Tag Archives: Crochet

If I was to…

14 May

…own any pair of shoes, it would be these lovelies from Swedish Hasbeens

…to go out dancing, I’d want to have this red vintage purse from Bucket Tree in my clutches

…buy an heirloom, it would be this gold and black diamond fox neckalce from Rust

…have a child, he or she would wear this awesome cardigan from Antik Batik

…get married, I would wear one of these dresses from Saja

…own my first house, it would look like this one

…and would have this on the wall

…and would put this on my kitchen table

…and would have this over my knees as I sat watching DVDs or listening to vinyl records

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

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New Year DIY’s

29 Dec

Now that Christmas has gone, your home may be feeling a bit bare! (Small confession to make here, I put up 2 bits of tinselly stuff that I haven’t taken down yet). But there is always New Years!

Amanda over at Here’s Looking At Me, Kid has this adorable DIY decoration that, as she says, you can leave up for the whole month of January…

Poppytalk Handmade have this lovely driftwood DIY that will instantly brighten up and add some colour to your house, not only for the New Year but for all of it!

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Design*Sponge also have a great DIY to add an extra bit of sparkle to your New Year celebrations when you pop the champagne cork for 2011!

And if you aren’t going out for New Year but don’t want to sit with idle hands all night, here are a few DIYs to keep you going until the clock strikes 12!

Another Design*Sponge DIY! If you’re not drinking this New Year’s Eve, keep your French Press coffee hot with this lovely cozy you can make yourself!

Need a change in the kitchen but feeling the post-Christmas pinch? Change up that boring old white fridge into this Faux Bois lovely with a DIY from Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky. It should keep you awake until midnight!

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And make sure you keep your tootsies warm in the winter evening’s with this lovely Mary-Jane slipper DIY from Good Knits.

So whether you go out or stay in this New Year’s make sure you have a safe and fun time! I’ll be spending it in with my sister watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, DVDs and most likely a few Poirot’s and Miss Marple’s! Time for me to start writing out my goals for 2011 before it gets here!

xx Crafty Love from this Crafty Fox xx

Crafty Foxes Christmas Wants

29 Nov

If you are a follower of my Twitter, you will see that I’ve been updating periodically with a number of Christmas Wants. Some of these are personal choices that I would love for myself, others are amazing things I’ve come across and think would make perfect gifts. I have tried to categorise each time I post but sometimes I post whatever I find at the time!

I’ve decided to post them on here as many places will have shipping deadlines and if you fancy any of these as gifts you’ll need to get them soon! I’m posting from most recent tweets as well, hence the backward running order!

Christmas Want 12: Channel your inner Classic Hollywood starlet in this beautiful capelet. Feathers are officially in. http://etsy.me/e1umEP

Christmas Want 11: A @giantdwarf Starlette Crown is the perfect way to accessorise this holiday season! http://etsy.me/ftwCCd

Christmas Want 10: Power women + fashion accessories = Cleo Ferin’s creations. I’m particularly fond of Calamity Jane…http://bit.ly/eUELUB

Christmas Want 9: For the little ones…something from Little Sapling Toys. Gorgeous wood toys and teething rings!http://etsy.me/hhwQKs

Christmas Want 8: This amazing metal antler hook from Formed&Found on @poppytalk ‘s handmade gift list! Perfect!http://bit.ly/evfT2o

Christmas Want 7: @skunkboy ‘s ridiculously cute owl ornament! This is a personal want, for sure! http://etsy.me/hw5Dxs (These have now sold out but there a few other very cute bits and pieces in the shop)

Christmas Want 6: Who doesn’t want a bow tie from @hidinginhere‘s Forage collection?! They are perfect in every way – http://forage.bigcartel.com/

Christmas Want 5: The perfect vintage knitting accessory. Keep those paws off your project in a vintage yarn holder!http://etsy.me/fZGpBv

Christmas Want 4: Always wanted a beard but not the hassle of growing one? Problem solved! http://etsy.me/fy9ovC

Christmas Want 3: Cupcake Kitten Hat Knitting Pattern by tinyowlknits (I’m knitting the deer hat pattern now!)http://etsy.me/af42sj (I actually bought this and am looking forward to knitting it up after Christmas – I’ve requested the wool as one of my gifties!)

