Monday, 20 April 2015

Lace Headband Pattern

I've just added this cute lace headband pattern to my Etsy Shop. It is an easy pattern if you are familiar with knitting Knit, Purl and Yarn Over stitches. I have made the version below in my own hand dyed double knitting wool. The pattern could be made in 100% wool, acrylic, bamboo or cotton and is perfect for the summer. This is just one of many patterns I will be uploading to my shop as I am working on some new ones to go with my handspun yarn too.

It's been awhile since my last post but I have been really busy with family life, hand spinning and keeping my ArtyThreads Etsy Shop up to date. I will do a catchup post at some point! Anyway the pattern is available as an instant download in pdf format. It is knit on 4mm (US 6) needles and is knit in DK yarn.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Snow, Updates and a Bright Granny!

I have been busy this weekend finishing sewing up another bright granny square blanket. I made a similar one last year to go in our campervan and I had some squares over so I have added a few more to make a bigger blanket to go on my bed. Once I get all the squares sewed up I'm going to add a border in black and orange around the edge, not sure how big it will end up but hopefully big enough for a double bed!

If you visit my blog often you may notice I have been doing a few updates, including a new wider and whiter look, new header graphic and some updates to my about page. You will also notice that I have added a separate page for free patterns and projects which I will be adding too soon. I'm also going to have a go at a few new stitch videos this week so do watch out for those.

I did mention snow in my blog title and that's because we are experiencing a bit of a snow shower at the moment. No pics of the snow though as it's quite dark and dreary at the moment and it's not sticking much either so you will have to make do with pics of my granny blanket! Anyway back to it hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Crochet Hook Roll

I have been busy making myself a crochet hook roll today. It was nice to do a bit of sewing and hand embroidery for a change! It’s been a really sunny day today, though cold and I am really pleased with my new felt hook roll! I was thinking of making some for my Etsy shop but thought I would see if there was any interest first!

The roll fits my set of 9 KnitPro hooks comfortably but will accommodate standard size hooks too! I have some felt in stock to make a hook roll in purple and yellow, blue and white and red and green. If you would like another colourway just let me know.

If anyone would like one made to order the price is £12.50. Post & packaging would be extra. If interested please email

I have added the word HOOKS in hand embroidery to the flap (see photo) but this could be personalised with a name if you wished instead.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Cable Cardigan and Other Stuff

Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been feeling pretty under the weather lately and back and forth to the docs. I have been keeping myself busy though with finishing the cable cardigan for my daughter and a few new products for my Etsy Shop.

I have completed the back and one front of the cable cardi and I'm now on the second front (see below). I think this is going to turn out really well and will be great for my little girl to wear when we are camping. I am longing for Spring and the camping season to begin. It will be great to get on the beach and breath in some sea air! I'm definitely feeling like I need a change of scenery at the moment.

I have just started adding some of my handspun yarn to my Etsy shop and I have two more skeins to add this week. I'm really getting used to my new Kiwi spinning wheel so I plan to add some more handspun yarn to my shop over the coming months. It's good to be busy and you can never have too many projects on the go!

Cable Cardigan

Cornish Seas - Jade Merino Wool and Silk Handspun Yarn

Cosmic Sunset - Merino Wool Handspun Yarn

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Closing The Hand Embroidery Network

If you are a member of the Hand Embroidery Network you will have already heard about my decision to close the network. It was a hard decision to make especially after nearly six years but I feel now is the right time for it to close. In recent times due to ill health and family commitments I have not been able to give it my full attention. I know that over the years a lot of HEN members have developed friendships with likeminded people through their love of embroidery and I am hoping that these members will find ways to keep in touch. I wish everyone my very best wishes.

I will be keeping my blog going and still sharing all of my creative endeavours with you all and hope that you will continue to follow me.

Sarah x

Saturday, 17 January 2015

It's Been Snowing!

Yep, we finally have some snow that appears to be staying! It has been on and off all week but today it looks as though it's in for the day. I love it when it snows it makes our little town look so picturesque! My little girl gets really excited. The first thing she said this morning when she saw all the snow was "mummy we can build a snowman' lol she loves the film Frozen and I think she is hoping to build Olaf the snowman from the film, bless her!

Yesterday I cracked on with knitting my little ones cardigan, which I am now happy to say I am on the raglan shaping! Yay! I had to do four repeats of the cable pattern before I reached the shaping though. The picture is a bit grainy as it has been really dark and everyday we have had to have the lights on it so dark outside.

In the evening I decided to work on a new pattern for fingerless wrist warmers knitted in the round. I usually don't knit them like this but I thought I would give it ago. The wool I hand dyed awhile ago using Kool-Aid in the microwave, so it was hanging about waiting for the right project. I might try a lace pattern pair next.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

2ply Green Alpaca Yarn

I've just finished spinning my green alpaca yarn this morning. I spun two singles and them plied them together to make a 2ply yarn of 16 WPI so should be about a fingering weight yarn I think. I might make a lace scarf or shawl with this yarn. There's quite a bit of it so hopefully I will have enough!