Friday, 25 January 2008


A few days gap without any finished objects, means it is time to post some work in progress. The first exhibit is my first contribution to the premature baby project - a dress that just needs some sleeves. The lacey wide skirt took a few days to work through, even after I'd converted the pattern to work it in the round rather than flat.

These fingerless gloves are still on the go as my portable project, but another dance lesson tomorrow should give me enough time to finish them.

The only other thing to report is a further breaking of resolution number 2 - I've bought some more yarn. But who can resist cheap Collinette? There may be some still left if you get in quick. I followed a message on the UK Hand Knitters Yahoo Group to this link

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Knit-year Resolutions

So the first challenge of the UK Swap is to discuss your resolutions for 2008.

Well on 1st January I only had 2 resolutions this year: 1) Start this blog and see how long I could keep it up (not doing too bad so far) and 2) Not to buy any more yarn before using up some of my stash (um, failed already!).

As already described below, I couldn't resist a skein of one of Hip Knits hand-dyed yarns when I met Kerrie at Braintree. That said, it has been used already. So Exhibit number 1 in my defence is this pair of leg-warmers for the family dancer.

I'm also going to plead mitigating circumstances for my second relapse. Earlier this week I agreed to knit for a group sending parcels to maternity units for premature and still-born babies - so I had to visit the lys to review their patterns, and somehow ended up leaving with 5 balls of baby friendly yarn as well as a decent premature sized pattern.

But in case that sounds just a little too boring, events of this week have lead to 2 more resolutions for the list: 3) No alcohol and maximum 2 caffeine drinks a day, and 4) thanks largely to Mr J Oliver and Channel 4 , eat more fibre and less processed food. We'll just have to wait to see how I manage.

Thursday, 17 January 2008


This is the real Tigger.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Evie Jacket

I've finished the small girl's jackets and used all the Bergere de France wool by making a hat to match. I'm quite pleased with the results, so I'll post the pattern here, and maybe get it linked into other sites soon.

Jacket to fit 6 months (12mths, 18mths, 24 mths). Finished size 20 inches (22,24,26 inches) or 50cm (56,61,66 cm).

Wool used: Bergere de France - Toison in shade Empire (76yds / 70m per ball) : 2 balls (3,3,4 balls)
1 button

Needles: 5.5mm (US 9) circular for body, and 5.5mm (US 9) double pointed needles for sleeves
4 stitch markers

Tension: 16 stitches and 20 rows per 10cm (4 inches) using 5.5m (US 9) needles.

Body (worked back and forth on circular needle)
Cast on 80 (88,96,104) sts. Knit 5 rows to create garter stitch border.
row 6 (ws): K3, purl 74 (82,90,98), K3
row 7 (rs): Knit

Repeat rows 6 and 7 until work measures 4 (5.5,7,8.5) inches 10 (14,18,22) cm ending with a knit row.
Armholes: K3, p14 (16,18,20), bind off 6 stitches, p34 (38,42,46), bind off 6 stitches, p14 (16,18,20), k3
Leave on one side until sleeves are ready.

Sleeves (make 2 separately)
With dpn cast on 18 (20,22,24) stitches, space these across the dpn. I used 4 (5,6,7) sts on the 1st and 3rd needle, and 10 on the 2nd as this works as sleeve widens.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Join the round, taking care not to twist the stitches, and marking the start of the round. Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5 and all following rows: Knit. Increase one stitch at beginning and end of the 5th and every following 3rd row.

Continue until you have 32 (34,36,38) stitches. Work 0 (2,4,6) knit rows.
On next row, knit until 3 stitches before the end of row marker. Bind off these 3 stitches and first 3 of next row (6 in total). Knit until the end of the row - 26 (28,30,32) stitches.

Yoke (joining all pieces together).
With right sides facing, and circular needle, k 17 (19,21,23), place marker, k 26 (28,30,32) from 1st sleeve, place marker, k 34 (38,42,46), place marker, k 26 (28,30,32) from 2nd sleeve, k 14 (16,18,20), yarn forward, k2tog, k1. [120, 132,144,156 stitches on needle]

ws row: k3, purl to last 3 sts, k3
rs row: *knit until 2 sts before marker, slip st, knit 1, pass slip stitch over, slip marker, k2tog* repeat 4 times, knit until end

repeat the rows above, at the same time dec 1 st at each end of every 3rd row (do this on stitches 4 and 5 - to maintain the 3 stitch garter stitch front border).

Continue until 5 sts remain before the 1st marker. Maintain shaping, but knit the next 2 wrong side rows to create a garter stitch collar. Bind off.

Sew together the 2 short underarm seams. Tidy thread ends.

Friday, 11 January 2008

New dpns

So my double pointed needles arrived yesterday, and now I have one sleeve made and attached to the body of my "minimal sewing" baby's cardigan. Sleeve number 2 is in progress, and then we should be able to see whether my design actually works or not.

I also collected the party pottery for distribution in the playground. Here is the birthday boy's finished effort:

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Evening at Braintree

Last night the members of my knitting group went along to the open evening organised by the Braintree knitting group. So as well as getting to chat and knit as normal, we had the opportunity to share our finished projects, browse through an impressive collection of books and magazines, and the chance to buy more yarn at special prices. I picked up some hand-dyed aran from Kerrie of Hipknits who was also there. I'm going to use this instead of the Bergere de France wool in the crochet project I have lined up.

The Bergere de France wool is now being knitted into baby sized cardigans of my own design. Just waiting on some 5.5mm double pointed needles from ebay for the sleeves. The intention is that this is knitted without the need for any sewing at the end. Further details will follow:

Friday, 4 January 2008

Party time

So yesterday was my son's birthday, and continuing the crafty theme we took a party of 6 and 7 year olds pottery painting. The studio we visited had improved on our previous party experience at the same venue some time before. This time there were prepainted outlines for the kids to "paint in". Luckily they had prepared extra dinosaurs for our visit. It just about retained the interest of the group for an hour - although some kids needed persuading to do the extra coats to guarantee the deeper colours when they reappear from the kiln.

The birthday celebrations meant I didn't finish my Cherie Amour until today. This is what it looks like:

Eager to start the next project I retrieved some Bergere de France wool from my stash (my share of our knitting group's magazine prize) only to find that the nature of the wool means I can't see the crochet stitches - so re-think this evening. It's a wool that will have to be knitted!

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Happy New Year

A new year and a new blog - probably one of thousands being started today.

I hope to record my crafting exploits and possibly some other personal events.

So today's buzz is around Ravelry I got my invite to join this online knitting community 2 days ago, so still finding my way around, but I love it. It has personal areas for you to record your current projects, all those lined up in the queue and your stash of yarn and needles/hooks. And also community areas for sharing and discussion.

So back to the knitting so I can finish the current project - Cherie Amour from Knitty Fall 07 edition