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What Have I Made?

What Have I Made?

I had an evening that required a dip into the Craft Snack Drawer. My Biopsy results were good, a couple of problems with white cell count, but overall, doing OK. The weight of the wait just meant that I was burned out and needed to […]

Getting Ready To Learn Something New About Helical Knitting

Getting Ready To Learn Something New About Helical Knitting

The third single-focus, deep-dive technique book by the Arnall-Culliford team is about to land with knitters in the form of a new eBook about …Helical Knitting, and the project promises to be pretty exciting. Following soon behind the release of the new Something To Knit […]

The Craft Snack Drawer

The Craft Snack Drawer

When I migrated from my old website to this one, I did so because I wanted a safe space to write about the things that were important to me. A lot of my writing is about the things I make, either as handmade projects, art […]

The Roundybirb Project

The Roundybirb Project

More than a decade ago I learned to draw in Photoshop. I’ve used Photoshop for the creation of illustrations and graphics far more than I have used it for photo editing. It was all I had access to at the time, and so that was […]

Toddler Craft: Colourful Paper Leaves

Toddler Craft: Colourful Paper Leaves

Our last big toddler crafting project, the Tissue Paper Watercolour Rainbow, was such a big hit both for the fun creative process and finished piece that I decided to play with the technique a bit more for our next project together. This time I thought […]

Paper & Found Twig Art Of A Garden Bird

Paper & Found Twig Art Of A Garden Bird

A good friend and very special person to me recently commented that she loved the blue tit papercuts I had been working on. They were not intended for any particular project and I hadn’t yet worked out what, if anything, I could do with them. A […]

Hey Duggee Betty Sweater DIY!

Hey Duggee Betty Sweater DIY!

We are big fans of Hey Duggee in our household, and Darwin’s absolute favourite character is Betty, the five-legged purple octopus. Darwin’s adventures with Betty are many. She (in toy form) was his companion to his first days of nursery when he needed some comfort, […]

Four Seasons Wall Art – A Toddler Paint Activity

Four Seasons Wall Art – A Toddler Paint Activity

Since Darwin was a few months old I have always tried to encourage him in mark making and exploring colour with art materials. We have progressed on somewhat from our first experiments with making baby-safe cornflour paint, and now that our young one is less […]

Changing Photographs And Special Photo Frames

Changing Photographs And Special Photo Frames

There have probably never been more photographs taken on a day-to-day basis than as we snap away today. Almost every person has a good quality camera in their pocket pretty much all day, every day. Digital photography has freed us of the nervousness of ‘wasting’ […]

Lollipop Spin

Lollipop Spin

I finally have a new skein of yarn off of the wheel. It’s been a long time in finishing as the drive band on my wheel broke about six weeks ago and I have had a really tortuous time trying to get hold of another. […]

Weaving: A New Adventure In Colour And Cloth

Weaving: A New Adventure In Colour And Cloth

A short while ago, for Valentines day, my husband bought me a loom. He’d been threatening to for a while (I say threatening to jokingly, as I had wanted one for a few years and just wasn’t sure what to buy. I thought I wanted […]

So I Knitted A Trilobite Tank Top (Sweater Vest)

So I Knitted A Trilobite Tank Top (Sweater Vest)

Someone on Twitter put it so wonderfully when they said ‘this is what happens when your interests collide’. My ‘raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens’ are knitting, fossils, manatees, trilobites, unicorns and rainbows (I maintain that I loved these last two long before they […]

Something New To Learn About: Cables

Something New To Learn About: Cables

Look what I am lucky enough to have my hands on a preview copy of… The new offering from the Arnall-Cullifords’ bottomless pit of amazing instructionals hones in on one particular area of knitting techniques: cables. Where A Year Of Techniques touched upon introducing or […]

Recovery Spin

Recovery Spin

Get straight back on the bike you fall off of; get straight back on the wheel when the yarn doesn’t work. I quickly came to terms with the fact that I made an ugly yarn, and in retrospect have decided that it is not that […]

Handspun Yarn Experiment: Finished Spin Show & Tell

Handspun Yarn Experiment: Finished Spin Show & Tell

I have finished plying my most recent skein of handspun. A 3-ply skein weighing 155g and 400m in length, this was my attempt at spinning something a bit heavier than my usual spinning output. Most of the general tips I have seen on spinning a […]

Yellow Wagtail Scarf

Yellow Wagtail Scarf

I knit Sarah Hatton’s Yellow Wagtail Scarf from the A Year Of Techniques project about four months ago, and I haven’t written about it until now due to not having managed to get any decent pictures. Unfortunately I can’t see that changing any time soon so […]

Hey Duggee! The Felt Bunting Badge.

Hey Duggee! The Felt Bunting Badge.

If you don’t watch Hey Duggee I firstly entreat you to do so. You don’t have children? Doesn’t matter. Duggee will make your day better. He is the Harold Bishop of flash animated dogs, and the whole show is made with love and joy. Each […]

My First Steeks: Knitting Oorik

My First Steeks: Knitting Oorik

When Jen from A-C Knitwear announced the A Year Of Techniques project, there was one subject that I really, really wanted to appear in the line up, and that was steeking. Steeks are perhaps one of the more jovially divisive techniques in the knitting skills […]

Introducing Morganite: A Cabled, Colourwork & Smocked Hat

Introducing Morganite: A Cabled, Colourwork & Smocked Hat

I am pleased to be able to release my latest pattern, Morganite, a design that has been a long and meticulous time in the making. Named for a complex but robust gemstone, Morganite is the perfect hat project for combining a number of simple knitting […]

