Archive | March 2014

Why not try the double knitting technique?

Ideal for making lovely warm scarves with two different coloured yarns and no ‘wrong’ side, I finally got to grips with the double knitting technique.  Basically, you cast on twice the number of stitches you need for the width of your scarf and then work alternate stitches in each of the two yarns you’re using.  There’s a lot of switching your yarn backwards and forwards involved, too.   I admit it took a little practice and I’m still not completely happy with my results, but I’m going to pursue the technique.  It’s so great to try something new.    My progress is very slow at present, but that’s because you are knitting two sides at once.   Please excuse my rather bright colour scheme, but I wanted to be sure that I could see what I was doing!

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With thanks to a very happy customer!


handmadebysoo is grateful to ‘K’ for her very kind comments on receipt of the patchwork, quilted table runner she has just purchased.  The runner is made from vintage upholstery fabric samples.  The patches are hand placed, the hearts are hand sewn.  The border is in brand new gingham fabric and the runner is embellished with hand stitched vintage buttons.  ‘K’ writes: It’s arrived this morning.  Thank you very much.  I love it.  It’s even nicer than the pic.  Best wishes from a very happy customer.

More handmadebysoo table runners and other hand sewn items are available on ebay from time to time.

Learn to crochet!

A crochet workshop for beginners …

Learn to Crochet on Thursday!

Learn to crochet a granny square

handmadebysoo is pleased to offer a Crochet for Beginners workshop next month in Aylesford.
On Thursday evening, 3 April, from 6pm to 7.30pm or Saturday afternoon, 5 April, from 2.30pm to 4pm, you can learn the very basics of crochet, from your very first chain to a fully finished granny square.

Can’t make either date?  Ask about a one-to-one class just for you!

Learn to crochet a granny square

Have you always dreamed of learning to crochet?
Would you love to make a fabulous, vintage-style granny square blanket?
Now’s your chance to learn the basics.

Thursday evening
3 April

from 6pm

till 7.30pm

only £10


Saturday afternoon
5 April

from 2.30pm

till 4pm

£10 per adult

£7 per child (7+)

Each child to be accompanied by an adult, please

Thursday 3 April 2014 Saturday 5 April 2014 £10 per adult
£7 per child (7+)
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My first ever quilt is finished! Hurrah!

This quilt has been a work in progress for approximately 10 years!  I finally got around to finishing it.  It’s made of vintage cotton upholstery fabric samples, sewn on to a pre-loved woollen blanket, backed with further fabric samples.  I made bias strips for the edging.  I used cutting skills, hand placement, machine and hand stitching.  The finished quilt is so heavy that the last stretch was quite a workout for the arms!  My fingers are also pretty sore from all the stitching, but … I did it!  I’m now looking forward to relaxing summer picnics!

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Vintage knitwear you just can’t let go?

I’ve been turning out my cupboards and came across some much loved vintage pullovers.  When the children were small and time was short, I tended to buy ready made knitwear.  These examples are a complete give-away of their era and the owner’s love of quality knitting and design.  I’m really not sure that I’ll ever wear these lovely pullovers again, so maybe it’s time to say goodbye and pass them on to someone knew to appreciate them.  So what shall I do?  List them on eBay or hang on to them?

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This was such a summer favourite of mine.  From Next, made from a strong cotton mix yarn, it was so easy to wear with a pair of jeans and, after a picnic or a fun day out at the seaside, just throw into the washing machine.  I loved the design so much I actually knitted the children a mini me version each.

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This one is vintage Marks and Spencer knitwear, in more muted autumnal shades.  The same wear-ability, perfect for a young mum dealing with sticky fingers!

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And finally … vintage Marks and Sparks again, a real picture knit.  Somehow I just can’t find it in myself to part with this one.  The colours are so perfect and the fabric has a silky feel.  One more outing this summer, perhaps?

Dee Dee has been very busy



Several ladies have noticed that Dee Dee hasn’t turned up for knitting on Tuesday evenings for the past few weeks.  Please rest assured that she is very much with you in spirit.  It’s just that she hasn’t recently had much time or energy left for knitting.  She has been so busy looking after her Daddy as he recuperates and all that caring tends to take it out of an elderly girl.  Here she is having a little snooze on the sofa once her daily duties are complete.