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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / flaming pirate mini cardie on: February 07, 2010 03:00:29 PM

I was asked by some biker friends to make thier baby girl some 'baby biker knitted stuff that wasn't pink' for when we all went on holiday together, and this was the result.

It has a short pirate style moss stitch placket on the front, with enamel skull buttons and those flames, well, lets say it was a labour of love!!

The flames pattern is a slightly modified version of the one by 'bikerchicknits'.

They were thrilled, and it only got finished on day 3 of our holiday!!!  Roll Eyes

Oh, she also got this hat a modded 1960's pattern...  Grin

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / 3mm or 5mm popper fatening pliers/setters- do they exist?? on: March 28, 2008 12:13:06 PM
I have been searching the web for a pair of pliers/setters which will set 3mm or 5mm poppers, for the Blythe clothing I'm making.

It takes too long to sew on all the poppers- this would make my life a whole lot easier- but all I can find are eyelet makers, or poppafasteners for 10mm and up.

Any help, please??  Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blythe hats, coats and dresses on: November 22, 2007 04:59:55 AM
Ok, I've finally got my Blythe doll, and I have been knitting hats for her for the last couple of months. My faves are the nepalese style ones.  Smiley

All the pics are on my Flickr;

Cheese in beanie by shortstuff411, on Flickr

my own kool-aid dyed blythe hat! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

pointy top of pixie beanie by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Double pointy Blythe hat prototype by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Show those stripes! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Red mohair Blythe pixie hat by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Someone pass me the sunglasses! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

My Enchanted Petal Blythe is here at last!! by shortstuff411, on Flickr

Side of Blythe pixie hat by shortstuff411, on Flickr

My Fenella-Altea by shortstuff411, on Flickr

(too many to upload, and cos I'm a numpty, and don't know how to upload the pics onto here)  Shocked

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pistachio... the geek lovechild of 'Cheese' (inc pattern) on: July 25, 2007 01:31:29 PM

This guy was developed from knitting my daughter 'Cheese' from Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends. (which I posted on the forum)
As usual, I knitted him as I went, without writing the pattern down, so I developed this guy for my son who wanted one too.

Knit in DK or aran yarn, on DPNs, any size between 3.5 mm and 4.5mm (smaller is better for stuffing). The original cheese was made in aran weight Jaeger, not sure what size needles..

You need:

Lime DK for body
White DK for eyes
Small amount of purple yarn for pupils
Small amount of teal for mouth

5 DPNs
pair of 2.5mm needles (for making eyeballs)
toy stuffing


C/on 6st in main colour, divide between 3 dpns, 2 st on each needle.
Join and knit 2 rows.
Next row, inc1,k1,inc1,k1 on each dpn.
Next row, knit.
Rep last 2 rows until 12st on each dpn.
next row, knit.
Next row, start to decrease-each needle- k2tog, k1, to last 2 st, k2tog. Rep on each needle.
Next row, knit.
(Start to stuff some of the body, but not too much).
Rep last 2 rows, until 2st remain on each dpn.
Knit 4 rows (this is his neck).
(Stuff rest of body through neck).
K1, inc1, at beg of each dpn, until 12st total (4 on each dpn).
Now divide evenly between 4 dpns- 3 st on each, to begin head.
Knit 1 row.
Next row, each dpn- knit1, inc1, k to last st, inc1, k1.
Next row, knit.
Rep last 2 rows until 15 st on each dpn (of bigger, if you want him to have a bigger head)  Cheesy
Knit 10 rows (or a few more if you want him to have a bigger head).
Next row, k2tog, k to last 2 st, k2tog.
Knit 1 row.
Rep until 9st left on each dpn.
Next row, k2tog, k1, all the way round (all 4 needles)
(Stuff head)
Knit 1 row.
Next row, k2tog all the way round. (3st on each dpn).
K2 rows.
(You may need to top up stuffing in the head).
k2tog, k1 all the way around.
k 1 row.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread through stitches and pull tight, fasten off.


Lime DK. Make two, obviously.

C/on 3 st.
Icord for 12 rows.
C/on 3 st.
K across row.
c/on in purl 3 st.
purl across row.
St st for 6 rows.
k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog cast off the single stitch, k2tog. (Hope this bit makes sense).
K first 2 st, c/off. Break yarn and rejoin and rep.


Make 2 in lime DK.

c/on 6 st, divde between 3 dpns.
k1 row.
k1, inc1, k2.
k 6 rows.
k6st, turn, p3st, turn, k3, k to end of round.
k1 row.
K1, k2tog, rep 3 times.
K1 row.
K2tog, put stitches on one needle.
K1 row.
I cord for 12 rows.


White DK and 2.5mm needles

Make 2.

