Sunday, 5 November 2017

Not Another Blanket?

I posted about the early stages of this blanket back in June when I'd been working on making solid grannies, or elmer squares as they're commonly called.

Rather than creating squares of one colour only I was using a new colour for each round when I came across the Festiva pattern on Poppy & Bliss. This pattern is so similar to what I was already doing that I decided to incorporate the lovely 'dotty' round before moving on to white to join all the squares together.

So yes I've made yet another blanket, even though I don't really need one. I just love crocheting squares and then assembling them to create one piece of colourful coziness.

As with so many of my projects I used Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn in Teal, Spring Green, Aspen, Turquoise, Aster, Cloud Blue and White.

I also went a bit mad taking loads of photos too, enjoy :-)

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Vintage or Antique?

During the Summer I was shown an ancestor's doily and asked to make a replacement because it's disintegrating badly. I'm not surprised as it must be between 50 and 120 years old by our reckoning so that makes it either vintage or antique, I'm not sure which. It didn't take long to come up with something that resembles the original, although I changed the central motif to fill out that area a little more.

Original on right hand side

All in all it was a fun little exercise and I was glad to be able to extend the life of the pattern within my family. I've been given some other vintage or antique doilies made by the same person so must find time to photograph and maybe try to make replacements for those day...

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Circles of the Sun

The Circles of the Sun pattern by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk caught my eye and I recently found time to have a go at making some squares using the Block 9 part of the design.

I made the squares with Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn in two different colour combinations using some of the pinks and purples that are available in the range - magenta, clematis, wisteria, plum, violet, candyfloss, raspberry and fondant.

I love the design but found the squares a bit laborious to make so I had a change of heart after I'd only made a couple of them.

I wanted to do something with the squares rather than simply discard them and I found that I had a little pink zip in my stash which was just about the right size to transform the squares in to a purse.

I used a flat slip stitch join to crochet the squares together, continuing around both top corners until I met each end of the zip.

I even added a lining too, although it took me a whole afternoon, don't ask me why I made it so complicated.

So this purse brings my short journey with the Circles of the Sun pattern to an end for the time being although I suspect that I'll return to the other eight blocks another time, maybe :-)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

All Fingers and Thumbs

After my venture into sock making last year I really felt like I'd made significant progress with knitting and I fully intended to make more pairs to keep up my confidence. So far this year I haven't started a single sock but I have at least picked up some left over yarn and had a go at something for fingers rather than toes.

I found the pattern, Stripy Fingerless Gloves, in a book called Knitting for Beginners, Learn to Knit with 20 Hot Projects, by Sasha Kagan. Quite obviously I didn't bother with the stripes this time.

I made the cuffs and extremely fiddly, little fingers with Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue Violet and I used Stylecraft Senses Lace in Crocus for the rest of the gloves

Now that we're in to the month of October I suspect that I'll probably be wearing these toasty gloves quite often, especially with my Butterfly Stitch Prayer Shawl which is a perfect match.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Beaded Bunting

Earlier this year when all the brightly coloured tulip bulbs were at their best and lawns were full of flowering daisies they inspired me to make some simple, colourful flowers.

Then I decided that I wanted to make bunting and crocheted some triangles in bright Stylecraft Special DK colours...

...magenta, wisteria, clematis, candyfloss, fondant, lemon, citron, saffron, apricot, shrimp, spice, pomegranate and white.

I couldn't resist adding even more colour by stringing beads together in between the little bunting flags, turning the strings in to sweetie necklaces.

It was all made up as I went along, a bit of self indulgent frivolous fun.

Sometimes the most enjoyable things to make are made this way :-)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary... does your garden grow...
 ...with silver bells...
 ...and cockle shells...
 ...and pretty maids all in a row...

This old nursery rhyme inspired Alan Dart to create one of the designs in a booklet of patterns,  Nursery Rhyme Mice, which was distributed with a Simply Knitting magazine years ago.

I decided to make Mary towards the end of last year and really enjoyed knitting the different parts of the pattern on a pair of little wooden needles but I put off sewing it all together at the time (a reoccurring stumbling block of mine).

So Mary has been hibernating until recently when I half-heartedly assembled most of the pieces together. I guess I just lost interest in this one so I'm going to move on to other projects that captivate me more.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Sunny Bunny (Part Two)

Last week I posted pictures of the first bunny that I made with Sarah Youde's pattern called Sunny Bunny and here I am again with another one.

This bunny was made on 2.75 mm needles and double knitting weight yarn and like the previous one it was so tighly knitted that the stuffing didn't show through at all.

This time I followed the tights and shoes version of the pattern but I still made the legs smaller and a bit longer than instructed. Although a bit fiddly I used a pin hole cast on to make them bottom up and get rid of the gap that I didn't like underneath the foot.

The main reason why I made another rabbit was because I wanted to try knitting a stranded dress inside out and in the round, all part of my efforts to eventually tackle Fair Isle. My small circular needle was a bit big but I managed to make the whole of the patterned part on it before I switched to straight needles for the top of the dress.

I didn't notice to begin with that the pattern didn't match up correctly when finishing one round and starting another and I've since learnt that I should have used the jogless jog technique so that's something new to have a go at in the future.

I made up the dress pattern and needed seventeen pattern repeats to go all the way around; four pattern repeats are shown in the picture.

I think I'm ready to have a go at something other than bunnies now and have looked for patterns but not found anything I really want to make just yet. What I'd really love is a good book so I'll have to keep an eye out.