Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

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Since my last post…

March 31, 2014

A hat, with trains on (on Ravelry)

(actually two of these)

A sausage dog (on Ravelry)

A little amigurumi owl (on Ravelry)

(actually several of these)

A boy cardigan (on Ravelry)

Some hand warmers for me (on Ravelry)

(actually two pairs of these)

A santa hat (on Ravelry)

Some cotton washcloths for my vegan sister-in-law (Ravelry)

And some toddler socks. (Ravelry)

And that only takes us up to the end of 2013!

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More owls

August 27, 2013

These little owls are proving to be very popular. I’ve made three so far, and have been asked to make more for friends – including one request to size it up to cushion-sized. I had originally thought that it would be quite easy, but having made one with aran yarn instead of DK and on a larger set of needles, I’m not so sure. It turned out a little larger but not nearly cushion-sized, and I think that if I worked with chunky yarn and even bigger needles I would just find that the lacey-type holes in the pattern would get too large and the stuffing would leak out. Using an actual cushion instead of toy stuffing is of course an option, but then I’d lose the shape – I’ll have to have a think about this one!

Here’s the original owl (on the right) next to the aran-weight version – made as a birthday present for my God-daughter’s 9th Birthday! (Not sure how she can be 9 already – where does the time go?)

The third one is possibly my favourite though, even if his body is slightly squished. He was a sort of experiment, I used a different stitch for the body – it’s from the “Chequered vase cover” in Let’s Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet issue 52 and essentially has two rows of slipping the stitch instead of the one for each pattern repeat. I love the colours – there’s nothing weird about having green eyes, right?

Pattern: Sidney by Susie Johns from Let’s Knit! issue 66 (on Ravelry)

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Sidney owl

July 24, 2013

I seem to have been buying quite a few crafty magazines just recently. I’m not sure why, given the abundance of fantastic patterns, freely available (or low-cost) as downloads, but I suppose as a working Mum with little time to get out to buy yarn it must be the convenience that appeals to me. Everything you need in one handy packet that can be easily picked up in the supermarket. I know that ideally I should go to our local independent yarn shop, but the fact is that it’s not actually all that local to where we live. It’s not too far from where I work, but it closes at lunch time so I can’t get there in my lunch break and at the end of the day I’m racing off to pick up my boy from nursery, so it’s a nice idea but not actually all that practical.

Anyway, some magazines do have some really great patterns. Like this one – Sidney Owl. I made this one for the boy but I liked the pattern so much that I’ve made a couple more since – and have been asked to make some more at a larger size, so I have my work cut out for me for a while! I had to learn how to do chain stitch for the eyebrows (not something I’d come across before) but the Purl Bee’s website came up trumps as usual.

I’ll show off my other Sidneys in a separate post, but here are the pattern details for now:

Pattern: Sidney by Susie Johns from Let’s Knit! issue 66 (on Ravelry)
Needles: 4.0 mm
Yarn: Kit yarn/acrylic which came with the magazine

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Owl Wrist Warmers

July 21, 2013

The next thing I made was something for myself. I don’t make many things for myself these days so it was a bit of a treat. New gloves – with owls on them!

I’ve seen this owl motif on all sorts of things on Ravelry. There’s a particularly lovely sweater with the motif around the yoke which made me drool, but I’m not much of a sweater-wearer and couldn’t justify the time to make something I’d rarely wear. Then I saw this pattern on the front of Mollie Makes magazine and knew that it was for me.

It was my first go with a cable needle and I’m pleased to report that it was as easy as pie – not nearly as complicated as it looks. The gloves came out a bit on the small side – at first I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get them on – but they stretched a bit and were just snug, which was actually pretty nice.

Unfortunately they didn’t last long. I missed a knot coming up in the yarn and knitted over it – eventually it worked its way undone and left an annoying hole in the palm of one glove. I guess I’ll just have to make another pair in time for winter!

Pattern: Owl Wrist Warmers by Tanya Antonova from Mollie Makes, issue 21 (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky
Hook: 5.0 mm

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Toy making

November 25, 2012

In the run-up to Christmas there are always a lot of gifts to make. This year it’s not the usual round of hand-warmers and socks for friends and relies; this year I am assuming my role as Santa’s helper — I’m busy making toys.

