Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Knitting - ideas

I've never really knitted myself a garment except a shrug which I don't really like (too short).

I used to think its because I don't 'do' knitwear, which is true to an extent, although recently I have been quite taken with asymmetrical cardigans...

I'm also put off by the cost and perhaps by the sheer size of an adult garment - maybe I would be less apprehensive if I were a size 8!

Anyway, after looking through my American knitting magazines (lots more pattern choice than UK ones) I made a little photofit of possible garments...


I tried to stick to ones I could do and would wear (even if it was just in the privacy of my own home!) and try not to get tempted by anything too frivolous... or the bazillion patterns on Ravelry.

Although I think this would be a better representation of my colour choices...


Although I like the construction of the green jumper it may be a bit shapeless on.  I'm already going off the lacy arm shrug...  I do like the hoodie but I'll have to investigate further if it fastens...  The grey cardi is ok.  Done in wool it would be very cosy...

Although I am taken with this cardigan on Knitty, which I have been eyeing up for a while.  Its maybe not the best first adult garment and I may have just been seduced by the colour...

Or maybe I should just do this basic sweater... (Ravelry link).

Mmmmmm

gingerbread man

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Canvas Calendar

at Design Sponge.  Lovely idea.

Knitting - Cupcake


It is the best cupcake I've done - by knitting or in felt - but  its still a little breast like!  Think I may have to try different stuffing...

Using cupcake pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits.

Knitting - Work In Progress



  1. another handwarmer!
  2. rolled brim hat for Grand Niece (is that right?  Niece's Daughter?)
  3. hot water bottle cover for Christmas present using a free pattern on Ravelry by Kaity Von Rader
  4. dinosaur (Ravelry Link) for Nephew from Zoe Mellor book Knitted Toys
  5. lacy clutch using Louisa Harding Willow Tweed - needs handle and lining and Ravelry pattern
  6. another felted shoulder bag

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Knitting - to do update

  1. snow shoe scarf
  2. not mobius cowl
  3. finish my handwarmers
  4. pink hat for Four Year Old
  5. I would like to do something with this yarn and this pattern book OR
  6. Knit this for Four Year Old with this yarn.
  7. AND my new obsession... Balustrade
  8. vest, dress, cardigan, socks and shoes for Rosie
  9. hair and new face for Rosie too!
  10. knit a robot (red, pink and green) for Four Year Old's Christmas
  11. knit (at least) 6 doughnuts for Christmas presents
  12. knit a baby hat for a Christmas present
  13. try out my new cupcake pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits.
  14. knit another felted shoulder bag for sale
  15. knit a 'woven' effect bag with Louisa Harding Willow Tweed for sale
  16. knit some flowers for Four Year Old

knitting magazines


Courtesy of brother John from his recent trip to Florida...

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Knitting - Balustrade


Its a cowl, Balustrade from Neeka Knits.

Despite the clear instructions I found it quite difficult to knit but I think its my inexperience at 'reading' my knitting.  Its made up of three sections - lace ladders and diamonds.  Messed it up several times and ripped it back - all 210 stitches in the round... so its wonky (but then alot of my knitting is).

There is nothing more satisfying when knitting lace than when you can finish the row with the right number of stitches... and nothing more soul destroying when you run out of stitches...

I also modified the cast on edge - missed off the second section of the lace ladders and did a straight edge bind off.

I think I will block it, I'll have to practice how to wear it.  So far its ok when I'm in front of a mirror but I need to practice doing it 'blind'...

Monday, 11 October 2010

Knitting - robot




This request comes from yet another TV programme (honestly, Four Year Old does do more than watch telly!).  She wanted a robot like the Music Robot from Outer Space (Little Einsteins).

 After a browse through Ravelry, Four Year Old choose this pattern from Fluff and Fuzz (Ravelry link!).  At first the colours were to stay the same - blue and grey but when it came to buying the wool (I really wanted my stashed grey wool for this) she wanted red.

It knitted up quickly (in a day) but the sewing up and embellishing took longer.  Unlike Rosie this robot is knitted in bits, which is great for practicing mattress stitch... not.


back with a pocket!
 

Friday, 8 October 2010

sewing - tutorials list

On 2nd January I posted some sewing tutorials that had caught my eye.  I haven't made any of them or indeed got a sewing machine (yet) but it doesn't stop me adding to the list of tutorials.

a lemon squeezy is having a Purse Week with guest tutorials and competition.  One of the guest tutorials is this Zippered Pouch by Anna from Noodlehead which has caught my eye.  She also did the Gathered Clutch Tutorial which looks really good.

Her pincushion platter looks really good too...

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Cardboard house - another one

inspired by the house at ikat bag.

Its shoddy and the tape is already unsticking but I love the concept.  With a bit more time and care it could be a keeper.

open

closed
back

It needs a roof and a ladder (and a lot more TLC) but Four Year Old couldn't wait any longer...  If I 'get it back' I'll add some extras.  Those square windows need curtains and we need door handles!


The balcony is genius and even Daddy Pig can fit...

Monday, 4 October 2010

Knitting - to do update

  1. snow shoe scarf
  2. not mobius cowl
  3. finish my handwarmers
  4. pink hat for Four Year Old
  5. I would like to do something with this yarn and this pattern book OR
  6. Knit this for Four Year Old with this yarn.
  7. AND my new obsession... Balustrade
  8. vest, dress, cardigan, socks and shoes for Rosie
  9. hair and new face for Rosie too!
  10. knit a robot (red, pink and green) for Four Year Old's Christmas
  11. knit (at least) 6 doughnuts for Christmas presents
  12. knit a baby hat for a Christmas present

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Knitting - Rosie

Not quite the original idea!

(backstory here , updated here and here)


I have to say, the hair is a triumph BUT I'm not sure how secure it is!  Especially when pulling clothes on and off...
I used Rowan 4ply Soft, held double and knitted on 4mm.  Once I had a good size rectangle I gently washed it, then got fed up waiting for it to dry so put an iron over it!  I unravelled it and followed the pattern instructions for back stitching onto the head.  I may have to redo it more securely at a later date...

I'm much happier with the face.  Four Year Old seems happy too and now even likes the green jacket!  Now she needs a dress, socks and shoes.
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