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Making Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers from Mollie Makes

Hello! So in the last week I’ve shared a travel post and a marketing post… so it’s well and truly time to get back to something crafty! So today I’m sharing with you a recent make – Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers (the pattern is from Mollie Makes).

Confession time: I love foxes. I don’t know what it is about them, something about them being the underdog and disliked by many, but I think they’re beautiful. There seems to be a lot of fox paraphernalia around these days, which I generally don’t like (remember when it was owls?!), but I couldn’t resist Sincerely Louise‘s fox slippers pattern when it popped up in Mollie Makes issue 61 just before Christmas.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Before I get started, if you haven’t heard of Sincerely Louise’s before, she has a book called Faux Taxidermy Knits available which contains… well, exactly as the title suggests. The knits look like a lot of fun to make and I love Louise’s style.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers

Here are a few work in progress pics from my Instagram feed

You’ll need:


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


While the pattern suggested you could carry the yarn when a shade isn’t in use, I was concerned I’d catch my feet in them over time so bravely decided to give intarsia a go. I’ve tried it maybe twice before and was pretty nervous but after watching a couple of YouTube videos and just getting on with it, I was pleased with the end result. It’s in no way perfect and I could definitely improve, but it wasn’t a disaster.

I should also mention that reading the instructions is so important; I bought the yarn and was about to start and then realised the pattern was for size 6, when I’m size 4.5/5. Oops. The pattern even gives you alternative yarn ideas for smaller sizes but silly me it was a bit late for that, so I opted to go for 2.5mm and 3mm knitting needles – swapping 3.5mm for 3mm. A little risky but thankfully they fit me perfectly.

When I made the first slipper I found I spent a lot of time detangling threads of yarn compared to just knitting. I was working with a total of five threads of yarn (2 cream and 3 in orange), so it was kind of the inevitable but really put me off starting the second slipper. After a bit of a google and asking on Instagram I found knitters often use embroidery bobbins and boy what a difference it made! There was still a little bit of tangling, but nothing compared to the first time around. Definitely a top tip; someone also suggested used a peg, which could work in the same way.

In terms of the yarn I used, I’d never heard of Bergere De France before and found it soft and easy to work with. It reminded me of the MillaMia soft aran I recently worked with, though the two are blended very differently.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


So that’s it. Aren’t they cute? I haven’t stopped wearing them!

Oh and if you love foxes as much as I do, be sure to let me know and also check out my fox themed Pinterest board.

Follow Leanne | This Little Space’s board Foxes on Pinterest.

What’ve you been making recently? A big thanks to Mollie Makes and Sincerely Louise for this slipper pattern!

Leanne x

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MillaMia Elika Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch

As the colder weather doesn’t seem to be letting up, I’m still wearing my MillaMia wristwarmers that I made for myself over Christmas. I’ve worked with MillaMia merino yarn before, when I made this adorable baby hat, but I was curious about using their soft aran yarn and picked up a couple of balls alongside their Finishing Touch book back when I went to The Knitting and Stitching show in October 2014 – yep, it’s taken me this long to make them! I’ll use this post to talk through how I made them and how you can make them too.


MillaMia Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch book - cable knitting with aran yarn - This Little Space of Mine


You’ll need:


MillaMia Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch book - cable knitting with aran yarn - This Little Space of Mine


MillaMia Wristwarmers

Before I get started, I have to say that these were incredibly quick to work up; I sat and made them over the Christmas holidays and completed them within a couple of days. While cable knitting had been something I was wary of before, once I got going and you get yourself into a rhythm with it, it’s straightforward and an enjoyable pattern to work with. Plus, the stitch looks great and I love the depth it gives. I’d only ever tried cabling once before, when I made this cowl, so the pattern isn’t too complex.

The yarn itself is smooth to work with and glides through the needles; having worn these over the last month or so they definitely keep me warm, so a great yarn choice for the colder weather.


MillaMia Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch book - cable knitting with aran yarn - This Little Space of Mine


While I was making them I did have concerns as to whether I’d have enough of the Teal shade, so something to be wary of – had I run out I would’ve introduced the Slate shade a little sooner. There also aren’t any detailed instructions on joining, so I just put it against my hand to see where the gap for my thumb needed to be.

