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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Brilliant baubles!!!

I really hope you had a great Christmas. I did!!! This will be a short post as I am going to the doctors soon as I have a bad cough. I will post a picture of the final affect!! I got some lovely wool in my stocking ( rowan alpaca chunky).

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas baubles

I have been knitting baubles like crazy and have made six already! That is why I have not posted anything for a while. I have been making one a day! One of my favourite ones are a eight petal rose and a three colour ball made with a beautiful petrol greeney bluey as well as. My mum gave it away as a present and it looks great on her tree. I might just have to make another one! My mum's friend is crocheting the hooks as I can not crochet- I don't even have a crochet hook! They will look great on a small tree or in a glass bowl on my table at Christmas! I will post a picture tomorrow when I have got them all back ready to hang on the tree!!!!!!
Have a merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A christmas reindeer!!!

It took forever but I have finally worked out how to knit with 5 double pointed needles! Yippeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am making a beautiful reindeer. I am really proud of it. The wool is amazing to knit with as well as being in gorgeous colours. I started my first one last night and am more than half way already!! I might even finish it today as have a long drive up to London. I will keep you posted.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Intense fair Ilse!

Over the last week I have been knitting like crazy as I really want to finish my christmas stocking in time for christmas! At least I don't have to do two sides because if I did I doubt it would be done for next christmas! I have never done fair Ilse before and am starting to get the hang of it! Any tips???? There is a little mistake on one side, but I will just turn it round and hope that Santa doesn't notice!! I hope you like it!!
P.S am still waiting for that wool!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town

happy first day of advent, Ho! Ho! Ho!
This is our advent doll bursting at the seams with goodies! We didn't make it though. But this week i've been busy making some christmas bunting, which is now hanging up on the stair way!
I used some Pom Poms for the top of it, which I'm really pleased with.
Not sure what my next project is yet, any suggestions?
From Maisie xxxxx

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas is coming!

For my birthday last week I got a delightful book written by two men, Arne and Carlos. It has 55 christmas balls which are all beautiful!!. I think my first one will be a snowman!!! The only thing was the lovely wool which they used in the book wasn't stocked in the U.K!! Had to call on America! I bought some 100% wool batting for stuffing which they suggested and has just arrived. So soft! I also got the lovely Dale of Norway "Miela" wool in cherry red and Off white and petrol blue. I hope they arrive on Monday! Will update you when it arrives! I was also going to get a silver and gold but could not find them. I will have another look on the Internet but might have to have it from America!!!!!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Christmas stocking!!!!!

Yesterday went round to our local sewing and knitting shop were I bought a lovely pattern for a stocking made with Millamia wool. I have already done tons as is it such a nice project to do in front of the t.v. Lovely wool which was much cheaper than I expected it to be. Only around £5!! It might even be nicer than some rowan wools!!I am making the stocking on the far left!! I wonder what it will look like when it is finished! Cannot wait till Christmas now!!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Japan joy!!!!!!!

Hope you are all well!!
We have been in Japan for 10 days and got some really nice material I'm going to make a cushion out of! ( I got one metre of it.)

It was a really nice shop with lots of lovely things in. Come back soon to check out how the cushions turn out.

Have a great rest of your weekend
Maisie xxx

Saturday, 13 October 2012

My First video!!!!!!!

This is my first video on how to cast on using the thumb method. I was really nervous making it and that's the reason I couldn't do a basic knot at the start of the video but it got easier as I went along. I hope you like it!!!!!!!

Another present!

Hi Olivia again!!!
Had a whole day knitting yesterday with a friend and did tons!!! She was making a lovely scarf with cream softie wool and I was knitting my grandma a present. They both look beautiful and am almost finished myn. I have been knitting like crazy but now the weekends over I won't get so much done. I am possitive I will finish before the end of the week though! It will such a lovely present but I am afraid I can't put it on until after her birthday but it will be worth the wait I promise!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Perfect purchases!!