Another Hat & Testing Times

Another Hat & Testing Times

I’ve been knitting away at the test knitalong for my latest design and have happily drawn together the last few crown stitches, woven in the ends and added a pompom for my own project. A wonderful and lovely team are currently in the process of doing […]

New Patterns, Ancient Friends

New Patterns, Ancient Friends

I have been busying away behind the scenes recently putting together a new pattern template for upcoming pattern releases as well as to allow me to start the process of re-formatting and re-writing some older patterns. The new pattern format is far cleaner and all […]

The Coddfish Cardigan Adventure

The Coddfish Cardigan Adventure

We are at the height of the British summer, therefore it is of the upmost necessity that a toddler’s wardrobe is kept fresh with snuggly knits as the sunshine can turn on its heel at any moment and leave your wriggly little best bud shivering. […]

Knowing When To Unravel

Knowing When To Unravel

When July worked her way around I was waiting, needles poised, to cast on the latest project from A Year Of Techniques. I’d brought Talmadge to a sprint finish (though to this date it is still awaiting a pair of buttons) and was ready for […]

Guest Post: Stitch Envy

Guest Post: Stitch Envy

Guest post by Russell Codd Have you ever had knitting envy? I don’t mean that you look at someone’s finished object and wish that you could knit as well as that, or had the ability to design that pattern. I don’t mean that you wish […]

Hats In June: Hot Weather Knitting Woes

Hats In June: Hot Weather Knitting Woes

My knitting motivation has been a bit thin on the ground these past two weeks. Some warmer-than-usual June weather in the UK turned my greenhouse of a living room into a suburban sauna and brought my hat progress to a crashing halt. Though Talmadge is […]

Knitting Talmadge: Does My Head Look Big In This?

Knitting Talmadge: Does My Head Look Big In This?

June’s pattern knitalong for A Year Of Techniques is Romi Hill’s Talmadge Cloche, which introduces the element of knitted on edgings as this month’s technique. A knitted on edging is a fantastic way of providing a decorative and/or functional edging to a piece of knitting […]

Hyacinthus Arm Warmers

Hyacinthus Arm Warmers

Finished in early March, the first project from A Year Of Techniques was a pair of Hyacinthus Armwarmers knit in my favourite yarn, Zauberball. Knit over the course of a week, this simple little project pretty much flew off the needles. With minimal shaping and […]

A Knitted Mouse And A ‘Something Else’

A Knitted Mouse And A ‘Something Else’

The knitting and stuffing of Alex The Mouse has taken this sweet new little companion to a state of cuddly completion. Though a simple little knit, there were plenty of little skill elements such as stranded colourwork and attached iCord to keep the project entertaining until […]

Mouse Knitting

Mouse Knitting

All crafty endeavors this week have been turned towards finishing Alex The Mouse, because I need to have him finished before I can move onto the next project which is a (deep breath) deadline knit. I don’t usually decide to take on deadline knits, so […]

Knitting April Into May

Knitting April Into May

I have been taking part in the first three months of the A Year Of Techniques project being run by ACKnitwear: a year of monthly projects which each focus on a new technique. Starting in March, the first month’s technique, helical stripes, offered up a […]

The Mother Of Invention

The Mother Of Invention

Sometimes it seems as is my little guy seems to have been teething from the moment he burst into the world. We’ve been lucky that apart from the usual toothy grumbles they haven’t caused him too much trouble, and he’s slept well through his teething […]

Knitting The Brambling Shawl

Knitting The Brambling Shawl

The second month’s instalment of A Year of Techniques focusses on the favourite skill of 1980s jumper fans: Intarsia. Bristol Ivy’s Brambling Shawl sets out to separate intarsia’s reputation away from images of a grinning Giles Brandreth in a striking and bold colourblock design. Knit in […]

Sing A Rainbow

Sing A Rainbow

Here are a few pictures of a recent(ish) jumper that I knit for Baby Awesome. It has everything I could want in a baby jumper: Squishiness, rainbows, and a smiley miniature person wearing it. These photos were actually taken all the way back into September. […]

My Knitted Doll Blog Hop

My Knitted Doll Blog Hop

This post is part of the My Knitted Doll Blog Hop. For other other stops on the blog hop tour, please see the links below: Monday 10th October – Sneak Peek at My Knitted Doll with SewandSo Tuesday 11th October – Interview with Louise Crowther on SewandSo Wednesday 12th […]

FO: Rainbow Baby Tank Top

FO: Rainbow Baby Tank Top

After finishing Mr Awesome’s Socks a few weeks ago using Regia’s Pairfect yarn, I had written about my intention to use the same line of yarn in a non-sock project. The yarn is specifically designed for use in sock knitting, made to produce two perfectly […]

FO: Pairfect Socks In Awesome Stripes

FO: Pairfect Socks In Awesome Stripes

Mr Awesome’s socks are finally finished. I say finally, as I see that the first time I wrote about these was on the 20th October, 2015, so I must have cast them on when Baby Awesome was only a month old, and he is now […]

V-Shaped Shawl Test Knit Open

V-Shaped Shawl Test Knit Open

The test knit for this new Eskimimi Makes design of a shoulder-hugging V-shaped shawl is now open on the Eskimimi Makes group on Ravelry. All of the details for the text knit can be found in the group for anyone who wishes to offer to […]

New Shawl Pattern (Test Knit Gathering)

New Shawl Pattern (Test Knit Gathering)

It’s been a long while since I released a new pattern. I actually finished designing and writing this pattern back in February, but never hit the publish button. The entire pattern is ready, apart from a few little formatting additions I want to make and […]

FO: Pear Vest

FO: Pear Vest

A good couple of weeks ago now I had the foolish idea to indulge in a quick little project to get the creative buzz that I have been struggling to find time for of late. I decided that a small cross stitch motif placed on […]

