Wednesday, 21 December 2011

WOYWW Knitting with Nancy...!

Here is this weeks humble offering for the global phenominum that is Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday where bloggers around the world unite to share - it says it all in the title really - what is on their workdesks! If you haven't stumbled across WOYWW before then please visit Julia's blog here ! Julia is the creator of WOYWW and there are literally hundreds of bloggers taking part in this weekly nose around the globe ...

This week I have been playing with yarn and fibers ...

I am a member of a yahoo spool knitters group and someone posted a link to a rather fabby mug cozy idea, so of course I had to have a go at one of those! The knitting is done on a Knitting Nancy (also known as a spool knitter, dolly bobbin or a corker). I call these little knitters 'knitting nancys', however the actual one I used is a 'Knifty Knitter Spool Knitter'. First I knitted a very long cord, then stitched it around the mug to create the cozy ... it just unbuttons for easy washing ... Please note: it is best to use a mug with a small high handle like the ones from Ikea, as it fits the button loop better than a mug with a low handle and keeps the cozy in place ... if you see what I mean. I also had a go at needle felting. This is my first attempt (its supposed to be an owl ...) Yes more practice is needed but it was fun to make ... I'd like to have a go at something Christmas related next, maybe a robin! And on that note I'd like to wish everyone who visits here a wonderful Christmas and hope to see you again in the new year ...!


  1. What a fab idea to keep your drinks warm and I just lurve your owl, he is so, so cute.

    I wish you and your family peace, joy and happiness this Christmas, Take care, Karen xxx (#66)

  2. How sweet, it's a lovely idea. May go on my idea sheet for next year christmas presents.....I prised my needles out last week to knit a Moebius cowl, have you ever done one. It's on a circular needle and has a one twist in it. I am not at all sure it has turned out correct - it doesn't look like the one in the picture of the pattern. in case you're interested if you search Cat Bordhi lacy moebius cowl you will find it.

  3. what a brill idea !Looks cool too.Have happy christmas ,please pop by i have candy on offer until after celebrations are over
    hugs judex22

  4. That mug cozy is great and I love the little owl, I've always wanted to try my hand at day! Merry Christmas from North Carolina!

  5. Just love the little owl -- and yes, I knew immediately that it was a cute little owl!!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    WOYWW #82

  6. I saw Kirsty Allsop do needle felting on her Crafts programme - thought it looked like fun! Your little owl is sweet. Blimey, I haven't done French knitting since I was about 8! I didn't know it was called spool knitting now....
    Hope you have fun over Christmas,
    LLJ #43 xx

  7. Such a precious little owl! I have no idea what needle felting is, but I like it!

  8. Sooooo cute, love the idea keep my hot drinks hot x x x pretty little owl, Merry Christmas, Hugs May x x x x x x

  9. Love that mug warmer, great idea for Christmas gifts! And that little owl is so cute! I hope to learn how to knot socks this winter, so wish me luck, I'm not great at following patterns, or instructions for that matter, lol! Have a wonderful Christmas.

    Brenda 71

  10. Last week I needed the cup warmer - now I'm sweating! Still love it... Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

  11. that should keep your coffee or mulled wine toasty warm. happy christmas to you and yours
    thanks for sharing
    janet #24

  12. Hello, Emma! I'm dropping by to greet you and your loved ones a joyful and blessed Christmas season! Great project on your desk today. Thanks for sharing your life and projects with us in your blog!
    peggy aplSEEDS

  13. It looks like an owl to me, how clever! I have a couple of mug wraps and they're great except too high up for my lips!!! Late to visit, but not too late to wish you a really happy Christmas.


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