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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

MA progress: screen printing onto fabrics

5 Mar

Here are some pics of the stuff I came up with at my ‘screen printing onto fabrics’ workshop a couple of weeks ago. I decided to stick with a simple chevron design which I’d intended to use as a repeat pattern…
…then I learnt how actually do screen printing onto fabric and quickly realised that this was a ridiculous thing to try and do! The results came out pretty nicely all the same, so I was chuffed.

Tests onto different fabrics:

Then I got all over excited and used the jersey fabric I’d printed on to make this dress:

As I have mentioned on here before, I have pretty much no knowledge about different fabrics. I have about 1% skill and patience when it comes to pattern cutting and machine sewing too, so it’s not a great combo when it comes to couture fashion design. That said, I did wear this dress for an entire day and it did not fall apart, nor expose any embarrassing parts to the general public, so I am happy with that!
It has quelled my need for a chevron print top and only cost me about £2.50 to produce, so you can’t argue with those sums. I took the pattern from this American Apparel dress which I have already in three different colours and wear continually.

The file I created to make the print looked like this:

Hand cut rubber stamps

2 Mar

It’s always such a great feeling when you FINALLY get round to doing something that you’ve been thinking about for ages…

Here are some stamps I carved out of some old erasers for making patterns.

Simple toddler leg warmers pattern

7 Nov

Brrrrrrrrrr, it’s been getting a bit chilly round here of late!
I knitted Jet these new leg warmers to go with her new winter cardi (which I didn’t even nearly knit and bought from John Lewis instead).  They knitted up during three evening’s of loafing on the sofa watching Mad Men – what could be better?

I think knitting small people leg warmers might become addictive – it requires a good level of brainlessness for me and is quick enough for you to see the rewards before you get bored (my kind of knitting!).
Simple pattern below…

(Highly Basic) Pattern:

You will need:
4mm DPNS/circular needle or 4mm straight needles
Aran(ish) weight yarn in dark grey (MC), light grey (CC1) and pink  (CC2)
Needle to weave in the ends.

Pattern fits someone small – maybe 18months-3years or something.

DPN/circular needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC and join to the round
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
K 5 rows
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
Make another, weave in ends and you’re done!

Straight needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
work in stocking stitch for 5 rows (and continue in St st until told otherwise!)
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
Make another, sew up seams to make a tube, weave in ends and you’re done!

– Marvellous!

childHood cardigan

17 Apr

Here are some pics of Jet wearing a little cardigan I made for her 🙂
It was so lovely doing this and I am really pleased with it. I seem to have so little time to do anything these days, it is a rare treat to get a bit of time to sit down with some knitting…

-What a cutie-pants!

Pattern: ChildHood from Knitty
Yarn: Rico Design Essentials, soft merino aran in Navy (ref: 038) and Petrol (ref: 049)

Jet’s Advent Calendar

23 Dec

Hurrah and huzzah and Merry Christmas!!
Not that I am cutting things a bit fine here with it being the day before Christmas Eve and all, but I have JUST finished Jet’s advent calendar!
The good thing is that there is still one day left this year in which it can legitimately be used – but the best bit is that Jet doesn’t really know what an advent calendar is, so she doesn’t even know how ridiculously late it is – YAY!

This is my first ever knitting pattern, so I am quite pleased with myself for actually having pulled it off. The idea was adapted from something I found a while back through Google Images. Each of the lights makes a little pocket for you to put choccies or other little treats for each day of advent – CUTE!
It has been a complete mission getting it finished off as I don’t have so much time for luxuries such as knitting little whatnots these days. I am really chuffed with the results though and I am hoping that if it goes down well with the  small person, it can be one of those things that can come out year after year as a family tradition (not that I am getting slightly ahead of myself here or anything!).

Here’s some pics anyhoo:

Merry Christmas one and all – I hope you have an über-cool yule!

Much love from, Bird Face x x x

Have a cool yule :)

22 Dec

I have got masses of work on at the moment – which, besides obviously being a good thing, is annoying as I think I would much rather be loitering around drinking snowballs and eating cake!

I am finding it particularly hard to settle down today in the knowledge that there are so many lucky people who are already enjoying their Christmas holidays. So, I thought I might spend a few minutes making my page a bit more festive…

Here’s a few bits I have been working on in the run up to Christmas:

******Hope you have a great Christmas!!******

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