Showing posts with label knitting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knitting. Show all posts

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Lace knitting - taking the plunge...

I have skirted around the idea of lace knitting for a while, and some of you may remember the cardigan I knitted that won star knit in Yarnwise magazine last year,
but I have shied away from a full on lace shawl despite numerous hours lost drooling over the patterns on Ravely!

Until now...

A free pattern by the wonderful Heidi Alander, from Finland. A talented knitting designer who very generously offers many of her patterns for free on Ravelry.

This one is called Eyeblink, and I think you will agree, it looks rather beautiful!

Photos by Tiina Rammo from Ravelry
I am going to be using some left over yarn that I have squirrelled away in a heathery purple colour. I can't even tell you what brand it is (the label and yarn have parted company) but I can tell you it is lovely!

This will be my first attempt at following a charted lace pattern, and to be honest I am more than a little apprehensive...

I am anticipating many questions to my fellow knitters on the beginners lace forums but I am sure this one is do-able!?!

Perfect for a thundery Sunday afternoon, curled up on the sofa watching re-runs of Midsomer Murders!

Friday, 17 January 2014

Babies, kntting and more...

Hello All!

Its been a bit of a topsy turvy week for me!

Technical difficulties at work, including a badly behaved telephone, pdq and broadband connection was not the start to the week I had hoped for.

But things improved on Tuesday with the announcement that a dear friend of mine had a gorgeous baby boy! (4 weeks early, so a little of a surprise, but perfect!)

Now, as some of you know, my business partner is also pregnant, or rather, I should say, was pregnant, as yesterday she also saw the safe arrival of a beautiful baby boy!

I am sooo excited by these two new arrivals, my knitting needles have been itching to try the new Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and this is just perfect!

In other news, we have also had some rather wonderful Rowan Kidsilk Haze and some more Adriafil Knitcol in too!!

Needless to say, I can't wait to get my needles around this lovely little lot either!

Anyway, baby hats to knit, must go...

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Gosh its Autumn

Thanks for stopping by and having a look at my little blog...

This is easily my favourite time of the year, the colours are stunning, the nights are drawing in and Downton Abbey is back on the TV! Perfect...

And we all know what Autumn means...Halloween (and coincidentally, my father-in-law's birthday on the say day?!?). Those of you that know me will remember my frantic knitting last year to complete a rather large order for pumpkins (14 in total). So this year I am not going to get my needles in a twist and will not be knitting any more.

I do however, have a plenty of other autumnal projects on the hooks, needles and sewing machine...Jumpers, baby blankets, A-line skirts, carpet bags, crochet bunting, the list goes on.

But my current obsession is for all things Fairisle. This website ( has some beautiful designs and also an interesting piece on the history of this stunning technique.
I quite like this offering from Rowan Yarns ( And now that we stock the gorgeous Rowan yarn at Butterfly Bright, Sherborne, ( there is no stopping me, so watch this space to see what I make...

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Evening All!

Probably a short post today, although as you may have noticed, there is always a chance I will ramble on...

Anyway, first to bring you up to date with my current WIPs (Work in Progress).
The caramel cardigan in Montana is coming along lovely, I've separated the sleeves off and have started on the body of it now, once I have done a little more I will post a pic, at the moment it doesn't photograph so well as it hasn't really taken shape!

However the main news for the week is that I have successfully taught five ladies to crochet - yeah!!! These lovely ladies were at the Granny Squares workshop.
We had a great morning exploring the different colour combinations, joining techniques and possible uses for the mighty granny square. The workshop takes place in the beautiful surrounding of Butterfly Bright with plenty of tea, coffee and homemade cake!

Its a haven for all quilters, seamstresses, embroiders, those of you that love a wonder round a beautiful shop, and now knitters and crocheters too! I've been doing workshops on crochet flowers/motifs, granny squares and beginners crochet. Next week I am hoping to teach some novice knitters, but so far it would seem that everyone in Sherborne, Dorset can already knit!!

