to their site, well it is Valentine's Day soon, and then in March it's my Birthday and Mothering Sunday!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A whole lot a...

Lists !!!

I love lists, I make lists for everything, shopping lists, knitting lists, Christmas lists (yes I have already started my 2013 list), to do lists, work related lists, housework lists...you get the picture!

There is something hugely satisfying about starting a new list, on a fresh clean sheet of pure white paper! 
Of course, for a seasoned professional list maker like myself, it is imperative to have the right equipment, a suitable note book, various coloured pens (for colour coding, glitter ones are best!) and of course sticky notes to add emphasis where required!

Whilst some may accuse me of being over controlling, a control freak even (heaven forbid!) having done some research (googling!) I can confirm that I am actually amongst good company in my list making...Madonna, Martha Stewart and Benjamin Franklin are all well known as list makers!

And for those of you just starting out on your list making journey, there is a wonderful blog where you can download cute and quirky list templates, just to get you started! http://www.thepurplepumpkinblog.co.uk/2013/01/days-of-week-to-do-lists-free-printables.html

Also check out my other pages for a Granny-a-day update and some new thrifty finds...

Another Thank You!

Before I begin with my usual ramblings! (I have a great topic for you today) I would like to say a big Thank you to the lovely Mrs Crafty B for featuring me on her 'Meet the Maker' blog this week...
http://www.mrscraftyb.co.uk/    Go on, take a look!


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Snow Day Dilemma

Well hello there you!

As most of you will know, we had quite a bit of snow in the South West yesterday...
(Didn't Sherborne look pretty?)

And today, whilst we haven't had any more snow fall, what we had yesterday is showing no signs of melting.  So, I am going to stay in and make stuff! Sounds like a plan, but what is she going to make, I hear you say...

A snow day, might just turn out to be the perfect day for knitting some more of my Caramel Cardigan...


Or perhaps do some more of my Tulip Cardigan...


Or maybe even crochet some more of my triangle shawl, using up all the waste 4ply yarn that I have hanging around the house...


Then of course, there is the Granny-a-Day project that needs constant attention... that even has it's own page!!

And so the list goes on...

The problem is whilst a snow day is obviously the perfect crafting day - its cold out, warm in the house, the woodburner is blazing, the kettle is on and my yarn mountain is calling to me, my biggest issue is where to start, I imagine an idyllic picture of myself curled up my the fire, mug of steaming coffee at my side, perfectly creating a woolly masterpiece, but I don't know where to start! Instead, I spend half the morning, washing up, putting clean clothes away, filling the washing machine, getting coal in from the shed, and so on, so now at almost lunch time I am faced with the possibility that I have frittered away my perfect crafting day on housework and internet surfing instead of actual crafting! Aaarrghhhh...

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Eeeek!

Q. How excited am I? 
A. Toooo Excited!!!

I am delighted to inform my dedicated band of followers that you can now read a 'Meet the Maker' interview with me on the fabulous 
http://yarnspy.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/caroline-makes-it/#
It is such a great opportunity to talk unapologetically about my love of crafting with yarn. I hope you enjoy the read, and do add Yarn Spy to your blog list, it's a great read dedicated to all things yarny!

In other news...
Had a great morning at work (http://www.sherbornetapestry.co.uk/) managed to help a good few people with their crafty needs and re-vamped the window with the new Bergere de France range of yarn. There are some beautiful colours available and if it's not in stock we can always order it in. It's the same company that have bought out the new Knit and Stitch weekly collectors magazine, and it is a dream to knit with.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Well been blogging for almost two days now, and I have to say it is really rather exciting! Admittedly I only have one follower at the moment! Hello Gwen *Waving* but slow and steady etc...

In this age of austerity! (don't you just love that word!) When my dear husband accidentally boil washed his 100% Merino wool jumper and made it super small some months ago, I was determined to not let it go in the bin. And it has stayed tucked up in my 'to do' pile ever since, that is until last night...
Armed with a pair of scissors, some chalk and a tape measure (and a great tutorial http://mytutorlist.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/upcycled-fingerless-gloves-tutorial.html) I set to work to create something wonderful!
I measured the sleeves as suggested, and started to cut...

Now I had to sleeves! Great, what next, so I tried them on and made cuts to accommodate a thumb hole, dully cut where required and sewed up aforementioned cut, they look like fingerless gloves, ta da!
Ok so they aren't the prettiest fingerless gloves you'll ever see, but they kept my hands warm on the walk to nursery this morning, they match my new coat (see Thrifty Page). I did however still have rather a lot of jumper left to play with, so once again armed with my scissors, I cut the bottom ribbing off and then cut straight across just under the arm holes, giving me in addition to my unique fingerless gloves a rather snuggly cowl to match!
Ok, so they probably need some embellishment, but they kept me warm and I am rather proud! 


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Hello and Welcome to my Blog!

Who would have thought that little ol' me would get blogging!

Anyway, here I am, and for those of you who don't know me, here is a little synopsis.
Wife and mother of one, living and working in Dorset.

My passions in life largely revolve around yarn! Knitting, crochet, sewing, you name it, I love it! I have a shop on Folksy http://folksy.com/shops/carolinemakesit where I sell handmade loveliness in the form of scarves, bags, and other accessories.

I also work part time in a local wool shop http://www.sherbornetapestry.co.uk/ which is fabulous as I get to play with lots of wool, help the lovely people of Sherborne with their woolly woes and design new and interesting window displays! And finally, I also volunteer one day a week at Sue Ryder www.sueryder.org .

So that's about it, now you know about me!

You can also find me on twitter https://twitter.com/carolinemakesit