Pictured above is Gort. I actually started knitting Gort way back in June, immediately after finishing Baldwin. He was sitting on my shelf for ages, knitted and stuffed, but for some reason I couldn’t quite get around to embroidering a face onto him. The motivation to get him finished was that little D’s nursery were asking for contributions for the raffle and tombola at their Christmas fayre and I figured that he would be a suitable gift. Of course, once I had put a face onto him he took on a whole new character and I must say I was a little bit sad to part with him. I do hope he will find a good home and make somebody happy!

Pattern: Gort the Gym Bag Monster by Rebecca Danger (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Wonder Knit dk acrylic from Poundstretcher
Needles: 2.75 mm DPNs and circular

Next up is sssomething to go in sssomeone’s Chrissstmas ssssstocking. Sssssssh, it’s a sssssecret! All the reviews that I read about this pattern seem to say that it’s a quick knit but it actually took me what seemed like forever. I’m not the world’s speediest knitter and my knitting time is very limited these days — and I chose to knit it in lighter yarn and smaller needles that the pattern suggested (for no other reason than to use up stashed yarn) which may have been a mistake, from a time-management perspective anywyay. It’s actually a very clever pattern, using a circular needle and two balls of yarn, yet knitted flat — carrying each over a row so there are no ends to weave in and no seaming. I love the end result and I can’t wait to see what little D will think of him.

Pattern: Striped Stockinette Snake (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Lara Lamb from Poundstretcher
Needle: 3.75 mm circular

And last but not least, an amigurumi platypus! I’ve never bought one of those knitting/crochet-kit magazines before — you know the ones that come with “free” yarn and needles/hooks with which to make the projects inside — and I’m not really sure what possessed me to start now, but there was something that caught my eye about this one. It’s never particularly easy to get to the yarn shop as a working mum and I suppose I liked the idea that I could pick this up in the supermarket and have everything at my fingertips that I’d need to make some quick, fun projects — no hours of scouring the Internet for interesting patterns, no rummaging through boxes of yarn looking for suitable scraps whilst trying to stop the boy unravelling balls of favourite/saved cashmerino, no wondering where on earth I left my 3.5mm hook. Easy. And I must say I wasn’t disappointed. It wasn’t the nicest yarn to work with but to be fair it was perfect for the job in hand and I suspect I shall make a few more of the little creatures from this mag – they make perfect stocking-fillers.

Pattern: Platypus by Irene Strange – from Let’s Get Crafting (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Parfait DK acrylic (which came with the magazine)
Hook: 3.5mm

I’m now working on a particularly colourful crochet toy project — something I’ve been wanting to make for over a year — which will be a gift for little D’s cousin. Looking forward to sharing it with you!

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What’s that coming over the hill?

June 12, 2012

It’s a monster!

After making three caterpillars from Rebecca Danger’s great pattern, I was delighted to receive a copy of her book, The Big Book of Knitted Monsters for my birthday earlier this year. I absolutely love this book — there were lots of new techniques needed here for me but the book is brilliant and explains everything in detail. Backward-loop cast-on? I had never heard of it before! Knitting on a circular needle using the magic loop method? Nope, I’d never done that before either. How did I never know how to do that? Let me tell you, if you’ve never magic looped before you’re missing out. It’s a revelation. Three-needle bind off was new to me too.

The somewhat revolting yarn I used had been in my stash for many, many years — since before I understood that just because the colours are gorgeous, it doesn’t mean it’ll knit up looking nice! What better way to use some of it up than on my first knitted monster?

I’m looking forward to making monsters with safety eyes, but until the boy is a little older I’m sticking with the embroidered facial features. I’m very pleased to report that Baby D does seem to like his first monster — I’m sure it will be the first of many.

Pattern: Baldwin the Bathroom Monster by Rebecca Danger (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Flash DK
Needles: 2.75 mm DPNs and circular

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Paeyton’s caterpillar

June 12, 2012

This was my third caterpillar and I must say that after racing to get this one finished in time, I was all caterpillared out. I would be quite happy to never have to knit another caterpillar — not for quite a while, at least. Which is a bit of a shame, as I haven’t made one for Baby D or his cousin yet, but there is plenty of time for that.

I was really pleased with how this one, caterpillar number three, turned out. It’s a caterpillar with attitude, wouldn’t you say?

Pattern: Chadwick the Shakespearean Caterpillar by Rebecca Danger (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Various acrylic DK
Needles: 2.75mm DPNs