The ‘Tarn’ Task – How to make it

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Ok, so last night I was busy! Let me just say this now, making your own ‘tarn’ is HARD WORK!! But the benefits are worth it. If however, you simply don’t have the time (and making this stuff will take up quite a lot!) then you can buy some lovely tarn called ‘Zpaghetti’, made by DMC. It’s about £10 for 120 metres.

For my ‘Tarn Task’ I bought a standard double fitted bed sheet from Tesco for about £8, and I started by cutting the elastic bits out, (due to the corners being a little awkward,) so I had perfect rectangle. Then folded up a few times, and cut the strips out with tailoring scissors (they will need to be sharp!), from one side to the other. My hand was in absolute agony by the time I got half way through, I suggest maybe not folding up so many times as i did, as it does get hard to cut through all the fabric after a while! And you don’t want to end up with blisters 🙂

Then after you have all your strips, you will need to put small slits in the ends of all the strips, as below…

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Then, you will need to start putting them together! So, take one piece, I suggest the left one, and put through the other slit…

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Then you will need to bring the other piece of fabric through its own slit….

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Pull tight…

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Ta-Da!!

Now if you don’t get that, don’t worry, I didn’t either to start with!! And I do apologise for the poor pictures, but I thought the diagram might make up for it 🙂

Then, Ball-Up!

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I’ve still got some left to do, and also some old t-shirts that I will donate to the ‘tarn project’, so I think that’s tonight’s job sorted  Then what to make from it?! I’m still thinking a giant floor cushion 🙂 YAY!

If anyone does decide to give this a go, please send me a comment and let me know how you get on?! 🙂

Jess x

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More Owl Hats

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Hey everyone!

Well…. The owl hats seem to be a massive hit! Adults, children, parents wanting to buy for their children, even pregnant ladies wanting teeny tiny ones for newborns!!

So now I dont know what to do, do I still stick with the list, or fulfil all these requests for hats?! They are super cute (if I do say so myself 🙂 )

I keep making the ‘hat’ part, and thinking they look quite plain, and pretty boring actually…

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….then the finshing peices go on, and WOW!! How adorable!

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I made these two for a friends children, a little boy and a baby girl 🙂 I’m sure they will look AMAZING in them. And i do hope they love them as much as i do!

They are very pretty, and quite fun to make. But I MUST stick to ‘The List’. No more owl hats. Oh, well maybe a couple…?? They are just too cute to resist. 🙂

Jess x

February Projects!!…

Good afternoon, hope everyone is well??

I must admit, I don’t normally make lists, I normally just seem to wing it, go with the flow and see what happens. But as the amount of ideas, printed patterns, and half-finished projects are building up, I think I need to be a little more organised with my evenings and weekends.

Here’s five of the main things I want to get done, or finished off. And as February is a short month as it is, wish me luck!!

1- Make a knitted or crocheted purse – I recently found some purse frames on eBay, pretty cheap too! So I bought two small ones, coin purse size, and one slightly larger one. I also have some offcuts of fabric in my craft stash, so I think a nice plain crocheted outside, with a funky fabric lining 🙂 I haven’t managed to find a pattern for the size of frame, so looks like I’m on my own for this one!

2- Cushions – A couple of weeks ago I made some cushion panels. So far I have finished one, but still have five to finish off! Three have been done in the same colour scheme (but different shapes/styles), there’s two knitted hearts (link to pattern here , and one plain white crochet one. I think for the fabric side of the crochet one I will use the Cath Kidston fat quarter I have in the stash 🙂 I do love Cath Kidston.

