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New year neck warmer **pattern**

17 Jan

Happy new year y’all!

Life is just about getting back to normal again here, which feels gooooood.
Here’s a little project I thought I’d share – good for keeping necks warm in all this chilly weather…


This neck warmer is knitted with Rowan Big Yarn onto 10mm needles. It would work on straight needles, or even better, onto DPNs or a 60cm circular needle.

I have made a couple of pattern options, which you can see below.


Let me know if you decide to have a go or if you’d like to email you with a printable PDF for the patterns 🙂

Gift bow tutorial

23 Dec

Merry Christmas y’all!!

‘Tis the season for last minute crafting and wondering why we didn’t start all these projects about two months ago!

Here’s a quicky tutorial for making gift bows – the perfect finish to your crimbo present wrapping! I like to make these out of Jet’s old bits of drawings and paintings. She brings SO many home from nursery these days, it’s ridiculous. There is no way we could keep hold of them all and I feel like a proper meanie when they go in the recycling bin…

Gift bow–1

Here’s how we do:


That’s all for now, so I guess all that is left to do is to wish everyone a very ***MERRY CHRISTMAS***  – I hope you have a double-brills day!!

x x x

Knitted fairy lights advent calendar *pattern and tutorial*

6 Nov

Far be it for me to mention the ‘C’ word this early on in November, but for those of us who like to be prepared and who are already of a festive persuasion, now is the time to be thinking about crafting up some advent calendars!

Here is a pic of my knitted fairy light advent calendar (original post here):

It takes a little while to knit up as there are 24 of the lights to work on, but it is fun to make and a great stash buster!
Each bulb makes a little pocket and I put mini decorations in each of those so that the smalls can hang them on a special little tree. You could always just put a load of chocs and sweets in there though, eh? – NOM!

Full pattern follows. Let me know if you knit one up too, I’d love to see your version! Continue reading

Felt woodland baby mobile with tutorial

26 Jul

Here is a mobile that I made for my new baby nephew, Dylan.

My brother and sister-in-law live on and help run an awesome farm called The Magdalen Project. They do a lot of work with conservation and educating people about how to care for our environment. I chose to do a mobile like this to help teach Dylan about different leaf shapes – cute!

I have drawn some templates and written a little tutorial for making this mobile, so check it out below if you dig…

(click on this image to go to a larger pic which can be printed out onto A4)


Let me know if you decide to have a go at this. I’d love too see some pics if you do!


Cloud baby mobile: knitted raindrops pattern

23 Mar

I LOVES a baby, me!

Some very close old friends of ours had a new smalls a few weeks ago. Mmmmmm, sniff his baby head – I can’t get enough of the wee chap!

Here are some pics of a mobile I made to go in his room. We had helped paint the walls of the nursery with clouds, so it seemed very fitting to have something like this for his mobile. I started making the raindrops in all different rainbow colours. Then as soon as he was born and we knew he was a little man, that didn’t seem quite right and I worried that it may end up looking a bit too girly. I ended up sticking with just blues and purple, which I think was the right decision.

It was fun working out the knitting pattern for the droplets (only very simple, but quite enough cerebral effort for my tiny mind).
I have listed the instructions for how to make them below.

here’s a bit of cloudy wallage for context:

Here’s how to knit a raindrop:

Yarn: DK scraps
Needles: 4mm DPNs

CO 3
Row 1: icord
Row 2: icord 2 sts, m1 (4)
Divide stitches around 3 needles
Row 3: k2 m1 k1 (5)
Row 4: k4 m1 (6)
Row 5: [k1, m1] to end (9)
Row 6: [k2, m1] to end (12)
Row 7: [k3, m1] to end (15)
Row 8: [k4, m1] to end (18)
Row 9: [k5 , m1] to end (21)
Row 10: k
Row 11: k
Sew in end from CO
Row 12: [k5 k2tog] to end (18)
Row 13: [k2 k2tog] to end
Row 14: [k2tog, k1] to end (9)
Stuff with yarn scraps or fibre fill
Row 15: [k2tog, k1] to end (6)
Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and secure, hiding the end in the middle of the droplet.
As with all knitting patterns that I have ever written, this may be wrong. It’s probably nearly right…
…your best bet is to just bumble through it and hope for the best!