Hi Olivia here!!!
I have just been to my local sewing and bought a lovely pattern as well as an amazing travel sewing kit. First the travel sewing kit. It is so cute!!! I love the tin it comes in but the stuff inside is so nice!!! In it you get these really cool scissors which fold up, a thimble, some white, blue, red and pink thread, six safety pins, a tape measure, some buttons and poppers, an unpicker and some needles!!!!!
The knitting pattern I got was also really nice. I have had some lovely softie wool for ages ( almost a year!!!) and needed to use it up. I set out to try and find a pattern to use it in. I found a really nice pattern for some slouchy slipper socks which are really nice and comes with three other patterens and was only £2.99!!!! Although I will have to buy two more balls of wool they look so nice it is worth it and just wanted to get rid of that wool!!!!!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

brilliant bean bag

Did you have a good holiday? (Post a comment below letting me know!)
I've been busy making a pink patchwork bean bag!!!!!!!!! Here's a picture of it!!!!!
I'm so glad that I made it out of scraps!!!!!!!I will enjoy sitting on it in front of the tv !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend love Maisie xxxxx 


Hi!!!! Olivia here.
Have been so busy making little things. First, I have been making an ampersand for Fred&Eric the company we did the interview with. They ask people to make their version of the ampersand in between the Fred and the Eric. It uses beautiful rowan lima wool in a gorgeous ruby red. I have covered a wooden ampersand with the lovely wool and have knitted a pretty flower as well as a sweet little leaf. They're also knitted in the rowan lima. I used up some of my old scraps lima which was perfect. It would of just been pointless to have bought another two balls of the lima. I still have enough for another flower maybe even another leaf!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Our fantastic interview with Fred and Eric!!

Hi! On the weekend we went down to London to interview a company called Fred & Eric. They are a t.v production company who love getting crafty and anything handmade. They use lots of their handmade crafts for their animation. Here are the Questions & the Answers:

Q: Why did you choose the name of your company fred and eric?
A: We saw the word 'frederic' and loved the name and split it up into Fred & Eric. It seemed funny at the time, but really isn't!!

Q: What happens to all the crafts after they have been used
A: They either join the Fred & Eric family on the shelf or given away to someone very special.

Q: What is the best bit about the job?
A: Making soft cuddly toys!!

Q: What is your next project?
Well...... I think it is the green ambassadors project for WWF which will be appearing in schools next year.

Q: What is your favourite thing that you've made?
A: The little cuddles and the southern train Spanish man.

I hope you enjoyed our first interview! They were really friendly and the Fred & Eric family of handmade fun were very, very cuddly and sweet, especially little cuddles and mr special!!! They have had loads of '&'s sent in and they are all unique and fun.

Some of their animation uses their wonderful crafts. There is a link to a video at the end of this post which you can watch and an animation they made for comic relief. We would love to know what you think of the post and the videos so post a comment and tell us what you think!

Have a great summer!

Olivia & Maisie

Sunday, 1 July 2012

teacher's tremendous tea cosy!

Hi, Olivia here! I have been working on a tea cozy for a teacher at school. It has been very tricky as there was loads of cabling and it went a bit wrong on the first half but by the time I had finished it I had mastered cabling! It is made with the best rowan wool ever! I also learnt how to make a bobble which is very exciting! It feels great to have learnt something new. I have been busy making pom poms for the top of the tea cosy and they are so cool! Have just finished the third one and they are a great way of using leftover wool. They look brilliant popped on top! I really hope my teacher likes it. We bought a lovely Avoca button cup and a sweet milk and sugar jug with the same button print from my lovely local shop as a tiny something to go with it.
It would be great to know what you think our blog so please leave us a comment. Thanks!
Olivia x

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Summer scraps Patch work


This is Maisie I hope your all ok! I've been in France on a school trip. It was so fun and that's why we couldn't post! This week I've been busy making a patchwork beanbag, it's not finished yet! All the materials I've used are scraps and left-overs from other projects. My mum is very pleased to get rid of some!

We went to our local sewing and knitting shop yesterday. There was a sale on so we were in there for ages! Olivia was looking mostly at the knitting and I was looking mostly at the sewing, we were in heaven!

Have a great week!

Maisie x

Home is where the heart cushion is!


I've got tons of new stuff to put on this blog post, as I've been away for the past week on a school trip to France and have got up to lots of stuff since I've got back.

First thing is to show you my cushion. While I was away my mum was busy sewing up my cushion which I  had finished knitting, but had not yet sewn up, and when I got back it was a really lovely surprise to find it finished and ready to snuggle! It used the nicest Rowan wool and is incredibly
soft. The finished result will be on this post, but the start of it is on my first post if you want to check that out. 

While I was away on my school trip in France, I went to a market in Dieppe which had the best sewing stool. I did not buy any of the beautiful fabric as it would not have fitted in my suitcase, but could not resist getting something, so bought some lovely lace for two euros! Really good quality and tons of
it there.

Happy crafting!

Olivia x

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Queen Coming To Town

We've been busy with jubilee celebrations! I made lots and lots of bunting because my grandma was having a party. Everyone kept saying what lovely bunting it was and they were very surprised that I made it.

For our next project grandma has asked us to make some cushions for her bench. We've got to make 10(that's quite a lot.) Come back soon to see how we get on!

Hope you have  a lovely jubilee so far, and a lovely bank holiday! And hope you don't have too much rain!!          From Maisie xxx


Sunday, 6 May 2012

patchwork pattern!

Hi there! Am getting all excited about the jubilie. In school me and Maisie are starting patchwork cushions with the nicest red, white and blue fabrics! The pattern is from the latest Cath Kidston book and I am using the nicest ribbon with toy soldiers on. So cute! Have never done patchwork before so a bit nervous. I hope no more surgery is needed! Cannot wait to get started on it on Tuesday. I love that pattern!
Olivia xx

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Fit for a baby

I've been busy making a hat for a soon to be new born baby. It's the first project I've knitted and I've nearly finished it. 

I'm also in the middle of making some jubilee bunting. I haven't got that far yet and I'm just stared to pin the bunting. I'll keep you posted on how I get on. Maisie x 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Baby Blanket!

 My knee is feeling better and have just taken off my huge bandage. The doctor has said that I need to rest  it and am having the stitches taken out in two weeks. Am hobbling along for now but it should soon get better. I think I'll stick with knitting for week or so!
Have been knitting a baby blanket and it is so nice! I am using some very nice Debbie Bliss wool called cashmerino aran. I have not used very much Debbie Bliss wool as mainly use Rowan but I love the colours I am using and the softness of it is lovely! It is also a very easy knit. I know I should finish a project before I start planning my next but I have found a nice pattern for an embroidery in a Cath Kidston book. Here is a picture of the blanket.


Friday, 13 April 2012

hazardous hobby!!!!!!!

Reporting from A and E as have a sewing needle in my knee! Don't know how long it has been in there but became infected. We thought it was a little piece of dirt but NO! Sewing does have it's consequences! Am going to have an general anaesthetic. Have been here since 7.45 and it is now 3.30. Have moved from 1st to 4th on the list. This is going to be a long day! Oliviax

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Knitting in the Alps

Just had a week skiing in Alp d'huez.I was knitting away secretly in my spare time making a hat for my dads birthday. I just managed to finish it  in time for the big day. My dad wore it the next day on the way to the airport. The wool was so nice!It was called rowan lima. So soft!:) I am just about to start a lovely moss stitch baby blanket for a new born baby. Daddy said - "I love it! Better than anything you'd get at the shops! Perfect fit too!"


Saturday, 17 March 2012

Comfy cushion

I have been doing lots of sewing these last two months. I made a cushion for my grandma 's room when she comes to stay with us. It took a little while as we had our friend with us so there was lots of chatting. It took ages to pin the trimming on but I am really pleased with the result.
 Come back next week and see how we are getting on. Have a lovely Mothers day tomorrow. Maisie xxx :)

Another hat finished!!!!!!

I made a hat with very nice Rowan wool. The wool was so soft and cuddly:). It didn't take as long the other ribbed hat and the pattern maybe my favourite. This hat was made specially for my other uncle. It was for his birthday. It has been very annoying not being able to put it on the blog as it was a surprise so it is great being able to post it now.  I now have both of my two uncles both with my homemade hats! I just need to find some more uncles now!


Saturday, 3 March 2012

Happy Half Term Sewing!!

I had very busy half term but managed to squeeze in a day of sewing! I had a great time sewing with my friend. We both made envelope bags. It was great fun even though I stabbed my finger with a pin by accident OUCH! About to go off to a sewing party so will back to much more stuff to put on the blog:). I think I will make a bag.

My friend's bag.
My bag full of stuff!
Sewing heaven!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Can't sew now I've got other things to do!!!!!

Hi ,
Today I've have more important things to do than sewing! I HAD to have a hot chocolate with cream AND a flake. Yum, yum!! ( I also had a delicious sausage sandwich with a squirt of ketchup )

My grandma has been busy this weekend making bunting for the queen's jubilee. She has done a great job for someone who hasn't got the sewing machine out for  30 years! (1982)

have a great week or half term. Maisie xxx

Brrr, it's cold! Snow Fall Scarf

Brrr, it's been so cold outside I decided to make a scarf with some wool I had at christmas! Started it this week and almost finished! Still got to do the tassles and sew up. Oliviax 

P.S Uncle Nick LOVES his hat! 

Saturday, 4 February 2012

New fabrics!!!!!!!:)

Got some lovely fabrics from Cath Kidston in the sale and completely forgot about them. They are so nice:). I found a really nice pattern for a bag so might use the blue fabric (duck egg) to make it. I love the floral pattern on them and just can't wait to use them. I think that will my next project. come back soon and see how I get on.

Finished! :)

I have finally finished my ribbed beanie hat!Here I have Mr pineapple modelling it but I think it will look better on uncle Nick!   

I hope he  likes it!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

My magnificent monster!

Here's my monster cushion. I finished it today.I added the buttons for the eyes and mouth. I think its a friendly one called percy!!! I have had it in my sewing box for ages and finally I have finished it!!! Yay!

hope you all like it .Maisiexx

Nearly there!

My hat is going really well. I am really happy with it. Only seven more rows to go:). Nearly finished my ball of wool.Hope uncle Nick is going to be happy.I have started decreasing so am really having to concentrate and count my stitches.I think I have one extra stitch on the end but it doesn't matter as long as no one tells uncle Nick!:)
from Oliviax

Sunday, 22 January 2012

My monster cushion

Hi..... i'm  making a monster cushion at the moment and have done lots on it this weekend! 
Here is what it looks like so far...

I bought some lovely fabric yesterday not sure what to do with it yet but might make another cushion.

Come back soon and take a look at how I'm getting on.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

My ribbed beenie hat so far!

I've been busy this week doing a few more rows of my ribbed beenie hat for my Uncle Nick. I've got an order from my other uncle so loads more knitting to do!

Here's what it looks like so far.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Stitched up!

This is our blog about sewing and knitting. It's fun and it's amazing what you can do with it! It's great being able to do it because you can make so many things - like hats, cushions, scarves, anything really. 

Hi, I'm Olivia and I'm making a ribbed beanie hat for my Uncle Nick at the moment. 

And I'm Maisie and I'm making a monster cushion. 

And we're twin sisters!

Here are some of the projects we're working on:
Come back soon and see how we get on!x