Bottle Banks

Whilst I was on honeymoon in Skye I came across a rather lovely cloudy apple and rhubarb drink by Franklin & Sons Ltd.    I’d never heard of them before but have since discovered they make all sorts of wonderful drinks like Sicilian lemonade with elderflower and juniper, or wild strawberry with Scottish raspberry and black pepper.  We were in Portree at the time, at the wonderful Cafe Arriba.  As well as the drink being just what I needed on a scorching hot day, the bottles were really decorative – so I decided to bring two of them home (I did ask first just in case!)  They’ve been stood on my dressing table since July just waiting for me to work out what to do with them but I just couldn’t make my mind up.  The only thing I knew for certain was that I didn’t want to cover them as I wanted the gorgeous embossed lettering to be visible.  So, I decided to go for the simple approach – always a good first option – and turn the bottles into mini bottle banks for saving all those 5ps that seem to hide at the bottom of your purse.  I had 2 bottles so the obvious thing was to make one for each of my 2 grandsons, Noah and Reuben.

I started out by unscrewing the tops and cutting off the metal rings left on the bottle neck.  I then soaked the bottles to remove the labels and popped them in the oven on a very low heat for half an hour just to dry them out thoroughly.

 

Next I dug out my stash of jewellery making bits and bobs that I’ve accumulated over the years as I needed wire and beads.  Some of the wire had gone rusty so I had to get rid of that, but I found a lovely coil of memory wire just perfect for the job.

Using my pliers I snipped off 2 pieces that were long enough to hang loosely around the neck of the bottle with a bit left over (about 5cm) that I could bend to make a catch.

 

Then came the fun part!  Both of my grandsons love sea creatures and I managed to find some suitable charms in one of the jam jars.  I also found some lovely ‘sea’ coloured beads and set about threading them through the wire, experimenting with different arrangements of charms and beads until I was happy with how it looked.

Once I was happy with the result, it was simply a case of bending over the two ends of the wire so that I could link them together to stop the beads falling off.  Once popped over the bottle neck gravity works its magic so there’s no need to put any kind of stopper on either end of the beads.

 

I’m so pleased to have found a purpose for these lovely bottles now.

I’m hoping that as they fill up, the embossed lettering will show up more clearly too, although I think that may take a while!

Random Acts of Kindness

If you’ve read my August blog post about the flower printed paper, you’ll remember that I still have quite a bit left!  I was looking at it the other day and thought it would make some lovely bookmarks.  That got me thinking about all the books I have in the house, and that in turn reminded me of an article I’d just read in Positive News magazine.

Now, I’d never heard of Positive News until my recent Yarndale trip.  While I was busy in my workshops and generally having a wonderful woolly day, Mr HoneyB spent the time exploring the local area, and taking in the odd cafe or two along the way!  When we met up he told me all about this really interesting magazine he’d spotted in one of the cafes.  It calls itself ‘the inspiring current affairs magazine’ and it’s full of well written, thought-provoking articles, with none of the negativity and fear-mongering that seems to pervade most of our mainstream media at the moment.  We’ve taken out a subscription and it really is a breath of fresh air.

 

The cover feature in the current edition is entitled ‘Do Small Acts of Kindness Add Up?’  and it’s something I’m really interested in.  Action for Happiness is another organisation that often post random acts of kindness ideas too (they usually have a great advent calendar packed with lovely, free ways to make a difference so I’ll be keeping an eye out for that appearing shortly :))

Anyway, one of the ideas in the Positive News article was to pass on books.  Rather than actually handing a book to a friend to read though, the article suggests leaving the book somewhere so that a stranger would come across it unexpectedly which I thought was a lovely idea.  With this in mind I set about choosing 2 books and made a couple of bookmarks to go with them.  I kept it nice and simple, and just trimmed the paper to size, made a hole at one end with a hole punch, and threaded through a piece of cream ribbon (this was actually the ribbon hoops that I’d cut off the inside of my wedding dress – you know the ones I mean, clothes always seem to come with a long loop of narrow ribbon sewn on the inside of the shoulder seam to help them hang properly on hangers when they’re displayed in the shop).  I always cut these bits of ribbon off and keep them – you just never know when they might come in handy!

