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Janome Love

I just had to post a picture of the first thing I made on my beautiful, brand new Janome sewing machine.  It is a mini laundry bag for the socks that I am going to knit (nothing like being prepared – I have not yet completed one sock!)  They idea is that they don’t get mixed in with the normal washing.  It is not the best sewing I have done, but the fabric is fab and the machine was a joy to use.  Enjoy…

Crafty New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year by Meddy Garnet, via Flickr

I’m not really one for new year’s resolutions these days,  I just know I cannot keep them!  Craft-based new year’s resolutions, however, are a different thing entirely.  They are actually fun to keep.

So here goes…

  1. Knit socks – lots of them. I have joined the Socktopus Knit Love Club so I will be supplied with gorgeous sock yarn throughout the year.  I’d better get learning how to knit the things pretty quickly…
  2. Knit lace. I have cast on Ishbel and joined an Ishbel knit-along on Ravelry for this one.
  3. Learn to knit colourwork. No idea where to start here!
  4. More tutorials on the blog. I started these towards the end of last year and really hope to offer some more up.
  5. Spread the word about the iMake podcast.
  6. Use my (shiny, new) sewing machine regularly.
  7. Make fewer handmade Christmas gifts! See my recent posts on my handmade Christmas challenge.
  8. Organise knit-alongs with my Stitch n’ Bitch group. The first is planned for this month (a sock!)

Let’s see how I get on.

Has anyone else made crafty resolutions?

2010 in Review (Blog Stats)

This is just a little self-indulgent, but I got this fabulous email from the WordPress people about my blog stats and I thought I’d share it.  Happy new year all…

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 71 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 331 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 119mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 18th with 79 views. The most popular post that day was Handmade Tea Cup Candles.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were imake.gg, networkedblogs.com, craftypod.com, ifreestores.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for imake podcast, christmas card tutorial, imake blog, patchwork christmas, and hand stamped christmas cards.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Handmade Tea Cup Candles December 2010

2

Patchwork Christmas Card Tutorial November 2010
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3

iMake Podcast August 2010
4 comments

4

Baby Jumper: Done September 2010
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5

Episode 1 – A Podcast is Born August 2010
7 comments

New Year, New Sewing Machine

It’s arrived!  I got my new sewing machine today.  Happy Christmas to me!  I intend to spend all of tomorrow sewing (possibly with a mild hangover…)

Look….

I just had to share my excitement with you. 

I am now off to a new year’s eve party so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of my readers and podcast listeners a happy new year.  I hope 2011 is a good one for you.  For my part, I have lots of plans and intend to unveil a few in the first iMake podcast next year.  Thanks for your friendship and support over 2010.  I am now going to fix myself a gin and tonic to toast your health!  TTFN.

Gift and Product Packaging

If you follow me on Pinterest you will know that I love quirky packaging and wrapping.  Even if you aren’t on Pinterest you can check out my ‘Packaging and Wrapping’ board here to get an idea of what I mean.

This Christmas my sister-in-law gave me some handmade goodies for Christmas (hooray – ironically I don’t seem to receive many handmade gifts!)  She gave me jam, biscuits and some spice rubs, and they were all wrapped up in cellophane.  They looked fab.  Inspired, I went out yesterday to buy some cellophane and started wrapping my handmade candles.  Now I know florists have been doing this for years so I am not claiming to have found out anything new, but I was so excited with the results I had to post some pictures.

This is the finished unwrapped candle.  I made these a few days ago using pots that used to contain a Marks and Spencer pudding!   I know the button is a little bit of ‘iMake overkill’ – I’ll replace them with plain wooden buttons later I think.  The candles are scented with a blend of essential oils called Summer Rain:

This is the wrapped version, complete with mini card from Moo:

Here is a wrapped tea cup candle:

Sock Yarn Scrap Shawl – Progress

I just wanted to share 2 progress photos of my sock yarn scrap shawl.

This project is just so much fun and I love the element of ‘swapping’ yarn to make it.  I am keeping in contact with everyone who donates yarn or swaps with me so it is becoming something of a ‘friendship shawl’.

If anyone is interested in donating very small amounts of sock yarn for the project please email info@imake.gg.  Anything you send will be shared out between other sock yarn blanket/shawl-makers that I am in contact with.  If you are interested in completing a similar project you can also drop me a line to find out how to get involved.  Sock yarn swappers can also join the thread on the iMake Podcast Ravelry forum.


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