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I’m a little obsessive…

22 Nov

Purely in a good way though! Not a scary, stalkerish, freaky kind of way (although that may depend on you, my readers, opinion of what equals scary obsessive). Haha.

No, my obsessiveness comes into form when I start new projects or collections. Past obsessions include Dunny vinyl figures (check out KidRobot if you don’t know what these are), Fafi (an awesome French lady graffiti artist who I still love obsessively), tapestry (this one was quite a few years ago when I was a wee lassie), and embroidery (I think I kept Jenny Hart in business for a few months! Haha). That’s only naming a few of them.

Currently, my obsessive personality has turned to hat knitting. If you follow me on Twitter or follow The Last Wednesday Knitting Club on Facebook, you will have seen my current project progress on this hat…


I knit the hat up in 3 days (a total of 3/4 hours in total). I’m just waiting for the right sized DPNs to arrive from my lovely mum for the ears and antlers!

Well, the lovely Stephanie of tinyowlknits has other hat patterns. And I’ve fallen in love with them. Like seriously.


Cupcake Kitten Hat – umm, so how cute is this hat!? I want to make both versions of it. And knit more as gifts for my friends and family.


Orchids and Fairylights Hat – just so whimsical and pretty!

These are my favourite hats. There are another couple, but these have stolen my knitting heart big time! There are quite a few other patterns on her Ravelry profile and Etsy shop too, with the bottom two images showing my current favourites…


Fawn-cho (Poncho with a Fawn on the front, hehe) – le sigh-


Meow Mitts -le sigh again-

As I said, the patterns for all of these lovely, lovely garments can be found online in Stephanie’s Etsy shop – Tiny Owl’s Magic Attic or on her Ravelry profile – tinyowlknits.
My obsession has also turned to the patterns Stephanie creates as well. But I could be obsessed with worse things, don’t you agree? Hehe. Let me know what you get obsessive over! Not the scary obsessive, just the nice, cool obsessive stuff! Haha.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Last Wednesday Knitting Club

28 Oct

That’s my knitting club. Yep, that’s right, I run a knitting club. It’s on the last Wednesday of the month but I’m sure you guessed that from the name! Haha. I started it at the end of March and we are now approaching our last meeting before the New Year! Eeek! I’m having so much fun planning our end of year party though – there will be a few small surprises and lots of chatting and drinking! Hehe.

This is a little bit of an advertorial blog though, as I took the step of creating a Facebook group for The Last Wednesday Knitting Club and I would love people to join it! Click on the knitting picture below to be taken through to the page. Once you get there, you will be kept up-to-date with the latest goings on and any giveaways or important knitting information that we may have!

Knitting in the Round
(PS. This is a picture I have taken. You can find it on my flickr if you would like to use it. Please remember to credit photographs wherever possible.)

I have a few exciting announcements to make soon about my knitting club but that has to wait until things have been confirmed and are set in stone! No point in letting people know something when it’s not 100% ready!

So for now, I will love you and leave you. Until the next blog post….

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Last Wednesday Knitting Club meets again!

29 Jun

It’s rolled around again and I’m sorry I’ve left it a bit late to blog about it. Life is crazy busy at the moment!

I still get excited when I get emails from new people wanting to come along! We average about 7-8 people per meeting each month and we can accommodate around 35 in the bookshop at a maximum number so we definitely still have room for new people attending! It’s such a feeling knowing that my little knitting club keeps growing each month! Yay!

Drop me an email if you do fancy attending though so I can keep track of numbers – jaqueline (at) craftyfoxes.co.uk. It’ll be great to see members old and new there! All skill levels are welcome too, so if you’re a complete beginner, don’t fret as there’s always someone on hand to help out! To those that I know will be coming, I look forward to seeing you all again! And to the newbies, I hope to see you there!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Last Wednesday Knitting Club

18 Apr

Hey there! Just over a week to go until the next Last Wednesday Knitting Club meeting!! Here is all the information you need if it’s going to be your first visit.

If you haven’t signed up to the mailing list yet, do so. Either leave a comment here or email me – jaqueline(at)craftyfoxes(.)co(.)uk – and I’ll add you! I’ll be sending out the first email soon in preparation for meeting number 2.

I’ll be back later on with more updates about what’s going on with the Crafty Foxes online shop and inspiration posts too!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

I’ve done it!!

9 Nov

So, I blogged in the Sunday Round Up yesterday about granny stars that I’d seen over at Sarah London’s blog. And today I finally made one!!!

Granny Star!!!

As there was no pattern, I wrote one out myself and it worked!! It’s given me so much confidence in my crocheting abilities to know that I can now write a pattern and it makes what I want it to. One thing I may do is add an extra chain in the very last round so the corners are a little more pointy.

I’ve also done a bit of journalling today and have decided to share a couple of pages. This is a big thing for me as I usually don’t share anything I’ve written in a journal but you all seem like nice enough people to do so with!

Journal

This is the front cover. The picture on the front is one that I took of some tapestry yarn I had lying about.

Journal

This is the page I did for Autumn. It’s been a relatively good Autumn for me with lots of new experiences. Things only got a little bad towards the end of it. Definitly a memorable Autumn for me anyway! The photo of the tree is also one that I took.

