Sunday, 30 March 2014

Knot again!?!

I’m a little knot crazy at the moment and this neck tie is perfect for such a fixation!
I came across Boodles yarn at Hobbycraft and bought it without thinking what I could make.
After some time scouring Google and Pinterest, I came across this tutorial.
It comes together quickly and if you haven’t got a clipboard, just weigh the end down with some heavy books!
I lost track of the knots and had to unravel twice – so best to go somewhere quiet! (easier said than done with a 6 month old baby!)
There's no reason why you can't add more strands of yarn and make this a bulkier tie. Or even a use a thinner yarn for a more delicate look - perfect for Spring.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Get Knotted

Another use for old coffee jars ... 
This knotted twine lantern has a nautical feel and is a great upcycle craft.

Craftberry Bush's tutorial is fantastic and I used it as a guide to create my lantern.
I did a trial run with some wool and once I got the hang of the knotting, I got out the twine. 
Rather than use a separate piece of twine around the top of the jar (as in point 1 of the tutorial), I just cut one of my 6 pieces a little longer and looped it around the top of the jar before knotting.
Once my knots had reached the bottom of the jar, I simply tied opposite strands tightly together. As most jar bottoms are concaved, these knots wouldn't impede the lantern should it be standing.
A doubled-up piece of twine tied to the top of the jar gave my lantern its handle.
Looking forward to making more and hanging them around the garden this Summer. Though they're beautiful lit indoors too.