Influence of Mr Selfridge

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After watching the whole first series of Mr selfridge on my kindle through Netflix I have been very influenced by this era. I love this series tremendously and it has opened up a lot of new design ideas for me.

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The characters are particular with their appearance and glide across the screen. Even the ones with little or no money still always made an effort with their appearance.

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Knitting of course was something people did then, just as my nanny Peggy did as something you had to do to make clothes for yourself and children. Now it is seen as a hobby and it is cheaper to buy a woollen garment mass produced from a shop than make it yourself.

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I also love the Victorian decor such as the bedrooms. Doesn’t it look inviting and fresh. Of course there had to be a knitted throw on the bed too.

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I have a few designs I am making at the moment including long gloves with lace detail, capes and socks.

Let me know which era has or is inspiring you at the moment?

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Crochet Blanket Finished

I am so pleased to write this blog post as I started a crochet blanket for my son a short while ago and I wanted to finish it in time for xmas.

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It isn’t a full size bed blanket but certainly big enough to wrap around him and make him feel warm.

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I used up so much of my double knitting yarn which is great as I had a ton of it in my stash. It is rainbow colours and very random so no particular order just what colours I thought went well. Although at the end I didn’t have much choice of yarn left!

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I know my son will be very worthy of this blanket as he has seen the hours I have put into this.

I am even thinking of making another for my living room in the same colour scheme of brown and green. Am I mad for contemplating such a thought? Yes I probably am lol!

Knitted xmas Decorations

I have decided to do a tutorial for knitted xmas decorations. I made these a while ago and they are brought out year after year.

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The first pattern I am going to show you is for the candy cane.  This is a very simple pattern and looks very effective.  You can also choose any colour yarn that you want too.

You will need dk yarn or 4ply yarn depending on how you want it to look.  Pipe cleaner or straw.

Using 2.75mm needles (US size 2 needles) case on 40 stitches.

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Do this for twice and then you can twist your yarn around your pipe cleaner or straw as you sew it on.  You can sew on a little hanging loop or you can just hook your candy cane onto the branch of the tree.

Perfect and so simple

I will be doing free patterns for the stockings and the bauble in my next blogs so please keep a look out for them.

Happy knitting

Christmas Projects

Christmas is edging closer each day and of course as always I always leave it to the last minute to complete my christmas knitting. Every year I say the same thing ‘I will be more organised this year and have everything knitted by November ready for christmas’ yeah right! It never happens

I have completed a couple of pairs of socks though and they will be put in gift boxes for presents

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Another present I am making is my son a rainbow crochet blanket. When I started this I did not realise how long this was going to take!

I am using up loads of dk yarn though which is always a good thing

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I have a few more projects I would like to get done before christmas including hot water bottle covers like this one

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Which I will write up the pattern for too as it’s great if you are new to cables and it’s so easy to do.

I will post more pictures of my progress of the rest of my christmas knitting as I do it.

Also don’t forget the date today is 11/12/13 a very unforgettable day for me and my family now due to some personal reasons.