FO: Little Man At Work – Tools Of The Trade

FO: Little Man At Work – Tools Of The Trade

Three long months have passed since I last updated this website, but I am sure that readers will forgive me as I have been working hard at the biggest project of my life: the never-ending WIP that is the Eskimini. In the last three weeks […]

Lace Pattern Preferences Survey Results

Lace Pattern Preferences Survey Results

Thank you to everybody who took part in the survey to help determine the format of future Eskimimi Makes patterns to best suit knitters’ preferences. My own preference for lace knitting is to knit from charts as I find them easier to manage and keep […]

Lace Pattern Questionnaire: Charts & Instructions

Lace Pattern Questionnaire: Charts & Instructions

Whilst working on a new pattern that is soon to be released, I thought a temperature check of knitters’ and readers’ pattern preferences might be useful, to make sure that future pattern releases are as relevant to the needs of those who might knit them […]

Bud To Bloom In Marshmallow Cloud: Kits Now Available

Bud To Bloom In Marshmallow Cloud: Kits Now Available

In an extraordinary show of generosity and support, It’s A Stitch Up have announced the availability of a limited number of kits in support of Refuge, a charity which does a great amount of work to support women and children escaping domestic abuse. The kit […]

Speckle Dyeing With It’s A Stitch Up Dye Kit

Speckle Dyeing With It’s A Stitch Up Dye Kit

This weekend brought the most exciting post I have had in a long while, and for a change it was something destined for me rather than the Eskimini. Inside the perfectly presented package were two skeins of Marshmallow Cloud yarn (a chunky weight baby alpaca […]

Baby’s Knitted Cardigan And Trousers

Baby’s Knitted Cardigan And Trousers

The recent freezing temperatures mean that hand knits have never been so very appreciated, and as Baby Awesome hit his four month milestone at the weekend we celebrated with lots of warm cuddles and lunch out with friends. Darwin also enjoyed feeling warm and cosy […]

Growing Knitting And Growing

Growing Knitting And Growing

Now that Baby Awesome has returned to good health, days are a more manageable mixture of play and rest, as days have made way for giggles and exploration of new ways to move and new things to do, which in turn are tiring enough to […]

WIP: Royal Tweed

WIP: Royal Tweed

New year, new you. I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions* as I am usually of the mind that if I wanted to change something about myself I should do it on the day I decided it should be changed, rather than wait for the […]

Happy 2016! 366 Days Of Potential

Happy 2016! 366 Days Of Potential

Welcome to the New Year! I have decided to give the whole ‘picture a day’ idea a go alongside the blog, as it’s something I have never attempted before. Will I manage 366 photographs? Who knows, but if you want to watch the days when […]

Make Your Own Christmas Crab

Make Your Own Christmas Crab

In a burst of energy from the other day, I have very quickly put together a free pattern sheet for anyone who might want to make a very quick Christmas Crab of their own! Here is Baby Awesome’s Christmas Candy Cane Crab. Just download the pattern sheet […]

Have A Crabby Christmas – Baby Awesome’s Christmas Message

Have A Crabby Christmas – Baby Awesome’s Christmas Message

Wishing warmth and joy to all readers and friends of this blog! There have not been many words and pictures that have found their way to these pages over the past few weeks. Though I have done the odd creative thing here and there, much […]

Wearing Rainbows (Cute Baby In Knitwear Alert)

Wearing Rainbows (Cute Baby In Knitwear Alert)

Knitting whilst I was pregnant felt like a wonderful thing. It made me look forwards to the impending birth (or, rather, welcoming our little boy to our lives) and helped me through the nervousness and weeks of feeling like I wanted to be doing something […]

A Quick Scrabble To Decorate

A Quick Scrabble To Decorate

Last year, as a Secret Santa gift from a partner on a website that I visit, I received a set of Scrabble Coasters in a tin. Two of each letter plus ‘special’ squares (centre, triple and double letter and words scores), all made of the […]

Choosing The Right Size Needles: Squaring Up With Knitpro Cubics

Choosing The Right Size Needles: Squaring Up With Knitpro Cubics

Let me quickly start by pointing out that this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are entirely my own… My most recent project on the needles, a pair of socks knit two-at-a-time on a single Knitpro Cubics circular needle, is just the right […]

Socks With Stripes, And Why You Shouldn’t Take That Tone

Socks With Stripes, And Why You Shouldn’t Take That Tone

Mr Awesome’s socks are coming along in short spurts between feeds and changes, and the occasional long walk to town. The cuff and seven stripes for the legs have been knit, and the final dark teal colour has been reached, signalling the end of the […]

New Pattern: Tiny Roar Lion Bonnet

New Pattern: Tiny Roar Lion Bonnet

The Tiny Roar Lion Bonnet pattern is now, finally, live! Nearly four weeks after our own little cub arrived in the world I have finally found the energy to publish this design, and here it is being modelled when Darwin was but four days old. […]

Lighthouses, Whales And Knitted Jackets

Lighthouses, Whales And Knitted Jackets

When Mr Awesome and I found out that we’d be one day joined by Baby Awesome, our little Eskimini, we slowly started to think differently of the way we used our guest room, as one day it would be the nursery to our little miracle. […]

‘Tis The Knitting Season, Let’s Be Jolly!

‘Tis The Knitting Season, Let’s Be Jolly!

