Latest Craft Fair

Took part in the latest craft fair at the Catholic Hall in Swanage. the weather was a bit odd, lot of rolling sea mist but the footfall was good.

First time on display for my Noro (wool & Silk) Flower granny blanket.  It received a lot of attention, mainly due to the lovely colours.

I have invested in a sock display and the socks looked great.  I have also made some new labels for the socks.  I also used my wooden blocks.

I also took the opportunity to display my shawls in a different way.

Had a good amount of sales and had some sock commissions as well.

Looking forward to the next one on the 12th May

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Baby bootee recipe – 84 Cylinder

My version of a felted baby sock/bootee.

Cranked on an 84 cylinder with 4 ply yarn.

Only 7 gms per sock. that’s a lot of socks out of one ball….yah

Using 100% Hand Wash wool.  Super wash wool will not shrink.

The wool I used was cascade yarns – cascade 220 http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/…/cascade-220-fingering…

Tension 1 stop looser than normal.

Leg

Cast on with every 3rd needle.

Knit 32 rows.

Heel

Knit heel as normal until 6 stitches left.

Foot

Knit 12 rows for foot.

Toe

Knit Toe as normal until 6 stitches left.

Finish

Cast off.

Kitchener Toe.

Crochet slip stitch top leg.

Wash on 1 hour wash at 60 degrees.

Roll top, pull into shape whilst Damp

Voila!!

Notes

Make in the normal way, finish toe and top of leg.  Pull into shape before washing.  Before washing size will depend on yarn, tension etc as will felted size and how it is washed.

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Don’t be put off by the stringy sock you end up with before washing. Its like knitting a string bag.

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Home spun and dyed shawl

I was gifted a large cake of home spun and home dyed yarn as a thank you for a lift to a craft  exhibition.  The yarn was probably 3 ply, with speckles of dye in it.  As soon as I saw it I knew it would become a shawl.

The pattern is Holden available on Ravelry.

It made a gorgeous shawl, once blocked it looked great but I must admit before hand it looked like a dish rag.

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Crochet Blanket

As mentioned in a previous post I am making another crochet blanket for Sent with love .

This is a lion Brand Pattern  – Magnolia Afghan for chunky wool but it can be made in any weight.
I’m using Stylecraft chunky (black), Stylecraft Phases (cerise and grey)

I’m making a lap blanket so have used 3 x motif for my blanket.

I found that creating the 4 corners pieces was easier if you didn’t make a separate piece, but instead of making the starting chain I double crocheted the required amount of stitches across the corner. to finish I double crochet  the remaining two sides of the corner triangle.

As I wanted the blanket a little wider than the 3 motifs I added some extra rows on the edges.

Knitting Latest knit

Knitting Latest knit

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Had some wool for my birthday and after a couple of false starts on other cardigans I settled for this pattern.

The pattern is Kemari by Berroco and the pattern is in one of their booklets.  there is a chunky  and a DK version of this cardigan.  I made the chunky version.  Unfortunately I could not get the pattern in this country so I had to send to America for it.  Jimmy Beans wool were great, they have no problems sending items outside of America and they give you quotes for different air mail services so you can pick the one you want.  Be warned it is not cheap to send  but as all american craft items are so cheap then that offsets the airmail.  kemari kemari

For the cardigan I used Katia tropic which a cotton tape.  I love the colour ways but being a chainette tape you quite often get the needles caught in the chains.

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Had to use IC needles as the back and half the sleeves are knitted in one.

 

Knitting – slip stitch cardigan

Knitting – slip stitch cardigan….. I saw this pattern and just had to knit it.

Earhart by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton


It uses a combination of two yarns.  For mine I used Noro Kureyon for the variegated yarn and Rowan Cocoon for the plain yarn.

The cardigan is knitted throughout with knit and slip stitches which gives it is unique look.  to achieve the correct tension I had to go up to 8mm needles using 1 strand of each wool.  The body of the jumper is knitted in one piece up to the armhole shaping so my trusty Knitpro IC and one of my longest wires came into use.

Not 100% happy about the buttons but will sleep on it.

 

Free Pattern – Easy Knit DK Bear

I’ve been meaning to publish this free pattern for an absolute age.

If you wish to print this pattern click on the bear!!

Knit in any DK yarn on 3.5mm needles.

Description:

Medium size bear knitted in DK yarn.

Finished Dimensions:

Approx 27cm tall

Materials:

1 x 100g Patons 100% Cotton DK shade 2715 – Nougat (Pink) or shade 2702 Sky (Blue)

1 pair 3.50mm knitting needles,

Contrast coloured yarn for eyes, ears, nose, mouth and paws

Toy Stuffing

3 x buttons

 Note:Bear is knitted in one piece from toe to toe, and then folded over and sewn into shape before being stuffed and having features added.

 

Legs:

1. With 3.50 mm needles cast on 12 stitches.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows, ending on a purl row.

3. Break yarn and transfer stitches to a stitch holder.

4. Repeat for second leg, again ending with a purl row. Do NOT break yarn.

5. Knit across the leg just worked, and then pick up stitches from the stitch holder (24 stitches).

Body & Arms:

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

2. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

3. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

4. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

Head (front & back):

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 50 rows for head in picture or 60 rows for a bigger head.