Next I set to work making tags for the books.  A quick Google search came up with lots of lovely book related quotes and I chose these two:

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” (J K Rowling)

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” (Stephen King)

I typed them up on some nice cream paper, added a little note just so folk would realise the books were a  free gift, then put a little gold border around them just to finish them off.

I wondered about actually wrapping the books up, but thought this might put people off opening them, so I just wrapped some twine around them and added the tag.

 

And there you have it!  These 2 parcels of joy are out there now awaiting new homes.  They didn’t cost me a penny, and hopefully they might just put a smile on someone’s face which would be wonderful 🙂

It’s A Hard Life!

Well, after saying in my last post that I wanted my ’52’ project to be enjoyable, and not stressful at all, I managed to delete every single one of the photographs that I’d taken on my phone over the last 6 months with one press of a button!  Obviously that included all of the step by step pictures I’d taken for this particular project too – I can’t tell you how sad I was when I realised they weren’t backed up 🙁

My latest project was a revamp of Coco the Chihuahua’s basket.  When this little cutie is not sitting on my lap, she likes to curl up in her bed by the radiator and snooze the day away – it’s such a hard life!

 

 

 

The photo I took of the old basket was deleted unfortunately, but the picture to the right shows the tartan fabric it was lined with along with the old crocheted blanket that I’d managed to felt by washing it in water that was too hot!

 

The basket was lined and had a thin pad inside for comfort.  When I removed the pad, I could see that the lining was simply attached by sewing through the fabric and the wicker of the basket with white thread just under the rim.  I carefully unpicked the thread, and used the old lining as a template to help me cut out the new one.  I’d already chosen a lovely bright green Liberty cotton print from my stash for the job.  Before cutting it out however, I drew around the pad onto greaseproof paper and then laid both templates – the pad and the lining – on the fabric to make sure I would have enough for both pieces before I started cutting.  With a little bit of rearranging I just managed to get them both on with a little bit of fabric left over.

There was no preparation as such needed for the lining.  I just folded the top edge over to the wrong side of the fabric a couple of centimetres to ensure there was a nice neat edge at the top.  It was a little fiddly sometimes getting the needle through the wicker but I just took it slowly and worked my way around the rim, making sure that the fabric (right side towards me) was hanging down nice and flat and I wasn’t sewing in any tucks without realising.  I then put in a line of stitches to secure the lining to the base of the basket which hopefully you can see in the photo below.

Once the lining was secure, I set about the task of covering the pad.  This was simply a case of cutting out 2 identical pieces of fabric with a small seam allowance.  With the wrong sides together, I sewed almost all the way around but left a 12 cm gap for turning the fabric back to the right side and inserting the pad.  Before doing this however, I cut out tiny triangles of fabric in the seam allowance along the curved edges which meant that the finished piece would lie nice and flat.  Finally I hand sewed the 12 cm gap that I’d left using small, neat stitches.

All that was needed now was a new blanket!  In the end I decided on a Corner to Corner (C2C) crochet design as I’d been doing a few C2C workshops and really enjoyed the technique.  It produces a lovely dense texture, and if you can crochet a Granny Square then you can easily turn your trebles into this interesting pattern.  I opted for 3 different colours, but if you choose one of the gorgeous self-patterning yarns available you wouldn’t even have to change colour and you’d have no ends to sew in either!  If you fancy having a go at C2C, I can highly recommend this Bella Coco tutorial, but let me know if you have any problems 🙂

   

And here’s the final result!  It’s really hard to take decent photos of Coco, but I think she approves! 🙂

Week 21 Update – Onwards and Upwards!

Wow, where has all the time gone!  I’m coming up to half way through my 52 project and realise that I’m woefully behind 🙁

The wedding took my eye off the ball for a few weeks (understandably!) and I managed to almost get back on track again, but I’ve had a bout of extreme tiredness which hits me from time to time and this has taken its toll.  I really wanted this project to be something I would enjoy, and definitely didn’t want it to become stressful at all.  I was reminded of the wonderfully therapeutic benefits of crafting when a friend sent me the beautiful quote in the photo below.  So, rather than thinking about how far behind I am, I’m going to focus on what I’ve achieved so far!  To date I’ve had great fun making 11 projects:

  • 2 crochet mice (Knit and Purl) to sit on my wedding cake
  • A paper ‘map’ box for my wedding rings
  • 24 decoupage jars for wedding flowers
  • A Proggy heart (this is a work in progress, but getting there!)
  • A pair of socks for Mum knitted on honeymoon
  • Some lovely pot pourri made from my wedding bouquet
  • A Liberty project bag
  • A poem picture made from flower printed paper
  • Crochet face pads and soap bag
  • A Memory tray
  • Coco’s revamped basket (watch out for this post tomorrow!)

