Cool down – Pinterest round up

Seriously, I’m melting! I can’t eat, sleep, walk or think, I’m absolutely transformed into an amoeba because of the heat. I’m not complaining though, after all we waited for a long time for this year’s summer to appear. Being useless at most these days, there is one thing I can do: having lots and lots of ice cream and cool treats without feeling the slightest bit of guilt. And so I present to you my cool yummy favourites! If you give any of them a go, please let me know what you made and how you liked it!

Best ice cream sandwiches - via a beautiful messIce cream sandwiches – via A Beautiful Mess

Peanut Butter + Honey Milkshake Recipe - via a beautifull messPeanut butter + honey milkshake – via A Beautiful Mess

Chia Seed Pudding - via Deliciously OrganicChia seed pudding – via Deliciously Organic

strawberries and Greek yoghurtStrawberries dipped in Greek yoghurt – via Output Equals Input

A Hank of Art

Knit Night

Oh what a wonderful sunny week we’ve had in London, and it was in due time, the winter seemed to be going on forever. At Knit with attitude we have monthly knit nights, the second Thursday of every month, and this week we decided to move outside. After having spent the whole day at work inside, it was absolutely lovely to get to the park enjoying the last few hours of sunshine. And let me tell you; this is the stuff a proper knit night is made of!

Toxic Silk in Orange

This week I’ve also had the pleasure of introducing a new and very exciting range of yarns. Sheep of Steel is a collective of spinners through the UK working collaboratively in showcasing and selling unique, contemporary handspun yarns!

Herdwick Ninja POW!

Bamboo Alpaca

Their mission is to promote the use of fibres and the craft of spinning through showcasing and selling experimental, contemporary ranges of handspun yarn.
Spinning is a valuable craft and art form worth conserving and promoting. Its process encourages investigation, understanding and appreciation of the raw materials, which are at the basis of every textile. Skillfully and sustainably produced, Sheep of Steel hope that their handspun yarns are edgy, thought-provoking purchases, which will excite and engage you.

Sheep of Steel

Maya’s Pouf

Whoa, that was a quick one! My pouf is finished and it took me about two evenings to complete it, and I have to say I’m absolutely in love with this Jersey be Good yarn…eh…strips…eh…stuff. I’m pretty pleased with my just-start-and-see-what-happens design as well.
The pouf that I have made, in addition to being a cool and comfortable accessory for any living room, is also meant to be used as storage for spare duvets. There is plenty of room,
this one contains one single bed duvet and two medium sized cushions. To access the duvets easily when needed I’ve made this pouf with an opening. If you’d rather fill your pouf with old shredded clothes or just don’t bother with an opening, the pattern also explains how to make a closed pouf.

Maya's Large Pouf

It is a few years since I’ve properly written a pattern, and although this is an incredibly easy one, I do feel a bit rusty so please let me know if you spot any mistakes. The yarn used is a crochet hook 10mm and 4 cones of Jersey be Good, 2 in each colour. Jersey be Good is an upcycled, eco-friendly product made of selvedge from the thriving textile industry. Please note that this pattern is written in
UK English, BUT I’ve made a crochet term conversion chart that translates between
UK English, US English and of course Norwegian, which you can find over here. This is a super easy project that you easily can do if you are a beginner, still it should contain enough action to keep the more experienced crocheter entertained as well.

Techniques used in this pattern:
Magic loop
Slip stitch (sl st)
chain stitch (ch st)
Double crochet (dc)
increase double crochet (inc dc)
decrease double crochet (dec dc)

Note on decreasing:
Normally when doing a dc dec you put your hook through next stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through, and again the same in next stitch before you do a yarn over and pull through all three loops on your hook. However, for the pouf I changed this a bit as I think it looks neater. So the dc dec used in this pattern is; put your hook through next stitch, yarn over and pull the loop through, and again do the same in next stitch, then pull this loop through the other two loops on your hook, skipping the last yarn over you would usually do.

Maya's Pouf

INSTRUCTIONS

With colour A, make magic loop starting with one ch st, 5dc in magic loop, close the ring of stitches with sl st around 1st ch st.

You start every round with one ch st that counts as the 1st stitch in each round, every round is closed with a sl st around this 1st stitch.

1st round: 1 ch st, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc (inc dc), close
2nd round: 1 ch st, inc dc, *dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
3rd round: 1 ch st, dc, inc dc, *2 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
4th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, inc dc, *3 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
5th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, inc dc, *4 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
6th round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, inc dc, *5 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
7th round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, inc dc, *6 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
8th round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, inc dc, *7 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
9th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, inc dc, *8 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
10th round: 1 ch st, 8 dc, inc dc, *9 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
11th round: 1 ch st, 9 dc, inc dc, *10 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
12th round: 1 ch st, 10 dc, inc dc, *11 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
13th round: 1 ch st, 11 dc, inc dc, *12 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
14th round: 1 ch st, 12 dc, inc dc, *13 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
15th round: 1 ch st, 13 dc, inc dc, *14 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

16th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
17th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
18th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
Change to colour B:
19th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
20th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
21st round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
22nd round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
23rd round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
24th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
25th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
26th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
27th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
28th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour A:
29th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
30th round: 1 ch st, dc st every st, close
Change to colour B:
31st round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
32nd round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
33rd round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close

This last part is made in colour B.

