Warwick Castle celebrates its 950th Anniversary

Warwick Castle MosaicGreat Britain is full of amazing locations and historical sights but even so there’s not a huge amount of buildings which can claim nearly 1000 years of history! Warwick Castle happens to be one of them and in 2018 Warwick Castle celebrates its 950th Anniversary since William the Conqueror formed their first foundations. To commemorate the occasion Warwick has created a 2m by 2m photo mosaic of children which have visited the castle over the years. Warwick Castle Mosaic

Families from all over the country have provided some of their favourite photo memories of their children to be used in the artwork which is currently on display at the castle. Naturally this was no small feat to organise and then create, if you’d like to see just how it all came together then I have a small time lapse video below which gives you some idea of just how much work went into its creation. To see the mosaic in person all you have to do is take a trip to the castle, although you’ll have to be swift as it will be on display for the remainder of the Easter holidays.

You could even have a go at spotting the pictures which we provided! We’ve made many wonderful memories at Warwick Castle over the years and seeing them slot into this poignant occasion is really exciting. Here’s our pics if you’re setting out on the hunt.

Of course in true Warwick style there are many more events planned out for the coming year including the new evening attraction Dragon Slayer which is set to be a real spectacle including huge visual effects combined with real elements. Plus the return of their fabulous War of the Roses show complete with jousting which this year promises to be their best show yet!Warwick Castle Mosaic

For full details of this and many more exciting events at Warwick Castle, pop over to their website here.

 

 

Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern

Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves rats!! Yes, no, maybe!? Whether you love the little critters or not (I imagine it all depends on if we’re talking about the pet or wild variety) I think we can all agree that squishing them inside books equals fun. I can’t claim the original idea as my own unfortunately, nor can I remember where I first saw it but today’s pattern is all my own creation. So if you fancy squishing rats inside your favourite reading materials then give my Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern a go!

Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern

What You’ll Need:

Grey or brown wool

Small amount of black wool

Small amount of light pink/peach wool

Small amount of stuffing

 

Pattern

Using 3mm needles cast on 2 stitches in grey/brown.

Knit 1 row

Increase into each end stitch 2 times (6 stitches)

St-st 3 rows starting pearlwise

Increase at each end k wise

St-st 3 rows

Increase each end k wise

St-st 3 rows

Increase each end k wise

St-st 3 rows

Increase each end k wise

Pearl next row

Increase each end k wise

Pearl row

Increase each end k wise to 18 stitches

Pearl row

Cast off 6 stitches, knit 6, cast off 6

3 -stst rows starting p

Increase each end k wise

Pearl

Increase each end k wise

P

Increase each end k wise

P

Increase each end k wise

P

Repeat to 18st

P

Cast on 12 stitches, cast off then knit across original stitches

Cast on 12 p wise, cast off then p across original stitches

St-st 18 rows

Cast on 12 stitches, cast off then knit across original stitches

Cast on 12 p wise, cast off then p across original stitches

K2tog, knit to last 2 st then k2tog

Pearl row

Repeat last 2 rows until 2 stitches remain, attach pink/peach for tail

St-st 20rows

K2tog

Cast off.

Bring the two sides of the head together and stitch leaving the back open, lightly stuff before closing.

Stich on eyes using black wool and making cross shapes.

Stich nose using pink/peach wool

The ears are made by stitching a large stitch in grey on the top of the head and then blanket stitching around this stitch about 5 times.

 

 

Sew Simple Tabi Socks with this Quick and Easy Way to Make Toe Socks

Sew Simple Tabi Socks with this Quick and Easy Way to Make Toe SocksIf you’ve ever admired Japanese Tabi socks or just fancied wearing socks with your toe shoes or sandals then this is the tutorial for you! Japanese Tabi style socks are not only stylish they’re also  super quick and simple to sew, all you need is a regular pair of socks to alter! I whipped up several pairs of these recently when the kids were wearing flip flops as part of a costume and given that it was the end of November I didn’t want their toes freezing off. Cosplay considerations aside they’re also an extremely fun and practical sock design so give them a go today and sew simple Tabi socks with this quick and easy way to make toe socks.

 

What You’ll Need (this has to be one of the shortest lists I’ve ever written for a tutorial)

A pair of socks

Scissors

Matching Thread

 

That’s literally all that’s required, I suppose you also need a pair of feet to measure them on but you’re bound to have all the materials required at home right now.

Step 1

Put your pair of socks onto the recipient’s feet and mark (using a pencil or tailors chalk) a line between the big toe and the rest of the toes.

Step 2

Remove the socks, and carefully cut along your line using scissors.

Step 3

Turn the socks inside out and stitch close to the edge (just like in the pic) using either a sewing machine or by hand.

Step 4

Turn the socks back out the right way, pop on the recipient’s feet and feel smug at your speedy and stylish accomplishment.

Sew Simple Tabi Socks with this Quick and Easy Way to Make Toe Socks

Step 5

Make all your socks into toe socks and wear them with all your flip flops! Or just so you can waggle your toes around the house while feeling all toasty and warm!