I am often prone to let out a little squeal of delight when I glance upon a new paper collection for the first time. Seeing the November free paper designs from Trimcraft was such a case in point! Look at those knit pattterns!
These designs were simply made for me and I couldn’t wait to get started crafting with them. As with all Trimcraft downloads there are several repeat pattern papers and a sheet of toppers with a range of sentiments perfectly tailored to the time of year they are released. I’ve written about the benefits of free paper downloads before and again, being able to print several copies of the one sheet of paper I wanted for my project was perfect.
As a self-confessed knit addict I am happy to admit to four, no wait, five current works in progress! In my defence, I started a summer project which wasn’t finished before the weather took a turn so that’s on the backburner. There’s a jumper for my son which is too big and I am stuck on the neckline so again, it’s been put to one side. There are two Christmas presents on the go and a Harry Potter scarf for my daughter’s birthday was cast on last night (but shhh don’t tell her, it’s a secret and I can only knit it when she’s in bed!).
In truth, there are another seven projects in my head that need completing in the next four weeks, but I am happy to say that since I began knitting at the start of this year, I have got quicker and have learned to pick the projects and yarn that are quick to knit up. Not like the blanket with over 35,000 stitches which took four months!!!
With that in mind, I am sure you can understand my reaction when I saw the free November papers and downloaded them ready to print.
I set to using the papers and toppers for a new knitting scrapbook documenting all of my projects to date. I’ve been meaning to do this for some time so seeing these papers really made me get my act together and make it up.
I am ecstatic with the results. In years to come I will be able to see how my knitting skills have progressed and also remember what new skills I learned on each project, where I knit it, who it was for and anything else worthy of note as I have completed a mini journal for each one.
Most projects have a knitting tension swatch showing the yarn used – some projects I confess I didn’t bother to do one because size wasn’t an issue. And given my son’s jumper project I followed the wrong size from the pattern anyway so it wouldn’t have mattered a jot whether my tension was off or not. I reackon I have until he’s 8 to finish it. He’s 5 now!
I printed the knit pattern from the free downloads in both colour and greyscale as some of my projects are quite dark and I thought the grey would set this off nicely. I created pockets for my patterns using these papers, raising them off the scrapbook page with foam pads to enable the booklets or print outs to just slot in.
I accompanied the free papers with my tape measure washi tape, Dovecraft white polaroid style frames, alphabet stickets and yarn collars. The book is quite thick now, expecially with my fabric yarn sample which is really chunky.
I loved using the toppers in differnt ways too. I decorated the page with them as well as using them to anchor my strips of yarn in this layout.
I hope this has inspired you to keep a log of your crafty projects as well as downloading the free papers available from thecraftblog.co.uk.