Monday, December 22, 2008

Belladonna Longies!

As promised, the Belladonna longies!

Knit on 4mm Addi's and 5mm Birch circulars. The waistband is adjustable, and has 2 buttons sewn on the inside, and has buttonhole elastic through the waistband. Tricky! The cuff is two stripes of moss stitch. The pants are pretty big, but that was how I planned them. He isn't going to be wearing them until June! I ended up using 2 balls of cream, 2 balls of black and 2 balls of grey Cleckheaton Country 12 ply.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


My friend received her purple baby bootees. She and her hubby loved them. I can't wait for little Scarlett to be born so I can see her wear them.

It seems a lot of my friends are having babies, and asking me to knit something for them. My friend Claire is having a boy in 4 months, and would like something for Junior. My friend Sharon is having a boy in February and has requested a hat for little Eli. So I will be on Ravelry a lot over the next few days so that I can choose patterns. :D

My Belladonna longies are going well. I have done the tricky waistband, all of the body, the gusset and almost the whole left leg. I have 8 rounds of moss stitch to do on the leg, then I can bind it off and do the next leg. It should go even faster than the first leg. :D The pattern is pretty good, I haven't really had any major problems. I've learnt how to do a 3 needle join, how to do a M1L and M1R increase, how a gusset is made and how it works, and how not to do a short row again. For some reason, when I wrap the stitch after doing a short row, one side of the short row ends up closed, and the other doesn't? I wrap the stitch on either end.... so....?? So I have a few little holes to sew shut.... no biggie.

I have used 4.5mm and 5mm needles and Cleckheaton 12 ply yarn in black, grey and cream. Pictures to follow.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Saartjes Bootees

So cute!!!!! These took about 4 hours total, but due to limited spare time, that 4 hours was spread out over a week. Lots of fun. :D

I've finished knitting this pair of baby booties for my friends little girl. Miss Scarlett is due to be born late January/early February and I promised my friend ages ago that I would knit her something. There is something that is so nice about baby knits. It could be that the smaller something is, the cuter it is, or the fact that you are hand making something for a newborn.... either way it was awesome fun. One skein knits are like a sugar rush, they make you so happy so quickly, then they are all over and done with. I miss small knits.

Anyway, I knit these using a pair of 4.5mm bamboo needles and 1/2 a skein of Cleckheaton Country 8 ply yarn in Lavender. They were super easy and fun. I will be popping down to the post office today and sending these all the way to the UK.

Oh and my friend doesn't know what I am knitting for her.... it's a surprise. I hope she likes it.

This is also the first thing that I have knit for someone other than myself and Jayden. I am so pleased that they turned out so well.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Curly Purly Soakers

I finished the Curly Purly Soakers for Jayden. The pattern was bit vague in places, but I have an excellent interpreter. :) Next time I knit these, I will skip the short rows. I used 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm addi turbo's and Cleckheaton 8 ply yarn (possibly 2 balls in total). These were fun to knit, once I really got stuck into it. I knitted the largest size and the fit great.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A finished object!

See my Monkey? Hee hee hee. Currently I only have one. I do not have second sock syndrome, I just have something else that I need to knit more.

I am starting a pair of Curly Purly Soakers for Jayden. He needs them so that we don't have a very soaked baby. They are going to be light blue around the waist and the body is navy blue. I am being really really good and using yarn from my stash for this project *gasp*

My little man turned one on Sunday. Please enjoy this picture of him enjoying his birthday cake.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Knitting FO's +1 WIP

Well, since I have some time, I will do a big knitting update.

I am currently working on Monkey. Awesome sock pattern by the wonderful Cookie A. I am using 2 x 2.5mm Addi Turbo circular needles and Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock Yarn in colourway Winona. It looks pretty. I am currently up to the foot. I am hoping to finish it in the next 2 days. If I set a deadline, then I am more motivated to do it. Lol.

I finished knitting Eleanor. A lovely lace sock pattern. I used 2 x 3mm Addi Turbo circular knitting needles and Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sock yarn in colourway Raspberry Ice. I like how it turned out, but they are a more slouchy sock than a tightly fitted sock. Still, I have worn them times, washed them in the washing machine, dried them in the dryer, and they still fit. No felting, thanks to the nylon content in the yarn.