Arms & Body:

1. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

3. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

4. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

Legs:

1. Work first 12 stitches on needle and transfer the remaining 12 stitches to a stitch holder.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.  Cast off.

3. Pick up stitches from stitch holder & put back onto needle, rejoin yarn and work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows for second leg.  Cast off.

Finishing:

Fold bear in half along the head section ensuring legs and arms line up neatly. Sew up bear leaving a gap (for stuffing) on one side of the body.

Make neck by weaving a length of yarn in and out around the bear where the arms join. Pull tight & knot but leave a gap so the head can be stuffed. Create ears by running stitches across the corner at each side of the head.

Stuff the bear, filling the head, then arms, then legs and then the body. Sew up the gap in the body.

Using a contrast yarn and the picture as a guide, embroider the eyes, nose, ears, mouth and paws. Weave in any loose ends. Sew on 3 buttons down the chest.

Scarf:

With 3.5cm needles, cast on 5 stitches.  Knit in garter stitch for 36cm, cast off. Weave in any loose ends.

If giving to a small child please omit the scarf and the buttons, also make sure all embroidery is secure.

 

You now have a new friend…….

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Please do not copy, resell or sell this pattern. You may print a copy for your own personal use for the purpose of making the pattern item.

You are welcome to sell the finished items you have made at craft fairs, Etsy and such like but please do not use this pattern for large-scale volume commercial purposes.

Life in General – The past week

Well what a week of under achievement!.

Having come down with the worst cold I’ve ever had ( no exaggeration) I achieved absolutely nothing this week apart from sniffing, sneezing, blowing my nose and feeling sick all the time.

Not only have I been feeling miserable but the weather has been atrocious.  It has been so windy and rainy here is feels like April showers on a high.

So I need to catch up on everything starting here.

Firstly I’ve been nominated for another Blog award by who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thanks – I do appreciate it and I will pass it on as soon as I can.

Not only did I have this cold but so did Julie who was going to tutor the Knitting workshop on Saturday with me but she was just as ill as me, so we cancelled our workshop.  All the ladies were lovely when we cancelled the workshop, we will re-arrange it ASAP.

Above are  some of the things we were going to cover in our workshop.

We have also had  Petes mother down (“mother in law”) for a long weekend as it her 85th Birthday last friday on the 15th.  They’ve gone out for a walk so hence I’m catching up with my blog.

The weather today is calm – no wind – yippee and sunny so far.  I walked the dog this morning and it was a pleasure to get out and about without wearing wellies ( although there is lots of mud and puddles around) and a raincoat.

More posts on their way…………………….

Weekend away

We have just returned from a few days away.

We got Julia to look after the dog.  Julia lives on a farm, looks after her own horses and stables others right in the middle of a forest, where the dogs have free roaming around the farm and stables.

On Thursday we travelled up to Bath and hit the shops and walked around town.

Pete bought a pair of Lee Jeans & T-shirt and I bought some shoes.  These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the colour.  They are actually children’s shoes but Ecco often do children’s shoes up to size 7 – yippee, which means they are cheaper than adult shoes.  (I also think that they are VAT free)Ecco Shoes

I also visited the Bath wool shop and met two lovely ladies and their dog.  Fantastic range of wools, some unusual and lots of small knitted things for sale hidden in and around the shop.  Of course, I invested in some wool that I don’t sell in my shop.

Bath Wool Shop
Picture from Bath Wool Shop Website

I bought some Rico Poems (4ply sock wool) and some Adriafil Knitcol Trends (DK/Aran), no plans as yet but they’ll keep the stash topped up.

Adriafil Rico Poems

For dinner we went to a new Spanish Tapas restaurant La Perla.  Their food was marvellous, a modern take on tapas.

Friday we went to Whitstable driving through some awful rain storms.  We ran along the prom, went to a Junk/Collectables shop and went  for a pub restaurant meal.

Saturday we went to Canewdon, Essex to see some old friends and stayed overnight with them returning Sunday afternoon.

We picked the dog up Monday morning and of course he is ignoring us and sulking.

New Knitting workshop for all abilities

I will be working with Julie and Jane Colquhoun to teach a knitting workshop in June.

The Yarn Academy are running a mixed ability workshop on the 16th June.  The location will depend on final numbers but will be in Swanage, Dorset.  The cost is £35.

Don’t worry if your skills don’t fall neatly into learning or improving we will cover the areas you need to move your knitting on.

Knitting Workshop on June 16th, 2012
A workshop for all abilities – Learn to knit or to improve.

Learn To Knit

  • Learn how to cast on
  • Cast off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Rescue dropped stitches
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Cope with the most common pattern abbreviations
  • Make a button hole

Go home with a mug hug
OR

The next Stitch

  • Recap of previous skills learnt
  • Additional ways of increasing and decreasing
  • Cables
  • Sewing together
  • Tension and Tension Squares
  • Stitch Markers
  • Advanced Pattern reading (abbreviations and reading a garment pattern)
  • Circular needles
  • Pattern Charts
  • Intarsia

Go home with bunting flags and instructions for a bunting garland

Workshop details

Time: Starting 10am – ending 4 pm
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, Cake/Biscuits supplied all day
Materials: All materials provided
Tutoring: We offer a high teacher student ratio
Location: Workshops are held in and around the Swanage/Corfe Castle area (different locations are used according to workshop participent numbers)
Other: Yarn, needles, hooks and accessories available to purchase to take home

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