3- Finish the granny square afghan – Oh I do love granny squares!! So easy to do and super quick, before you know it you have a whole pile! Which can then be turned into a blanket, a cushion, or well, anything you like really! I had a pretty good few hours of making these squares, so I now have a few, but not enough for a decent sized blanket. Looks like a few more ‘Granny Square’ crafting hours are needed. Then the joy of stitching them all together and making a lovely afghan throw. Also thinking once it’s done I may use it as the camping/festival blanket. YAY 🙂

4- Make something from ‘Tarn’ – For those new to the concept of ‘Tarn’….. Tarn is strips of fabric from T-shirts. Meaning its normally 100% upcycled 🙂 Obviously you can use anything else for your fabric strips, including bed sheets, pillow cases, linen trousers, table cloths, you get the picture! Cut as much as you want to use into strips as explained HERE You can either crochet or knit, using needles and hooks, or use your hands and arms!! Maybe even weave?! I’m thinking the ‘Tarn Project’ needs to be big, maybe a rug, or a giant floor cushion. (Hmmm… I think I may have a slight thing for cushions!!)

5- and Finally, finish ‘Project Blanket’ – I think it’s very nearly there actually!! I’m still just loving watching it transform from colour to colour… 🙂

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Wow ok, now that I’ve started to think about all the things I want to achieve next month I’ve come over a little apprehensive!! But hey, I’m going to give it a good go!!

Posts on these to follow soon, as well as anything else I get distracted with!

Jess xx

Owl Hat

Good morning!

Hope everyone is well?

Thought I would just write a little post about the owl hat I made last week. I must say, I LOVE owls!! And there does seem to be a HUGE amount of owl themed things at the moment, so yes, I am very happy 🙂

I saw this hat on a blog called ‘repeat crafter me’ (So many pretty things on this blog, do have a look if you haven’t already! 🙂 ) – http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/ – The patterns are also available to download as a PDF!

The pattern is available for free, and also in lots of different sizes! I did an adult sized one, and here is the finished product in all its glory 🙂 ….

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Whoever thought a hat could be so cute!! 🙂

Jess xx

Arm Knitting!

Hey!

So, for anyone out there new to arm knitting, well, let me just say this…. It is VERY addictive!

I learned how to do this from a YouTube video, and I won’t lie, I was super confused to start with, I just couldn’t manage to cast on any stitches correctly. But with some perseverance, I mastered it! Now I want to make tons of these beautiful, chunky scarves. I bought the chunkiest wool I could from eBay, which was ‘King Cole Gypsy’, in Bouquet and Fern. The colours are incredible!

When I started arm knitting, I felt it all looked like a tangled mess, but the end results were amazing. I made one as an infinity scarf, and the other I just added some little tassels on the end with the left over wool.

The YouTube video is here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=070qaUxEyp4
And yes, she does say you can do this in 30 minutes, and she is RIGHT! They just go together so quick!

Here are a couple of the finished ones….

The Infinity Scarf in ‘King Cole Gypsy, fern’…
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And the Tassle one in ‘King Cole Gypsy, Bouqet’…
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The colours, and the feel of this wool is amazing, so soft, and makes such a great scarf…
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I have a few more balls of Super Chunky wool, so will post a little update to this when those are completed. Then next ones will be more neutral, as I have some browns, greens, and beige to use up. I keep thinking I need to stop buying wool…. as I do have quite a bit at the moment… but I can’t do it, just can’t, so maybe I should just give up trying 🙂

More posts soon!
Jess xx

First Blog!

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Hey!

So the time has come to start blogging! I’m Jess, and I love to crochet, knit, sew, cook, take pictures, and any other crafty-type things! I just love making stuff, it’s almost like an addiction. I often find myself getting lost in mountains of wool and wondering where the last few hours went! But hey, i wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

My latest mission is ‘Project blanket’. I wanted a super thick, double sized crocheted blanket, so i ordered some lovely James C Brett Marbled wool, a plain white wool, and some grey, and got cracking, and I really am shocked at the rate its going together!! It’s pretty big already, and nice, thick and heavy. With little bursts of pinks and purples amidst the white and grey. I must say, I am very happy with the way it’s turning out!

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I really love the wool, it’s just so pretty!!

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I’m just using half treble throughout, but i think it has a great look to it, simple, but great. And so SO warm and snuggly! Aiming to get it finished super quick while winter is still here, so it still gets plenty of sofa time before we get into summer 🙂

So, there we are, first blog done (it wasn’t that bad right?! 🙂 )

More posts soon!

Jess x