Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Lynne's Pattern Parlour - for fun patterns to knit and crochet
Lynne's Knitted Notions - for fun knits and fab gifts
You can find both of these shops on etsy and folksy and I'm pleased to say they're both doing well. My aim next year is to build up more stock for Lynne's Knitted Notions. My neck cosies are really popular, as are my flower neck scarves and my little amigurumi creatures.
My daughter has been a great help too - she helps me to knit when I'm really busy and is a great model, being so beautiful. She has some great marketing and business ideas - remarkable, considering she's only 16.
Our Waldo scarves are becoming more popular - I'm working on a new design for a Waldo hat, so watch this space. If you haven't heard of Waldo the Worm - click here to buy his fab book. Great for kids and adults too - the artwork is amazing ......
I've designed for Let's Get Crafting magazines - I've been featured in every issue this year, which is amazing. I hope it continues. So what's next for Lynnes Pattern Parlour and Lynne's Knitted Notions? Well I have loads of design ideas to write up and I hope to secure more magazine commissions throughout the year. I'll be planning, designing and marketing much more in 2011. Fingers crossed for more success my handmade goods and patterns. Hope you've all had a good year too, and may 2011 bring every success.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
So I was absolutely over the moon when my ladybird bootees were accepted. Since then I've had a few rejections. But I persevered and my latest commission for three donuts were accepted. If you click on the link below you can favourite the images - so please could you take a look and favourite mine - thanks so much .....
I made these donuts because Let's Knit magazine want to feature my donut pattern. It's just a link to my folksy shop - not the actual pattern - but any publicity's great - especially in one of my favourite knitting mags.
Here's a clip of the front page of cratgawker, featuring my delicious donuts:
The donuts link to my other blog at http://lynnespatternparlour.blogspot.com/
Monday, 26 April 2010
I blog more about my daily rountine and the products I use - as my GP said - you don't need to buy special creams that cost a fortune. It's certainly helped me, so hopefully I can help someone else.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Friday, 9 April 2010
My folksy friday this week is dancing, hope you like it.....
From top left, clockwise, these dancing folksters are
1. Annabella designs
2. All beauteous things
3. Jay designs
4. LJG Art & Illustrations
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Take a 5.5 or 6mm crochet hook and make a sl st onto your hook. Join with a double crochet (dc) to any side of the blanket. Working around the blanket, dc into the space between every row. When you get to a corner make 3dc into the corner space. Work around all 4 sides and join to the first dc with a sl st.
Next row: Make 3ch (counts as first treble crochet (tr)). Work 1 tr into every st of the previous round. When you get to a corner, work 5 tr into the middle st of the 3 corner sts. Join to 3rd ch of first tr.
Repeat this row until you are happy with the size of your blanket (don't forget to work 5 tr in the middle st of every corner group of 5 sts). Cut yarn and pull through st on hook. Darn all yarn ends into the blanket and trim.
Here's my finished blanket. I'm not overjoyed with it. The creamy white colour in the sirdar spree just looks like dirty white and the knitted middle is very loose. I hope it's OK as a preemie blanket. The good thing is that it's nice and soft and the cotton mix should be great for delicate skin.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Here's my review of the yarn, after knitting with it for the first time:
Good points: Lovely and soft when knitted up. Colours look pretty too when knitted up, nicer than I expected, although he creamy white colour just looks a little like a dirty white. Cheap (69p)
Bad points: Splits like crazy. It's a little heavy and loose when knitted up - I wouldn't like to make a jumper in it, I imagine it would hang pretty badly and fall out of shape. I'm dreading washing my little blanket in case it loses it's shape.
First, I started to crochet the blanket, but it splits terribly and I got really frustrated. So I frogged it and started to knit instead. It still splits with knitting, but not as much. I decided to knit a blanket starting at one corner and increasing on every alternate row and until I'd used approx half the ball (I kept weighing it until there were 50g left). Then I decreased on every alternate row. Here's the instructions for anyone who wants to knit a really quick and simple preemie blanket. It took me about 3 hours, and because it using only garter st, I was able to watch TV too.
Using the needle size recommended on your ball band.Cast on 2 sts.
With this 100g ball of chunky yarn, I made a square of approx 33cm, which isn't big enough for a preemie blanket. So in my next blog post I will show you how to crochet an edge around the blanket to make it bigger. Here's a photo of this first stage, with a crocheted double crochet border - to be explained in my next post.
Here are my knitted folksy favourites this week
From top left clockwise
1. Sara Carr
3. Claire Crompton
4. Knit Happens
Monday, 29 March 2010
Friday, 26 March 2010
1. Widget and friends
2. Dotty Daisies
3. Once Upon a Charm
4. The Linen Cat
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Here are my favourites this week.....
