Tag Archives: Yarn

New Blog Alert!

21 Dec



As part of the run up to my new knitting club launching in January, I have set up a new blog for both knitting clubs I run.

Check it out Wednesday Knit here and add it to your reader!

xx Crafty Love from a 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

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

Happy Weekend!

31 Oct

I hope you’ve all had a safe and fun Halloween weekend! I went to a circus themed party last night with some friends and dressed up as a Dia de Los Muertos tattooed lady. You can’t see my tattoos in this picture but I drew some designs on a pair of nude tights – Sailor Jerry anchors, cherries, stars, hearts, etc… and wore them on my arms. I also had my REAL tattoo on my back on display. It was a very easy costume and I’m glad I trained as a makeup artist as it made doing my face really easy and I didn’t have to buy anything to do it with! I love my kit!


(Apologies for the crummy iPhone picture, I’ll post better ones soon!)

Other things I’ve been up to include dinner with friends and family and knitting like a crazy lady! I’m halfway through my first pair of fingerless mittens knitted in the round (meaning I’ve finished one! Haha). I’m so glad I’ve mastered knitting on DPNs, or double pointed needles for those not of the knitting community, and don’t know why it took me so long to give it a go! It’s so easy once you start doing it!

I’ve got a couple of other projects on the go too, including a few hats for people, a snood for a friend and this baby for me…

CUTEST HAT EVER!!! And I’m making sure I get it finished before Christmas because I want to wear this baby on Christmas Day! It’s available on Ravelry here (you need an account to see it but they are free and give you access to a huge number of projects both free and paid for – this one was $5.50). I always get really inspired to knit when the weather starts getting colder and now that I’ve learnt new skills I’m really excited to start more and more new projects and finally use up my wool stash!

I hope your weekend has been filled with not so many tricks and lots of treats! Will be back sometime this week with another blog post about something or other!

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

Things I Must Do

1 Apr

1) Go to the gym – I joined yesterday and am going for my first session tomorrow morning. I’m kind of looking forward to feeling like I can’t walk on Saturday. The pain means that I’ve done something right and I’m finally on the path to losing the 20-35 kilos I want to lose!

2) Make this for dinner on Sunday (it’s Easter Sunday after all and I need to make something nice for my boyfriend and I to eat!)

A tasty, tasty Butternut Squash Lasagne from Naomi over at the gluttonous vegan. I’m really loving the recipes she has on there (my boyfriend is vegetarian and I don’t eat meat very often so it’s perfect!!!), so go check it out if you haven’t already!

3) Finish my brother-in-law’s scarf – this has been an ongoing project but as soon as I am done here I will get on it and try to finish it to give to my sister on Sunday on our weekly urban glamble.

4) Make 5 more rings for my new etsy shop, and make the banner so I can finally open this baby up!! (I’m hoping to fund both my gym membership and a place on this class with sales from my etsy shop)

5) Draw more.

6) Continue with my art journalling.

7) Start knitting up this…

It’s a cropped jacket kit from Purl Alpaca that my parents got me for my birthday. The wool is amazing and the picture of the alpaca it came from is even cuter!! I can’t wait to wear this! And it’ll be my first self-knitted garment!

Time to crack on with the list then! Be back with more soon.

xx Crafty Love from a 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

New Challenges:New Starts:New Prospects

20 Mar

Ever since my birthday happened at the beginning of this month, things have been on the up. I’ve been getting support from avenues I had almost given up on and new challenges and prospects have presented themselves to me in the form of some very exciting things!

Number 1 –

I’ve enrolled on a 10 week Silkscreen and Printmaking Workshop and I’m very excited about it! I’ve done linocut printing before but have always wanted to learn how to screen print and make other kinds of prints. I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons in terms of the crafts I am able in and I can’t wait to finally add printmaker to that list!

Number 2 –

This is the most exciting new challenge for me by far. I’M STARTING UP A KNITTING GROUP!!! Yes, a real-life knitting group where actual people (I hope) meet up for a couple of hours a month to chat, knit and generally have a good time. It’s called The Last Wednesday Knitting Group because, surprise surprise, it’s held on the last Wednesday of every month! Hehe. The first one is 31st March, just over a week away. If live in the London (UK) area and are interested in coming along, here are the details:

When: 31st March 2010, from 6pm-8:30pm
Where: The Travel Bookshop, 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 2EE
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate//Ladbroke Grove (about a 5-10 minute walk from each)
Nearest Bus: 5245223770228 (go here to see where the buses stop)

There is no need to bring anything apart from your wool and knitting/crochet/etc…we will be able to teach the basic stitches to learners and refreshments will be available. As this is the launch night, it will be quite informal and we can discuss any requests and questions new members have about how the group will run, special events, etc…

My boyfriend is currently designing the poster for the knitting group and as soon as it’s finished I’ll be posting it here!! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at jaqueline(at)craftyfoxes(dot)co(dot)uk or leave a comment on the blog. And if anyone has any really good tips to help me run this baby smoothly, they will be very much appreciated!!

