Knitted bow ring

knitted bow ring1

knitted bow ring 2

Remember my knitted bow I did a while ago? Meet its young sibling, the knitted bow ring – gifted this xmas to my BFF, Amy (who is also modelling it above). Nice huh? It’s basically a long thin (I think I cast on four or five stitches) strip of stocking stitch, folded over and with the yarn wound around the middle as usual. Then hot glue gun (or tie) onto a ring back and you’re done. Cute huh?


Christmas wreaths chez Monty

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Yarn wreath

Yarn wreath

After I made my first (trad) wreath (this red velvet and gold one, in fact), the bug bit, and I just had to make more. I knew I’d be making an obligatory yarn wreath before I tried the trad one, and was pretty chuffed with how it turned out. I made sure I cut the felt flowers on the wonk – no, rilly I meant for it to be like this – as I thought it would make them look more real (altho quite how real a felt flower can get, I have no idea).

Next up, my third and final one. Wasn’t sure what to do for it, until I found a left-over book in the office (it was an old covermount from a magazine we’d got in). Loath to stick it in the recycling, one of the team suggested I use it for my final wreath. And **ding** an idea struck. Ripped into strips and dunked in a bit of PVA/water mix, it looks pretty awesome (even if it was uber messy). I was going to do some book flowers (like the felt ones above) but decided it needed a pop of colour. And so, a good-old pom-pom or two!

Paper wreath

Paper wreath

Yarn-wrapped letter


When we featured Cranny + B’s yarn-wrapped letter M in issue 20’s Trends, I knew just had to have a go.

But before I got started, I had to purchase the Best Craft Gadget Ever So Far™ – a hot glue gun. I hadn’t used one since year 6 design and tech but, screw that, I have yarn to wrap dagnammit!

Quite proud of how my first one turned out – Cranny’s instructions are really clear and she made me feel rather confident (dare I say gung ho?) about tackling something that did seem a teeny bit daunting initially.

Yes, I think there might be a few of these personalised pressies given this year – look out our F&F! The fact that the Monty household is now a cobweb of strange stringy glue stuff, and the TV remote is attached to the cushion, is mere coincidence. Ahem.

Christmas wrapping

Yarn-wrapped for Xmas

When we ran Typography as our trend for issue 20, we featured Cranny + B‘s stunning yarn wrapped letters – M for Mollie, see?

I couldn’t resist and nabbed myself a smaller letter from Amazon, and got wrapping. They’re super-simple to make, and will be the basis for my Christmas giftage this year.

Cranny is also the catalyst for my latest (and therefore favourite) crafty buy – a hot glue gun – which is fast becoming my toolage of choice for most of my dabblings (as you’ll see). Since its purchase, our house has somehow become infested with strange stringy ‘cobwebs’ from corner to corner, end to end; the TV remote is stuck to a cushion. No idea how that happened, of course…