Thursday, 23 April 2015

Joy and Woes



Joys and Woes


I finally managed to finish the Spring Shell Sweater pattern! I just need to calculate yarn requirements and get some proper photos taken, so hopefully it should be popping up on Ravelry within the next week. It will be available for FREE until I can get the photos done and edited!



This week I have been working on a new sock design, which I’m quite excited about. Here’s a little sneaky peek…




I’ve also finished my first square for the Geekalong blanket.



I really need to get a move on if I’ve got any hope of finishing before the end of the year. I decided to learn Tunisian crochet for this project, and I must say it is addictive, and a lot of fun! If you want to find out more about the Geekalong blanket, then you can click on the little icon in the right sidebar and that should take you where you need to go.


Everything around my house is falling apart now that the warmer weather is here. My car likes it’s own engine management light so much, it keeps switching it on for no discernable reason. The garden fence is doing a great impression of the Grand Ole Duke of York for the third spring running. And the boiler is being weird again. I’ve decided I need to live in a flat with no gas supply, no garden, within walking distance of major amenities so I don’t need to drive anywhere. I bet I’d save about £100 per month.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Xavier the Owl by ThePandaEmporium - Etsy Update #2

Xavier the Owl by ThePandaEmporium on Etsy.

A lovely squishy fellow with a wide, friendly, face. Ideal for snuggles, and he also doesn't mind too much if you use him as a small pillow. Hand knitted from acrylic yarn and stuffed with polyester filling. Not suitable for children due to small parts. 24cm x 25cm. Hand wash in lukewarm water. From a pattern by Emily Ivey.

Pink owl available from stock, or can be custom knit in colours of your choosing. Please allow an extra 14 days for custom items.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Etsy Shop update #1

Lovely, warm, cabled cowl available on my Etsy store for £10! Get £5 off your £20 purchase with code Cisforchristmas until 31st Dec 2014 x

Blue Cabled Cowl with button detail by ThePandaEmporium on Etsy.


Lovely, warm, cabled cowl available on my Etsy store for £10! Get £5 off your £20 purchase with code Cisforchristmas until 31st Dec 2014 x

A Bunny’s Tale (part 1)

Or why one small free kit took three days to make


This is the saga of one small bunny kit, which came free early this summer on the front of an issue of my favourite magazine, Mollie Makes. I love the kits that come on the front of this magazine. I’m on the move a lot, and it is so easy to look at the packet, see what extras I need to grab, and put it all in my bag as I walk out of the door. So on Monday I grabbed the Pom Pom Tail Plushie Bunny kit from out of the basket, checked the kit list on the packet, put some scissors in my bag and got Issue 39 off my bookshelf. See how it says Issue 39, right here on the back?



But when I got to my destination and unpacked my bag, I found that Issue 39 wasn’t the right issue Sad smile


So there I was, stuck for 2 hours in my car with nothing to do except fiddle with my phone.

Tuesday dawned, and another two hour car session. I’d discovered the previous evening that the correct magazine was number 40, and I felt completely prepared. I launched into my snipping and sewing with gusto…only to find that there was no blue thread to sew the bunny face on with. Improvise! I thought, and sewed the face on rebelliously with black instead. Then I was dismayed to discover that there was no eyes in the kit either.


Oh, sorrowful me. I did as much as I could, then returned home again with my incomplete bunny. Would I be able to find some substitute eyes at home?