FOs: Rainbow Scarf and Fingerless Mitts


You might remember a couple of days ago I told you about the Rainbow Scarf with Clouds and how it was too big for Chloe. Well I needed to whip her up a replacement pretty quickly, and it needed to be a rainbow scarf with pink in it (I know, I know).  I had seen this Rainbow Scarf pattern on Ravelry when I was looking before, and since it was so simple I decided to give it a go. I had it whipped up in a evening, but put the tassels on the next morning.

Lovely rows

Chloe's version of Rainbow colours

With tassels

Little Miss

As you can see from that last photo, There was a pattern to make matching Fingerless Mitts too. I went ahead and made them in an evening, I just doubled up on the rows to make them a bit longer.

Can you spot the mistake?

Yeah, I forgot to do a row of double pink on the glove on the right – oops! Never mind, easily rectified.

Fixed!

They look really smart with the scarf too;

Looking good together

Chloe loves it all

Chloe went out to play in her new ensemble and actually kept it all on, her gloves usually come off at the first opportunity, I’d say that was  a win!



Sam’s Blanket


Well, it’s official – the blanket is done. According to my Ravelry projects page, I’ve been working on this since February of last year. It has become known as the blanket of doom. It has taken many man (woman) hours and many, many balls of yarn to get this to completion. So, let me take you on a journey;

Granny Squares

It's only just begun...

It all started off so well… unfortunately life just took over and I couldn’t always find the time to pick up my hook. But eventually they grew into;

Squares

Bag of Granny Squares

That was one of the huge clear sacks that I got from the yarn shop when I brought all of the original yarn to make it. I’ve left my phone in the photograph for size comparison purposes. It was quite heavy too!

So, having got this far, I needed to double check numbers;

Squares

All of the Squares

I’d made all of the granny squares in the world! Well, okay. Nearly. Now I had to sew them all together… this by its self took me a few weeks, then I got to the last half a dozen… Argh! I was a red square missing and had an extra black one!

I quickly whipped up another red square and sewed that bad boy on.

So! All done? Nope, got to put a pretty edge onto it now… So I did a row in black and a row in red, then finally;

Blanket

The finished Article

Just for reference, that’s a king size bed… Now I’d deliberately done it large so he could use it on a double bed folded over when he gets a bit older, but I don’t think that even I had realised how big it was going to be – it’s a monster!

In Action

Action Shot!

This is the finished thing, doubled over and on Sam’s bed where it will live for a while. The only problem now is this;

Granny Square

So lonely...

There’s nothing else for it is there? I’m just going to have to make him a cushion cover to complete the look!

 



Blog Hub Swap Day 2


Okay, so we’re onto day two! My sender revealed who they were yesterday – Hello Natalie! Natalie’s blog can be found here and makes for some good reading.

Well yesterday avid readers may have noticed that Natalie told me to open the card that came with my goodies, I duly did as I was told, but since it concerned my pattern I decided to save it until today.

Beautiful Card

Beautiful Handmade Card

As I hope you can see from the picture it is a lovely card handmade by Natalie herself, I love the colours and think it was a very clever addition as one of the swap rules is to include something hand made.

Inside the card there are instructions to tell Natalie what pattern I would like and then she will gift it to me (again, very clever). The problem here though faithful readers, is that I really don’t know what I would like! I have only ever bought one pattern before and that was for The Bee Keeper’s Quilt.

So, I need your help. I’ve only ever made small items before, and I would say I am an intermediate at both knit and crochet, so I’m looking for your suggestions.  Please pop them in the comments section, and I’ll see if I can find a little something to send to the one that I go with or leads me to my choice – thinking caps on!

Update:

You may remember my squeeing yesterday at my mini skeins, well I have popped them into balls ready to be knit..

Balls

Mini Balls

Well the (not so) large ball that you can see at the front made its way onto my needles, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist, check this little fella out!

Puff of Love

Puff of Love

I really LOVE those colours, no, I mean it. Fitting as it’s Valentines day today!

I’m hoping to knit one a night, then you get to see all of them at the end of this blog week.

Thank you so much Natalie, I’m having so much fun with this and you are being very clever with your gifts.

See you all again tomorrow, don’t forget your suggestions!



Blog Hub Swap 2012 Day 1


Okay, so here goes.

This last year has just been stupidly busy, in a good way I mean. Those of you who saw I’d changed my blog URL may also have noticed that I haven’t been blogging, well hopefully that is all about to change.

Those of you from Ravelry will know that there is a forum there called The Blog Hub and we are having a bit of a swap to give each other something to blog about.

The rules are that we must send a partner a package with seven individual parcels in it, one to be opened each day.