 

I started with £52 and have managed to only spend £4.94 up to now (ribbon for my project bag, essential oil for the pot pourri and a darning needle to sew up Mum’s socks), so there’s still money for future projects if needed, although I’m really keen to spend as little as possible.

I still have the wedding wishes tags to make into bunting, and I have a list of ideas for future projects so, without further ado (and my crafting mojo back)  I’d better get started!

Thank you for sharing my journey so far 🙂

Memory Tray

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One bag of many!

 

 

For years now I’ve been collecting train tickets from special journeys, wristbands from concerts, cards from guest houses, brochures from tourist attractions, place mats from cafes, and lots of other bits and pieces that bring back wonderful memories of happy times.  The only trouble is, I’ve never really found a way of displaying them anywhere, so they remain in bags in the cupboard.

 

 

craft, decoupageWell, sorting through my craft room the other day I came across a mosaic kit that I’d picked up for a couple of pounds at a charity shop years ago but never got around to using.  When I took a proper look, I didn’t particularly like the colours of the little mosaic tiles in the kit, but I loved the little wooden tray that was in there.  It was very plain and would need decorating somehow,  so I thought it might make a good canvas on which to display my paper memories.

 

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With a little bit of help from Coco the chihuahua 🙂

I began by choosing a few of my ‘souvenirs’ from a variety of places and experimented with different layouts, overlapping the items so that I could get plenty on the small tray, but in such as way that you could still make out what they were.  Once I was happy with how everything looked on the tray, I carefully lifted everything onto the table, keeping the design intact, then I took each item, one at a time, and began gluing them down.  I found that as I worked I changed the design slightly, substituting items or changing their positions until I was happy with how it all looked.  I used lots of my trusty PVA and water mix to stick everything down, making sure there were no air bubbles or build ups of glue around the edges of individual items.  Once it was dry I painted a further 3 coats over the entire tray, allowing it to dry in between coats.

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I’m really chuffed with how it’s turned out and the tray has pride of place on the coffee table in the front room.  I still have bags full of other souvenirs I’ve collected, but at least I’ve found a home for some of them and I can relive those memories every day now 🙂

One Small Step …

I regularly see inspiring on-line posts now from folk who are trying to find ways of cutting down on their use of plastic and find alternatives to the single use/throw away culture we seem to live in.  One thing that’s caught my eye from within the crafting community is the use of crocheted cotton face pads in place of disposable face wipes,  so I thought I’d give them a try.

 

I used a lovely free pattern I found on the wonderful Ravelry website, and the pads were quick and easy to work up.  The pattern calls for double knitting thickness yarn, but the cotton I had was all 4ply so once I’d completed the 3 rounds the pads were a little on the small side.  I thought about doing a fourth round of half  trebles, but plumped  for a border round of double crochet in a contrasting colour instead (working one dc in each of the stitches in the previous round).

 

A lovely piece of hummingbird cake always helps!

The pads were so quick to crochet I decided to see if there was another similar project I could find that would use the same cotton.  I came across another free pattern from Ravelry for a little soap pouch which I love!  It’s ideal for holding lots of bits of soap that are too small to use, or you can just pop a full bar in and have a lovely massage as the soap lather works its way through the gaps in the crochet, and the texture of the crochet exfoliates your skin.  It can take a little while to work up the lather, but it’s definitely worth persevering.

This little soap pouch is a great way to practice crocheting in the round on a small project, and you simply start with however many chain stitches you need to fit your particular bar of soap.  You can stick to one colour, or experiment with whatever scraps of cotton you have.  Once you’ve reached your desired height you work a row of eyelets (see pattern) through which you can thread ribbon, or you may prefer to crochet a tie to use instead.  To do this you crochet a row of chain stitches to the desired length then, starting with the second stitch from the hook, work a double crochet in each of the chain stitches all the way back to the beginning.