I have a few more exciting things in the wings however I’m going to save those for another post  – one of them will be a new feature soon so I don’t want to ruin the surprise just yet! Right time for me to go to bed. I’m up early tomorrow (yes, up early on a Sunday) so I need some beauty sleeps! Haha.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

4 Mar

I’m currently typing this with freshly painted nails – they appear to be dry but that is never the case so I’m being cautious!

New nails!

I’ve found a lot of pretty things over the last few weeks – this feature has been absent for personal reasons…I’ve only really been able to update once a week with all the things that have been going on in my life recently! I’ll start off with the most recent pretty things I’ve found…

Pretty cute tee-shirts from Skunkboy Creatures! With an original drawing by Elsie Cake herself!

A pretty picture from Sherri DuPree.

Pretty colour scheme from Giant Dwarf (depending on birthday money situation after Saturday, I shall be purchasing these!!).

Really pretty shoes! I have a crush on brogues at the moment but nowhere near enough money to satiate it! Haha.

Pretty yarn from Debbie Stoller’s new yarn line, Stitch Nation! I’m so bummed it’s only available in the US right now. The colours in the Full o’ Sheep line (hehe, what a great name!, and featured above) are sumptious and I wouldn’t mind a ball of each!

So there are a few pretty things to help get you through this weekend! I may be a little late with my Sunday Round Up this week as IT’S MY BIRTHDAY ON SATURDAY!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! It’s also Katja and Erin’s birthday’s tomorrow so go wish them a happy birthday too! I’m bummed I can’t be at Erin’s Alice In Wonderland themed birthday party in Springfield this weeked (so is Katja) but I’m sure we will all spend a brthday weekend together at some point! Happy Birthday ladies! I’m glad and honoured I’m able to include you in my new circle of friends! Crafty kisses and hugs!

To all you out there, have a great weekend and I hope your week has been good to you!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

21 Feb

First off, apologies for not being here this week. I’ve had a few personal issues I’ve needed to deal with and they always suck the creativity out of me. But the end of this week was better (apart from Saturday and having to deal with the mother of all hangovers!!) and I’m finally feeling like being creative again.

So what’s been inspiring me this week? A new work in progress to go along with my several others, hehe, exciting new artists/illustrators and a fun online class I’ll be taking part in.

1) My new work-in-progress

It’s from the book, Meet Me At Mike’s by Pip Lincolne. The project has introduced me to a new stitch – the chevron, and has provided me with much inspiration for other sewing and crafty projects. There are 26 projects in all and it’s such a great book to have if you enjoy crafting as much as I do (patterns are also included for the various sewing projects). Oh and take a trip to Pip’s blog here if you haven’t been over there already!

2)Exciting New Artists and Illustrators

I picked up these funky bits and pieces from the Alternative Press Fair last weekend. The drawn stickers on the left, the bag and the print are by an artist called Kristyna Baczynski. The stickers I’ve got on display are some of my favourites from the packs she was selling on the day (the bags were drawn on as well so I got an original illustration, woo hoo!) and the print was one of two I picked up for the ever-so-pricey sum of £1. Yes, you heard me…..£1!!! Amazing. It was my favourite print of hers. The other stickers were ones I picked up from another stall – the photographer is a lady called Vicky Stevenson and her small stickers had my name all over them (she also has an etsy shop). I’ll probably use them in the art journalling class I’m taking part in, which nicely leads me onto number 3.

3) Quiet Nights Art Journal Class

This class has now sold out but is being run by my friend, Vivianna. I’m looking forward to it so much. Viv’s is the lady who first got me into journalling and I’m looking forward to learning a few new tips and tricks and also getting some mega inspiration from an amazingly talented teacher and class. I’ll be sure to share a few pages from my journals here and maybe share a bit of inspiration you can take away with you!

So there you go. A few bits of fun stuff that I hope you’ll check out and that will inspire you this week! I’ll be resuming regular posting this week so be sure to drop by for some new goodness I’ll have to share! Hope you’re weekend has been a good one and that you have a fantastic Monday! And Tuesday! And Wednes………! Hehe.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx