Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Craft Supplies

Next Tuesday its Halloween so whether you are throwing a big Halloween Party for friends and family or preparing to welcome Trick or Treaters here is our round up of your essential Halloween crafting supplies:

Halloween Craft Supplies

Halloween Crafting Essentials:

Black Saddle Stitch Ribbon, Orange Stripe Paper Bags, Kraft Gift Tags, Dark Grey Stripe Washi Tape, Orange Stripe Ribbon, Black Stripe Paper Bags, Black Bakers Twine, Orange Stripe Washi Tape

Why not have a go at making your own Trick or Treat Bags?

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

For every order placed this week we will pop 10 Halloween paper bags into your order for free!

Happy crafting

Homemakery: Erika Knight Cowl

Its British Wool Week and all this week we are taking a look at Erika Knights fabulous range of British wools. One of my favourite wools by Erika Knight is her Maxi Wool, a super chunky yarn which comes in a range of gorgeous colours.

With autumn well and truly taken up residence and winter right around the corner snood time has officially arrived so it seemed only right that I hook up a lovely cosy cowl using Erika Knights Maxi Wool.

This cowl is super simple to make and only takes a couple of hours.

Ingredients

Erika Knight Maxi Wool in Marni x2
10mm Crochet Hook
Knitters Needles

Erika Knight Cowl Ingredients

Instructions

1. Untwist the hank and wind into a ball, its definitely worth the effort to do this otherwise you are likely to get into a tangle very quickly!

Erika Knight ball of woll

2. Chain 75, or until you can loop the chain comfortably around your neck twice. Have a play and see what looks good.  Keep your chains loose to prevent curling later on.

Chain

2. Slip stich the first and the last chain together to make a loop. Make sure the chain is not twisted before doing this.

Slip stich the chain

3. Row 1 – Chain three, then Treble (UK) stitch into each chain.

Chain 3, then treble stitch into each chain

4. Continue with the tr until you return to where you started, then slip stitch into the third chain of your original chain three.

Slip stich last tr to first ch3

5. Repeat step 3 and 4,  this time putting the Treble stitch between each stitch in the row below.

Row 2

6. Repeat until the cowl is your desired width, this one has six rows which took a hank and a half of wool.

Almost finished cowl

7. Using the knitters needles sew in the loose ends.

Sew in ends

And this is how it looks on, its so cosy for these chilly days!

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Minnie certainly approves!

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Happy crafting!

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Ps. Don’t forget you can get 10% off all Erika Knight wool, Knit Pro knitting needles and crochet hooks by Pony and Clover with the code EKWW13 all this week. Ends Sunday.

Crochet Colour Palette: Erika Knight Chalky Gems

When it comes to starting a new crochet project one of the most fun and sometimes challenging aspect of the project is deciding on the colours to use. That’s where we can help. Every week we will be posting a crochet colour palette of the week matched back to a range of wool stocked here at the Homemakery. Over time we will build up a library of crochet colour palettes so if you are ever looking for inspiration pop back and click on the tag Crochet Colour Palette.

If you hadn’t noticed this week is Wool Week which celebrates wool in all its glory! To mark the occasion we are profiling wools by Erika Knight which are made from British wool and spun and dyed here in the UK. Therefore it only seems right that this weeks Crochet Colour Palette of the week features wool from one of Erika’s range.

 

Erika Knight Chalky Gems Crochet Colour Palette

 

This weeks Chalky Gems Crochet Colour Palette uses cosy chalky coloured yarn from Erika Knight British Blue DK, a lovely soft wool with a gentle sheen which is made from the fleece of the Bluefaced Leicester and spun in the UK by Laxtons.

Brown Milk Chocolate (44),  Duck Egg Iced Gem (41),  Purple French (43), Pink Pretty (42), Natural Fawn (37)

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all Erika Knight yarn and all knitting needles and crochet hooks this week just use the code EKWW13 at the checkout.

Happy Wool Week!

Today marks the start of British Wool Week which aims to raise awareness of wool and wool products in the UK. We are thrilled to be kicking off British Wool Week by profiling a fabulous British Wool Company who we are very proud to be stocking at the Homemakery, Erika Knight.

In 2012 Erika Knight the renowned knitwear and crochet designer launched her very own range of ethically produced, sustainable yarns not only made from British wool, but dyed and spun in British mills.

If you love knitting and crochet you know the love and effort that goes into everything you make. Sometimes only the best will do and if it can be the Best of British it just gets better and better!

The Homemakery is proud to stock three Erika Knight Yarns a DK, an Aran and a Super Chunky!

Erika Knight British Blue Wool

Erika Knight British Blue Wool

 

 

British Blue Wool is a fantastic 100% British Double Knit wool made from the fleece of the Bluefaced Leicester.

British Blue wool comes in sweet 25g balls, is superbly soft with a subtle sheen and comes in a stunning chalky colour palette.

 

 

 

 

 

Erika Knight Vintage Wool

Erika Knight Vintage Wool

 

Vintage Wool is a gorgeous 100% British Aran wool spun with an old fashioned twist giving your projects that vintage British feel.
Vintage Wool is beautifully soft and comes in a varied colour palette of both brights and chalks perfect for knitting or crocheting over the Autumn/Winter months.

 

 

 

 

Erika Knight Maxi Wool

Erika Knight maxi wool

 

This super chunky Maxi wool comes in a range of bright colours perfect for making cosy scarves, snoods and hats.

Maxi wool is steamed twice to create a luxurious voluminous yarn.

Keep an eye out on our blog later in the week for a Homemakery featuring this fantastic chunky wool.

 

 

 

 

 

In honour of British Wool Week we are offering 10% off  all Erika Knight wool when you enter the code EKWW13 at the checkout not only that but we are also taking 10% off our Knit Pro needles and Clover and Pony crochet hooks. Why not take the opportunity to try out Erika’s beautiful yarns for yourself and see why we love her wool so much!

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