Category Archives: Craft

Toilet Roll Telecopes

Little Bug (3-yrs-old) found some empty toilet rolls, and has been running around playing telescopes with them. He hands them out to Mummy and Daddy to join in the game as well.

We can use them to look around the house and name everything we see. We can pretend to be pirates looking for treasure, or spotting other ships. Hours of free amusement and we didn’t even need to paint them ūüôā

I like to keep little things that we can repurpose for other uses, and the cardboard tube that the toilet paper comes on is very useful. The rolls from the glad wrap (cling film) and foil, or paper towels are the same but a little longer.

Some other things you can make from toilet rolls are:

  • Dolls/puppets – just add head made from scrunched up newspaper, then paint or dress as you like
  • Construction – they make great legs for anything paper mache
  • Shakers – put cling film or foil or masking tape over the ends and some rice or beans inside and there you have musical instruments.
  • Angel for the christmas tree – as for the dolls above, but add wings, etc and you can stick it on top of the tree.

Victorian Shrug pattern

Last time I bought some bamboo/cotton yarn from Lincraft¬†they threw in a free “Yarn Inspirations”¬†book. I picked one that had a bolero pattern as I like to wear these little jackets over singlets, or strappy dresses¬†in summer. The little jackets are hard to find in the shops so I figured I would just make it instead.

Much later someone gave me 6 balls of Aran wool, not quite enough to make a kids jumper, but as I was  looking for a pattern that only needed this much wool I found the pattern for a Victorian Shrug.

Basically the shrug is a rectangle (aka wide scarf pattern) where you sew up 20cm each end for sleeves. Then if you want to get fancy you can add a knitted or crotched lacy pattern around the edges.

This was the first “lacy” pattern I have attempted, all the passo, and yo, and stuff like that scared my off. However I asked my mother to show me and it is really very simple.

There is really only 4 rows to the pattern. I am making a large one which should measure 107cm long and 58cm wide when completed. So I cast on 67 stitches using 7mm needles.

1st Row: k1 (yo, s1 k1 passo, k1 k2tog yo k1) to end

2nd Row: Purl

3rd Row: k2 (yo s1 k2tog passo yo k3) to last 2 sts. k2

4th Row: Purl

Repeat until work measures 96cm, cast off loosely.

So to translate…

k1 = knit 1 stitch  Рbasic knit stitch

yo = yarn over – wrap the yarn over the needle like you were doing a knit stitch (obviously without picking up a stitch from the other needle)

s1 = slip stitch – slip the next stitch from the first needle to the second needle without knitting it or anything

passo = pass slip stitch over – basically pick up the slipped stitch and pass it over the last stitch that you knitted, just like casting off.

k2tog – knit 2 together – just a normal knit stitch, but instead of picking up one stitch put the needle through 2 stitches and treat them like they were one.

Sounds scary, but pretty easy once you try it. The s1¬†and passo¬†combo, and the k2tog¬†are just different ways of making a hole in your knitting (that won’t run like your dropped stitches). The yo is to put the stitch back on the needle for the next row. You should always have 67 stitches on your needle,¬†NO¬†increasing or decreasing is occurring.