C/on 4st.
K 1 row.
P 1 row.
K1, inc1, k to last st, inc1, k1.
p1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 10 st.
P 1 row.
K 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows twice (four rows total)
P 1 row.
K2tog, k to last 2 st, k2tog.
P 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 4 st left.
P 1 row.


Sew eyes onto body, then, using purple DK, french knot or embrioder a pupil into the centre of each eye.
Backstitch a mouth using teal DK.

Arms, sew up the hands and sew onto sides of body.

Legs, sew onto bottom of, err, bottom!!  


I wondered about getting some REALLY STRONG magnets, to put into his hands and feet, but I couldn't get any that would make him stick through the yarn.
Apart from him, I've made a blue one called roquefort (a blue kind of cheese!)
And 'Hampton' (currently sans arms, legs and eyes) who is multi striped, and I made while holidaying in Northampton.

They don't take long, proficient knitters should be able to do one on a day.

Post pics if you make one!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The Jack Sparrow chart... anyone got it saved?? on: May 26, 2007 03:40:49 PM
I went to find the Jack Sparrow chart, as I'm making my son a priate blanket, all stripey and skully etc, and the chart isn't on here anymore.

Did anyone save it, and the info?? Could you post it up again please!  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone knitted from 'simply noro'? on: May 17, 2007 02:54:27 PM
Twice I have started 'Earnshaw' from 'Simply Noro' and twice ripped it back!

Even though the tension is spot on correct, and I've downsized the needles one size, and I'm knitting the extra small, the 'front' cast on of 98 stitches is enormously long!!

I can almost wrap the front all the way round me!!  Shocked

I know I'm only 4ft 11, but surely this can't be right?? My knitting friends and I puzzled over this the other night, and all we can think of is that the pattern *IS* just this big, as my tension was correct (the length of the sweater, according to the book sizes, would nearly reach my knees too!) I could down size and downsize the pattern, but I think it would ruin the shaping etc, it's not feesable.

Anyone else found this a problem?
Because now I'm thinking I have a beautiful unusable, unknittable book... I need to find another simple hooded jumper pattern!!

Any pattern ideas welcomed  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need to find an elephant/mammoth to knit! on: April 02, 2007 10:53:40 AM
I've searched everywhere for a cute smallish elephant pattern, so I can make a mammoth to go with all my Nauties!  Grin

I have some rust coloured GGH Amelie which  would be perfect for a shaggy mammoth, but can't find a pattern anywhere! I can't crochet either.

(I know mammoths weren't rust coloured, but it's the minerals in the earth that change the colour of thier fur, but all the pics of mammoths in books are rust, so hey I'll go with it!!)  Grin

Any help with finding a pattern most appreciated!  Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / the biggest stash in knitting history??? on: March 19, 2007 03:53:16 AM
Ok, on the weekend I collected some wool from a lady clearing her loft (I was given it all for free) I got 2 knitting machines and a Hague linker as well. (I am feeling very grateful for it too, and she was lovely, shes going to keep in touch and see how I get on, so I gained a mate too- bonus!)  Smiley

She said there were 'some' bags of wool- Some?? *15* BIN LINER SACKS FULL!!!  Shocked

Some of the cones are Rowan wool too   Cool

OMG!! what on earth do I do with 15 sacks of yarn??  Grin I don't have space normally, with the kids stuff and all my handknitting wool too!! We have had to stash it in my daughters room for now (shes not living here atm) and it has FILLED the room!!  Roll Eyes

I've started to sort some of it, I'm going to keep what I want/would use then give lots to some charity knitters locally, and some to my friend who has a knitting machine too.

BTW, the machines are fully functioning, so when my RSI kicks in, I can still knit!!  Grin

(I'm going to put all the cones out in the lounge and take a pic at some point, thats if they will fit!!)  Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The 'it's gonna be a tattooed summer' skirt on: February 26, 2007 05:41:03 AM
Here is my first attempt at making something to wear (I'm usually a knitter)  Cheesy

I loved this fabric and had to get it on special order from an Ebay seller, as nowhere in the UK stocks it (why?Huh)  Roll Eyes

I was pleased how the zip and darts in the back went, that was a first too.

I've used my overlocker (erm, 'serger' to you US ladies??) and have finally figured out how it works!

Shame it's far too cold here in the UK to wear it atm, roll on summer!

I think you may be seeing more of me on here!  Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Crackers for Cheese! (Foster's home...) on: February 26, 2007 04:45:14 AM
My kids loooove Foster's Home for imaginary friends, and it was coming up to my daughters (14th) birthday, and she asked me to knit her a 'Cheese'... me and the boys went quiet, cos little did she know, I was already half way through making him!!!  Cheesy

Soooo, here he is!!  Grin

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