Thursday, 26 February 2009

Spring has sprung - hoppity hoppity

A good long walk in the fresh air yielded so many beautiful pictures, a couple:

and now to the fun part - I knew I wanted to recycle my sons baby food jars but I wasn't sure how, that is until the neurons in my brain began firing again and I had a vision of Easter gifting.

I developed the following pattern from one I had seen on Ravelry by not sewing the bunny's bottom (it feels so wrong to say that!) up completely and adding four strategic bobbles for paws.

I intend to fill the jars with small chocolate eggs and give to my sons friends and my own colleagues and friends - I've managed to make 3 today and that's with having to take little bug on a long walk too!

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

The long and lonely nights

DH has just started a series of 13 night shifts so my little bug and I are alone to look after each other at night... so 8pm comes around and I'm sooooooooo sleepy- I pick up a book and wake up hours later with it on my face.

Not so long and lonely after all! DH walks back in through the door just 1 1/2 hours after waking.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009


So what is luck really?

I think it has a lot to do with finding the perfect pattern for using up some stash and for boosting my confidence just before trying to get a new job to fit in with my sons childcare and to reduce the stress that working for corporate beings can apply on a daily basis.

So in a nutshell -
  • I LOVE watching the Gilmore Girls
  • I have 8 balls of Rowan Cashcotton DK in my favourite shade of the moment
  • I adore killing time on Ravelry
  • I find an ad for the perfect job - hours and location and stress reduction (please hire me!!)
  • I want to look good for any potential interview (living in hope)
  • I find a pattern called "Gilmore Vest" which once made will go perfectly with my new shirt and my favourite brown suit!

Wow Luck or what?? And all found on Friday the 13th.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Felting Updates

Phew!! It may have taken me a while but I have finally finished my variations of moss and felted them.

I'm disappointed with moss's outcome after first felting - whilst it has felted the stitches are still quite clearly defined - think this one will need to go back through another cycle!

However, whilst avoiding a pullover I'm getting bored with, I very quickly ran up another bag using some SoHo (Debbie Bliss) and felted this and am really pleased with the finished fabric (although not as pleased with the block colours I used- think I should have used small alternating stripes).

Pictures on all for your delectation:

Friday, 6 February 2009


Pattern incomplete - awaiting some cast on numbers etc...

I made this piece to test out using beads when knitting and also my pattern making up skills - only simple rectangles but I'm amazed at what can be done with them e.g. Ash Grape.

You will need:

50g DK (I used Rowan Cashsoft DK)
Pair of 3.75mm needles
Tapestry Needle for sewing up
Piece of card for game pouch

DS Case Body
  • Cast on **
  • (K1, P1) moss stitch to end for 3 rows
  • K1, P1, K1, K to last 3 stitches K1, P1, K1
  • K1, P1, K1, P to last 3 stitches K1, P1, K1
  • Repeat last two rows (pattern rows) until work measures 14cm ending on a Purl row
  • K1, P1, K1, K **, YF, K2TOG, K **, YF, K2TOG, K to last 3 stitches K1, P1, K1
  • Continue in pattern rows until work measures 16cm
  • (K1, P1) moss stitch to end for 3 rows
  • Cast off
DS Game Pouch
  • Cast on **
  • (K1, P1) moss stitch to end for 3 rows
  • Continue in stocking stitch until work measures 12cm
  • (K1, P1) moss stitch to end for 3 rows
  • Cast off
To make up:

  • Fold case over to form an envelope (with buttonholes on the flap of the envelope) and sew up inner side seams.
  • Sew two buttons at points below corresponding button holes.
  • Fold over the moss stitch ends of the game pouch with 2cms of stocking stitch piece too
  • Sew up these side seams and also at half and quarter ways along to make little pockets for the DS games
  • Stiffen with cardboard.

Please feel free to make this pattern (and let me know if you spot errors so that I may update this page), I would love to see yours so send me a pic. The pattern is not for reproduction without my consent but you may make these for sale for charitable purposes.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Oh the fun of snoooooooooooooow!!!

I couldn't help myself- I blew off the cobwebs and got going on this.....

From Left to Right, Me, Dearest Husband, Little boy. Remarkable likenesses all three!

Just to show you how similar here's one of me with the cloned family:

Early Mornings and much to do...

Having been a little under the weather and getting up throughout the night, I've come to appreciate the serenity of first thing in the morning until my son wakes up (and boy is he ready to play in the morning - being asleep must be so boring!!).
It means that I get to see this untouched by human or animal hand/paw:

So beautiful but I promise I won't be going out in it as it's a sheet of ice underneath!
Haydn looks at the new snow every morning and gets very excited - I'd love to let him play in it but he's just too young and would only be able to sit on the spot getting a very cold and damp bum. For both of us then, we'll stay safe behind the windows.

On this early morning, I have finished a novel I had sitting around since before December last year and have another project on the go to make a blanket for car seat travelling (just testing out a stitch, but it would be great if it could have a purpose too), whilst my main project sits downstairs waiting patiently for me to get up properly.

I'm not going to empty the dishwasher or put on a load of washing, nor will I prepare any bottles or breakfasts just yet. The house feels warm whilst the doors and windows are still closed and today it's blanket of snow gives it an extra cosiness too. I don't want to interrupt this moment.

I'm sounding rather philosophical (please excuse me), so on that note - I hope you too have a calm early morning that you can savour rather than curse the time you could have been asleep!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Ash Grape

There is something very fulfilling about being able to pass on your knowledge and this last week has proven to be one full of crafting and coaching.

My niece Ashleigh and I decided that a shrug was required to complete her princess outfit that we'd designed the week before and so to needles we went. Ashleigh has used a knitting doll before but not two needles, after completing the cuff for the shrug and a couple of rows We sat down together and the knowledge transfer began!

Our mantra for the week:

under and up, round, down - through and off

Ashleigh was a quick learner and with only minor setbacks, three afternoons later the shrug was complete and ready for a fashion show.

Of course, we needed to present it properly for taking home and so we added a stamp to a brown bag and ta dah just waited for Dad to come and pick her up to show it to.

The pattern is as follows:

We used:
4 x 50g balls of Rowan Cashsoft Chunky (not the best yarn for children due to its natural fibre content and the need to wash separately - but lovely to touch and work with as moves over the needles well)
One pair, 4mm needles
One pair 10mm needles
Darning needle

  • Using 4mm needles cast on 34 stitches (we used the thumb method for nice clean edge)
  • (K1, P1) single rib to end
  • repeat this row 9 more times
  • Change to 10mm needles
  • Knit until work measures 90cm
  • Change to 4mm needles
  • (K1, P1) single rib for 10 rows
  • Cast off in rib pattern loosely
To Finish:
Fold in half lengthwise and sew from cuffs towards middle for 18cms
Weave in all ends

(perform a fashion show)