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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Animal hoods (mouse, bear, Fox, rabbit...) lots of pictures. PATTERN on pg3! on: May 20, 2015 06:18:55 PM

So, I saw these animal hoods a few times in Pinterest and decided to get stuck in. I use a super chunky yarn, so they knit up super fast, and they are really simple.
Bibi, above, wearing a mouse hood, later stolen by Nannie Gail...

Joined by me wearing a brown bear, and Otto wearing Fox.

Here's a better shot of mine; this was the first one, you can see by comparing to above that side then I started grafting the top, and I now also often add a couple of stripes to the bottom of the cowl bit

They often get stolen by parents/grandfolk - here's Gene's mummy wearing his grey bear, with Edie as a rabbit

And a black bear (suitable to go with school uniform)

Polar bears are also popular, but I can't seem to find any photos!
 I'm thinking next I might try a frog, like with bulgy eyes instead of ears? What do you think? Any other animal suggestions gratefully received - I get asked to do these all the time and am bored of repeating the same ones....

Gratuitious extra photo of them being unwrapped (bibi's mouse, otto's Fox, Roman's cat) - how darn cute are my nephews and niece!!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / pigeon skeleton hoop on: May 14, 2015 04:54:40 PM

Proof that birds are just little dinosaurs :-)
Stem stitch on linen, image hand drawn from an zoology text book, so it should be at least mostly accurate!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beehive tea cozy on: May 08, 2015 10:04:43 AM

I just love this pattern, it's a super easy knit and really cute :-) I've made 3 now!
I hate sewing up, so I make it in one piece, doing the top part on dpns. I also don't have the bottom joined under the hole for the handle, I add a big button and a loop instead - with it joined up it had to be stretched to go over the handle so I wanted to avoid that.
It's a free pattern - http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/beehive-tea-cozy.html

I use Debbie bliss luxury tweed Aran yarn, about a ball and a third for a regular 4 cup size teapot. I don't make the knitted bee from the pattern, I add bee shaped buttons and these fabric brooches instead :-)

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stripy Noro Knee Socks... on: April 23, 2015 10:38:38 AM

I made these for my partner in the be awesome swap because I saw some of my other socks on her Pinterest :-) this was my first go at socks knitted on needles (I've only used a loom before) and I really liked it. I like how it's simple & small enough to do on the train, but the changing colours keep it fun.
I used two different noro colourways, from the tayio 4ply range, and this patternhttp://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-socks
Though I made a few changes; simple ribbed top (instead of the enclosed elastic top it calls for) and I did 3 rows per stripe (not 4). Also, on the second sock I spaced out the reductions a little as I found it got a bit bunched on the first sock.

I'm really pleased with how they came out, and most important I think my partner (the fabulous and naturally awesome pottermouth - photo credits to her) likes them

Thanks for looking!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My First Charm Bracelet on: April 06, 2015 05:23:54 PM

I won a charm bracelet making kit from mistress Jennie in they Harry potter craftalong (yhea yhea, blatant plug), which I used to put together this piece, I'm super proud of it add I've never done anything lower it before :-D
Jennie and I had discussed what charms and colours I'd like, I picked a theme based around the website mg friends and I met on (book crossing) since she always admired my own Jennie original bracelet so I knew she'd love her own (slightly knock off...) version. So really all I had to do was plan the layout of the charms and beads Jennie sent and assemble them - I especially enjoyed making up the bead pins and wrapping the wire around to attach them! I suspect my local bead shop might have find a new customer...
Thanks for looking! Cheesy
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / hand sewn rainbow baby blanket on: February 02, 2015 06:12:41 PM

A couple of layers of cotton, stitched together with basic Sashiko stitches

The top section with the raincloud & sun are felt sewn to cotton

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / lots of loom knitted bed socks (picture gluttenous) on: February 02, 2015 04:51:27 PM
I got a bit addicted to the colours of noro wool... And realised they make super cosy  little bed socks! Just about everyone i know has a pair now  Cheesy they're all made on 32 peg loom, the perfect craft for chilling out and just unthinking, calm medative making, watching the colours flow out

18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / a pile of hoops on: February 02, 2015 04:21:53 PM
Found some old photos... Thought I'd share this bunch!

Stem stitch logo for a free book table at a local festival

I have no idea what this symbol is, except out means fire, it was a gift done on request, so i decided on a flame colour series of French knots

Thanks for looking  Smiley
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entralac turban - winter + summer editions on: February 02, 2015 05:15:06 AM

I used this pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grey-gardens-2
though I found I had to go down a few needle sizes to get a reasonable size,  it's a really fun knit,  easy enough but short  rows and you see lots of progress.

The above uses Fyberspates Vivacious dk merino yarn,  and the winter version below uses 2 stands; one cream alpaca,  and one grey Finnsheep wool that I picked up on holiday

One big change I made to the winter version is the back; instead of mattress stitching two ends together I made a few extra teirs to add an overlap that buttons up,  which I think is prettier since my sewing up is pretty awful!

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Does it need a bigger pompom?? baby hat on: January 22, 2015 07:10:35 PM

A pretty simple baby hat (well, you'd think, but how  many times did I forget to purl into the back of the stitch in that rib section! Path!)... but I am plagued by the knitter's dilemma; does it need a bigger pompom?

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