Teatime links

Gingerbread

Christmas has been a bit of a whirlwind (is it ever anything else?), so it’s been lovely the last couple of days to take a moment for a cup of tea, a biscuit and some quiet time online. Here’s what’s been catching my eye recently…

Snuggly teddy by Sirdar. I’m not usually a fan of fun fur, but ohmygosh their new Touch yarn is so soft! And you’re never too old for a teddy bear, right?

Beautiful colourwork mittens by JennyPenny on Ravelry. Super cosy and stunning to look at too. Someday I’ll have the confidence to try a Fair Isle pattern this intricate.

Hello Kitty Crochet book by Mei Li Lee. Hook an amigurumi version of the feline icon to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Scrumptious Selkino yarn. A merino/silk blend hand-dyed by the wonderful Skein Queen. Drool.

Handmade gifts. A heartwarming story from the US about a knitter who donates all her projects to good causes.

Aimee Ray’s cute and quirky blog. Little Dear is packed with embroidery inspiration, and if you’re new to stitching her easy-to-follow tutorials will get you started.

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Home sweet home

Where has the year gone? I stopped paying attention for a few moments and suddenly the high street is covered in fairy lights and Noddy Holder is shouting “It’s Christmaaas!” in every shop I go into.

We’ve finally moved in to our new house, unpacked (well, almost) and made the obligatory ‘buy all the stuff!’ trip to Ikea – and now I can start thinking about the important things. Like where to put my yarn stash.

My parents kindly brought us some old furniture to use in the spare bedroom, and I’m thrilled to move my knitting paraphernalia from under the bed to its very own little crafting nook. My yarn is going up in the world!

I swapped out the old handles for these adorable floral ones from Tiger (have you been to Tiger? It’s a treasure trove of budget-friendly Scandi awesomeness), and it’s given a tired cupboard a new lease of life.

Cupboard

Inside, the shelves are the perfect size for my yarn boxes, and there’s even room for some other bits and bobs too.

Stash 2015

And now I can get to my yarn more easily, I have no excuse for not using it up…