Baby, it’s cold inside!

It’s cold! My house won’t warm up and neither will my fingers and toes. I had the heaters on during the day and wore fingerless gloves indoors! Outrageous! It’s the coldest winter in 3 years and boy, am I feeling it today. So much so that I have been seriously contemplating buying a snuggie!

Should I? Shouldn’t I? Hmmm…

I know I can make one. But seriously, why would I spend months crocheting this…

Image and free pattern from Coats and Clark

… or knitting this?

Image and free pattern from Bernat

Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. Right? It will be warm again when I finish it! Although I must admit that the knitted snuggie does look pretty cozy. No no no… Must resist… must resist…

How about you?
Are you pro- or anti- snuggie?
What do you think of those handmade ones?

P.S. Knitting party went really well yesterday! But I forgot to take pics and was too busy chatting about fibre that I didn’t do much knitting. I’ll try to take pics next time though.

P.P.S. I compensated for loss knitting time yesterday and spent a good few hours knitting today. Happy to report that I’m halfway through my second sleeve. Yay! Hope you had a great weekend!


Granny Love

Pattern and photo by Kootoyoo

I want one! I just love how the granny square is given a modern and very wearable look. I checked my stash and don’t have enough yarn for it. So I need to go yarn shopping and get a 15mm hook asap. I can’t wait to start crocheting!

Full instructions and video tutorial available from here


10 Inspiring Felt Tutorials & Projects

Handmade felt

I’m still experimenting and playing with felt making. It’s been so fun and I love the instant gratification I get from it. Here are 10 feltmaking tutorials and felt projects that have inspired me to keep exploring the world of felt. Maybe they will get you interested in it too. 😉

  1. Wet felt making for beginnersLINK
    I used this tutorial to make these coasters. Great tutorial!
  2. Felting with kidsLINK
    Small scale felting with basic materials found around the house
  3. Nuno feltingLINK
    Felting a sheer fabric with wool roving to create a stable felt. Great for scarves and belts
  4. Felted balls or beadsLINK
    Clear instructions and pictures to make felt balls for necklaces
  5. Felted wool bead braceletLINK
    Found this tutorial via WhipUp
  6. Necklace and bracelets kids can makeLINK
    I like these as they don’t use the regular round felt beads. Interesting results!
  7. Felt baby bootiesLINK
    Too cute! You have to check these out. You can use store-bought felt for these
  8. Elf felt slippersLINK
    Elf slippers made from felted old sweaters. I want a pair!
  9. Cutie-pie felt basketLINK
    Felt a sweater and make one of these to hold your buttons, sewing notions etc. The name says it all. Cutie-pie indeed!
  10. Felt boxLINK
    You can use handmade or store bought felt to make this clever box. I’ll be making one very soon

I’ll be sharing my own felt tutorial/project on Monday. Until then, I hope you have a relaxing weekend, especially all the mummies out there. Happy Mother’s Day!

See you back here soon. Ta ta!


Alligator bag?

I know knitters and crocheters are very talented. Some can pretty much knit or crochet whatever that comes to their mind. But I’m wondering what kind of mind would suddenly go, “That’s it! I’ll make an alligator bag!”

I was surprised to discover that not one, but two minds thought this was a great idea!

Knitting pattern: Alligator bag by A Morehouse Merino Original
Knitted Alligator Bag
© Nancynovember via Flickr

Crochet Pattern: Crocheted Alligator Handbag by Marleen Hartog
Crocheted Alligator Handbag
© Marleen Hartog via Ravelry

So instead of writing a knee-jerk response on why you should NOT make one of these, I’ve got an even better idea…

5 reasons why you NEED your very own alligator handbag:

  1. It’s fun! You gotta admit that life can be pretty dull at times. But not if you’re carrying an alligator bag! Imagine all the interesting conversations you’ll strike up with one of these on your lap in the bus or train. Your commute will never be boring again.
  2. Make a statement at an anti-fur/ anti-leather/ vegetarian event or protest. You don’t have to get naked to make your point.
  3. At the next Halloween party, you can come as an alligator farmer’s wife! Wear your alligator scarf (pattern) to complete your eye-catching outfit. You can be assured that NO ONE else would have the same costume as you.
  4. Deter purse snatchers! Can you imagine someone wanting to steal your alligator bag off your arm when you’re on your overseas holiday? I’ll give you a minute to really soak this up…

    A thief grabs your bag, running as fast as he can down the street. You yell, “Stop the man carrying the alligator head!” The whole street turns and watches him run. They laugh and start pointing at him. The thief doesn’t see what’s so funny. Puzzled, he quickly hides in the alleyway and looks down at the purse he just stole. He smacks himself on the head, cursing. Hoping that there’ll be a fat wallet to compensate for his loss of face, he finds nothing but a ball of yarn and a pair of knitting needles!

    Hah! Sucker!

  5. The last reason is courtesy of my husband, Richard. You need an alligator bag to stop the magpies from swooping down and attacking you on your morning walk. You probably need to balance the alligator bag on your head to be effective but it’ll be a good core muscle exercise.

Hey, I did say I’ll give you 5 reasons why you need an alligator bag. I didn’t say they were going to be GOOD reasons! So if you’ve had a lousy Monday or suffering the Monday blues, maybe all you need is an alligator bag. 😉

Bye bye now!

P.S. Clearance sale at my shop. Cute things needing a new home.


Enchanting Brooch

I won a beautiful handmade brooch on my OWOH magic carpet ride a few weeks ago. As soon as I opened the box and laid eyes on it, I was captivated by it’s beauty. This delicately hand beaded piece of wearable art is created by the talented Jodi Davis. She has a collection of stunning, one-of-a-kind jewellery in her Etsy shop.

Handmade Brooch

The brooch is pinned to my Clapotis shawl and it’s like a match made in heaven. It seems like the moon and stars have aligned to bring these two together. Maybe it will even bring me a bit of good fortune in the future. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?


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