Every year, in October, I find that sales of Christmas stocking patterns begin in earnest. For many places there is just the first hint of a nip in the air, and knitters allow themselves to think of the warm and lovely feelings that knitting brings […]

Other People’s Knitting: From Peru With Love

Other People’s Knitting: From Peru With Love

This past weekend, baby awesome played host to a number of visitors, including his uncles. One uncle, Peter, had only the week before returned from a two month trip around South America, and had brought back with him a particularly beautiful souvenir for the first […]

Finally Fit

Finally Fit

Our little hero is one week old today, and he has been rocking the very smallest of the hand-knits that were made before he arrived in the world. Today he is wearing his little Baby Alpaca tank top, which is warm and so very soft […]

Introducing: The KNITULATOR – Automatic Increase and Decrease Calculator

Introducing: The KNITULATOR – Automatic Increase and Decrease Calculator

Here is a surprise new addition to the pages of Eskimimi Makes: The Knitulator. In essence, the Knitulator has existed for a while in the form of a long spreadsheet calculation that I put together to help quickly and simply calculate evenly spaced increases or […]

Beads And Knitting

Beads And Knitting

Everything feels as if it is going well at Awesome Towers at the moment. Baby hasn’t made any grand gestures to move just yet, and I am pretty uncomfortable most of the time, but I am filling my days with pretty and fun things. Thank […]

The Little Ear Revealed: Testing The Cute

The Little Ear Revealed: Testing The Cute

In case anyone were to have been wondering what the cute little ear were to have belonged to, I have decided, upon the receipt of some feedback, to post for the appeal of test knitters elsewhere. Unfortunately I am unable to use the very popular […]

WIP: A Shawl In The Wrong Yarn

WIP: A Shawl In The Wrong Yarn

Free shipping is an awful thing. Really, the temptation to bump an order over a specific price point to meet the minimum spend to qualify for free shipping is the reason behind a fair chunk of my stash, and so when I purchased the yarn […]

Keep An Ear To The Ground

Keep An Ear To The Ground

It’s been a little quiet on Eskimimi Makes over the last few days, but in the background I have been industrious and have a new pattern in the works. It’s not quite finished yet, and I have a couple of supporting tutorials to write and […]

Emergency Whale Rescue – The Sailor Sweater

Emergency Whale Rescue – The Sailor Sweater

Thank you so much for the helpful, understanding and corroborating responses to a recent post, where I had written about a pattern that I had a number of issues knitting, a sailor-style sweater with intarsia motif: Brendan. I had detailed the issues that I’d had […]

Polaroid – Pictures Back in Time

Polaroid – Pictures Back in Time

Mr Awesome and I have been looking for a Baby Record book and photo album for quite a while. We’ve searched at baby shows, stationers, baby stores and online, but for one reason or another none were ever quite suitable. Either they just weren’t right for […]

FO: Bubble & Squeak

FO: Bubble & Squeak

Over the weekend I decided to knit a little cardigan with the remnants of three shades of Drops Baby Merino in Ice Blue, Lavender and Navy using the Little Bubbles pattern. As it was knitted with the three yarns left over from completing the Snuggly Bums Trousers, […]

The Little Whale That Would Only Fail

The Little Whale That Would Only Fail

A few weeks ago I posted about the first baby knit that I made once I was feeling up to knitting, after the more miserable effects of my pregnancy had eased and I had started feeling up to just a few slow stitches here and […]

Baby Gifts For The Little Awesome One

Baby Gifts For The Little Awesome One

Last week a postman came to the door with a huge soft pillowy parcel addressed to Baby Awesome. Not entirely sue on the legality of opening someone’s mail before they were born I checked the senders details to see that it was from the lovely […]

FO: A T-Shirt Made Of Rainbows

FO: A T-Shirt Made Of Rainbows

On Wednesday I was having a rather difficult time of things. I’d had a really positive hospital appointment the previous day and been out for a bite to eat with Mr Awesome and the other prospective parents in our small ante-natal class the evening before, […]

WIP: Snuggly Bums

WIP: Snuggly Bums

When planning for the Perfect Stripes Cardigan I decided to buy extra yarn in the same shades to make a matching pair of bottoms, without the stripes but detailed in the same colours. As I had picked up a copy of Debbie Bliss’s Ultimate Book Of Baby […]

FO: Sail Away Shirt

FO: Sail Away Shirt

For our first anniversary a couple of weeks ago, Mr Awesome presented me with a box, the contents of which clearly not made of anything in the theme of ‘paper’. It was heavy, and lay upon my legs like a big cube of exciting possibilities. […]

FO: Perfect Stripes Cardigan

FO: Perfect Stripes Cardigan

As charming as it is simple, the Striped Cardigan pattern from Debbie Bliss’s book The Ultimate Book Of Baby Knits is sure to become a little wardrobe staple for as long as baby remains small enough to enjoy its warmth and comfort. Knit in smooth […]

FO: Tiny Tank Top

FO: Tiny Tank Top

It has long been an amusement to my husband that I just adore a tank top (or Sweater Vest if you are from the US or various other places that we in the UK seem to have cross-terminology with). I love to wear them myself […]

FO: Bumpy Baby Jumper

FO: Bumpy Baby Jumper

I loved the Drops Designs McDreamy Baby Jumper from the first time I saw it. It looked to be a sturdy and yet soft jumper, with all those little things I had been looking for in an early sweater for Mr Bump: a buttoned shoulder […]

WIP: Striped Baby Cardigan

WIP: Striped Baby Cardigan

Thank you so much for all the well wishes yesterday; here on the website, on Facebook,  and on Twitter. It has been a wonderful feeling to look forward to making things, however small and slow the progress has seemed, but maybe sometimes the best things […]

Start Small For Big Dreams

Start Small For Big Dreams

Hello friends and followers, readers and people casually popping by. As many who follow this blog, or my Twitter or Facebook feeds may have noticed, words have been somewhat absent for the last few months. As many will also know, I have struggled with ill-health […]

Blogging Topics For The 6th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week

Blogging Topics For The 6th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week

These are the post topics for the 6th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week. This year we will have a great time focusing on finding creative and inventive ways to enjoy writing fresh content for knitting And Crochet Blogs and explore a few ways of […]

Celebrating 40% With A Super Saving!