The great thing about these wristwarmers is that they’re unisex and MillaMia have a great selection of colours to choose from. I chose Teal and Slate, but I’m tempted to make them again in Magenta and Ochre – for a brighter make.

What do you think? Tempted to give them a go?

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions on how I made these wristwarmers do drop me a comment below. Now where is that warmer weather? I’m looking forward to spring…

Leanne x

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Wool and the Gang’s knitted Hemingway hat

One of the best things about crafts and making things is when friends and family ask you to make them something, or you get to make something to give as a gift. I never get bored of it and the people are always really appreciative of the time and effort spent. It’s like baking a cake; for me the enjoyment of baking is the actual act of making something, nine times out of ten I’m really not interested in eating it (though I’m partial to a cupcake or two!).

So when my friend Sophie asked if I’d knit her a hat to add to her ever growing collection, I couldn’t resist. Side note: Sophie is one of those friends who has been in my life since I was a teenager and, while we don’t see each other a lot, when we do everything falls back into place. Sophie’s also one of the most supportive people I know, so it was an absolute pleasure to knit for her.


Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine


Sophie selected the hat she wanted me to make and coincidentally I’d been itching to make something with Wool and the Gang‘s products for a while – great minds, ey?


Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine


Wool and the Gang’s knitted Hemingway hat

Here’s what you’ll need:

While this pattern may look tricky on first glance, it’s honestly not and was great fun to work up and took no time at all. For a large part of the hat you’ll be knitting 50 rows in 2×2 rib stitch, before you begin decreasing – so nothing too complex.

The yarn is really soft and you can tell it’s of a really good quality – I’d never worked with alpaca yarn before but now I’m sold on it! Sophie chose the colours and while grey and orange might seem a bit out there, I think it works really well and suits Sophie’s personality down to a tee.

The only fiddly bit for me was that because you’re working with three strands of yarn (2 alpaca, 1 cotton), of a significant difference in thickness, I got them tangled quite a few times. Thankfully my boyfriend was on hand to fix it for me – much to his annoyance. I have a horrible habit of doing that, so any ideas on how not to would be handy!

Here are a couple more photos for you, taken by Katie Bretherton while Sophie was on holiday in the Isle of Skye back in June this year.


Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine



Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine



Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine


Finally, I have to say a big thank you to Katie Bretherton for taking and allowing me to share these picks; I was over the moon to see them and think she’s done a great job at capturing one of my makes.

Leanne x

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Photo credit: Katie Bretherton

Learn to knit with Simple Stylish Knitting magazine

Knitting Vs. crochet, which do you prefer? I’m definitely team knitting; crochet seems like something all the cool kids do. Combine that with modern patterns, magazines, super cute amigurumi patterns and knitting has been left behind. Wrongly seen as an ‘old lady’ craft by many.

So you can imagine my excitement when I was contacted by the team at Simple Stylish Knitting about their new weekly magazine. The magazine is a joy; full of modern and easy-to-pick-up patterns, it’s just the thing the knitting community has been shouting out for. Plus, each issue includes a pattern for two squares that eventually can be made into a throw (the colours are so pretty).


Learn to knit with Simple Stylish Knitting - This Little Space of Mine


The team asked me to take on their fox iPad cover from issue one (using Rowan yarn) and I happily obliged. I have a rather unhealthy obsession with foxes and my collection of paraphernalia increases every week, so it was the perfect project for me.


Learn to knit with Simple Stylish Knitting - This Little Space of Mine


If you’re new to knitting Simple Stylish Knitting is a great magazine for you – step by step instructions, clear patterns and items you’ll love so much you’ll want to knit. The fox iPad cover is made using stocking stitch, a bit of ribbing at the top and double stitching, using a grid pattern included.



Learn to knit with Simple Stylish Knitting - This Little Space of Mine



This month, as we house hunt, I’ve also taken over Simple Stylish Knitting’s ‘Knits at home’ Pinterest board, so pop on over to see ideas on how you can incorporate knitting into your home!

Follow Simple Stylish Knitting’s board Knits For Home on Pinterest.

So come on, let’s give knitting the attention it deserves! Don’t forget to subscribe to Simple Stylish Knitting too.



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Note: this post was written in collaboration with Simple Stylish Knitting but all opinions and thoughts are completely my own.