Let me know how you get on if you decide to have a go 😀

Willow Christmas Wreath tutorial

17 Dec

Here is a clever thing that my sister-in-law (outdoorsy type) showed me. Making wreaths is a quick and easy little craft which is EXCELLENT for making cheap-as-chips little crimbo presents – WOO-HOO!!

Here is an example that I made out of willow for my Mother-In-Law, who is what I would like to describe as a “wreath fan” if ever there was one.

Here’s a little tutorial for good measure too 🙂

These examples have been made out of dog wood:


Simple toddler leg warmers pattern

7 Nov

Brrrrrrrrrr, it’s been getting a bit chilly round here of late!
I knitted Jet these new leg warmers to go with her new winter cardi (which I didn’t even nearly knit and bought from John Lewis instead).  They knitted up during three evening’s of loafing on the sofa watching Mad Men – what could be better?

I think knitting small people leg warmers might become addictive – it requires a good level of brainlessness for me and is quick enough for you to see the rewards before you get bored (my kind of knitting!).
Simple pattern below…

(Highly Basic) Pattern:

You will need:
4mm DPNS/circular needle or 4mm straight needles
Aran(ish) weight yarn in dark grey (MC), light grey (CC1) and pink  (CC2)
Needle to weave in the ends.

Pattern fits someone small – maybe 18months-3years or something.

DPN/circular needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC and join to the round
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
K 5 rows
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
Make another, weave in ends and you’re done!

Straight needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
work in stocking stitch for 5 rows (and continue in St st until told otherwise!)
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
Make another, sew up seams to make a tube, weave in ends and you’re done!

– Marvellous!

Cocktail umbrella wreath tutorial

19 Jul

Mmmmmm Pinterest

I have been spending what is probably far more time than is healthy drooling over this site for the last few weeks. It was my friend Carolyn’s birthday last weekend and I had seen on her account that she liked these cocktail umbrella wreaths. Thinking I was the queen of genius, I proceeded to make said cocktail umbrella wreath as a gift for her. I rocked up to her party brandishing an enormous box with the wreath in it and gave it to her. Only then did I discover that she had already blummin’ made one to decorate her house for the party!
BAH! My wreath giving high promptly crashed down in flames.

Should I have asked if she had made herself one already?
Is this new Pinterest etiquette that I am not aware of?
Surely this situation begs the question (*Carrie Bradshaw voice*) – How many cocktail umbrella wreaths is enough?

I am hoping the answer to that is “At least two”!
Here’s a little tutorial for how I made it:

Jet’s Advent Calendar

23 Dec

Hurrah and huzzah and Merry Christmas!!
Not that I am cutting things a bit fine here with it being the day before Christmas Eve and all, but I have JUST finished Jet’s advent calendar!
The good thing is that there is still one day left this year in which it can legitimately be used – but the best bit is that Jet doesn’t really know what an advent calendar is, so she doesn’t even know how ridiculously late it is – YAY!

This is my first ever knitting pattern, so I am quite pleased with myself for actually having pulled it off. The idea was adapted from something I found a while back through Google Images. Each of the lights makes a little pocket for you to put choccies or other little treats for each day of advent – CUTE!
It has been a complete mission getting it finished off as I don’t have so much time for luxuries such as knitting little whatnots these days. I am really chuffed with the results though and I am hoping that if it goes down well with the  small person, it can be one of those things that can come out year after year as a family tradition (not that I am getting slightly ahead of myself here or anything!).

Here’s some pics anyhoo:

Merry Christmas one and all – I hope you have an über-cool yule!

Much love from, Bird Face x x x

Paper Rosette Tutorial

22 Oct

Thought I’d just post up this little tutorial for how to make paper rosettes like the one I made for Jet’s birthday card.
It’s really simple to do and it looks CUTE!  ^_^

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