Christmas Want 2: Original Silhouette Antlers ink drawing by @CharmaineOlivia http://etsy.me/9QzZmj

Christmas Want 1: Color Wheel Necklace from @yellowowlwkshop http://yellowowlworkshop.com/pendants.html

Now some of these gifts definitely blow the budget, others are very reasonably priced. The one thing you will recognise about all of these though is that they are all HANDMADE! Each and every item is supporting an artist, crafter or otherwise and I think that at Christmas time this is important. And when you give something like one of these gifts to your loved one/s they will know that you took the time and effort to find something special!

I can’t believe that it’s almost December (1 day away!!). This year has flown by sooooooo quickly and I can’t quite believe the year that I’ve had. Ups and downs, and I’m slightly glad it’s coming to an end. Although there are plenty of things that went well this year it’s possibly been the worst year of my life so far…but that’s for another post!!!

To end on a high, I’ll be posting a little more regularly again soon. I’m busy trying to make all my Christmas gifts but my fingers need a break from sewing, knitting and other crafty escapades and the computer has become that! Hehe. Until then….

xx Crafty Love from a Christmassy Crafty Fox xx

The Last Wednesday Knitting Club…

1 Apr

…IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! (Can you tell I’m happy? Haha)

Last night happened to be the inaugural meeting of The Last Wednesday Knitting Group at The Travel Bookshop, Notting Hill. As founder and organiser, I was sure that no-one was going to turn up and the scones I’d baked for the occasion would be solely eaten by me in between sobs over a failed venture! Haha. But alas, I was wrong! 6 people turned up (7 including myself) which I think for a first meeting was a very nice number indeed!! Here are a few photos from the evening.

Lots of knitting happened, lots of talking happened and (happily) lots of eating of scones happened! Hooray! Hehe. I always get nervous when I bake for people so I’m glad they were scoffed down with enthusiasm!

I’m so happy and relieved that the first meeting of The Last Wednesday Knitting Club went well and now I’m off to plan the next one! At least I have a month to do so this time! Haha. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for The Last Wednesday Knitting Club, email jaqueline(at)craftyfoxes(dot)co(dot)uk, and we’ll keep you informed of any special events and important dates in The Last Wednesday Knitting Club diary!

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely, lovely ladies that came last night and I hope to see many more ladies (and men, you’re welcome too!!) at the next meeting! And a ma-hoo-sive thank you to Saara for the use of The Travel Bookshop (you’re amazing!). Right, now it’s time for me to get some more knitting done!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

21 Jan

I can’t believe that Thursday has come around yet again! January seems to be going by so quickly too, it’s crazy!! I’ve been doing a few things this week but one recurrent activity has been knitting my boyfriend’s scarf. This is what it looks like so far…

Boyfriend's Scarf....so far

I found the pattern on Ravelry (click image for original pattern), which has recently become my best friend EVER! Haha. I’ve been searching specifically for fingerless glove/mitten patterns (and then being distracted by Selbu mittens), as those are the next on my project list. So this Pretty Things Thursday is dedicated to pretty knitting patterns! I’ve found a few patterns I want to try out below.

(Yes, both patterns have been knit with Noro yarn. My current favourite yarn in the whole wide world! Loves!)

I love Totoro and as soon as I’m good enough and learn to knit Selbu mittens these will be mine, all mine!

I absolutely love the colour of these socks and would love to have a pair exactly like these!!

This cute little owly number is for a pair of fingerless mittens. To be honest I really want to start these now, but I know that if I do I’ll become a woman obsessed and won’t finish anything else, haha! So these are a little treat for me for as soon as everything else has been done.

I really love the pattern that’s been created when knitting up this bag and would love to have something like this to carry around in the spring/summer time. Although it would look just as appealing in autumn/winter too!

(All images link to their Ravelry pattern. Most of the patterns are free but require a Ravelry account to access them. Signing up to Ravelry is free so why not do it already? If you haven’t that is, hehe.)

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this Thursday! I’m going to continue with my boyfriend’s scarf and hopefully get it finished by next week sometime. Then I only have another scarf to knit for my brother-in-law, fingerless gloves to crochet for my auntie, and countless hat, scarf and glove projects for both myself and others! Fun times ahead. Yay!

Let me know what WiP’s (works-in-progress) you have right now and link here to any pretty patterns you’ve found lately! I’d love to see them!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

14 Jan

Well, it’s getting late over here and I’m only just getting my Pretty Things Thursday post up. I’ve had a bit of a busy day in terms of being out for a couple of hours and filling out more application forms than I can shake a stick at! First things first though. If you haven’t read my blog post below please go to Janel’s blog, Run With Scissors – I’m one of her featured guest bloggers and have a little giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on the post and you’ll be entered! Simples!! Oh, and welcome to all the new readers that have come from her blog!!! I hope you like what you’ve seen!

