First attempt at dying yarn!

Using koolaid and some help from knitty. It was loads of fun, just squishing it around and it looked fabulous drying on the washing line in the sun. Definately will be trying it again. Had to take it into the house to finish off drying and you could smell the koolaid every time you walked past, absolutely fab. I might even let the little monsters have a go next time, it would be nice to have some yarn they have dyed tho I would have to think up something really special to knit with it.

I love the colours but cant imagine what I am going to do with the yarn now, I rarely wear anything colourful or pastel so am thinking of adding it to the shop or using it as swaps or gifts.

Its been a while

But I am still here and still knitting. And occasionally making jewellery but my current fave is knitting. I have been busy, I just havent taken photos but I do plan to put that right.

So the first project I want to show off is the cardi I made for my mums birthday. It is the first cabled project I have ever done and I was very surprised by how easy and non fiddly it was, non fiddly is good when you have an attention span as miniscule as mine.

The pattern is from Simply Knitting magazine issue 55, June 2009. The yarn is 2 ply baby alpaca knit on 4mm needles to give it a lovely airy feeling.

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The cables run straight up the front, 2 either side of the buttons and have a lacy bit between them

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I replaced the suggested black beads around the neckline with 4mm freshwater pearl nuggets, you can see the lace panel better on this one

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Amigurumi Heart

I have been playing with my crochet hook again this week and have come up with this little cutie. Am not sure the hook will ever completely replace my lovely pointy sticks but it is nice for a change. I also love embroidering on felt but for some reason never get round to it, possibly because it takes more concentration and by 7pm I am usually half asleep (thanks to the smallest monkey who seems to need 5 minutes sleep per night).  But this was fun and I am very happy with the result.

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Knitted eyeball juggling balls

Stuff them with toy or cushion stuffing to make them nice and squishy soft, add a bag of dried lentils to weight them down or stuff them with cat nip for your favourite moggy

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k – knit

p – purl

kfb – knit frotn & back. Knit the stitch as normal but do not slide it off the left needle. Bring the right needle round to the back of the stitch and knit it again, then slide it off. You have created 2 stitches from one.

k2tog – knit 2 together, put the right needle through 2 stitches at the same time and knit as normal.

p2tog – as k2tog put purl

st st – stocking stitch (knit one rowm purl one row)

st – stitch

Pattern- 4mm needles (US sizee 6) and dk yarn

Cast on 6 st  using white

Kfb to end (12)

[K1, kfb] to end (18)

[Kfb, p2] to end (24)

K1 row

[Kfb, p3] to end (30)

K 1 row

[Kfb, p4] to end(36)

st st 7 rows

[P2tog, p4] to end (30)

Change to colour for iris

K 1 row

[P2tog, p3] to end (24)

K1 row

Change to black for pupil

[P2tog, P2] to end (18)

[K1, k2tog] to end (12)

P2tog to end (6)

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and fasten off. Use tail ends in correct colours to sew down the side, remember to stuff before you close it up.

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Amigurumi and Crochet!

So yesterday morning I was looking through some blogs and getting really annoyed that I couldnt crochet. I recently got a little book of amigurumi patterns in a kniting magazine so I thought I would give it a go. And once you figure out that double crochet in English is single crochet in American and treble is double its surprisingly easy! So here are the pics of my first ever crochet projects, I just used what I know about knitting to figure out the patterns aftwer having a read through that.

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I love that you dont have to sew them up at the end, that must be the best thing about it! So will prob have a go at some other stuff. Patterns will probably follow as soon as I have worked out how to write them!

Father Ted-dy Bear! Knitting Pattern

My other half is a huge fan of Father Ted so I made him his very own Ted!

I used dk yarn and 4mm needles but as you can see by the photo it isnt a very tight knit fabric so you could try with 3.25 mm needles if you prefer. Only needs scraps of yarn and takes a couple of hours. You need black, white and bear colour to make a priest bear but  you could just use bear colour if you want a plain ted, you also need scraps for the face which has been stitched on. He is a great size for toddlers to hold and there are no dangerous bits for them to pull off and swallow.

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Abbreviations

St st – stocking stitch (K 1 row, P 1 row)

Kfb – increase 1 by knitting into front and back of stitch

K – knit

P – purl

K2tog / P2tog – decrease by knitting / purling 2 together

Body/ Head

Cast on 17 st in black.

St st 20 rows.

Row 21 – K7 black, K3 white, K7 black

Row 22 – P7 black, P3 white, P7 black

Change to bear colour for head

St st 10 rows

Kfb, K1, Kfb, K to last 3, Kfb, K1, Kfb

St st 4 rows

P2tog, P1, P2tog, P to last 5, P2tog, P1, P2tog

St st 10 rows

Change to black

St st 22 rows

Cast off.

Arms (make 2)

Cast on 12 in black.

St st 14 rows

Change to bear colour.

St st 3 rows

P2tog to end

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and fasten off.

Legs (make 2)

Cast on 16 in black

St st 18 rows

Change to bear colour

St st 4 rows

K2tog to end

Thread yarn through remaining st, fasten off

Making up

Body –

Fold body piece in half so black bits are together. Sew all around black.

Sew up one side of head.

Stuff body.

Work a running stitch in bear colour around the first row of head. Pull tight to form shape of neck and fasten off.

Sew on face details, stuff head.

Sew up other side of head.

For ears, work a running stitch around the increase st. Pull tight and ears will form. Fasten off securely.

Arms and legs –

Fold in half and sew up side. Stuff firmly, sew up end.

Attach to body.

Voila!

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Chunky Wrist Warmers Free Knitting Pattern!

Was talking to my gran the other day and she was saying she doesnt like gloves because she cant grip properly when wearing them (she has a walking aid). I had just bought some Debbie Bliss Soho wool and thought these would make a nice present. They are really simple and knit up quickly. I used less than one skein using 5.5mm needles.

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Cast on 36 stitches

Knit 4 rows

Double rib (knit 2, purl 2) for 16 rows or as many as needed to reach desired length if you want them long. These come to 10cm with the edging.

Knit 4 rows

Cast off.

Sew up side seam, weave in ends.

For the flower (not too easy to see on the above pic!)

Cast on 31 st

[Knit 1, cast off 5] repeat to end

In case this isnt clear you should have 6 st left on needle, the first, the last and 4 inbetween, each spaced out by the cast off stitches.

Thread yarn through remaining st, pull the yarn into a circle. Making the middle tight will create the petals. Fasten off, use end to sew to wrist warmers. I have added a bead in the middle for a touch of sparkle. This was done with thread, not yarn as the yarn is too thick to go through the bead.

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I would love to see some pics if you use the pattern, please link to your blog if you put photos up so I can have a look!

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