Outlander Style Arm Warmers/Fingerless Gloves!

So, firstly let me apologise if you haven’t heard of Outlander!  Fans of Outlander will enjoy looking at/talking about anything remotely Outlander related,  but for the rest of you, well – what you are about to see are just crochet arm warmers.  But, these are not just any arm warmers though, these are Outlander Style Arm Warmers / Fingerless Gloves!!

Outlander is the title of a series of books by Diana Gabaldon, of which the first UK edition was called Crosstitch, while in the US it was called Outlander.  However the use of that name has now widened to encompass the whole 9 book series and the recent US made TV series.  There are worldwide Outlander fans – the books have been going for over 20 years – they are big long stories and each is a satisfyingly very good read.   I never re-read any books, yet I am currently re-reading the whole Outlander series and enjoying it as much as the first time.

I won’t describe the story except to say it starts in 1940s Scotland and moves into 1743 Scotland.  It is a story of an amazing relationship and is packed with Scottish and US history. It is not a ‘romance’ novel nor a ‘science fiction novel’ although it includes love, passion and time travel!  So if you feel like a good read for the autumn and winter you could actually have it downloaded from Amazon onto your Kindle or E reader app in seconds!  If you do try it I’d love to hear how you found it.  One thing I would say is, don’t join the FB groups or any of the other Outlander groups until you’ve read at least the first book or you’re bound to read spoilers.

And now for the actual handmade crafty bit of the post!  In the mini-series which started 8 week’s ago in US some of the female characters in 1743 Scottish Highlands have been seen wearing arm warmers and cowls to keep out the Scottish chill – hence the book fans are making/buying these with gusto!  Here are mine – made from appropriately named Highland Tweed yarn!

fingerless gloves in oatmeal tweed yarn

Outlander-style arm warmers!

Mine are based on the pattern from Hopeful Honey although I have altered her pattern somewhat, to make my own version.

using fingerless gloves holding red flowers

fingerless gloves – hold things easily whilst keeping warm!

I love wearing these type of gloves as they make it so easy to pick things up when you’re busy, whilst still keeping warm.  I can’t wait for it to get a teeny bit more autumnal so I can wear my new  outlander style arm warmer/fingerless gloves!

Now I’m off to Handmade harbour and later I’ll be starting to crochet my chocolate brown Claire-style cowl in highlander chunky yarn!!


Japanese Flower Scarf

It all started when I wanted to make something special for my mum’s 85th birthday but couldn’t do much in the sewing room!  Searching on the internet for ‘pretty’ things to make  I became obsessed with the pictures of Japanese flower motifs in crochet. However, try as I might I could not find any instructions on how to make the delicate circular motifs I could view in blogs galore and as finished scarves!  It seems I am a bit late to the party as these were all the thing back in 2011 and some originate from a motif contained in a book which is in Japanese and which I noticed some people had purchased back then, only to be very disappointed not being able to translate it!  Asking around on facebook I was directed to some blogs with tutorials for variations on a flower motif but none really seemed just right. I knew I wanted to make a Japanese Flower Scarf, and it had to match the one I had designed in my head!

After a long time researching online when I could have actually crocheted a complete plain scarf to stretch over the Mersey, I found a diagram on this blog which for the first time in my life I could follow!!     Using the Mohair wool I bought recently from Abakhan –


I started to make the circular motifs and this was the result –

crochet motif in japanese flower style

motif with a touch of pink

Crochet flower motif

Motif in three autumn colours


Soon (well not that soon) I had these –

Six crochet motifs in Japanese flower style

All the motifs!

These are made in single strand mohair and are very delicate.  They are really pretty, but too fragile to be a scarf so I decided to make a sort of mesh upon which I could place them.  I made up a rectangle shape in a lacy chain stitch using three colours together for strength  –

autumn coloured crochet scarf base

lacy chain stitch mesh

I then started to sew on the motifs along the length of the scarf –


I made variations of the mohair colours and placed them so that no too adjacent centres or outsides were the same colour

Japanese flower scarf in mohair

flower motifs on the scarf

Here it is completely finished!

