Quilted covers

For once I’ve achieved what I was planning to do last week and made a quilted cafetiere cover. In fact I made two because one of my pieces of Skopos quilted furnishing cotton was exactly twice as big as required.

Quilted cafetiere muffWhile I was at it I made myself a new hot water bottle cover because the last one (also made from Skopos fabric) is worn out.

Quilted HWB coverI used to bind the edges of this quilting with purchased satin bias binding. It certainly gave the things I made a luxurious look, but I discovered that the binding wore away much faster than the fabric and soon became ragged-looking. Now I make my own binding, either from the top layer of the fabric itself if there’s enough, or a toning fabric. For this hot water bottle cover I used a left-over strip of curtain fabric.

More baby hats

After 4 of these sock yarn baby hats, I’m calling a halt.

4 sock yarn baby hatsOne is for the new baby in my family, the others will be put to one side until I need a small present for another new arrival. They work really well in patterned sock yarn and, at about 20 grammes apiece for a newborn size, they are perfect for using up the leftovers from an adult-sized pair of socks. I knitted the red one top-down, just for a bit of variety and to use every last inch of the yarn.

Coastal Colours 4-ply yarnMy next knitting project will be a scarf from the luxurious yarn I acquired at the Masham Sheep Fair.

I can’t wait to get started.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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