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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stripy baby Cardigan on: March 02, 2014 01:58:06 PM
I saw this super cute pattern and knew that I had to make one.  I used a variegated sock yarn and a plain one (I used my first Regia).  I found some buttons in my stash jar that fitted perfectly - hurrah!

I like how the yarns work together, it would be great to have an adult sized one!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Pizza base Polystyrene Print Christmas Cards on: December 21, 2013 03:54:14 AM
For this years Christmas Cards I printed using the polystyrene that you get at the bottom of shop brought pizza.  I used a craft knife to cut out festive shapes, and using a pencil marked on indents (for the birds eye & tree decorations).  I got to work printing using some acrylic paint, and then using pen added details.

Happy Holidays everyone!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm finally ready for Winter with a POM-POM hat! on: December 07, 2013 02:39:29 AM
I have had a bad case of pom-pom hat jealousy!  Everywhere I go I seem to see chunky knitted hats with pom-poms, so was desperate to make my own.  I used Tofino Surfer pattern by tincanknits.

I used two strands of double knit yarn held together (and managed to use up all my scrap yarn left from my granny square blanket). My gauge was a bit off so I followed the child / slouch pattern (my head isn't really that small!).

I am really happy with how it turned out (hence the toothy grin!).  I shall be wearing it all winter!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Assorted baby knits... on: July 20, 2013 08:14:29 AM
I have been busy making gifts for newborn babies of friends and family...

Firstly a couple of little sister dresses, these are very cute, and are great at using up spare 4ply.

Blue blanket this is a very nice pattern and easy to do.  You only need a cable needle every ten rows. 

And finally, using up some aran stash, baby sophisticate cardigan.

There are going to be some very well dressed babies this year!  Cheesy
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Watering Can Yarnbomb! on: May 14, 2013 10:36:53 AM
For a yarnbomb in the local botanic gardens I made a watering can!  I improvised the pattern, and if I was to do it again, I'd do it quite differently, but nevermind...

I used acrylic double knit yarn holding two strands together, in double crochet and triple crochet (UK terminology).  I originally had teardrops on the end of the 'water' strands, but they kept tangling, so I cut them off to leave just strands.

C&C welcome  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hey Don't Falter - Mint Royale / Mont-Royal Hat. on: April 22, 2013 01:44:04 PM
My yarn destash of 2013 continues.  My nan gave me some 4ply yarn that is 100% wool, and features a very pretty ram on the label.  This yarn is probably older than I am  Cheesy.

I decided to make a mont-royal hat, but whenever I read that pattern name I think of the band Mint Royale.  This pattern is very well written, and I am really happy with the hat.  It is super cosy!

Excuse the giggling in the photos  Cheesy
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stash busting ten stitch blanket... on: April 10, 2013 08:52:45 AM
So my NY resolution was to stash bust.  I had been given lots of double knit yarn and wanted to use as much as possible.  I picked the ten stitch blanket by Frankie Brown and got to work.  Three months later I was finished, and I added an icord edging using this tutorial.

It is very bright and cosy!  The finished blanket fits a double bed.  I would recommend this pattern, you only ever have 10 stitches on the needles, so it is easy to pick up and do a few rows.  There are ridges on the joins one side, and it is flat on the other. 

The corners are a little complicated at first, but you soon get used to them, plus the bigger the blanket the more infrequent the corners!  Now, to stash bust the other sizes of yarn! Grin

C&C welcome  Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter egg cozies: hats, bunnies and a guinea pig. on: February 19, 2013 03:34:58 AM
I have been busy knitting cozies for eggs.  Firstly hats from Eggheads by Emily Ivey.  These are cute little pompom hats.

I also made a rabbit egg cozy by Linda Dawkins.  This fits Jeremy the guinea pig perfectly, here he is auditioning for the role of the Easter bunny.  

And I also made some fuzzy rabbit egg covers from Drops these are knitted using two strands, and I then added felt eyes & a nose.  

These are all quick projects to knit, and are great stash busters!  Are you crafting for Easter?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Where is the bear? Teddy bear illusion knit blanket, hat & booties on: February 06, 2013 06:24:52 AM
I have just got round to trying illusion/shadow knitting.  I had thought it would be really complex, but actually it is just knit & purl, with stitch markers (plenty of stitch markers!).  A well written pattern helps too!

For a friends baby I made this teddy bear blanket by Woolly Thoughts.

It is using sirdar snuggly yarn, which is soft, but most importantly, machine washable!  The bear is most visible from the baby's eye view. 

bear from above:

bear from an angle:

I had some yarn left, so knitted up a simple baby hat (with added crochet ears).

And some seamless baby booties.

I can't wait to try some other illusion knits.  C&C welcome Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / A dancing bird! Made from a needle woven tapestry. on: December 28, 2012 02:35:36 PM
A block of wood, a woven strip, some embroidery thread and a little wire, have become a dancing bird!

This is simple weaving, woven on the block itself.  I just can't stop shaking it to make the bird dance!

C&C welcome  Smiley
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