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Normal buns (for non gluten frees)
Gluten Free bread or bun
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
From left to right, top to bottom, these fab folksy sellers are
Moocow - gloves
Oh gosh - purse
Sweet Scented Soy - candle
Lily Vanilli - brooch
Click here for more Folksy Fridays
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Sunday, 7 March 2010
So as well as being wheat and gluten intolerant, I am trying to work out my Rosacea triggers. So far I know they're wine, chocolate, pepper and heat. So my diet is pretty restricted. Here's an insight into my daily routine:
Breakfast: Whole Earth Organic Cornflakes topped with a chopped banana and skimmed milk (I'm slightly dairy intolerant too, so only skimmed milk passes my lips; definately no cream). Earthwhile Organic Cornflakes are cheap compared to other gluten free cereals, at around £1.30 for a good sized box that last me about 10 days and I have a big bowlful everyday. I have a large glass of 'not from concentrate orange juice' (juices made from concentrate make my face itchy - I think it's the sulphite preservatives that they add but I'm not sure). That pretty much lasts me until lunch time.
Lunch: I have Dietry Specials crispbreads with butter and tuna, ham or left over cooked meat from our previous evening meal. I love these crackers, and they're cheap for a box at about 90p. They're also yummy with jam (must be homemade for me to avoid the dreaded sulphites). I also have a couple of pieces of fruit and a gluten free biscuit (I try to avoid ones with potato starch in as these also contains sulphites which make my face go red and itchy). Trufree bourbons are my favouites, but they're a bit pricey at around £1.80 for a box of 10.
Tea: Fish or meat (chicken/turkey/steak/pork or omlette or bacon although I have to choose bacon with nitrate preservatives) with potatoes - either wedges, roast, mash or sliced, or rice or pasta (I have Dove's gluten free organic pasta) and a couple of veggies - carrots, green beans, courgettes, brocolli, swede, leeks etc; whatever's in the fridge. The rest of the family have sauces on their meals or gravy, but I just eat mine without. You get used to it and you can taste the flavour of the food much better.
Pudding: Vanilla ice cream (swedish glace is great at £1.80 a tub and it's free from everything being soya based) with fruit or another gluten free biscuit of some description. Sometimes I have a soya yoghurt or soya dessert.
If I get hungry before bed I have another bowl of cornflakes. I don't drink tea or coffee - tea aggrevates my rosacea and coffee hurts my stomach - it's not recommended for people with wheat and gluten intolerances or allergies, so I just drink hot water which I leave to cool to a nice temperature before drinking. I'm always nipping to the loo, I drink so much water.
Sticking to this diet, I feel a lot more healthy. Before I was diagnosed with a wheat and gluten intolerance I was tired all the time with headaches, bloating, severe stomach pains and lots of other problems. Now I just feel great although I really miss the wine and chocolate.
People often wonder how I cope with no wine, chocolate, cream cakes - basically anything nice!! It's funny really because I don't think of it like that. Instead I see them almost as a poison - if I eat them I have a reaction that ranges from mild to severe depending on how much I eat or drink. So I prefer not to have them at all, rather than have to deal with the consequences.
I will share some recipes asap and would love to hear from anyone who suffers too.
Friday, 5 March 2010
My theme this week is Dinosaurs. Here are my favourites.
Friday, 19 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
This pretty painting from Sascalia reminds me of my daughter. Sascalia's whimsical drawings are delightful.
For more folksy fridays see Fairly Girly, Linziloop, A Simple Melody, Pippistrelle Crochet Design, Found on Folksy, Lady Luck Jewellery, Helen Limbrick, Wellydogdesigns, Haptree and me, Hotdog and me.
Friday, 5 February 2010
One of my favourite Folksy crafters is baby blonde design here. I love the fabrics and quirky designs which are all beautifully made. This Pirate Cushion is one of my favourites.This litte hat is so sweet, from Raggtagg here. She also has a cute pair of matching trousers.
I love Elli Moody's cards - all printed from her original illustrations at a great price. See more Elli Moody here on Folksy
And last but not least this cutey Pirate Kitty from Covetables here at folksy
For more Folksy Fridays see:
Pippistrelle Crochet Designs - hares / Fairly Girly - Indigo / My pearl box - spring treasures / Lynwood Jewelry - Valentines / Rose and Raven - Leaves / Linziloop - Birthdays / Niche Handmade - snowdrops and daffodils / Hotdog and me - We love the 1950s
Friday, 29 January 2010
My theme for this week's Folksy Friday is (drum roll - ta da daaaaaa)
One of my favourite folksy buys so far is a very sweet and delicate origami crane by 'Little Crane' here
This set of four small handmade pillow boxes would be great for wedding or party favours. They feature an eye catching poppy field design in red design printed on both. By 'gooseberrymoon' here.
This pretty handmade glass pendant is made with Japanese chiyogami paper by 'Silvervescence' here. Home is Where the Heart' is from 'Niche Handmade' here. This is a limited edition run of six, made from repurposed packaging cardboard and paper and is finished with white acrylic paint.
Last but not least this unusual, pretty birthday carousel from "Under the Stairs Studios" here.
For more Folksy Fridays see
Monday, 25 January 2010
I've still not quite finished with writing up the pattern as I'm struggling with photos. I think I will knit them in a different colour so that I can take photos of the knitting stages, as the red isn't photographing well on white background. It's taken me a while, but I'm determined to write up my knitting and crochet patterns that are half done, before someone else beats me to it!!
I started off using 4ply, but double knitting worked better. I just had to adjust my stitches and spots to suit the thicker yarn. The first size are tiny, but I've left them in the pattern for a preemie baby or doll.
I'd love to hear what you think....