I have lurked on these boards an awful lot, I lurk more than I post! However, the opportunity to lurk lead to me being inspired to try knitting. My mum and Nan both tried to teach me to knit when I was younger, and to be honest I just didn't get it!! So last summer I decided I was going to give it another go and decide once and for all if I liked it and could do it. I went looking for patterns and found Shaun the Sheep kit with "easy to read instructions", sadly as I have never read a knitting pattern before I ran into a few problems. But with help from the nice people here, a couple of other websites, library books and You Tube I managed to muddle through so I present you with my first ever knitting project, Shaun the Sheep:
isn't he cute?? well I love him and so did my sister so I knitted one for her from the left over yarn.
the original is on the left, sadly I don't know why the one on the right photographed so badly. Am now convinced that he will rise up in an effort to overthrow his human masters, but my sister claims not!!
anyway when I found out that the daughter of a friend of mine was pregnant I offered to make one for the baby. I mentioned the idea to another friend to said she loved shaun the sheep and wanted one too, then we found out the pregnant friend was having twins and her sister was pregnant too. Then my mum decided she wanted one..... it was exhausting!! SEVEN shaun the sheeps to be made and sewn up.....
I carried on and managed to get them all done, sadly I only got pictures of shauns 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 before they were sent off. The group shot of 3, 5 and 6:
side view of one:
all packaged ready to go:
I would have like to have a group shot of all seven together, but sadly it was not to be, the three pictured above and now with the new babies. Shaun 4 is in Ireland and Shaun 7 is with my mum (I go down there and check on him frequently!!) I took to calling this project "Shaun the Sheep and the spawn of Shaun the Sheep"!!
Well in between shauns (it was necessary to take a break every now and then) I decided to knit myself a pair of socks. I had seen a pair here on Craftster and followed the link to Ravelry (I fell in love with ravelry when I opened up my account!) unfortunately I don't know how to link threads so I can reference it here
but I found the pattern and came up with this:
sadly the fit wasn't fantastic:
but for my first pair, not a bad effort!!
Dad's birthday came next, unfortunately we didn't know what to get him so I delved back into ravelry and found this:
thankfully dad had just purchased a new mobile phone (blackberry) so this was perfect, I had to shorten the length slightly as the orignal design was for an iPhone.
On the needles at the moment is a secret Christmas knitting project, any guesses??
I was supposed to use intarsia but I couldn't get the hang of it I kept getting a bleed of colour through from the back, so the detail is a combination of picking up stitches and embroidery.
Before I realised I couldn't do intarsia, I decided I needed a way of keeping all of my threads separate for the intarsia, so came up with this:
it is a length of wood, with holes drilled for the dowl rods. All of the cutting, drilling and gluing was done my me!! with a little supervision and loan of tools from my dad. Sadly it has had little use and I am rubbish at intarsia!!
thanks for reading and inspiring me to take up knitting