Week 10 – Face Plant Progress and Plant Pots

My weeks just seem to go in the blink of an eye but I’m never too busy to create something, anything I can. My nightly ritual of relaxing with some yarn really help me to unwind after a day at work in front of a screen and numbers. I’m sure you understand that feeling. Yarn offers so much in terms of relaxation and inspiration, that’s why most of us love knitting and crochet isn’t it?

I continued with my Face Plant scarf, affectionately named so because I just want to buy my face in the soft, soft, comforting warmth of the knitted fabric.

I’m making good progress, it’s now about 120cm long and I have possibly enough yarn for it to be about 200cm when finished. Enough to be wrapped around my neck twice, not with murderous intent, I can’t wait to finish it, the scarf that is.

I have also completed one sock, one more to go. I am finding the socks to be an in between project, they are ideal for carrying around in bag day to day in the hope of a delay or ten minutes in my lunch break. The problem is by the time I finish these socks it will be summer and time for flip flops not boots!

After knit club Saturday I went to Fred Aldous in Manchester and bought some Bakers twine to crochet covers for some cacti and geranium pots. They are only small pots but I will make some larger ones soon.

The pot covers are really easy to do, here’s how I made mine;

  1. Half treble 12 stitches into a magic ring, pull tight to close the ring, slip stitch into the first stitch and chain two to create the first stitch of the next round.
  2. Crochet one half treble into the immediate stitch and two half trebles into each stitch (24 stitches), slip stitch into the first stitch to close the round and chain two to create the first stitch of the next round.
  3. Half treble into the back of each stitch (24) slip stitch into the first stitch to close the round and chain two stitches to create the first stitch of the next row.
  4. Half treble again in the back of each stitch (24) slip stitch into the first stitch to close the round and chain two stitches to create the first stitch of the next row.
    These stitches into the back of the previous stitch create a nice ridge, see picture below

5. Continue to half treble into the each stitch and slip stitch into the first stitch to close the round and chain two to create the first stitch of the next round.
6. I crocheted 10 more rounds as per point 5 to create the height I wanted to and a lip over the top of the plant pot to hid a plastic inner pot.
7. Continue in this manner, I was covering a small glass tealight holder measuring 5cm diameter base, 6cm height and 7.5cm diameter top as below;

To make a cover for a different size pot;

Follow the increase rule for a circle until you have the size of the base you need and then follow point 4 onwards until you have the height of pot cover need to cover your pot. If you pot has shape and requires increases and decreases do so to shape the pot cover you need for your pot.

I changed colours as I fancied to mix up my pots. I found the Bakers Twine to be a great yarm, it holds it’s shape and is malleable but watch, after a while it’s tough on the hands!

Have fun mixing things up.

And so after a beautifully sunny week the cold returned and with it the snow on Sunday. I got hailed on walking Wodge and boy did it hurt!

Enjoy your week, I hope it’s a creative one, any questions about the pot covers please email me on amy@mamieandflorrie.co.uk I’d love to see your makes!

48 hrs in Stockholm Part 2

Walk In and Dance Out! When in Stockholm visit the Abba Museum!

It really is hilarious. If like me you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, Abba was pretty much your background music. Whether you think it’s cheesy, fun, you love or hate their music, you have to admit it’s a bloomin’ laugh. As soon as you get off the tram outside the museum you are greeted by a pair of giant silver boots on the roof and you know you’re in for fun, it’s a scream. The gift shop is kitsch and fun, even though they sell a knit your own Agnetha hat which is actually crocheted I’m not being picky… The museum is interactive, you can have photo shoots and karaoke ( could we be the only ones to score 0/5000?) . We loved it, it’s a laugh.

There comes a point when I was Abba’ed out and needed to get back out into the fresh air, I love the cold fresh air. We walked along the harbour back to the centre of town with the locals walking along the harbour, chatting, walking their dogs, on their scooters. Sunday definitely has a relaxed and chilled vibe.

There is a museum for everything and everyone in Stockholm; Boat Museum, Natural History, Pippi Longstocking, Children’s Museum, Modern Art. We went to the Modern Art Museum, it’s my thing, generally bright batty colours.

The museum has Warhol’s, Picasso’s, Modigliani’s and currently has a Gilbert and George exhibition. Check out the knitted placenta below too.

It’s so easy to walk around Stockholm, the underground is amazingly beautiful like an underground art gallery and science expo in one. We got the bus to and from the airport to the city centre so it’s really easy to get about.

We did intend to go to the Photography Museum on Sunday late afternoon, it shuts at 9pm (fab if you’re cramming a lot into a short space of time) but we decided just to slow it down this time, walk and people watch and get meatballs. We know we’ll return to see the Photography Museum soon.

So Meatballs for the People is a fantastic chilled out, relaxed restaurant and serves super tasty great meatballs and mashed potato. OMG! For me it was mash to die for and the meatballs were great too and I don’t like meat. Earlier in the day we had hot dogs ensuring we had pretty much ticked off the Swedish Ikea food offer. The hot dog was lush. Obviously being the fussy non-meat eating meat eater I took it on and loved it.

A slow wander back to the hotel through the streets like Weebles and that was Sunday done. Our early Monday morning flight home meant getting up at 4.30am to get to the airport. That’s fine to make sure we got the most of our weekend. We absolutely loved every minute of our time in Stockholm. The only thing I would say is it is expensive, the Swedes cost of living is high given higher salaries. The only way we could do as much as we did is because there was just the two of us, as a family of four we couldn’t have done as much as we did do, sorry kids!

Before visiting I followed Visit Stockholm on Instagram and they are really helpful, especially with yarn store locations!

And, just because, here’s this one, one more time. Enjoy! Until next time Stockholm, we’d love to return in the summer.