I will admit I’ve been lagging behind a little bit in finding pretty things. I’ve been busy with my job applications so have been severely limiting my ‘looking at pretty things’ time and using it as a reward for when I get something important done! But I have found a few things that I can share with you today so fear not!!

Cute little squirelly brooches (my woodland animals obsession hasn’t shown any signs of letting up yet!!)

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge Blythe fan but Katie (of Skunkboy Creatures) did a customisation of this one and I love it! Is it strange to want to look like her? Hehe.

Katie also posted this picture on her blog today. It’s one of the cutest pictures I’ve seen in such a long time!! I just want to give the little Scout a hug! He’s such a little dude!! Love it!!

I love the simplicity of the photos Tif takes over at Dottie Angel. And I’m a sucker for the colours she uses and puts together in her crochet and portraits. I’m thinking of making a few garlands myself this year to try and add a bit of simple decoration to my flat.

I am going to make this blog post a short one today as I need to have an early night and be bright and sparky for tomorrow and whatever it brings me (probably more application forms, haha). I’m going to end my evening watching some trashy films (i.e. bad action films not rude ones!!) and carrying on knitting a scarf for my lovely boyfriend. He likes it so far and it should be finished by next week sometime…I’m giving myself a little while longer than most would as I’m still not as quick as seasoned knitters such as my mum and Vivianna!!

Have a great weekend people and I’ll be back on Sunday for the weekly round-up!! And leave some comment love too, I love hearing from my readers!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

10 Jan

This week has been a busy one for me. I’ve spent a lot of time looking for work and hopefully one of my applications will be successful soon! Please keep your fingers and toes crossed (and a prayer or two would be appreciated if you say them!) – I am getting pretty desperate for work as I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen week after week. This is the first time I’ve been unemployed (and it wasn’t be choice) so it’s a little scary and why I might seem so worried about it too!

Apart from job hunting, I’ve also been catching up on some knitting and crocheting that needed doing. It includes 3 scarves, 1 hat and 2 pairs of fingerless gloves. So far I’ve almost finished one scarf for my boyfriend’s cousin (I’m on the final stretch now!) and then I’m going to try and master knitting with circular needles. I really want to do things the easy way and gloves and hats are easier to make with circular needles! Wish me luck with that one!! (Oh and Vivs, be prepared for a few emails/tweets with the subject line “HEEEEEEELLLLLLLP!”, haha).

Sticking with the knitting theme, I’ve got a new wool obsession. Noro. I admit that I used to bunch it in with the regular self striping wool you usually get for socks (in variegations that I usually don’t like). However I had an epiphany when I saw these finglerless gloves Vivianna was knitting…

The colours of this particular variegation just melted my heart as soon as I saw them. So, naturally I’ve been looking all over the place to try and find the best pictures to show how each different ball of wool knits up. I found some very nice pictures courtesy of Ravelry…(each picture links to the pattern – you will need a Ravelry account to access them.)

(P.S. If anybody wants to get me some Noro wool for my birthday in March, it’ll be greatly appreciated!! I have succumbed and bought a couple of balls as I want to try out a project or two but they are one of the pricier wools available on the shelves although for their quality they’re quite reasonably priced compared to others!!)

So what else has been inspiring me this week?

Inspiration Board

My new inspiration board. I’ve been trying to fill it with all the things I need to keep me inspired and that have recently been inspiring me. I do the majority of my crafting in the living room on the sofa and this sits exactly opposite where I usually park my bum. It’s been a good way for me to really think about what my inspirations are for the things I want to make over the next few weeks, months and years (Jamie, your photo was the first thing to go on there!!).

Oh and for those of you who like peeks into the craft areas of other people, say hello to my yarn stash…

The Yarn Stash

It’s not the best picture (I guess everyone knows how good natural light is in the winter when it’s not sunny!!) but this is what I own. There are projects in mind for quite a few of the skeins that are shown. I just have to actually sit down and make them. But I have a serious motivation for that now as I’m finally sitting down and writing a business plan and timeline. Everytime I get one thing done I will be able to sit down and do a just-for-me project…and believe me, there are A LOT of just-for-me projects I want to do, haha.

So that’s my Sunday Round Up for this week, and again the first of the New Year! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and please keep your fingers crossed for me that something comes along soon in the job department! I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and have a fantastic week ahead. And let me know if you’ve got any Noro projects on the go and I’ll link them on here!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx