Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Statement trousers - love them or hate them?

One of my favourite trends at the moment is statement trousers.  When colour pop jeans first came out a while back I thought they were great, but didn't expect the design world to keep running with it.

I love the trend, but what do you think?  Do you wear all kinds or (like me) do some of them make you scared that they'll show every lump and bump?

Here are some of the best ones I've seen...

Currently I'm lusting over these Topshop jeans.  Love the burgundy colour and the fading and zipper detail on the knees of these is great, so simple but makes a real statement.

But I could go for one of these beauties:

polka dot Gap trousers
Classic but modern polka dot Gap trousers
green skinny jeans
Green River Island skinny jeans
Urban outfitters floral jeans
Urban Outfitters floral jeans

Or a vintage pair of red Versace jeans on Etsy...

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Knitting cast on methods

I admit when I first learnt to knit I only used one cast on method.  I learnt quickly that that wouldn't work for everything and set about learning a few more ways to start my knitting .  This post explains a couple of good methods.

The easiest (and the one I started with) is the wrap cast on.  This is done by making the first loop on the left hand needle using a slip knot then wrapping the yarn around your right thumb and slipping this loop onto the left needle, as the second loop.  Hopefully the photographs below make this process clear.
Wrap cast on for knittingWrap cast on for knitting

This is a great cast on for a nice elastic edge, however it is very difficult to get a neat edge so may not be suitable if you want that perfect hem on a sweater.

A cable cast on is beautifully neat and is used in a lot of knitting patterns, so is a great method to learn.

Starting a cable cast on for knitting

It is started in the same way as the wrap method, by making one loop on the left needle with a slip knot.

The next step is to insert the right needle into this loop, as if you were going to knit the stitch.

Wrap the yarn around the right needle and bring the loop on the right needle through the one on the left needle.

Then slip the loop on the right needle onto the left needle, being careful not to twist it.

To form the third loop insert the right needle in between the two loops on the left needle, as shown in the first photograph below, wrap the yarn around the needle and draw through so that there are two loops on the left needle and one on the right needle.

Knitting cable cast on

Slip the stitch on the right needle onto the left, so that there are now three loops on the left needle.

Continue casting on stitches by inserting the needle between the two previous stitches on the left needle.

The cable cast on may be neat, but there is very little elasticity so it is not the best method if you are making something very stretchy such as gloves or socks.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Crochet gloves

Grey crochet gloves

I've made a few pairs of crochet gloves in the past, but never from a pattern that was as simple or as fast to work on as I would have liked, so I've been developing a pattern of my own for fingerless crochet gloves with ribbed cuffs.

The ribbed cuffs have been created by working alternating raised trebles into the front and the back of the fabric.  This ribbed section allows the gloves to have a good fit but remain very comfortable.  This technique is fully explained in the tutorials section under the ribbed crochet tutorial heading.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Getting the blog listed in the right places

I've signed up to the blogging website Technorati ( so that a few more people get to see my posts, so have to include the code  4JNBV63G2TT3 so that I can claim this blog as my very own!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A bit of artwork

I've been using the free photo editing software Gimp for a while now to tweak photos and create art.  This software is essentially a freeware version of Photoshop, with all the standard tools you would expect from this kind of software plus a lot of fun filters to distort and enhance the image.  I love the oilify filter which smudges the image like an oil slick.

Tonight I've been playing around in the program creating the latest blog background (which hopefully looks as much like a paint splatter to everyone else as it does to me!)  It just seemed like time for a nice new image.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Nurturing a neglected blog

I may have been neglecting this blog recently... Well there's really no maybe about it.

All of the scarves and gloves are now in my shop ready for the colder weather to hit, so now I have a bit more time to write a few things for the blog.

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to get more written in the tutorials tab, mainly simple crochet tips and explanations of some nice easy stitches.  There are also going to be some knitting tips, along with photos to make it all nice and easy to follow.
Image taken from

Whether I can just distract myself from the fashion week photos long enough to do this is the the question!

One of my favourites so far is this beautiful flowing dress by Marchesa.  The gold work and the floaty layers are just stunning.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

New designs

Over the last few days I've been looking through the trend reports for autumn/winter 2012, checking if my latest designs are fitting in with what people are going to be looking for in the next few months.  Personally I don't tend to dress based on a trend but I want some of my designs to fit into the trends that people are excited about.

This means that so there are going to be peplums all over my shop soon (and I may have to explain to my husband again what a peplum is)!