So for Halloween one of my plans involved going to see The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at the Castle Keep in Newcastle. But as a Grade 1 listed building, it has no heating! I know from experience how cold it gets in there, so I decided I’d need something to keep my head warm. As it was … More Dragon Watcher’s Hood
Way back in March, I bought some gorgeous 4ply yarn from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. My original intention was to knit the Bette top from Knit Vintage but the pattern was so fiddly I gave up and knitted something else. I give you the Cranberries top! But this isn’t what the top is supposed to look … More What two mistakes did I make while knitting the BEPPU top?
Way back in March I posted about this beautiful Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock yarn by Purlescence that I picked up at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. A week later I cast on the Faerly shawl by Tall Yarns, and I was amazed at the speed that it knitted up. Then again, I guess knitting 4ply … More The finished Faerly shawl!
The internet is already awash with April Fool’s jokes, but this particular post is most definitely not a prank. As we’re slowly creeping into spring in the northern hemisphere, I’m having a 15% off sale across the affordable knits section of my Etsy shop. By affordable, I mean the yarns used are acrylic premium blends, rather … More 15% off April sale at IcyHandmade!
Last week I posted about my yarn haul from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016, and I’ve already gotten stuck into this Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock yarn that I bought from Purlescence. I would have started sooner but I had a slouchy beanie hat I wanted to finish first! Either way, I dutifully set up … More 4ply Faerly Shawl – WiP
A little while ago, I did a stash addition post about this beautiful Sirdar Sylvan yarn. I already knew what I was going to do with it before I started, so over Christmas I knitted a fun super slouchy beanie for my Etsy shop. It took me until last week to finally get it listed, what … More Hat made from Sirdar Sylvan now in my Etsy store
I came across this gorgeous neck warmer on Ravelry a couple of years ago, and just had to knit it! The Lady Jessica Neck Warmer The pattern is free, and it’s by Veronica O’Neil. I love its Victorian styling, and the pattern itself isn’t as complicated as it might first appear. You knit the neck straight, and … More Pattern Spotlight – Lady Jessica Neckwarmer
Today is Small Business Saturday! According to BBC News, customers are being “urged to ‘shop small’ to help independent traders”. This is the third year that the Day has run, and according to the BBC piece, “last year UK traders took £504m on the day from an estimated 16.5 million people – a 20% increase … More Save BIG with Small Business Saturday
A couple of weeks ago I tripped over a drainage channel in town, and I’ve been suffering from bad pains in my neck and shoulder ever since (thanks for that, Newcastle City Council!) My physio has given me exercises to do and while they do help, I’m finding that knitting is just too painful! What … More 3 Things To Do When You Can’t Knit
Winter is drawing in with a vengeance so it’s the perfect time of year to whip up a new set of quick accessories! I’ve already made a slouchy beanie with this yarn, but I’ve just used Women’s Institute Soft and Cuddly Yarn Blue Stripes to make a matching neck warmer! The yarn is available for … More Free Knitting Pattern – Garter Stitch Cowl