Celebrating 40% With A Super Saving!

Thank you to absolutely everyone who took a moment to share our good news the other day! It’s an exciting time, and recently we were able to celebrate making it to 40% of the way to parenthood. To try and help to spread the joy […]

A Most Important Make: A New Addition

A Most Important Make: A New Addition

If you are a reader of this blog you may recall that recently I have been off ill, and this blog has perhaps rested a little whilst I have recovered. It was frustrating being off work for eight weeks and not being able to recuperate through […]

Tutorial Part 2: Sewing Your Fitted Modified T-Shirt

Tutorial Part 2: Sewing Your Fitted Modified T-Shirt

The first part of this tutorial series dealt with how to cut any un-flattering, badly fitting t-shirts to suit your own style and body shape. This part of the tutorial will deal with how to work with jersey knit fabric and stretch fabrics to ensure […]

Tutorial: How To Re-Fashion A T-shirt To Fit And Flatter

Tutorial: How To Re-Fashion A T-shirt To Fit And Flatter

After having successfully adjusted a T-shirt to transform it from a square unfitted shape with large shoulders and seams into a fitted women’s tee, I decided to write up my method in a tutorial, so that all those cute graphic designs languishing on giant, shapeless […]

A Fitting Tee

A Fitting Tee

Mr Awesome bought me a t-shirt for Christmas that I loved. My favourite book is Alice In Wonderland and my favourite painting is Van Gogh’s Starry night. He had found a t-shirt that featured Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole surrounded by all the characters […]

6th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week – Official Launch 2015!

6th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week – Official Launch 2015!

This post officially marks the launch of Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2015, the 6th outing of this annual celebration of fibre arts and the blogs that share the love of and promote them. Today is a brief but (hopefully) comprehensive overview of what Knitting […]

New Book: Great British Sewing Bee Fashion With Fabric

New Book: Great British Sewing Bee Fashion With Fabric

The third series of The Great British Sewing Bee is well under way, and the past few episodes have seen the participants pit their wits against different types of fabrics, from simple hard-wearing cottons, through structural costuming materials and onto the sometimes daunting world of […]

Shades Of Sunshine Sweater

Shades Of Sunshine Sweater

The yellow striped sweater with kangaroo pocket is complete and off the needles. Isn’t she pretty? The majority of this sunshine-y wonder was knit, if you remember, by Jen of JenACKnitwear. I can take no credit for anything other than a sleeve and a half. […]

Bargain Project Alert: Narwhal & Whale Yarn Sale & Free Shipping Worldwide

Bargain Project Alert: Narwhal & Whale Yarn Sale & Free Shipping Worldwide

ACT QUICKLY: OFFER ENDS TODAY! The yarn to knit my new Narwhal and Whale patterns (Sublime Lustrous Extrafine Merino DK) is on sale for only £1.95 a skein today with free WORLDWIDE shipping using the code FREED when buying from Loveknitting and spending over £5. […]

A Tale Of Two Knitties (Sorry)

A Tale Of Two Knitties (Sorry)

Well, it’s quiet here, so if there’s anyone reading I shall make a small and almost imperceptible wave of shy thanks. Joy and creativity have been a tad sparse on the ground of late because I have been suffering a few health challenges this new […]

Narwhal & Whale: A Duo Of Ocean Friends To Knit

Narwhal & Whale: A Duo Of Ocean Friends To Knit

A pattern for two new ocean friends is available to download from today, for anyone wanting to cuddle a narwhal or snuggle up to a whale. The Whale and Narwhal are knit to the same body plan, the pattern beginning at the head and moving […]

I’m Cutting Out A Few Of My Favourite Things

I’m Cutting Out A Few Of My Favourite Things

So the season of festivities has jollied many of us along and dumped us shivering into the cold and grey reality of January. Too many mince pies and an over-reliance on the comforts of rich, roasted dinners has left many an uncomfortable belt where once […]

Kilner Sewing Kit – A Pin Cushion Topped Mason Jar Tutorial

Kilner Sewing Kit – A Pin Cushion Topped Mason Jar Tutorial

Over the past few years mason jars have seen a resurgence as a staple crafting supply, and there is a good chance that many people will already have a loose-disked canning jar of the type needed to create this wonderful gift idea at home, but […]

Emberwarm Shawl Apply On The Fly iCord Edging Tutorial & Video

Emberwarm Shawl Apply On The Fly iCord Edging Tutorial & Video

After the release of the Emberwarm Shawl pattern yesterday I started to do a bit of reading about various iCord edging techniques and how they had differed from the one that I eventually settled on through much experimentation. Many of the iCord edgings that I […]

New Pattern: Emberwarm Shawl

New Pattern: Emberwarm Shawl

I am excited to announce the release of my new shawl pattern: Emberwarm. This smart and stylish shawl is so named for the resemblance of warm embers in a fire grate, and the feeling of cosy warmth that both will give. The shawl is knit […]

Make A Chic Gift Card Holder (With Free Printable Template)

Make A Chic Gift Card Holder (With Free Printable Template)

The winter season for many people heralds a time for family gathering, and thoughts of sharing and giving. Though many of us try our best to make or shop wisely, there are sometimes people that we want to buy or make something for, but due to particular […]

