Friday, 27 June 2014


The second piece in my Star Trek cross stitch series.  (I told you there was more to come!)

Tea.  Earl Grey.  Hot.  Jean-Luc Picard's favourite drink.  Who doesn't love a cuppa?
As the previous cross stitch, this is available both as a pattern as well as the finished item.  HERE IN MY FOLKSY SHOP.  The pattern on it's own is just £2.50 and will be emailed to you as a jpg.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

(Spok) The needs of the many......

Star Trek.  My favourite afternoon TV viewing.  My favourite character is Data, but I decided to do some classic Star Trek quote cross stitch designs.  This first one is a quote from the one and only Spok (spoken to Captain Kirk):  ''The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.''  Inspirational, yes?

I have placed the item in my FOLKSY SHOP as both the finished product (frame not included, but I got this one for £1 at poundland) as well as the pattern alone being for sale.

You could stitch this up for that special Trekkie in your life, or put it up in your bathroom!  Hehe, or anywhere else in the house.

There are a couple more Star Trek designs on the way.... watch this space.....

Sunday, 11 May 2014


Some of you may not know of the Ultimate Warrior.  He was a wrestler for WWE (formally WWF) and other companies.  I first became aware of him in the 90's, when my brother started watching wresting.  Soon after that, I was also hooked.  Warrior was a favourite of mine, he was crazy, wore tassels and did the best (and weirdest) promos.  Sadly, a month ago (days after appearing on WWE TV for the first time in a couple of decades), he passed away.  The entire WWE Universe was shocked and saddened.  I decided, as a small tribute, to design a cross stitched based on his famous face paint/logo.

The design is now available on my FOLKSY SHOP as a PDF, or you can buy the finished cross stitch from the shop too.  I picked the colours that I thought most represented him, but he wore many colours!  If you would rather other colours then do just send me a message and I will try and do that for you.



Friday, 18 April 2014

Eat. Sleep. Knit. Repeat.

It's not often I actually knit something for myself, it's a nice feeling to finish and actually wear it.
When I was a grungy teenager (I'm now a grungy 20-something), I LOVED my vintage scouts jumper so much.  It was so comfy and warm and I'd throw it over everything.  Somehow I misplaced it... or more like someone probably took it.  
Anyway, since then I've promised myself I'd knit a new one.  Years later I finally got round to it! 

I found a pattern on ravelry for a jumper with a raglan sleeve, which was essential.  I'd had the yarn for a couple of years, acquired from a Hobbycraft sale... so I got knitting!  I gave myself the goal of completing the jumper within a month.  I didn't really know if it was an un-realistic goal or not, with having a job and planning a wedding all at the same time.  Turns out it could actually be done.

I couldn't find a pattern for the scout badge in the right size for the jumper, so I doodled one on some square paper and got knitting.  It only took about 15 mins to make and I sewed it straight on.

All the sewing up and blocking I hated.  I've never enjoyed the sewing up of things and I tend to rush it.
With this all being knitted in the round there wasn't alot to do but I still wanted it over with.

I didn't alter the pattern much at all.  I went down half a needle size, but went up one size in the pattern to counter act it.  I love the tension of the yarn, I'm glad I used 5mm needles.  I made the arms longer by adding some extra rows and also, the underarm sewing was driving me mad so I ended up giving up on the instructions for kitchener stitch and opted for a 3 needle bind off.  Easy peasy!

Over all I'm so pleased with this!  GRUNGE FOR LIFE!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Show and Tell....

What has everyone been knitting lately?  I've actually been quite productive, knitting wise, over the last few weeks.  I've knitted a jumper in less than a month (post to follow very soon), as well as starting two scarves for spring/summer.  I'll also be sharing the pattern.  They're not finished yet but I thought I'd share some pictures so you can see what style they are.

Both of them are going to be triangle shaped scarves (some would call them a shawl shape), so the big portion of the triangle is on your front and the rest wraps around your neck and comes down each side.  I personally favour this type of scarf over the long rectangle kind.

There are two scarves, each one made differently.  One has its increases down the centre, and one has its increases at each side.  Both ways make a totally different style.

This blue and white striped scarf has the centre increases, so shows the stripes on a diagonal angle.

This second scarf has its increases at each end, which keeps the lines straight.  I've gone for a half and half look on this one.

Even though the days are getting sunny now, it's still mega windy where I live.  I won't be leaving the house without a scarf for quite a while yet!