8 Things I Didn't Expect During Pregnancy

8 Things I Didn't Expect During Pregnancy

As the first person in my group of friends to start a family, and without any other close mates who were in the same position, it’s fair to say I was a little in the dark when it came to what to expect during my pregnancy. 

I’m now at the start of my third trimester mark and already I feel like Bilbo Baggins on his ‘Unexpected Journey’. (Just a little Hobbit reference for those other cool people out there.) We have about two and a half months to go until the official due date, and while I know that having the baby will come with a whole heap of new, unexpected experiences, I wanted to share some of the things that have caught me off guard over the last 7 months…

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I'm Trying To Change My Wardrobe

I'm Trying To Change My Wardrobe

The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry, behind fossil fuels, in the world today. As well as the water pollution, agricultural pollution and the production of non-biodegradable synthetic fibres, the over consumption of fashion itself is one of our biggest problems. This is before we’ve even started on the ethical and humanitarian issues the industry throws up…

For an industry that for many of us provides a fun and creative outlet to express ourselves, there’s no doubt there’s a dark side, and it’s becoming harder for the industry, and for us, to ignore. That’s why I’m trying to think a little differently about what I buy and what I choose to wear.

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Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

if you’ve not been before, The Knitting and Stitching Show is an annual event that brings together all kinds of makers under one roof.

Held at The Alexandra Palace in London, it’s like a festival for craft. You can find workshops, showcases and the biggest thing - stalls, selling both raw materials and beautiful handmade goods, for anything from cross stitch, to leather work.

This year was my first visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard mixed reviews - some people return year after year, leaving with bags and bags of goodies, some people say there’s too much variety and that it would be better to split the show into smaller, craft-based events.

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How To Potato Print On Fabric

How To Potato Print On Fabric

Last week I had a go at a craft I don’t think I’ve done since I was at primary school. Nope, I wasn’t making a fortune teller or a paper mache bowl, I actually did some potato printing, and now I love it!

I’ve wanted to have a go at printing on fabric for ages, creating my own designs and artwork to make into something really unique. However, screen printing or lino printing, while looking beautiful, seems a bit expensive and specialist for a beginner. That’s why I thought potato printing might be a fun

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The Fisherman's Muse Sweater Review

The Fisherman's Muse Sweater Review

Recently I’ve been part of a group of pre-knitters, who have been busy knitting up different patterns from the new LB Handknits, Facing North collection.

The collection is perfect if you’re the type of person who just has to cast on a lovely, chunky jumper or cardigan as soon as they feel the weather turning chilly, as all the patterns are intended to be made up in super chunky yarn. 

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How To Make A Simple Zipped Pouch Bag

How To Make A Simple Zipped Pouch Bag

don’t know about you, but small items just tend to get lost in my house. I don’t know where they go, but when it comes to finding a hair bobble, a lip balm, or a safety pin or darning needle when I’m sewing, I never know where to start. 

That’s why I have decided to get myself a little more organised, and make some small pouchy bags specifically for keeping all those little bits and pieces from getting lost. I thought I’d share this tutorial with you too, so you can make one yourself.

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Refashion #1: Chinos - Maternity Dress

Refashion #1: Chinos - Maternity Dress

There have been some really inspiring creations so far for this year’s Refashioners challenge; just looking at #therefashioners2018 on Instagram brings up a load of amazing upcycles from some very creative sewers.

I’ve already had a go myself, upcycling a man’s jumper into a cardigan for me, and I wanted to share my next refashion with you all too.

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The Saticoy Hat Review From A Bee In The Bonnet

The Saticoy Hat Review From A Bee In The Bonnet

It’s hard to find a more satisfying knitting project than a hat. Not only are they something I know I’ll use, but they knit up quick, are a great way to try out some new techniques on a small scale, and are pretty cost effective when it comes to buying yarn. 

I recently had the opportunity to test knit a new hat pattern for A Bee In The Bonnet and I wanted to share the experience and finished hat with you all. 

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How To Make An Easy Envelope Cushion

How To Make An Easy Envelope Cushion

I always think it’s incredible how soft furnishings can completely transform the look and feel of a room. They are a relatively easy way to update your style and can also add a bit of personality to your space. 

They are the perfect afternoon sewing project, and this tutorial shows you how to make the simplest cushion possible, with an envelope opening and a contrasting back and front.

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Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Have you heard of The Refashioners? Every year, Portia Lawrie of Makery, hosts a competition open to makers all over the world, to refashion an old piece of clothing or textile into something fabulous. 

In a time where we can get a new outfit from a high street store for under £20, without thinking where it was made, or who made it, we could probably all do with thinking a bit more carefully about what we’re buying.

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How to Sew a French Seam

How to Sew a French Seam

A French seam is a truly useful technique to have under your belt. Although it may look a little tricky and long-winded, it’s simple and very effective when used on particular fabrics and garments. 

This tutorial takes you through the process, giving you a step-by-step guide to sewing a French seam. 

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My Favourite Free Baby Knitting and Sewing Patterns (so far!)

My Favourite Free Baby Knitting and Sewing Patterns (so far!)

Now that I’m just about half way through my pregnancy, I’ve really kicked the baby-knitting and sewing into gear. I’ve found some great patterns and yarns since I’ve started making, and I wanted to share them with you incase you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to knitting and sewing for babies. 

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Review: Caitlin Hunter Ohra Shawl

Review: Caitlin Hunter Ohra Shawl

Writing this in early August 2018, in the middle of a heatwave that feels like it’s lasted for years, the  mere thought of wearing knitwear makes me want to puke. however, I’m so pleased with my finished Ohra Shawl, by Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks, that I decided to review it - even if there’s no chance I’ll be wearing it any time soon.

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Unexpected Life Changes and Slowing Down

Unexpected Life Changes and Slowing Down

Slowing down isn’t something that comes naturally to me.

To me, multitasking isn’t just a necessity to get all my admin done, or something that sounds good to put on my CV, it is a way of life. But lately I’ve experienced a few life changes that have given me the opportunity and the motivation to take things a bit easier for once, and knitting has proved to be a massive aid.

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My Guide to Online Fabric Shopping 

My Guide to Online Fabric Shopping 

When I first started sewing, the biggest question I had wasn’t to do with any techniques, it was ‘where do I buy fabric online?’ I love fabric shopping, especially in person. For me, there’s nothing quite like walking through a fabric store and getting up closed personal with all the material, ’feeling up the fabric’.

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How To Make A Tassel

How To Make A Tassel

I've got to be honest with you, I love a tassel. Whether it's on a knitting project like a shawl, on the edges of cushions, or many tassels strung together to make a modern alternative to bunting, I love 'em all. Thats why I thought I'd share this tutorial to show you how to make your own tassel out of yarn or wool. 

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The Abbreviation Translator for Beginner Knitters 

The Abbreviation Translator for Beginner Knitters 

While the knitting community might be one of the most welcoming communities out there online, it’s safe to say that the majority of patterns and knitting books don’t do much to help a newbie ease into their new fibre-art.

‘YO’, ’CO12’, ‘SKP’, ‘PSSO’… It sounds more like we’re cracking codes, or working in a lab, rather than creating something beautiful. 

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Note to self - don't get taken in by a bargain...

Note to self - don't get taken in by a bargain...

This post is a lesson to myself, to not be taken in by a bargain. I love a bargain and I hate spending money. It might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s true. 

I love getting something I really need at a fraction of it’s original price, and I always shop around if I have to make an expensive purchase. Spending money sometimes frightens me a bit, whether it’s £30 on some materials I want for a project, or £300 on a new washing machine.

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