Thursday, July 19, 2018

Picking a chunky knit cardigan pattern

So as I was saying in my other knitting post I really want to accomplish making a cardigan for autumn/winter for myself. There are so many amazing photos online of gorgeous chunky knits with cabling and textures and that is the style I want to achieve!

Wool and the gang bomber kit HERE

One of my favourite things to do is go onto Etsy and set the filter for shop location to Ireland to see can I find what I want from a fellow Irish crafty shop.So that’s what I did and I bought this chunky knit pattern by Bummbul HERE

I love the textured sleeves on this cardigan and really hope that I can achieve the same look.

Now I just need to decide on what yarn and what colour!! 

Aideen xo

Friday, July 13, 2018

Handknitting using pure wool roving

I am sure you guys have seen all the fab pics of chunky knit blankets on Instagram and Pinterest and if you have looked into them like I have they are expensive! The reason they cost quite a bit is because pure wool roving is expensive to buy so even for me as someone who can make a chunky knit blanket the roving cost still makes it expensive.

Photo from Pinterest-Like hello squishy cosy goodness

I love the look of the extreme knit blankets so I had to have a try at hand knitting and I did with this chunky knit cushion-the roving for this was about €32 so you can imagine for a throw blanket you would need a lot more roving.

I also did a quick time lapse video while I made this cushion:

Maybe one day I will get the chance to make a blanket too,

Aideen xo

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I have an Etsy shop... its called Fluff Beag

I’m not sure if I ever mentioned anything on here about my Etsy shop but I have a little shop called Fluff Beag HERE I also added the link in the side bar of my blog.

Last week I added a new little collection to my shop which I called Codlath Sámh which is a nursery and kids room decor collection.

I have the sweetest, softest, fluffy weaves, pure wool felt wall hangers and the fun wooden sshhh... sign you can see in the photographs here.

For all my pieces that I have for sale I use the purest best quality ingredients which I try to source from local and other small businesses like mine which is so important to me.

I would love for you to have a peep,

Aideen xo

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Chunky knitting for the win

So I have fallen in love with chunky knitting... including super chunky knitting using needles or your hands!

I learned how to knit when I was younger from my nanny and have worked on a handful of small projects since then-mostly scarves... so nothing too complicated but anyways I still know how to knit so that’s step one.

In this pic I am working on a tapered chunky knit scarf-I bought the pattern on Etsy from

But my goal for this year is to knit a chunky knit cardigan that I can wear-I love chunky knits in the autumn/winter so to make one for myself would be so cool.

Cardi from River Island

I have a pattern bought and am still learning about different types of yarn etc but hopefully over the next few weeks I’ll pick a yarn and make a start on my cardigan.

Do you knit? Do you love chunky knitting too? Send me any recommendations!!

Thanks for visiting,
Aideen xo

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Finding my crafty mojo... circular weaving

You guys.... long long long time no see!

Over the winter months I didn't make many new crafty projects-between doing up my crafty office space and being a constant mom taxi I just didn't have time ( I am still working on my crafty space just slowly but surely).

But recently I have been back making some weavings and other fun pieces that I am going to pop up on my Etsy store-which has also been neglected.

One of my recent makes was a circular weaving using the Prima Fiber Arts small circular loom from Hobby Lobby-I even made some videos... This first one shows how to warp a circular loom:

Recently there was a big yarn event on in Dublin called Woollinn-did you get to go? I wanted to but with work and kids I unfortunately just couldn't get up there... anyways one of my favourite Irish yarn shops Apple Oak Fibre works was there and I made up a circular weave using Jennifers lovely yarns.

I am OBSESSED with chunky yarns ans roving and Jennifer has such a great selection in her shop HERE so go check her out and support a small business which is always the best-another video here of me making the weave:

Thanks for visiting,
Aideen xo

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Y A R N event at Standun

I spotted on Facebook that Standun in Spiddal were having an event instore called YARN and due to my obsession with all things wool and cosy I clicked thru to check it out.

The event itself was free you just had to RSVP thru eventbrite and I ordered two tickets on for me and one for my mom-also addicted to yarn...

Poster for the event

So off we went and we had such a fun evening-we were welcomed with drinks on arrival and invited to look around the store-there was 20% off all full priced items for anyone at the event. I have to say I have not been to Standun in a few years but I will for sure be back before Christmas-there are so many beautiful gift ideas for all ages-much more than what I remembered from my last visit. 

I have a soft spot of course for kids items and home decor and I really enjoyed the set up of the kids section with great price points for all kinds of gifts for all occasions.

This little fox cup caught my eye

Next up was the fashion show which included not just knitwear but also occasion wear again to suit lots of ages and featured in the show were pieces by Deirdre Duffy-Wild Cocoon which were STUNNING. Hand woven on a large floor loom using colourful lambswool they were just gorgeous..

The Aran room

Down in the Aran room there was lots of Aran knitwear to look at and also the 'Wall of Aran' which covered the wall showing Aran stitches-something I would love to learn more about-I would have loved to have seen a demo on this! 

Selfie with the Aran wall

There was an area for local businesses too where we got to see and taste- Micil poitin, Connaught pale ale beer cocktails, Connemara organic seaweed, Ri na Mara skincare and Sliabh Aughty honey. 

Overall, it was a lovely night out and definitely put Standun back on my radar for shopping!! We left with goodies which included a fabulous €20 voucher for Standun, Galway Now magazine, face cream, knitted keyring and a handy sewing kit.

I also bought an item using the 20% off for my new craft room so I will have a cute pic of that soon-keep and eye on my Instagram pieces_by_aideen

Thanks for visiting,

Aideen xo

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wool and the gang off the wall-macrame

As you guys know I love trying out new craft techniques and I am always on the look out for fun things to try out and Macrame is one of those crafts. It is quite like weaving in that you can create beautiful wall hangings but unlike weaving you are knotting the yarn or string you are using.

So as I do with any craft I started out watching videos on YouTube which is a brilliant resource for crafters and I know for me personally I hope my videos inspire people in the way that I am by others on there. For Macrame videos I really recommend The Crafty Ginger and her channel is HERE so for sure head over to her channel and follow along!!

Then for macrame books I have an amazon link on my blog home page which links to the book I bought that has all kinds of beautiful decor pieces you can make.

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When it came to making my own macrame wall hanging I decided to go for Wool And the Gangs off the wall macrame kit-which comes with all you need to make your hanging including written instructions which is handy for newbies like me.

You get to pick what colour of their Jersey be good yarn which is a t shirt yarn that you want to use so I went for peach sorbet which is a pretty pastel colour. If you want to get the kit just click on this pic below (affiliate):

Now...I did not really follow the instructions in the kit and went for my own style and I have to say I was really happy with how it came out... and actually I have the finished piece for sale in my Etsy shop Fluff Beag HERE

If you guys would like some more in-depth macrame posts or videos just leave a comment and let me know,

Thanks for visiting,

Aideen xo