Episodes

From Ewe to Yarn: Short back and sides.

Image details: ‘Warning Sheep!’, by pearsongraphics, via Flickr Sheep shearing and wool production has been an important part of the UK’s sheep industry for the past 6000 years. Sheep are usually sheared at the beginning of the summer months, as they no longer naturally moult, to prevent them overheating in the warm weather. For many…

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Mobile me…

Image Details: “{11} The view from the cot”, by scribbletaylor, via Flickr Now you may be as surprised as me to discover that it is really hard to find anything on Google to tell me the origin of the baby mobile. I can buy swathes of horrid plastic mobiles in varying price ranges from seemingly…

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Babybee

Image Details: ‘Baby girl album’ by jerseygal2009, via Flickr. Things have been a little quiet on the crafting front at Shinybees HQ for the past couple of weeks since a special delivery on 28th March, when the Babybee came crashing into the world. Whilst she is a good model for my booties, I simply haven’t…

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Handmade Birthday goodness!

Image Details: ‘Birthday cake’ by 3liz4, via Flickr So, there was a birthday at Shinybees HQ last week. Birthdays are always good news, because they generally involve cake and presents (and we’ll ignore the whole getting older bit in a blur of gin induced happiness) and I had plenty of both, minus the gin, unfortunately….

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Count me in!

Image Details: ‘counter on a zipper’ by pinprick, via Flickr The knitting row counter is a device for keeping tally of how many rows have been completed when hand knitting. It can also be used to track the number of increases and decreases made during a pattern. The first on-needle knitting row counters were seen…

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Podcast review:iMake

Image Details: ‘Speaker Cone’ by the justified sinner, via Flickr Crafting is one of those pastimes whereby it makes it hard to do anything else at the same time.  Unless you’re doing a million rows of stocking stitch or something else equally mindless, you are going to end up cocking something up if you try…

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On the naughty chair…

Image Details: ‘Ducking Stool’ by kamsininjapan, via Flickr The Medieval period of the Middle Ages was a violent and blood thirsty time, but they sure knew how to do torture! Far from just being sent to ‘sit on the naughty chair’, the ducking stool was punishment taken to a whole new level. A punishment specifically…

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Save the youth, knit a hoodie…

Image Details: ‘Hoodie’ by Davharuk, via Flickr Nowadays, the humble hoodie, rather than being a utilitarian item of clothing, is often villified as the uniform of choice for the feral ‘yoof’ of Britain. This reputation is perhaps a little unfair: yes, a lot of young people choose to wear one, but then so does my…

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Your house was very small…

…with woodchip on the wall Image details: ‘Woodchip & Pencil’ by monikahoinkis, via Flickr I like Common People. Just not woodchip. It’s the most evil stuff known to man. I have no idea why anyone would ever think it stylish or even useful. I consider it to be a crime against humanity. It’s certainly an…

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Welcome to the jungle…

We got fun n games! But this post has nothing to do with Axl Rose and co and everything to do with Shinybabytobee’s latest and coolest handmade gift to date – a Kenana ‘Knitter Critter’ Lion.  This was a gift from one of the Stitchettes at Knit Club (who may or may not have ‘outed’…

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