A Mounting Pile Of Sashiko Stitched Squares

A Mounting Pile Of Sashiko Stitched Squares

After I had finished my first Sashiko embroidered square I was undecided as to whether I wanted to make a small project with the finished sampler (almost certainly a cushion) or to perhaps work some further pieces to eventually join them together for a much […]

Winter Warmth Through Knitting

Winter Warmth Through Knitting

Last week was a bit quiet on the Eskimimi Makes, though I myself happened to be in a gentle flurry activity. We had booked a week off work which we were invited to spend with Grandma and Grandad Awesome, always a very welcome invitation where […]

Tutorial: Embroidered Polymer Clay Sashiko Necklace With Free Downloadable Project Templates

Tutorial: Embroidered Polymer Clay Sashiko Necklace With Free Downloadable Project Templates

The traditional Japanese craft of sashiko embroidery is given a new twist by combining the  established stitch patterns of sashiko with modern materials to make a piece of unique jewellery. The crescent-shaped statement necklace has been a popular sight in high street fashion this year, […]

Stitched Lines And Pattern Building In Sashiko Embroidery

Stitched Lines And Pattern Building In Sashiko Embroidery

When I started my first sashiko Project it was the simplicity of the basic parallel lines of stitches that felt so calming to work. The meditative action of the lines of running stitch gave a true feeling for the humble origins of this Japanese peasant […]

Free To Download Gift Tags With Care Instructions For Knitting, Crochet And Sewing

Free To Download Gift Tags With Care Instructions For Knitting, Crochet And Sewing

Every so often I like to design a new set of gift tags for giving with handmade gifts that might require some special care, especially by way of washing/drying and ironing instructions. When someone cares enough to spend the hours of creating that goes into […]

Sashiko: A Japanese Embroidery Technique

Sashiko: A Japanese Embroidery Technique

A week ago, at the very end of my week off, I found myself awake at a very unlikely and unfriendly hour with a spell of insomnia. I ended up browsing the internet and somehow navigated to various sites researching the techniques and history of […]

My Von Trapp Dress

My Von Trapp Dress

I always find the return to work after having time off a little difficult, I guess most people do, but I think it was especially difficult this week after taking a week and a half off to try and get some time away from figures […]

Tartan In October: Autumn’s Dress

Tartan In October: Autumn’s Dress

O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all. (Robert Frost) October has brought with it the falling leaves, and soon my gold and russet backdrop will make way for bare branches […]

New Free Knitting Pattern: Happy Cactus Pin Cushion

New Free Knitting Pattern: Happy Cactus Pin Cushion

I decided that I needed a cheerful little pin cushion to stop my pins from rolling around the table whilst I was sewing and knitting, so I set about trying to find an inexpensive one that would be cute as well as functional. Whilst searching […]

Sewing Machine Cover Final Part: Quilting And Making Up

Sewing Machine Cover Final Part: Quilting And Making Up

If you’ve read and followed along with the first three posts in this tutorial series you should now be in possession of an embroidered piece of fabric for the front of your sewing machine cover, plus all of the additional pieces cut as needed to […]

Sewing Machine Cover Part 3: Free Embroidery Pattern And Stitches Tutorial

Sewing Machine Cover Part 3: Free Embroidery Pattern And Stitches Tutorial

Once you have gathered your materials for your sewing machine cover (part 1 in this series of posts) and taken all the relevant measurement for cutting your pattern pieces (part 2), you’ve made your way to the really fun and beautiful bit of the project: the embroidery. Though […]

Sewing Machine Cover Part 2: Measurements And Pattern Pieces

Sewing Machine Cover Part 2: Measurements And Pattern Pieces

The first post in this project gave details of the skills (many optional, all suitable for beginners) that you can use to make your very own beautiful embroidered sewing machine cover. Making a sewing machine cover to fit your machine’s specific measurements is pretty simple […]

Embroidered, Quilted Sewing Machine Cover Project

Embroidered, Quilted Sewing Machine Cover Project

Just after Mr Awesome and I got married we decided to redecorate our guest bedroom. It functioned perfectly well as a guest bedroom, but we wanted something far more light and airy, and we wanted to actually make use of the room the other 358 […]

Time For The Greys To Make An Appearance

Time For The Greys To Make An Appearance

A few days ago, whilst I was sitting at my desk contemplating a thirds coffee of the day my colleague turned to me and asked ‘Mimi, did you make that top yourself?’ Much as I would like to think that this colleague and friend was […]

New Tunic With Split Sleeves – And More Bushy Tails!

New Tunic With Split Sleeves – And More Bushy Tails!

After wondering what to make with the rest of the squirrel fabric left over from making my skirt last week, and then pondering what fabric to use to make a tunic from my new sewing books the obvious answer finally came to me. Actually, it had occurred […]

Craft-Splurge: The Stylish Dress Book

Craft-Splurge: The Stylish Dress Book

The internet can be a scary place. Alongside the more unsavoury areas of the web there are also the sites that will not set the safesearch filters twitching, but instead pose the more genteel threats of the desire to make, try to sometimes buy all […]

Autumn Skirt Of Nutty Squirrel Goodness

Autumn Skirt Of Nutty Squirrel Goodness

About six months ago I found myself wandering through a needlecrafts exhibition, admiring the rows and rows of pretty things, all perfectly placed to draw the eye to temptation and make the purse clasp spring open. Whilst I was rummaging among the wares of one […]

Twisted Cable Sweater: A Long Term Affair

Twisted Cable Sweater: A Long Term Affair

A week or two ago I was sifting through my contacts’ new uploads on Flickr when a favourite knitter of mine who produces some of the most amazingly beautiful knits had a new set of pictures that caught my eye. The sweater that she had […]

Polka Dot Bunny Yoke Skirt

Polka Dot Bunny Yoke Skirt

I have finished sewing my first ever skirt. It is the Yoke Skirt from the second Great British Sewing Bee series, the pattern for which is included in the accompanying book. I made a few changes to the original pattern, most noticeably lengthening the skirt […]

Beautiful Things: Coveted, Now Mine.