Journal

This is my 2010 page. The photo is again by me of the planner I made from the RVA 2010 Planner Kit. I’ve still got so many more things to add to this page but it’s filled with things that I’m looking forward to and would like to do next year.

The last couple of pictures are of some bags I recently made for the winners of my giveaway, Janel and Astrid. I had a lot of fun making these and will definitely be making more of them to put in my shop when it’s finally up and running (yes, I made the bag as well as adding the decoration/customisation.)

2 Handmade Bags
Pompom bouquet

This is a close up of the pompom bouquet I did on the bag for Janel. I’ve had a recent obsession with pompoms after reading Miss James’ post on the Bleubird Vintage blog about the pompom wreath. This is one of my favourite creations for a while – something about it being so simple and colourful.

On another note, I’ve decided to also postpone the opening of my Etsy shop for a little bit longer. It was meant to be up and running by 1st December but with everything that happened over the past 2 weeks I just need to get my headspace running normally again. Crafting and journalling has definitely helped me but I need as little stress in my life at the moment and opening a store, either online or in real-life is stressful and I don’t want to take that on board until I feel ready. Sorry if you were looking forward to it, but if you do want something custom made I am more than happy to enter into conversation about costs, etc., as I do have a Paypal account open for selling of goods.

So that’s a few things I had to share today! I hope everyone has had a happy Monday and has a great Tuesday.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Oh, yarn it!

5 Nov

As you may or may not have realised I have an obsession with wool – just look at my banner!! So much so that I had wool withdrawl symptoms yesterday when I walked out of a haberdashery with my brother-in-law with no wool on my persons (although I did get some great coloured metal zippers for 10p each and 3 metres of elastic for 90p!!).

I often find myself lusting after yarn on flickr and other people’s blogs and have often found myself searching for specific colours and brands of yarn that I’ve seen and that people have recommended. I’m always on the lookout for good quality but cheap wool and blogs have been the way forward for me in determining which wools are the best ones to go for.

Here are a few of my recent favourite photos that I’ve found on flickr that help to satisfy my love for all things wool!

(Click on each image for credit)

Coraline sweater

Possibly the cutest item of clothing ever. This sweater was made as part of a Coraline Box Swap on flickr and is a replica of the one Coraline wears in the movie.

Hand rolled yarn

The colours that people choose never fail to inspire me. I love seeing which colours they’ve put together for projects – it helps me to be more bold in the colours I choose!

Yarn wreath

I love this yarn wreath, the colours are sooo pretty. The wreaths Abby-Sue makes are amazing and she sells them here (her etsy shop). I would definitely like a few of these dotted around my home!

I’ll back a bit later on for Pretty Things Thursday but to leave you with one last image that pretty much sums me up whenever I go yarn shopping…

So much yarn, so little time!!

Hehe.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Who loves granny squares?

22 Sep
Granny Love!! My first 5!

Granny Love!! My first 5!

I do! They’ve become a recent obsession of mine after I managed to master the crochet technique involved on a train journey to my parent’s house (and whilst there managed to find some sale yarn in cream and berry/port that I loved and thought would make a great granny square combination!). Debbie Stoller’s “Happy Hooker” Stitch and Bitch book has been my go to for learning new stitches and is so easy to understand and follow.

Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet - The Happy Hooker

Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet - The Happy Hooker

Now don’t get me wrong, I had a huge thing with crochet and for years thought it was really difficult and that I’d never be able to do it. But I went to one of the local craft fairs and they had a small stall with the lovely Bee of Chain Creative teaching crochet. One lesson later I was successfully crocheting away and even after a one hour lesson and then picking the hook up again the next day, I hadn’t forgotten anything! I will say that I find crochet much easier than knitting (I am good with the basic knitting and purling but nothing fancy like cable just yet!!). My mum says that some people are like that and I guess my brain is wired to crochet!

Granny Squares and Photo by Sarah London

Granny Squares and Photo by Sarah London

There is so much inspiration out there for crocheters (is that a word?) and one lady I find immensely inspiring is Sarah London. Her colour schemes and crochet techniques are very easy to follow – she blogs mystery patterns each month – and the photos she takes of her squares, doilies and circles are jaw-droppingly gorgeous!! Do check her out if you haven’t already.

Granny Squares and Photo by Rachel Denbow

Granny Squares and Photo by Rachel Denbow

Rachel Denbow is also another person who is inspiring me at the moment in the world of crochet. She’s currently crocheting granny squares for a blanket for her soon-to-be-born-daughter and it’s nice to know that someone has the same worries about unravelling and doing the right amount of stitches!!

And here are a few more inspiring crochet images (mainly of granny squares) to whet your appetite for the lovely craft that is crochet!!!

Cats and Crochet

Cats and Crochet

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Lots of squares!!

Lots of squares!!

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Lovely Cuffs from polkadotrobot.com!!

Lovely Cuffs from polkadotrobot.com!!

credit (and you can buy them from HERE) (I want one real bad!!)

Right, now it’s time for me to get back to my granny squares and stop being distracted by everyone else’s crochet loveliness!!

xx Crafty love from a Craft Fox xx