34th round: 1 ch st, 13 dc, dec dc, *14 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
35th round: 1 ch st, 12 dc, dec dc, *13 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
36th round: 1 ch st, 11 dc, dec dc, *12 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
37th round: 1 ch st, 10 dc, dec dc, *11 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
38th round: 1 ch st, 9 dc, dec dc, *10 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
39th round: 1 ch st, 8 dc, dec dc, *9 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
40th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, dec dc, *8 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
41st round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, dec dc, *7 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
42nd round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, dec dc, *6 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
43rd round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, dec dc, *5 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
44th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, dec dc, *4 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Maya's Pouf with opening

If you like to be able to open your pouf to access what’s inside continue as follows:

45th round: 1 ch st, sl st every st, close
Cut yarn, pull the end through the last stitch and weave in the ends.

Now make the covering lid to put inside the opening:

With colour B, make magic loop starting with one ch st, 5dc in magic loop, close the ring of stitches with sl st around 1st ch st.

You start every round with one ch st that counts as the 1st stitch in each round, every round is closed with a sl st around the 1st stitch.

1st round: 1 ch st, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc (inc dc), close
2nd round: 1 ch st, inc dc, *1 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
3rd round: 1 ch st, 1 dc, inc dc, *2 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
4th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, inc dc, *3 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
5th round: 1 ch st, 3 dc, inc dc, *4 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
6th round: 1 ch st, 4 dc, inc dc, *5 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
7th round: 1 ch st, 5 dc, inc dc, *6 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
8th round: 1 ch st, 6 dc, inc dc, *7 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
9th round: 1 ch st, 7 dc, inc dc, *8 dc, inc dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Cut yarn, pull the end through the last stitch and weave in the ends.
All done, now all you have to do is fill the pouf and start using it!

If you prefer a closed pouf continue as follows:

Before working the last few rounds fill your pouf. Make sure it is fully stuffed in a round shape, try to avoid large air pockets and tighter stuffed lumps of fill, stuff the pouf as evenly as possible.

Now close the pouf:

45th round: 1 ch st, 2 dc, dec dc, *3 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
46th round: 1 ch st, dc, dec dc, *2 dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
46th round: 1 ch st, dec dc, *dc, dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close
47th round: *dec dc*, repeat from * to * five more times, close

Cut yarn, weave end through last 6 sts and pull to close tightly, then weave in the end.
All done, now all you have to do is start using it!

Maya's Pouf

Hoopla Hey!

Rarely do I get as excited as I am about this new yarn. Hooplayarn has been on my shop wish list for a long time, and finally I have them in stock.

hooplas

The definition of upcycling is ‘the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value’. Hooplayarn is an upcycled, eco-friendly product made of selvedge from the thriving textile industry. These 1 cm wide strips of fabric are wound onto cones for easy knitting or crochet. Each cone weighs approximately 500g. Due to the thickness of the yarn it grows at an amazing speed. This makes it perfect for you if you are new to crochet or knitting because you will see almost instant results, and it also lends itself perfectly to using crochet or knitting as a hand exercise! Its a workout your hands have never tried before! You really won’t believe how quickly projects can be finished, and more importantly how much you get from just one bobbin. I just couldn’t help myself and had to get some for me to bring home last night. This is how far I got in one evening, and as you can see I haven’t even used one whole cone yet. I’m making a pouf, and will make sure to publish the pattern as soon as it is completed.

pouf1

Speaking about patterns, there isn’t much pattern support for this type of yarns yet, due to it’s popularity I guess most people would just get started freehand and then see what comes out of it. I did a quick search and managed to find a few examples though, and if this doesn’t inspire you I don’t know what will…
A couple of these pattern are in Norwegian though, but the projects themselves should be fairly simple, so if you don’t speak Norwegian, try Google Translate or just try to reconstruct the design by looking at the pictures. You can use Hooplayarn for all of these projects.

Pinterest round up – crafty DIY favourites

I absolutely love Pinterest. People use it in all different kinds of ways, I mainly use it as a visual to do list and to collect beautiful pictures of beautiful stuff. The only problem is that my to do list is forever growing and I can’t seem to find the time to actually do those lovely projects, but collect them and share them I can! These are my favourite crafty tutorials from the last week or so. And if you find the time and inspiration to actually try some of them out, please let me know, I would love to see the results.