Sunday, 27 December 2009

Knitting - Colinette Art


pattern ideas for my Colinette Art (only one hank!)

79% Wool, 21% Bamboo
173m (189 yards)

Gauge, 19sts and 24 rows (4", on 5mm)

mitts
Mitts that Fit from twinset.us here

a scarf
Dear by Boudi Knits here
Mustard by Jane Richmond here

a hat
Merlot by stickchicky here
The Slouch II by Caffeinated Frenzy here

inspirations in nature - part 15

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Knitting - doughnuts

3 iced doughnuts using this pattern from CakesKnitsandCosies on Etsy.

Christmas gifts 2009

my Christmas list so far....

journal jar for 7 year old boy

stripey mitts 1 - 9 year old girl

stripey mitts 2 - 8 year old girl

stripey mitts 3 - 8 year old girl

purple 'lace' mitts (emo) - 11 year old girl

black (emo) mitts - 11 year old girl?

mitts - 4 year old girl

pitter patter socks 1 - 18mth old girl

doughnuts - 2.5 year old girl

doughnuts - 3 year old girl

doughnuts - 3 year old girl

mitts - 36 year old girl

Magnetic doll like this one here


Still to be done!!!!

magic painting box like this one here - where can I get teeny tiny paint brushes...?

crayon roll like this one here

a felt sandwich like this one! - almost done

stripey socks - 36 year old girl- delayed until February birthday

socks - 4mth old girl - may now turn into a dress....

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Knitting - doughnuts

a 'naked' doughnut using this pattern from CakesKnitsandCosies on Etsy.

I'm not happy with the dough colour (too dark) but the shape and 'feel' of the nut is really good!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

(magnetic) paper doll

using the free pattern from Wee Wonderfuls and magnetic paper from here.

it is very cute but the I wish it was magnetic card as the paper feels a little too flimsy.

Monday, 14 December 2009

2009 review

a list of my ideas and projects from 2009

sewing on leaves - no more sewing done...

art cubes - nothing done for ages...


blue cone

backsides - like this idea still


location location - no progress at all, and I was very excited about this!

pom poms - no progress really...

softies - a few made
20 Cards - slow slow slow
Dolls House - some progress
Small Stitching - not even attempted
recycling - forgot about this!
Exhibition 2009 - CANCELLED
sock - still not got a pair!!!
self portrait - haven't even described it yet

and no need for the strike through font

and I haven't included any originating in previous years

I did have several ideas for exhibitions through the year but only managed one (and I wasn't even happy with that)

oh dear, another procrastinating year...

I need to write an "I did it list!"

Knitting - a dolls house blanket

Saturday, 12 December 2009

knitting - hand warmers

pre-schooler sized versions of these 'bigger' kids ones.

CO 32
knit for about 22 rows
Cast off 6 for thumb
knit for about 14 stitches
So far I have knitted 4.5 pairs of these in various sizes...

getting a bit bored now...

Knitting - Blue Cone

My large Blue Cone is gathering dust...


whilst looking for a nice scarf pattern for my Colinette Art I came across this scarf/shawl pattern (again) and a variation of it...

I think if can soften the texture of the Blue Cone wool I may attempt this lacy version...

Knitting - a secret blanket

In October my stitching group hatched a plan to create a patchwork blanket for Karen (the Professional Artist) in recognition of her enthusiasm and dedication to the group.

8 people contributed squares knitted using a Lion Brand pattern, double knitting wool, 4mm needles.

I came out really well! (after many many hours!)

The variety in colours and subtle textures have made a really warm vibrant blanket!

it measures approx 120cm x 105cm

I learnt a lot through its organisation and construction!

1. either ask everyone to weave in ends OR specify the length of tail to be left, to ensure its long enough to use to sew up!
2. keep an eye on tension, some knitters are looser than others, luckily we weren't aiming for perfection but some squares were very big compared to the tighter squares...
3. leave enough time for finishing with a nice edge... knit, crochet or fringes...

Friday, 11 December 2009

Knitting - purple fingerless mitts


are these Emo?

If the mother of my 11 year old niece reads this can she let me know if these would be a welcome gift...

I'm so out of touch...

Its from a pattern by Creative Yarn, here, which shows them in action...

Knitting - Twist Fibre Craft

My friend Karen (the Professional Artist) and I finally sorted out childcare and visited Twist Fibre Craft in Newburgh, Fife.

There are so few 'fancy' wool shops (and certainly within bus travel for me) that this was a real treat.

I made a few purchases (I sold some crafty books and bits and bods to pay for it - "one thing in, one thing out")

a beautiful hank of Colinette Art

some handmade felt

and some buttons


The shop was lovely with a selection of Noro, Colinette, Rowan, a little Debbie Bliss etc. A good selection of sock wool, books and accessories.

I particularly liked the hand knitted accessories they displayed amongst the wool, suggesting what could be knitted and how...

It did cater for a certain taste in knitted garments and there was perhaps a lack of everyday yarns and colours...

but overall well worth the 90 minute round trip!

one month on...

I have been very busy and a little unwell, but mostly I have had nothing to say, or at least I didn't know how to say it.

I am so out of habit of blogging...

This is not the first time I've had a months break but I think its getting harder to get back into the habit... not sure what that means...

I'll begin with some catch up posts...

Christmas gifts 2009

my Christmas list so far....

journal jar for 7 year old boy

stripey mitts 1 - 9 year old girl

stripey mitts 2 - 8 year old girl

stripey mitts 3 - 8 year old girl

black (emo) mitts - 11 year old girl?

purple 'lace' mitts (emo) - 11 year old girl

mitts - 4 year old girl

pitter patter socks 1 - 18mth old girl

pitter patter socks 2 - 18mth old girl

socks - 4mth old girl

doughnuts - 2.5 year old girl

doughnuts - 3 year old girl

doughnuts - 3 year old girl

mitts - 36 year old girl

stripey socks - 36 year old girl

a felt sandwich like this one!

magic painting box like this one here

crayon roll like this one here

Magnetic doll like this one here
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