Monday, 9 November 2015

Ratjetoe ....

What?  I hear you say! 
Ratjetoe is Dutch for hodgepodge and is the name of the pattern for these armwarmers.
A fantastic pattern using up odds and ends that I found on Ravelry.
This is the pattern picture - can you see why I couldn't resist giving them a go?!
I have so many oddments of double knitting yarn - and me being me - I hate to throw anything away!  I love the idea of creating something beautiful and practical out of oddments.

I thought I'd use some blues, browns, creams and greys.

I took it all up in the car and knitted in the car on Saturday afternoon.  We went up to Windsor Racecourse for The War of the Worlds Fireworks!  It was fantastic and well worth the wait
- and even worth me having an extremely painful fibromyalgia day yesterday.
I am really lucky in that Jonathan doesn't mind doing the majority of the driving - in fact he did it all on Saturday - so it means I can knit whilst in the car. 

So last night I managed to finish the right arm, and will be going onto the left once I have finished a commission that needs to be finished by Thursday.

Then I have a quandary as on the pattern the right and left hands don't match.  Actually there is only the written pattern for one arm!  It then gives you the freedom to do what you like for the second arm.  Now do I go for different - or do I try and match?
Onto something entirely different ... a little Christmas stocking ...

Just a little reminder that it's not long now .....!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Mitten Knittin'

Baby, it's getting cold outside!


And so commences the knitting of many mittens and gloves ...
Right now I am loving the mittens that I've been knitting for little ones with the i-cord attaching them together.  This enables the mittens to be threaded through their coat and they won't lose them!

It also helps with time as I know how long it takes to hunt for gloves
 when you realise the weather is getting chilly!

This was the start of the pink girly ones I am currently making. 
 As you can see by the first photo I have one mitten finished and am on the i-cord. 
The second hand will be finished tonight.

I do find myself going for the blues and greens a lot of the time! 
They are my favourite colours so I guess it makes sense to knit in them!
However I know it also makes sense to knit in other colours to appeal to a wider audience
.... hence the pink ones!

Although on the topic of my favourite colours - I have knitted myself a pair of fingerless gloves.
In my favourite shades!  This yarn was in the Autumn box from Devon Sun Yarns. 
There was a choice of colours - Autumnal etc, but I decided to go for MY shades
and then would be more likely to make myself something!

And so I have!

This pattern is from Tin Can Knits
And is a FREE pattern!  Find it on here ....

Isn't the yarn to die for?! 
It really is a gorgeous yarn to knit with!
And ... I had enough left to make the child's mitten version of the same pattern!

Here's my little Ninja modelling them for me! 
I added an i-cord to these mittens so that they wouldn't get lost either! 
I'm actually thinking it may be worth putting i-cords on the adult ones too
- I know I hate losing gloves - and just think how handy (ha ha!)
they would be if they stayed with your coat all the time!
What do you think?   Would that be a good idea?!

Now back to more creative adventures ....
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