Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Knit Red - Snowboarder Hat

Had the urge to knit a hat.

So had a look through some of my books and decided on this one in the Knit Red book. 

I made the large one, although I confess I didn’t read the pattern properly and didn’t knit the yarn double - so it’s come out baby/toddler size! Note to self - must read pattern properly first in future!
However, I am still really pleased with it as if no-one else wants it my little nephew to be will have it next Christmas!!

I also added in about five or six rows to the earflaps once I’d done all the increasing as I felt they needed to be a bit bigger and they looked like they had more rows in the photo.

I love the colour-way. I think the Gemini in me likes the variegated yarn!  It is the gorgeous Montana by Sirdar in the Savannah colourway 0214.  It is 70% Acrylic and 30% Wool.  And is absolutely lovely to work with. 

Surprised myself and managed to knit it in an evening!

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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!!!!

Hope you are all having a very Merry Christmas!

I wanted to share with you a beautiful present that I have received from my bestest friend.

A few years ago I taught her and another friend to knit.  Quite funny as at the time although I knew how to knit I didn't do so very often.  This was a great starting point for not only my friends as they learnt a new skill, but for me too as it ignited my love of knitting and I've not stopped since!

Two days ago I received the most brilliant present from my friend Lucie. 

She has knitted me the most wonderful cream cowl.  I honesty felt like crying!  It felt so good to know that I'd taught her AND she is so good at it!  It is one of those proud moments that I can't express in words.  I just want to say Lucie - thank you so much for being one of the best friends a girl could have.  I miss you loads and wish you weren't so far away.  xxx

Our tree last night when all was quiet (and there probably were some mice being noisy with their hobnail boots in our attic!)

And this is a waistcoat that I was asked to make for a lady that works down the road from The Emporium.  I wanted a record of what it was like before I gave it to her. 

Excuse the "model"!

She loved it!  Put it on straight away and was gushing over the colours and how her mum would want one.  I got numerous hugs and thank you's!  It is nice to have a happy customer!

That's it for now.  Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and if I don't write before a very Happy and Loving New Year!

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Mini Christmas Stockings ....

I have now hung these on my display tree in my unit at The Emporium.

They are looking really cute.  Although stupidly I forgot to take a photo of them in situ.

I seem to be doing quite well in the Christmas Shopping period.  I have sold some knitted hats, and remember my Christmas House, Christmas Cottage and the Cinnamon Stick Trees ....

...I've sold both properties (!) and two of the trees.  So I have several more to pop in there hopefully before Saturday!


It is so rewarding when your creations are bought - it always gives me a warm feeling and satisfaction that I've made something that someone wants to buy!

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Kool Dyeing

I hated chemistry when I was at school, the only bit I enjoyed was the experiments with the test-tubes and Bunsen burners.  I think I still like that part of it as I've been dyeing again!

It is extremely addictive and fascinating.  I love seeing what different shades I can create - I guess that's the artist in me.  I love colour and to create it is magical!

Today I wanted to create Christmassy reds and greens as I've been making little stockings for Christmas decorations.

These are from the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jennifers-mini-sock-recipe by Jennifer Tocker.  They are tiny - to give you an idea of size - here's one I made for a swap against a 5pence ...
Aren't they diddy?!
by Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/. This pattern is lovely as it can incorporate intarsia - and boy does that open creativity!
Two so far, and one more on the way ....
The yarn I've been using is from http://www.theknittinggoddess.co.uk/.  I belong to a mini-skein club where I am sent seven mini-skeins a month.  They are all lusciously dyed in gorgeous colours and the yarn is to die for - it is beautiful to use.  I have been using the mini-skeins in two projects so far - http://tinyowlknits.wordpress.com/the-beekeepers-quilt/ which is like this - although this one isn't mine - mine is still in little hexis (I'll show you them another day!)

If you fancy having a go at this pattern you can buy it here ...
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/78846028/the-beekeepers-quilt-knitting-pattern.  However it should come with a huge warning - saying VERY ADDICTIVE!
The other pattern I am using the mini-skeins for is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sock-yarn-blanket  - again this is not my blanket - this is to show you what I mean - again mine are all in squares at the moment and will be completely different as I am using the ends of the mini-skeins that are too short to make a hexi out of .  One day I'll show you them too - hopefully finished!
Anyway, I decided that I needed some more Christmassy shades and thought I could dye my own.  I have also bought some undyed mini-skeins from The Knitting Goddess.  I dye them using Kool Aid - a drink sachet from the USA.  It is absolutely fantastic at dyeing!  The yarn just soaks up the colour and it is such fun to create different effects and shades. 

I used Cherry and Strawberry for the reds and for the greens I used Apple, and also Lemon and Lime, one of them I added some Blue Raspberry to give a darker green (more the shade I associate with Christmas) and then I tried out some Ghoul Aid which is blackberry and comes out almost black.  I mixed some of that with one the green mixes too to give a more fir tree green.  And as a by product I made some almost teal like shade dip dyed effect and then two pale one using the very last of the Kool Aid green shades (I don't like to waste a thing!)
I can't stress how much fun I had!  Oh and you should smell the kitchen - it definitely got a fruity smell in there!
So - job done - wait for them to dry and then I can knit up some more stockings!
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