Yarndale 2017 in Photos

This weekend (23rd-24th Sept) marked the 5th annual Yarndale festival in Skipton, North Yorkshire. This is the 4th time that I’ve been and I loved it just as much as every other time before! Here are a few photos of my day at this wool-lovers paradise:


Blogger Network #11 – Valentine’s Day Pompom Heart Bouquet

heart pompom bouquetSo, here comes February, and time for a Valentine’s themed Minerva Crafts project! With Valentine’s Day being just a fortnight away I thought I’d use this month’s post to my advantage. However, now that I have an actual husband, I can’t help but think that this V-Day nonsense is perhaps a bit redundant.. so, rather than make something super smushy and lovey dovey, I’ve gone for a more subtle approach to a Valentine’s craft… a pompom bouquet!

Ever since Kirstie used a pompom maker on her TV show last year I’ve been longingΒ to give one a try. Personally, I see no problem with the good old circular card method, but I’ve seen so many blogs about them that I felt a little bit left out – but not any more! I may be a bit late to the pompom party but I’ve definitely arrived – in pompom bouquetthe form of a heart-shaped pompom maker. Perfect for a Valentine’s craft!

I chose to make my heart pompoms in a variety of blue yarns – it matches our bedroom just marvellously and is a bit more ‘manly’ (if pompom hearts can ever be called manly!) for my husband. To make them, you simply wrap your yarn around the arms of the pompom maker, close it up, tie another piece of yarn tightly around the middle, cut all the way around the edges and then pull really, really tightly to seal the deal. This sounds like the easiest thing ever but, believe me, you have to go careful otherwise you can get a bit over-excited and end up with tiny bits of cut-up yarn all over the carpet…

heart pompom maker

Anyway, once I’d made a good handful in various shades of blue, grey and cream (I think there’s a topical 50 Shades of Grey/Valentine’s day reference in there somewhere), it was time to make them into a bouquet. To do this I got hold of some wooden skewers and simply poked one into the middle of each pompom. Easy! I also cut some of the skewers to different lengths to give the bouquet a bit of varying height and then popped them into a glass vase on my windowsill.

This is such an easy Valentine’s day craft – great for both kids and grown ups – and I’m sure you could make just the same for Mother’s Day too. Give it a try! ❀

Knitting a Woolly Hat

Carol Meldrum woolly hatIt’s September, it’s almost Autumn and it’s very nearly the time to start wearing wool again! Normally when the winds are blowing and the rain is falling I turn to my knitted beret (shop bought, I must admit) but this year I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at making my own hat.

The pattern I’ve picked is one from the book ’30 Minute Knits’ by Carol Meldrum. I highly doubt it’ll take me just 30 minutes to make, but I’m going to try my best. I’ve also been assured by McA Direct (a knitting store who contacted me through Twitter) that wool, needles and knitting bookthe author, Carol Meldrum, creates patterns that are lots of fun to do! So fingers crossed…

The pattern calls for one 100g ball of super chunky wool and 12mm knitting needles. I don’t own either, so on my lunch today I popped down to the wool shop in my town and picked up the couple of things you can see in the picture. I’ve got some jumbo-size, plastic, 12mm needles (they look a bit like toy knitting needles!) and some Wendy Mega Chunky Wool in shade 2244 – this is apparently silver but I’d say it was more a grey-blue colour.

Now I just hope that it goes to plan, I can polish off the rust and I can remember how to knit!