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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First ever baby knits on: August 05, 2013 12:57:58 PM
A friend of mine has just had a little girl.  Unfortunately I'd managed to mix up her due date with someone else's.  I wanted to knit something for her, so I found this pattern on Ravelry that I thought would be quick.
They knit up pretty well, although I made a mistake on one of them so the 'join/seam' bit is in the wrong place.  But on the plus side I managed to do grafting in garter stitch, which I was pretty chuffed with.

I sent them off with the tops folded down as I think they looked cuter like that.

I've also just started a new job where I'm doing a year's maternity cover.  I had a month working with the lady I'm covering and she was really nice, so I thought I'd make a hat for the baby.  (My mum thought a summer baby might not need a hat, but we live in Scotland, so I'm sure the baby will get some use out of it).
I used this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/countless-baby-hat.  It turned out really nice and it was a good tv knit - easy pattern to get into the rhythm of.

Here it is laying flat.

And here it is on my hand.  Which doesn't actually show it off to good effect.

I think the first photo shows the yarn best, but it's much brighter than any of the photos show.  I had leftovers of the bright green and thought it was nicely gender-neutral.  It's Drops Baby Merino 4-ply in Vibrant Green.

Any comments/criticism would be very welcome.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First ever pair of socks! on: May 14, 2013 05:37:59 AM
Hi all,

So, here are my socks:

They're from Regia self striping yarn, I think the colourway was Brazil Salador.  I bought a Regia sock pattern which was knitted top down. They're quite loose, but I'm really just super pleased they came out looking like socks.

Look at my grafting/kitchener stitch:

I am *so* chuffed with this.  I wish I'd taken a photo of my first attempt - it was awful, my pattern didn't explain it too well, so I ended up just attaching each stitch to its opposite.  If anyone else has struggled with this, 'theknitwitch' has a great youtube tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7jIzwO5Nv4

Anyways, thanks for stopping by Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two not-a-crab hats on: March 24, 2013 05:27:46 AM
Hello all,

So I found a pattern in Mollie Makes (website: http://www.molliemakes.com/ although I'm not sure if the pattern will be available there) for a knitted crab cloche hat, which was part of a promotion for this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Animal-Hats-Projects-Crochet-Fleece/dp/0857831488/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364126077&sr=1-2.  So I got some wool (Mirasol Alpacana) and made the hat and the claws (after several attempts) and looked out some buttons for eyes.

Looks good, doesn't it.  Not if you put it on your head, though.  I could not, for the life of me, find a way to attach the claws so that they didn't look like odd ear flaps.  Also, over the time I was knitting it, I'd somewhat gone off the idea of animal hats, so I just wore it as a normal hat,

(Please excuse the face, it seems I can't smile and take a photo at the same time).  This one shows the colour better.

This was also my first time using DPNs or making decreases.  The decreases were fine, the DPNs I have now got used to, but at the time I found them so awkward.  I have 2 pieces of advice for anyone using them for the first time; 1. it'll get easier, honestly and 2. buy wooden ones - I tend to push the stitches up the needle by pushing one end of the needle against my body, and the ends of the metal ones are a lot sharper.

I realised that this hat manages to cover BOTH my ears when I'm wearing it (I have a few hats that only seem able to cover one ear at a time which is well annoying), so I decided to make another one.

Ears covered and cosy.  This ones in Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk, which is a lovely yarn that my brother got me for Christmas.

And just to show off my stitching 'cause I'm so proud of how neat it looks Smiley

Thanks for reading my rambles.  C & C welcome and actively encouraged.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Learning to knit; a scarf, a cowl and fingerless gloves (first cabled project!) on: January 27, 2013 01:23:46 PM
So after picking up crochet in the early part of last year, I decided to get my mum to teach me how to knit.  I haven't got pictures of my first project, really simple fingerless gloves, as they went in a Christmas shoebox.

My second project was this scarf:

It's Kat Mcab's Kwoosh Shawlette; http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kwoosh-shawlette-scarf and I used this yarn http://www.ethniccrafts.co.uk/store/p113143-recycled-sari-yarn/recycled-sari-silk-yarn--100-gm.cfm which is recycled sari silk.  I found it quite hard to work with at the beginning but it's very pretty so I persevered.  The pattern was a good one for a beginner.  The picture below shows the shape of it, I did go a bit wonky but you wouldn't notice if you didn't know to look for it.

I also made Jen Geigley's GAP-tastic Cowl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gap-tastic-cowl) in Rico Creative Galaxy Chunky - I love the colours of this yarn.

And look!  I made owl wrist warmers!

The pattern's from the magazine 'Mollie Makes'.  I was really pleased with how this one came out.  Unfortunately, I managed to make 2 exactly the same  Embarrassed.  When I frogged down to the thumb hole I picked up the stitched a bit wrong and have managed to make the second glove a bit wonky.

Oh well, I'm still really chuffed with the owls. 
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Slippers and wrist warmers from 'So Pretty' crochet on: January 22, 2013 01:25:24 PM

I actually managed to make both these slippers the left one.  I don't think you can tell though.  I slip them on rather than using the fastening, so I just sewed the strap down and sewed the button on the other side.

I don't actually wear wrist warmers that often, but this pattern is really cute.  It's in an acrylic yarn that's really nice and soft (and was cheap!).

Any comments/criticism welcome.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / First crochet projects: a scarf, an ipod cosy and a bowl on: May 28, 2012 03:02:35 PM
I got my mum to teach me crochet stitches back in February.  I really like it, it's pretty relaxing, and a good thing to do on the train.  I started with granny squares, which I've yet to get round to doing anything with.

