How to build a yarn shop…eh…2

If you have followed my woolly adventures for a while you know that moving into new premises last year was a mile stone which meant (and still does mean) a lot to me! Imagine that, new bright and large premises on the high street! You also know that when we were finished building the shop I swore to never put myself through something like that ever again (at least not for a very very long time).

Maybe this is why I didn’t see it coming, honestly it came as a complete surprise to me: the realisation that we needed even more space, we were running out of shelves. So what else was there to do but to dig into the closet to find brushes and tools, paints and fillers, and most importantly call the carpenter. Let me tell you, our May turned out to be quite busy… I tried to make some sort of a project diary over at Knit with attitude’s Instagram, but now that it’s all been done I’ll share the highlights with you here on the blog. Enjoy! (for random glimpses of our everyday life in the shop, please follow Knit with attitude on Instagram.)

Our beautifully wall papered back room wall got damaged due to a leak, and had to be re-done.

Our beautifully wall papered back room wall got damaged due to a leak, and had to be redone as well.

Closing the shop for a few days, packing away the yarns to protect them from dust and odours.

Closing the shop for a few days, packing away the yarns to protect them from dust and odours.

Space cleared and old shelves coming down.

Space cleared and old shelves coming down.

Choosing the perfect colour! (Which is great fun)

Choosing the perfect colour! (Which is great fun)

I'm telling you: No shop fittings from Ikea in this shop!

I’m telling you: No shop fittings from Ikea in this shop!

Watching the paint dry. Very exciting, we're nervous to see if everything will come together as we planned it to.

Watching the paint dry. Very exciting, we’re nervous to see if everything will come together as we planned it to.

Turned out that we in deed picked the perfect colour!

Turned out that we picked the perfect colour in deed!

The fun begins right here, what goes where...

The fun begins right here, what goes where…

Getting there, a few bits and pieces that need to be changed and swapped around.

Getting there, a few bits and pieces that need to be changed and swapped around.

And there you have it: our new space done and ready for you to enjoy!

And there you have it: our new space done and ready for you to enjoy!

And the best part is: more space gives room for more yarn!

Counter Yarn Bomb

A while ago, or to be honest it must have been around last Christmas, I kept posting pictures like this on my facebook wall, boldly stating that no-one would be able to guess what we were planning to use these squares for. I didn’t think it would take me months and months to get to the revelation of it.

Counter Granny Squares

The crocheting of the granny squares didn’t take us long, but figuring out the best way to attach the cover to the counter, and getting perfectly fitted glass, did in deed take a small eternity. But here you have it, our yarn bombed counter. Those of you who been following me for a while know that yarn bombing has a special place in my heart, and this is our tribute to all those lovely and bold yarn bomb statements out there, although ours doesn’t carry a message with it except from being visually exciting and pretty. And yes, we are mighty pleased with the result and our selves.

Counter at Knit with attitude

We were aiming for a floating box effect and I think that we’re pretty much spot on. What do you think? The colours are rather stone-like, however it’s incredibly lightweight and soft to touch as it’s constructed from Ushya, which is a chunky merino wool. Also, as the wool is only temporarily fixed, we’re free to change the look as we wish, we’re already discussing the colour scheme for the spring, bold and bright is what can be expected.

Counter Corner

A big thanks to my lovely partner in crime and shop housemate Jess, Of Cabbages & Kings, who had to teach herself to crochet in no time as I refused to do it all, and last but not least Finch Munro for both the design and build of the project.

Floating Box

DIY Love – Pinterest Round Up

We’re going to a viewing today, my husband and I, although I wont get my hopes up too high it seems perfect, three bedrooms and a garden. We’ve been looking for more than a year now, but as the rent in London is reaching it’s all time high, it seems like it is impossible to afford what we need. BUT, you’re always allowed to dream, and I do, I dream about the perfect house where we can settle down and stay, forever. And while I dream I gather ideas, ideas on how to make my future home beautiful. These are my latest Pinterest DIY finds, enjoy!

Make your own vintage style poster - via azul homeMake your own vintage style poster – via azul home

Make a pretty pouf - via better homes and gardensMake a pretty pouf – via better homes and gardens

How to transfer a photo onto wood - via a beautiful messHow to transfer a photo onto wood – via a beautiful mess

5 Ways to Color Mason Jars - via Lilyshop Blog5 Ways to Color Mason Jars – via Lilyshop Blog

How to sew the perfect cushion -  via Vintage RevivalsHow to sew the perfect cushion – via Vintage Revivals

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.