Beautiful Things: Coveted, Now Mine.

About six months ago I went to a stitching and craft show in Birmingham, where I found myself plunged into two giant rooms full of stalls plying wonderful wares: craft materials, yarn and fabric of all styles and colours. Whilst there I found a particular […]

And Now The New Projects Tumble Forth

And Now The New Projects Tumble Forth

I often think that at times when you feel creative or energised to be productive but are prevented by either lack of materials, physical problems or time, that the creativity increases its manifestations by way of ideas, building up those pre-sleep imaginings of all the […]

New Pattern: Stuffed Olives Socks

New Pattern: Stuffed Olives Socks

I designed these socks as a challenge to myself to find a new and interesting way to play with yarns that have a long transition of colour, such as Zauberball. The leg is knit sideways in stretchy and comfortable garter stitch, which will accommodate pretty […]

Blind Hemming With A Sewing Machine Tutorial

Blind Hemming With A Sewing Machine Tutorial

I have always hemmed by hand. When I was growing up, my grandmother was an amazing seamstress, which mean that anything that ever needed to be sewn was completed to perfection by her. I would help out with finishing and any hand-sewing, and so I […]

New Pattern: Gentle Waves Socks

New Pattern: Gentle Waves Socks

The Gentle Waves sock pattern is now available to download from my Ravelry Store. This design had previously been featured in a UK knitting magazine, but is now available to download directly from Ravelry or direct from this page. Featuring a very easy-to-memorise lace repeat, […]

A Newly Finished Hat From Handspun Yarn

A Newly Finished Hat From Handspun Yarn

I have finished my first new project since I finally found time to get back into my usual creative flow of ideas and activities. This hat practically flew from the needles in a very few hours, its speed hastened by a mixture of the pure […]

Fresh Yarn On Warm Needles – A Handspun Hat

Fresh Yarn On Warm Needles – A Handspun Hat

Life has started to return to normal now, and Mr Awesome and I are settling back into a routine whilst still retaining a flush of happiness from the fun of the last few weeks. But there is undoubtably less for us to do now that […]

This Is Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

This Is Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes for our wedding and marriage! Everything went perfectly and the day was a dream. We are yet to receive our official wedding photographs so we still have that excitement to come, but my bouquet was very well […]

The Making Of A Very Special Waistcoat & Top Hat

The Making Of A Very Special Waistcoat & Top Hat

This past weekend has seen a flurry of activity even greater than the recent very busy days we have had, as we sat down with a long list of wedding ‘makes’ to complete. We designed, cut, sewed, glued, printed and folded things feverishly and found ourselves […]

5KCBWDAY2 Dating Profile

5KCBWDAY2 Dating Profile

5KCBWDAY2 Dating Profile Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects. Introduction: Hi! I’m Marta, and I’m an international kind of girl with a mixed background. Though I was born in the West Midlands my fibre is from the Shetland Isles and my design […]

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week – Italian Translation

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week is launched tomorrow and there is still plenty of time to take part, and if you are an Italian language blogger then I have very good news, the introuduction and instructions, blogging topics and post tag instructions have all been […]

Wedding Things Are Being Made

Wedding Things Are Being Made

Apart from the upcoming Knitting And Crochet Blog Week extravaganza, this blog is likely to be a little quieter than usual over the coming weeks, as in ten weeks’ time I will be a married woman: a Mrs Awesome, and there are a lot of […]

Finished 1930s Blouse

Finished 1930s Blouse

This ‘1930s Blouse’ is my first competed sewn garment, completed in a couple of afternoons. The pattern is from the book that accompanies the most recent series of The Great British Sewing Bee, which I treated myself to a couple of months ago. I thought […]

Finished Spinning Project: Stormborn 2ply Yarn

Finished Spinning Project: Stormborn 2ply Yarn

Last week I completed a simple spinning project that had been on the wheel for a while. This basic, 2-ply yarn started out as two gradient batts that the seller (JustADaydream on Etsy) had named ‘Storm’. The finished yarn then got the nickname Stormborn, after […]

Making With Trepidation

Making With Trepidation

After managing to insta-shrink my brand new sweater at the moment of completion last week, I have approached the drive towards the completion of my sewing project (a woman’s shirt) with some trepidation. I will probably cut a big hole in the thing and set […]

A New Disaster

A New Disaster

Some of you will have read in my post on Tuesday that things have not been all sunshine and daffodils for me over these past three weeks. I have struggled with a bit of a knockback in an attempt to relieve some stresses and a […]

Finished Argyle Hat

Finished Argyle Hat

Sometimes the most perfect projects come from tried and tested traditions that have already stood the test of time. I designed this Argyle Band hat to make the most of a couple of small skeins of Rowan Pure Wool 4-Ply yarn that I had squirrelled […]

Progression – The Great British Sewing ME

Progression – The Great British Sewing ME

I have often considered (and occasionally written about) the progression of skill in crafting and how different people variously approach further learning in their craft. I admit a strange unease and frustration when I have heard people discuss at stalls or within stores the knitting […]

Finished Knit: The Polka Dot Jumper

Finished Knit: The Polka Dot Jumper

After just a little procrastination I have finished the Polka Dot jumper after just a little bit of extra work knitting the second sleeve, pockets, and then adding the finishing touched by making sure that every end was woven in and the buttons attached.I’ve even […]