If you’re anything like me, it can be a little overwhelming when you see photos of the huge amounts of plastic currently to be found in the oceans, or pictures of devastated rain forests or mountains of land fill, and the danger is we feel powerless and do nothing.  I’m pleased to be able to find a few little projects that enable me to make a start, and hopefully, if we all do a little more, we can start to make a difference.  One small step …

A Symphony in Sepia

“Pressed for posterity, a symphony in sepia.”

I spent a lovely day with Annie at Dragonfly Studios in Skye during my honeymoon.  As well as working on my spinning technique (which certainly needs a lot of work!) I also tried my hand at dyeing yarn using plants found on Annie’s croft as well as printing some really unusual leaf and flower paper.

 

Mr HoneyB had won a competition that Annie had been running, and she’d made him a beautiful notebook as a prize using some of her flower and leaf paper, and I was really intrigued to see how it was done!

 

 

 

 

First off we took a basket and picked a selection of leaves and flowers from around the croft.  We then retired to the kitchen with a cuppa, spread out our goodies on the table and the fun began!  As well as the foliage we’d collected, we had a pile of paper (all sorts of different thicknesses and quality, but roughly the same size) ready to hand.

The technique is basically to make a flower and leaf ‘sandwich’, so it’s simply a case of laying out the items on a sheet of paper in a way that appeals to you.  There really is no exact science to this – you may decide to simply place one flower in the centre of the page, or you may prefer to cover the paper with a whole variety of bits and pieces – the choice is yours!  Once you have your first piece of paper complete with flowers, place another piece of paper on top (trying not to move anything on the sheet underneath) and repeat the process.  Continue in this way until you have around a dozen sheets completed, remembering to press them down after each sheet.

Once you have your paper and flower sandwich, the next step is to wrap it all up in some more paper (as if you were wrapping a present) then tie string around it to keep all the layers of your sandwich pressed together, and to stop any of the leaves escaping.  Use plenty of string to do this as it’s important the papers are properly squished together during the printing process.

Next the paper sandwich is placed in a  bath of plain water to which a good slosh (I did say this wasn’t an exact science didn’t I!) of white vinegar is added.   Weigh the paper parcel down with some heavy stones, pop in a few old rusty bits and pieces (the rustier the better so raid the garage) and simmer for at least an hour and a quarter.  We did this outside on a camping stove, but it would work just as well on the cooker indoors.  After an hour and a quarter you can take the bath off the heat, then leave it overnight.  The following day, remove the parcel, undo the string and carefully separate out the individual sheets of paper removing the wet leaves and flowers which can now be discarded, and leave the paper to dry on a flat surface.

Eh voila!  You should have some beautifully patterned paper, with the imprints of your leaves and flowers.  The amazing shades of yellows and browns you should get are the result of the vinegar acting with the rust.  It’s worth experimenting with different foliage as some work much better than others.  You’ll notice that some produce the most wonderful colours too and you might be lucky enough to get some blues and reds.

The only thing left is to decide what to do with your paper!   As one of the main purposes of my ‘Fifty Two and Thrifty Two’ project was the opportunity to make things for myself for a change, I decided to turn one of the prints into a picture for the living room.  It was simply a case of deciding which of the papers would fit best into the old frame I had.

Once I’d cut my chosen print to size and popped it in the frame, I realised there was quite a big scratch on the front of the frame (bottom right).  As I didn’t have any others, I needed a Plan B.  The lovely Mr HoneyB had written me a few different verses that I was going to include in the picture, but decided instead to put the shortest of the verses on the front of the frame to cover up the scratch.  I really love the print and the colours are just gorgeous!  I’m still not sure I’m happy with the verse being stuck on the front of the frame though, and I may yet need a Plan C.  However, I think the best way to make my mind up is to keep the picture on the windowsill and live with it for a few weeks to see how it ‘settles in’.

In the meantime, I still have all the other prints too that I can use for future projects 🙂

 

    

Liberty Bag

Which ones to choose?!

Well, I’m ashamed to say that it’s not just wool that I seem to acquire, I’ve got a fair old stash of fabric too just waiting for the right project!

As well as larger pieces, I’ve accumulated a fair amount of smaller pieces, including lots of Liberty cotton, and decided the time was right to make a start on using them up!  Now that I’m back in the swing of regular crafting, I thought a project bag would be the ideal thing as it’s always handy to have somewhere to store current wips (that’s ‘works in progress’ for the uninitiated!)  Notice the use of the plural form there too – it’s universally acknowledged amongst crafters that you can never have too many projects on the go at any one time!

