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New year neck warmer **pattern**

17 Jan

Happy new year y’all!

Life is just about getting back to normal again here, which feels gooooood.
Here’s a little project I thought I’d share – good for keeping necks warm in all this chilly weather…

neck_warmer

This neck warmer is knitted with Rowan Big Yarn onto 10mm needles. It would work on straight needles, or even better, onto DPNs or a 60cm circular needle.

I have made a couple of pattern options, which you can see below.

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Let me know if you decide to have a go or if you’d like to email you with a printable PDF for the patterns 🙂

Knitting for the Totterdown Arts Trail: Front Room 2012

3 Dec

Hark!

More knitting is upon us…

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Errrrr – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Totterdown is the NUTS!

 

 

 

Knitted fairy lights advent calendar *pattern and tutorial*

6 Nov

Far be it for me to mention the ‘C’ word this early on in November, but for those of us who like to be prepared and who are already of a festive persuasion, now is the time to be thinking about crafting up some advent calendars!

Here is a pic of my knitted fairy light advent calendar (original post here):

It takes a little while to knit up as there are 24 of the lights to work on, but it is fun to make and a great stash buster!
Each bulb makes a little pocket and I put mini decorations in each of those so that the smalls can hang them on a special little tree. You could always just put a load of chocs and sweets in there though, eh? – NOM!

Full pattern follows. Let me know if you knit one up too, I’d love to see your version! Continue reading

Saartje’s Booties

25 Jul

It’s like baby blummin’ central round our way at the moment. We’re all at it…
Here are a couple more of pairs of booties I have knitted for friends of ours with new small people.

They are from the Saartje’s Booties pattern, which can be found here. I messed around with the sizes of the needles a bit to make sure they were small enough to be a newborn size.
Lovely!

Knitted trainers for small people…

29 May

It would seem that having babies is soooo hot right now and loads of people I know seem to be dropping sprogs left, right and centre…

I have made a few pairs of these knitted trainer booties as gifts and I loves em!
In my classic motherly style, I haven’t made any for my own small being (who is now due in under 3 weeks, no less!) and due to the amount of work I still need to get finished versus the amount of time I would like to be taking having any chance of a rest before D day, it doesn’t look like she will be getting any either – bah!

Anyhoo, they’re good. The pattern is by Ashley Britt and can be found on Ravelry here. The only change I made was to make the laces a bit thicker by making a chain using a crochet hook. 🙂

Cloud baby mobile: knitted raindrops pattern

23 Mar

I LOVES a baby, me!

Some very close old friends of ours had a new smalls a few weeks ago. Mmmmmm, sniff his baby head – I can’t get enough of the wee chap!

Here are some pics of a mobile I made to go in his room. We had helped paint the walls of the nursery with clouds, so it seemed very fitting to have something like this for his mobile. I started making the raindrops in all different rainbow colours. Then as soon as he was born and we knew he was a little man, that didn’t seem quite right and I worried that it may end up looking a bit too girly. I ended up sticking with just blues and purple, which I think was the right decision.

It was fun working out the knitting pattern for the droplets (only very simple, but quite enough cerebral effort for my tiny mind).
I have listed the instructions for how to make them below.

here’s a bit of cloudy wallage for context:

Here’s how to knit a raindrop:

Yarn: DK scraps
Needles: 4mm DPNs

Pattern:
CO 3
Row 1: icord
Row 2: icord 2 sts, m1 (4)
Divide stitches around 3 needles
Row 3: k2 m1 k1 (5)
Row 4: k4 m1 (6)
Row 5: [k1, m1] to end (9)
Row 6: [k2, m1] to end (12)
Row 7: [k3, m1] to end (15)
Row 8: [k4, m1] to end (18)
Row 9: [k5 , m1] to end (21)
Row 10: k
Row 11: k
Sew in end from CO
Row 12: [k5 k2tog] to end (18)
Row 13: [k2 k2tog] to end
Row 14: [k2tog, k1] to end (9)
Stuff with yarn scraps or fibre fill
Row 15: [k2tog, k1] to end (6)
Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and secure, hiding the end in the middle of the droplet.
As with all knitting patterns that I have ever written, this may be wrong. It’s probably nearly right…
…your best bet is to just bumble through it and hope for the best!

 

Let me know how you get on if you decide to have a go 😀

Ingrid Wagner: Big knitting slippers

27 Feb

My mini-pops, Jet has always worn these awesome slippers from a Canadian company called Padraig:

Cuteness.

I have always been so jealous of these – they have sheepskin soles with the lovely soft fleece on the inside to wiggle your toes about in, Mmmmmm. They do make adult sizes of these, but there ‘s something about the proportions of them that make them look a bit wonky-wrong…
I came across Ingrid Wagner at the Stitch & Creative Crafts show in London last year. Check her out, she design patterns for knitting projects using yarn made out of blanket strips – nice.

Here are some slippers I made from one of her patterns with the special yarn and ludicrous knitting needles:

Eagle eyed viewers here may notice that I have either:
a) been eating far too much cake
or
b) gone and  got myself pregnant again.

The correct answer is in fact, c) both of the above.
New baby girl due in June – YAY!! 🙂

I’m going to be honest here – the slippers aren’t actually that great. The kit that I bought had suede soles included, but they don’t provide any particular warmth or protection. Also, they do tend to slouch down quite a bit around the tops. They kind of remind me of those slippers that people used to have in the 90’s when loads of people ended up in A&E because they had tripped down the stairs whilst wearing huge shaggy monster feet. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the slippers kit, but if you can think of something else ingenious to knit, the yarn itself and the ridiculous needles are pretty cool!
(sorry about that, Ingrid.)

Yarn covered earphones

18 Jan

My friend Holes showed me this ace thing that she had seen over on Pinterest. Yarn wrapped earphones. Genius.

Not only does this little project make your earphones look way awesome, but it also stops the little blighters from getting all knotted up – HURRAH!
It’s like a revolution in not-driving-precariously-whilst-untangling-small-wires all the time. You just tie the yarn in a series of knots around the wires like you’re doing a hair braid. I used some self-patterning sock yarn for these and they took approximately 2 episodes of Madmen to complete. Brills.

Before:

After:

Yarn Bombing for the Totterdown Arts Trail

8 Dec

Check out these pictures of the yarn bombing near my house that was done for this year’s Totterdown Arts Trail – YAY!
I may or may not have had something to do with this…

The arts trail was like some kind of knitting spectacular this year and there were bits of knitting popping up all over the place – lots of which is still there, which is lovely!

There is a whole knitted trail running through the Arnos Vale Cemetery nearby which is rather marvellous and is still there now if you fancy a wander round…
More info on that can be found here.

Holy moly, I LOVE living here!

Jet’s Advent calendar in Simply Knitting magazine!

7 Nov

The pattern for Jet’s advent calendar that I made last year (as can be seen here) has been featured in the ‘Festive Gifts’ supplement of November 2011’s Simply Knitting magazine!

BRILLO!

I felt like a minor knitting celebrity when I went to the wool shop over the weekend – but then I was a bit bummed to see that they didn’t actually have the magazine up on the shelves (probably all sold out, eh?). I am sure they sussed me out as being a rubbish amateur anyway when I ended up having to ask a variety of obvious yarn based questions – damnit!

Check out the photography on the magazine compared to the pics I took originally here. I guess they liked the style, but didn’t want to have to pay me for the photos – It took me ages to notice they weren’t the same ones!
(weird!)

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