The Gingham Knicker Experience

The Gingham Knicker Experience

I decided a little while ago that I really wanted to try to make my own knickers. I first had the idea many moons ago when I was short of both money and underwear and Mr Awesome had a drawer full of t-shirts, many that he […]

Polka Dot Sweater Update

Polka Dot Sweater Update

It has been a while since I did any work on this sweater as I have barely picked it up since Christmas, but this weekend I decided that I would accompany some recent spinning with a little simple knitting, and I realised that I was […]

Yet Another New Pattern: Divot – Twice The Fun Through Thick And Thin

Yet Another New Pattern: Divot – Twice The Fun Through Thick And Thin

It’s been a particularly productive period here at Eskimimi Makes, and so I am pleased to announce yet another new pattern, and it’s a bit of a double whammy as the pattern actually contains two download files to knit the hat in one of two […]

Milky Way Hat: A New Knitting Pattern from Eskimimi Makes

Milky Way Hat: A New Knitting Pattern from Eskimimi Makes

I have a brand new hat pattern published called ‘Milky Way’ in honour of the swirling plumes of lace and twinkling light captured in this easy to knit slouchy hat. I decided to knit this hat as I no longer had my Pamplemousse Hat to […]

New Knitting Pattern: The Andalusia Shawl

New Knitting Pattern: The Andalusia Shawl

 The Andalusia Shawl has been published and is now available directly from this site or from Ravelry. This fabulous crescent shawl uses just one 100g skein of fingering weight/4-ply yarn (shown here in Schoppel Wolle Zauberball in the shade Fuchsia). The pattern features notes on […]

FO: Ruby Sparkly Hat Off The Needles

FO: Ruby Sparkly Hat Off The Needles

The red sparkly hat I started a few days ago flew around the needles for the couple of evenings I found both the time and effort to get some knitting done. Some of the times it because I have had other wonderful things to do, like […]

FO: A New Shawl Off The Needles

FO: A New Shawl Off The Needles

I finished my most recent shawl over a week ago and spent last weekend tiptoeing my way around the large foam interlocking play mats that serve as a handy blocking surface for the beautification of lace. It had been my full intention to release a […]

Knitpro Needle Tips: Free To A Good Home

Knitpro Needle Tips: Free To A Good Home

I have seven sets of Knitpro Spectra (alternatively called Knitpicks Zephyr) tips in various sizes free to a good home if anyone can make use of them. I have owned them for a long time but they have been hardly used as I couldn’t really […]

Free New Knitting Pattern: Nightcloud Hat

Free New Knitting Pattern: Nightcloud Hat

I have a new pattern available to download for free: Nightcloud Hat. This hat is knitted from a single ball of extra-bulky yarn and can be knitted in a single evening in front of the TV, so makes a super-quick, very inexpensive gift choice. Due […]

WIP: Waves At Sunset Zauberball Shawl

WIP: Waves At Sunset Zauberball Shawl

The one Zauberball that was missing from my last post was the one that was already a good portion of the way to becoming a finished knitted item. This Zauberball has had a good think about becoming a number of different things this year – […]

Port Zauberball – Taking Inventory

Port Zauberball – Taking Inventory

I decided that as I had set upon the fantastic voyage that will hopefully see me sail through the murky waters of doubt and forge both sheets to the wind into the good sea Zauberball, using my most favourite yarns, I should first take an […]

Knitted Style

Knitted Style

Anyone who dared to go near the shops any time around december couldn’t have failed to notice the trend for knitted style accessories and homewards, especially those with a nordic twist. Naturally, some of these have found their way into my home around the most […]

New Pattern: Argyle Cables Socks

New Pattern: Argyle Cables Socks

These Argyle Cables socks were a design that were first published in Simply Knitting Magazine, and were one of my favourite knits to both make and wear. Knitted in 6-Ply Regia yarn, they knit up extremely quickly considering the amount of detail that exists in […]

What Will Eskimimi Make in 2014?

What Will Eskimimi Make in 2014?

Welcome to the new year and all the possibilities that 2014 holds. I have much to look forward to this year and I am trying to embrace as well as I can the positivity that a new start can make. Sometimes it’s just the open […]

Recent Knitterly Gifts

Recent Knitterly Gifts

As my birthday and Christmas fall so closely together I tend to receive gifts all at the very end of the year, and I am always hopeful that someone close will buy my something that I can use in my relaxation time. Gifts to pamper […]

Giantmonk Launches His Own Site

Giantmonk Launches His Own Site

When a piece was published about Eskimimi Makes in the wonderful Knitscene magazine I received a large number of queries and comments from people who had seen the article and had questions for further information… on Giantmonk. 100% of the wonderfully heart lifting responses were […]

Failed Christmas Gift: Pac-Man Cushion

Failed Christmas Gift: Pac-Man Cushion

I decided a couple of years ago that hand-making gifts was, for the most part, not for me. After one year of spending literally hundreds of hours lovingly creating a dazzling array of quite lovely things to be met with shrugs I came to realise […]

WIP: The Quickest Socks

WIP: The Quickest Socks

Mr Awesome and I have known for a little while now that Christmas this year was likely to be rather quiet and understated, but we still wanted our time together and away from work to be valuable and full of the love and comfort that […]

Eskimimi At Christmas

I haven’t updated this site in a while now. After a couple of works of an excessively stressful workload in my day job leading to exhaustion and a spell of – let’s call it what it is – depression, I lost my grandmother last week […]

FO: Seasonal Preparations

FO: Seasonal Preparations

A while ago now, when Stress had started to creep in but had not made his nest at my feet, I started on a few Christmas cards, ready for December. Because I knew how busy I was going to be once November got going and […]