Crocheted Japanese Flower Scarf

Finished Japanese Flower Scarf

Sadly I forgot to get one of mum wearing it as we were out in a restaurant and the moment just didn’t arise!  Hopefully I will take one soon and amend the blog!  It’s a lovely scarf to make  – if you don’t mind the colour changes you can make all sorts of variations or if you prefer single coloured ones in different colours.  Anyway,  I am sure I will amend the design slightly as I repeat it,  as I’d quite like one myself and they will make beautifully unique gifts for Chr…..s (arrgh!) or for any occasion!

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Artist Trading Card Swap -“Getting Away From it All”

It is that time again!  Time for the latest Artist Trading Card (ATC) swap organised again by Ali from VeryBerry Handmade! The theme was “Getting Away From it All”.

This is my second swap and I really enjoy participating in these swaps.  It’s not only the pleasure of receiving a card but also the fun of making one! There is always a theme and the cards must be 2.5 x 3.5 inches and predominantly textile.  As  long as you abide by those specifications you can interpret the theme any way you like!

When I signed up for the swap I wasn’t suffering from this awful sciatica and so it’s proved just a little bit more difficult to complete this time as I have been unable to sit at my sewing machine or stand at my designing/cutting table to start the process.

Finally, on the last day of the posting week I finished my creation and managed to sit at the machine long enough to use the embroidery function to sew the details on the reverse of the card. – This saved me a lot of hand sewing or having to obtain a permanent marker to write on fabric!

It actually took me ages to decide how to represent the theme and a few false starts as well! Then suddenly the idea came to me  as I was taking one of my ‘standing in my sewing room looking out of the window moments’  (which I do frequently as I can’t do anything else in there!) – Glastonbury!

I have spent many happy days in Glastonbury and at one time used to go 3 or 4 times a year with friends for a mini break.  Sadly we are all in varying states of ill health or commitments elsewhere and the trips have not been possible recently.  How I miss those times sitting on the Tor with good friends, united in the sacred peace of the place, the meditations we did, the walks around the area, the trip at twilight to feel and see the beauty of the landscape in the fading light, and the joy of a cup of shared mead in the darkness that  quickly surrounded us.  In those visits I really did feel I was getting away from it all and the return to the mundane life and work a few days later felt very strange.

So here is my ATC!

textile picture of Glastonbury Tor

My ATC – NightFall in Avalon


Reverse of textile card

Reverse of ATC

I loved making this!  I used some fabric paint to create the stars as the area around Glastonbury is remarkable for the way the stars are visible – much as  they always were when I was young and there was less light pollution around. If you’ve ever seen this when out in the countryside away from street lamps you’ll appreciate what I mean.

Anyway that was my ATC – now sent off to it’s new home in Scotland!  We all send a card to one person – but receive one from a different person – and it’s a secret swap until the cards are sent!  so next week I’ll show you the ATC I have been sent!

As usual I am linking up with Handmade Monday for a pleasant read about others’ crafty weeks!

Another Road Trip Scarf


Did I mention Road Trip Scarves are addictive?  I made my first Road Trip Scarf a couple of week’s ago and displayed it in this blog post.  Now I have just finished my second Road Trip Scarf (RTS) in a different yarn.  The first one was in Bernat Mosaic Ambrosia and is quite a thick yarn.  The second RTS is a lighter weight lovely red variegated yarn by King Cole.

Scarf in Red varigated wool

Second Road Trip Scarf

This second one is for sale stock – for the Christmas markets, hopefully.  I still haven’t heard either way about Liverpool!

My next makes are going to be some fingerless mittens and a cowl in chunky highland tweed yarn but I also have some beautifully soft, bouncy and strokeable mohair.  I adore the look and feel of it but can’t decide what to make with it.  It’s very thin and so I think I’ll need to use two strands together.  I bought this during my visit to the new Abakhan shop at Flint last week.  I only had a short visit because of my ongoing back pain but I can’t wait to go back!

Any suggestions?

mohair wool

5 balls of mohair

Of course I could always make another RTS!!  The Road Trip Scarf is by Zooty Owl and the pattern is free on her blog here –  I recommend trying it as it’s a very easy pattern if you can crochet and the end result is very satisfying.

So now it’s almost time for Sunday dinner (yum) and that means it’s also time for Handmade Monday linky party 🙂