Mostly making: big blanket fix!

Crochet fun!

Don't you just love it when you discover handmade treats in unexpected places? For months I walked past this crochet blanket in a beautiful messy pile of crochet in the hallway of my shared flat. The pile belonged to my friend & neighbour Amy - who has a flair for picking up broken old objects from charity shops, flea markets and car boot sales, then fixing them up into high-end shabby chic furniture to sell on. So I asked her if the blankets were for sale and she very generously gave me this one as a gift! Before I can properly get it installed in our house to snuggle under, it needs a bit of TLC as it's had a tough time over the years - so my current project is a crochet restoration effort...

Need a helping hand?

How to knit socks

Reach for your needles & get ready to have fun! We've teamed up with Craftsy to offer a little treat for this coming weekend. The craft-class-pros are offering £££ off a range of their online knitting classes (up to 37% off for The Making Spot followers). They've got 25 online classes to choose from - from beginner to advanced techniques - and you can get to grips with new skills from the comfort of your own sofa! Take a look at their classes with a special discount, or to try a free mini-class, over at www.craftsy.com. This Knit Sock Workshop (above) is top of my must-try list as I'm desperate to try out some of our socks knitting patterns.

3 ways to knit collars

Ooooh - we've been spying a wealth of DIY collar projects in the craftiverse this summer! Top of our must make list is Peter Pan Collars set of knitting patterns by Miriam McDonald - 3 ways to knit-up a collar but with different detailing. They're a nifty way to dress up plain tops & T-shirts, and they don't take up much yarn or time to whip up. You can get the patterns over in Simply Knitting magazine (issue 96), or download the pattern from The Making Spot.

Collars knitting pattern

10 ways to craft it beachy!

From beach huts to seashells - reach for your stash & make it summery with our 10 favourite craft projects to knit, stitch, crochet or papercraft - all with a beach theme! Read more...

Cross stitch patterns sail away bathroom set

Mostly making: Nintendo craft!

When I realised not one but two of my nephews are celebrating birthdays this week, I knew I'd get the chance to have some fun making them cards. All my nephews are mad about computer gaming - especially Mario - and I'm a bit of a fan of 'geek craft' ideas - so I did a bit of online scouring for Nintdo craft ideas, and came up with the below. First up - here's Yoshi in cross stitch... read on to find out where to get the free chart - and how to make a paper Mario! Read more...

Yoshi cross stitch pattern

Inspired by vintage travel: 6 DIY projects

All this gloomy weather here in the UK is making us daydream of trips away to sunnier climates! If you're not going away at the mo, or you fancy taking your crafting with you, here are a few of our favourite travel-inspired projects to make on the move!

Heart-felt holidays giveaway

Oh hello bunny! This hoppy little fellow is just one of a collection of festive felt projects that caught our eye this week... isn't he cute? He's the star project of Heart-Felt Holidays - a delicious new book featuring 40 festive felt projects by Kathy Sheldon & Amanda Carestio.... and we're giving away 3 copies! Read more to find out how to enter...

 How to make a felt rabbit toy

DIY accessories inspiration

Knit your own iphone case

What kind of craft project can you just not resist? One thing we love about working in the world of making things is how we constantly discover friends who love to make a favourite type of project  again and again. From quilts (my friend Holly) to baby knits (my mum-in-law Maureen) to beautiful mitts & vintage garments (like my friend Mim)... it seems that often we crafters love to make particular projects again and again.

So what's your 'knitting profile'?

We're finding that making small projects - like accessories and bags - are hugely popular when people are searching for us at The Making Spot - so we've got a little inspiration round up for you. With Father's Day coming up, here are a few ideas for DIY bags & cosies for the men in our lives...

Flags ahoy! Cross stitch on waste canvas

Join in our Jubilee Street PartyThis week Jenny & I have been busy bees getting ready for this Saturday's Jubilee Street Party - a full day of free craft projects here on the blog. We have it on good authority that party-goers to our virtual event are offering all sorts of lovely freebies - including free knitting patterns, embroidery patterns & papercraft downloads!

Here's a sneak peak of one of the projects we'll be featuring... these sweet heart flags are part of a stitch a street party download from over on our main site - as seen in the May issue of Cross Stitcher magazine. My friend Holly kindly helped me stitch these up while I was making cupcake cases for a free tutorial (watch this space)! Read on to to find out how we got on with our first attempt at stitching on waste canvas!

Designer focus: Jennie Atkinson

This week, we've been chatting to the lovely & very talented knitwear designer Jennie Atkinson - as part of our Designer Focus series of interviews....

Jennie's just published her new book, A Handknit Romance - filled with beautifully shaped & finished creations. We've got a copy here at TMS HQ & it's filled with camisoles, cardies, tops, skirts & accessories - all with a timeless elegant feel. When she's not busy designing beautiful vintage knitting books, she also designs for Rowan, Vogue Knitting and The Knitter. You can download some of her past knitting patterns over at The Making Spot.  Naturally we wanted to find out where she gets her ideas!...