Here is a spoiler for my next blog post...
My new toy!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Well, I am revisiting an old pattern this week (you may need to log in to see this pattern, it is however free to download).
I have had a go with this one before, but fell out of love with my colour choice. This time I am using the gorgeous Sirdar Montana in Klondike
And so far so good, I'm on to the raglan increases and the colours are coming through beautifully. 
Unfortunately, this photo doesn't do the colours justice, but it has been taken at 8.30pm with the sun setting outside.  I will of course, keep you all posted on my progress!

The crochet baby blanket, from issue one of Simply Crochet. I'm using Stylecraft Special DK in Mocha, and its coming along really nice, as its a special commission, I won't be posting any pics until it's finished, but needless to say, I am loving making it.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The Postman Knocks

A few weeks ago, I had a rather unexpected visit from the postman, not least was it unexpected because I was in the shower when he knocked on the front door, but also because he came with a surprise parcel!!

A few weeks ago I entered a competition in Knitting Magazine and much to my delight I won! Nine balls of Sirdar Montana in 'Klondike', a lovely mix of pinks, reds and orange. 

Klondike it appears is a relatively popular name used largely in North America, and refers to, among other things to the Klondike River in the Yokon region of Canada! (Who knew??)

Anyway, the search is now on to find the prefect project for this unexpected windfall of yarn! 

Watch this space....

Friday, 3 May 2013

Well hello there!

Here we are, 3rd May already! And its day 3 of my photo challenge. Today's title is 'This is really good' and after a lovely morning of crochet and knitting at Butterfly Bright's Sewing Bee followed, by some thrifty finds in the local Tenovus shop (photos to follow tomorrow, I promise) and an afternoon of playing in the garden with Mini-me, what could finish off the perfect day?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Day 2 of photo-a-day challenge, but first some exciting news!

Who has seen this months copy of Yarnwise magazine?

Just take a look at this...
Do you recognise 'Star Knit'? Its ME in my rather lovely 'Tulip Cardigan', I'm sooo proud!

Anyway, to the matter in hand today, my second photo in the May photo-a-day challenge and today's subject was 'Morning Ritual',

Explanation: Every Thursday, after dropping off Mini-Me at nursery and before going to Sherborne Tapestry Centre to teach crochet, I stop off in Costa Coffee for a treat, this morning it was a Mocha Coffee Cooler and a flick through Yarnwise magazine. And it was lovely x

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Busy Busy

Well hello there all of you in the blogshere!

I think we can safely say, spring has finally sprung! And not before time!! Yesterday was my first day of knitting in the garden, hopefully the first of many. I find the garden the best and most relaxing place to craft, mini-me can do some digging and jumping on the trampoline, and I can just make the most of the fresh air.

So with the improving weather, and the hope that the heating will now have a rest! I've decided that my craft projects need to reflect the changing of the seasons. I have start a beautiful crochet scarf in bamboo mix in cerise, the pattern is in Simply Crochet Issue 4, called Raspberry Ripple it's featured on the front page.

I am also almost finished a lovely sock yarn shawl, its a simple triangular shape and I have designed the stitch pattern myself, the yarn is Roam by Wendy in orangey tones, my favourite colours of the moment!

Finally I wanted to share with you this gorgeous crochet Granny Square scarf I spotted whilst watching my new favourite programme - The Great British Sewing Bee...

(Screenshot from bbc iplayer, episode 3)
This is the gorgeous Ann Rowley, the 81 year old who has captured the hearts of the nation along with all the other contestants on what has to be BBC2's best programme for quite some time! Ann also lists knitting as one of her interests, allowing her a special place in this crafters heart! Good luck Ann, Lauren and Sandra, the crafting community will be tuning in with bated breath next Tuesday to see who will win.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

New items added

I've added some new items to my Folksy Shop, what do you think?

Please take a look at my shop for a full details of all items available xx

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) 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 
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 
And, Claire's 
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 (
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 ( 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 . 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

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
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 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

Next blog post will concentrate on my new obsession...crocheted 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, several of our dear customers at Sherborne Tapestry Centre ( 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

Just next to my new Jean Greenhowe pattern book is the latest Joules catalogue ( 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!