My fiance's Nanna knitted Jayden a cardigan in Paton Bluebell Merino. It is just gorgeous. I had to post a picture of it so that you can all appreciate how nice it is. It is done in moss stitch all over, with cables on the front, back and sleeves. She is so talented!

My sister taught herself to crochet while I was at home on holidays. I told her to look stuff up on youtube, and she learnt everything to do with crochet from there. She's a clever thing! She is obsessed with amigurumi, thanks to my suggestion.

Now for pictures!

Monkey - WIP
One Eleanor...

Two Eleanor!
The fron of the cardigan....

The back of the cardigan!

Felted bag!

Amigurumi Octopus

Amigurumi Penguin

Friday, July 18, 2008

Knitted then felted bag

I have finished the knitted and felted bag that I was working on. I was able to felt it in my parent's front loading washing machine.... yay! It turned out really well. It was knitted to a 40cm length, and it felted down to a 22cm length. The yarn also faded quite a lot. It's more of a pastel colour instead of being nice and bright, but I am quite happy with how it turned out.


This was the bag after I finished knitting it.


This was the bag after I felted it the first time


This is the bag after felting it for the second time

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Yarn shopping, Jayden and Knitting Projects

So I've been shopping. There was a sale on at Simply Stitches, so I bought up on the yarn. Jayden's Great-Nanna is going to knit him a jumper using this lovely yarn. It is Paton's Bluebell 5 Ply Merino, and the colour is Deep Blue. I have 10 balls!!!! Yum.
This is the yarn that I am using to make my A-Line Tunic. It is Jo Sharp Lumina in colour Chrystal. It is an 8 ply equivilent. I have to get around to finishing it. I'll be taking it with me on holidays. Hopefully I get time to finish it. It uses 6 balls.
Here is the progress of my knitted then felted bag. I love the contrast between the indigo and the purple. I am using a spotlight brand of yarn called Harvest Pure Wool. I am using 3 balls. The indigo part of the bag is 1 whole ball knitted up. I can't wait to finish knitting it, so I can felt it.... then maybe I'll get back to work on the tunic.
Here is a picture of Jayden from the other day when he was super happy and laughing at everything that we did. He's very close to standing by himself.... all he has to do is let go.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Knitted then felted bag

I have started a new project. It is a knitted, then felted bag. It's done with three balls of pure wool, 1 Indigo, 2 Purple. I am starting it on a set of 4mm double pointed needles, then when I am done with all the increases, switching over to 2 circular 4mm needles (my new Addi turbo's) to finish it quicker. Hopefully I get it done before I go on holidays in a week and a half, but I am not fased if I have to take it with me to finish. I am planning on using this as my sock knitting bag, since it is going to be quite small by the time it is finished, but it should hold 2 small balls of yarn, a sock in progress and the circular knitting needles. No photo's of what it is going to look like, but I am hoping to have it done really soon. Also, my Lorna's Lace yarn came in the mail yesterday.... I am so impressed with it. It's going to be a lot of socks.... mmm... socks.


Supplies for the bag


Work In Progress


MY Lorna's Lace!!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Been Shopping

New purchases.

16 pairs of "Addi" circular knitting needles. I have 2 pairs of each of the following:

2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.5mm


I also have 2 skeins of each of these yarns coming! Lorna's Laces Sock Yarn.









I cannot wait until they get here so that I can make some lovely socks. I have enough to make 4 pairs of socks for myself.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Cool Beanie

Finished knitting the cool beanie pattern from Ravelry.

I used 1 & 1/2 balls of cream coloured yarn: Paton's "Inca" 12 ply. I used 6mm straight needles, 6mm circluar needles and a set of 4 6mm double points.

This was heaps of fun! I would do it again. It only took me 5 days, and even then it was because I had to go out and buy 6mm dpn's! (Then learn to use them lol.)



Monday, June 16, 2008

The little blue cardigan

Ok, this was my first ever project. It was a nice little cardigan in size 9 months. I used 4mm needles for this, and 6 balls of Cleckheaton Country light blue pure wool yarn. The pattern was taken from "10 simple knits in 8 ply" by Cleckheaton. It took me about 9 weeks to complete it, due to the fact that I had to learn every skill as I went, and it was unpicked and re-knitted a fair bit. I am happy with the end result.

Here it is in stages:


The front 2 pieces and the back


The front sitting on top of the back, with the sleeves folded in half


Completely sewn up!


Jayden and I... Jayden wearing the nice cardigan.

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