This is my scarf.  Not my first project, but the one I'm most pleased with.  I've worn it loads.  It's made with Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky, which was a lovely yarn to crochet with.  I used this pattern of diy4life's, just made it a bit wider and longer.

It's pretty long, it's made of most of 3 balls of wool.  (I also made an ami octopus, which I'll post at some point).  That's it laid over my double bed.

And a close up of the pattern

This was probably my first project.  I was too cheap to buy some wool for a possibly doomed experiment so it's made of some leftover wool from some tapestry my mum did, that stuffs pretty horrible to crochet. The cosy's not the prettiest (my boyfriend calls it the 'crusty raver pouch'), but functional and free, so I'm pleased.  Also I made up the 'pattern'.

And it open, in case you're interested.  I lined it with bright pink felt.

And here's a crochet bowl I made.  I could find out the name of the yarn I used if anyone's interested. I wasn't a bit fan of it though.  The pattern's from 'So pretty! Crochet' by Amy Palanjian, it's aimed at a thicker wool, but I just used a smaller hook.

Any comments, critiques or tips would be greatly appreciated.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bag for headphones and e-book reader cosy on: May 27, 2012 03:27:36 PM
I got an e-book reader recently, which was very exciting, and was too cheap to get the cases they sold in the shop.  So I had a navy jumper that I'd shrunk a bit in the wash, which I thought would be thick enough to be slightly protective.  It's lined with fabric from an old skirt that I loved.  There's a pocket for my stylus, and an SD card if I ever fill up the memory enough to need it.

I made up the 'pattern', and then didn't put it together as I planned, so it's not quite what I'd intended but fairly good for a first attempt.  It was going to have a loop for the stylus, but I put the lining on the wrong was round, or something, and had to modify my plans.

I'm pretty pleased with it though.  Does the job, looks fine and didn't cost me anything Smiley

All folded up.  The button is a spare one from a dress I have.

Open.  It's longer than the reader, 'cause I made the error in putting it together, but it works fine.

A shot of the wee pocket in it.  You can also see the pretty lining here.  The button loop is chain stitched crochet thread.

I also needed a pouch for my headphones.  It's just a simple drawstring one, but it's my first one.  I had some light blue fabric laying around that I never use 'cause I'm not overly keen on pastels.  I think it's upholstery fabric, my grandma gave me it when I was like 9 or 10.  I wanted to check out the embroidery stitches on my new sewing machine, so I used them to make the outside pretty.  It's lined with fabric from some old combat trousers, and the bead on the drawstring I made when I was in primary school.

That's it with the headphones in.

And the other side, flat, if you're interested.

Let me know what you think
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Learning to sew. First projects: dress, shorts and a skirt. (Picture fatty) on: February 07, 2012 02:24:34 PM
Hello craftster!  It's been a long while, but I've decided to get back into making stuff.  I attended a sewing class from October-December last year where we had to make a "vintage inspired" dress.  So I used this pattern and fabric.  I'd have found the pattern really challenging if it wasn't for my tutor, she also found some of the directions tricky to follow.

I made size 16 (UK), and had to take it in at the sides.  I knew I would though, used that size in order to fit my largest measurement.

I put in pockets! Cheesy  Being able to put pockets in things is a large part of the reason I want to learn to sew.

It does hang a wee bit wonky, but its not really as noticeable in real life.

I lined it as well, which wasn't in the patterns.  This was my first zip.  It's not perfect, and I had to hand sew some of the seam allowance in which I hadn't managed to catch, but it looks pretty alright.

This skirt is possibly my real first project.  It's from a New Look pattern which I shortened substantially.  I started it at a sewing class I went to in 2004, maybe 2003, and failed to finish it.  My Mum's friend lined it and put in the zip for me.  I suck at finishing things on time, I was pretty far off finishing my dress when the class finished.

The lining is actually the bottom of a slip.  I couldn't find any short ones so cut up a long one, and the bottom was the perfect length to line this.  This photo shows the colour of the fabric better.  It has a pattern of wee swirls.

I wanted to prove to myself that I could actually sew before starting last years class.  I got a free Burdastyle pattern (sailor shorts with lips pocket by junespoon) and some fabric from my Mum's stash (she got it in Nigeria in the mid-late 70's).  The pattern was sized UK 10, and sometimes I'm a 12, so I added about a half inch to the seams which, of course, made them too big.  I fixed it by sewing further up the pockets, but to where the bottom button in. 

My back pocket!  It's kinda low down, but it's my first attempt at a pocket.  You can also see how I messed up my pattern cutting.  The paisley goes in a different direction on the front.

I put press studs at the top of the waistband, because it was folding over.  This also (pretty much) fixed the sizing problem I mentioned earlier.  The were hanging from the top button before, which was pretty lose and now they hang from the waistband.

So, let me know what you think.  Hope this post wasn't too long.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First post *eek* [possibly IMG heavy, not sure if I've done it right though] on: December 26, 2005 01:52:59 PM
Here are some things I've done:

From a weird purple bracelet that came from a cracker and beads from a dress.

I wanted curtain tassle earrings forever, cause I'm cool...

Got the idea from a post on here, can't remember who by though, sorry.  Mine's not *quite* as elegant, but I like it.

From a "livestrong" type band that I got from my school, the idea also came from someone on here.

Hope this works ok.  Thanks for looking
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