Trip to the Belfast Royal

As you all know the Wonderful Wednesday Woman have been making cushions for the Cardiac Unit at Belfast Royal Hospital for over 12 months now.  We are, at last, going to take a trip to the hospital and see for ourselves where they go and how they are used.  We are going to meet the nurses and possibly some consultants and learn first hand how the cushions help the recovery of the patients.  It is being funded by the hospital and we are all looking forward to it immensely.

I know that a lot of people do a lot of things for charity  and don’t expect any thanks but it is nice sometimes to have some sort of recognition.  The Wednesday Ladies have been knitting and raising money for charity for over 45 years and this is the first time they will be officially thanked for their efforts.  We are also featured in this months Inside Crochet under the title of “Shops we Love” so fame at last!!

Shops We Love

Fame at Last!!  Issue 53 of Inside Crochet features Grandma’s Attic as the “Shop we Love”.  Recognition for all the hard work the Wednesday Women do for charity.  (more about this in a separate blog).  Some fabulous patterns in this months issue too, so don’t be slow go out and buy a copy!!2014-04-17 12.00.44

There is a fab crochet pattern for a cake cover that is stiffened with sugar and water.  Perfect for al fresco lunches in the summer sun, or lush summer camping trips.  I am going to have a go and will post my creation!!

I have several unfinished projects on the go at the moment so I am going to make an effort to finish them all before the end of April!!  Wish me luck…

New Cake Toppers

Due to the success of recent TV shows such as “The Great British Bake Off” more and more of us are having a go at baking that “special” cake for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc.

I am pleased to say that Grandma’s Attic are now stocking some cute little cake toppers to finish them off professionally.  For £2.95 you can have a lively footballer for your “Budding Beckham” or for £3.95 a Princess for your Princess.

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Crocheting Group

I would just like to wish the new crocheting group in Enniskillen the very best of luck with this new venture.

They met for the first time last night and I went along to get them started.  They are all new to the art of crochet so it was quite challenging for all concerned as it was a BIG group. But we got there in the end with a few laughs and a few big sighs!! Everyone went home with at least one row of crochet completed and all the knowledge needed to complete a simple treble scarf.

So A big WELL DONE to you all and you can give yourselves a pat on the back!!

Next week we are going to master the art of a granny square.  These can be tricky to get started but they are the base of many patterns and a lovely and simple thing to learn.  You can use up all your odds and ends on these squares and then join all up and make a blanket, bag, waistcoat, scarf or anything at all. All you need is a big of imagination.  We made bags last year from a slight variation of this square and they are lovely.  Great for keeping your knitting in or taking to the beach on those far of summer holidays!!

Autumn Leaves are turning.

New Winter Yarn

New Lace Weight Yarn

Hello my fellow Knitters

Well Autumn is now with us and it is time to get out the needles, light a fire and settle down for plenty of creating over the winter months.  The summer holidays are a distant memory and we will soon be thinking of christmas and all the trimmings.  Hard to believe I know, but it is true!  If you start now you could have plenty of presents knit or crocheted in plenty of time.  Hats, Cowls, Scarves, Gloves, mug warmers, hot water bottle covers……the list is endless.  If its for your husband, best friend, mum or granny there are lots of ideas and fabulous new yarns for the winter season.

Chunky and Super Chunky are this years fashion.  With lots of big sloppy jumpers to wrap up in.   Easy and quick to knit for even the beginner knitter.

Also at the opposite end of the scale is the lace weight yarns.  Very popular this year for shawls, gloves etc.  Beautiful fine yarn that can be knit on big needles making it quick and easy to do.  It is 70% Mohair, 30% Nylon and is £4.95 per ball.  The great thing about it is that to do the shawl (bottom right on the picture) it takes only 3 balls and is knit on 8mm needles.  So for pattern, yarn and needles it is only £21.00.  Comes in 6 beautiful colours and if you could bear to part with it then it  would make a lovely gift for someone special.   Small projects also available if you prefer.  Happy Days!!

No new scarf wools yet this year though.  Only more of the same as last year, which is fine except they are not available for another 6 weeks or so.  Sorry about that but unfortunately it is out of my hands.  I do however, have lots of other lovely alternatives for you to try out in the meantime.


Knitted Bike

Whilst on holiday this summer in Munich, Germany I passed a wool shop.  Well technically I didn’t pass a wool shop as that is impossible!!  I went into the wool shop of course and it made me realise just what a great shop I have here at Grandma’s Attic.  Full of bargains and a fabulous selection of different yarns.  While this Munich shop was a lovely shop, it was a look and don’t touch kind of place and if you actually wanted to buy anything then you would have to take out a mortgage!!

What I did really love about this shop was this bike that was parked outside.  It really was an eye catcher and a great bit of fun.  All the knitting groups around the country could follow this example and cover some local sights with knitting or crochet.  It would brighten up an otherwise dull object!!  Better get permission first though!!

Let me know if you have already done something like this and send photos to share!

Knitted Bike

Knitted Bike

Felt Knitting/Craft Bags

I have in stock some beautiful felt bags, ideal for keeping all your craft projects together. At the moment I have them in red, tan and chocolate brown. They are £18.50 each and are perfect for personalizing with hand made felted flowers, embroidery or whatever takes your fancy.  Let your imagination run wild.  They will go under a sewing machine with care so you could applique, or you could just leave them plain.  I love them and will be getting more colours in soon so watch this space.

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Perfect for all your craft projects

Take one along to your knitting/craft group and let everyone admire your handiwork.

Odds & Ends Cardigan

Good morning everyone.

I am sure you are enjoying the good weather and spending lots of time outdoors.  But for some people it is actually TOO hot and I am sure those people would like something to do indoors that is not too strenuous, and I think I have the perfect project for you.

Remember the odds and ends blanket?  Well this is the odds and ends cardigan.  I chose a plain DK cardigan pattern and made up the stripes as I knitted the back, then followed this same sequence for the front and sleeves.  When I ran out of a colour I just omitted it and I think the result is rather striking.  It is age 3-4, and all Double Knitting yarn.  I chose to do a wavy edge but if it was for a boy you could do a plain edge and maybe choose a blue colour for your main.

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Double knit Odds & Ends Cardigan

If you have remnants of Aran weight or chunky then just choose a plain pattern in the correct wool weight.

My Youngest Customer

My youngest customer left the shop on Friday a very happy person indeed.  Even though the weather is far too good for wooly hats there was no way this one was leaving her head this side of bedtime!!

I knit mum a pure shetland wool jumper and with the leftovers I crocheted a beanie hat for her daughter and put a flower on with a ladybird button.  It is very cute and a very simple pattern.  The flower and ladybird finish it off beautifully.

Make someone happy with a little love and a hand knit.

Pure wool hand crocheted hat

Pure wool hand crocheted hat

Pure shetland wool hand knitted jumper and crochet hat to match

Pure shetland wool hand knitted jumper and crochet hat to match