After a flick through my various sewing books, I decided to go for a simple lined drawstring bag and let the fabric be the star of the show.  Basically all you need to do is cut 2 rectangles of fabric, one slightly longer than the other (this piece will be the lining).  The extra length is used to fold over the front of the project to make the channel through which you’ll thread the ribbon or cord used to close the bag.    You fold each rectangle in half and hem around them both (making sure you leave a gap on either side at the top of the lining piece) pop the lining inside the main bag and fold the casing over to the front.  You can then thread your ribbon or cord through the opening on either side of the casing.

 

If you’d like to have a go yourself, just let me know and I’ll send you full instructions, or there’s a lovely tutorial here which will show you how to make a simple, unlined bag. 

The pattern I was following was taken from The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing.  In addition to the fabric, the pattern called for 2 metres of ribbon and 4 beads.  After an extensive root through my ribbon box I realised I would have to buy some as I had nothing long enough, but I managed to find some I liked for 60p a metre – so that’s another £1.20 of the budget gone 🙁   I did however discover some lovely wooden beads in my many bead jars that would be just perfect.  I cut the ribbon in half and, using a safety pin, I carefully threaded it through the casing.  Once I’d pulled the ribbon so the ends were the same length on both sides I went to thread the beads on, only to discover the hole in the beads was too narrow for the ribbon to pass through!  At this point I was determined not to spend any more money on the project, and keen to get it finished, so decided to simply make some ties from the same fabric as the lining, and sew them directly on to the ends of the ribbon instead.

Ta dah!

 

I’m really pleased with the result.

All I need now is another project to put inside it! 🙂

What to do with a Wedding Bouquet?

Signing on the dotted line

I was determined not to get carried away and spend too much money on flowers for my wedding, so decided to make my bouquet myself.  Initially the plan was to order specific flowers from a local florist, but then I thought why not just go along to the local supermarket the day before the wedding and buy a few bunches of whatever was available?   I was delighted with the result and ended up with flowers I’d never have chosen otherwise, including some beautiful bright sunflowers.   I also picked a pale pink peony rose from the garden to include, and my Mum brought me some gorgeous blue cornflowers as they’re a particular favourite of mine, so they got added in too!  Basically I just arranged them as I would for a vase and tied lots of twine up and down the stems to make sure they would hold, which they did thankfully! 

I really didn’t want to leave my bouquet behind when we left for honeymoon but knew there was no way I could take it with me, so had to find some way of preserving it.  I read up a little on the best way to dry full bunches of flowers and found lots of articles suggesting they be hung upside down in a cool, dry place.  Never having tried this before, but with no time to experiment with another bunch of flowers first, I decided to give it a go and hung the bouquet up in the garage once we were home from the wedding.

On our return from Skye 3 weeks later I took a peek and was delighted to find the flowers had dried perfectly.  I was really worried that the petals might have dried and fallen off the stalks, and that I’d come home to a pile of petals on the floor, but thankfully they were all still attached to the stems!

 

The colours had faded and were now subtler shades rather than the bright vibrant colours they had been, but i don’t think there’s any way to avoid this happening.

The dried flower heads cut and ready

Pot pourri seemed to be the best use of the flowers and I decided to carefully cut off the flower heads and keep them intact rather than detaching the individual petals.  After Googling several articles on how to make pot pourri, I knew I needed some sort of fixative as well as something to provide fragrance.  The most common fixative it seems is Orris powder (which I didn’t have needless to say!), but it turns out that powdered cinnamon works too, so that’s what I went with.

 

Purchase number 2!

Unfortunately I didn’t have any essential oils to give the flowers a lovely smell though, so knew I’d have to use some of my budget to buy a bottle.  The cinnamon I’d used made me think of Christmas so thought I’d team it up with some orange oil (which always makes me think of  Christingles).  As it happened, Holland and Barrett had some in their sale, so I’m now £2.74 down.

 

 

Whilst I didn’t have any oils at home, I did however have a spare lemon left over after my first attempt at home-made lemonade, so I decided to have a go at drying some lemon slices to add to the potpourri mixture.  As well as being able to dry the slices in the oven on a very low heat, it’s also possible to dry them in the microwave on half power, or using the defrost setting.  I have to say it took considerably longer than the 6 minutes the instructions I’d found stated, and after about 25 minutes I decided to just spread them out on a  fresh plate and leave them on the windowsill to finish drying.  3 days later and I had some beautifully dried lemon slices and a lovely citrus smelling kitchen!

