THE BEAR FORT:
My name is Sophie, I'm a twenty-something graduate and this is my craft blog. Here you'll find all sorts of stuff relating to sewing, knitting and general crafty stuff. I try and post all my WIPs and project ideas on this page.
If crafts are not your handmade bag, however, come and follow me over at playmygameofhideandseek; that's my personal blog that isn't solely focussed on making stuff.
Thanks for visiting. :)
Keep track on my progress on my current WIP, a patchwork blanketHERE.
If I ever work with metallic embroidery thread again it’ll be too soon.
So many knots. So much frustrate!
A few days ago, I got back in to knitting squares for my blanket. With the going being so slow, I had gotten a little disheartened and lost focus on this project somewhat. However, I decided to lay my squares out along the floor and really take stock of how far I’d come. I was quietly surprised and pretty happy to see just how much I’d achieved overall, if I’m honest. Laying the squares out gave me much better perspective on the project than I had gotten from keeping all my squares in a stack.
Hopefully, I will finally have this project finished by the next time it snows!
This year is my parents’ silver wedding anniversary, and, being a little skint right now, I decided that I wanted to make something for my parents by hand. When I saw that Mollie at Wild Olive had posted a super cute Lily of the Valley embroidery pattern for free on her blog, I had a perfect plan.
With my mother’s favourite flower being Lily of the Valley, and an embroidery being somewhat a traditional gift in my family to give for landmark anniversaries, I decided to use Mollie’s pattern and some silver embroidery floss to create a commemorative piece that my parents could frame and keep.
I haven’t quite finished it yet, as you can see. It’s difficult to stitch and keep it a secret since I’m living at home with them right now! I shall hopefully get this piece finished within the week and I’ll try and post pictures of it once it’s framed.
You can find Wild Olive’s ‘Lily of the Valley’ embroidery pattern, as well as tonnes of other crafty goodness here.
Tomorrow: Knitwatch update.
For my birthday, my friend Ben bought me a knitting book entitled ‘stitch and bitch’, and gave it to me on the proviso that three weeks later, for his birthday, he would receive a hand-knitted project from it by way of thanks. After toying with the idea of a knitted bikini, I decided a simple phone sock would be easiest to pull off, as well as most practical for a 6 foot 4, strapping 22-year old such as Ben.
I chose the colours thinking that the combination was masculine enough for a guy, but also that I would like, since I knew I’d have plenty of yarn left over for a project for myself.
The sock only took me a few hours to knit and I added a little velcro to stop the phone just sliding out from under the top flap.
Thankfully, Ben was thrilled with his ‘phone fuzzy’ (his name, not mine), but unfortunately, so was Ben’s cat, Lily. Sadly, my knitting isn’t really made to withstand kitty-cat claws, and Lily’s touch was a little rough. One month after giving my friend the sock, it is back with me and undergoing vital repairs to the seams. I might make doubly sure the stitching is extra strong this time!
Tomorrow: Wild Olive’s ‘Lily of the Valley’ embroidery
Today, I thought I should apologise for my lack of recent posts. I’ve recently started back at my full time summer job so my time for crafting has all but gone. But never fear! There are some little project-lets that I guess I should catch you guys up on, so over the next week I’m going to post 1 project a day that I’ve been working on recently. First: a knitted phone sock!
What does one do with a huge spaghetti mess of cheap, old yarn, a hot glue gun and a 50p bangle at midnight when everyone else is in bed? Why, make a super cute yarn-wrapped bangle of course!
This took me about 45 minutes of untangling and wrapping, but I really wanted to do something creative today before I went to bed, even if it was something dead simple. I love it so much (and it’s burgundy, which is one of my favourite colours) and it will look fab with my knitting hair bow from the other day.
Tomorrow I’m off to B&Q for some paint chips and tester pots. I have big ideas for the 2 pine photo frames I bought earlier today. :)
Imagine this, but with magnets glued to them…. and on the fridge. Yes? Yes. Want.