Saturday, 12 January 2013

Weekend Reading

I hope you enjoyed last week's 'reading' post.  Here is my new list of a few things I have found 'of note' on the web this week which you might like .........
1.  I love this beautiful DIY 'Pom Pom' makeover idea for jazzing up a plain jumper

2.  I found this really interesting, 'Knitting Behind Bars' where two ladies in Maryland USA set up a scheme whereby prisoners are learning to knit. They have a blog too. 

3. There are some great artworks on here.

4. If you loved the Gangnan song, you love this free crochet pattern.

5.  Futuristic knitting could help arthritis!

Have a lovely weekend!

Bee x

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Easy Peasy Granny Crochet Cowl Pattern

Here's a little treat for you, a free pattern, designed by my own fair little hands for my
 'Easy Peasy Cheery Granny Crochet Cowl'.
I am so fed up with the dull, damp and dark days were are having this winter, I wanted to lash out and wear something colourful around my neck when I am wearing my black winter coat. 

So here it is:


By Bee & Buzz copyright 2013
Skill Level
Techniques Required
Working in the Round
Stitches & Abbreviations
Chain       ch
Slip Stitch ss
Treble      tr
Stitch      st
Repeat    *rep

This pattern uses UK crochet terminology

4mm Crochet Hook 

A selection of DK weight yarn 
6 different colours
I used yarns from my stash, Robin DK, Patons Fab and Sirdar Snuggly DK
Red (A)
Pink (B)
Cream (C)
Blue (D)
Green (E)
Yellow (F)

The whole project uses about 100grams of yarn so great for using up yarn left over from other projects.
Darning Needle

With Yarn A, CO 132 ch. Join with ss to create a circle. Alternatively, if you find it easier, join when you have finished round 1 to top of 3 starting chain with a ss and use darning needle to stitch tail end to bottom of first treble stitch. This helps to avoid twisting your work.
Round 1:

Still using Yarn A, Insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, (this creates the first tr), then make 2 tr into same ch, miss 2 ch, *3 tr into next ch, miss 2 ch, *repeat to end. Join with ss to top of first st. Cut yarn, pull end through loop with hook.

Round 2:
With Yarn B, rejoin yarn. Make 3 ch, 2 tr into same space. *Miss 3 tr cluster, in next space make 3 tr, *repeat to end. Join with ss to top of first 3ch. Cut yarn, pull through loop to finish.
Round 3:
With Yarn C, rejoin yarn and repeat instructions in round 2.
Round 4:
With Yarn D, rejoin yarn and repeat instructions in round 2.
Round 5:
With Yarn E, rejoin yarn and repeat instructions in round 2.
Round 6:
With Yarn F, rejoin yarn and repeat instructions in round 2.
Rounds 1 - 6 above make up the colour repeat and the pattern.
Rounds 7 - 12:
Repeat rounds 1 - 6 above.
Rounds 12 - 18:
Repeat rounds 1 - 6 once more.
This completes the cowl.
To finish:
Work in ends with a darning needle.

Your cowl is now complete and you can wear it cheerily with a happy smile on your face, knowing it’s a product of all your hard work and happy hooking!

If you have a go at it and want to send me a picture of your finished item, I would love to see your efforts.
Bee x
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Friday, 4 January 2013

Weekend Reading - Yarn Related

NEW FOR 2013

thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the image

As we have all welcomed in the New Year,
I thought I would try something new and blog about some of the items I have found this week on the web. 
I have compiled a reading list of things you might like to read or view (isn't this just like being back at school?  I can hear you all groaning!). 
How often I get around to doing this, I don't know! 
I am a bit of random blogger but
I am aiming high and promise to 'do my best' - Guides Honour!
So we might not see this every Friday!!
But Here Goes:
1. Knitting is the new YOGA - so I ask, 'can we think of it as exercise now?' that would be handy!

2. Crochet is trendier than Knitting at the mo!
I've always done both and will continue to do so. I love the flexibility of crochet but I love the feel of knitting too.

3.  This is a bit geeky and funny

4. A lovely free Crochet pattern for a headband!

5. A creative month of moments - I love these words they are so inspiring.

I hope you find them interesting and fun

bee x

thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the image

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Thursday, 3 January 2013


For all those who can't resist grabbing a bargain,
I am holding a January Sale
in my
(click on this link to go to shop)
Bee x
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