Mine arrived this afternoon !!! 😀

My Haul

My Blog Swap Haul

I’m a bit nervous as it occurred to me while I was doing my own stalking that there was very little information about what I like on my poor neglected blog or in my Ravelry projects, so I might have made this hard work for my stalker – sorry!

Okay, I’m being really indecisive about which one to open.  (I really want to open them all right now) so I’m going to pop them back into the packaging and do this lucky-dip stylee.

Lucky Dip

Lucky Dipping

And the first one is out!

Number 1

Number 1!

What’s inside??? (I honestly don’t know, I’m blogging this in ‘real time’)… feels squishy…

Oh my!

Mini Skeins

Mini Skeins!

They are marvellous! Absolutely fantastic, I just love the colours, they will definitely be on my needles tonight!

Thank you my mystery giver, a most awesome first day.

In case you were wondering, I haven’t posted my parcel off yet, but will be doing VERY soon…

See you tomorrow!

 



Your knitting and crochet time 2KCBWDAY7


Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

I usually do things like knitting and crochet sat on the sofa while watching something on the TV. Now,  I must admit, this does have it’s pro’s and con’s. It is more sociable than disappearing into another room, so I can sit and do it while I chat or whatever. Unfortunatly, if  I’m holding a conversation I can’t concentrate too much on a pattern, so I need to be making something reasonably simple.

I don’t like to eat while I am working, I would be devastated if I got something dirty before I had even finished it – and I would… I do tend to have a drink to hand though, thirsty work this needle twirling stuff!

Next to the sofa I have a box.  It has grown in size since I first learnt to knit. Just a little.  It is one of the large, clear 70L storage boxes that doubles as a handy table for me. Now when I first thought about writing this blog post, I took a look at my working area, it was somewhat cluttered to say the least. Bits and bobs of tools that I had left on there (yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers, etc…) and a UFO.  Next to this is my bag (my starter storage space) which was full to the top… Not good. So, this post has made me decide to clean up my act. I’m to start no new projects until I have finished one of my other ones.

So far these consist of;

  1. A Pacman Wristband – needs photgraphing and sewing up (and photographing again).
  2. A Panda Hat – needs sewing up.
  3. A scarf – on the last skien, just needs finishing.
  4. Socks – think this might have to be a WiP (work in progress), I’m not enjoying knitting them on DPNs so might have to try the magic circle method instead.

There, I don’t think that’s too bad. I’ve already tidied up the other bits and bobs in case you were wondering. 😉

There will be an exception to this and that is Sam’s blanket, purely because it is going to be done over a period of time, and when I tried to buy more yarn on Thursday they had ran out of one of the colours, so it’s a bit enforced really.

Granny Squares

The Granny Squares are piling up...

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Something to aspire to – 2KCBWDAY6


For those of you that don’t know, this week has been the 2nd annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 28th March – 3rd April 2011.  I’ve been rather lax in participating for a number of reasons, but do intend to blog for each of the seven subjects, it’s just going to take me a bit longer. I am starting with todays blog suggestion which is;

Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.

Well one of the most recent things that I have learnt to do is crochet.  As with knitting I’ve started with a simple square,  and just progressed to a ‘granny square’ so far.  I know that sounds a bit naff, but I’ve successfully made a whole blanket – I even managed to make a pretty edging!

George Pig is comfy!

Now I’ve managed to set myself up a bit here, as firstly I got asked to make a pillow to go with it, then secondly number two son has asked for a larger version to go on his bed. Not pink. I don’t mind, every square I make gets me more efficient and proficient with the crochet needle, and it’s nice to be able to make something for someone that I know they actually want, will like and appreciate.

What I envy I suppose, is when people can take these, what are really quite basic stitches, and make a ‘thing’ out of them. It’s doesn’t matter what exactly, just something a little more practical, something that people can comment on as being unusual, and then they can be envious when they find they can’t just head to the high street to get their own.

To this end I have been flicking through the book that I leant to crochet from; The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller (the same person that taught me to knit fact fans!) and have come up with what I hope is going to be a simple challage, a pair of fingerless gloves.

Lovely Fingerless Gloves

What’s that next to the book I hear you cry?! Well, I had to go shopping didn’t I? As much as I like the fishnet effect using the black, I thought I might like something with a little more colour, so that is what I brought! Also, I have been making a lot of things with acrylic recently, and thought that my gloves should be something a little better at least.

Lovely Fingerless Glove Yarn

It’s just a basic 30% wool, 70% premium acrylic blend by King Cole, but it is lovely to me and I can’t wait to work with it.

I have the bed blanket to finish first though (unless I run out of yarn and don’t have time to buy any more of course…) so watch this blog for further updates!

 

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