Wool And The Gang Knits

The cooler weather definitely signals knitting and crochet time for me. After purchasing some Wool And The Gang yarn at the Handmade Fair last month, I grabbed some more in their sale online and got the chunky knitting needles out.

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I also purchased the Nelson Collar pattern which is a chunky infinity scarf knitted in a half twisted rib pattern.

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WATG also have helpful You Tube videos to learn different knitting stitches and encourage crafters to #ShareYourKnits on social media.

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Here I am wearing my finished Nelson Collar. Chunky knitting is great as it only takes an evening or two to finish a garment like this.

This photo is from a recent photoshoot. The photographer and I realised afterwards that a migraine had started earlier in the day without us realising as my eyes are starting to drop, especially the left one. Sometimes they sneak up on me!

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Such a cosy knit!

I’d definitely recommend Wool And the Gang for kits and yarn if you are a beginner or love chunky knits. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like the brand and I love my new scarf!

You can check out my other yarn projects on Ravelry here.

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Tourist In Cambridge #4

Autumn has finally arrived in Cambridge and the city is flitting between crisp sunny days and rainy showers. The next post in my Tourist In Cambridge series catches the cottage gardens and open spaces around the city, just as the season was changing and before the students returned.

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I think this might be the last week I can get away with wearing my Swedish Hasbeens outdoors this year *sob*! They are so comfortable I may have to get some boots from the range for winter.

If you enjoy my Cambridge photographs, be sure to follow me on Instagram as I love to share shots of my city here (as well as cat pictures and bicycles!).

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Kitchenalia Book Giveaway

Our kitchen is a basic rental home kitchen, think oven with a squeaky door and standard cupboard doors. However, it does house my thrifted vintage china collection as well as my Kitchen Aid and these retro style caddies to give it a bit of style.

When the folk at Jacqui Small Publishing got in touch to share a new title Kitchenalia, I thought I’d share it and give you some kitchen decor inspiration.

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The book has tons of ideas for displaying vintage pieces in your Kitchen as well as colour scheme ideas and retro-inspired furniture.  Apart from getting kitchen ‘island’ envy, I found it to be a super coffee table book as well as a practical guide for sourcing, reinventing, repurposing and displaying.

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Whilst it covers lighting and furniture choices in quite a bit of detail, my favourite section of the book looks at kitchen gadgets, utensils and storage ideas. A favourite gadget in our kitchen is a little guillotine that cuts the top of your boiled egg off!

The suppliers list at the back of the book is a mixture of high end stores, vintage suppliers and markets. I’m now feeling inspired to put my vintage tea cups and quirky pieces on display.

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I have one copy of Kitchenalia to give away to a reader. The giveaway is open to UK readers only (sorry it’s a pretty heavy book to post!) and ends on 31 October. Just use the widget below to enter. Good luck!

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New Look For Claireabellemakes

It’s two and a half years since Claireabellemakes began and I decided it was time for a new look. That, and my old profile picture was sans wrinkles, so I thought it was about time I showed the ‘in my thirties face’.

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Hopefully the site is looking fresher and more organised and you will still be able to find all your favourite posts. There are still some changes to come (side bar categories and tweaks), but these will be gradual so shouldn’t disrupt things too much. Please do share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

In the meantime, here’s a reminder of where you can find me – come chat!

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Crochet Your Christmas Baubles

I know, I know it’s October and I’m mentioning the C word. But I’m too excited about this new craft book – Crochet your Christmas Baubles!

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I’m so chuffed to share with you all my collection for the book which is entitled Frozen Winter Wonderland. I worked on the crochet designs below for my own section in the book!

The process of creating a collection was a great learning experience. I wish I could draw well as my sketches for the publisher were quite child like! One of the things I enjoy is selecting the yarn and this collection included a bit of sparkle which was fun.

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I find writing crochet patterns a real challenge and each one I do is a learning curve. The Icy Snow Princess was made with a couple of different hair styles before her final look was decided!

My crochet snowflake bauble pattern has been made available for free on the Stitch Craft Create website, so you can try before you buy!

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I’m so chuffed to be included in this Christmas crochet book alongside some fabulous designers and makers. It’s out now, so you have plenty of time to get making these baubles for your Christmas decoration collections. I’d love to know what you think. I really can’t decide which one I like the most.

You can see my work in more craft books here.

Claire x

 

 

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