 

The potpourri, complete with lemon slices, is now in an airtight container that gets a little shake every day to help the powdered cinnamon and orange oil work their magic on every petal before it’s time to turn it out into a bowl in a few weeks time!

A wonderful reminder of a wonderful day 🙂

My first purchase!

Finding a project to take with my on my journey up to Skye was a really easy decision – it had to be socks!  They’re such a lovely portable project and knit up quickly too – satisfaction guaranteed!   However, deciding on which pattern to go for was not quite so straightforward – you wouldn’t believe how many different variations on the basic sock pattern there are – long leg, short leg, ribbed cuff, roll cuff, cable pattern, lace pattern – and that’s before you consider all the different heel and toe variations!!  The socks were going to be a present for my Mum, so I chose a pattern I thought she would like – a simple ankle sock with a roll cuff  – and I raided my stash for a really pretty self-patterning yarn.   You can find the pattern here if you’d like to have a go yourself.

The Journey Begins …

The Hearth at Horsley

I cast on my 64 stitches for the cuff of Sock 1 at our first stop-off, which was for coffee and cake at The Hearth in Horsley, Northumberland.  I often knit socks with 4 double pointed needles (dpns) but decided to try 5 this time as that’s what the pattern suggested.  One of the many things I love about knitting socks is the fact that there are so many different ways to make them, so lots of opportunities for experimenting, which is always great fun!

 

Picking up the Heel Flap

 

Some 70 miles later and we’d arrived at Dumfries where it was time for lunch.  By this point I’d knitted the cuff and heel flap so was able to pick up the heel stitches over a sandwich at Nona Lou’s in the Old School (I reckoned it was safer to wait until we’d stopped rather than attempt picking up stitches in the car)!

 

Now that I was back to knitting in the round again, it was just a case of completing the gusset  decreases to get my stitches back down to 64.  After that it was just plain knitting until the toe shaping – perfect knitting for a car journey!

Admiring the view at the Skyeburn Teapot

We always stop for a cup of tea at the Skyreburn Teapot at Gatehouse of Fleet (you’ve probably realised by now that coffee and cake feature quite heavily in our lives!).  As it’s only 30 odd miles from Dumfries I didn’t get much more knitting done, but by the time we reached Stranraer (our destination for the evening) Sock Number One was really taking shape.

 

 

Stranraer, and time for bed …

Ben Nevis

After a lovely evening with friends at the Stranraer Folk Club, we made our way to Fort William which would be our base for the next two nights.  Sock Number One was finally finished that evening and here it is, outside our b&b, with Ben Nevis in the background.

 

 

 

Sock Number 2 started life the following day on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig.  The views were incredible but it was soooo hot!  Thank goodness we’d managed to find two little hand fans as I think we’d have expired otherwise!

 

 

 

 

Deer spotting at the cottage

Once we arrived in Skye Sock Number Two knitted up in no time (with the help of more coffee and cake obviously!) and before I knew it I was ready to Kitchener stitch the toes on both pairs to finish them off.

 

 

 

Purchase Number One!

 

Imagine my horror when I sat down that evening to sew them up only to discover that I’d forgotten to pack my darning needles!  The only thing for it was to buy some, and thankfully there’s a wonderful shop near the cottage called the Handspinner Having Fun, that had just what I needed.

 

 

Sock Number One finds his mate

 

When I set myself a budget of £52 for my Project 52 Challenge, I never imagined that my first purchase would be for something that I already had!   I was so keen to get the socks finished though to give to Mum on our return, that I bit the bullet and splashed out the princely sum of £1 for 2 lovely needles!

 

I must admit that using up one ball of sock yarn hasn’t made much of a dent in my yarn stash which was one of the major inspirations in embarking on this project.  However it’s a start, and it’s really making me think twice before buying anything new.   There are several times when I’ve been seriously tempted (I mean there is just so much gorgeous yarn out there!) but I’m finding real enjoyment in making use of what I’ve already got.  I’m conscious it’s still early days in my project, so here’s hoping I can hold out for a little bit longer!! 🙂